Monday, March 17, 2014

Weekly Challenge #159

Happy Monday everyone!
First of all, as always - a few house keeping items:
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Hello my Tangly friends

Thank you for all the well wishes last week.  I'm happy to report i'm feeling 100% better.  It was a rough 4 days, though.

Luckily, i had these adorable boys to help me through it.

They sure love their bananas....

By the end of the week i was feeling well enough to invite Chewie's friend over from school.  So, playdates mean fresh cookies!!

Weekly Challenge #159: "Top O' the Morning"
Happy St. Patrick's Day to one and all! If you celebrated the with the Irish this weekend i hope you are recovering well.

This week's challenge is to take inspiration from St. Patrick's Day - in whatever way you like! totally open to interpretation!

I used a pre-tiled zendala tile, and gave it a wash of green watercolour before i began.

I used a variety of green sakura gel pens.  The photo doesn't do it justice because the original is very sparkly.

This challenge was a real challenge for me, once i decided to do colour.  Using colour always throws me off a bit, and i usually find that zendalas take away my zen.  I have a hard time letting go of the OUTCOME when doing a zendala tile.  I'm not entirely sure why, perhaps it's because of the geometry of the mandala.  maybe i just need more practice?

in the end, though, i think it's not too shabby.
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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. O no, it's not shabby it all, it is gorgeous!!!!!
    Glad you feel better now.

  2. Oh wow this is beautiful all of the tangles fit so well together.

  3. Thanks for another lovely, Laura.
    Not shabby in the least.
    A few touches of Inktense green. Some Zennish equilibrium for the equinox. Plenty of bouncing Spring Rixty energy. Very little St. Pat. I'm not much for messing with leprechauns.

  4. Top O' the morning to you to Laura.......loving your green creation.

  5. I tip my hat to your Irish medley!!! It's simply beautiful!! I have not yet even tried a zendala, but listening to you explain your feelings on doing one, I feel the same way and that is probably why I haven't tried one. (but now you have put me to the challenge, if you tackled one then I must give it a try too)Oh, and you make cookies like my husband would like them,.........lots and lots of chocolate chips!!! :0) Share Humanity

  6. Doesn't look like you have trouble with the zendalas. It's very beautiful!

  7. I like the colours in your zendala and would like to see all the sparkly parts. It's really wonderful.

  8. I struggle with Zendalas, too. Yours is lovely. :)

  9. Better late than never. I really love your zendala Laura!

  10. "May you have the hindsight to know where you've been, the foresight to know where you are going, and the insight to know when you have gone too far."

    The Irish do have a way with words.

    Your zendala is gorgeous, and 'twas inspiring to me!

  11. Hi Laura, and all ... complete newbie posting here. Have often visited and taken the challenge but not yet posted. I don't think my link has worked, though. Beautiful zendala, Laura :)

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  13. Oops, I made a mistake and had to remove previous comment...sorry. This is the first time I have entered this challenge. I have wanted to for quite a while. Last week or so, I actually made one but didn't post it here. I finally decided to bite the bullet and post. It is not exactly what I had planned to do (it came out much darker than what I thought it would), but it IS my first effort! LOL! That's my excuse and I'm sticking to it!

  14. Oops! I accidentally put in a wrong link and I'm not sure how to delete it. Please ignore "Amy C" # 70.

    "Amy C" #69 is the correct link for this challenge. Sorry about that!!!

  15. Love your Zendala, Laura. It's definitely not too shabby. Sorry this is kind of late; but it's been that kind of week. Almost didn't make it at all.

  16. Haven't tangled in awhile, so thought I would do something. It doesn't scream Irish I suppose... but it does have green! And of course a little clover

  17. I had a hard time with this one... but it was fun! Better late than never right?


tangle me some zen, baby!!