Monday, July 28, 2014

Weekly Challenge #178

Hello Tangly people!

i'm Ba-a-a-a-a-aa-aaaaack!!  Did you miss me?

thank you so much to Amy and Carolyn for their guest posts while i was gone!  I really appreciate having them step in to help so i could spend the time with my family.  I knew the Challenge was in good hands!

So! we'll take a quick break from my CZT15 recap so i can give you a very brief run down of my trip to Washington for the 11th Moebius Syndrome Conference (i took over 400 photos!!)


The Harms crew at the zoo
We visited the Smithsonian National Zoo, it was a nice day - not too humid - a nice day for the zoo.

PANDA!
A highlight of the zoo for me was seeing the pandas.  The line was long, and i could see my family getting impatient, but before we left when B-rad and i were planning what to do, he asked me: "What do you want to see that you will be disappointed if we don't see?" and it was the pandas.  (Pandas are my spirit animal!)
Chewie was super excited to be on the top of the bus
We took a little bus tour and saw some of the sights at The Mall.

Like the Smithsonian Botanical Gardens:
The whole family
And the Smithsonian National Art Gallery: 

I could have spent DAYS in here....
B-rad's mom and dad came on the trip with us to the Moebius Conference, my mom too.  (My dad wasn't able to make it, sadly)  It was sure nice to have those grandparents around, B-rad and i got to go have drinks in the bar with our friends, and we got to do a bit of sight seeing as well. 

This House is White 
Mr. President
The Washington Memorial 
The boys had a good time at the conference, Chewie loved the kids centre and Artoo hung out with us.  We had some interesting and encouraging consults with specialists - there's some exciting work being done right now between Mt. Sinai, Boston Children's and NIH... and at the end of the the conference there was a Talent Show!

Artoo sang a song and won a trophy! He was so proud.  Us too.

Cutie Patootie
It was an awesome trip, i love meeting up with our extended Moebius family!!  We'll see them all in 2 years for the 12th Conference in L.A.!

Weekly Challenge #178: "Duotangle by the Letter!"
This week's challenge is a Duotangle, but with a bit of a twist.  Instead of me assigning the two tangles this week - you are going to chose your two tangles based on your name!  If you've not been there, www.tanglepatterns.com is an amazing library of tangles!

My name is Laura Harms, so my two tangles will begin with "L" and "H"

For my tile, the two tangles i chose were LOGJAM (by Wayne Harlow) and HOLLIBOUGH (Zentangle)

I've been meaning to try Logjam for a while now, and Hollibough is an old favourite.  I kind of liked putting together a stand-by with a new one, to get me back in the "Zentangle-zone", but you don't have to do that.  You also don't have to use tangles from Tanglepatterns either, it's just a really great resource.

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 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 mail.com[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??

Monday, July 21, 2014

Weekly Challenge #177

Hey Tanglers!!

My family and i are still in Washington, DC! We'll be home this week, but until then - i hope you'll enjoy this Guest post, by the youngest CZT to ever have hosted the weekly challenge! :D

When i was in Providence i didn't get a chance to do a Q&A session, so if you have any Qs send them to me and i'll try to give them As. please send your questions to: lauraharmz (at) gmail (dot) com with subject: Q&A i'll be answering questions in August, hopefully!

Weekly Challenge 177: "Truffle by Caroline Broady, CZT"

Happy July, fellow tanglers! Caroline here, from CZT 11. I am really excited for the opportunity to guest-write on the Diva’s blog. I figure this is a golden opportunity to finally publish my tangle, truffle. I actually developed this pattern at my CZT training seminar in June 2013, inspired by some wallpaper at the Hotel Providence.


My challenge to you is (quite simply) to try out truffle. There is a lot of room for tangleations, so I hope you will have fun.


I start with a sinusoidal curve in pencil as a string for a guideline, but feel free to plot points freehandedly. A straight row even would probably work.


When I use truffle, I like to leave an open space in the dots (like an “O”) and fill in every other section with another tangle. Border tangles like onomato and shattuck work well.


I used Golden High-Flow fluid Acrylics and a white uni Posca pen on watercolor paper to make this ZIA.

Happy tangling! :)





Caroline Broady is a rising junior at Webb School of Knoxville in East Tennessee. She is one of the world’s youngest Certified Zentangle Teachers and a graduate of the 11th seminar. Her blog is zenticed.blogspot.com.

