Monday, October 27, 2014

Weekly Challenge #191

Happy Monday everyone.  First of all i want to say a very big Hello and warm welcome to any of you coming to the blog after hearing about about Zentangle on ABCs The View on Friday.  Welcome to the Diva's Weekly Zentangle Challenge!!

For those of you who don't know, the Zentangle-internet world was all a-BUZZ on friday because Rosie O'Donnell talked about Zentangle on the show, and how she also got Howard Stern into tangling and how he's a Tangler too!  ROSIE!! Call me!! :) Let's be best friends!!


So, anyway - Remember last week when i said that the boys were starting to feel sick? Well, this has led to a full on house hold of sickness.  Chewie, Artoo, B-rad and I have all been fighting the same cold, in varying degrees.

For whatever reason, i get sinus-y colds far worse than B-rad.  (He gets really bad GI bugs, though) Chewie has had a wicked cough, B-rad has had the sore throat and congestion, and poor Artoo has it worse than everyone.   No one has slept very well this past week, and everyone is exhausted and we are sooooo over this cold.
Hot Toddys for Mom

Saline Nebulizers for Artoo.
We've been pretty low key all week, due to all the sickness.  But one cool new thing is

So flippin' cute
Chewie's new glasses!! Just when you thought he couldn't get any cuter.

He and i watched the video clip of Rosie talking about ZT on The View, and so he and I started tangling on a (knock off) munny doll we got from the dollar store.

so talented
He's pretty sure that when our "munny" is on The View, we will win.  (What it is, exactly, that he thinks we are going to win i'm not entirely sure.  But he wanted to tangle all weekend with me, so i'll take it!)

i just wanted to share this pic because i think it's super cute.

Before we get started on this week's challenge, though - i wanted to let you know about what's coming up in November.  Back at the end of September we took Artoo to see an eye specialist about surgery.  At the end of the appointment he told us he'd like to get Artoo in for surgery before Christmas.  When i spoke with his secretary, she told us we were realistically looking at February.  So, we were surprised when she called us last week to tell us that Artoo had been scheduled for surgery....NEXT FRIDAY (November 7)!!

Everything is happening super fast and we aren't really sure what the recovery will be like for Artoo.  We will be travelling to Calgary, AB to have the surgery done.

That being said - i have lined up some wonderful guest posts for the entire month of November so i can focus on my family while we figure out what's what, post surgery wise.   So, without further ado, here's this week's challenge, and i'll catch y'all back in December!

Weekly Challenge #191: "Monotangle: Betweed"
Recently i was working on a zentangle piece where i was using one of my go-to tangles, betweed, and i remembered there being a youtube video wherein Maria demonstrates how to do the tangle betweed so i watched it for a bit of a refresher:

(here it is:)

and i realized that i always do betweed in the exact same way, so maybe i should try some of the variations Maria shows in her video.

So your mission this week, should you choose to accept it: Create a monotangle using only the tangle Betweed.  (A monotangle is a term that originated here on this blog to describe a tile done using ONLY ONE tangle and it's variations.)  So, Betweed it up everyone!!

i'm in love with the bars of betweed on the bottom

Have a great week! There will be regular challenges posted through november by some wonderfully talented Certified Zentangle Teachers, so come on back each week and see what they've got in store for you!!

See you in December!

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. ;) 
i'm currently trying to decide what to do about the challenge slideshows (read here)... if you have any ideas i would love to hear from you! 
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. Wishing you and your family all the best for Artoo's eye surgery.

  2. All the best Laura - hope Artoo's op goes well and he recovers fast. Axxx

  3. HopiNg all goes well for Artoo - thinking of you x x

  4. Holding each and all of you extra high and bright in the Light.

  5. Blessings on Artoo's surgery, and for all of you during your month of family-focused time.

  6. I will be thinking of Artoo and sending love and hugs to him. Chewie looks so cute with his new glasses and I'm glad that horrible cold has left the building!

  7. All the best for Artoo! Let's hope for a quick recovery.

  8. I do like your Betweed a lot and the photo of the two brothers is great. I'll think of you all during this time in hospital and hope all the best for Artoo's eyes.

  9. I did not really like betweed, but did not try before. Now I think it could get one of my favorites. Thank you for this interesting platform and alles Gute für dich und dein Familie!

  10. You are a star, Laura, still keeping us occupied when so much is happening at Chateau Diva. Got all my digits crossed that everything goes well for Artoo and look forward to seeing you all safe and sound again soon.

  11. I parallel "invented" betweed last week----weird coincidence. Of course, Maria's is better. Best wishes for a safe and successful surgery for Artoo and for not too much stress for his Mom and Dad.

  12. Good luck and all the best wishes for a successful op!

  13. All the best for Artoo's surgery. Hugs and wishes to all

  14. I wish you the best for Artoo and hope, everything goes well!
    Thanks for the new challenge - I like the pattern betweed very much :-)

  15. hope the surgery goes well - keeping my fingers crossed and you and yours in my thoughts

  16. Wishing you the best! Kids are so resilient.
    This was a tough one for me. I need to expand my horizons with the more angular tangles.

  17. All the best. Been reading your blog for a while. Serenity for all of you and quick healing for your son.

  18. Laura, I am so excited to here of Artoo's surgery. I will keep you all, even doctors and anesthesiologists, in my prayers!! God Bless You All!!!
    And I am so sorry that I did not get to comment on last post, but I just loved your story about Granma Ardath. And your photos you shared just warmed my heart too!! I hope you have many more fond memories of her while she was with you, as what you shared. Grandmothers are treasures!!!
    I also love Artoo's dino party and the fact that he got to bite into a real cupcake is totally awesome!!
    As I always say, you are an awesome mom and an awesome woman for all of us to admire! Keep up the awesomeness, and always remember there are people out here to be your cheerleaders, routing you onward!!!
    ((((HUGS))))) and positive thoughts to you, and yours!!!
    Annette :0) Share Humanity

  19. All the best to Artoo and the family with the surgery. I can't imagine how nerve wracking that must be. I wish for every success and a speedy recovery.

  20. Thoughts and prayers will be with you and your family. All the best for Artoo's surgery and recovery!

  21. Hi. I hope all goes well. I posted the incorrect link for my first Challenge blogpost, so my apologies. I have submitted the correct link. These challenges are fun, and I hope you find some relaxing time next month to tangle.

  22. All my thoughts go to you and your family. I'm certain Artoo's surgery will be fine. Love from France.

  23. Hello, I am a total newbie to the world of Zentangles. I decided to try this challenge. It is my 3rd ever Zentangle. My entry is number 85. It is not great, but a start I guess. I am in total aweee of the talent here.

  24. Laura, thinking of you and your family. Good you got the cold out of the way now you can focus on Artoo.

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  26. I see I was supposed to comment. I'm new to Zentangle - I took a class a couple of weeks ago and I'm working on learning tangles. I'm also working on figuring out how to comment! I can't figure out how to get it to list my name, but I'm Nicole Gates. Thanks for the challenge, and all the best to your son!

  27. Hope that things go well for Artoo and the surgery. Also wishing you the support and time that you and the rest of the family need. Enjoyed this challenge even though it took me a while to get it finished.


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