Monday, August 14, 2017

Weekly Challenge #329 Guest Post Marguerite Samama

Hello Zen-pals & Diva-lovers!


How are you doing today? I am excited to be here.
Let me introduce myself.
I am Marguerite Samama from the Amsterdam Area in the Netherlands, I am a CZT16 and run a small company called HappyTangling. Presenting you my challenge this week here is a great honor and pleasure to me.


Besides teaching Zentangle weekly, I write, edit and present programs about classical music on Dutch national Radio. I love singing, reading, cooking, talking to friends, walking our dog, meditating, running, Italy, Stockholm and Zentangle. I am 44 years old, married to David and mum of Shira and Gil, two teenagers with, let’s say, minds of their own.



As far as my Zentangle work is concerned I would like to share a few things I am proud of. First of all there is my Sunday group of children. They have come to tangle for 3 years in a row!!! And they want to keep coming after this Summerholiday. It warms my heart.
Secondly there is my cooperation with CZT Anoeska Waardenburg. We call ourselves Two2Tangle and organise Zentangle masterclasses for 22 people twice a year. The mosaic below is from our last event. The next one will be in November, only 2 seats left. It is inspiring to exchange ideas and experiences with such a talented and generous colleague.
Next there is ValenTangle, two weeks of using hearts and hearttangles, leading up to Valentines Day, two weeks of prompts and daily sharing in our ValenTangle Facebookgroup. Be sure to join in Feb 2018! I have hosted this for 2 years now and it has generated a lot of goodwill, connection and incredible tangling.
Last but not least there is Delft Delights™, a concept that I released in May with Jenny Peruzzi on Etsy as a kit. Basically it is about Zentangle meeting Delftware; how to use different shades of blue in our tangling. Hopefully this gives you an idea of the many faces of my tangle-work.



Weekly Challenge #329 - "Fragment D-1"
This week’s challenge


My challenge has everything to do with a small FRAGMENT from the Primer by Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas, a divine fragment (what else?): dee incredible D-1.






This fragment can be used as a filler and on it’s own.
You can choose to arrange a bunch of them with the diagonal line in the same direction, as you can see on the bijou with Zenith on the sides.
You could also play with the direction of the diagonal line, mirror it for example, as you can see on the black bijou.
Combining this fragments with other fragments is another option.
Keep in mind that D-1 can be used on black, white and tan.
And furthermore on a (prestrung) Zendala and in a spiral! Or you could use color.




If you look at  the fragment carefully, you can see it consists of 2 triangles divided in 3 mini-sections, so 6 mini-compartments in all. The mini-compartments can be filled/embellished as well! You can see an example of this on my D-1 spiral tile. The possibilities are endless.



D-1 goes very well with D-va, don’t you think?
If you are looking for a glamorous fragment, this is dee one.
So, I invite you to play, enjoy yourself and share what you come up with.
Happy Tangling!


Marguerite





#DelftDelights™  , available through AcadiaLaserCreations on Etsy
#Valentangle
ZentangleMosaicApp MargueriteSamamaCZT

Hashtags for this week: #dc329 #fragmentd1 #iamthedivacztchallenge
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, August 8, 2017

Weekly Challenge #328 - Guest Blogger Suzanne Fluhr

Just a quick hello from Me, the Diva!  I hope you're all having a great summer - i can't believe it's over halfway over for these kiddos and that in a month they'll both be back in school.  Yesterday was a Civic Holiday in Canada - Saskatchewan Day here where i am, and so in true Diva fashion the post was a day late.  So, Happy Tuesday everyone!   
--laura 

Aloha.

I feel very
surprisedhonored that the real Zentangle Diva, Laura Harms,
inexplicablysaw fit to trust me to be a guest Zentangle Diva while she spends quality family time this summer.

Neither of our 30-something sons are looking to spend quality time with the 'rents this summer, and our 12 year old dog is low maintenance at this point, giving me plenty of time to devote to this week's challenge.

Cute dog
Gratuitous photo of low maintenance cute dog (Dino)

Given that it's the first Monday of August (or in this case Tuesday - laura)
August?!? How did that happen?  today is Use My Tangle (UMT) day.

It's hard to decide which of my tangles to proffer. (If "proffer" is a lawyer word, I apologize. I consider myself an almost recovered lawyer, but maybe I still have a ways to go.)

