Monday, September 24, 2018

Weekly Challenge #369

Well.

I don't know.

We're nearing the end of September and i'm about ready to throw in the towel.

Last week, Artoo was feeling well enough to go to school - except then it was Chewie's turn to be home sick... and Saturday night Artoo developed a temperature and by sunday morning he was sick. again.

So.  done.  with.  this.

and with that in mind, i'm going to continue on with my September of Self Care Tangling, and this week's challenge is another one that helps me relieve stress.

Weekly Challenge #369: Orb-tastic
Last week's challenge of straight lines led me to my other self soothing drawing practice, which is to draw orbs
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Feel free to interpret this however you like. Add orbs into your tiles this week.  In my travels around the internet and in teaching the art of zentangle i have come to discover that people either LOVE drawing littler circles, or they HATE it.

Which one are you?

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 #DC369 (Diva Challenge #369) 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, September 17, 2018

Weekly Challenge #368

Hello everyone! Top of the morning to you - or whatever time it is when you find yourself here!  

The first full week of school is behind us, and by behind us - i mean Artoo missed the whole week because he was sick.  Back to School Blues, i tells ya.  It was a rough one, too.  worse than he's had in a while.  School pictures were on Thursday, so I brought him in to school so he could be in the class photo and then brought him back home. 

snazzy mister
Chewie is settling in to his new school - and even thought he says that school is 'SOO BORRRRING' i can tell that he's enjoying it.  He and i have been doing some running with the dog, and it's actually pretty fun.  I always enjoy running with a partner, i just never thought my partner would talk so much about Pokemon and Minecraft. lol
we killed 3.5 km this night
Since Artoo was sick all week, i really didn't do much except watch him all day, and help monitor his breathing.... i didn't get out much at all - but i did get out on Saturday with B-rad (and the boys) to give blood!  **This is not a PSA, but seriously, if you are physically able to do it, you totally should**
bleeding

Artoo is so excited to be feeling better - not only did he miss his first week of school, he also missed his first karate lesson, and his first piano lesson of the year... he's looking forward to karate so much, it's so cute.

Okay, on to the challenge

Weekly Challenge #368: "Straight Lines"
This week i wanted to do something with straight lines.  little straight lines are my go to when i'm feeling stressed out or anxious... and it was a pretty harrowing week.  So i thought for this week's challenge we could do a Straight Line Only challenge!! these can be quite fun, and there's different ways to interpret the challenge!

My first idea was to find a zendala tile in my studio - and use a round tile to juxtapose against my straight lines, or to do lots of curvy shaped tangles, but with straight lines and angles instead of curves.... and then in my stash i found this tile that i started in 2015 and then didn't do anything with.

i used the leftover cardboard pieces from a board game that the pieces had been popped out of as a stencil,
courtesy of Margaret Bremner, who brought her stash of board game "Stencils" with her to
WeLove2Tangle in Calgary, AB in 2015
I always loved the overlapping patterns on this tile, but i never knew what to do with it....  until now!

Straight lines only!!
I really love how i was able to achieve this look using only straight lines and some shading!  What will you do with your lines??

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 #DC367 (Diva Challenge #367) 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, September 10, 2018

Weekly Challenge #367

Happy Monday!

What a Crazy Week at our house - with everyone trying to get back into a regular routine of appropriate bedtimes and early mornings, packing lunches, and what not.

Artoo - Grade 3
Artoo had mixed feelings about going back to school this year, but it only took a few days for him to find his friends and have a good time.


Chewie - Grade 5
My big man, on the other hand, has a whole world of changes for him!  Last year he was invited to join the SAGE program (Which stands for Saskatoon Public Schools Academically Gifted Education) and we are so so proud of him!! We told him the choice was his, and he decided to accept - which means that he's now going to a different school than his brother!  It's nice for him to have a place to flourish and shine and not be in the shadow of his medically intricate brother.  

