Monday, October 10, 2011

Weekly Challenge #43

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 winner #4 - lucky commenter #13

Joni, 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? You can still try next week.... after this week, it's the last Pocket Pagez giveaway....

BUT 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!  

We are all in a Turkey induced haze up in here, so i'll be brief.  We had two big family gatherings - One Sunday night and one Monday night - with all the Thanksgiving trimmings... too much food... uhhnnnn... can't move....

But i want to say that i'm thankful for so many wonderful things in my life.  I'm thankful for my wonderful husband and my two amazing kids, for my family who have been so supportive this last year, i'm thankful for hospitals (as much as it sucks to be in 'em, i'm sure glad we have 'em), i'm SOOO thankful for Canada's health care system - i think we'd be bankrupt by now..., i'm thankful for the smell of fallen leaves, i'm thankful for smoochy baby kisses and three year old laughter
So thankful for this guy

This guy too.
I'm thankful for Rick and Maria - for their generous spirits, and for the gift of Zentangle in my life.  I'm thankful for the friends i've made through this challenge, and for the chance to be a part of this movement of creation.
thanks, guys.

Weekly Challenge #43: Sunflower Fun

This week's Challenge comes courtesy of Pennyb.  (if you have an idea for a challenge, drop me a line... see my contact tab above)

She writes:
In Republic of South Africa, on 12 October we have Bandana Day, which is run by the Sunflower Fund.   This is an organization founded in 1999 in support of the SA Bone Marrow Registry for people suffering from leukemia. Every year our local retailer (Pick n Pay) sells Sunflower bandanas and the proceeds go towards the Sunflower Fund...everyone wears a Bandana, somehow somewhere on this day! I wondered if you could incorporate the Sunflower Fund logo somehow as a Challenge during the week 12 Oct??

To that i say, heck yes we can!! i went to the website and checked it out, and i pulled their logo:

which i traced onto a tile and used as a string...

Penny also generously offered to mail me a bandana.
i think i totally make this work.  don't you?  :)

So, this week use create a tile or ZIA inspired by the sunflower!
    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. :(


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  2. Thanks so much!! The Bandana looks great!

  3. Once again, a great challenge...and I checked out pennyb's blog....thanks for sharing the world with me!!!!

  4. Hi All, Fab challenge, don't know what number I am this week can't tell if the link is working. My PC playing up.
    Brilliant blog, love the Bandana.

  5. Hi me again, looks like I am #1!!! how cool is that.

  6. great to continue to support cancer sufferers. Im no 6

  7. Great challenge! Love sunflowers so it was fun - Thank you!

  8. Happy Thanksgiving! Your tile is so beautiful! I love it so! I am number 8 this week. Thanks for putting forward such a great cause.

  9. I think I am number 10 this week. Wonderful challenge. Happy Thanksgiving and great idea with the Sunflowers. Penny B, thanks for sharing!

  10. Great Challenge....I was not aware of this Foundation so thanks for sharing. I am entry #12...have a great week!

  11. Laura, you do totally make it work. Thanks for the sunshine of the sunflower. How happy and what a great cause!

  12. I don't like winters and it's been raining for tree days so thank you for the sunflowers in this challenge.

  13. I'm number 18 this week. I loved having the chance to do another watercolor background in the yellows and browns.

  14. I'm number 19 this time. Love your sunflower tile.

  15. Cool... I made it in this week. I'm at #19.

  16. Sounds like a very worthy cause. Thanks for the challenge. I'm #21.

  17. Thank you to Penny for giving us such a meaningful challenge this week. It also gave me a chance to honor the memory of my childhood friend, who died of leukemia when I was 12 years old. I am #23. Thank you, to Laura, also for this awesome community of Zentangle challenges and for sharing all your gratitudes on your Canadian Thanksgiving. Your kids are the cutest!

  18. #24 this week
    love sunflowers and so up for new ideas to use for my tangles.this week I incorporated the use of sunflowers and am making a bandana as well..great idea

  19. I'm #27. Only had time to do one this week.

  20. I am #28 and a first time linker to this challenge! I'm a quilter, but doodle all over everything I have when I am sitting listening to presentations or lectures. I have not actually purchased and worked through any material on Zentangle-ing but I browsed through a book at some point and I love the concept. I am anxious to have the time to look at all the links above to see what everyone else is doing with this challenge.

  21. Looks like we've put our posts up at the same time Eden, as it's showing me at #28. But it's a beautiful piece you've created!

    I love that this challenge lends itself to both simplicity and complexity and there seems to be an interesting collection of both.

  22. Make me #30! Great challenge, great cause, posted the US site on my blog.

  23. Great challenge and great cause - I love sunflowers, so this was lots of fun.

  24. Hi,
    Just curious....Are all zentanglers who respond to the challenges only women ? with my husband being the exception!

    How many zentanglers are men ?.....baring Rick and Dilip!

    I'm at #33


  25. Whew! Finally got it finished. Hubby has been in the hospital this week, and I just couldn't concentrate on anything while sitting there. He's home now, so I was able to wrap my poor little brain around the challenge! Good one!

    I'm #37

  26. Thank you for the challenge! I am #38.

  27. I am number 43, this challenge touched me in surprising and unexpected ways. Thank you for the inspiration!

  28. I am number 44, comment number 31. Thank you for hosting this awesome challenge each week!!
    And what a wonderful prompt for a wonderful cause!!
    Your thanksgiving sounds wonderful!! You are very lucky to have so many blessings!

  29. I'm #47. If this posts. Oh my gosh...I think it might! Diana Hirsch

  30. This is my first challenge. This is fun! Thank you so much for doing this!

    I'm #45.

  31. Hi Laura, Love your sunflower! I am #49 this week. Thanks!

  32. Great challenge! Really did like the meaning behind this theme. Hope all is well with you and your family. This week I'm #50.
    Thank you.

  33. Loved the reason for Sunflower challenge - my entries not as much. I really do better with the abstract - when it has to actually look like something I'm in trouble Ha!

  34. This is my first challenge. I'm looking forward to many more. I'm number 55 on the linky thing.

  35. I would love to do more flower challenges, this was sweet. thank you.


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