Monday, September 10, 2012

Weekly Challenge #86

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
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  • 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.  I continue to be amazed by the generosity of spirit of this wonderful community.  HUGS!
Welcome back everyone!

B-rad and i spent a very lovely anniversary together, in the isolation ward - after we managed to get Artoo to sleep, we played Scrabble together on our phones - as we didn't have a board game handy.  This is kind of a tradition for us, as we played a lot of Scrabble on our honeymoon (I was very sick on our honeymoon) and we played Scrabble last year on our anniversary as well.  lol.

Here we are, looking snappy in our isolation gowns - 8 years of wedded bliss.
These hospital stays are getting trickier and trickier as Artoo gets older and realizes that hospitals are scary, and that if someone new comes in the room, they are probably there to touch you and bother you, and if you're not quite two - scare you.

The day before we came home, Artoo slept for almost 4.5 hours in the afternoon.  I tried to get a nap, but it's almost impossible to nap in a hospital room, between the nurses and the Residents and the pediatricians and the cleaning staff and the food service people and the orderlies, and the ringing of the monitors and the sounds of oxygen and suction machines buzzing...

i did manage to get some journaling done though....

Finally, they decided that what he had was viral, there was no need for any antibiotics, and he probably didn't require any more oxygen as he was on the upswing, and so they sent us home.

I wanted to say thank you again for all your well wishes and emails while Artoo was in the hospital.   He's still got quite a nasty cough, but he's getting better all the time.

here we are on discharge day - it's always so nice to have all the wires taken off
Friday was Chewie's big day of Preschool!  he was so excited, and i was too.  It's so hard to believe that he's already going to school once a week - IMAGINE!!! NEXT YEAR AT THIS TIME IT WILL BE KINDERGARTEN!!!  ahhhh!!!!

walking to school with mama, still wants to hold my hand.
 We made it to school and he made a beeline for the toys.

 All in all, it was a pretty good morning.
first day of school!
 I'm so proud of him...

also, i wanted to say a very quick Happy 15th Birthday to my very beautiful niece!

Weekly Challenge #86 "Break Free!"

A traditional Zentangle begins with dots, border, string - and often times, the string stays inside the border we drew, containing our work to the inside of our tiles.

I often find myself enamored with those tiles that seem to extend off the tile - and  sometimes i forget that one of the wonderful parts of learning the rules when it comes to art, is learning when and how to break them.

This week, the challenge is to break free of your border! To create a tile or ZIA where SOME element of your work goes beyond the border and stretches or expands out, free from constraints!! 

Have a great week everyone, and have fun breaking free from the borders!!
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. 
Hey - i should note here quickly that i try my best to get the slideshows up in a timely fashion, but sometimes my life gets in the way (like when Artoo spends a week in the hospital, just for example) so, please be patient.  thanks.  HUG
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.  PLEASE do not put your *home* page in the linkey machine... please? for me??


  1. Artoo looks a bit worn out, poor little guy. Thinking of you all, glad you are once again at home. Yay Chewie on your first day of school!
    Thank you for the challenge. Laura, I live for Mondays now.

  2. Let's hope Artoo will be without hospitals for a long, very long time!
    And wow, Chewie to school. Time flies!

    I like the new challenge, thank you so much.

  3. There is no place like home, as you know so well. Glad your all home again and little Artoo is on the mend. Happy school day to Chewie, my Grandson started Kindergarten and loves it. You and Brad are a great couple and wonderful parents.
    Take care.

  4. I agree, Hospitals are no place to be for children. But sometimes you have. My daughter who's suffering a muscle dystrofy disease, has to visit it very often, and she once had a medical research with lots of needles when she was 3 years old, and by now, her age is 12 she still is very very afraid of needles. I only can give you one advice always tell him the truth when he has questions about whats going to happen, when he has to go for another research, even if this is not the answer he wants to hear, it's the best way to prepare him. And he will always trust you. My daughter always wants to know if the next research will be with needles, and if so, I tell her, so I can prepare her. When I should say no, and after all there will be needles then she will be totally panicked at the time of the research, and she probably won't trust my judgement next time.