But this means a new school - new people, a new type of learning, and getting up early and taking a school bus to school instead of walking the block and a half to the neighbourhood school.  There were a lot of nerves the first few days - but i think he's starting to settle in more, as he told me on friday that school was really boring.  lol.


seems like just yesterday they were little babies
 On their first day back to school B-rad and i happened to be celebrating our 14th wedding anniversary!  We had a pretty chill day - and we took the boys out to lunch to celebrate their first days of school.
married for 14 years, together for 20!
HOWEVER
along with all the back to school excitement - comes all the back to school germs, and you guessed it - Artoo is sick.  It hit him hard Saturday night.  He went to bed with no symptoms and by midnight he was having trouble breathing.

nothing a little saline nebulizer and weird al music videos can't fix?
So Sunday he was feeling really crummy (and had to miss his first day back in the bowling league) and i could tell he really wasn't feeling good because he wanted to sit and cuddle with me while we watched TV, and he keeps coming by for hugs.  

We're watching and doing all the things we need to do - but it's gonna be a long couple of days. 

Weekly Challenge #367: "Tangle 'NZEPPEL"
So this week's challenge is to spend some time with the tangle 'NZEPPEL and it's cousin CRAZY 'NZEPPEL if you like!  I'm trying to ease my way back into the habit of tangling, and this tangle has always been a pretty soothing one for me, that is - once i saw Rick demonstrate it back when i was certified. 

The key in the tangle, in my opinion, is to trace the shapes as best you can, only rounding out the corners.  Rick says: imagine squishing a water balloon into a triangle



You don't need to make it a monotangle, mine just happened to be one.  If you'd like the step outs you can find them here

I hope you have fun with this one.  I did.

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 #DC367 (Diva Challenge #367) 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, September 4, 2018

Weekly Challenge #366

Hey everyone!

i'm back! did you miss me?  i ended up taking a bit longer of a mental break than i anticipated, and i wanted to thank you all for the space to do that - it makes coming back that much easier.


I really had a wonderful summer with the kids - we decided to forgo this year's Moebius conference that was in Florida, and instead we put that money towards a pop up camper!

I spent some time renovating it this summer - and we ended up taking it out camping 5 times this summer!  The boys love it, and i do too.

Greetings from the camper!
It was a nice break - and i found myself doing a lot of other art type projects over the summer like working in my art journal and doing some sketching on location.  I even took up some sewing - and i think i made my late grandmother proud - i redid all the curtains and valances inside the camper.  (i almost failed Home Ec in high school because i was not good with a sewing machine)

And while it was a very jam packed summer full of parks and bike rides, and camping, and swimming, and fishing and summer fairs, and learning dungeons and dragons, and reunions.... i'm glad that the kids are back in school today and that we can get back to some kind of a schedule.  




























PHEW!

Thanks goodness for back to school....

Weekly Challenge #366: Back to Basics
I've been thinking about what my first back to bizness challenge would be after the summer, and i didn't want to put too much pressure on myself or on any of you - so this week's challenge is a Back to Basics challenge - we're gonna go back to the Zentangle roots.

Black on White, with pencil shading, on a 3.5" Square
Dots. Border. String.

using simple tangles like Hollibaugh, Crescent Moon, Keeko, Printemps.  (follow links for step outs if you don't know them already)

i like each of these tangles because of the way that other tangles are built off the same principles - such as drawing behind, auraing, and lines and spirals.
it was really great to just put the pen to paper and not think too much about it - i hope you enjoy it too.

again, thanks for understanding about the time off this summer.

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 #DC365 (Diva Challenge #365) 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. ;)




Friday, June 15, 2018

That time i went AWOL

Hey friends,

I have been writing this post in my head for two weeks, and now that i'm actually sitting down in front of my computer, i don't know what to say.

I wasn't going to actually write anything at all - i was just going to suddenly REAPPEAR WITH A NEW CHALLENGE and apologize profusely for missing a couple weeks, but then last week the world lost not one, but two well known personalities.  Kate Spade the designer and self proclaimed Happy-Brand and Anthony Bourdain, critic and food genius both lost their lives last week to suicide.  I knew i had to write this.

Even though i don't really know what i'm going to say, i feel like i probably should say something. Mental Health is something that we need to talk about - and even though we KNOW this as a society, we still aren't doing it.  The stigma surrounding mental illness still prevents people from acknowledging that they need help and also preventing them from asking for help.