Choosing which of my tangles to use for this week's challenge has been ridiculously anxiety producing. At the risk of tangle anthropomorphism, it almost feels as though I gave birth to my tangles and I don't want them to have to go to tangle therapy when they grow up because they think I liked another one best. (
OTOH, maybe I need to go to tangle anthropomorphism therapy.)

I've decided to go with Aloha, a tangle Linda Farmer used on Tanglepatterns.com, because I'm insecure and that validated it enough that it's been pinned over 1,000 times on Pinterest! OTOH, maybe some of you are already familiar with it and the thought of using it again (yawn) is making you want to go take a nap (like Dino is).
Does anyone else ever worry that they're too boring for their dog?

Cute dog

Linda referred to Aloha as an "organic" tangle. She purposely chose to publish it on Earth Day which also ended up being a nice birthday present for me although I was born long before there was an "official" Earth Day.

Why "Aloha"? I chose a Hawaiian reference because the tangle is inspired by a pattern I saw during a visit to Hawaii. Until then I was giving my tangles numeric designations and that unimaginative construct was definitely getting old.

You can find the step outs and my inspiration for Aloha here.

Time has shown me that Aloha can be very versatile because it can also be used as a string. Here's Aloha in a standard Zentangle method usage:

Zentangle tangle Aloha by Suzanne Fluhr CZT
Using Aloha on an "official" tile, using the Zentangle method.

Here it is using color:
Zentangle tangle aloha by Suzanne Fluhr CZT

Finally, here it is used in a more representational presentation with the tangle Henna Drum by Jane MacKugler, CZT.

Zentangle tangle Aloha by Suzanne Fluhr, CZT

For today's challenge, use Aloha in any way you wish. It can be used as a border too. You can use it as a monotangle or with other tangles.

Peace. Out.
​*********************************************
Suzanne Fluhr
Baby Boomer Travels for the Body and Mind
Travel Editor: Midlife Boulevard

Hashtags for this week: #dc328 #UMTaloha  #iamthedivacztchallenge
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, July 31, 2017

Weekly Challenge #327 - Guest Blogger Henrike Bratz

Hello everybody all over the world. This week’s guest post comes from Germany. My name is Henrike and I’ve been tangling for about four and a half years. When I stumbled across a Zentangle book in a bookstore just before Christmas 2013 I was immediately fascinated. At that time there were no CZTs in Germany to learn from, a single (poor) book in German, no supplies …. So I started with what I could get hold of – and one of those things of course was the internet and Laura’s Diva Challenge. I participated for the first time in February 2014 with this tile:


In the meantime a lot has changed. By now there are more than 30 CZTs in Germany, me being one of them. I travelled to Providence this spring and enjoyed every moment of CZT#26 seminar. What a great experience! A special hello to all my mates from the seminar!!
As the diva - who has challenged me for so many times - takes a break, I’m happy to challenge you today. I hope you are going to have some fun!
Weekly Challenge #327: "The Diva dancing in Lisbon"
Recently I visited Lisbon, the capital of Portugal. The city is just beautiful! There are patterns everywhere. Houses are covered with tiles. There are floral patterns as well as geometric ones. Some tiles are just blue others are colorful. I loved to just look and then sit and tangle with a nice cup of coffee in front of me.

I tried to deconstruct some of the patterns I found as you can see in the collage. There was one tile in a museum I especially liked. I call it the “Lisbon fragment”. You can read more about it, find the stepouts and some variations here.
As you may have noticed there’s the tangle diva dance in my first “Diva-Challenge”-tile. This pattern has been one of my favorite tangles from the beginning.
So here’s the challenge: Put on some music – best look for a fado playlist and imagine the Diva dancing in Lisbon. Use the “Lisbon fragment” and Diva Dance to create your tile. Add more tangles if you like to and enjoy the moment!
This is my tile:

If you are interested to see some more of my work look up my website www.nord-tangle.de

Hashtags for this week: #dc327 #fragments #divadance #lisbonfragment #iamthedivacztchallenge
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, July 24, 2017

Weekly Challenge #326 - Guest Blogger Elisa Murphy!

Weekly Challenge #326: A Pre-Teen, A Metaphor and Mindfulness


Hi, Everyone! I’m super excited to pinch hit for Laura as she takes a much deserved blogging break.  I’m truly honored that she has trusted me with the keys to her Diva Challenge castle!  


The Diva and I became sistah-friends at the CZT 15 seminar.  We have many beautiful and uncommon things in common, not to mention she introduced me to my favorite beer.  Obviously, we’re totally family!


