Monday, June 19, 2017

Weekly Challenge #321

Happy Monday all!
Another busy week behind us.  We keep getting closer and closer to summer break - There's only 9 more days of school, but who's counting??  Oh yeah, this guy.

Cutest superhero
 The next two weeks should be a whirlwind as well - as both boys' classes are winding down with play days and field trips.  Then they will be home all day every day - and what adventures will we get up to??? who knows.

On Thursday i met this handsome fellow at my friend Rae's house.

Love at first sight
 Ham likes only three humans, besides his human mom, and i'm one of them!! I feel very lucky, he's a pretty darn gorgeous cat.  My buddy Rae has been one of my dearest friends since the tenth grade.  So when she asked me this week if i could be her date to a Pyjamas and Pearls fundraiser i said YES!!


Friendos
 The food was amazing - and the jazz band was excellent, and we even checked out the 'photo booth'

We go together like peas and carrots
 On saturday my friend Sabrina drove up from Regina and we went to the Opera together, as is tradition.  This is our third, or fourth year going to the opera together, and it was very excellent.
Don Giovanni - the singers were excellent
 Sunday morning the boys came and jumped into bed with us to with B-rad a happy father's day.  They gave him their handmade cards and gifts from school, which were awesome, and then we had breakfast on the deck before heading out to my in-laws for fathers day lunch!

Working together as a team
 My sister in law and my nieces made a huge batch of Roll Kuchen - i haven't had it in so long, it's so yummy.  It's basically like a donut, a fritter, fried dough... what's not to love?

So many pans of the golden brown deliciousness

.  I'd never had it before B-rad and i started dating.  My husband's family eats it, traditionally, with watermelon. I always have mine with jam, because i don't like watermelon.

yeah.  i know.
Crazy person...
B-rad's Granda use to make Roll Kuchen for the family, but she said that Mel's Roll Kuchen is Grandma Approved.  
PHOTO BOMB!

Weekly Challenge #321: "Non Dominant - Aura Challenge"
This week's challenge is a double challenge.  a Double Dog Dare, if you will.

Every once in a while i post a non dominant hand challenge - which is always met with mixed reactions.

People either love or hate this challenge - and a lot of that has to do with being able to let go of the illusion of perfection.

When you tangle with your non dominant hand, in my case - the left, you really are forced to examine every movement you make.  How you hold the pen in your hand, which direction do you turn the tile? Do you pull the pen towards you? Or push it a way.  Do you use your wrist or your arm?

Part of the thing that holds people back is that they don't want their tile to look 'ugly'... but i think that one of the great perks of using your non dominant hand is that you already know going in that it's not going to 'look pretty' and so you're free, in a way, to let go of things like the idea of COMPOSITION or of perfection.

And also - let's stop calling our work ugly.  If you really don't like it, try saying your tile has Character.

Now.  For the second part of the challenge?

use tangles that are built using auras!

Aura's require a lot of focus for me, even when i'm using my dominant hand.  They really look the best when the spacing is consistent and even throughout. That's definitely a struggle for me.
arukas, afterglo, sez, crescent moon

have a great week!


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 #DC321(Diva Challenge #321) 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, June 12, 2017

Weekly Challenge #320

Happy Monday everyone!

Thanks for the understanding last week - i was so wiped from the week before, it literally took me until wednesday or thursday to get back into the swing of things.  i was falling asleep every day, even though i was sleeping okay.  just exhausted.

The week's weather started hot and by the end of the week it was cold and chilly.  B-rad went off on his annual fishing trip weekend with his brothers, so the boys and i did some fun things together.

Spray park Shenanigans
 There's a spray park at the playground at the boys' school - so on Thursday i surprised them by showing up after school with towels and snacks and they played in the water while i did some painting in my journal.

such as ice cold hand on my leg.... brrrr.
 The boys didn't have school on Friday, so the boys and i talked about our summer art project: ArtClubDotCom (which is what Artoo named it) - we decided that we are going to try to do some thing artistic every day this summer.  So we went to Michaels to get some art supplies for the project - and the boys were excited.  They have been drawing in their journals every day since then.