Last week the artist Emily McDowell posted a really amazing post on instagram



You can follow the post above to read her caption - but i'm going to post it here as well because i feel like it's important.

"I'm seeing a lot of well-intentioned but misinformed comments about Kate Spade's (heartbreaking) death.  Things like, "If only she'd known how many women she'd inspired and how beloved she was." Or "it really goes to show that success doesn't buy happiness." Here's why this thinking is misguided: Even though science has proven it a million times over, our culture doesn't yet fully recognize that MENTAL ILLNESS IS A BRAIN DISEASE, just like hepatitis is a liver disease.  Depression (and bipolar disorder and schizophrenia and everything else) affects our brain -- the organ we use to make decisions.  If you're suffering from suicidal depression, it doesn't matter how beloved you are or how much you love your family or how much money you have, because your brain is telling you that despite all those things, suicide is your only option.  (Or that you need to isolate yourself, sleep all day, or other behaviour that a healthy brain would recognize as bad decisions.) This is one reason mental illness is so deadly: the part of our body that's affected is the same part that's responsible for our behaviour.  It's like if you broke your leg and then had to use that leg to walk to the hospital. 

The other reason mental illness is so deadly: shame and stigma around seeking help.  Reports are saying Kate resisted inpatient treatment because she worried about the effect it would have on her "Happy" brand image.  Depression is an ILLNESS.  It's not a weakness  It's not your fault.  And it's impossible to think or reason your way out of it without help, due to the part of your body that's ill. 
If you are suffering, YOU ARE NOT ALONE.  The National Suicide Hotline number is 800-273-8255. Call them.  They are great.  I know, because I've called.  #noshame Or text TALK to 741-741 if you prefer texting.  The world is a better place with you in it. 
 

I have Generalized Anxiety Disorder, as well as Social Anxiety, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and then some mild to moderate depression thrown into the mix for good measure.  This is MY particular blend of mental health issues.  Everyone with mental illness has their own mix of bits and bobs.  Anxiety is the thing i struggle with the most on a daily basis.  Even something as simple as going to my in laws without my hubby makes me panic.  [Every SINGLE time i've ever done this everything has been fine and i've had a wonderful time, but that doesn't stop my brain from panicking each time i have to do it... i'm getting better.  drugs help.]

Some of the awesome fun times with my anxiety include but are not limited to - breaking into a sweat for no reason, my heart racing like i've been running a marathon, blooming heat from my chest, my hands and feet go cold and numb (i VERY recently learned that this is a flight or fight response that your body does, pulling all the blood from your extremities into your core to protect your vital organs) nausea/vomiting, headaches, migraines, panic attacks, songs that play in my head over and over and over and over and over and over (and never a good song either, usually its a 7 second loop of some random line from some random song, often songs i hate), insomnia, extreme fatigue, exhaustion, and SO MUCH MORE!

All of that, and i am still (relatively) high functioning.  Because i have to be. We have coping mechanisms to help us 'fit in'.  High Functioning Anxiety and Depression is scary stuff because to the unknowing eye, everything seems normal.  That's where you get those comments like: "But she seems so happy every time i see her, we just wen to for lunch last week and everything was fine!!" or "He was always volunteering and was so committed to the community!"  Those ones sneak up on you. 

A few years ago i saw the work of photographer Katie Joy Crawford.  She has an absolutely stunning collection called "My Anxious Heart" (follow the link for more) and she has one beautiful photo that has stuck with me ever since

(This image belongs to katie joy crawfod)
She captioned it: 
It's strange -- in the pit of your stomach.  it's like when you're swimming and you want to put your feet down but the water is deeper than you thought.  you can't touch the bottom and your heart skips a beat. 
This was the first time i actually recognized what was happening in my life as Anxiety.  It honestly took me almost two years before i thought that what was happening was maybe a little more than i could handle on my own.  last year after Christmas i finally worked up the nerve to talk to my doctor about what was happening, and we spent about half an hour talking about how i was just coping with my life and she said: "let's get this figured out so you can live your life, instead of just getting through it". 

