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Monday, April 14, 2014

Weekly Challenge #163

Happy Monday Morning everyone!
First of all, as always - a few house keeping items:
  • If you're NEW here I've created a few tutorials to help you out. You can click on the links above or:   See "Getting Started" and "Tutorials"
  • To see all the past weekly challenges - click the tabs above (they are updated sporadically, please bear with me)
  • Please grab the button for the Weekly Challenge (on the right sidebar) to display on your blogs! share the fun!
  • The limit of submissions to the slideshow is TWO, but please feel free to post as many as you like to your blogs. A note about entering your images for the slideshows: Those of you without blogs or image sharing sites like flickr or picasa, please continue to email your images to weeklychallenge at mail dot com (not gmail, just mail). Everyone else - Please PLEASE PLEASE submit your SITE SPECIFIC URL in the linkey machine. I understand if sometimes you forget, that's fine. Compiling the slideshows is a lot of work, so any help in this regard is appreciated. Also, please do not use the Weekly Challenge as a way to drive traffic to your website if you are not participating. not cool.
  • i have set up a newsletter, sorta. You can subscribe to it HERE or in the Subscribe tab above! Now, the idea for this newsletter is NOT to send one each Monday before the challenges. That is too much work.  But i thought it might try to write a newsletter once a month-ish... Frankly, people kept asking me if i had a newsletter, so i thought i'd give it a try.
  • I know that some of you have told me that the paypal button does not work, and some of you have had no trouble, i'm not sure why it's inconsistent, I've just redone the code...again.... If all else fails you can donate to my paypal address which is madam_diva (a t) yahoo (d o t) com
Hello my Tangly friends!

This week was a veritable roller-coaster - with temperatures *SOARING* up to 17C (63F)!  Me and the boys took full advantage and got out on our deck... our backyard is still covered in slowly melting snow, but up on the deck it was glorious.

I love my qundary mug.... especially when it's filled with coffee. :)
 The boys were so happy to spend time outside... we went for walks with the wagon, and bike rides, and just brought out a bunch of toys and played in the sun.

smiley
BUT.... then the weather flipped, and the last part of the week and into the weekend was rainy and windy and cold.... and the temperatures dropped back down to about -6C (21F).  So, back to indoor playing.

Chewie painting an underwater Taxi.
Chewie got a haircut on Thursday, and our hairdresser sprayed it with purple spray, he loved it.

I got this picture of him helping Artoo walk across the lawn (he's still not very stable on uneven ground) and my heart just melts every time i see how much he loves and looks after his little brother.

i love this picture so much
 Also, i thought i'd share these two pics of my little man.  It's amazing how you can look at your child and see him how he was as a baby, how he is now, and the man he'll someday be....

Permanent Premature Teenage Epression

But he does smile a lot too 
Weekly Challenge #163: New Official Tangle - Rixty
In my sleep deprived haste last week, i totally forgot that last week's challenge should have been a Use My Tangle challenge... my bad.  I was going to make it this week's challenge, but Rick and Maria at Zentangle HQ have released the step-outs for their new tangle "Rixty" in the newest Zentangle Newsletter.

They actually released the tangle itself a few weeks back, giving us the chance to deconstruct it ourselves.

The step-outs can be found HERE for Rixty, but feel free to use your own deconstructions instead.

The challenge is to give it a try! Have Fun!

Have a great week!!
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, April 7, 2014

Weekly Challenge #162

Happy Monday (Night) everyone!
First of all, as always - a few house keeping items:
  • If you're NEW here I've created a few tutorials to help you out. You can click on the links above or:   See "Getting Started" and "Tutorials"
  • To see all the past weekly challenges - click the tabs above (they are updated sporadically, please bear with me)
  • Please grab the button for the Weekly Challenge (on the right sidebar) to display on your blogs! share the fun!
  • The limit of submissions to the slideshow is TWO, but please feel free to post as many as you like to your blogs. A note about entering your images for the slideshows: Those of you without blogs or image sharing sites like flickr or picasa, please continue to email your images to weeklychallenge at mail dot com (not gmail, just mail). Everyone else - Please PLEASE PLEASE submit your SITE SPECIFIC URL in the linkey machine. I understand if sometimes you forget, that's fine. Compiling the slideshows is a lot of work, so any help in this regard is appreciated. Also, please do not use the Weekly Challenge as a way to drive traffic to your website if you are not participating. not cool.
  • i have set up a newsletter, sorta. You can subscribe to it HERE or in the Subscribe tab above! Now, the idea for this newsletter is NOT to send one each Monday before the challenges. That is too much work.  But i thought it might try to write a newsletter once a month-ish... Frankly, people kept asking me if i had a newsletter, so i thought i'd give it a try.
  • I know that some of you have told me that the paypal button does not work, and some of you have had no trouble, i'm not sure why it's inconsistent, I've just redone the code...again.... If all else fails you can donate to my paypal address which is madam_diva (a t) yahoo (d o t) com
Hello my Tangly friends!
Thanks for the reprieve everyone!  I spent the weekend in Calgary visiting my girlfriend and her adorable family. It was nice to get away from the boys for a weekend.
Tasty Grapefruity beer
tasty pancakes
My wonderful little friend and i had a lot of fun pretending to be bunnies and dancing and playing with her farm animals... and eating tasty pancakes.
look at this baby!!!
My girlfriend has the most adorable red headed baby, so i got in my cuddles.  CUDDLES!!!
Luckily, for me, the weather was great, and the drive was pretty easy... just me and the highway, and Divergent on audio book.  (AWESOME!)


