Monday, September 19, 2011

Weekly Challenge #40

Happy Monday everyone!
First of all, as always - a few house keeping items:
  • If you're NEW here (and there've been a lot of new additions to the party!) I'm working on creating some tutorials to help you out.  You can click on the links above or:  See "Getting Started"  and "Tutorials
  • To see all the past weekly challenges - click the tab above, or follow this link
  • Please grab the button for the Weekly Challenge (on the right  sidebar) to display on your blogs! share the fun!
  • The limit of submissions to the slideshow is TWO, but please feel free to post as many as you like to your blogs.  I will take the first two presented to each challenge. 
  • and i want to say a very extra special big heart felt thank you to everyone who donated funds last week.  I continue to be amazed by the generosity of spirit of this wonderful community.  HUGS!
OKAY!! First things FIRST!!  The winner of last week's Pocket Pagez giveaway!

I used a random number generator from

Lucky commenter #40 was:

Ranza, please email me your name and mailing address and you will receive your very own Zentangle Pocket Pagez, courtesy of CropStop!    My email address is in the contact tab above.

Didn't win this week? never fear, you can order your own Pocket Pagez or you can try again this week! (rules posted in blue at the bottom of this post) THIS JUST IN!! Receive 10% off at the Crop Stop when you use the coupon code DIVA - awesome!

ALSO, in case you missed it - i actually got two slideshows up last week.  You can see them here and here!  (another big thanks to my lovely guest posters Christina and Carol)

This week  i officially gave notice that i would be taking another year off work.  It was a hard decision, but with Artoo's hospitalizations and the need for suctioning, daycare was not an option.  But, the plus side is that my job is unionized, and so i am able to take a year unpaid leave.  Stress the unpaid part.

Now i am totally unemployed.

Please excuse me while i hyperventilate into this brown paper bag.... (ahem)...  So, if you ever feel so inclined to click on any of the ads on my site, that'd be pretty cool.  (*Shameless plug, sigh)

I'm not going to lie, i am very stressed out about what this means for us.  And i'm a little worried about finances - so...if you have a good recipe for Raman Noodles, send 'em my way. ;)

At least i have my Zentangles to keep my anxiety levels down.

upcoming year of unemployment??  Totally worth it.
Last week's challenge was so awesome.  I have to tell you, i received so many wonderful heartfelt messages and emails this week from some amazing people (HELLOO!!) saying how much they enjoyed the challenge.  i love getting mail... but when someone tells me they were moved by the challenge, that they got something out of it that surprised them... well, that really makes this all worth while!  So, thanks for those letters.

Weekly Challenge #40 "String Theory v.VI: Pinwheels for Peace"

Following closely on last week's Love challenge, this week's challenge was suggested by Amy Broady, a CZT in TN (hi!!) - who reminded me that September 21 is the International Day of Peace
from the website:
Since its inception, Peace Day has marked our personal and planetary progress toward peace. It has grown to include millions of people in all parts of the world, and each year events are organized to commemorate and celebrate this day. Events range in scale from private gatherings to public concerts and forums where hundreds of thousands of people participate.
Anyone, anywhere can celebrate Peace Day. It can be as simple as lighting a candle at noon, or just sitting in silent meditation. [or in our case, creating Zentangle art - Laura] Or it can involve getting your co-workers, organization, community or government engaged in a large event. The impact if millions of people in all parts of the world, coming together for one day of peace, is immense.
Amy brought to my attention this great website called Pinwheels for Peace.  Pinwheels for Peace originally started as an art installation organized by two high school teachers in Florida.  They used the project as a way to teach kids how to express their feelings about the world and what's going on in it.  Since then, it's grown from 500,000 pinwheels the first year to 3.5 million last year!!

So, this week's challenge is to create your own pinwheel for peace.  You can do this in a few ways:

You can use this very simple pinwheel string i've created, or you can create your own pinwheel string, or you can create an actual tangled Pinwheel using the template from the Pinwheels for Peace website!

Keeping in mind that a pinwheel is a children's toy, i wanted to make my tangles pretty fun and childish.  (FYI - All tangles used in this tile can be found in Sandy Steen Bartholemew's book: Yoga for the Brain)

Can't wait to see your pinwheels.