Here’s a little about me.  I’m from Milford, Massachusetts and became a CZT four years ago.  I’m sarcastic, a deep thinker, a bit wordy, and very skilled at the art of the run on sentence.  You will, no doubt, experience all of these as you read this week’s blog and challenge!


Let’s begin with a scary story.  Prepare yourselves.


Chapter One:  


Middle School


The End


It’s true.  No matter if you went to public school, private school, boarding school or home school, those pre-teen years were tough.  All the physical and emotional changes are unpredictable, not to mention the whole social “how do I fit in” thing.  


What does this have to do with Zentangle you ask?  Well, my little one is dealing with these challenges right now, especially the “I don’t fit in” thing.  It’s hard to see her go through this and while I try to support her the best that I can, I know this is her process and her road to navigate.


Here’s where the pensive comes in.  The truth is I often don’t feel like I fit in either.  I’m going to go out on a limb here and guess all of us have felt this way, whether it’s all the time or just once in a while.  As I get older, though, I realize that not fitting in is kind of awesome.  Case in point: I’m 46 years old and have magenta highlights in my hair.


Welcome to the metaphor portion of our show and this week’s tangle: ‘NZEPPEL.  This tangle is all about not quite fitting in.  The tangle is made up of a grid that can be either predictable or not.  The shapes that are drawn within each little space don’t quite fit.  Molly from from Zentangle describes it as trying to fit a hard boiled egg into a triangle.  Just one of these spaces doesn’t look like much, but when you fill an entire tile with little  sections that don’t fit it’s truly beautiful.  The big picture softens and becomes far more interesting.  


Finally!  This week’s challenge!  Your challenge this week is to draw a monotangle of “Nzeppel, but it doesn’t stop there.  I challenge you to go beyond the pen and tap into that Zentangley Mindfulness.  Think about when you last felt like you didn’t fit in or think about someone you care about who’s feeling that way right now.  As you draw and watch your tangle grow and evolve notice how your thoughts do too.  Maybe it softens.  Maybe it gives you pause to think things through.  Maybe use the back of your tile to jot down random thoughts. Hopefully you get lost in the relaxed focus of the process.  At the end of the day, that’s what Zentangle is all about.  


I offer my sincerest thanks for joining me and celebrating the beauty of not fitting in.





Renaissance 'Nzeppel Spiral 

Random Thoughts while tangling

3Z 'Nzeppel

Little Baby 'Nzeppels


My best to you all,
Elisa

You can find Elisa online at her blog www.elisasnowandzen.com and also on her facebook page

Hashtags for this week: #dc326 #nzeppel #iamthedivacztchallenge

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, July 17, 2017

Weekly Challenge #325 - Guest Post by Jessica Davies PART TWO!

Hey Folks! Laura here!! i just wanted to pop in and say a quick hello, to thank Jessica last week and this week.  The glitch is fixed, and the photos are there! Hope you're having a great summer! - Laura 

Weekly Challenge #325

Hi again! It’s me, Jessica, back for another challenge. Your tiles, comments, love, emails and hashtags last week were amazeballs -- thank you from the bottom of my heart! -- and I am
looking forward to spending another week with you. Yes, the Diva entrusted me with not one but TWO blog posts. She’s a brave soul, that Diva! :-) So with a big smile and a thankful heart ...

here we go!

Last week was about sharing the love. Today, we’re going to keep that theme and apply it to a
tangle that, in my humble opinion, is often overlooked and underutilized.
You may have noticed the tangle peanuckle in a couple tiles from last week’s post. It’s the
tangle that looks like a basket weave in the blue hearts:



The first time I tried peanuckle it felt like lima beans. You know, one of those things that is
supposed to be good for you but you just have trouble getting it down. I just couldn’t get it. The
S shapes didn’t flow, the connecting lines were off kilter, the final product didn’t look anything
like the demo. As far as tangles go, it went to the bottom of the pile as a “tried it, didn’t like it.”

Here’s the tile:

However, when I encountered peanuckle again it was a smoother experience. This time I was at
CZT Seminar and the tangle just seemed to make more sense. It still wasn’t my favorite and
there were some residual lima bean qualities in that I struggled to get it down, but the finished
tile was pretty decent. When one of my fellow CZTs, Amy Amaryllis, said it was one of her
favorite tangles, well, I was dumbfounded. How could this crazy tangle be anyone’s favorite?! It
was cumbersome (to me) and took forever to draw and the results were never as intended.

Clearly, I didn’t see its possibilities or opportunities.

