Monday, April 28, 2014

Weekly Challenge #165

Happy Monday Morning everyone!
First of all, as always - a few house keeping items:
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Hello my Tangly friends!
I hope you've all had a great week.  Ours started out nice - it's been Easter break at school so i've had Chewie home all week.  The start of the week was bright and sunny.

Brothers on the swing!
We spent some time in the backyard, even though it was quite muddy and wet.

Chewie loves hunting for ladybugs

I love this photo so much
The rest of the week, sadly, was dismal and raining.  I had some trouble sleeping this week and one of those night's wee hours led us to this... It was fun, and i was ready to sleep after.

not quite a tangly thing, but relaxing
It's been raining steadily since about wednesday - but i still managed to get out for one run this week...
My glasses need windshield wipers. 

Hopefully the weather will dry up a bit so i can get out a few more times.  I have been running on my treadmill but it's just so much nicer to be out of doors, don't you think?

Weekly Challenge #165: "UMT - Camelia"
I do realize that this is the LAST week of April - but it's my blog and i'll UMT when i want to! ;)

For those of you who don't know, the first Monday of the month, is a UMT Challenge (Use My Tangle), where the challenge is to learn and use a tangle created by one of you! It's awesome for me, because i don't have time to try all the new tangles i see on the web on a regular basis. This challenge makes sure i'm at least learning ONE new tangle a month...

if you have a tangle you'd like to submit, please follow this link for the guidelines for submissions. Each month's tangle is chosen at random 

This week's Tangle is brought to us by the Anne Marks.  You can find the step outs for this lovely pattern on her blog here
Have a great week!!
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. Such fun! Always my Monday starts out great because of you Laura! Thank you so much. Have I ever told you how much I love your tangling style? Your tile is gorgeous!

  2. As a teacher I am still enjoying one more week of Easter holidays, so today I had lots of time for your challenge. Thank you very much for the inspiration!

  3. Thanks for yet another challenge Laura, I love the challenges and also your blog about your family and weather. The boys look their like having a great time on the seesaw!!

  4. Mondays, use to feel like another day to me. Now I also look fwd to Mondays more then ever, thanks to you. I decided to do my Zentangle today in Red because my black was running low on ink and red was the closest pen to me. So fun, thank you.
    I like the Rain one you did, I thought about doing something like that also as it was mostly rainy this last week.

  5. Too much fun! I tell you, watching your boys reminds me so much of my two lil guys!! They look like they are best buds!! I would love to trade you weather!! We are supposed t get up to 101 degrees this week!!! What ever happened to spring, let alone winter, here in CA!! Yuk!!! I do love your tile!!!It's so neat to see color in Zentangle ,now! Thanks for the challenge! :0) Share Humanity

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  7. My first submission, however I have done other challenges and will back post them. Camelia is not my kind of tangle, and I wasn't coming up with any ideas, so I generated a random string from (#3). I worked it pretty loose, another thing that I don't usually do and that was kind of fun.The string left a lot of zigzag lines in the middle and that lent itself to Star Map. All-in-all, it was an enjoyable zentangle.

  8. It's raining here too....perfect day for our challenge. Beaut tile Laura.

  9. Thanks Laura, for another challenge. Also thanks for the new photo's of your boys, happy for them to be able to be outside without coats again!
    Your tile is very beautiful; I'm looking forward to start mine today.

  10. Beautiful tile Laura:) Thanks for the challenge! :)

  11. I always bike with a cap on when it rains to avoid most of the rain on my glasses.

  12. This was a fun challenge and the tile came together rather quickly. Love the UMT challenges as like you, I do not have time to try the many ones that I see. This way, I get a chance to try some of them.

  13. I enjoy seeing moments in your lives. The boys are adorable. Your two tangles this week are equally engaging. Thank you for the challenge.

  14. This isn't my favorite type of tangle. I struggled. I felt a bit better after shading but really out of my comfort zone. A nice challenge!

  15. So, I re-read the housekeeping items at the top today and I have a question. Are we supposed to be submitting a picture to the slideshow even if we are linking to our blog page? I first read it as "submit a pic for the slideshow if you don't have a blog." But now I'm reading it as "don't just link to your blog." Can someone clarify for me? Thanks.

    1. Hey Jen, If you've put a link on the linkey machine you don't have to email. the email thing is just for those people who don't have a blog or flickr. :D

      someday, in the future, i will get my Shhhhtuff together and finish the backlog of slideshows.

  16. This was HARD!
    On a side note, yay for running outside. This terrible weather needs to stop immediately. I'm trying to squeeze as much running in between freezing rainstorms. So over the treadmill. Have a great week!

  17. Ich bin wieder sehr gern dabei! ;o))
    Schönen Tag,*Manja*

  18. My first submission and challenge! LOVE looking at everyone else's beautiful work. I am new to Zentangling and doodling. This is only my second one.

  19. This was a good challenge - I have learned to love Camelia thanks to this! Thank you

  20. Thanks so much, Laura, for the lovely Camelia. Though Ann's grid got dissolved by wind and rain, the chance to appreciate your beautiful tile and its promise that spring will come for me, again and maybe even soon, was welcome.

  21. Laura, thanks for this challenge. And great pics and post this week. Love you in your glasses in the rain!

  22. I had a lot of fun with the Camelia pattern!


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