Monday, October 3, 2011

Weekly Challenge #42

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!

FIRST! The winner of this week's Zentangle Pocket Pages, supplied by the wonderful folks at CropStop!

I used a random number generator:

and lucky commenter #28 was..... me?

Poor Diana at Wolf Howlings was having trouble commenting on the blog.  (I'm sorry, i'm not sure what happened there - i'm trying to fix it. )  So, she sent me an email letting me know she was trying to comment, so i added her comment for her... and she's the lucky recipient of this week's giveaway!  Diana, email me with your mailing address and we'll get those sent off to you post haste - 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) Receive 10% off at the Crop Stop when you use the coupon code DIVA - awesome! 

and now for the rest of the post;

Well, what we thought was the flu last week turned out to be Strep throat... only, it never went away - it just kept getting worse and worse and poor B-rad just never got any better and ended up being home from work all week long.  Because, as it turns out, it wasn't actually strep either.  It was Hand Foot and Mouth Disease.  And by some amazing miracle - i came out of it unscathed (knock on wood) and i was able to care for my super sick hubby and my sick little dudes, who also had it.

He's so cute!
This meant that I was on full time parenting duty.  That, and we finally got our new washer and dryer after months of carting laundry to my mother's.  I did laundry for 3 days straight but i got every piece of clothing washed, sorted, and folded - as well as all the towels and face clothes and all the linen.  It was exhausting, but it felt so good to get it all done.... (uh, please disregard the 3 full hampers of clean folded laundry that are currently sitting in my living room, i ran out of steam....)

he is too!
Because Hand Foot and Mouth is pretty contagious, this meant that all four of us were stuck in the house... together... alllllll week..... and, i mean, i love my family but by the end of yesterday i was feeling pretty ready to run away and join the circus.

But enough about me.

Weekly Challenge #42: "HOPE"

Unless you've been living under a rock, you know that October is Breast Cancer Awareness month.  I don't know anyone who doesn't know someone living with, or affected by, or lost someone to Breast Cancer.  A few months ago i shared with you that my grandmother's breast cancer has returned.  So i was working on a piece for auctioning, which (because of my crazy life) i didn't actually get to send down to my aunt.  However, i did finish it.

Yes, October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, and yes, my grandmother and even my aunt have or have had Breast Cancer.  But Breast Cancer is not the only reason to have hope.  i think each of us has had a situation in their lives when they felt like giving up, and for whatever reason - they didn't.  That gives me hope.  Sometimes, as some of you know, my life is hell.  But i hope every day that things will get better.  I hope that my kids stay healthy.  I hope that my sons know how much i love them, i hope my husband knows how much i adore him. I hope for the strength to get through each day.

Most of the time, for me, hope is just the tiny light in the darkened room that helps my eyes adjust over time so i can maneuver through the obstacles that are in front me.

We all need to have hope.

What are you hoping for?
If children have the ability to ignore all odds and percentages, then maybe we can all learn from them.  When you think about it, what other choice is there but to hope?  We have two options, medically and emotionally:  give up, or fight like hell.  ~Lance Armstrong
Never, never, never give up.  ~Winston Churchill
Once you choose hope, anything's possible.  ~Christopher Reeve
 This week the challenge is to create a tile or ZIA inspired by hope.  However this applies to your life.
    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. Your boys are adorable, as ever. Hope you remain well, and everyone else is recovering.
    How in the world did you find time to do a slide show??
    Interesting Challenge!

  2. Laura, you are a superwoman! With everything you've been through in the last few weeks, you still manage to keep the challenges and the slideshows going! It's a pleasure knowing you xx

  3. What a week..... I hope this next week will bring you relief from struggles. I am happy to tangle about hope. Thank you again for challenges that open my mind to thought. By the way, the boys look great!

  4. Sounds like a wonderful challenge and a good subject, HOPE, to ponder for awhile. Thanks. I HOPE your household gets back to a good normal this week!

  5. This is such a great challenge, Laura. Sorry to hear flu season is striking already. We are on our second round of colds and even my hubbie had an ear infection. I feel your pain. I love tangling with words so looking forward to this one. Thanks for the challenge and for always sharing your story.

  6. I'm #7...Great challenge...I HOPE that things get better for you!

  7. Love this challenge... although it stumped me, at first! Thanks for working so hard on these challenges, Laura!

    I'm #7 on Mr. Linky.

  8. This is a great challenge. I am going to send Laura my tile to give to her Grandmother and Aunt. If anyone is interested in joining me (please don't feel obligated), send your tile to me
    Maria Thomas
    27 Prospect St
    Whitinsville, MA 01588

    and I will assemble them into a book or mosaic, and send them to Laura and her family. Thanks. Maria

  9. I'm # 11. What another wonderful challenge, thank you so much, I am sure I would not produce as many tiles if I did not have something to work at. You are a star and give such support to everyone. Sending hugs.

  10. Hi Laura,
    A fantastic challenge again, And also exactly what I expected in this October (breast cancer) month.
    I hope for you that things will go better!
    I am #14 (my lucky number)

  11. Never lose hope,no matter how bad this are.Wonderful challenge this week.NO.15

  12. Sweet 16!!
    Laura keep that HOPE strong!! Hope family has recovered and doing well.
    Thank you for the challenges, they make me pause and think on things that we take so much granted for.

