Monday, February 12, 2018

Weekly Challenge #351

Happy Monday!

We are having another cold snap up here - another week of staying inside which means another week of cabin fever for me and the kiddos and the pup.

The big thing that happened in our home this week was Luna getting spayed.

So most of our week has been spent trying to keep her occupied, she's very sad and bored, and it's been so cold that we can't take her out to play or for walks.

It took her a few days to get used to navigating with her cone, but she adapted really quickly.

poor pupper
 To make sure she was safe in the evenings, B-rad or I have been sleeping with Luna in the basement

Sleeping beauty

more sleepy
 I'm sure she's looking forward to being done with the cone, i know i am.

Weekly Challenge #351: "Heart of a Champion" 

Well the 2018 Winter Olympics began this week - so in honour of that this week's challenge is to be inspired by the Olympics.

So i found inspiration from the Olympic rings - and keeping with my Heart Strings theme for February - i made my Olympic Rings from heart.


I learned the celtic knot technique from Sadelle Wiltshire's SkillShare class (you can find that here)

Here's the video of this week's challenge


have a great week
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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 #DC351 (Diva Challenge #351) 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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Monday, February 5, 2018

Weekly Challenge #350

Good morning everyone!

I hope you had a wonderful week.

So recently i got this amazing potted cup - i need to show you guys.  Look!!  
Isn't it beautiful?

so beautiful
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 I got it from Laura (Great Name!) at Turning True Studios - and if you want to see some great zentangle inspired potted vessels - you should check out her shop on etsy here.  I love using it as a wine cup - it has these great indentations that make it feel great in the hand.  Thank you Laura!!

 We are back into the deep freeze again - super cold, which means we are trying to find things inside to do, and again we are all kind of stir crazy.
Chewie drew a Chasm Fiend from The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson (We're reading it at bedtime) 
Can you believe these sunrises?



Another wintery day activity was newspaper pirate hat day 
Dad and Artoo


 Artoo was sick for most of the week - but a hightlight was when Artoo watched Star Wars (A New Hope) for the first time ever.  Chewie had been watching Star Wars since he was three, but this was the first time that Artoo seemed interested and he watched the whole thing, and even liked it!  So we are going to be working our way through the rest of the movies together.

the cutest... "Mom, someone's in my bed!"
Weekly Challenge #350: FEBRUARY - Heart Strings: UMT Rimana by Nadine Roller, CZT"

So this Month i've decided to add a bit of a theme to my tiles - all the challenges for February will be done with Heart shaped Strings!  

So in addition to the Heart String, it's also a Use My Tangle challenge - which happen on the first Monday of each month.  
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 Nadine Roller, a CZT from Cologne in Germany.  You can read her blog post and see the step outs for this tangle here

Here's my interpretation of her tangle




Here's the video - please feel free to like and comment on the videos and to subscribe to my channel to make sure you get notified when i post a new video!
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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 #DC350 (Diva Challenge #350) 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, January 29, 2018

Weekly Challenge #349

Hey guys!

I have spent over 4 hours trying to complete this week's challenge - to record the video, and i have tried and failed multiple times.  I'm not quite sure what's going on here, but i wanted to post the challenge, such as it is, to get you all started.

Weekly Challenge #349: "Official Tangle RUMPUS"

At Christmas time zentangle HQ released a series of youtube videos on their channel - for the 12 days of Zentangle and for their project pack series.  I had meant to follow along but it was a crazy time, so i'm just now trying to get through the videos.

one of the videos shows Maria demonstrating a new tangle called RUMPUS.  You can see that video here

This week's challenge is to use the tangle Rumpus in your tile.  You can do a monotangle, as i did, or you can incorporate it into a regular tile with many tangles!

I found this tangle to be quite fun to play with, and i'm sure i will revisit it again soon.