Fast forward to this year. I’m still not a fan of lima beans but peanuckle is now a “winner, winner,
chicken dinner!” It’s often making appearances on my tiles. The more I play with this tangle the
more opportunities I find. It’s great as a filler or a border, shading makes it super 3D, and the
possibilities for ribbons of peanuckle are endless. I seriously LOVE peanuckle ribbons, y’all!

Yes, in a few short months it has become one of my go-to tangles. Hear that, Amy?!



Weekly Challenge #325 - Peanuckle

So that’s it, my friends. The Diva’s challenge before her vacation was to show your appreciation
for your home, last week it was to show the love for each other, and today we’re showering our
attention on a particular tangle, peanuckle.


Peanuckle is a tangle by Molly Hollibaugh that uses the S shape and straight(ish) lines to create
a basket weave effect. The step outs to peanuckle and a fab video of Molly demonstrating it can
be found here:

CLICK ME

If you find you need help with peanuckle, just relax your hand, take a deep breath, and watch
Molly’s video in the link above. The entire tangle uses just two of the elemental strokes. Two!
Exactly like the number of blog posts I’m doing!




I don’t always put the connecting lines in the middle of the S “peas.” I like to think of this as
omitting the “nuckle.” LOL. Yes, it winds up looking a little bit like narwal. No, it’s not a new
tangle. It’s just a tangleation that keeps the things light and airy on the tile.



If there’s a tangle you struggle with, instead of treating it like lima beans and pushing it to the
side of your plate, play with it. You don’t need a special journal or unique pens; just keep
drawing. If it still feels wonky to you, find a local CZT and ask them to help. It might make sense
one day or it might not. Just keep drawing one stroke at a time because you never know when
your lima bean will turn into a peanuckle. :-)


Join me and Amy Amaryllis and Molly Hollibaugh on the peanuckle bandwagon and post your
tiles below using the linky wizard. If you also post your submissions on social media you can
use the hashtags #DC325 (Diva Challenge #325) or #peanuckle. Note that you’ll find peanuckle
on the Zentangle Mosaic App with a few unique spellings. Just as unique as the tangle itself. :-)
(FYI - on Molly’s advice, I’ve omitted the dash in peanuckle for hashtagging purposes)

Like last week, you can follow me on the Zentangle Mosaic App as JessicaDaviesCZT, on
Instagram as @saltedpinkstudio, and Facebook as Salted Pink Studio - Jessica Davies CZT.
You can also reach me at jessica at saltedpinkstudio dot com if you’d prefer to send an email.

Thanks for hanging with me these past two weeks while The Diva takes a break. I hope you’ve
had a good time sharing the love and I look forward to seeing your creativity with #peanuckle!



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, July 10, 2017

Weekly Challenge #324: Guest Post - Jessica Davies


Hi everyone! The Diva is on vacation and I’m tickled pink to be her first guest blogger. My name is Jessica and I’m a CZT from Maryland. I am passionate about the color pink and enjoy just about anything glittered, sparkled or salted, thus my business name of Salted Pink Studio. :-)

Like many of you, I first met Laura through social media: this website, Instagram, Facebook.  Social media connects us and creates a virtual home for us to gather. We follow each other, applaud successes, speak up and comment, lend support when needed, and share our talents. Thus, when Laura asked for guest bloggers to help her out over the summer I was quick to raise my hand and give her the time off. That’s one of the things I love about the Zentangle community: we really do support each other. It’s a great tribe.

When it came time to choose a challenge for today’s post I knew I wanted to start with the first step in the Zentangle Method: gratitude and appreciation. Gratitude for Laura and how she’s created and curated this blog over the years, appreciation for our collective and individual talents, thankfulness for this art form and how it has shaped our experiences and paved the way for friendships (Laura, Amy, Camille, Patti, I’m talking about you!), built community and fostered a sense of family. I love this community of tanglers, online and in real life, you who are in my tribe, and am so grateful to be a part of it.



While this tangled heart demonstrates the love and connectedness, there’s also a secret to it. It stays mum on the fact that I’ve never been a big fan of heart shapes. That’s right, I don’t like heart shapes. I find they are often too cutesy, too Valentine-y, too reminiscent of middle school, too saccharin. For reals! I never liked heart shapes, y’all! Never. That all came to a screeching halt in February when I started having some pretty serious health issues stemming from, of all things, my heart.



