Monday, March 26, 2018

Weekly Challenge #357

Good Monday morning everyone!

I'm happy to have you back here for another week of zentangle challenge goodness.

We are dealing with gross weather here.  I know many of you have been posting about snow and cold too.  Like, what the heck?  My kids really wanted it to be SPRING right on time.  Artoo said as he was going to bed on the 19th: "Wouldn't it be awesome if at midnight when it turns into the First Day of Spring, if all the snow would disappear and there would be grass and flowers everywhere?"

yes.  yes it would.

sadly, it doesn't work that way, and also sadly - we got more and more snow, with more on the way.

I saw a quote this week that really seemed to sum up the situation nicely:

"The first Day of Spring is one thing, and the first spring day is another.  The difference between them is sometimes as great as a month"  - Henry van Dyke

You get it, Henry.  You understand.

Chewie and i had to get out into the world though.  we are going crazy with winter sickness.
So we took Luna for a 3.5 km walk together. (2.17 miles) and we just pretended that it was spring time.  because we are sick of it.

i'm gonna throw a snowball at that basketball guy

ten points.

pretty girl
 She's so funny, she knows that she's not allowed in my bedroom, so this is what she does.  She sits in the hallway and when i'm not looking, she puts one paw inside my room.  What a rebel.

Artoo had a pretty good week that ended with a fun birthday party at his friend's house.  But as we were leaving he started getting a bit stuffed up, and now - yes  you guessed it, he's full on sick.   This next week of school is a short week, because they have parent/teacher interviews and then Friday is good Friday, but i think this little boy will be staying home with me all week - and focusing on getting better.

It was a Beenie Boo adoption party! Here's Artoo and his owl Yago.  
 Weekly Challenge #357: "Monotangle - Paradox time!"

So, i love a good monotangle.

A monotangle is a term (originating here on this blog!) for a tile or piece comprised of ONLY ONE tangle, and it's tangleations.  So for this week, i thought i'd revisit Paradox, because it is one of my favourite tangles, and i always find these challenges so fun to see the new and interesting ways that people use the same tangle in their tiles.

You can find the step out's for Paradox here

Here's my tile.

So - this is a CLASSIC case of wishing i would have quit when i was ahead.  There was a point during this tile that i LOVED it, and i should have stopped then and left well enough alone, but for some reason i kept going.

that moment is RIGHT HERE.

I really like how this looked, so i may go back again and try to recreate it.  BUT - as always, i share with you my finished tile, regardless of whether or not i actually like it.  lol.

If you're interested you can see my process video here!  (Be sure to subscribe and click the bell to receive notifications when i post new videos.... you may just get a sneek peak at each week's challenge!)

have a great week everyone!
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 #DC357 (Diva Challenge #357) 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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I'M SO SORRY I FORGOT THE LINKEY MACHINE! Artoo has been sick and i haven't been anywhere near a computer.  it's there now, thanks for understanding! Love Laura


  1. Good morning Laura..

    ...thanks for the´s fun!

    But...omg...Mister Linky is missing !?

    Have a nice day and best wishes from Germany....


  2. Love this challenge! Love your pieces. The link thing is missing. Link to my entry is here:

  3. Mr. Linky is lost!!

  4. Laura, I love your work. I don't think I've ever seen darkening the end of the line as you do in this Paradox. What a cool effect!

  5. Hallo Laura, Thanks for this challenge. Love your Paradox. It´s so sorry, that Mr. Linky isn´t here.
    Greetings from Germany

  6. Hi Laura, love this challenge! Until Mr Linky returns, here's my entry!
    Hope spring comes to you soon!

  7. Hi Laura: Oh, Canada---If it's any consolation, we had a snowstorm on the first day of spring in Philadelphia. I'm looking for Mr. Linky too:

  8. I hope Artoo feels better soon. I'm also looking for Mr. Linkey. I don't know why people are giving you their site addresses, by in case you want them, mine is Thanks.

  9. Hi Laura, thanks for challenge.

  10. Hey, Laura...I rather like your tile with the dark borders in it, so don't throw it away. It is good.

  11. No link list to add so here's my URL, Cyndee Pelley @thetirelesstangler,

  12. Thanks for the challenge!

  13. Wishing Artoo a speedy recovery!

  14. Thank you Laura....get well soon Artoo <3


  15. Thank you for your wonderful challenges, Laura! I did enjoy them very much. Happy healthy Easterdays to you and your family! Best wishes from Germany, Margarete

  16. I like your final product. I thought it was tres unique and made the paradoces (?) stand out! I get it though. Many times I could've just stopped. :) Thank you for the challenge! Hope Artoo feels better!

  17. I really like the bold black lines you ended up with. For me, you stopped at the right moment! Hope Artoo is feeling better. If it makes you feel any better, we had snow here in North Carolina, which has absolutely nothing northern about it, on the 24th of March!

  18. Hey Laura, thank you for the work you do for us. This challenge resulted in one of the oddest tiles I've ever done. Creativity so surprises us! I love yours. Going to look at other people's results now.

  19. Thank you for this nice challenge Laura, I hope that sun and spring will reach you soon. Here in Berlin, Germany we enjoyed the sun yesterday and all the People go crazy :o)

    Yours, Sabrina

  20. Paradox is my favorite tangle; so this was right up my alley. I did 2 tiles. Thanks again for all your work.

  21. Was out of town and did not get a chance to post this sooner. Tried to do with my tablet but that did not work. I love Paradox.


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