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 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 mail.com[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??

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Day 2 of CZT 15

Good Morning everyone! i hope you've been having a wonderful week and have been enjoying the guest post

So, here the right up of Day 2... (Day one can be found here

I set my alarm for "bright and early" but i also managed to sleep right through it, some how turning it off instead of 'snoozing' - so when i woke up the next day, the first day of the training, i was already late.  my clock said 7:45 and they stopped serving breakfast at 8:15 and training began at 8:30! Holy snap.  so i leapt out of bed and got dressed and made my way downstairs in time to eat a banana and a weirdly toasted bagel, it took me a few tries to understand the toaster thinger - it had like a moving track... anyway, the most important part was:
COFFEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE
When you're a blogger, you take a lot of selfies.  ;)

After cramming a few bottles of water into my bag, i tried ever so quietly to sneak in.... and saw this: 


 The room was packed!!
And also? they had already started.  Classy, Laura... REAAAAAL Classy.
I managed to find an open seat a few tables from the back and tip toed in.  I ended up sitting next to Hannah, one of the ladies from the night before.

Here's the first tile we made:


My memory is a little fuzzy, so - i may have some of the time lines and conversations will not be verbatim.... but anyway, at coffee break the woman to my left said:

"You're Laura Harms!"
i said: "Yes I am!"
she said: "I'm Katie C from your blog!"
i said: "Hello, Katie C! i'm Laura Harms from my blog!"

It was really quite amazing to meet people who have been reading my blog for the past 4 years and doing the challenges. 

After the morning session we all put our tiles together in a mosaic.
It's so fascinating to see how everyone does something different
I met another veteran CZT, named Joy, who was so sweet!  She had with her a book of all the challenge tiles she's done and she showed me, and it's so awesome!!  HELLOY JOY!!
Joy sent me this photo!
My experience the first day was interesting because i was not to make a big deal of who i was.  Rick and Maria encouraged us to ask each other about our "Zentangle Stories" so meal times were always interesting.  So many people had great stories about how they found Zentangle, and in some cases how Zentangle found them.  When people would ask me, i would say: "Oh, i heard about it from a friend at work" i didn't want to say too much because my speech was essentially - my Zentangle story.

One of my favourite moments from this day was a woman standing next to me in the line up for food gave me a once over and said; "You look familiar... are you on the internet?"
to which i replied with a smile: "yeah, sometimes."

i still get a little chuckle outta that one.

after lunch Katie C, Hannah and Sheena and i went for a bit of a walk around the shops - checking out the area.  I was mostly impressed with the architecture - they just don't make building like that anymore.

This is a Diva and KatieC selfie!
 In the afternoon session, i snuck this photo of Katie focusing.

i'm a rebel!
 After dinner i took a bit of a walk by myself and i took a few photos of some interesting parts of the buildings i walked past.

moulding around a door frame
 This building was kitty-korner to the courtyard of the Hotel Providence...


Here's a closer look at some of the decorative work...


The evening session was great, it was an interesting guided Zentangle meditation led by Molly.  


Okay, so - i had THE BEST TIME with these ladies right here.  Clockwise: Sheena, Beate, Hannah, Katie and Me.  They were hilarious.  I won't, and can't, give you all the details because some of those details are NSFW.  But the conversation did circle around cursing in different languages - and how things i've been saying in my daily life don't actually mean what i thought they mean.... They mean something completely different....

When you're a blogger, you take a lot of selfies.
...So different.
Hilarious. 
Thanks for reading! Day 3 will be coming soon.... Have a great week!
Love
Laura


When i was in Providence i didn't get a chance to do a Q&A session, so if you have any Qs send them to me and i'll try to give them As. please send your questions to: lauraharmz (at) gmail (dot) com with subject: Q&A i'll be answering questions in August, hopefully!

Monday, July 14, 2014

Weekly Challenge #176

Hey all!!

hope you had a great week!

my family and i are flying away to Washington, DC tomorrow morning for the Moebius Syndrome Conference, so i have some guest posts lined up for you while we are away!

Oh, and Day 2 write up will be coming out this week.... stay tuned!! Oh, and When i was in Providence i didn't get a chance to do a Q&A session, so if you have any Qs send them to me and i'll try to give them As. please send your questions to: lauraharmz (at) gmail (dot) com with subject: Q&A i'll be answering questions in August, hopefully!

