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The Diva tries her hand at wifedom and motherhood and dabbles in artsy things. She is a Certified Zentangle Teacher.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Passing the Celebration on to YOU

THIS CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED
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 Last week on my blog - some awesomeness happened. My counter rolled over to 200,000 hits!!  it's been pretty exciting in my house as we were getting closer to the big number.  B-rad would tell me every day how close i was getting....  i should say that i'm not a new blogger.  I've been blogging in some form or other since the way back days of 2002 before blogging was really a thing.   My personal blog (where i rant and rave and curse like a sailor, you've been warned) has been online for 9 years, and i have just under 50,000 hits on that one - since i started keeping track in 2007.   So - for me, this is huge.

and i'm honoured.

This challenge has been such an amazing ride in my already crazy amazing life.  You all keep saying in your sweet comments and emails how much you're thankful for me doing this - but the reality is i'm thankful to YOU guys.... This whole idea for a challenge started just under a year ago when i tentatively posted my first challenge and spread the word to the couple of CZTs that i was in regular contact with on facebook... and it grew.  And it grew and it grew and it grew until it created this wonderful community of artists and tanglers.  Through this blog and through your entries and comments and emails, i've come to know you guys as well.  You are all so wonderful.

PLUS - how cool is it to be on THIS side of the challenge to see what you guys do with it?? the few of you who've guest posted for me, you know what i'm talking about!!

It's fantastic!

SO! i'm having a giveaway to celebrate 200K!
Here are the FANTASTIC PRIZES!


 Prize Package #3

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  Prize Package #2
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Prize Package #1
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  • 8 sheets of Pocket Pagez courtesy of CropStop
  • Zen Mandalas courtesy of the lovely and talented Suzanne McNeill, CZT
  • Tangle Organizer, courtesy of the fabulous and fellow Canadian Genevieve Crabe, CZT
  • One set of Sakura Pigma Micron pens, courtesy of Sakura of America
  • One sent of 10 Sakura Glaze pens, courtesy of  Sakura of America
  • One Red Sakura pencil case, courtesy of Sakura of America
  • One Multiliner 4pc Sepia set, courtesy of Copic Color (Not pictured)
  • One Zentangle kit
  • One Zentangle to Go case, courtesy of Zentangle.com
  • One leaded glass frame containing two original Zentangles - one collaboration by Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas, the other by yours truly
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Now, you're probably wondering how to enter.  Each of these methods will get you an entry:

  1. Leave a comment below saying how Zentangle has enhanced YOUR life (be sure to supply a valid email address so i can contact you if you win!)
  2. Blog about this contest on your OWN blog - be sure to leave the site-specific URL to your blog post in a separate comment
  3. Tweet about it using the following (be sure to leave a separate comment with your twitter id letting me know) : @iamthediva is holding a #zentangle giveaway to celebrate 200K! #divacztgiveaway http://tinyurl.com/6bewexz
I will select three winners randomly on November 30th from the comment section.  Good luck!! And thanks again for all the great submissions to all the challenges.  I heart you.

321 comments:

  1. Zentangle has made it easier for me to relax when I'm stressed, it's given me a creative outlet, and through zentangle I've gotten back into mail art so I've increased my correspondence and letter writing! that's a lot of improvement!

    (alien_sunset (@) yahoo (.) com)

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  2. Tweet, Tweet!
    http://twitter.com/#!/alien_sunset/status/131341932050919425

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  3. Those are some SWEET prize there Diva! I am just in the beginning of my journey with tangling but it appeals to me on so many levels. It is a small time commitment and limited 'equipment' way to get some creative urges satisfied on the run so to speak. I like the graphic nature of it and the engineer in me likes to analyze the patterns and pattern construction so there is an analytical satisfaction as well as the artistic aspect. Good for both sides of my split personality! I will definitely blog about this, but that will be another comment!

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  4. I Zentangle at work! It's the perfect way to reset myself during breaks and has really helped with the stress I used to feel. I love Zentangle! :D

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  5. TWEET!! @MarikoMS Mariko Shewmake
    Do you know how much I love Zentangle?! @iamthediva is having a #zentangle giveaway to celebrate 200K! #divacztgiveaway tinyurl.com/6bewexz

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  6. In 1970 (7th grade) I received a "C" in the one and only art class I ever took. I didn't pick up a pencil or pen to draw again for nearly 40 years...until Zentangle. Now I follow several Zentangle Blogs and think of myself as an artist. Zentangle changed my entire perspective of myself in relation to art. How cool is that?

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  7. oops! forgot my email addy: annhathaway57@gmail.com

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  8. Tangling has provided me with an outlet for my creative needs. My husband has health issues which keep me close to home. I recently had surgery for a broken foot, find myself really homebound now. Do I mind? Limited cooking and housecleaning, no problem! More time to tangle! I would be so bored without this fantastic art. I am so grateful and so impressed with the results of tangling. I luv this website. Lyn
    lmd42@swbell.net

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  9. It is hard to imagine a day without a moment or more dedicated to tangling. It helps me celebrate, it helps me calm down when I am agitated, and it keeps me awake in church and through conferences. I love art and I have never been able to spend the time in art that I wanted to. Having 12 children can fill up your day with so many things and suddenly with almost an empty nest, 2 left at home, I find I have still so much required of my time that I still have no time to pursue art, however, and this is a big however, I have tangling. It may take 15 minutes, or an hour, but that can finish a project and I feel excited and happy with my time and my creative juices are fulfilled. So yes zentangle has changed some things in my life but mostly it has filled my life with art!

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  10. oops I forgot my email too, ledenzer@yahoo.com

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  11. I love tangling!!! It gives me an opportunity to safely be creative..no pressure! I think any "brain" use endeavor is healthy for the aging mind...which mine certainly is!! And I love the opportunity you have given to see such wonderful art from all my fellow "tanglers"..I have "met" some terrific people "out there"!! (And I amaze all my non artistic friends with my "talents"...and many of them have found their inner artistic self through my introduction of Zentangles to them!!)

    arts1plus@yahoo.com

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  12. zentangles allow a time of meditation in my day. I love them and I'd love to win. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  13. Zentangle has helped me begin to conquer my fear of "drawing". I had no encouragement in school and took some drawing classes later in life, but was so frustrated; I even quit in the middle of one course in tears! Finding Zentangle gives me something to feel successful about and, in addition, I can FINISH something quickly which is huge for me since I tend to take forever with my "creations". Thanks, Diva for this wonderful opportunity and for your awesome site full of inspiration! born2luvtigers [at] yahoo [dot] com

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  14. I love that Zentangle is so easy but looks so hard. I can impress my friends, and yes, sometimes even impress myself! I love that it's something my daughters and I can do together. Tangling has enhanced my life in many ways, and I'm so happy to be a part of this wonderful Zentangle community! :) dmlemay@earthlink.net

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  15. Awesome giveaway!

    Zentangle® has enhanced my life in so many ways. It got me through a bad period when my mother was sick, and then led me into a fantastic community where the people are all loving and sharing. I'm not sure whether zentangle just attracts people who are that way, or helps them become that way--but I've never belonged to a more wonderful group!