Saturday my mom took the boys overnight so i could go out with my gal pal - we had beer on a rooftop patio (This mug holds 21oz of beer)

That's a large beer. 
 Then we went to a late showing of Wonder Woman - and Oh My Gosh.  I loved it.
also - b-rad texted me Saturday night to say that the guys were ending their fishing trip a day early.   I guess they had bad weather, cold and windy, and they weren't catching any fish - so they called it a day.

So on Sunday morning the boys were excited to see that their dad was home a day early!

Yay Dad!
 Then Sunday afternoon we went out to my in-laws for dinner.  At our house, we pay the boys to pick up the pine cones that fall off our pine trees onto the grass.  We only pay them $.01/pinecone.  Grandpa got wind of this and offered the boys $.05/pinecone.

Artoo and Chewie picked up 110 and 345 pinecones, respectively, from our lawn before we went out to Grandma and Grandpa's, and Artoo was ready to take grandpa up on his offer.


That's a lot of pinecones
Then he and i counted them out with Grandpa - 352!! so, Artoo left Grandpa's last night with $17.60
and there were SOOOO many left on the grass that he didn't pick up. lol.  He's pretty pumped and talking about all the Weird Al Yankovic CDs that he wants to buy.  :)

Before the challenge - i just wanted to say that, as is my custom, i'm going to be taking July and August off of blogging.  I hope to have some guest posts lined up for you, but i haven't got them organized as of yet.  i'll keep you posted.

Weekly Challenge #320: "UMT - Dansk by Margaret Bremner, CZT"
Since last week's challenge was BEad INSPIRED, today will be the Use My Tangle challenge - where the challenge is to use a tangle created by one of you!

For those of you who are new, the first Monday of every month is a Use My Tangle Challenge, where the challenge of the week is to use a tangle created by one of you!  If you have a tangle you'd like to submit you can add it here and be sure that it follows the guidelines for submission.

This month's UMT is Dansk by Margaret Bremner and you can see the step outs here 

This is the second time Dansk has been the UMT tangle.  I love this tangle, but i rarely use it - because it's not one that i feel really comfortable with.  Which is why i haven't really used it since Challenge #105

While i was streaming last night - i really noticed that i had a hard time with the way i used my pen.  I really like pulling the pen towards me, but this tangle's auraing means that you have to pull/push or push/pull the pen, or pull half way, turn the tile, and pull again. 
Starry sky through a window?



It took me some time to get comfortable with it - but by my second tile, i already liked it more.  I need to practice more if i'm going to get the knack of layering them over each other the way Margaret does. 

This tangle, with all it's auras, requires a bit of focus - the key to lovely auras is keeping the spacing between each aura as equal as possible. 
An egg in a nest?

I hope you enjoy Dansk. 

Thanks to everyone who joined me on Twitch last night! It was a fun stream!

have a great week!


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 #DC320(Diva Challenge #320) 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, June 6, 2017

Weekly Challenge #319

Oh hey, did you miss me?

Sorry everyone - i took an extra day this week. I've been so busy i am just exhusted.

Wednesday i went on a field trip to Wanuskewin - a National Heritage - with Chewie's class.

school bus selfie
 The kids took part in a tipi raising demonstration - and then we got to have some free run of the site.  We went inside a large scale tipi, and did a bit of hiking and learned all about the Buffalo and the Cree people.

Say "Tipi!" 
But the day was very hot and we had to take frequent breaks inside.


Then on Thursday i was off again on another field trip - this time to a PowWow
Artoo and Friends
 it was another hot day - and it was very tricky to keep everyone cool - in the end i had the kids in my group pouring water over their heads.  It was 34C/93.2F and we were in a field with no shade and no cultural centre to take refuge in.
Field Trip selfie

The Grand march 
It was fun dancing with the kids - Artoo was off and running around with his friends - and the regalia was stunning.
A gorgeous day


 I spoke to the dancer (above) in the yellow regalia - I wanted to know how much his outfit weighs,  He said at least 80 lbs!  He said the bells on his feet weighed 40lbs alone.  I honestly can't even begin to fathom the stamina and athleticism it would take to dance in that, in that heat.

War Dancer
 When not at Artoo or Chewie's field trips i spent every available minute doing last minute preparations for our Beads of Courage Colour Run!

