Monday, October 17, 2011

Weekly Challenge #44

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 #5 - lucky commenter #23

tangledtranquility, 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.... and the week after that! The Pocket Pagez giveaways have been extended!! WOO HOO!!

You can also 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!  

As i'm writing this post, it's Sunday night - and i am exhausted.  Today was Artoo's first birthday!  It's hard to believe that a whole year ago i missed out on our Full Day Zentangle retreat that Margaret Bremner and i had planned. It  was a beautiful day, a gorgeous saturday, and i was really looking forward to spending it at the Devic Centre, 25 minutes outside of town... but as my luck would have it, Artoo needed out.  And i missed the retreat. sigh.

He came 7.5 weeks early and weighed a whopping 3 lbs 15 oz.

Hard to believe that this is the same kid. 

Happy birthday, kiddo.   We spent most of today at grandparents' with both sides of the family, celebrating his birthday.  He's come so far.  I'm so proud of him... and it's been a crazy Cah-RAY-zee year.  for all of us.

Weekly Challenge #44: "String Theory v. VI: Tangled on the inside"

i while back Jo in NZ sent me an idea for a challenge (have an idea? Email me at the address on my contact tab above) - the idea is that you use one tangle as the 'string' and then fill in all the spaces with other tangles.  A tangle within a tangle....

To honour my little dude's birthday, i used my tangle Artoo that i came up with during one of our many hospital stays (click here to read about it and see the tangle instructions).  Instead of doing many buds, i chose to just do ONE bud and tangle inside each 'stripe'.

i had very good intentions of doing a second tile using 'cadent' and filling in the spaces with other fun tangles, but... i'm tired.  Throwing a birthday party takes a lot out of a gal.

So, this week's challenge is to create a tile or ZIA using a tangle or tangle section as your string, then to fill in the 'blanks' with other tangles. 

    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. Hey, I won! What a great way to start a Monday morning! I'll be sending my address. Thanks so much for all the incredible challenges. I don't get to all of them in time, but love that they push me in new directions. Thanks!

  2. Happy Birthday Artoo! What a gorgeous boy he is. Laura I appreciate each and every challenge. This was fun. Thank you!

  3. This one looks fun, and I've already had some ideas for filling in the lines...I'll have to play with these challenges for a couple of weeks before I'm ready to share, I think!! :)

  4. Great challenge...and happy birthday to your darling baby boy...Artoo!!!

  5. Fantastic challenge and great blog. What a wonderful day.

  6. My favorite challenge so far! And Happy Birthday Artoo!! (#4)

  7. Another fun challenge! Thanks Laura for sharing your family and taking the time to create a challenge for us every week. It makes Mondays something to look forward to!

  8. Happy Birthday, Artoo! Loving the green icing on the hand.

  9. Happy Birthday to Artoo ,and another wonderful challenge.

  10. This is my second challenge. Looking forward to many more. I'm # 3 on the linky thing.

  11. I am no. 9. Guess my second tangle wasnt quite "it" but I had great fun doing it!

  12. I am #11. Not totally thrilled with my tangle this week...may have another one in a few days. Great challenge though.

  13. Happy Birthday to Artoo! I'm #12 this week. I was totally inspired by watching TV last night. 'Dancing with the Stars' and the 'Sing Off'. I wish they weren't both on at the same time - but that's what DVRs are for.

  14. Happy Birthday, Artoo! Thanks for sharing the birthday pics. I am #14 this week (the 4th Sue or Susan in a row). Love your tile, Laura!

  15. Love this challenge! Will have to try another one with more details before the week is out. Congratulations on a successful mission completely around the sun Artoo!
    Melinda Butcher

  16. This one required some thought, but I enjoyed it. Happy Birthday Artoo! I'm at #16.

  17. Wow! This was a fun one!!
    Spot me at #17.
    And Happy 1st Birthday, Artoo! Beautiful boy.

  18. How exciting. It is ALWAYS fun to be reading through your bloglist and find your name in print. Happy birthday to Artoo, and I look forward to seeing what comes out of this challenge

  19. I'm number 19. Thanks for the challenge and Happy Birthday to Artoo!

  20. I'm #20 Glad to be back after a couple of weeks. I loved this one. And happy birthday to Artoo

  21. Oh to be 21 again...well just here! Happy birthday Artoo! May it be a year of laughter, good health, and new discoveries!

