Monday, April 16, 2018

Weekly Challenge #360

Heyoooo!

How have you been my peeps?

I had a busy week this week - with the kids back in school after their "spring" break - there was a lot of getting back into routine.

But there was also a lot of errands and running around that needed to be done because none of that was done last week.

one of the cool things was this:

my nails are so pretty!
 I had been joking around on a video i posted on Instagram a little while ago saying "who wants to buy me a manicure" and then shortly afterwards i got an email transfer from Sandra B with a note saying: "For your fancy nails"  I have to say i was floored!  Thank you so much Sandra, i had a lovely time and i love my nails and my hands felt so smooth afterwards!

unsolicited Dog Pic
 There's some big news in the house lately, and that is that this dude right here was invited to join the gifted program next year!  This week there was an information night to talk about the program and what the classrooms are like and what the kids can expect - and he was so pumped.  honestly he hasn't talked about much else.

wait, i lied.  He's also talked quite a lot about minecraft and nerf guns, and star wars, and splatoon
 One of the things he was concerned about was do they have a choir, and the answer was no, but they really want to start one... so i think he's pumped.  He's also really excited that for the gifted program they start the Concert Band in the fifth grade (instead of the 6th grade like the rest of public school), and that band is mandatory for all the kids in the gifted program (i gotta say i'm pretty pumped about that too) and even more exciting (for me) is that he wants to play clarinet (JUST LIKE ME!!! I played clarinet from 5th grade to University) so we hauled out my dear old clarinet and have been going over how to put it together and hold it and yeah, playing it a little too.  (much to the howling delight of the dog)

The gifted program is in another school in the city though, and while i'm excited for him to spread his wings, i'm worried about him being 'so far away' and what transportation will look like getting two kids to two separate schools.... and i'm kind of sad that he and artoo won't be in the same school anymore.
the boys 'working' in the studio on their kid run publishing company
 But i think it will be really good, all logistic nightmares aside.  My brain already has me conjuring up scenarios where both Christmas Concerts will be on the same day, or that there's a special field trip for one while there's a school activity for the other... but i'm getting ahead of myself.... just calm down laura.  do some tangling, seriously.

And on that note....


Weekly Challenge #360 "Duotangle Shattuck vs Tripoli"
This week's challenge is a Duotangle - one of my very favourite types of challenges.  A Duotangle is the term (*coined here on this blog!) for a tile done using ONLY TWO Tangles and their variations.

This week's challenge is to see how you can make Shattuck and Tripoli play together on your tile!

(follow the links for step outs!)

Here's my tile, i quite like it!

and the video of the process can be seen right here:



have a great week everyone!
And if you're on the Zentangle Mosaic App or Instagram - i'm @iamthediva - come on by and follow me, and i'm going to be using hashtags on the app for each of my weekly challenges. So if you're game - use the hashtag #DC360 (Diva Challenge #360) for your tile this week! You can also search in the app for people's contributions to the challenge by clicking on the hashtag from inside the app, or using the search function. 
If you have a blog or host your images on line (like on Flickr or Picassa or Pinterest), add the site-specific URL where your tile is posted to the linkey machine below! Don't forget to link back here so that others can join in the fun! (if you don't know how to find this, you can see my half assed tutorial here) Also, please feel free to come back often and visit the links of those people on the linkey machine - don't forget to leave a comment or feedback, everyone loves feedback. ;) 
If you love the challenge as much as i do, please consider leaving a tip (tip jar in the side bar). I write this blog for free and have no plans to make it a paid for service in the future. Buy me a cup of coffee, or a new Micron pen!! Click the tip jar on the side for a monthly tip, but if you just wanna throw a few bucks my way THIS LINK will give you a one time option. A very big thank you to those who have kept me in hot cups of joe. ;)


Monday, April 9, 2018

Weekly Challenge #359

Greetings Friends!!

I hope you all had a wonderful week.  The boys had Spring Break this week, though it was Spring in NAME ONLY!  It was still so cold this past week, and it looks like the weather doesn't have any plans of warming up any time soon.  The sun is really warm, but the wind is super cold - and the nights have been dipping down into crazy cold temperatures, which just leads to ice everywhere as the sun melts the snow during the day time.

Me and the boys didn't get up to much, they basically wanted to hang out all week and play video games and watch cartoons, and i was pretty okay with that as i haven't been feeling very well lately.

