Monday, January 30, 2017

Weekly Challenge #301

Happy Monday everyone!!

I wanted to say a big warm thank you to everyone who participated in last week's challenge - you guys are awesome and you're making the world a little bit more knowledgeable and little bit more accepting place for our little man, and for the rest of those lovely people who have Moebius Syndrome.   Thank you for your kind words in your comments and emails, and on your facebook and instagram posts.  I have read them all.  Thank you for coming back each week - here's to another 300!

Artoo had THE BEST day ever on Moebius Syndrome Awareness Day.
On Monday night we made purple sugar cookies together for him to bring to his classmates.

 It ended up being a family affair with the boys rolling and cutting the cookies before bed and then B-rad and i baking and icing them well into the night.  Purple cookies are a must have for Moebius Syndrome Awareness Day
So tasty
 He was super excited to bring them to school to share with all his friends and teachers.  When we got to the school he was giggling as he saw more and more people walking around wearing purple, all for him.  His teacher covered his locker with purple streamers and decorated the classroom and his desk as well!

Purple streamer and purple hair
 She made a streamer curtain over their classroom door and Artoo thought that was just so cool.

So excited
 I was invited to stay and talk to the kids about Moebius Syndrome and how even though people with Moebius look or sound different some times, they are still just regular kids who want to have fun and play with their friends.

It was a super positive experience and we really felt supported and loved by not only his class but by the school as well.

The boys also had Tropical Island day last week - and we can't resist dressing up for spirit days! They are fun times.

Chewie - a la Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas?

cutest little Sombrero Hombre
The weekend was busy with family functions and with the weather cooperating b-rad even got the boys out on the sledding hill and helped them to build a snow fort.  They've really been taking advantage of the milder temperatures and playing outside... there's sure to be another cold snap before spring happens.

Weekly Challenge #301: "DuoTangle: Paradox vs Diva Dance"
This weekend Zentangle HQ sent out their latest newsletter in which they shared their new video series called "Kitchen Table Tangles"

These videos will be available to the Mosaic App subscribers, but occasionally they may share a video with everyone!

In this video you can watch Rick tangle as he and Maria share tips and tricks, etc.

Rick happens to be using Paradox and Diva Dance to create a duotangle in this video. (A Duotangle a term that originated here on the blog for a tile using ONLY TWO tangles and their tangleations)

Give it a watch, it's very relaxing to watch someone tangle if you haven't had an opportunity before.

So here's my take on the two together.
Take One
I used 3zs this week (a gift from the lovely Margaret Bremner) and i'm not quite used to how much smaller they are than regular tiles.  My little paradox corners felt a lot more cramped than i would have liked.  I also inadvertently made a very Moebius Syndrome-y tile.

I'm not a fan of this tile.  But as i have said many times - it's my own personal challenge to always post my first attempt.

i had a little extra time this weekend so i made a second tile - which is a bit different that the first.

Still trying to get used to the triangle tiles.

How will you merge these two tangles together this week?

have a great week!

And if you're on the Zentangle Mosaic App or Instagram - i'm @iamthediva - come on by and follow me, and i'm going to be using hashtags on the app for each of my weekly challenges. So if you're game - use the hashtag #DC301(Diva Challenge #301) for your tile this week! You can also search in the app for people's contributions to the challenge by clicking on the hashtag from inside the app, or using the search function. 

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. ;) 

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  1. Your 3Z's motivated me to pull one of mine out today. The one with the black is very bold and fun. Always nice to see photos of your sweet children. Glad you shared the video for those who might not be signed up for the newsletter!

  2. On Sunday I saw the video and I love what I saw. I also think it will be quite difficult and am curious if I'm right. Your tiles are both gorgeous!!!!

  3. Oh Laura, what a coincidence. I got the Zentangle newsletter yesterday, watched the video and decided I MUST try it out. Often, it would stop there and I would forget but now you've set the Challenge, well I'll just HAVE TO do it. Thank you so much.

  4. Ok, Laura and family: I submitted my entry into today's challenge and we will see how this works out. I used a 3Z tile today, the first I have used. I found it a bit cramped for space. I see Artoo had a great day at school for Moebius Awareness Day. He looked real happy. Have a good one. Only 138 days until Providence for CZT 28.

  5. I also got the Zentangle newsletter, watched the video and was eager to try it, so I made it in my calendar for today! Then I found out this is the challenge no 301! It i so inspiring, I will go for it again!

  6. Have not looked at the other submissions yet but anticipating seeing some unique things on this one. Even though I only looked at the video one time, realized that my string is very similar to Rick's. Was really trying to work on the interlacing of the two tangle. Great, and timely, challenge.

  7. I love your challenges, but this week I'm especially pleased I take part. I've skimmed past paradox before, but it always looked so complicated. But the video changed my mind. And goodness me I could spend hours doing paradox...what fun.
    Thank you.

  8. I was encouraged on the Zentangle Mosaic app to submit my paradox/diva dance tile to this challenge. This is my first submission to your challenges, and I am not sure what I am doing. I have registered the new blog where my submission can be found with Mr. Linky, but I have no idea how that works. I have been tangling for about nine or ten months, and mostly on my own until I found Mosaic, where I am @DrEllie. I live in the country of Sint Maarten on the tiny Caribbean island of St. Martin, and seem to be the only tangler on the island. I intend to change that after attending the certification seminar at the end of April. Until then, I hope this has worked, and Happy Tangling!

  9. I too loved Rick's video and stayed up late Sunday night as I was dying to try it. I was pleased with the result but wanted to do more so I came up with this and really enjoyed doing it thanks Laura.

  10. Laura.... I am SOOOOO happy that you did this challenge! After watching the video over the weekend, I really wanted to give it a go. Without your challenge I am sure I would have put it in my procrastination pile instead of the "do now!" Thank you! It was a lot of fun!

  11. As most other tanglers, I really love both Paradox and Diva Dance. And I found the video fascinating; I really like the technique of weaving Diva Dance in and out of Paradox. But I haven't mastered it yet.

  12. I tried..not as good as Rick's but good exercise!

  13. I tried this challange but I think I failed. Its not a duotangle :(
    But I love the idea to interweave paradox with divadance!


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