  22. I am 22, in my dreams, that is!! What a fun challenge. Thank you Laura and Jo in NZ. Love your tile Diva and love Artoo with his first birthday adorable!

  23. "Well, I try each week to post a comment but cannot. Soooo, I'm sending you an email again to let you know that I'm #23.

    I really am enjoying your challenges - and they do just that!



  24. Number 24 this week. Great challenge idea. I had fun! And a belated Hoppy Bunnyday to Artoo!

  25. I linked! I am #25 this week. Interesting challenge. I had lots of fun and procrastinated many important thing this week browsing tangle patterns! Hopefully once I get a critical mass under my belt I can just learn a couple new ones each week to keep me satisfied so I can get something else done once in a while!

  26. Greetings and thanks for the challenge. I'm number 26 (and posted this under last week's challenge as my brain is full of a cold - so could you remove me from that one :-)
    Happy Birthday celebrations to all of you!

  27. Hey, I'm number 28 and it feels lucky...

  28. Happy Happy Birthday dear Artoo!!
    #30!! Thnx for the challenge, enjoyed and had fun!!

  29. I am #33. Thanks for the fun challenge. The happiest of birthdays to our dear Artoo -- thank you for sharing your family with us.

  30. This was a fun challenge. I'm #36.

  31. Thanks again, Laura, and happy birthday to that sweet little munchkin!!

  32. Entry #41, and comment #34!!!
    Happy birthday to that little sweetie!!!
    Thank you for hosting this awesome challenge!! It really helps the beginner, like me, to try our hand at this beautiful art form!!
    You rock!

  33. I am entry #42 and this challenge stretched me and made me see tangles differently. Loved being challenged and stretched!

  34. Looks like I'm 43. Happy Birthday to Artoo! So happy for you all. Thanks for the challenge - loved it!

  35. I am #44 for the Challenge #44
    Thanks Jo for this great idea to tangle within a tangle.
    And I love your example for this Challenge Laura!
    Have a fantastic weekend with your friends!

  36. What a fun challenge! I enjoyed tangling with/within Oof today. I'm #45. And happy BD to Artoo and Congrats on teaching again..

  37. Happy Birthday Artoo!!

    Thank you for the challenge! I am #47.

  38. Thanks for the challenge, I've missed doing them for a few weeks. I really enjoyed the CZT seminar and am happy and excited to be a CZT!

    Hope Artoo has a Happy Birthday and a health-filled and fun year!

    I am #48.


  39. Happy birthday Artoo!

    This was a real challenge, I messed up the first one.

    I'm number 50!

  40. Happy Birthday to Artoo! It's amazing to realize that the year has gone by so quickly. I enjoyed the challenge a lot....thanks to Jo!

  41. I could not post from my iPad and the pc is tied up right now. I sent it to you by email. Love the challenge!

  42. I'm #57. I turned my Zentangle--Flux in a Flux--into the opening of the annual Halloween Party blog tour I participate in. It's been a long week preparing and a long night partying, but I do hope you'll stop by!
    Diana Hirsch

  43. I'm number 58 and 59 but #58 is an oops. I realized after I pushed the button that I didn't change the specifics so the link is to the last challenge's post. So #59 is the real one.
    Isn't it wonderfully strange to be 'childless' for a little while!?! I always feel like I'm missing something, still. My oldest is 23, my youngest is 4.
    I also have a preemie. She is now 19, almost 20. She was 15 weeks early. Boy, those first few months were HARD.
    I remember hearing about Artoo being born. Its hard to believe its been a year. They grow up so fast. Happy Birthday, Artoo!

  44. Bringing up the rear again - wonder if that's why I was always fascinated with cabooses as a child, well today too ;>) Happy Birthday Artoo!

  45. Late again, but here to represent! Happy birthday to you and to Artoo <8


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