Fun Rumpus on a Renaissance Tile

The video is somewhere processing in the computersphere, i will come back and upload everything once it's ready.  Thanks for understanding... it's already midnight here. yawwwn

UPDATE!! Here's the video~


have a great week
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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 #DC349 (Diva Challenge #349) 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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Monday, January 22, 2018

Weekly Challenge #348

Good Monday Morning!!

Here's your challenge for this week


Weekly Challenge #348: "Moebius Syndrome Awareness Day"

This Wednesday, January 24th is Moebius Syndrome Awareness Day


For those of you who don't know, my son Artoo was diagnosed with Moebius Syndrome when he was born.


For all my new friends - Moebius Syndrome is a congenital nerve disorder affecting cranial VI and VII nerves controlling the lateral movement of his face.


 Moebius is a spectrum disorder - so some cases are more severe than others.



We've been extremely lucky that Artoo's symptoms haven't been too difficult to adjust to. 




Without going into too much detail about his condition; we deal with and have dealt with delayed developmental milestones, eating/feeding issues, club feet, low muscle tone - just to name a few things, and of course - being unable to deal with viruses and bacterias, he gets very sick. very fast.


Not a lot of people know about Moebius Syndrome, which is not surprising given the odds of having a child with Moebius is 1-2:1,000,000


yes.  you read right.  one million.  There's currently about 5,000 people on the planet with Moebius Syndrome 


When Artoo was first born and we'd take him to the hospital for emergencies, we'd tell the doctors that he has Moebius Syndrome and they would say: "What's that?"  We've had to become the experts on the syndrome, and the advocates for our child, finding our way through the haze of the medical system.


i also want to stress here that Moebius Syndrome is NOT A DISEASE, it's a disorder affecting his nerves.  The word disease implies that he is sick, or that he could 'get better'.   A lot of people assume that people who have Moebius Syndrome are mentally disabled because of their facial paralysis.  This is simply not true.  It does not affect intelligence, in fact - Artoo is really super smart. And he'll be the FIRST to tell you so. 



He's now 7.5 years old and in the second grade!  He's incredibly smart, and he really loves to sing and dance. He writes the most amazing stories and draws pictures - and it's not uncommon to find him in his room reading or making his own comic books.



He's in his third year of piano lessons and he loves listening to Weird Al Yankovic and Fitz and the Tantrums. 
He also bowls in a league with his friend Ellaina - and he likes to bounce on the trampoline.  


One of the "BEST DAYS OF MY LIFE" was when he and i went to see Fitz and the Tantrums in concert this summer. 


If you ask him what he'd like to be when he grows up, he will currently tell you he wants to be a musician and an author.


While he still has a ways to go, he is getting braver at trying new things and having new experiences... 

Like swimming in the lake and going on the tube, or camping out in the backyard in the summer with just his brother



To raise awareness for this disorder is this week's Challenge. Use the Moebius Syndrome Foundation's logo as your string, or create a moebius strip out of paper and tangle that... or some other awesome creative thing that i haven't thought of.

Here's two versions of the logo for you to work with.  You can print them or trace them or draw your own.


If you are going to post your piece to Instagram please tag me (@iamthediva), and  consider using the hashtag: #MSAD2018


OH, also - the colour for MSAD is Purple, so if you want to incorporate purple into your tile, feel free.  Please consider wearing purple on Wednesday, in support of Artoo - The first baby to attend a CZT Conference in utero! :D.




If you do, and you'd like to send me a photo, you can post it to the Challenge Facebook Page with hashtag #MSAD2016

Thank you everyone for being so supportive of our family!! it means so much to us.

have a great week
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So before i end this week's post - i just wanted to say thank you to everyone who liked and shared my post on facebook this week.  It seems that facebook dropped my page from it's radar or changed its algorithm, or both, and my post about last week's challenge only got one view - where it typically gets a few thousand organic engagements.  Facebook has also been pretty aggressive lately about asking me to pay to boost my posts, but that's not something i can do - being a stay at home, unemployed, mom.  Once the word got out it seemed that LITERALLY thousands of people messaged me to tell me that they thought that i had quit issuing challenges all together because they were not being notified by facebook each week.   I'm still here!! i promise!


