Monday, January 6, 2014

Weekly Challenge #149

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

Hello everyone, and Happy Monday!

Welcome to the first Weekly Challenge of 2014! i hope everyone had a great holiday season.
We had a great Christmas, the boys were totally into the magic this year, which made it totally awesome for me and B-rad.   

For the first time since we got married we spend the entire Christmas Day at home together.  It was so nice not to have to rush off to a gathering or a supper.  

We opened our gifts, and i made some pancakes.  Then we played with all the new toys, and B-rad set up the new Wii, and then we had bunwiches for lunch - watched a movie together, had a very festive meal of Christmas Spaghetti for dinner, and then put the boys to bed. 

On Boxing day (Dec 26) my mom and dad and brothers came over for the day and we had Enchiladas

 My brother engaged Chewie and my niece LeeLoo in an EPIC light saber battle

 Meanwhile B-rad and Ozzie sang a few songs together.

On the saturday following christmas we went to B-rad's parents acreage about 45 out of town, and had a big family sleepover.  I ate way too much food - lasagne and cheese dips and chips and bacon-wrapped water chestnuts and so much chocolate.... that's all part of Christmas right? 

It was pretty laid back 

On New Year's Eve we kissed the kids good night and said: "See you next year" which they thought was funny, and B-rad and i drank some wine and ate popcorn and watched The Life of Pi.  B-rad set a time on his phone so we'd know when it was midnight so we could kiss. aw. Romance.

and so, here we are.

Before we get into the challenge - first a few things;

1 - the slideshows!! they are happening.  I've set up the slideshows to post each day at 1:11pm until we are all caught up, so come back every day to see the latest one.  A huge thank you to Suzanne Wilka who collected and uploaded all the images for these slideshows.  You should know that organizing the slideshow is a huge amount of work, which is why i wasn't keeping up.  So, thank you Suzanne!!! 

2 - here are the links to those slideshows in case you missed them: 

3 - i have set up a newsletter, sorta.  You can subscribe to it HERE or in the Subscribe tab above!  Now, the idea for this newsletter is NOT to send one each Monday before the challenges.  That is too much work.  But i thought it might try to write a newsletter once a month-ish...  Frankly, people kept asking me if i had a newsletter, so i thought i'd give it a try.  

4 - a note about entering your images for the slideshows.  Those of you without blogs or image sharing sites like flickr or picassa, please continue to email your images to weeklychallenge at mail dot com (not gmail, just mail).  Everyone else - Please PLEASE PLEASE submit your SITE SPECIFIC URL in the linkey machine.  I understand if sometimes you forget, that's fine.  

I am running into the problem where people put their webpage into the linkey machine because, let's face it, they will receive a lot of traffic to their blogs if they do.  More often than not those blogs have absolutely NOTHING to do with Zentangle, art, or these challenges.  That is NOT what this platform is for, so please, kindly, take your search for traffic somewhere else.   

Also, i've given Suzanne the go-ahead to skip any links that don't direct her to the submission within 30 seconds or so of looking.  Before i stopped compiling the challenges i was pretty ruthless and if the link did not take me directly to where i wanted to go, i skipped it and went to the next on the list.  ***Let me be clear that this is ONLY because of the amount of time it takes to compile the list, not because we don't love you... because we totally do.***
Okay, so i think we've covered the NEW housekeeping things.

Weekly Challenge #149: "Twenty-Fourteen"

Here at the Diva Weekly Challenge - typically the first Monday of the month is reserved for a UMT or a Use My Tangle post where we try out a tangle created by you.  However, i decided that the beginning of a new year only happens once.  a year.  :)

So, this week the challenge is to use the theme New Year, or 2014

Those of you who have already subscribed to the Newsletter or are a fan of my facebook page have already seen my submission for this week's challenge.

I just wanted to tell you that i am HEAD over HEELS in love with the Uniball Signo Gold Pen...i'm using it everywhere - it's so luscious.  This picture doesn't even do it justice. (i'm not being paid to tell you this, by the way, i really really do LOVE them) 

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 put it in the slideshow. (send submissions to: weeklychallenge at [not gmail, just mail]. 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. - although to be honest the deadline is pretty forgiving. 
 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. Happy New Year!You have this amazing full of love family….so preciou…hope to tangle soon and put my link… ciao!

  2. happy new year to you and your family. sounds like you have had great holidays. thank you and Suzanne for all the slide shows, I''ve enjoyed watching them.