This week's challenge looks so fun, can't wait to see what you all come up with! Thank you Amy!


Weekly Challenge #176: "B.Y.O.B"
(Hello, tanglers! I’m CZT Amy, thrilled to be “guest-posting” from Tennessee this week, so Laura can focus on her family and their busy summer schedule.)

We all know that it’s important to stay hydrated, and beverages are definitely a matter of personal preference. What we drink can refresh, soothe, invigorate, or help us relax. Sometimes we crave a certain drink as part of our routine(morning coffee, anyone?); sometimes it helps to mark a special occasion; sometimes we want to sip on something new and interesting.

This week’s challenge to you is to B.Y.O.B.—Bring Your Own Beverage—to your tangling session and utilize it in your art. From coffee to Kool Aid, cola to cabernet, the choice is yours! Cocoa, tea, Gatorade, chocolate shake, kale smoothie, cranberry juice—surely something will quench your creativity! You can dip, drip, drizzle, drop, dab, sponge, spray, splatter, splash, spill, stamp, stain, pour, wipe, blot, brush, blow, and more.

You might choose to tangle at a pleasant beverage-centered business, be that a coffee house, tearoom, poolside tiki bar, or lemonade stand. Or you could choose the kitchen counter, the dining room table, an art studio—wherever suits your fancy. You might prepare a tile or ATC and tangle it after it dries, or tangle WITH the beverage, or add it as a finishing touch. Whatever you do, I’m sure that others would appreciate some of the details of your experience and technique.

I can’t wait to see what you create!

My example for this challenge was begun at Foster’s Market (http://www.fostersmarket.com) in Chapel Hill North Carolina. (Because I am hoping to foster your creativity—get it?!) My daughter Caroline and I enjoyed a delicious brunch there, complete with a latte and a coffee. We chose to utilize the black coffee to prep some tiles and ATCs, so we wouldn’t have any milk from the latte turning sour when we left our tiles & ATCs in our hot car that day.


Coffee Stained Tile, pre-tangling

The actual tangling of this tile was started over a week later, back in Knoxville. I settled in with my tile and sepia Microns at our local Panera,where I enjoyed a large cuppa half-hazelnut/half light roast. I thought long and hard about which tangles to use and settled on

·      c-scape (as in “coffee-scape”) by Sue Olsen, CZT;
·      steem  and ripple by Sandy Steen Bartholomew, CZT;
·      tipple and nipa, by Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas

C-scape, steem, ripple, tipple, and nipa.
Sepia and brown microns; various colored pencils
and watercolor pencils.

My tile ended up with a lot going on—almost like I was over-caffeinated when I tangled it, don’t you think?

I plan on continuing my experiments, and bringing a few more beverages to this party; I’ll be posting links as “Amy in TN” in the Mr. Linky machine below.

Cheers!

Art educator Amy Broady has been a CZT since October 2010. 

Her daughter Caroline, a high school student, became a CZT in June, 2013. 

You can read from Amy on her blog, http://tanglefish.blogspot.com; she also contributes to http://www.ztforkids.com.







Have a great day!
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 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 mail.com[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??

Monday, July 7, 2014

Day 1 of CZT15 and Weekly Challenge #175

Okay, so - i'm back from my trip to Providence.  And in 2 weeks i'll be heading back to the East Coast - for the Moebius Syndrome Conference in Bethsheda, Maryland.  So i do have a couple of guest posts lined up - but today WILL be a UMT.... but bear with me cuz i have a lot to say first.  (if you want to skip this and straight to the challenge at the bottom, you can... it's okay)

I got up Bright and early on Sunday morning for my flight.  For an International flight you need to arrive at the airport 2 hours before your flight - so i got up at 3 am to be at the airport for 4 am for my flight at 6 am.


It was at this exact moment as i was taking an airport selfie, that i realized that my first leg of the journey was only to Toronto, so i didn't need to get up so early, i could have gotten up at 4 to be at the airport at 5.... d'oh.  