This is my facebook page (click link) - a few people have suggested that facebook doesn't spread posts that have clickable links to outside websites as often so i will try directing people to my website link on facebook.  So please be sure to like the facebook page but also to follow it to make sure you receive my posts in your feed - if facebook is your jam.   Also - if you want to follow my youtube page - make sure you click the little bell on my page to get notified when i post a new video (if it's any incentive to you - i generally post the videos on Sunday Nights.... BEFORE the monday morning blog post goes live... so you'd get a bit of a head start)

(liking and sharing my posts is also appreciated.... but none of this is necessary) my thanks to all of you have been liking and sharing.  love love love.


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 #DC348
(Diva Challenge #348) 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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Monday, January 15, 2018

Weekly Challenge #347

Good Morning everyone, and greetings from the Deep Freeze!!

B-rad had a great birthday on Monday - Artoo and i baked him a chocolate cake and we sang happy birthday and blew out the candles (twice....)


singing happy birthday....
 We've been in the middle of an arctic freeze up here in Saskatoon - all week our temperatures were waaaaaaaaay cold.... and my phone kept binging at all hours of the day and night with extreme temperature alerts.  (For the record... -40 C is the same as -40 F.... it's cold)

We haven't gotten out much this week, and the dog is a bit stir crazy and so are the kiddos which, in turn, makes mama a bit coocoobananas.

brrrrr



BRRRRRR
There was this ONE day this week that Luna and i got to go for a bit of a walk
She was super happy about that.
 I had a bit of a belated Christmas gift arrive this week - which included, among other things, this amazingly cozy sherpa blanket (which has been stolen by Artoo) and this amazing Bob Ross board game!!  OMG.  I can't even.

who wants to come over for game night?
 Luna and i have been hanging out inside a bit much this week, i think she thinks she's people.

Not very lady-like, young lady. 
And in case you thought the kids vanished this week:
Chewie plays Lacrosse for the Saskatchewan RUSH..... watch out.


 This weekend Chewie, Artoo and I had a playdate in the art studio - and we each painted a beautiful masterpiece.  Artoo was very proud of his, and Chewie was just so amazed at the way each water colour reacted to the next... it was super fun to watch them loving art.

INTENSE FOCUS

SO FUN
 The weather is SUPPOSED to warm up this week - it's a testament to how cold it gets here when we start to think that -12C (10.4F) is tropical... so everyone cross your fingers and toes and hope that we warm up, at least a little.  thanks!



Weekly Challenge #347: "String Theory - Traced objects"

This week's challenge is a string challenge - and it's super fun, in my opinion.  To create this week's tile - use found objects around you and trace them onto your tile to create your string.

Here are the items i used:

Starbucks Coffee cup lid, Sealing wax, a date stamp and my Prismacolor Scholar eraser
Using randomly found objects is a fun way to break out of a string related rut - something i find myself in quite often.  I don't know about you but i tend to do a variation on a theme for my strings, and sometimes i find the string the hardest part about creating a tile at all!  So, random objects will help you create a string that is completely different from what you normally do - and that's rad.

I recorded a process video which you can watch here



Here's my finished tile

i really like this tile.
It's like a sampling of all my favourite tangles!!

So before i end this week's post - i just wanted to say thank you to everyone who liked and shared my post on facebook this week.  It seems that facebook dropped my page from it's radar or changed its algorithm, or both, and my post about last week's challenge only got one view - where it typically gets a few thousand organic engagements.  Facebook has also been pretty aggressive lately about asking me to pay to boost my posts, but that's not something i can do - being a stay at home, unemployed, mom.  Once the word got out it seemed that LITERALLY thousands of people messaged me to tell me that they thought that i had quit issuing challenges all together because they were not being notified by facebook each week.   I'm still here!! i promise!