  13. Wonderful Challenge, Laura may it bring hope to all who participate. This week I'm number 18

  14. #19 - What a wonderful theme. Thank you!

  15. Not sure if you can remove busted links, but #21 is incorrect (your linky tool is too clever and added an extra http://), so my #22 entry is fixed.

    Loving all the submissions so far.

  16. My first Challenge and it is number 42... THere is something so right about that. Thanks for offering this and hope everyone gets rid of all those germs! Yours truly, #23, Wendy W

  17. I'm number 24. Laura, your hope, strength, and courage are really inspiring. I think of you often.

  18. Laura, thank you for your stories. Your "Strength, Courage, Hope" piece is beautiful!
    I'm #26 :)
    (and thank you for the most recent slideshow - my first submitted tangle is in there!! **mini victory dance**)

  19. Should be #27 which is my hubby's fav number! Perhaps there will be hope in that!

  20. I'm number 25! Hope that is my lucky number :-)

    In my latest post on Symmetry in art and science , I have posted a photo of illustrations of sea creatures/ microorganisms( published more than a century ago)which is providing me inspiration to create tangles . Hopefully it many inspire many more zentanglers too. Here is the link:



  21. Hi Laura,
    Your challenges have hooked us (KNM and I) since the no.38, and we have been thoroughly enjoying the ‘tango-tangling’, as Maria put it. The present challenge on ‘hope’ offers variety of ways to express through Zentangles. One can look at hope from the personal level to the Global. I have chosen to address it at the global level. A tree as symbol of hope flashed in my mind, what with the ‘global warming’ posing a huge threat to the very existence of human kind! Trees, perhaps, can save us. I picked up almost all the names of your September participants to be present in my ‘hope’ tree. It’s a challenge within the challenge for all to find their individual leaves..:-). You, Maria and Rick, ‘appropriately’ are at a special location! Search it out!!
    By the way, your current life account is a great example of triumph of hope over struggles. Kudos!
    I am also at number 25 ( with KNM)


  22. I am number 28. Thrilled to be able to participate and sending HOPE your way especially this week Laura. Healing wishes for you and your family!

  23. I hope that everyone is feeling better. This was a very thoughtful challenge thanks! I am # 29.

  24. This was a very thought provoking challenge as hope means so many things. Thanks for the week of reflections!

  25. I am #32 with a sun that has yellow for light, pink for the breast cancer ribbon. Suns always mean hope for me -- especially a sunrise. Thank you again, as always, for an amazing challenge. And thank you for all the other entries that I love to visit and admire!

  26. Hi Laura, I hope everyone at your house is on the mend and things return to normal (whatever that is) soon. Thanks for another great challenge. They always get me thinking about a lot of things! Oh yeah, I am #32 this week. Take care! Sue

  27. Really appreciate you creating these challenges! I love to see other peoples' work too. Thanks. Number 39

  28. Hello! I made a real mess of up-loading my site specific URL this time, so please disregard numbers 35 &36 on the submissions list. Finally got it right at number 40!
    I blame it on an anniversary dinner and a glass of red wine!
    So sorry everybody, and especially the lovely Laura who is such an inspiration.
    Hope is what you exemplify Laura.
    God bless you real good! x

  29. Hi, I'm #41 - Hope is the thing with Feathers - inspired by the poem by Emily Dikinson.

  30. Loved this challenge, again! Thank you, thank you. I'm number 20!!

  31. This week I'm #42...and it's challenge #42! Have a good weekend!

  32. Hope you are feeling some relief from this past week. Thanks for another great challenge! I'm # 43

  33. Great challenge. I am number 46 this week.

  34. I am #48.
    YAY I finally got one added before then ending. Nice to be here again. I hope all goes better for you and your family Laura, thanks for keeping our minds thinking.

  35. Hi, Laura....I've been away and now am back in the game!! Sorry to hear of all your troubles! Hope everything is better now! I am number 50 (also 49 but it is incorrect!) I am trying to figure out how to remove # 49!

  36. I am number 51. I chose to do 3-dimensional chipboard letters. Fun format to work with and another awesome challenge.

  37. Oh Laura!! I hope things get brighter soon!! Your boys are just adorable!! I hope you stay fine, and everyone feels better soon!!
    Thank you so much for finding the time to give us these prompts and inspire us every week!! You are awesome!!
    I'm comment number 37 and linky number 53!! I would love to win!! I'm crossing my fingers this time!! LOL!!

  38. I'm #55. I really found this week's Challenge particularly timely - about 100 of us from literally all around the world are gathering in Providence, RI, next week for CZT training. That is a real example of hope, I think. Thanks, Laura!

  39. I'm #60. Thanks again for another awesome challenge. I hope your hubby and your boys are feeling better.

  40. From Diana: I'm #57. The bright door to the outside world of Hope is amazing. However did you achieve such a stunning effect? For me, Hope is THON: a cure for childhood cancer and an amazing charity. ( It was on my mind since last week, coincidentally, so this challenge was the perfect way to channel my energy. (Here's hoping this comment posts!)

  41. Wonderful challenge - coming in at #62 - Laura - here's hoping life is on the mend at your house. Be well.

  42. Strength and hope hand in hand. Zendala for me and my friend who is recovering from surgery.

  43. So excited that I got a challenge done - I've not finished one in weeks!


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