Weekly Challenge #319: "BEad INSPIRED"


For those of you who have been with me since the beginning will know about this program, but for those of you who are new(ish) here

Beads of Courage is an arts in medicine program that helps kids with chronic or life threatening illness tell the story of their medical journey.  Each bead represents something different.  A different procedure or appointment, or special circumstance.  For example, when seeing a doctor or getting a poke instead of getting a sticker when they leave, they are given a glass bead for each thing.  (blue for doctor, black for poke... some other beads are yellow=night in the hospital, pink=respiratory support, magenta=trip to emergent care, teal=tube insertion or removal, rainbow=therapy; physical, speech, occupational, respiratory) and every child's string is different and unique to their story. 


I got involved with Beads of Courage 5 years ago when my friend Tara and I decided to organize a 5K Colour Fun Run to raise money for the Beads of Courage programming in Saskatchewan.  One night i said to her: "We should do a 5k run together, do you want to run with me?"  and she said: "Why would we raise money for someone else's cause? We should just make our own run and raise money for a cause that means something to us." and our run was born that night.  We were very lucky to have some really wonderful people come on board and our 6 person committee has come a long was from that first year when it was just Tara, Maryann and i.  

Our run is 100% volunteer run (unlike other 'for profit' runs like Color me Rad or The Color Run" and all the money raised goes to Beads of Courage programming.  Runners start out in white - then they run through 5 colour stations where volunteers throw colour at them to symbolize the beautiful coloured beads that kids on this program accumulate through their medical journey. 

This year was our 5th Annual colour run!  and it was so amazing.  For the first time - i actually ran the run with my family 

Well, not with Chewie because the moment they said "GO" he was off and running with his friends.  But i was able to do the whole thing with Artoo and B-rad, and my mom and dad!  Also - a very special thing for Artoo, his Grade 1 teacher, Mrs. Blair, came too and walked along with us!


Artoo action shot
 This was also the first year that we didn't bring a wagon, so Artoo did the whole 2.5K! (we have a 2.5 K loop, so families have the option of doing one loop or two)

Artoo and Mrs. Blair have coloured hair 

WINNER WINNER CHICKEN DINNER!!

proof that chewie and i were there too 
Chewie and the sign he made for the run


Our fifth year was another success - thanks to the hard work and dedication of our planning committee and local businesses and sponsors.

Artoo is getting more and more aware of what his beads mean and what they represent - we went to visit my father in law in the hospital on sunday evening (He had a knee replacement) and Artoo wanted to bring Grandpa a bead to have, for being to brave in the hospital.

So!! This week's challenge is to BEad INSPIRED by Beads of Courage!  By our Colour Run, or by whatever gives you Courage.

I'm still behind in my life and i'm trying to recuperate from my week (i'm also super crispy and burnt too... sad face) - so i'll be doing my tile later this week - hopefully i'll stream one time during the week. 

have a great week!


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 #DC319(Diva Challenge #319) 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, May 29, 2017

Weekly Challenge #318

Happy Monday all!

How was your week?
Artoo and his class had a field trip to a farm this week, and i got to come along.  It was fun and Artoo loved the kitties
On the school bus!
 He also got to brush the cow and milk a goat - and he learned about chickens and pigs and where our food comes from.

KITTEHHHS
 Artoo started feeling pretty yucky by the end of the week, though, and so he stayed home with me on Friday - and he even fell asleep in my lap.  That's how i KNEW he wasn't feeling well..

We were on 'round the clock artoo-watch because he really really really wanted to play in his piano recital on saturday.

And he was still a bit sniffly and coughing - but both boys played and both boys did SOOO AMAZING!

Chewie - being awesome

Little Artoo on the BIG piano bench - he also did amazing. 

Th boys and their teacher, Cheyenne
 Sadly, our first Karl passed away this week.  He made it six months!  So we went to the pet store this weekend and now the boys have a new friend named Percy Jackson.

Say Hello to Percy
 Grandma and Grandpa found Chewie a new bike at a garage sale this weekend  also - and so we went to get new helmets (These boys grow so fast!!)

YAY!
 and while we were at the toy store we found an AMAZING thing - a three wheeled scooter - which is PERFECT for Artoo.  He has issues with balance, due to his Moebius Syndrome, but with that third wheel - he can scoot along pretty great! He loves it!!

a Scooty-boy and his Scooter
 Weekly Challenge #318: "Diptych"
So, this week's challenge is to create a Diptych.