My parenting philosophy this week was ignore them until they played with each other.
it MOSTLY worked!
 About mid week we just HAD to get out of the house, so i took the boys to the theatre to see a Spring Break movie - each school break our movie theatre shows older kids movies for $2.99 in the morning, so we saw Boss Baby, but they were pretty excited to see this display for the Han Solo movie coming out this spring.  We just finished watching The Last Jedi and Rogue One this week, so we are officially aaaaaallll caught up and waiting for the next film in the Star Wars Universe!!

I wonder if this is when it makes the Kessel Run in 12 parsecs.... 

Cheese from the Theatre!
 Other exciting news is that my Baby Brother got engaged to his girlfriend in Universal Studios - in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in front of the Hogwarts Express.  My future Sister in Law is a huge Potterhead (YAY) and also a Hufflepuff, which is reflected in the Citrine ring he gave her.  aw!

HAPPY!
 And finally on the weekend i had a chance to check out the Jimmie Dunham exhibit at the new Art Gallery, and it was really awesome.  I enjoyed it a lot!  here's one of the many pieces i saw.


i found all of his work really interesting, and the hand written commentary by the artist was sometimes quite funny.  i appreciate a little bit of humour.  ;)

Weekly Challenge #359: "String Theory: Finger Stringer"
This week's challenge is a String challenge - and that being to trace your fingers in interesting ways and to use that as your string. 

i found this one super challenging, myself, because when i overlapped my traced fingers it gave me a very 'busy' string.  I felt a little bit out of my element, which is good i suppose, but there was a bit of added pressure knowing that i was also being filmed. lol.    


Not too shabby
 At one point in the middle of this tile i gave up on the idea of trying to make it 'look good' and just had fun with it, and i really relaxed once i let go of that idea of perfection.  In the end, i quite like the tile - it gave me some ideas of things to try in the future on other tiles and pieces. 

If you've been watching my videos, thank you so much! YouTube has recently changed how you get approved for monetization, and so now you need to have over a thousand subscribers and large amount of hours viewed, so i really really appreciate you guys watching these videos that i am making. 

If you want to help support my little start up YouTube channel, please consider creating an account and subscribing to my channel!  Not only does it help me out, i often times post the video on Sunday nights...BEFORE the monday blog release.  So if that's any incentive....

also if i get approved for monetization maybe i can get myself a sound booth instead of this very high tech and sophisticated blanket fort sound booth.  LOL
cheers from the blank fort!


have a great week everyone!
And if you're on the Zentangle Mosaic App or Instagram - i'm @iamthediva - come on by and follow me, and i'm going to be using hashtags on the app for each of my weekly challenges. So if you're game - use the hashtag #DC359 (Diva Challenge #359) for your tile this week! You can also search in the app for people's contributions to the challenge by clicking on the hashtag from inside the app, or using the search function. 
If you have a blog or host your images on line (like on Flickr or Picassa or Pinterest), add the site-specific URL where your tile is posted to the linkey machine below! Don't forget to link back here so that others can join in the fun! (if you don't know how to find this, you can see my half assed tutorial here) Also, please feel free to come back often and visit the links of those people on the linkey machine - don't forget to leave a comment or feedback, everyone loves feedback. ;) 
If you love the challenge as much as i do, please consider leaving a tip (tip jar in the side bar). I write this blog for free and have no plans to make it a paid for service in the future. Buy me a cup of coffee, or a new Micron pen!! Click the tip jar on the side for a monthly tip, but if you just wanna throw a few bucks my way THIS LINK will give you a one time option. A very big thank you to those who have kept me in hot cups of joe. ;)

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Weekly Challenge #358

Happy Tuesday Everyone!

I hope everyone had a nice Easter Weekend!

We went out to B-rad's parents' for Easter dinner, and all the cousins and aunts and uncles were there!  The food was delicious, and after dinner all the aunties set up an Easter Egg hunt in the play room/loft.
A very happy Artoo has a bucket full of chips and chocolates
 Artoo was excited to find eggs and Chewie was so great at helping all the little cousins find things.  He's such a great older brother, and his cousin Katie was overheard telling his other cousin that Chewie is 'sooo nice'.  i agree, Katie.  I agree.

Chewie leading the egg hunt expedition
 We happened to take two vehicles out to my inlaws so i took Artoo home early to get him in bed, Chewie was so excited to get to stay 'out late' with his cousins.  But Artoo and i had a secret agenda, we wanted to pull an April Fool's Day prank on Chewie!