Let's jump into the challenge, thanks for waiting!

Weekly Challenge #162: "String Theory - Initial String"
This week's challenge is a simple one, one i come back to again and again when i find myself stumped with a string.

So this week use your initials as your string.

"L H"



Have a great week!!
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??

Sunday, April 6, 2014

hang in there folks

hello tangly friends!

just wanted to give you a quick post to let you know that this week's challenge will be a tad late.
I was out of town this weekend and arrived home late Sunday night, and exhausted after my drive, i just wanted to go to bed

So, stay tuned; i hope to have the challenge up monday night, or at the very latest Tuesday morning.... thanks for understanding!

laura

Monday, March 31, 2014

Weekly Challenge #161

Happy Monday everyone!
First of all, as always - a few house keeping items:
  • If you're NEW here I've created a few tutorials to help you out. You can click on the links above or:   See "Getting Started" and "Tutorials"
  • To see all the past weekly challenges - click the tabs above (they are updated sporadically, please bear with me)
  • Please grab the button for the Weekly Challenge (on the right sidebar) to display on your blogs! share the fun!
  • The limit of submissions to the slideshow is TWO, but please feel free to post as many as you like to your blogs. A note about entering your images for the slideshows: Those of you without blogs or image sharing sites like flickr or picasa, please continue to email your images to weeklychallenge at mail dot com (not gmail, just mail). Everyone else - Please PLEASE PLEASE submit your SITE SPECIFIC URL in the linkey machine. I understand if sometimes you forget, that's fine. Compiling the slideshows is a lot of work, so any help in this regard is appreciated. Also, please do not use the Weekly Challenge as a way to drive traffic to your website if you are not participating. not cool.
  • i have set up a newsletter, sorta. You can subscribe to it HERE or in the Subscribe tab above! Now, the idea for this newsletter is NOT to send one each Monday before the challenges. That is too much work.  But i thought it might try to write a newsletter once a month-ish... Frankly, people kept asking me if i had a newsletter, so i thought i'd give it a try.
  • I know that some of you have told me that the paypal button does not work, and some of you have had no trouble, i'm not sure why it's inconsistent, I've just redone the code...again.... If all else fails you can donate to my paypal address which is madam_diva (a t) yahoo (d o t) com
Hello my Tangly friends!

Hope you had a great week, i know i have!

We've been playing some Lego, behold our Lego family...

We are so cute.
 I've also been working in my Documented Life Planner... any other DLPers out there?  i am totally loving this project.
my happy planner
 Chewie and i also had some time this weekend to play the Wii - he was pretty excited to finish a level, we are a good team.

PROUD

I also received my CZT Trading cards this week, they are so cute - i'm excited to hand these out at zentangle meetups... this also means that i need to attend more zentangle meetups. ;)

Check out Sandy Steen Bartholomew's blog to get your own...
she also designed trading cards for Zentangle Addicts
 This week the temperatures dropped back down below freezing.  Someday we will have spring, but until then.... I've signed up to volunteer for a program at the YWCA called Just Tri-It, a mini triathlon. I did the program 5 years ago after Chewie was born, and my one take-a-way from the Just Tri-It program was that i'm not a triathlete.  I'm a runner.  So I am a run team volunteer.

Go Team Green!! Running in -6C because we are hardcore.  (21F)
 If you're following me on instagram (@iamthediva) you will see that i've signed up to do the #100days project, here are some of my happy moments....
Chewie is very excellent at drawing Spongebob Squarepants and Patrick Star
Saturday mornings are made for pancakes and bacon
i got to snuggle with my girlfriend's little guy - he's so cute.


Oh, and the other exciting news in my life is this: 
oh holy moly
I signed up to do my first ever 10k run this spring... i'm only slightly terrified, but i am super excited to cross this off my bucket list.  ...hold me...