This is my facebook page (click link) - a few people have suggested that facebook doesn't spread posts that have clickable links to outside websites as often so i will try directing people to my website link on facebook.  So please be sure to like the facebook page but also to follow it to make sure you receive my posts in your feed - if facebook is your jam.   Also - if you want to follow my youtube page - make sure you click the little bell on my page to get notified when i post a new video (if it's any incentive to you - i generally post the videos on Sunday Nights.... BEFORE the monday morning blog post goes live... so you'd get a bit of a head start)

(liking and sharing my posts is also appreciated.... but none of this is necessary) my thanks to all of you have been liking and sharing.  love love love.


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 #DC347(Diva Challenge #347) 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, January 8, 2018

Weekly Challenge #346

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!  It's another fabulous year for creating tangles, donchya think?

It's so nice to be back from the Christmas Break - but it was nice to have the time off as well.  We were super busy, as everyone tends to be in the weeks before Christmas.  

and now i will slam you with photos of my kids being adorable....

Snow Man day at school
 The last week of school was Spirit Week and so each day the boys had something different and fun happening.   My favourite was Snowman Day - they looked so great.

Hugging and catching Pokemon

Me and my beautiful mama playing cards on Christmas Eve
 On Christmas Eve we make appetizers and watch The Muppet Christmas Carol - it's one of our few traditions, but i've watched The Muppet Christmas Carol on Christmas Eve every years since 1996.  The boys both love it, and Grandma and Grandpa came over and watched with us.  The boys were both super excited to go to bed so they could get up in the morning.  They are seriously the best part of Christmas.
Christmas Morning cuteness

Christmas morning excitement
Somebody loves peanut butter and cayenne pepper - Spice Butter, he calls it. 

World's biggest Fitz and the Tantrums fan

Brothers reading together

That's frost on my hood from my breath
 The week of Christmas we were experiencing ridiculous cold temperatures.  It was so cold that we were under extreme weather warnings with temps of below -40 some days! *and i know that's where F and C meet up, so.... yep.  It was cold.
Went to see the Wizard of Oz with my crew (my nephew, my Sister in Law, my brother's girlfriend, and also my mom) 
Chewie and Uncle Rico enjoyed some quality time
A highlight for the boys was having their Uncle come and stay for the Christmas break - and he was here for just over a week.

HAPPY NEW YEAR
 On New Year's Eve the 'party' (i use that word loosely) was at our place.  2 of my 3 brothers came over along with my niece and my brother's gf, and we played board games, and Mario Kart, and stayed up until Midnight!  The boys were super excited to stay up until the new year rolled in

this is such an accurate family photo. 

 As soon as the clock hit 12:00, though, Artoo announced that he was tired and he would be going to bed now.  lol.

This handsome boy made it all the way to midnight on New Year's Eve
 B-rad had the whole week off and so we really enjoyed the holiday this year.  Except that one by one, we all got sick with a tummy bug - thankfully no one was sick on Christmas Day, but Chewie was sick all night of the 23rd and most of the morning of the 24.... and then B-rad and i were both sick on the 26th.... and my brother who was staying with us also was sick that night (Never have i ever in my entire life been so happy to have three bathrooms as i was that night).... we thought that it would miss Artoo, but on the 30th he started complaining that his tummy felt bad - and so it hit him too, in the end.  And while it really sucked that we were all sick - it also made for a very low key holiday with lots of relaxing and watching movies and just generally lazing around in pyjamas all day.
Pupper Snuggles.

Weekly Challenge #346: "DuoTangle Phicops vs. Huggins"
For the first week back - the first week of the new year, i thought i'd do a pretty relaxed challenge - a duotangle - and as is tradition to celebrate B-rad's birthday (which is today, Jan 8) one of those tangles will be his tangle PHICOPS (link to step outs) and the other will be Huggins (link to step outs)

A Duotangle is a term coined here at Casa Diva for a tile that uses only two tangles and their variations.  

Here's mine



I've also managed to record my process - you can watch that here



Excuse the amazing manicure.... lol

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 #DC346(Diva Challenge #346) 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. ;)