    I've blogged about the giveaway(you bet I have--who could sit on news like this?)

    http://lifeimitatesdoodles.blogspot.com/2011/11/link-i-am-divas-zentangle-giveaway.html

    lifeimitatesdoodles@gmail.com

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  16. Zentangle had made me feel more creative than ever before. It has make me want to share it with everyone because it is easy to do and very relaxing. My email address: duchygirl37@googlemail.com

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  17. Got it in my blog site: http://duchygirl.blogspot.com/2011/11/divas-giveaway.html

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  18. OMG! What an amazing treat!
    I have to say that I am fairly new(discovered it earlier this year) to Zentangling..but I LOVE IT!! I've purchased Book #4 but I love them all!!
    I am in awe of you and all the other amazing Zentanglers!

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  19. Zentangle has greatly improved my Machine Quilting. It has also reminded me that I have a creative person within.
    Thanks for the opportunity.
    sharon.bourque@sympatico.ca

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  20. Tweet http://twitter.com/#!/Heinani

    The Zentangle method creates a sacred space in my day. It is a ritual that brings me back into harmony and a ceremony that I can share.

    Thank you for this fabulous giveaway!
    stokes@lava.net

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  21. Congratulations! I am fairly new to Zentangles and am busy learning and experimenting with the patterns. I was always told at school that I couldn't draw but I can Tangle!! It is a relaxing part of my day and I have also been able to impress friends by making Tangle borthday cards. Thank you.
    carolinehemsley@btinternet.com

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  22. I have become a Zentangle fanatic. Last Feb I became a CZT and I have gotten so much out of teaching Zentangle. It is so wonderful to see the excitement students have when they create tiles that they are so proud of.
    sj60010 @ gmail. com

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  23. Diva, I hope I don't make you blush too much, but I've sung your praises on my blog too. Check it out at http://suejacobs.blogspot.com/2011/11/diva-is-divine.html

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  24. Zentangling allows me some creative space when I'm otherwise blocked and need a jumpstart. It helps me feel the joy of creating something beautiful and intriguing. I've given pieces to friends who are under the stress of illness, and it gives them something to focus on instead of their discomfort...a great gift, made possible by Rick and Maria and all those CZTs who create new tangles for the rest of us.

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  25. Zentangle and the process of tangling got me through my father's last few months of life in hospice. I may not find myself relaxing while drawing but I am definitely focused and in fully present, so it is a start.

    apolloniavoss@gmail.com

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  26. Zentangle has helped me as I go to college studying graphic design. I've incorporated Zentangle into many projects in my design and drawing classes. Having the tangles in your head, just waiting to come out, makes the projects flow. I'm not so hung up with getting started, I just start and flow with it (much like the Zentangle saying "there are no mistakes").

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  27. I found Zentangle on a strangers blog in March 2011 and became a CZT in October, the 7th class. Need I say I'm a devoted tangler? although I'm still a beginner, every day my creativity expands because of people like you who share their art. It does still the mind and the finished product pleases the soul. Imagine me drawing that! Who knew? cmbczt7@me.com

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  28. This is really fantastic giveaway.I discovered Zentangling approximately a year ago- right about the time when I lost my job -and feverishly searched and searched for days for patterns, blogs or people that were involved in all this magic.That is how I came across you blog and I believe that my first challenge response was to the Mooka tangle.I look forward to your Mondey post every week and I also try to make at least one drawing.Thank you for your originality.

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  29. Hmmmm. I must admit that zentangle® means the first serious addiction problem I've encountered in my life. Okay, well, I guess maybe chocolate was my real first addiction, but I digress....I discovered tangling about 9 months ago, am now a proud CZT, and have my first class booked for Nov. 15th. You could say I'm obsessed with it, just ask my husband. As I write this and look across my dining room table it's filled everything to do with zentagle® including a fresh pair of white sneakers that I intend to tangle tonight. The contents of the box I received yesterday from Rick and Maria are spread out on the floor, and I have a small portable 5 drawer storage cabinet filled with tangling supplies sitting in the corner. I'm so looking forward to teaching so that I will be able to share this wonderful art form with others. Yes, I'm definitely and very happily hooked on zentangle®!

    Your weekly challenge, Laura, has meant fun, pushing me to try things I would not have otherwise, and a great reason for the existence of Monday mornings!

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  30. Zentangles have done two obvious things for me - first, taught me that I CAN draw, and draw things I like. :) Second, given me something to do that quiets the fidgets when I am waiting - doctor's office, in the car, whatever. As long as I have a pen and paper, I can stay calm. ;)

    Linda

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  31. I tweeted your drawing - QuiltingLinda.

    :) Linda

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  32. Here's my blog post with a link to yours as my entry. And, thanks for celebrating your big achievement with the rest of us with this fun give-a-way, Laura!

    http://artplayforeverybody.blogspot.com/2011/11/hey-everybody-divas-giving-free-gifts.html

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  33. Oh, duh.....here's my email.....Dorothy86@hotmail.com

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  34. I love Zentangle. It is my favourite way to relax with a flavoured coffee after dinner. I have also used zentangle with some of the kids I work with. I find it is a wonderful way to help children with ADD focus, kids with ADHD calm down, and all kids transition from recess to "work" time. Zentangle is amazing to boost creativity and self confidence in children. It opens up loads of opportunity to discuss our gifts, our talents, and our differences. Each of the children ( boys, girls, primary and juniour alike) I have introduced to Zentangle have embraced the art form and made it their own...the gifts keep giving and giving and giving. My email address is Andreahowardb@gmail.com.

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  35. Zentangle has helped me in so many different areas. I suffer from chronic pain so on those really bad days I grab my tiles and pens. In addition, I recently lost 35 lbs and Zentangle really helped me with struggling with those night time munchies I thought I just had to have! And its been a great confidence builder as far as my creativity. I've made handmade jewerly for years, but was really kind of losing interest. Now, I'm trying to figure out how to incorporate with my PMC. Zentangle has so many possibilities that its almost endless! I love Zentangle and I'm proud to be a CZT!
    ~Cathy @ simplycathy@att.net

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  36. Here's my blog post: http://www.tangledink.blogspot.com
    ~Cathy

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  37. Zentangling has been like an infusion of growth hormone fr my creativity! It is truly a key to getting my left brain and inner critic to be quiet and let pure spontaneity take over. It's like a natural anti-anxiety drug!

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  38. For me, I have been able to accept the term "artist" to describe myself. That's a big thing for me. It has increased my confidence and my ability to nurture other peoples artistic tendencies

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  39. I am brand new to Zentangle - one week! I love it and can't wait to do more! I love browsing websites and blogs like this one looking for patterns and ideas. I LOVE ZENTANGLE!!!

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  40. I've been tangling with my students and we've had a blast - they're getting better at it than I am! I have a grade 8 class and they're always asking for more. I love tangling and have been doing it since the beginning of the summer of 2011 - I can't believe how relaxing it is! My favourite thing about it is that you're never wrong - even practice pages can be a work of art :)

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  41. I would love to wind one of your pkgs. I started tangling about 5 months ago. It is relaxing and just awesome to see the Zentangle come together once finished.

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  42. Just posted this give away on my blog. Which is:

    http://cherylsartfulcreations.blogspot.com

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  43. I blogged about it along with my entry for this week's challenge:
    http://cutnitup.blogspot.com/2011/11/new-month-new-week-new-challenge.html

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  44. Congrats on 200,000 visits! I love to tangle because it brings peace and calm into the everyday chaos! huntla1 at mac dot com. Thanks for the wonderful opportunity!