The first few weeks i was so tired.  I felt like a zombie.  I was worried that this was the alternative to feeling EVERYTHING - just feeling so tired that i couldn't feel anything else.  And then it started to level off.  And i distinctly remember driving along on the freeway one morning, and i realized that my mind was quiet.  For the first time since i could remember, there wasn't a 7 second loop of music playing in my brain, and it was quiet, and peaceful.  and i instantly started sobbing.  i had to pull over and pull myself together.  I remember thinking that this must be what it's like for 'normal' people's brains!! I also suddenly realized that this is why i've never been able to meditate because my mind never ever stops.  (i've since learned that meditation is hard for people with anxiety for that exact reason)

ANYWAY, what followed was the best i've ever felt in a very very very long time.  I wanted to go places and do things.  I could go to a party where i didn't know anyone and make conversations and have a good time and not be silently panicking.  I could answer and make phone calls without rehearsing for 10 minutes before hand.  I felt amazing and i couldn't believe that i had lived my life without drugs for so long.  The downside? I was starving all the time. AND i had to take my medication with food, but not just like - a banana.  I needed a substantial amount of food or i would feel awful.... they also made me really sleepy so i needed to take them at bed time, so i was in effect taking my medication each night at 10 o'clock with almost a full meal, and then going right to bed. They made me gain so much weight.  I rapidly gained 60 lbs, and let me tell you THAT did wonders for my depression.  (insert eyeroll)  So back to the doctor i went... i was so happy that i had found a drug that worked for me so i wouldn't have to do the song and dance figuring out medication and doseages that i was really upset when the drug that made my brain feel so good also made me feel so miserable.  So.  New Drugs.  and then the waiting period as the old drugs exited and the new ones took over.  Only they were not as good.  I mean, they were okay, but just okay.  but then i started having anxiety attacks again, and went back to to the doctor and got a new dose, and now things are stable but, y'know.  it's not perfect.  I have good days and bad days.

But there was still stigma around my medication.  I was trying my best to tell everyone about them! And when i told my mom (who texted me this morning to ask if i was still writing these blog posts because she reads them each week and was wondering what was going on, hey mom.) that i was taking brain drugs, even she was unintentionally judgmental.  (sorry mom).  I don't remember exactly what she said but it was something along the lines of "are you sure you need medication".... and i remember thinking "Would you ask dad (who's diabetic) if he's sure he needs insulin?"  I'm not sure if it's mostly a generational thing? I've also been involved with conversations about drugs with my inlaws that seemed to go in the direction of  "well, you don't want to just go to drugs right away" like they are the last resort and that it's almost like if you've "resigned yourself to a life of medication" you've failed somehow....

SO.

Flash forward to May

May was a very stressful month for me,  I was busy with school activities, and meetings, and doctors appointments, and general home stuff - B-rad was working insane hours because he's been very busy at his shop, so i was essentially single parenting which is fine, and on top of that i was doing last minute things for the Beads of Courage Colour Run, of which i am the volunteer coordinator.   All of these things in and of themselves are fairly regular things.  But on top of a bad spell they are not great.

On top of that that i have been trying to figure out what to do with this blog, and these challenges.  Do i move this platform over to facebook? Not everyone has facebook.  Or Instagram.  I started a YouTube channel, and that was great, but declining readership and participation has me wondering if it's worth the effort.  Creating a blog post and tile each week is a lot of work - work i've been consistently doing for almost eight years, for free.  Add to that the youtube videos - the hours of editing and uploading, sometimes i am working on the challenges from 8:30 when the kids go to bed on Sunday night, until 1 in the morning to be sure that there's a challenge ready on Monday.  Maybe i need to switch lanes and move to a paid service like Patreon, but then that excludes people who are on fixed incomes or who, like me, can't afford to add another monthly expense to their household. I keep committing myself to projects and challenges, and then feel immense guilt when i inevitably fail at those. 

There's an overwhelm here that i'm admittedly not dealing with very well.  So i resort to the old standby anxiety coping mechanisms of "head in the sand" technique of ignoring the problem until it goes away or explodes. 

And so - these past few weeks have been me with my head in the sand.  And i AM truly sorry for any worry i may have caused.  I do have to say that the old cockles of my heart have been warmed by the amount of emails and text messages and DMs on Instagram that i've received, checking in on my family and on me to see if we're okay.  Yep.  For the most part, we're all okay, i'm just being an Ostrich.

