Monday, November 30, 2015

Weekly Challenge #246

Good Morning everyone! 

Well, we have been having such beautiful weather lately - but this week the temperatures finally dropped and we got a bunch of snow.  
this is me, contemplating why the heck i still live here...
 of course the boys were pleased as punch to have actual snow to play in.  They had a few days off of school this week for Parent/Teacher conferences, so they took advantage of the sunny days and played outside.  Chewie was particularly excited to get to play outside for longer than his allotted fifteen minutes that he would have had for recess those days.

 and, of course, one of the best things about playing outside is coming INSIDE and having Hot Chocolate and cookies for snack.

On the weekend we went out to Grandma and Grandpa's for pancakes, and while Grandpa and B-rad were in the shop working on B-rad's car, Grandma and the boys and I played some cards.  

Playing Skipbo, a Harms tradition
I have so many fond memories of playing cards with MY grandma, so i'm pretty happy that the boys will have those too.

I spent the rest of Saturday afternoon icing 14 dozen ricotta cookies for our annual Girlfriends Christmas Cookie exchange.
Always a crowd pleaser.  The recipe is HERE on my facebook page.
Sunday morning we put up our Christmas tree.  

what an adorable Christmas Tree

Putting the ornaments in the most PERFECT spots

True Love, in Bear Form

The most adorable brothers
 i have it on good authority that a certain Elf that never seems to stay on his Shelf will be arriving this week - so it's good to have the tree up.  The boys' elf is crafty, so hopefully he gets up to some fun things this year.  I'll be posting pictures of his shenanigans on instagram (@iamthediva)

all lit up and no where to go
It's a nice little Christmas Tree. :)

And speaking of Trees..... today's challenge is a lovely guest post - hosted by Dilip Patel! And i can tell it will be amazing.

Weekly Challenge #246: "Guest Post: Monotangle Trees"

Greetings from India, I am Dilip Patel, CZT09, honoured to offer guest challenge here this week.
My love affair with Zentangle began over 4 years ago when my wife, Malathi, going through a low phase then, discovered Zentangle on internet. I found a remarkable change of mood in her within a few weeks of practicing Zentangle, that I was forced to look at Zentangle seriously. As a trainer/learning facilitator I thought Zentangle would be a great tool added to my kitty.  Under strange circumstances I travelled to USA in 2012 and became the first CZT from India. Earlier this year, we got another opportunity to be in the US and this time Malathi too got minted as a CZT (21) making us a rare CZT couple in the World!

I had the honour of speaking at the CZT21 seminar this year where I presented my thoughts on using Zentangle method for creating some social good. I believe Zentangle has a potential to impact society in many ways. 

In this challenge I propose to use Zentangle for one such issue and get each one of you involved in making a Zentangle statement for a great cause!

Choose any tangle pattern of your liking and create a tree using only the chosen tangle over strings representing a tree.

There is a dire need of afforestation in the World, and as leaders from 168 countries sit in Paris to deliberate the action plans to combat the climate change, we the tanglers must give out the afforestation message through the response to this week’s challenge. And one more thing you can do off paper, and that is, plant a tree, create a forest in your vicinity!

We have been working in our society in many ways in the field of environmental concerns. A big tree stands in front of our house which we had planted years ago.

Through our NGO, RR Nagar I Care, we have been involved in planting trees on the banks of a lake in our vicinity, populating a piece of forest nearby with more trees, and experimenting with creating community urban kitchen garden.

We grow vegetable plants on our terrace garden and create tree saplings, and then give away the saplings.

We use solar energy for heating water, cooking food etc…

Our blog sites:

So, let us create Zentangle Forests with variety of trees coming out from each one of you. There could be no better thanks giving process towards Nature.

Here are some of my monotangle trees:

Thank You
Dilip P Patel, CZT09

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 have a blog or host your images on line (like on Flickr or Picassa or Pinterest), 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. ;)


  1. Dilip: It was great to listen to your speech at CZT21. I love the challenge this week.

    Laura: We never get snow in Singapore. The closest we have would probably be the artificial snow we have in our Snow City, and the "snow" made of soap and bubbles that we have during some of our Christmas festivals. :D
    It looks like the kids had lots of fun. Thank you for hosting these weekly challenges.

  2. Love, love LOVE the trees... And your idea!

  3. I also love trees so much! Thank you for the challenge!

  4. I love these monotangle trees. The difficulty will be in deciding what pattern to use!

  5. Monotangling was a big challenge... it made me commit to one pattern, and I hate commitment! ;) Thank you for the guest challenge, Dilip!

  6. These will be amazing for sure. Love the examples, Dilip. Love seeing the boys in the snow and getting ready for Christmas, Laura!

  7. Thank you for being our guest! It was a delight and inspiring to do this week's challenge. Sarah.

  8. Your little boys have such a lovely life Laura, in between the poorly bits they seem to do all the things we did as children. Great choice for the guest post this month.

  9. I'm with you on the snow bit Laura. As a Northern Californian, we store winter in the mountains, go visit it occasionally, and then come back down to the warmer climes ;)

    Dillip- fabulous challenge. Very thought provoking.

  10. Wow, snow already; here it's just wet and wetter!
    The trees Dilip presents are all so beautiful, even if I want to, I can't pick a favorite. Thank you Dilip, for this challenge!

  11. This Challenge is so fun and I'm glad to do it. Thank you Laura and Thank you Dilip for this great theme. Unfortunately my computer is broken and I'm not able to post my Zentangle. But for all interested I show my little" Tagh-Tree" on flickr.

  12. Thank you for a very inspirational challenge!

  13. What a great challenge! Thank you Laura and Dilip for such a wonderful theme! I am usually not a great fan of making illustrations or decorations with zentangle-method. But when I read your story Dilip I saw something much deeper in this challenge!

  14. Thank you for a beautiful challenge!

  15. Thank you, Dilip! This was a beautiful challenge and it was moving to read about your love and commitment to both your family and the divine earth we live on!

  16. Thanks a lot for this wonderful challenge!

  17. Thanks Dilip for the wonderful thoughts about trees, all your efforts and the great challenge. And thanks to all our fellow tanglers for their beautiful and inspirational entries to this week's challenge.

  18. Thank you, Dilip, for being such a gift and an inspiration to our Zentangle community!

  19. My second tree is the first one I have made on a renaissance-tile, which I got from Anya Ipsen (thanks to her). This one looks more like an oak!

  20. Hope that I didn't stretch the required "monotangle" too far... ^^; Lovely challenge!

  21. My last tree was not so good so I redid ..cant get out of the Christmas spirit :)

  22. I apologize for messing up my first post....which goes 'who knows where'...I posted a second one as 'Bonnie (2)' and it seemed to work. Thank you, Dilip, for your inspiring words and tangles!

  23. Thank you for that wonderful and inspiring Challenge! I love the idea having a forrest with variety of trees coming out from each one of us. It is so powerful and a lovely gift to nature to show respect and that we care.

  24. What a lovely challenge!!!! I've been very busy and not been able to post. (Instagram so much quicker :0) ) Anyway, thank you Laura and a special thanks to you Dilip for creating such wonderful, profound challenge!! I enjoyed it every much and will probably create more tangles trees in the future!

  25. Thank you very much for this challenge. I'm pretty new to this but had much fun to tangle the tree.

  26. I totally agree that these trees look gorgeous. I like your graphics very much. I like the way you draw. Best wishes to you!


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