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  45. I work in direct care long 15 hour days and sleep over at the home of the individuals I work with and there is always some down time, especially in the evenings. I have to stay awake to assist my clients if needed, but often they are engaged in their own individual pursuits and don'e need me. Zentangle is something I can do that is relaxing and helps me stay alert. I have to be able to help them if they need it and its easy to set down my pen and do that, but its a way to make time pass in those slower spots in our daily schedule and its so much more enjoyable than mindless tv watching (I can't really read at work or anything that needs logical left brain functioning). Zentangle is perfect for this, plus I really have been enjoying the drawing without worrying about it looking like anything specific, simply doing the lovely patterns step by step.

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  46. Big congratulations to you on your 200K visits. It is a big deal to know that your work is appreciated.
    I still consider myself a novice tangler as I haven't taken a class from a CZT yet. Hopefully I will before the end of the month! Doing Zentangle makes me feel like an artist; I can have success even though I can't draw to save my life. Folk art painting did the same thing for me.

    So, fingers crossed for one of your fabulous prizes. BTW, I do not tweet, does that count me out?

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  47. As a second-time single mom (I've adopted one of my biological grandchildren), I find myself strapped for time even more than when I was younger. Tangling gives me a creative outlet with minimal time investment and keeps me in touch with me. I love it!

    Thanks for the give-away! You've selected some very exciting prizes. Good luck to all! :)

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  48. I am one of the new CZT's from Class 7 (What a lucky number!). I have a passion to pass on this amazing style of art to anyone who will listen to me. Zentangle has given me a new purpose in life. Your prize packages are amazing. You have a lot to be proud of.
    barb.gill@att.net

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  49. Congratulations on such a great milestone - 200,000 hits is amazing. I love following the site and doing the challenges. Zentangle gives me a way to relax that always works (okay - so a glass of wine with my black pen doesn't hurt). Thanks so much for all you do and congrats again!

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  50. Laura, where to start... I stumbled across Zentangle at an "Artini" night in Mystic, Connecticut (Artini is a good mix of art projects + martinis). I was blown away! Fastest 2 hours of my life. It's allowed me to see how art is created and taken my stress down to where it is finally manageable. Your challenges make me push myself every week. I appreciate all you share and all that share with you. Come on 300,000!

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  51. What a fab giveaway! I found ZT about 2 yrs ago (2 yrs into my unemployment stint, still there,:P! ) and figured out the plan and have been tangling since. What a great stress reliever, focus-er and partner for doing mindfulness meditation. I would really love to win one (as my finances are very limited, it would be a boon to try some of the other tools) I find I am now filling up sketch books that have been waiting for yrs to be ddrawn in. thanks a bunch - molly Z.

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  52. I am new to zentangle was not very good at art in school but this has given me the confidence I needed and it is so relaxing in such a stressful & problematical life.
    manicros@hotmail.co.uk

    Ros

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  53. Congrats, Laura. I just did a post on my blog about your giveaway. Sue
    http://tangledinkart.blogspot.com/2011/11/divas-big-giveaway.html

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  54. I've only been Zentangling a few months but I love it. It helps calm me down and chill for a bit. pegchr (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  55. I also added info about your giveaway on my Squidoo article, Zentangle Inspirations in Fabric: http://www.squidoo.com/zentangle-inspirations-in-fabric

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  56. The Diva challenges have given me peace of mind and something to look forward to at the bottom of the laundry basket or the bottom of the sink. I'm at home all day long with my two boys, taking care of the house and home schooling. I had forgotton about how much I LOVE to draw. It's my little escape to a world full of limitless creativeness that puts a smile in my heart. Thanks to you and your weekly challenges, I have been re-introduced to my love of drawing. After getting married and having two very busy boys, I had lost my sense of self. I had been asked, "What are your hobbies? What do you like to do? If you had one hour a day to do whatever you want, what would you do?" I had absolutely no idea what I would say if you had asked me a year ago. I was so absorbed in taking care of my family that I had forgotten about "me" and what "I" liked. I could tell you what my husband likes to do in his spare time. I could tell you all about the interests of both of my boys. But I was dumbstruck when it came to my own interests and hobbies. Now I can't wait until I get the laundry done or the dishes done so that I can get back to drawing. I see things when I'm out doing errands that would make a great ZenTangle pattern or ZIA. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for doing what you do every week! You have given me back my sense of self and for that I am truly greatful!

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  57. Good grief - how has Zentangle enhanced my life? Do you have all day? The biggest impact for me is the difference it has made in some of my clients' lives! I am a counselor in a rural community mental health clinic. Most of my clients are low to no income and really see no hope of change in their lives. Zentangle has provided a creative outlet of expression and a way to cope with stressors in their lives. A few are using it every day as a way to journal their feelings or celebrate their gains. I am so grateful to my dear MaggieKat for introducing this to me, for Rick and Maria for their constant inspiration, and to you, dear Laura, for this forum of like-minded artists. Much love to you.
    Martha (aka BlueRidgeWoman) ancientvoicez@gmail.com

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  58. I forgot to leave my email...
    jglhines@hotmail.com

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  59. Excellent Celebration Packages!

    Zentangle has helped me in many ways, first it lifted me out of a depression after I lost my job, secondaly I have met wonderful people including my CZT "family" and all the students I have connected with during this past year and finally I get great joy, relaxation and have a renewed artistic purpose to my life thanks to Zentangle. charilynn@sympatico.ca

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  60. Congratulations on getting so many hits. Zentangle has giving me only fun. To do it and to teach it, I ust feel grateful for getting to know about it and being able to come to the US to meet Rick and Maria and everyone else. ellengozeling@casema.nl

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  61. I love zentangle! I create a zentangle every night before I go to sleep. The focus of drawing those repetitive strokes helps me relax and clear my mind. I tangle when I need to concentrate or calm myself. I tangle when I'm waiting for an appointment.

    It's taught me that I can draw--one stroke at a time. I'm constantly astonished at the beautiful work I'm able to create. I even love looking through my binder of beautiful tangles. I've given dozens of zentangles and ZIAs as gifts, and introduced quite a few people to this wonderful art form.

    Laura, I appreciate your site because it has connected me with other tanglers from around the world. It's pushed me to try new tangles and new concepts, and to be more creative. I've been amazed at the incredible beauty and variety that one challenge can generate when dozens of creative individuals take Sakura pen to 3.5 inch tiles.