I went to check my bag, and the lady at the counter tells me that my bag is small enough and light enough that i can probably take it as a carry on, so i decided that's a good idea - but i had to open it up to take all of my liquids out for security.   After security, as i was putting everything back into my suitcase, i was chatting with a couple from Minneapolis about how early it was and how badly i needed a cup of coffee... then i cheerfully got up to walk away - and spilled the contents of my luggage all over the floor of airport security.  nice.  the gentleman said: "i'd offer to help you, but i don't think that's very appropriate" ....uh... no.  So, everyone saw my underpants.  it was good times.  

i'm not awesome at flying, so i created this tile as the plane took off.  i'm okay once we're in the air, but take off and landing are not my favourite.
It did the trick

so long, Canada!
 I had a few hours layover in Toronto, and when i landed in Boston - Maria had told me that they'd send me a car to bring me to Providence.  However, the number that the car people gave Maria was wrong, so the number she gave me to call my ride did not work... and i only panicked a little... i thought, i'll just look up the number for the limo service online... except i was in the depths of the Boston Airport and had no wifi... so, eventually i thought - i'll just walk to where the limos are, and hang out there and see if anyone shows up from my limo service.

Luckily, my ride showed up!

I was so stupidly excited that they had a sign with my name on it, i asked my driver (Sandi) if i could take a picture of it... i warned her that i was a blogger first... She didn't even bat an eye.  She was cool. 

when you're a blogger, you take a lot of selfies
 Sandi was very delightful!  you don't see a lot of ladies in the limo game, so she informed me.  She was super fun, and she got me to the Hotel Providence in 57 minutes!

OH MY GOSH. The Hotel Providence is beautiful.   I only had my phone with me, not my big camera, and i kept forgetting to take pictures of things!!  Luckily, there's the internet.

source
source
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When i checked in, the concierge said: "you're in suite 726! That's my favourite room in the hotel!" and then gave me my room key... y'know those plastic room keys?
Isn't this the coolest thing ever??
In the lobby some Zentangle folk were handing out name tags and goody bags... so i walked up and they asked for my name... "Laura Harms" to which they replied: "It's YOU!"  and i replied back: "It's ME!"  then - before i had a chance to go upstairs, though, i found Maria and gave her a big hug!! it was so nice to see her in person again - after four years.   It was just barely 6pm and they were starting dinner, BBQ Burgers, so i thought i would run upstairs to my room to get settled and maybe have a quick shower before coming down for dinner.  So up i went...  

The Edgar Allen Poe Suite?? SWEET!

OH my GAWD.  this room was beautiful.  
Some Bedside Poe, for light bedtime reading.
 everything was wonderful! I sat on the couch and looked through my bag and saw the agenda, which had me speaking on Tuesday night.... Maria told me that they had not announced that i was coming.  I had on my blog and on my Facebook page, but they didn't on the off chance something happened and i couldn't make it.  She said that people were just arriving and discovering i would be there!  Crazy.


Shower time - so, i got undressed and was about to step into the shower when i saw this door to a closet and i thought - i'll just put my suitcase in here so it's out of the way.... and i opened the door... and suddenly an alarm went off, scaring the sh*t out of me!  i panicked, the alarm was so loud.... and it seemed to be going off all over the hotel... WHAT DID I DO!!!!

Finally, i small voice of reason whispered to me: "Laura, if there's an alarm coming from your room, someone will eventually come TO your room.... so put some damn clothes on!!" so, imagine this beautiful room, with me in it... buck nekkid, hopping around trying to put some clothes back on so i'd be halfways decent should someone come bust down my door because i had somehow tripped this alarm by opening a closet door....

and the alarm kept ringing... so i called the front desk, and someone picked up right away and said: "Yes, Ms. Harms, is there a problem with your room?"

and i frantically replied back: "I'm so sorry, i don't know what i did, but i opened a door or something and suddenly this alarm went off, and i don't know how to shut it off and i'm sooo sooo sorry"

Y'know that thing when you can tell that the person on the other side of the phone is trying hard not to laugh.... that.

she said: "No, Ms. Harms, you didn't do anything wrong, the BBQ outside set off the fire alarm and so we have to wait for the Fire Department to come check it out before we can turn it off."

me: "Really?? So i didn't do it?"
her: "No, Ms. Harms, enjoy your night."

i felt so dumb.  but totally hilarious, right?

in the end i decided to skip the shower and go down for supper before they stopped BBQing.

By this time, most of the people were out on the patio enjoying their meals... so i went to the food table to gather my burger fixins and chatted with a nice lady.... who recognized me right away, and grabbed my arm and said: "You're the Diva!" to which i replied "Yes?"

