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Thistle and Tartan

Do not blame the thistle that you see no beauty.

– Jonathan Lockwood Huie

This week, the Diva challenged us with the tangle Mac Dee. This pattern looks like tartan and sounds like Scotland. I couldn’t help but use it as the background for a thistle, the symbol of Scotland. Only the Scots would identify themselves with this prickly weed that is so hard to get rid of.

Since all of my tangling supplies are at the convention center at our HOOT booth, I used what was at hand: Gelly Roll pens for the thistle and colored pencil for Mac Dee.

Diva Challenge Mac Dee
Symbols of Scotland; thistle and tartan
That is pretty lame, so here are some highlights from the Scotland part of our UK cruise for some real eye candy.
A lovely welcome: pipes, drum, and kilted Scotsmen.
A lovely welcome: pipes, drum, and kilted Scotsmen.
Priory Church
Priory Church
Tangles in architecture.
Tangles in architecture.
more tangles
more tangles
Fort George
Fort George
Glamis castle - of MacBeth fame.
Glamis castle – of MacBeth fame.

Greenock-shopping

inside

Inverness was as pretty as a picture. I could stay there forever.

 

inverness2

inverness3

inverness4

inverness5

Quaint: our one word description of most of the towns in Scotland.
Quaint: our one word description of most of the towns in Scotland.
Culloden Moor
Culloden Moor
The Old Course at St. Andrews.
The Old Course at St. Andrews.
St. Andrews Beach
St. Andrews Beach
Sunset over the sea - at 10:30 pm!
Sunset over the sea – at 10:30 pm!

10 thoughts on “Thistle and Tartan

  1. Hope to spread some happiness! Beautiful architecture. Arizona has either much older architecture or mid-century, nothing medieval or with so much detail. Thank you for sharing your voyage. Have a brilliant day!

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  2. I love how this challenge brings so many different associations to people. Your Scottish connections and accompanying photographs are really stunning. I love the purple you used to bring in the thistle. Really nice!

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  3. I think your tile turned out very different and fun using non-traditional materials. Thank you for sharing those wonderful pictures too. I’m glad you have had this fantastic opportunity!

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  4. I love your Tile, Cris. Your MacDee works well behind your thistle, which is awesome. Love your colorization of this intricate and intriguing plant. Your photographs are so nice. Loved every one of them. Quaint and very interesting. Thanks for sharing your vacation.

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