    Karen
    findingkarenlynn@gmail.com

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  62. Congrats on hitting 200k! Your Weekly Challenges are truly inspirational! Zentangle has honestly changed my life. I have had multiple surgeries on both of my feet & have been diagnosed with RSD (Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy) & CRPS (Chronic Regional Pain Syndrome) in both of them. Basically I experience chronic, severe pain in my feet. I have a "Pain Pump" that is implanted under my skin that delivers very strong meds directly to my spinal fluid on a continous basis. Though I have to deal with pain 24/7, I feel blessed that I am still able to walk (with aid) & that I don't have a life threatening disease. Zentangle has given me something that no medication/drugs have been quite able to do. When I tangle & find that "zone", my pain level actually drops 1-3 levels & at times I am able to "forget" about the pain in my feet. Those blessed few minutes are Heaven for me! If not for Rick & Maria & their creation of Zentangle, life for me wouldn't be the same.
    Angie, createdbyangie@gmail.com

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  63. Diva, Zentangle has given me a new way of approachign life. Having suffered from depression for sooooo many years and with a few other ailments recently, zentangle has taught and allowed me to slow down, appreciate where I am and what I have. Zentangling has shown me how to focus and achieve with one step at a time something other professional people and art has not achieved. I LOVE my zentangling and now am loving life much more... thanks to Maria and Rick , you Diva for the challenges and the Zentangling community! From me and my family...THANKS

    tingiview@gmail.com

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  64. #CRPTghosts tweeted the contest! Thanks so much now to post my comment!
    kaborus@gmail.com

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  65. Zentangle has ignited my creative soul, taking a person who can craft jewelry and shoot photos but NOT draw, and giving her a sense of magical accomplishment. I can't draw a straight line and now I don't have to try! My "mistakes" are just part of the whole and can be forgiven. Zentangle has inspired me, has relaxed me, has rejuvenated me. Thanks for a wonderful contest and for sharing in your blogs!

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  66. Zentangle is a great way to create without a huge amount of supplies or expense. I tangle at work when its quiet to all myself a mental break. I love the challenges however I have not completed one in time to send them it. Thanks for your hard work.

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  67. I love taking my little black case where I keep my Zentangle supplies and doodle as the mood strikes. I mentioned your giveaway in my Found Money in the Street.

    pegchr (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  68. Zentangle moved me enough to become a CZT in the 6th class. I love the complexity of the simple strokes. The philosophy of Zentangle is something I see in more and more aspects of my life. I've blogged about that often, and often to my surprise. How seemlessly the two weave together still amazes me. I am enriched by this meditative art form. I am more relaxed, I am more creative and I share this passion with my students. Huzzah!! Diana Hirsch diwolf @ aol (dot) com

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  69. Zentangle has taught me that I can in fact create art! Love that everything I create looks unique. christy.j.newell (at) gmail dot com

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  70. First 200,000 congrats & 200,000 thanks for your blog! I discovered Zentangle a year ago & took 2 classes in Jan/Feb. I'ved tangled almost daily since. After a bout with Lyme Disease 4yrs ago that affected my neuro system, I battle migraines, sometimes 18 a month. Over the course of tangling this year, my days between migraines are increasing. Today I'm 2months migraine-free, a milestone!! My thanks to you for your challenges and inspiration and for Zentangle. Sharyn pennasm@yahoo.com

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  71. Wow! 200,000! Very impressive. Wow, again! Look at those prizes! Yeehaw!
    Zentangle has given me confidence, peace, and new friendships. It's very relaxing to create one and so much fun to teach others. Sharing is a blast, too! I love this community of tanglers, how can you not feel the love?
    Jmackugler@gmail.com

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  72. All of my life I've wondered why I wasn't given a middle name at birth. Now I know. It's so CZT could really have meaning for me! Now with my new status as a CZT it has double meaning. My name is now - Chris (Zentangle) Titus. Heehee!!

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  73. I found Zentangles on Pinterest about 2 weeks ago and am absolutely hooked. I could tangle all day! I also scrapbook, make cards, etc, so this is an addition and extension to create more. Plus I use to love to doodle and color. This is so much fun. I love your website. Congrats on hitting 200000!
    dixiesupler@yahoo.com

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  74. Wow that is some question. How has Zentangle enhanced my life. There has been so many ways it has enhanced. I now obsess over paper and pens!! LOL. I don't say anymore that i can't draw! I have more confidence in creating. I have always been "Crafty" I crochet, knit, do needle work. but I have always envied people that can draw. Now I can put pen to paper and create something that I am proud to show off and share with people.
    The other thing is that I am more relaxed and have more confidence, my job is fairly stressful and Zentangle has really helped.

    I love your site contrats on hitting 200,000

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  75. oops forgot to include email address. Liz6352@aol.com

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  76. http://ilex-ilexsweblog.blogspot.com/2011/11/divas-giveaway.html
    ilex76@hotmail.com

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  77. I used to sit at my computer playing games for hours at a time. Now I sit at my desk making Zentangles and Zen-spirations for hours at a time! I found Zentangles in July and got hooked immediately. When all my craft supplies were ruined due to flooding, the only things safe were some pens and paper I was using for Zentangles. So, this year, I am making Christmas Cards and ornaments using Zentangles! When one door closes, another opens!
    Here's my email: erblair53@verizon.net

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  78. Dear Diva, you really do have the most amazing ideas!
    http://creativeadventures-pennyb.blogspot.com/2011/11/show-week.html

    Thank you xx

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  79. Great giveaway.
    I tangle for hours almost each day to help me forget my physical pain.
    Dianne in Aus

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  80. I did my first zentangle this past summer and loved it. Watching me draw zentangles drew my kids away from the video games to sit and draw. What bliss. We drew for hours. Zentangle sharing has also drawn me into an enthusiastic art community. Before that I felt as if I were stranded in a sea of artistically blind people. I was looking for any artistic person in a life raft who wanted to discuss art. -any art -the quality of a line -the curve of a swirl -color -design -anything I would love to win one of the prizes because then I would have no excuse to not participate in art everyday, I would have all the tools. Creating brings on that timeless dimension that restores one's spirit and soul.lmbriscoe@optonline.net

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  81. The Diva weekly challenges have enabled me to develop the art of zentangling by checking out what others are doing, and finding out from the list of blogs what other people have to offer in the ways of books and artworks. Its been such a stimulating road to travel, and very rewarding as I have drawn both adults and children in to belong to this great zentangle family. The challenges have created a sense of belonging and given me massive encouragement regarding what I create which nothing else has done. Thankyou so much for 'the diva's challenge'!! Anne in Australia

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  82. It has only been two months since I learned about and have practiced making Zentangles and I have found the process to be a rewarding one. As an artist, doing Zentangles helps me find my muse when it seems otherwise to be on hiatus. As a mom, it’s a time to relax, meditate and do something fulfilling for myself. I enjoy being absorbedly focused on the work. And in finding others that share my love of zentangling has enriched my life. kvanart@hotmail.com

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  83. Tweet from kvanartist:

    @iamthediva is holding a #zentangle giveaway to celebrate 200K! #divacztgiveaway http://tinyurl.com/6bewexz

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  84. I am brand new to Zentangle. Just took my first class last week with my daughter and had fun! It seems like something that could not only help me be more creative but also help me to relax and focus. I can't wait to do more with it.
    lynnsphotobooth@gmail.com

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  86. Tweeted! @lynnslife

    Here's the link to my tweet: http://twitter.com/#!/lynnslife/status/132523360667185153

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  87. Wow!! 200, 000 visits here! You are the bomb, Miss Laura! Congratulations. Link to "celebration information" is here: http://tanglewithme-tricialee.blogspot.com/2011/11/tangled-leaf.html

    My Zentangle journey started in 2010 when I was surfing the web and clicked on one of my favorite quilting blogs. At the end of her message for the day, the quilter signed off by saying she 'must make herself a cup of tea... and do some Zentangle'. This quilter/blogger was Jane Monk!!

    WooHoo!!!!!!

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  88. I never thought I could be creative with pen and paper until I took a Zentangle class this year. What a joy to make these little pieces of art! I love Zentangle and the generosity of the teachers who share their designs on the Web.