To be entered in the Zentangle Pocket Pagez giveaway, the rules are this:

1. You must have entered a tile or ZIA in this challenge
2. You MUST enter a "SITE-SPECIFIC" URL in the linkey machine. Links to home pages or to past entries will not be accepted. If it ends in .com or the like, it's not site specific. (if you don't know how to find this, you can see my half assed tutorial here)
3. Leave a comment saying which number you are in the linkey machine
4. If you are emailing your submission, leave a comment saying your piece was emailed

This contest will close as of MIDNIGHT CST on Saturday. I will use a random number generator to select the winner from the comments on Sunday. I will announce the winner in next week's challenge! This contest is open to everyone, including overseas!! yay!!

and now the small-ish print:
If you have a blog, add the site-specific URL where your tile is posted to the linkey machine below! Don't forget to link back here so that others can join in the fun! (if you don't know how to find this, you can see my half assed tutorial here)

Also, please feel free to come back often and visit the links of those people on the linkey machine - don't forget to leave a comment or feedback, everyone loves feedback. ;)

If you don't have a blog but still want to participate, you can email your tile to me and i will post it here. (See the contact tab above for my email address)

The deadline for each weekly challenge is Saturday night so that i can round everyone up by Sunday. What this means is that i will stop adding tiles to the slideshow on Sunday. You're still more than welcome to do the challenges and add your name to the linkey machine.

I will be more diligent with the linkey machine - by editing out the ones that don't work, the doubles, the links that lead to nowhere, the links that go just to blog home pages (this is why we need those site specific urls), and the spam. And there is some spam. :(


  1. Wow you have me going down memory lane. Thank you, it is a great journey! Laura, I so appreciate all you do in this fun world of challenges. One year of the boys will be such a blessing in the long run but I understand the worry. I will have fun pursuing the ads!

  2. Another fun challenge. Thank you. Haven't thought of what I'll do yet, but the thought of Peace Signs is dancing in my head.... I have a feeling they'll appear somewhere in my tangle. Just wanted to say that not being the "lucky winner" type I went ahead and ordered the Pocketz Pages. They arrived this morning and I love them!! They're so clear and fit the tiles perfectly. I can't wait to go out this afternoon to find a special binder to put the Pocketz Pages in. Thanks so much for telling us about them, Laura. Enjoy your very special year ahead with your boys. I just know they're going to be happy that Mom's home!!

  3. Wahoo! I'm number 2! Great challenge this week. I understand the money crunch. I've gone part-time at work so that I can be home more with my hubby who is retired, and there is a BIG difference in our income now...not sure I'll get used to it! I do applaud you for the decision you've made. I don't have $$ to donate, but I can peruse the ads.

  4. I love pinwheels! I made a quilt last year for my granddaughter that was full of them. Thanks for the challenge.

  5. Great challenge, I'm #5 , sorry added wrong link first time. love & hugs G x

  6. Thank you for, once again, giving me an excuse to not do my work. What a fun challenge. I think I am number 12. (I hope I am not both 12 and 13. Wasn't sure Mr. Linky worked the first time.)

  7. Hi Laura, I'm number 10. This challenge gave me a lot to reflect upon. Somber thoughts came to mind as I tangled. But, I enjoyed it nevertheless. Thanks so much.

  8. #13! What a whirl!
    I am sure you are making the right choice by staying home with your boys, enjoy the simple things in life, it will all work out right in the end just like a Zentangle.

  9. #15. Hi Laura. Another great challenge. Thank you. The pinwheel made for a great string and the idea of peace is so timely. Thanks, Amy, too.
    Also Laura, you are so talented and resourceful that you will probably create new ways to generate income that you haven't even thought of yet......and you will so enjoy being with the boys. Look how many people are rooting for you!

  10. #18 Thanks Amy and Laura, for another wonderful Challenge.

  11. Thanks for the challenge, Laura. And I wish you peace in your decision to stay home with your precious children for another year. I know you won't regret it and all that you need will be provided to you. Shalom!

