Monday, July 22, 2013

Weekly Challenge #128

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 tabs above
  • 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. 
  • I know that some of you have told me that the paypal button does not work, and some of you have had no trouble, i'm not sure why it's inconsistent, i've redone the code a few times... If all else fails you can donate to my paypal address which is madam_diva ( a t ) yahoo ( d o t ) com - also to those people who donated this week... THANK YOU SO MUCH.

Happy Monday!
How's your summer going? Here are a few shots of mine!

cutest face
Me and Artoo spending some time outside in our little kiddy pool...
this one too!
Chewie is enjoying his swimming lessons, but 4 weeks is a long time for a 5 year old.  I'm thinking we may just call it good for the summer after this session.  

 I have the most beautiful niece! Her dad (my brother in law) just got remarried a few weeks ago, and this was one of the shots of her and i.  She's so much fun.  She came and stayed with us for a few days this week and we had a great time, mostly making art in my 'studio'.  I've known her since she was 18 months old, and i've always thought of her as the little sister i never had.

 I was at my mom's one day this week, when Artoo decided to climb up the back of the couch and stand on the edge.  Now, i know that this is normal 2 year old behaviour, but to me, because of Artoo's condition, he's still so much like an infant that sometimes i forget that he's almost 3.... and when i heard him say: "Mama, look at meeee!" and saw him standing there, well, it felt like a little victory. :D

Look at me!!
 He also got to do some tree climbing with B-rad at his uncle's BBQ.

Here's  a cute shot that i 'discovered' on my phone at Chewie's swimming lessons.
It's been a summery week!   Full of ups and downs, as this week we said goodbye to Artoo's iPod.  It has jumped ship... the last time we saw it was at the pool for lessons, and it hasn't turned up yet. 

He's been pretty sad about it.  He's very attached to it, and not for the games, but for the music.  I'm pretty upset as well, not only because we've lost our iPod, but because there were so many adorable photos and videos on it, of the boys laughing together, and about four million shots of the top of Artoo's head... it's sad.  He says every day: "Imma have-a tha IPOD!" and i have to tell him it's lost, and he says; "Go find it!" ugh, so hard to explain that it can't be found.  :(

On that note, please vote for my photo in this contest CLICK HERE.  Should i be lucky enough to win, we will sell my old camera to buy Artoo a new iPod.  (sorry apparently the link does not work for mobile devices)

Weekly Challenge #128: Two-Pencil String
I revisited the start of this challenge a while ago, and i was marveling at how far we've come together as a group! It's pretty awesome.  Anyway, the second challenge i ever issued was a Two-Pencil String challenge (see it here!) and it was inspired by my fellow Saskatoonian CZT, Margaret Bremner who does some amazing 2pencil string tiles

So, to do a 2 pencil string, all you need is... you guessed it - 2 pencils! and also a rubber band.

The tricky part lies in turning corners, or dealing with uneven pencil leads - so i had to 'fix' a bit of my string.

It's pretty fun, if you're one of those people who gets stumped at the string, this is an easy go-to to get you started.  Also, speaking of Margaret, she just posted an amazing tangle sampler full of linear/border type tangles! Check it out for some inspiration!

Have fun with this!
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. (please email to weeklychallenge(at)mail(dot)com)I just ask that you put in the subject line:  Challenge # ________

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.  PLEASE do not put your *home* page in the linkey machine... please? for me??


  1. Laura, these are some darling pictures of the boys. After the long cold winter, they must love being outside with family and friends. This was a fun challenge. Thanks, as always.

  2. I love the pictures of your guys! They are adorable. I love this challenge also. Your site is awesome and good luck with the camera.

  3. I agree Laura the group has grown with fantastic leaps and bounds. Beaut tile and pics.

  4. Little boys and trees just go together, right? Artoo is still workin' that smile...and he looks sooo cute in his shades!!!


  5. As always you have given me a great start to the week. I live for the challenges! Your tile is especially beautiful this week and your photos always bring a smile to my face!

  6. Thanks for the great challenge; it's only Tuesday, and already I've done 2 ZIAs using 2 pencil strings, and I know I'll come up with a few more. Thanks for your wonderful inspiration.

  7. I love reading about you and your boys! Great job coming up with challenges!

  8. I had much more fun with this than I did the first time around. I even recycled a tile that I had created in 2010 the first time. I didn't like that string and never filled in. This time, I embraced the string and had a blast! Thanks!

  9. Thank you, Laura, for providing such a generous learning forum. You're admirable!

  10. Thanks again for posting a very fun challenge! I loved using the 2 pencils for a string.

  11. Thanks for the opportunity to share our creative fun.

  12. When I entered as # 62 the link didn't work, so I entered again as # 63. I don't know how to remove the first one. This was a fun challenge, thanks!

  13. This is my first time entering the challenge. I hope I did the link-thing right:) Thanks Laura.

  14. Thanks again for a fabulous challenge. I know I'll make use of the 2 pencil string often. And I can't wait to see what you come up with next week.


tangle me some zen, baby!!