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  89. Congratulations on your 200,000 hits, I bet it is well over that now. I am a newby to Zentangle and so look forward to your challenges, they give me time to be myself and create something wonderful. I would love to go on a course but can't find anything for the UK. Looking forward to Monday.ginisus@btinternet.com

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  90. Zentangle brings the kind of peacefulness that antidepressants do not. No matter what happens to me during the day, I can pull out a pen and tangle on any surface to regain the peace that is needed to continue. I haven't taken a class yet, but I'm looking forward to it. Congratulations - Diva you have made a difference in many lives!

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  91. Since I discovered Zentangles I have been able to be more creative. Zentangling frees my mind and allows the creativity to flow. I love it!

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  92. My son said it 's a great way to meet girls in cafes:)

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  93. I love that Zentangle enables me to enjoy the creative process anytime I choose to. I travel a lot with my work and am glad for an art form that doesn't require its own suitcase. megz246 at gmail dot com

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  94. Blogged...

    http://kristinevanderschaaff.wordpress.com/2011/11/05/the-divas-big-giveaway/

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  95. I love Zentangle. It has put me back in touch with the me of my teenage years when I would draw constantly in black and white. I love the 'zen' idea - creating a sense of calm and peace through drawing. I have also introduced this artform to many other people who have found it has been the same for them - it gives them a feeling of peace and relaxation.
    Fantastic prizes you have on offer. Thanks for the great inspiration I find here.
    Deanne
    Sydney Australia
    xxx
    www.mystampingplace.blogspot.com

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  96. oops me again - forgot to put the actual blog link, so here it is:
    http://mystampingplace.blogspot.com/2011/11/zentangle-at-divas-blog-prizes-up-for.html

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  97. Zentangle has allowed me to feel like an artist when I have my micron in hand and a tile in front of me. It really is such a relaxing process, too. Just the other night, in the middle of trivia tournament (in a noisy, crowded bar) where I was not being very useful (and not feeling very happy about that!), I started to tangle on my scrap paper (I was listening to the questions with half an ear :) ). When I was finished, I was able to answer the next 3 questions! Coincidence? I don't think so ;)

    Also, I think that, after our state testing sessions at school, I'll teach my students to tangle. I know it will keep them quiet!

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  98. Zentangle has given me an inner peace. When I have to sit in a waiting room (I'm very impatient) I tangle and don't mind about how much time is spent waiting. Thanks for the opportunity to win this super blog candy!
    Have a great sunday
    you can reach me at caroricbreton at hotmail dot com.

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  99. These are great prizes, and I appreciate the opportunity to win one. Zentangle is a blessing for me since I've always tried to create and not been successful. Now, I see that "doodling" (tangling) is creative in itself and I can do at least some of the patterns! And, just seeing what everyone else does with their tangles is inspirational. So, thanks to all of the Zentangle community! My e-mail is stampkat1@cox.net.

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  100. Wow 200,000 posts that's fantastic. Your site is very inspiring. I discovered this art form just a few months ago and even though I can't draw I can do this! It makes me feel so de-stressed, peaceful and creative, I love it.
    We don't have any teachers here in Adelaide, so I have taught myself from the web sites I have discovered. I do your challenge every week but don't post them. I'm not good enough yet.

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  101. Zentangles are a great way to relax...at work they became a lunchtime ritual when everything was going nuts, where I could just drift in the zone of ...one stroke at a time... and not even think about the crazyness outside that door (I hid in the supply room lol)

    awesome prizes...hope to win one.. thanks and congratulations

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  102. Dear Anonymous from Aldelaide, I hope you submit one soon. (you ARE good enough! I promise!!) Also, if you win, i won't be able to contact you, can you leave your name and email addy?

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  103. It helps me relax and get in a little 'art' on a daily basis.

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  104. I discovered tangling this summer. I was instantly addicted. I've produced over a hundred artworks since I started in August. I've always been a doodler. Now I can turn my doodling into art. It is such a great stress reliever too. I love to come home from work, turn on the tv, and zentangle. I have even taught my 5th graders to tangle. They love it. Pereanne@gmail.com

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  105. Zentangling has made me realize that i CAN do things even if i think I cant,,just take it one step at a time and do think too hard because then you make it harder than it really is..And these weekly challenges have broadend that horizon to think outside the norm and make it your own. thanks to You Laura and to both Rick and Maria for the positive vibes and reinforcements that we can do this..
    juanita.bird@gmail.com

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  106. I linked this onto my blog and here is the post. thanks again!!

    http://ladybird65-thebirdhouse.blogspot.com/2011/11/diva-is-having-big-giveaway.html

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  107. Zentangle seems to have enhanced my life my tenfold! It has opened my eyes to seeing everything differently, like how can I make a pattern out of that? And I feel more confident in my work overall.
    Thanks for these prizes, I love the little brag book. Are they for sale anywhere?

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  108. Just tweeted too.. @concernedowl

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  109. Okay and i totally just created a blog just to enter too.. http://concernedowl.blogspot.com/2011/11/first-post.html

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  110. I'm new to Zentangle. What I've tried so far has been great. Hope to take a class soon.
    Katy
    kegler44@yahoo.com
    don't know about profiles????

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  111. What wonderful prizes! I agree with a lot that has been posted here especially about how it is relaxing and meditative. But what I really love is that it is so packable and my little ziplock baggie of zentangling supplies fits in my purse and I can tangle at all those moments when I am waiting around and would otherwise feel like I am wasting time.
    thanks!
    newbold05050505@bendbroadband.com

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  112. I don't know how it all started but one day while looking at my e-mails on cards I saw Zentangle. I always sort of doodled circles and squares and remember years ago that the story on squares was the reason people draw squares or boxes is that they feel closed in. I clicked on the Zentangle and found Zentangle.com was in awe and thought that looks pretty good. I was a long arm quilter when Hurricane Katrina hit and took the business and the Zentangles reminded me of all my free hand quilting that was done on my customer's quilts and have not quilted since but I can only tell you that I am now hooked and Zentangle daily. Zentangling has given me much joy and freedom to move my hands once again. I was a very lucky person to win the "Zen Mandalas" book from Suzanne McNeil recently what a thrill. I am taking this moment to tell you and all the other people out there "EVERYONE CAN ZENTANGLE" and it gets neater and more precise with every stroke. Thank you and all the other designers and authors out there.

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  113. Zentangle is a great tool for relaxing and letting me be "me" in spite of this crazy mixed up life I am evolved in at the moment. Love to just sit and let my stress go away for a while and am in awe at all the beautiful art that everyone has created on this blog and at Zentangle.com

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  114. I LOVE TANGLING!

    Ok, so since I got that out of the way, on with my story...Almost a year ago I got married, and in June, my husband suffered an industrial accident and sustaing a traumatic brain injury. He broke his neck, has permanent brain damage, tore his vertebral artery and was in a coma for almost a month. While in the hospital he also contracted pneumonia but they had to operate on his neck so it was touch and go since he was still on the ventilator. But luckily, he was always young and healthy so he pulled through. He spent another couple weeks in the hospital undergoing intensive therapies, learning to walk, talk, eat, dress himself, ya know, everything we take for granted everyday! So I was extremely stressed out and needed an out-I am bi-polar myself and when things are spinning out of control like they were, I was in need of serious help. So I started going on line to look for stress relieving activites, and also for some brain stimulating things for him to do, when I came across a tile! I was instantly addicted!! WOW, what beautiful masterpieces they were. THats prob too hard for me to do, I'm not an artist...But, with more research and reading blogs, I found myself tangling! OMG what a fantastic thing!! And it so worked to help me deal with finding our "new normal" as the therapists call it. So, now whenever Im feeling that overwhelming stress coming on, I grab one of my journals (I have them everywhere) and go. It really does give you something else to focus on and at the same time you create art! So I trying to teach my husband how to do it since his psychologist says that visual art is extremely important in stimulating the brain, esp the frontal and temploral lobes that he permanently damaged. So this is how Zentangles have helped and inspired me through the most difficult thing Ive gone thru this far in my 36 years!