Her name is Connie and she said she was a fan.  It's so weird to have fans! :)  She was the first person to ask for, and receive, my autograph.   A sweet lady! HI CONNIE!!
Me and Connie!
 At dinner i sat with Connie, and another woman named Candyce (Hi!) who is an art teacher, and a woman named Hannah who came all the way from the U.K. (Hiya Hannah!)

After dinner, Rick and Maria were going to be signing their books - but before that began, Maria wanted to take me upstairs and show me the Zentangle Store and the Student Gallery.  So much has changed since i went to be Certified at CZT #3, but one of the biggest things is the store.  When i was certified they only had white square tiles.... now there white zendalas, black tiles, black zendalas, white and black Artist Trading Cards, and Renaissance tiles and zendalas... and........ ;)

One of the most humbling things, for me, was how many people brought and displayed their Weekly Challenges pieces!!  It was just so touching, especially since most of them didn't even know i was coming.

Here's Tina, from Switzerland, showing her Challenge pieces

It was also very humbling to hear people tell me that they were there at the CZT training because of my blog.  I am so very grateful to have such amazing readers.

I couldn't stay up any longer, and as i already have a signed copy of Rick and Maria's book, i decided to turn in early - and went upstairs to my room to call my boys and say good night.

I thought this pillow on the bed was very fitting,
 considering i was soon to be a Public Speaker...
 After my long and crazy day, i had a long hot bath, and then relaxed in style.

It would have been the perfect end to the night.  But it was the end of PRIDE week... and across the street somewhere there was some kind of crazy Drag Queen contest happening, with some pretty horrible karaoke renditions of Celine Dion, and some other song i'd never heard of which sounded a lot like a tonedeaf cat, playing a broken violin. And it was Sooooo LOUD!!   I'm not sure when i fell asleep, but i'm sure they were still going by 1am.

Anyway, that's Day one, but i'll leave you there for now and we'll get on to this week's challenge!

Weekly Challenge #175: "UMT - Crux by Henrike Bratz"
Today's UMT Challenge is brought to us by Henrike Bratz!  The challenge is to try out her tangle, in whatever way you like, it does not have to be a monotangle.

I was pretty excited to try this tangle.  It's definitely built off of Bales, which i love, and there is just so much room for variation and tangleation!!  It does take a bit more focus, which i also love, because challenging tangles are fun too.

For those of you who don't know, the first Monday of the month, is a UMT Challenge (Use My Tangle), where the challenge is to learn and use a tangle created by one of you! It's awesome for me, because i don't have time to try all the new tangles i see on the web on a regular basis. This challenge makes sure i'm at least learning ONE new tangle a month... 
if you have a tangle you'd like to submit, please follow this link for the guidelines for submissions. Each month's tangle is chosen at random bywww.random.org 

here's mine:
mine's a monotangle - but yours doesn't have to be. 

You can see the step outs for Crux here on Henrike's blog, along with some great tangleations to enjoy!

Have a great day!
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 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 mail.com[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??

Monday, June 30, 2014

Weekly Challenge #174

Happy Monday!
i hope you all had a great week, and had some time to try the Remix challenge! Thank you, again, Sharla!

I am recovering from Providence and Chewie's 6th Birthday party! I'm thinking i will do a series of posts to recap the whole trip....  There's a lot of photos and stories to share - and to be honest, i am still sort of processing the whole experience.  A big warm Divalicious welcome to all my new friends from CZT15!!

Also, while i was gone the kids had a few days at daycare, so - now Artoo is sick.  We have our hands full at the moment!  So, while i'm itchin' to tell you all everything, i hope you'll hang on for just a little bit longer!

Thankfully, today's challenge comes to you via Aimee Belair, CZT!

Weekly Challenge #174: Superimposing Strings

Hi, everyone! It’s Aimee from CZT Seminar 12 and I’m here to help the Diva today on her blog with the Challenge. Your mission this time is to place a string on top of another string for your Zentangle practice.

I’ve grouped a few examples here:


And the results in that same order:



This is great for timid tanglers who want to move away from their pre-strung tiles but don’t know where to start. Thanks for playing!

Aimee P. Belair is a CZT from Sutton, MA. 
She loves cats, guinea pigs and rubber stamping. 
Visit her blog, at inkerbelle.com,

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 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 mail.com[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??