Tangling has been a comfort, stress reliever, opportunity and therapy for me these past few months. I started tangling hearts as meditation or prayer, focusing on healing my heart with each stroke of the pen. I tangled in the hospital, in recovery, when frustrated, when I got good news or bad, when I was bored with TV or when I couldn’t sleep at night. As I tangled more, the hearts became small “thank you” presents to my medical team and friends, and a way for me to talk about the realities of living with a serious medical condition.



In true Zentangle fashion, the journey doesn’t end with just some random tiles. Nope. The tangling boosted my confidence, both in real life and as an artist, and led to experimentation with different mediums and patterns and pens. When the docs cleared me for regular activity I suddenly had new teaching gigs, my social media presence expanded, my heart grew exponentially as I was able to talk about my experiences, and now I’m guest blogging for The Diva! All from one very real and very tangled heart.



Weekly Challenge #324 "Tangled Heart"

In gratitude and appreciation for all we are and all we give to each other in this community, I invite you to create a tangled heart this week. Let’s show each other the love!

Start with a heart shape as your string and then tangle. I found some cut out hearts and traced those on my tiles for consistency, but do what works for you. Go whimsical with freehand hearts, put one on a tile or many, use color or not, go small with bijou or big with opus, tangle inside or outside the string, stick with the white tile or go black … whatever your heart calls you to do.

Here are a few examples to get your wheels turning:

 (tangled heart 4, 6, 7, 8)







Post your tile using The Diva’s linky wizard below. You can also use the hashtag #DC324 (Diva Challenge #324) and #tangledheart for your social media posts this week. Be sure to search those hashtags and double tap / love / show support for your fellow tanglers too! Trust me, they’ll be grateful.

I also invite you to follow me on social media: on the Zentangle Mosaic App I’m JessicaDaviesCZT, on Instagram you can find me as @saltedpinkstudio, and Facebook is a combo Salted Pink Studio -Jessica Davies CZT. (Someday I’ll get around to unifying all my accounts.) You can also reach me at jessica at saltedpinkstudio dot com if you’d prefer to send an email.

Thanks for hanging with me this week while The Diva takes a break, and I look forward to seeing your #tangledheart!

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, July 4, 2017

Weekly Challenge #323

Happy Tuesday All,
and a very happy Fourth of July to my neighbours to the south!

FINALLY FINALLY FINALLY - School is done for these kiddos.

Cutie

Patootie
 I am just a mix of emotions when it comes to the end of the school year.  Both boys had excellent reports from school, and i can't believe how far little Artoo has come this year.  It honestly makes my head spin.

And Chewie had such a great year as well, he participated in the school choir and was in the christmas play... i'm so proud of him.


End of the school year celebratory Ice Cream, as is tradition
 And so begins our summer vacation....

off to a good start

Artoo looks impressed


Before we get to this week's challenge i just want to let you all know that, as i've been known to do, i will be taking the summer off to frolic with my kiddos.  But don't worry, i have some amazing guest posts lined up for you, so i hope you come back each week and see what they have to offer!!

Weekly Challenge #323: "Home"
This past weekend we celebrated Canada Day - and not just any Canada Day, but the 150th Birthday of my Home and Native Land.

Canada Day in the Park
 I feel so fortunate to have been born here and to call this beautiful land my home...

Canada is as SWEET as this Cookie
 And just like any country we have made mistakes, but we've also made strides.

Listening to the band playing some TROOPER
 I love being Canadian.  Not everyone says "eh" or "aboot" but almost all of us say "sorry"and we get patriotic over our National Animal - the Noble Beaver, and our poutine (French fries smothered in cheese curds and gravy), our maple syrup, our Nanaimo Bars (sugary chocolatey tasty bar) our Butter Tarts, our Beaver Tails, our Ketchup or Dill Pickle Chips, uur Chocolate bars, our brown bread, our beer, our rye and gingers, the metric system, putting a U in Colour, saying ZED instead of ZEE, our loonies and toonies, and our smarties and our toques.

A group of Canadians is called a Moose of Canadians.  
 And while Canada Celebrates this BIG birthday, and my American friends celebrate their independence, think about what yYOUou love about YOUR home.  

This week's challenge is to create a tile that reflects your home.  This could be your country, or province/state, your city, your neighbourhood, your house, or the planet, the solar system, the galaxy or the whole universe.

Here is my Home Tile.

Oh Canada
Have a great day! and a Wonderful Summer!! please be sure to thank the guest poster's each week!

See ya'll in the fall.


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 #DC322(Diva Challenge #322) 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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