A diptych is two panels joined with a hinge - and the panels are mirrored - and i use the term 'mirrored' loosely.

So for you piece i took a tile and i folded it corner to corner.  I drew two triangle borders, one on each side, and then i tangled them.  I found it easier to draw something on one side and then repeat it on the other side.
fold in half

Now it's 3D!
 For my first tile - i used Mooka as my 'hinge' to connect the two sides together.

Finished
 I also did a diptych on a zendala tile - i folded it in half and then folded a few inches from the bottom.  I made a small cut in the tile so that i could tape it and make it stand up.

Black and blue
I've been meaning to try this technique for a long time.  Rick and Maria made a Kitchen Table Tangle video about diptychs which is on the full version of the Mosaic app.  it was fun, and i love how it looks.

Thanks to everyone who tuned in to watch me stream last night! it was a fun crowd.
(You can watch me stream live on Sunday nights on my Twitch channel.  You don't need an account to watch, but you do if you'd like to join the chat!)

 have a great week!


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 #DC318(Diva Challenge #318) 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, May 23, 2017

Weekly Challenge #317

Happy TUESDAY everyone!

If you were celebrating Victoria Day in Canada, i hope you had a wonderful May Long weekend. We had a great weekend - the boys had Friday off school as well as Monday, so we went on a little roadtrip to Lloydminster, SK to visit my friend Christine and her kids.
Hilarious Road Trip Snacks... yes those are Ketchup chips, and they are amazing. 

So hilarious
 Lloydminster is just far enough away that the boys were pumped about a "road trip" but not so far away that they started getting too antsy in the van.

"Check out this scenery! Take a picture of me, mom!"
We met our friends for lunch and then spent the afternoon at the petting zoo, which the kids.... LOVED


Feeding the Llamas, Billy goats, and Camel
all four kids ran from pen to pen, feeding the animals grass and laughing - it was pretty fun.

Llama's love grass
 It's a pretty decent petting zoo, in addition to the Llamas, the Billy goats, and the camel - they also had two Tortoises


And two little Timber Wolf cubs - one named Rosco and one named Duke. 

Here's chewie holding Rosco, who is 5 weeks old

Artoo and Rosco - you can see Duke in the background
 I was really impressed with Artoo at the petting zoo - he really doesn't like dogs or cats - so i was expecting him to be indifferent to the whole situation - but he LOOOOOVED the wolf cubs, and had no problems petting them and holding them.

They wolves were his favourite part, and we went back a few times.  Chewie loved the wolves the most, too.  And both boys also loved the Sheep pen.  They would laugh and pet the sheep and feed them grass and we spent a lot of time there as well.

my friend Christine's girls - i call them Elsa and Anna because the older one is blond and the younger is ginger.
They love my boys, and my boys love them too.  This sheep they named "The Blacky Black One"
We drove home that night just in time for bed, and the rest of the weekend was spent doing a garage sale on Saturday, and yard work and clean up on Sunday, and Monday the boys played on the trampoline and we roasted hot dogs for supper.  
A spectacular sunset, taken from my front door.... The Land of the Living Skies!

Weekly Challenge #317: "Photo Tangles"
So, i had this idea for this week's challenge earlier in the week, and i had been thinking about how to do it... 

 And when i started streaming last night (www.twitch.tv/iamthediva) i still hadn't quite worked out what i was going to do... and so if you were watching last night you were treated to an extra special treat of me not knowing where to start - and really - it was a true tangling moment for me.  Very authentic.... i often don't know what i'm going to to until i start doing it.  I think that's one of the magical qualities of zentangle - the unplanned.

So my idea is to use an image as your string - and here i've used a model from a fashion magazine.  I sometimes find that shiny magazine paper doesn't really play well with Microns.  So i thought i'd just photo copy the image (my home printer has a copy function) and then cut it out and glue it onto a zentangle tile.  And that's what i've done here.

You could also cut out the image and glue it onto a tile, as Vonnie suggested last night... or you can go through your stash of fashion mags, or craft mags, or use an interesting photo in a grocery flier..

the basic premise here is to use the image as your string and tangle around it.

Add caption



 have a great week!


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 #DC317(Diva Challenge #316) 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. ;)
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