So before Chewie came home, Artoo and i emptied out Chewie's dresser of all his clothes, and we put a pair of their dad's underpants in each drawer instead.  Then giggling, Artoo went to bed....
what could it mean???
Sunday Morning, the boys woke up to find that the Easter Bunny was playing his own April Fool's Day prank on the boys.... and instead of baskets full of candy, what they found was a scrabble board...
It turns out the Easter Bunny hid twelve eggs in our rumpus room because it's still freakin WINTER here, and inside each egg was a scrabble tile....

working it out

The board with the clues: Two Words, Twelve Eggs, Length: Four, Seven
APRIL FOOLS

Also - the answer... photo taken after they figured it out


 It turns out - the Easter Bunny left the boys each a basket full of Chocolate and Toys in a big blue bin outside!!  What a great prank, Easter Bunny!!

ALSO
after all the eggs were found, and the prank was done, it was time to take the boys to bowling - and so i told Chewie to go upstairs and get dressed.....

remember that prank that Artoo and i played??

Well, when chewie opened his dresser drawers and found nothing but dad's underpants, the PRANK WAS A SUCCESS!! and there was much laughing and Artoo was pretty proud of himself...

And on top of that, at bowling this week Artoo won "Bowler of the Week" for his great game two weeks ago!  He was soo excited, it was adorable to watch him jump up and down and run up to the announcer to claim his prize: Free Pepsi and Fries from the restaurant! lol   

soooo happy!!
 Weekly Challenge #358: UMT - Pickpocket by Tomas Pedros"

The first Monday of each month is a Use My Tangle challenge where the tangle we use is brought to us by ONE of YOU!! You don't have to be a CZT to submit, but they do have to follow the guidelines etc found here...

So the past week or so i kept seeing this really great tangle popping up on Instagram.  Seeing as the first monday of the month is when we use a tangle created by one of you, i thought this week's challenge would be to use Pickpocket by Tomas Pedros.

Tomas has an amazing instagram page - where you can see the step outs for this tangle, as well as lots of other zentangle eye candy.


It's such a cool dimensional looking tangle.  

i hope you have fun, it's definitely a little more high focused than other tangles out there, but give it a try or two, and you might fall in love.  

attempt No. 1

attempt no. 2


have a great week everyone!
And if you're on the Zentangle Mosaic App or Instagram - i'm @iamthediva - come on by and follow me, and i'm going to be using hashtags on the app for each of my weekly challenges. So if you're game - use the hashtag #DC358 (Diva Challenge #358) for your tile this week! You can also search in the app for people's contributions to the challenge by clicking on the hashtag from inside the app, or using the search function. 
If you have a blog or host your images on line (like on Flickr or Picassa or Pinterest), add the site-specific URL where your tile is posted to the linkey machine below! Don't forget to link back here so that others can join in the fun! (if you don't know how to find this, you can see my half assed tutorial here) Also, please feel free to come back often and visit the links of those people on the linkey machine - don't forget to leave a comment or feedback, everyone loves feedback. ;) 
If you love the challenge as much as i do, please consider leaving a tip (tip jar in the side bar). I write this blog for free and have no plans to make it a paid for service in the future. Buy me a cup of coffee, or a new Micron pen!! Click the tip jar on the side for a monthly tip, but if you just wanna throw a few bucks my way THIS LINK will give you a one time option. A very big thank you to those who have kept me in hot cups of joe. ;)

Monday, March 26, 2018

Weekly Challenge #357

Good Monday morning everyone!

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

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

yes.  yes it would.

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

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

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

You get it, Henry.  You understand.

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

i'm gonna throw a snowball at that basketball guy

ten points.
 GRATUITOUS DOG PHOTO

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

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

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

So, i love a good monotangle.

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

You can find the step out's for Paradox here

Here's my tile.

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

that moment is RIGHT HERE.



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

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




have a great week everyone!
And if you're on the Zentangle Mosaic App or Instagram - i'm @iamthediva - come on by and follow me, and i'm going to be using hashtags on the app for each of my weekly challenges. So if you're game - use the hashtag #DC357 (Diva Challenge #357) for your tile this week! You can also search in the app for people's contributions to the challenge by clicking on the hashtag from inside the app, or using the search function. 
If you have a blog or host your images on line (like on Flickr or Picassa or Pinterest), add the site-specific URL where your tile is posted to the linkey machine below! Don't forget to link back here so that others can join in the fun! (if you don't know how to find this, you can see my half assed tutorial here) Also, please feel free to come back often and visit the links of those people on the linkey machine - don't forget to leave a comment or feedback, everyone loves feedback. ;) 
If you love the challenge as much as i do, please consider leaving a tip (tip jar in the side bar). I write this blog for free and have no plans to make it a paid for service in the future. Buy me a cup of coffee, or a new Micron pen!! Click the tip jar on the side for a monthly tip, but if you just wanna throw a few bucks my way THIS LINK will give you a one time option. A very big thank you to those who have kept me in hot cups of joe. ;)