    Thank you so much for your inspiration and guidance! And also for reading my novel! Youre absolutely fabulously Awesome!

    Melissa H

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  115. Oops forgot my email address...mheslop75@gmail.com.

    Melissa H

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  116. I am having a hard time posting this comment. I've written it three times and it keeps saying I need to sign out and sign in to a different account. So just let me say quickly, that this gives me something to get out of bed for every Monday morning. I cannot wait to see what the challenge will be. I love the zentangle community. They are all so generous with their comments. Thanks so much for giving us this opportunity. Mel (Vicmelhorse) vicmeld@comcast.net

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  117. Here's my blogpost about your contest http://findingmelosingme.blogspot.com/2011/11/challenge-47-lest-we-forget-and-divas.html. I even put in a little plug for donations. Thanks for your terrific site, your incredible energy, and the weekly challenges.
    findingkarenlynn@gmail.com

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  118. What I love about the Zentangle art form is that it allows people of any skill level to participate and feel the joy of pen on paper. So many people have the idea that they are not creative or talented. These two elements have nothing to do with enjoying Zentangle process, so the it often bypasses the false ideas that we might carry about ourselves. It's a simple and pure joy to watch someone tangle away after announcing their belief that they are not artistic. We are all artistic. Zentangle just gave us a way of setting it loose! And that, to me, is miraculous!

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  119. Laura,
    Zentangle has been such a blessing to me. It has given me back my confidence as an artist, but more importantly, has allowed me to share this gift with others. Thanks for the great blog and the fantastic contest!
    Cris

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  120. I just picked up a book on zentanble on Saturday - and promptly lost the rest of the day and all day Sunday in a tangle of pens, pencisl, and paper... Joy

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  121. I love the package combos, there are new things I have never seen!

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  122. OK - I've linked your contest on my blog. (As if I have readers that you don't!)

    http://tangledupinart.blogspot.com/2011/11/another-giveaway.html

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  123. I finally got to actually take a class last Saturday from Debbie Perdue, CZT. I boldly pulled out my handful of attempts and sketch book with several tangle patterns. Even I was amazed when I found the date I had on the first one. I only started on 9/31/2011, and yet I am thoroughly addicted!

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  124. Congrats on the 200000 hits!!! Way to go!!! It was a little over a year ago that Zentangle saved my life. I was in a deep depression after losing my son, Jeremiah at 5 months in my pregnancy. I kept having nightmeres and wasn't getting any sleep, literally about 45 min. a night if that. I was on the verge of a breakdown. I took a Zentangle class from a CZT and was the last to leave the class. I stayed up for 4 hours looking up tangles online and trying them, then a miracle happened, I went to sleep and slept without dreaming for over 7 hours. The rest they say is history, I started Zentangling before going to bed and the nightmeres finally stopped and life began to return to some semblance of normal. I also started an 11"x15" piece with my son's name in it and added new patterns to it as I learned them. I just finished shading it. Zentanlge has helped me to process my grief and find myself again. Now I will get to share it with others as I just became a CZT in Providence! My husband sent me as he says Zentangle gave him his wife back! jennifer@jennifervanpelt.com

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  125. http://pjwaldropstudios.blogspot.com/2011/11/zen-tangle-diva-hits-500k.html

    Congratulations and thank you for helping to get us all to think outside our box.

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  126. Zentangle has rekindled something creative in me I thought was gone long ago. I used to draw and paint.. with passion and drive. I wanted to go to art school and become a famous artist. Well, life happens, years have passed, not that I would not change a thing, but I am glad to have discovered my abilities, and that is in thanks to the zentangle process.
    Congratulations on your success with you site, and thank you so much for this chance to be entered into your amazing give-away!
    terrildorr@gmail.com

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  127. Zentangle has captured my imagination and brought a sense of completeness to my life. I love to spend some quiet time each day just getting lost in the calming feel of putting pen to paper and creating something beautiful. Monday mornings usually find me looking up the weekly Diva challenge, and I enjoy seeing what others have created as well. It is zentangle that has brought a whole world wide community together, made possible in part by you, Laura! Thank you for all the effort you put into these challenges. joni@cfedd.com

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  128. Just posted a link to this on my blog
    http://patternplaywithpens.blogspot.com/2011/11/divas-give-away-celebration.html

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  129. Zentangling has changed the very foundation of my life. When I found it in February, I was hooked immediately. It feels like what was missing' all along. It has given me a profound sense of peace, accomplishment and self-esteem. I am thankful for it every single day.

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  130. I must say an impressive give away. I always enjoy your challenges but haven't managed to send any in yet. Zentangle is a grand awakening. I can't "draw" but I enjoy tangling. It has become a favorit celebration of birthdays and aniversaries. I even made a card for a service woman in Afghanastan for a card shower:) I have found the tangling community to be a very supportive one. As there are no mistakes in Zentangle. Chris cscollinsdvmataoldotcom

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  131. Just posted a link on my blog!
    http://mollybeesattic.blogspot.com/2011/11/diva-contest.html

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  132. Zentangle has shown me that even though I never thought I could draw, I could create these beautiful designs. Breaking the designs down in steps has shown me how easy it is draw. I have found that drawing is very relaxing and I try to make it a part of everyday and if I can't draw I'm actually thinking about designs in my head. Thank you for offering such an awesome giveaway!!

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  133. Oh I forgot, I blogged about your awesome giveaway at my blog
    http://linesthatcross.blogspot.com/

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  134. What a milestone! We live for the inspiration that you provide thru the challenges! Zentangle is helping me fight thru daily pain, and is a great distractor! Thanks so much for taking the time to organize and upload the art--we know how busy you are with family! God Bless the Babies!
    Aloha, Andrea
    andyinstitches@aol.com

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  135. I recently lost most of my hearing - creating my Zentangle masterpieces (aren't they ALL masterpieces?!) has been a huge boost to my self-esteem and I see that there are other ways that I can continue to share my passion with others.
    Thank you for this amazing place - the first place I visit every Monday. Thank you for using your precious time to indulge our love of Zentangle.

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  136. I have always loved your site. It's one of my favorite places to go to be inspired when I'm in the mood for a black and white day. I love to travel with zentangle materials to play. Unfortunately, I can't enter your contest because I don't tweet. Congratulations on 200,000 hits. I hope you continue to bless us with your blog for years to come.

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  137. Zentangle....five months ago I'd never even heard the term...now I have a serious addiction to it. I would LOVE to be a CZT, but I doubt if that will ever happen because of the distance. I tangle daily now...I find that it has brought out my artistic side that I wasn't even aware of. Oh, I've done scrapbooking and cardmaking for years, but the Zentangle looked like ART to me and I didn't think I could be artistic like that...but I've discovered that with all the fabulous instructions out there, ANYONE can be artistic! What a wonderful addiction to have! Thanks so much for sponsoring the weekly challenge, it has helped me to learn so many new tangles and gives me a few minutes each evening to relax and forget about my worries!