Sorry.

A VERY VERY VERY Long story short....
(TLDR)
Nothing right now is changing with the weekly Challenges.  I currently have no plans to stop doing them, or stop posting them for free, i'm not moving them to facebook or instagram or patreon at the moment, though i reserve the right to do that if it seems that's where the winds blow us.... i DON'T intend to stop making the YouTube videos because they are fun and even though they are a lot of work - i love to make them, but i can't commit to those on a weekly basis.  I just can't. 

I DO plan to take the summer off of challenges (as has been my M.O. in the past) but i will endeavour to find some amazing and wonderful guest bloggers (if you're a CZT and you'd like to host a week, hit me up in my email lauraharmz at gmail dot com)

I DON'T think i will be posting anything in June because i physically can not.  I'm taking this time for my brain.  I'm exhausted from decision fatigue, and there' just no operating power left right now.  i need to recharge.  (I also haven't done ANY KIND of art in WEEKS and that makes me sad)

PLEASE SEEK HELP if you are suffering from mental illness.  Call someone.  Text someone.  Talk to your doctor or therapist.  don't give up.  I love you.  The world needs you in it. 

If this extremely long blog post helps EVEN ONE PERSON reach out and get help, then spilling my guts was totally worth it. 

thanks everyone.

Love Laura

Monday, May 28, 2018

Weekly Challenge #365

Good Monday Morning!

It's the last Monday of May - can you believe it?  And i have to say that i'm ready for this month to be over, because it seems that May has just been filled with my kids being sick to some degree.  Last week - Artoo just went from sniffly to worse and worse... and he was home from school all week - poor little dude.  At one point he was coughing so much that he just crawled into my lap and put his head down and didn't leave.  that's a big deal for my little dude. he's not much of a snuggler.

that's how you know that he was actually feeling really crummy.

so.  All week long was spent with a kid in my lap - and so not much was documented this week....  Doctors appointments and swimming lessons were all cancelled.  He seems to be feeling better now, though he is still coughing quite a bit.  :(

SO.  without further ado - here is this week's challenge and the last birthday month challenge!

Weekly Challenge #365: "Monotangle of PUF by Carole Ohl, CZT"
This tangle is one of my favourite tangles by CZT Carole Ohl, who attended the same seminar as me (CZT3 represent - woot woot!)

It's one of those tangles that i love because it's like - one where you really see the "magic"!  It starts out looking one way - with the first step being the tangle Bales, and then when you get to the last step.... Maaaaagiiiiic.

So, a Monotangle is a term (originating here on this blog!) for a tile or piece comprised of ONLY ONE tangle, and it's tangleations.  


You can find the step outs for Puf on Carole's blog, here

Here's 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 #DC364 (Diva Challenge #364) 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 22, 2018

Weekly Challenge #364

Good Morning everyone!! Happy Tuesday!  Yesterday was Victoria Day in Canada - so we had a long weekend!

And we celebrated the long weekend by throwing a surprise 60th birthday for my mom!  She was totally surprised, probably partially because her birthday was back in March!  but we had some of her friends from church and my brother came in from Calgary (AB) for the weekend.

Nothing says celebration like a balloon arch
I feel like my whole life has been revolving around this crazy party and i'm so glad it's over now.  Months of planning and trying to make sure that mom was around and that she didn't suspect anything - lots of yard work and planting flowers and then i got sick....

and this guy
because timing.

but we persevered..... the party went off without a hitch, we made it through, i survived, we had lots of backyard fires and family fun times. 

and then.... 
artoo got sick too.


So.  that's where we are now. 

i am sick.  artoo is sick.  we are exhausted.  


So without further ado

Weekly Challenge #364: "Remake of a classic"

This week's challenge is part of the month of Laura - May Challenge Favourites!  This week you're goal is to go back into your stash of completed tiles and to remake one of your favourites!

For my tile this week i went back to my very first challenge - and one of my favourite tiles.   The first challenge can be found here

and here's the tile

Tile done in 2010

and here's the remake:

Tile done in 2018
Remaking an old tile is a fun way to see how you've grown and how your style has evolved!

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 #DC364 (Diva Challenge #364) 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. ;) 
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