Weekly Challenge #161: "In a Quandary about Quandary"
There's a lot of discussion among CZTs on the best way to do this tangle... 
This week's challenge is a practice challenge - to find the way that works for you.  For ME i concentrate on one seed then building a triangle off it. 

You can see the step outs from Rick and Maria for this tangle here.

I just wanted to add here that a lot of people get concerned that their version of quandry is not 'perfect' or that it's not symmetrical - and i'd like to counter those concerns with "So what?" in my humble opinion those imperfections make the tangle interesting and give it character.  Trust yourself - you got this!!


Have a great week!!
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, March 24, 2014

Weekly Challenge #160

Happy Monday everyone!
First of all, as always - a few house keeping items:
  • If you're NEW here I've created a few tutorials to help you out. You can click on the links above or:   See "Getting Started" and "Tutorials"
  • To see all the past weekly challenges - click the tabs above (they are updated sporadically, please bear with me)
  • Please grab the button for the Weekly Challenge (on the right sidebar) to display on your blogs! share the fun!
  • The limit of submissions to the slideshow is TWO, but please feel free to post as many as you like to your blogs. A note about entering your images for the slideshows: Those of you without blogs or image sharing sites like flickr or picasa, please continue to email your images to weeklychallenge at mail dot com (not gmail, just mail). Everyone else - Please PLEASE PLEASE submit your SITE SPECIFIC URL in the linkey machine. I understand if sometimes you forget, that's fine. Compiling the slideshows is a lot of work, so any help in this regard is appreciated. Also, please do not use the Weekly Challenge as a way to drive traffic to your website if you are not participating. not cool.
  • i have set up a newsletter, sorta. You can subscribe to it HERE or in the Subscribe tab above! Now, the idea for this newsletter is NOT to send one each Monday before the challenges. That is too much work.  But i thought it might try to write a newsletter once a month-ish... Frankly, people kept asking me if i had a newsletter, so i thought i'd give it a try.
  • I know that some of you have told me that the paypal button does not work, and some of you have had no trouble, i'm not sure why it's inconsistent, I've just redone the code...again.... If all else fails you can donate to my paypal address which is madam_diva (a t) yahoo (d o t) com
Hello my Tangly friends!

I hope you had a great Week!  Here are some adorable St. Patrick's Day shots of the boys...

i just love this boy

I just love this one, too.
 and here's one more...
cutest boys...ever....
So, Chewie is all about everything Lego.  What 5 year old isn't?  He and his dad went to see the Lego Movie when it came out, and all he's been talking about since then was getting the Good Cop/Bad Cop Lego set.  But it was $40.00, so we told him that he had some money in his piggy bank, and some money saved up for big buys....  and that if he really wanted it, i'm sure we could find some chores for him to do so earn the extra money.  He even called grandma on the phone and asked her if she had any jobs she needed done to help him earn some money.  I was so proud.  So, after spending a few hours at grandmas drying dishes, vacuuming, dusting, folding laundry, and cleaning up the front entrance he had enough money!!

So on Friday, I picked him up from school and we went to the toy store.  He had earned all the money he needed.  

"I AM SO HAPPY!"
What a great kid.  He even built it all by himself (With a very tiny bit of help from mom), and on Saturday instead of getting up early to watch cartoons, he was up early - playing with his new Lego.
:)

Sometime around October-ish, i signed on to do a deck of Artist Trading Cards with some other lovely CZTs...  a whole deck of 52 cards!  I thought it would be clever to do an actual deck of cards... using tangles for suits... behold: The Jack of Chebucto.

it's been very fun doing this deck - but the deadline to mail them in is TODAY!!! (Monday!) and i still have 4 left to do....
the Jack of Chebucto!

 so without further ado (as i have a lot of tanglin' to do before the night is through)

Weekly Challenge #160: "String Theory: Spiral out, Keep Going! (v.2)"
100 imaginary points if you know these song lyrics without googling them!!

This week's challenge is to use a spiral as your string!

"The Horn of Valere"
(100 extra imaginary points if you know what the Horn of Valere is without googling)
MAN! I am showing all my nerdy colours in this post.

There's so much i love about a good spiral.  Spirals exist EVERYWHERE in nature.  Check it out!  The universe is absolutely ripe with examples of spirals... but if you need more inspiration, check out the Zentangle Blog for more spirally goodness.

Have a great week!!
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??

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Slideshow!

I'm still going through and organizing slideshows!

But i wanted to just say that i love this one.  I want each and every one of you to know how much it means to me and my family when you participate in the Moebius Day challenge.  With it being such a RARE disorder, the more people who know about it, and who know about Artoo - the easier his life will be.... and he's pretty amazing.

thank you!!