  12. Awe sweetie, God has a way of working it all out, it is a far better thing that you are home with your Artoo.
    Oh and I do have Raman Noodle recipes! Smile

  13. Number 24 here...thanks again for a great challenge! Enjoy your mom time! xxx

  14. Good decision, Laura. You will no doubt have some financial worries, but you won't have a whole lot of other worries. The boys will love having you around all the time. I will try to remember to click on ads! Thanks for all you do!

  15. I'm number 25. Thanks for yet another great challenge, and one that took me back to my youth.

    Your decision to stay home with your baby must have been very difficult, but I hope it is one that you will look back on with gratitude in the years to come.

  16. This was a deeply satisfying challenge. Dilip and me both enjoyed doing our respective pieces and made it in time to post it on the 21st


  17. Fun challenge! I am number 28. This note has to be short. My 4 year old now wants his own pinwheel. :)

  18. #30 This was a wonderful theme - Thank you again for a neat challenge!

  19. Love, love, love this one! Should be number 33 if I did this right!

  20. I'm number 35. Just had to use your string.

  21. Looks like I'm number 36. This has been an interesting challenge, and the responses have been quite varied. It's good to be able to participate again. Thanks Laura and Amy.

  22. #40 - Loved this challenge & the connection with International Day of Peace. Thanks for putting it together.

  23. #42
    As my husband and I always say..."Work hard, play hard!"

  24. I am number 38 and this is my first time to post. I love International Peace Day and the Pinwheels for Peace project. Thanks for sharing this with us Laura and Amy and Laura, as a certified coach for parents and veteran mom, I know you made the right decision for your family to stay home! Power to you!

  25. Looks like a couple of us were posting at the same time, plus put the wrong link. This is post number 46 and the link is correct.

  26. I'm up at #49. So glad I was able to do it after missing last week. (But I had a good reason!)

  27. I'm #52. Thanks for another great challenge! Wishing you the best!

  28. #54 Thanks for this challenge and learning more about the Pinwheels for Peace Project. This is a last minute entry as I was very busy all week but I managed to post it in time. :)

  29. Hi Laura, I'm number 55 (yea-one of my favorite numbers) So glad to hear you are staying home with your little guys. The time when they are young goes by so fast so cherish each and every moment. I'll make sure and click on the ads for you whenever I visit your site. Thanks for all you do! Sue

  30. #56 Back in the saddle. Inspired challenge theme. Changes come fast and furious. Let me add my voice of encouragement to you. Good wishes to you and to your family.

  31. I am number 40. How awesome is that? we are on zentangle #40 here too! LOL!!
    thanks so much for having this fun blog!! I hope your little one is doing fabuous!!

  32. Hi, Laura. I offer you congratulations and best wishes on your decision to stay home with Artoo & Chewie. I'm sure it will work out for you. (and condolences on loss of income, but I'm sure that will work out, too!)

    I believe I am #60.

  33. Finally made it in at #61. And now I'm tired and going to bed...

  34. I"m #67. My pinwheel is spinning!

  35. Thank you Laura--and ALL!--for embracing the pinwheel theme. I am delighted by the enthusiastic response to this challenge; the artwork everyone submitted it absolutely gorgeous!
    This theme got my daughter (who is 13) and I tangling together again. Life had simply gotten in the way. She is still working on hers, which will be an actual pinwheel. She is taking her own sweet time and enjoying the process; I plan to post it on the Zentangle for Kidz website when she is done. I had scanner issues, so I emailed a photo of the tile I created; I don't know if it'll make it in. I expected mine to be fun and whimsical, but when I sat down to work, I decided to explore some geometric tangles, and it turned out rather simple and crisp. Oh well! I love the peace signs and doves that many of you included this week.
    Thanks again to Laura and to everyone who participated in the Pinwheel challenge! I can't wait to share the slide show with my elementary art students who are quite familiar with Pinwheels for Peace and are now learning to tangle!
    Amy Broady, CZT
    aka Amy in TN and peanutbutteramy

  36. Thank you Laura and Amy for a great challenge!

  37. This was another one of my favorite challenges. Thank you.


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