I'M SO SORRY I FORGOT THE LINKEY MACHINE! Artoo has been sick and i haven't been anywhere near a computer.  it's there now, thanks for understanding! Love Laura


Monday, March 19, 2018

Weekly Challenge #356

Hey everyone!

i'm so sorry this week's post is late, but i have been battling a multi-day headache and i just can't seem to get on top of it.  I do suffer from migraines, but this one never seemed to escalate to full migraine status and just stayed miserably under the migraine radar... i could function but it was difficult and exhausting.  So thanks for the bit of leeway there.

I'm just going to jump right into the challenge this week because i already feel guilty enough that it's so late!

So here we go.

Weekly Challenge #356: "What's in a name?"

That's right people! It's a String Theory challenge.  This week's challenge is to use your name as your string! :) If you don't want to use your name, or maybe you're in the witness protection program and you don't want anyone to know your name, feel free to use any word you like.

Begin with dots and border, then starting from somewhere on the border - write your name in cursive to divide up the tile.  You may have to look at the length of your name, and adjust accordingly.

in my tile i used all lower caps so the l would attach to the rest of my name easily.


here's the process video if you're interested in watching that.



have a great week everyone!
And if you're on the Zentangle Mosaic App or Instagram - i'm @iamthediva - come on by and follow me, and i'm going to be using hashtags on the app for each of my weekly challenges. So if you're game - use the hashtag #DC356 (Diva Challenge #356) for your tile this week! You can also search in the app for people's contributions to the challenge by clicking on the hashtag from inside the app, or using the search function. 
If you have a blog or host your images on line (like on Flickr or Picassa or Pinterest), add the site-specific URL where your tile is posted to the linkey machine below! Don't forget to link back here so that others can join in the fun! (if you don't know how to find this, you can see my half assed tutorial here) Also, please feel free to come back often and visit the links of those people on the linkey machine - don't forget to leave a comment or feedback, everyone loves feedback. ;) 
If you love the challenge as much as i do, please consider leaving a tip (tip jar in the side bar). I write this blog for free and have no plans to make it a paid for service in the future. Buy me a cup of coffee, or a new Micron pen!! Click the tip jar on the side for a monthly tip, but if you just wanna throw a few bucks my way THIS LINK will give you a one time option. A very big thank you to those who have kept me in hot cups of joe. ;)

Monday, March 12, 2018

Weekly Challenge #355

You guys, it snowed again.

like - will be ever have spring?

At least the boys had fun making a snow fort in the front yard...

after working away at it, Chewie called in the big guns to help dig the fort

snug as a bug
Thankfully the weather has been somewhat bearable, just lots of snow as well.  I can not wait for it all to be gone though, i'm not gonna lie.

I've been having a very busy week working on projects and trying to clean and organize my studio to make it easier to work on said projects - i've been pretty much a hermit all week... but i think there's finally a light at the end of the organizing tunnel.  fingers crossed.



Also i've been really trying to figure out this youtub business - and thank you so much every one - i can't believe i already have 500 followers!! tell your friends! lol

It's challenging to do a video as well as the tile and the blog, i don't think i've quite got the hang of how much time i will need to get it all done in time... as it's already midnight here on Sunday night and i'm still not finished editing the video and uploading to the tubes.   So, again thanks for hangin in there.  

Weekly Challenge #355: "Verve"

So, sometimes my friends in real life will send me a text message that says: "Hey, how do i draw _____?" insert tangle name into the blank.  

This week my friend Jenn (whaddup murderino?) asked me how to draw Verve.  Some times i will record a little iphone video and send it to them... So when Jenn asked me i recorded this little video and decided to share it to my Instagram page (@iamthediva)

A post shared by Laura Harms (@iamthediva) on


So i thought why not make Verve this week's challenge and really tie the whole thing all together?  I like to call this tangle the 69 tangle, because it's built of a 6 and 9, and that helps me to remember how it's done. 