    Hugs for all of you!

  5. So glad little buddy is on the upswing from his illness. This challenge will be perfect as I have been trying to work on breaking free for a while now. I look forward to seeing what others come up with as well.

  6. It is a wonderful thing to see the strength you a Brad have. I love when you share your life with us and all its ups and downs and how you all keep smiling. Linky is missing today but I am sure he will soon show up and I will check back. I love how your lines broke free in your tile! It is lovely!

  7. Thank you for wonderful peaks into your life. You and your little family are shining example of love and the lesson in how the simple things in life, small traditions can hold us together in hard times.
    This looks like a fun project for our week. I love the way your tiles are always so "strong", like you are in real life.

  8. I so enjoy this challenge every week, and also peeking into your tumultuous life. It sounds difficult, and I'm amazed how positive and upbeat you always remain. You are a really wonderful example of how "attitude" has so much to do with peace and acceptance with joy. You're a wonderful role model to many.

  9. Great Challenge Laura,
    Hope that your little one is better and that sleep for you and Brad are on the make back to normal... Raising little ones is a huge challenge in itself... you are a very strong couple. My Love is with you. Love, Light and Peace...Bonnie

  10. I'm glad he didn't need to meds and that it wasn't serious. I hope he's feeling better soon.

  11. I enjoyed this challenge. Have a good week everyone.

  12. Thank you for this challenge it was just what I needed.

  13. Good to hear you are back from hospital and that you were able to avoid antibiotics.

    Thanks for finding the time to post the challenge :)

  14. Good to hear you are all home and that your family is getting back to normal and thanks for taking time to post another fun challenge.

  15. Have posted my entry for #86...:) I have another one coming up....:)

  16. Help, did I just really create my own tangle? Or is it a variation of someone else's?

  17. Hope this week is better, and Artoo is on the mend. How fun to have Chewie starting pre-school. He looks so excited and happy in that picture! Laura, you are such a sweetheart to go through all you do with your little ones, and still keep inspiring all of us each week!

  18. I'm so glad that Artoo is getting better and Chewie looks so happy to be going to school. Thanks again for your inspiration in your weekly challenge and in your life.

  19. Hang in there, glad to here things are getting better. Thank you for inspiring us all!

  20. Thank you as always for your inspiring attitude to life. Love your photos & your challenge (even if I don't like what I did with it!). There are lots of wonderful entries.

  21. Congratulations Chewie on yout big day at school!
    Super tile Laura, love your auraknot!

  22. Wow--big day for Chewie!! Have fun at school this year!! Hugs for little Artoo--I hope you're all feeling much better now that everyone's home again! Thanks for another great challenge Laura! Peace and blessings to your family!

  23. Thanks Laura!! I really enjoyed this challenge and needed it. Love the pic of Chewie's on his first day...they grow so fast..

  24. Thanks for the great challenge!

  25. Oh i have missed this for such a long time!! glad to be back!! have a great day hugs to kids. Chewie looks adorable!! Artoo you hang in there boy!!

  26. Thanks again for this lovely challenge!

  27. Happy Anniversary Laura and Brad! I'm glad to know Artoo is well enough to be home. Sending prayers up for him.

  28. I'm trying this again, because I don't see my comment from yesterday showing. Hopefully I got the URL right this time. I wasn't putting a title on my post, so I didn't get the specific addy you showed in your delightful

  29. i am sorry, i didn,t know how it works, my name is 2 times . I understand it , next time no mistake .

  30. what a beautiful way to spend your anniversary...anyone can see from your sharing that you are so much in love and dedicated to your lives together...

  31. Your challenges have inspired me to start a new blog dedicated to Zentangles & tangling, so from next week my link will be to my new blog, Coco Zen Loco!

    I've just put my response to this week's challenge up at

  32. Fun challenge. In the future, I might just give myself permission to draw outside the lines a little more often. It's a good reminder that there are no real rules when tangling. And, Happy Anniversary to you. =)

  33. I went with hearts for my border-free attempt:


tangle me some zen, baby!!