  3. Happy New Year Laura! So glad to see your post and your beautiful tile!

  4. Wishing you and your family a wonderful new year and thanks for all you do :)

  5. Thanks and cheers for a sensational 2014!

  6. Happy New Year! Glad to have your challenges back. Hope you enjoyed the holidays and the time off.

  7. Welcome back Laura and Happy New Year to you and your lovely family! :0) I love your tile 2014! And (I think) thanks for letting us know about the Uniball Signo Gold Pen! (that is now a wish list item)! It really does look beautiful!! Glad to be back! :0) Share Humanity

  8. Had to chuckle when I saw this week's challenge. I had already done a 2014 tangle for my new year's post! Hope everyone is having a great start to the new year and staying warm if you are being hit with the super cold temps like we are here in PA.

  9. Good Morning! I forgot, I was going to ask you a question. What did you use for your shading, in this tile? It doesn't look like pencil. It's very very precise and amazing! Just thought I'd ask :0) Share Humanity

    1. Hey annette,
      i used a Fabrico Dual Tip Fabric Marker in Light Grey. :D

    2. Thank You, Laura!! That's too funny, I had recently bought some of those markers. Haven't had a go with them yet!! You're a delight!! xo :0) Share Humanity

    3. I too have started to use a light gray marker! They work great and I like the looks of the finished product.

  10. Hi, this is my first challenge attempt and I have to confess to doing the link wrong. You'll see there are 2 entries (20 and 21) and the first is wrong but I couldn't work out how to remove it. I'm hoping that you'll do that for me. Thanks.
    I love the blog and the inspiration I get as new tangler (if that's the right word) :)
    Linda B x

  11. Thanks for another great challenge and for the pics of your adorable boys. Looks like you had a great Christmas at your house!

  12. This Zentangle stuff is a joke. People have been drawing patterns like this long before some bored housewife came along and decided to copyright all this crap. All Zentangle is is a cash grab.

    1. true, the patterns are as old as time.
      however no one has copywritten the patterns, only the teaching method.
      Thanks for your well researched comment. ;)
      Have a great day.
      Love Laura

  13. When I look up uniball Signa Gold Pen I find a variety. WHICH one? I am thinking the Uniball gold GEL pen. Right?

    1. Hey Ginny,
      yep, you're right. it's the Gold Gel pen. LOOOOOVE.

  14. Don't you love "anonymous" the joyful person comment!
    What a great outlook on life! Great answer, Laura.

  15. My first challenge in zentangle. And only a week since I first heard the word and thought what is this thing about. I love it! I love your thoughtfulness for creating the challenges so that we can participate. Happy new year to you :)

  16. Happy New Year!

    I'm sorry, but there was some glitch when I posted my first link (#16 MomZenArtist). Can you delete that one? I reposed with the right link that displays correctly. Thanks, and sorry for the clutter!

  17. Submitted my first official Zentangle! #149. So much fun!

    Can't wait for the next challenge.

  18. I'm another baby zentangler with my first challenge. Getting this posted also prodded me into finally getting my blog up and running. Thanks!

  19. This is my second entry into the challenge!! I am so excited to have been able to join, and also welcome to the other new people!! This is such a fun and wonderful artform!!

  20. I am also really new to Zentangle. I've taken it up as a means of managing the stress of some rough health issues. It is so helpful!! Just found your sight several days ago, and just posted for the first challenge. Thank you for doing this each week!

  21. Happy new year to all in this challenge! I haven't done some zentagle in quite a while and was so happy, when I grabbed my pens today. It was so relaxing and creative as always.
    Hopefully I'll do some more tangles this year :)

  22. Happy New Year everyone.

    I just realized that after finally finishing this challenge and posting it on my blog, I forgot to post the link here.

    I'm so glad to have your challenges back again. Thank you for the umpteenth time for doing this. You do a fantastic job. Your creativity and imagination are awesome.

  23. Finally thawing out enough to hold a pen, say "thanks, Laura, for all you do" and wish a Very Happy New Year to everyone.

  24. thank you for helping me find your challenges! I look forward to doing them!

  25. Thanks to you Laura for making 2013 a wonderful Zentangle filled year. I look forward to 2014. Thanks for all your hard work!

  26. JUST submitted, and my scan doesn't show any of the shading... bummer, but it's up! Thanks for letting me post late!

  27. I may be late, but just couldn't miss one! Here's to 2014!

  28. Hello ! I've submitted my first entry ! (number 78). I'm very exciting ! I love your blog ! thanks for all the challenges, patterns, ideas..... I draw since 6 months only and it is very beneficial to my health ! love tangles !


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