Monday, March 20, 2017

Weekly Challenge #308

Happy Monday all!

So last week Chewie had a tummy bug which put him out of commission for the whole weekend... and early Tuesday morning i woke up feeling a bit off... and then i spent the rest of the night sick.  It was awful!  I didn't want to wake up the fam so i decided to sleep downstairs on the couch next to the bathroom.  It was a very rough night for me.

Around 5:30 B-rad came downstairs to find me huddled in the fetal position - so sick.  I haven't had a stomach bug in over 10 years, so it was probably my time.  So B-rad went about the task of getting the boys up for school and getting them dressed, and fed, and their lunches made and their backpacks packed, and himself readied and fed.  It was no small feat, he was slightly out of his element, but he was given no warning and therefore no prep.  He did a really great job though.  To be fair, if i woke up one morning and discovered that i had to do his job without any warning, i'm not so sure how great i'd be.

So i spent the entire day on the couch drifting in and out of sleep, and by bedtime i was able to eat a few saltine crackers and keep them down.

the next day i was feeling so much better.  Like a new person.  it was insane.

Which was really great because B-rad and I had tickets to see Mother Mother that night and i really wanted to go.  SO i took it easy all morning after the kids were in school, and drank bottled water at the concert and felt great.  And seriously, the concert was so so so good.  They are a solid live band with excellent arrangements and the sound is so awesome!!

Mother Mother

Mother and Father
 On Thursday Artoo lost his front tooth and so we were trying to teach him how to sing All I Want for Christmas is my Two Front Teeth - but he was havin' none of that because it's not Christmas time.

But it WAS Saint Patrick's Day! So they let me take their pictures and put the Leprechaun filters on them in Snapchat
Here is Patty O'Lantern

and Patty O'Furniture
 By the weekend with the warm temperatures our backyard looked like this:

So flooded.  Behold: Lake Harmzway

Apparently the drainage down the catwalk is blocked so everyone's backyards look the same.  

OH! AND i got to see Beauty and the Beast this weekend for a friend's birthday - and it did not disappoint.  It made my 12 year old heart so happy.  

Weekly Challenge #308: "MacNCheese"
So this week on the zentangle blog Rick and Maria wrote about comfort tangles and going back to the basics.  It really hit home with me because i often feel a lot of pressure to come up with something exciting and NEW each week.... instead of remembering the reason i started this blog in the first place - which was as a place of inspiration and a place of motivation.  

There are eleventy-billion named tangles and named variations of tangles out there.  And there are more and more being posted each day.  It's so hard to keep up, and sometimes the more complex they are the more stressful they become because there's more opportunities for"doing it wrong".  

Sometimes you just want to relax and let your pen dance across the page, and do what flows naturally from you.  

Maria writes:Where is it written that we must constantly strive for more complex and focused tangles? There is something to be said for tried and true, simple and familiar . . . like "mac & cheese" vs. the latest recipe on a food blog

So i thought a great challenge would be to use your MacNCheese (or Kraft Dinner as we call it in Canada) tangles.  No pressure! Enjoy the process, love each moment.  Do the ones that feel great.

My Go to MacNCheese tangles are generally Tripoli or Flux... But as i was getting myself centered to create my tile, i realized there's an unsung hero in my tangle practice.  a tangle that often finds its way onto my tiles - and that's Betweed.

So here's my current MacNCheese tangle Betweed.  I did it as a monotangle on a tan tile, because i had a tan tile next to me, and because i liked how this looked.   You do not have to make it a monotangle, and you don't have to use a tan tile!  Unless you want to and that feels good to you.

What are your go-to tangles?  Looking forward to seeing the results!

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 #DC308(Diva Challenge #308) 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. So glad for you, that you are feeling better now and even got to make it to the concert.
    I love this challenge. I love it a lot. THANKS!!!!

  2. Glad you're feeling better. I like the idea of mac 'n cheese. Looking forward to seeing which tangles are everyone's favorites.

  3. Glad you're feeling better! Thanks for a cozy challenge. I'm looking forward to doing it!

  4. I'm glad you are well onthe way to recovery. The trouble is, when it hits, it hits hard, so you take care of yourself, Grownups don't bounce back like kids do. As for the Challenge, I really enjoyed just doing an old favourite for the fun of it. Thanks for reminding us that fancy stuff isn't always best.

  5. Thank you Laura for this challenge. I understand the pressure feeling too... always bigger, always better, always comparing. And the strange thing is that my most beautiful Zentangles are the ones that started with no plan, simple tangles and no pre-example to compare. Just let the pen flow. Trust intuition, expect intuition, accept intuition and follow it up 🌞 Have a great week! Love from Belgium

  6. It was nice to draw without pressure and without any plan, only simple patterns to have fun. I enjoyed this challenge! Best wishes from Germany!

  7. Glad you felt well enough to attend the concert. This was my first Tangle on an actual Artist Tile, I've resisted paying $8 for 20 tiles but I finally didn't need anything else when I went into Michael's with my 50% off coupon, sure was a lot easier to do paradox!

  8. This week of all weeks I really appreciated the simpler is better approach. It meant, for starters, that something actually got DONE! Glad you and the boys are on the road to happy; wellness is often under-rated until it's gone missing. Cheryl

  9. Hey Laura, Hope you are still starting to feel better. I am sending to you "some Zen baby" (as you put it), hoping it will make it all better...I have gone and created and done my tile for the challenge and I call it Waybop Supernova. You better go see it.

  10. Glad you are feeling better! Thank you for an enjoyable challenge, it was fun to do it. Love your Betweed, that's also one of the first tangles I ever tried.

  11. Sometimes it's nice to go back to basics. :)

  12. Thank you so much for this! I needed my comfort zone this week. I hope everyone is feeling better;-)

  13. Three cheers for making it through and getting to the concert in a state fit to enjoy it! Interesting the optical effect on your tile, greenish tinge from the black pen, reddish from the brown.

  14. Thanks for this one Laura! I had diva block for a month! You finally shook out junk!

  15. Love this wonderfull challenge, thank you Laura and wish you and your family the best!!!

  16. Thanks for reminding me why I Tangle.

  17. Glad you are feeling better, and thanks for this challenge... I needed some thing comfortable.

  18. Thank you, thank you, thank you Laura for sharing your Mac N Cheese. It's always good to be reminded to come on back to the basics. Feel better.

  19. Number 308. I can hardly believe it's been that long. Thank you so much

  20. Hoping that you and all your boys are feeling well this week! Love your two toned Betweed! It was so nice to just sit back and really tangle with a smile! ...not with my tongue sticking out, trying to guide the pen! Lol! Terrific KD!!! :)

  21. Thank you, Laura! 😘💕

    It was really nice to ponder what this meant to me this week.


tangle me some zen, baby!!