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  138. Marissa, i just wanted to let you know that by commenting on the contest, you are entered. Blogging about it, or tweeting about it just gets you additional entries. but you're already in. Have a great day. :D

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  139. I have recently discovered the art of Zentangle and I am completely hooked. I have always enjoyed art and crafts but I never felt I was any good at it. Zentangle is letting my inner creativity come out and I couldn't be happier. I feel more and peace and relaxed when I am working on a tangle. And I love searching the internet for inspiration. I love your website and look forward to seeing your new art... mere1423@yahoo.com

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  140. Tweet!! Tweet!!! Mere1423


    Thanks so much for this awesome giveaway!! Fingers crossed I win one!!! mere1423@yahoo.com

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  141. Congratulations on 200K, that is truly an accomplishment! You have some great prizes I am excited for your giveaway!

    AND it just so happens that I was considering Zentangle this morning before I saw your post! How awesome! So, I have looked your site over and I feel like it would be for me! I have never considered myself someone who can draw while just playing a little with Zentangle I can already see the addiction showing up! :D

    gimmemorestamps (@) yahoo.com
    I am so excited!!

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  142. I blogged about the Zentangle Contest!
    http://roadtoanartjournal.blogspot.com/2011/11/awesome-zentangle-giveaway.html

    gimmemorestamps (@) yahoo.com

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  143. Hasn't even been 5 hours and I am addicted...

    I tweeted about it too.
    AJournalJourney

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  144. Congrats on your blog success! Learned about Zentangle while at a gathering of friends. Now thoroughly enjoy the relaxation, pleasure, exploration, and surprise that each drawing brings. Also tweeted via @julieawallace jawallac27 at gmail dot com.

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  145. It is so exciting, I was reading the posts of everyone and it is wonderful to see how your blog has brought us all together.

    Pjwaldropstudios@gmail.com

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  146. I don't have a blog that anyone follows :( lol but I did post it there and on my fb page
    https://www.facebook.com/#!/kaylirashele
    http://deeweesbowtique.blogspot.com/

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  147. My email address is J_KJewelry@yahoo.com

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  148. Tweeted :) https://twitter.com/#!/kaylirashele

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  149. Congrats, you do a wonderful job. I sent a tweet from @rowdygrandma. Zentangle has given me the peace I need to clear my mind...just simple tools to produce such wonderful art. I also sent a tweet from @doriginals

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  150. OMG...I can't begin to mention all of the benefits. There are so many! Congrats on hitting 200k! Really great give-aways too!
    Thanks,
    Cheryl :)
    No blog yet (sigh)
    e-mail (ca.cianci@comcast.net)

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  151. Tweeted!
    Love your blog! It has helped me and inspired me a lot! @andreav10
    Andreav10.0 - at the gmail!

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  152. I have never used Zentangle, but I would LOVE to find out how it could improve my life!
    phaedracamille@gmail.com

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  153. tweet: https://twitter.com/#!/kainshottie/status/134868174159089664
    phaedracamille@gmail.com

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  154. I recently started to zentangle and filled a notebook the seventeen days I stayed with a friend in the hospital.
    Peg
    mecurrie@comcast.net

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  155. Zentangle has given me a great way to relax when I don't have the space to take along my knitting.

    ikkinlala AT yahoo DOT ca

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  156. I am a frustrated mid arm quilter who never practices on dry erase boards because lack of drag the machine makes is missing so it does not always translate well to the quilt. I can do this and with the drag and gestures of the pens and pencils I can get a more realistic effect on my quilt when I transfer it!!! Taking a sketch pad with me on my trip to Israel.Thanks for all the inspiration.

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  157. Zentangle brought creativity back into my life. I often find a creative project and enjoy it, but it comes and goes. Zentangle is STICKY, I can't stop! I see patterns everywhere. I love how portable it is, but most of all I love how calming and freeing it is. I also love to see how my daughter is learning and loves to color the tangles I create. We enjoy creating together!

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  158. I tweeted @minetter about the contest. Such an awesome idea and an amazing giveaway. You rock! 200K is fantastic. Can't wait until you hit 300K.

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  159. I also tweeted for my parenting mag, moms will love this! @northtxkids As moms, we all need a break and Zentangle does that for me :-)

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  160. Woohoo! I've linked to your giveway here and would love to get started with zentangles!

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  161. I had never heard of this until I very recently saw the giveaway...I have been doing it for years and had no idea there was a name or a following! WOOO I can't wait to immerse myself in this "tangling" thing :D

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  162. Also I tweeted the contest: @prumdargon

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  163. Since you posted the giveaway and the question about how Zentangle has enhanced my life, the quote "How do I love thee, let me count the ways" has been in my head.
    I have loved Zentangle since I was first introduced to it this Spring. My sister showed me the website, I asked for the kit for my birthday, and after it arrived, I was hooked. I have always had a desire to draw, but never have had any training. When I would try, using books or lessons on the internet, my results were always unsatisfactory. I felt discouraged and just resigned myself to the idea that I had no artistic talent.
    The Zentangle process helped give me the structure, gentle, nonjudgmental guidance and beautiful tools and materials to allow my creativity to be revealed. I can now say I do have artistic talent and I can draw.
    I am so pleased and enthusiastic about the Zentangle process, that both my sister and I attended the CZT training this past Fall. I am looking forward to teaching my first class and sharing this experience with others.
    Thanks, Laura, for your wonderful, inspiring site. Congratulations on your milestone and thanks for having a very generous giveaway. And much gratitude to Maria and Rick for bringing Zerntangle to the world. craboin@chartermi.net

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  164. I also blogged about your giveaway.
    http://wp.me/p1Xtgj-4B

    craboin@chartermi.net

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  165. And I tweeted!
    My twitter ID is Rabz2

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  166. Twittered by @chiakaivalya
    https://twitter.com/#!/chiakaivalya

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  167. I have ADD so Zentangle has been an enormous benefit to me in helping me to focus. Focus is often an issue with those who have ADD. I have found Zentangle to be very addicting and it supplies never ending fun and challenges so you can never get bored with it. There's always a new tangle pattern to learn and a new challenge to complete. I've been an artist all of my life but due to crisis situation I felt like I had lost my skills but thanks to Zentangle I've been getting my swing back and am healing and recovering and am back into doing my art. My email address is sorrowinhand@yahoo.com

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  168. Excellent give-away!

    countrydirt at gmail(dot)com

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  169. I have just begun to try my hand at it and am so very intrigued. I can see that it will help me relax and refocus.