Anyway, you can find the step out's for Verve here on JJ LaBarbera's blog - she's the inventor of this little ditty!

and here is my tile!




have a great week everyone!
And if you're on the Zentangle Mosaic App or Instagram - i'm @iamthediva - come on by and follow me, and i'm going to be using hashtags on the app for each of my weekly challenges. So if you're game - use the hashtag #DC355 (Diva Challenge #355) for your tile this week! You can also search in the app for people's contributions to the challenge by clicking on the hashtag from inside the app, or using the search function. 
If you have a blog or host your images on line (like on Flickr or Picassa or Pinterest), add the site-specific URL where your tile is posted to the linkey machine below! Don't forget to link back here so that others can join in the fun! (if you don't know how to find this, you can see my half assed tutorial here) Also, please feel free to come back often and visit the links of those people on the linkey machine - don't forget to leave a comment or feedback, everyone loves feedback. ;) 
If you love the challenge as much as i do, please consider leaving a tip (tip jar in the side bar). I write this blog for free and have no plans to make it a paid for service in the future. Buy me a cup of coffee, or a new Micron pen!! Click the tip jar on the side for a monthly tip, but if you just wanna throw a few bucks my way THIS LINK will give you a one time option. A very big thank you to those who have kept me in hot cups of joe. ;)


Monday, March 5, 2018

Weekly Challenge #354

HAPPY MARCH!

Finally February is over and the last week of Feb was gorgeous - temps were above freezing (barely) - and then as the calendar flipped to March we got a big huge snow storm... lots of blowing crazy snow.... another 8" along with snow drifts... blehhhh 

 Artoo got the best movie ever this week - i found a copy of Weird Al's UHF at the Dollar Store, and i snatched it up for our resident Weird Al Fan!  He was super excited, and we watched it this weekend when we were staying in from all the snow, and both boys thought the movie was so funny... and it was just like i remembered it.  lol

Artoo and his new DVD - found at the dollar store! What a deal
This week Chewie and i had some one on one time at 4cats - an art class studio, and Chewie and i made lion mugs.  Chewie took to the clay right away, and really enjoyed hand building!  There ended up being only he and i in the class, and he was so happy to make his own pottery.

our mugs - his yellow lion, and my blue lion
He's really anxious to get it back from the studio - but it has to dry before they bisque fire it, and then clear glaze and fire it again.  He wanted to take it home that night, but he's excited to see how the glaze changes colours in the kiln.

SO....

I have been working on making better videos for the youtube channel (you can find it here) - right now i'm trying to make the voice overs sound better.  But there's lots of improvements to be made still.  one step at a time. Sadly this week's video didn't go very well.  I'm still going to try to edit it, but i'm still learning.  Hang tight folks.

Weekly Challenge: #354 "UMT - Siri by Simone Menzel, CZT"

The first Monday of each month is a Use My Tangle challenge where the tangle we use is brought to us by ONE of YOU!! You don't have to be a CZT to submit, but they do have to follow the guidelines etc found here...
this month's Use My Tangle challenge comes from Simone Menzel, a CZT from Dresden in Germany.  You can read her blog post and see the step outs for this tangle here

For this week's tile i used a Blue Sakura Micron instead of black - because Blue is my mom's favourite colour and this Wednesday my dear Mama turns 60 years old!  


My wedding Day in 2004

me and my mama in Washington DC in 2014

Mama and her little butterball, me. - 1980

Mom and Dad in 1976 - just babies

mom and dad in 2016

mom in Cuba a few years ago
I love my MAMA!!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY MUMMY!!!!!!

Here's my birthday tile for mom, using Simone's tangle Siri!


have a great week everyone!
And if you're on the Zentangle Mosaic App or Instagram - i'm @iamthediva - come on by and follow me, and i'm going to be using hashtags on the app for each of my weekly challenges. So if you're game - use the hashtag #DC354 (Diva Challenge #354) for your tile this week! You can also search in the app for people's contributions to the challenge by clicking on the hashtag from inside the app, or using the search function. 
If you have a blog or host your images on line (like on Flickr or Picassa or Pinterest), add the site-specific URL where your tile is posted to the linkey machine below! Don't forget to link back here so that others can join in the fun! (if you don't know how to find this, you can see my half assed tutorial here) Also, please feel free to come back often and visit the links of those people on the linkey machine - don't forget to leave a comment or feedback, everyone loves feedback. ;) 
If you love the challenge as much as i do, please consider leaving a tip (tip jar in the side bar). I write this blog for free and have no plans to make it a paid for service in the future. Buy me a cup of coffee, or a new Micron pen!! Click the tip jar on the side for a monthly tip, but if you just wanna throw a few bucks my way THIS LINK will give you a one time option. A very big thank you to those who have kept me in hot cups of joe. ;)