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  170. What a super giveaway. I started doing something that looks like zentangling when I was a kid - I would paint tangles on rocks and actually sold a few. Was honored to have one stolen! I now do interactive zentangles with kids. It helps them relax and talk about their troubles. In addition to the gmail address, I can be found at cooper@swva.net

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  171. I AND ANOTHER FRIEND WERE INTRODUCED TO ZENTANGLING BY A MUTUAL FRIEND. THE 3 OF US NOW GET TOGETHER TWICE A MONTH FOR SHOW AND TELL AND LUNCH. I STARTED ZENTANGLING IN JUNE AND HAVE DONE ALL THE CHALLENGES ON THIS SITE SINCE THEN ALTHOUGH I HAVE JUST STARTED TO POST THEM. THANKS FOR A GREAT SITE.
    MY E-MAIL ADDRESS IS joyce-evans@shaw.ca
    JOYCE

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  172. how many times in your life can you look back and say "THAT changed my life" , whether it was an event, a good deed toward you by another, a new job...whatever. well, after I got home from CZT7, I was talking with my daughter and I said "THIS...zentangles...changed my life" I could see it. I could feel it. It revived an inner spirit that was lying stagnant somewhere in my soul. it will forever be a part of my life. I felt like I stood atop the mountain and I actually said out loud..."it's all downhill from here!" Nancy Roth CZT7
    mrs.gotangles@gmail.com

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  173. I'm just learning, but Zentangle is an excellent means to detangle myself from a difficult problem, create something (oh so satisfying!), then return to my life, refreshed.

    rositaDOTpDOTmariani{at}gmailDOTcom

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  174. Zentangle has provided me with a renewed sense of purpose and contribution to society again. I lost that feeling when I chose to stay at home with my child more than 4 years ago.

    In 2004, I trained as a massage therapist because I wanted to be able to contribute to others' well-being. Hurricane Katrina changed the massage therapist plan, but becoming a CZT means I still can help people by teaching them a mindful way to be creative.

    Not only that, but Zentangle has given me to confidence to learn how to draw - something I wanted to do every since I was little. I thought it was a skill you had or didn't have. Being able to create something amazing a little at a time has changed that view for me. I am now learning more than I ever thought possible.

    So I guess, in essence, Zentangle has made many of my dreams come true.

    Dawn Meisch, CZT7
    onceuponatangle@gmail.com

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  175. I just started zentangling the other day, and it has helped me with relieving some stress as I make cold calls at work. This may be small in the grand scheme of things, but anything to make work more relaxing is always encouraged.

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  176. Hi, and thank you for this. I am high functing autistic, with a high degree of social anxiety, I take my supplies and little moleskein books of patterns with me when I go places that are I know can cause stress for me. It allows me to focus on something else other than the anxiety.


    krishna.ann@hotmail.com

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  177. Tangling is taking over, I'm loving it. So Zen :)
    Generous giveaway. I have a little purse that I take almost everywhere I go - no more boring waiting rooms for me :)

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  178. I tweeted too, my twitter username is auslorri and my captcha word happened to start with Lori.. teehee. I'll blog link on my blog too.

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  179. So, I just found Tangling this past weekend. I was so stressed...the difference it made when today (Monday) came around was unbelievable. It took my mind elsewhere. Ummm...found myself Tangling at work. Plan to try and incorporate it into my quilting.

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  180. Karen Paull, I'm a Zentangle newbee. My friend Lorri introduced me to Tangling and now i'm addicted thanks SS lol Just got my first set of Micron pens and just love them, they make fine details easier,Tangling is GREAT for stress (still have 3 teenage daughters at home) and a husband lol tangling is my escape and carry around a mini book in my handbag Love it love it love it dkp346@optusnet.com.au

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  181. Wow. Please include me in this amazing giveaway. I'm also a newbie at Zentangling. I find it very relaxing and a great way to end a day with. When I'm short on time, but want to include a burst of creativity, Zentangling is the way to go.

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  182. Tweet Tweet

    @iamthediva is holding a #zentangle giveaway to celebrate 200K! #divacztgiveaway tinyurl.com/6bewexz

    my twitter handle is @thatgirlfromnc

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  183. The meditative value of Zentangle has been a wonderful addition to my life. Teaching other Zentangle as a CZT is just as rewarding

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  184. What a fun, generous giveaway! :) Zentangle has enriched my life through its obvious calming, relaxing meditative nature. Also, it has been a great creative outlet that I can take virtually anywhere, pop out at a moment's notice and tangle. Love it! :)

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  185. As always Laura you are truly a giver! I really HOPE that you know how much you have done for so many of us. Thank you so much!

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  186. I have posted your give-away on my blog http://elizabethscreationsstudio.blogspot.com

    ecstudiodesigns@gmail.com

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  187. Zentangling has put me in touch with my inner artist. I'm a big fan of black and white and I am amazed at what I can with a black pen and a white piece of paper!

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  188. It seems I forgot to tell you that I mentioned your fabulous give-away about two weeks ago! See my blog:
    http://enthusiasticartist.blogspot.com/2011/11/art-every-day-month-2.html
    --Margaret

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  189. Also promoted it again on today's Tri-Shapes challenge post!
    http://enthusiasticartist.blogspot.com/2011/11/tri-shapes-aedm-16-boomerangs-trentwith.html
    Margaret
    again
    margaret.bremner.artist@gmail.com

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  190. I'm on a roll here.

    How has Zentangle enhanced MY life? Well! Have a seat.

    I feel that - courtesy of Zentangle - the type or style of artwork I love to do and am very good at, has been validated after decades of a nagging feeling that it was too pretty, too decorative, too detailed, too caretaking to be "real" Art (with a capital 'A'). This despite appreciation and many sales over the years. Zentangle lets me know that it's okay to love patterns and repetitive images. It's okay to work very small, love detail and use my fine motor skills. It's okay to prefer drawing to painting. It's okay to work slowly and deliberately.

    Also, I very much enjoy teaching Zentangle and helping others discover that they can so draw, they are so artists, and they can so be creative.

    Got that off my chest. :-)

    --Margaret

    Word verification: 'undine' - I profess my UNDINE love for Zentangle (and I apologize for the corn).

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  191. How to even begin to explain how Zentangle has made my life better.... it's been an amazing tool to helping reduce my anxiety, something I do nearly anywhere when I have a tough moment..

    It's been a great tool to help me focus on crunch deadline work (I work at home), so I sit w my cup of tea in the morning of a big deadline and do a tile, and then my brain is ready to face the day and the work..

    It's brought me LOADS of new friends, and driven me to become a CZT (waving hi to my CZT#7 peeps!)

    And every Monday, I look forward to the amazingly inspirational challenges you give us, Laura, THANK YOU!!!

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  192. I don't have the words to explain how zentangle has improved my life. Being able to make a little art any and everywhere a little at a time with no pressure or expectations is so freeing! And I am soooooo grateful to the diva for providing these challenges and giving me the opportunity to grow and push myself

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  193. Hi my name is Mary and I live in Adelaide. I posted a comment on 6th November but forgot to leave my email I am sorry. My address is bryant@adam.com.au.

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  194. Zentangle has organized my doodling into constructive, creative artwork and I love the place my brain goes as I do it. It really is zen for me.
    debilehman@comcast.net

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  195. I am using Zentangles to work through grief at the moment. Our dear minister, who has been a community leader for 30 years recently committed suicide. Unfortunately there is a scandal involved, so grief is mixed with anger, confusion and sadness. I can work through these intense emotions when I tangle.

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  196. In 2009 I saw a lovely drawing at my Mandala teacher,
    I asked her about it and she told me it's a Zendala. So I started Googling and foud the wonderful world of Zentangle.
    That was the start of a new addiction.
    When Laura (The Diva) started the Challenges the world of Zentangle was growing and growing.
    Thanks for that Laura.
    My email adress is: marietlus@gmail.com

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tangle me some zen, baby!!