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. ;)



Monday, December 11, 2017

Weekly Challenge #345

Happy Monday everyone!

Artoo and i made it through our first nasty cold of the season with no trips to the ER (for Artoo...or me for that matter) so that's a huge victory in our books.

We're getting pretty excited for Christmas around here and the boys are pretty keen to let me know how many days are left until the fat man cometh.

Last week i started volunteering in Artoo's class, and i was delighted that my first day there the kids were learning the proper way to write a letter... which is so awesome cuz i love writing letters.



 One of the boys' favourite spots to find our elf last week was in the fridge next to the mustard.  They both thought it was so funny - especially since Chewie opened the fridge to get milk for his cereal and didn't notice him.  It wasn't until Artoo opened the fridge to get something that Elfybulla was discovered.


I think i'm almost done my holiday shopping - but i always seem to forget someone.... my friend Tara and i went to the local art/pen shop to make our shopping lists for santa ;)


and the biggest thing that happened this week was Luna finally discovering the joys of the dog park

so many pupper friends!!
 We've had some really great weather this week, so Luna and i have been heading to the park so she can burn off some winter energy.  I love watching her run, and you can really see the 'shepherd' in her when she tries to round up all the other dogs.

Weekly Challenge #345: Happy Holidays! 
This week marks the last weekly challenge of 2017.  As is tradition, i take the last couple of weeks off to play with my kids and do family Christmas stuff.  Our calendar is already JAM PACKED with parties and gatherings and Christmas concerts, so it's one less thing on my plate.  BUT FEAR NOT!! for i shall return on the first monday of 2018, which is January 8th (B-rad's b-day for those of you who've been around since the beginning!)

AND speaking of the beginning.... this little blog and my little challenge turns 7 next week!  **SEVEN**

Seven years of challenges.  Can you even believe it??  it's insane.  We've come a long way folks!  Thanks for being here with me each week, whether you're new here, a casual tangler, or one of my die hards who've been here since the beginning (hi sue)


So this week's challenge is to create a holiday tile, or a zendala... and if you want to give it away to someone - that's awesome too.  (I think i'm giving mine to my mother in law)
I hope you have a wonderful holiday season and i'll catch ya'll back here in 2018!



I managed to record this week's tile, it's a long one ;)

Enjoy
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 #DC345(Diva Challenge #345) 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, December 4, 2017

Weekly Challenge #344

Good Morning friends
 Happy first Monday of December... it honestly feels like it's still february sometimes... where did this year go?

With December comes the many Christmas concerts at school - Chewie is in Senior Choir this year, which he's really excited about.  The choir concert was great, and we're so proud of him.

Chewie and I at his choir concert
The boys were super excited about the return of our family Elf, Elfybulla!


This weekend was very low key - as Artoo and i are both sick.

Artoo and Luna chillin' watching the Muppets while B-rad and Chewie went bowling this weekend
I can tell when Artoo is really feeling crummy, because he becomes a snuggler and finds his way into my lap, like he did for most of Sunday afternoon.

So far, he's doing well - and i am suffering the most.  It's a head cold, but each time i sneeze if feels as though i'm about to crack my ribs.  I'm really exhausted. 

Weekly Challenge #344: "UMT: Afterglo by Carole Ohl"
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 is called Afterglo, by Carole Ohl.  You can see the step outs here

I chose this tangle because it's sorta Christmassy... it reminds me of snowflakes, or stars, or poinsettias... 

i used an ATC tile for this tile
No video tonight because i am quite sick.  

Also, i want to dedicate this week's challenge to a member of the zentangle community who passed away recently.  Please keep Vonnie's family in your thoughts.

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have fun with this tangle, it's one of my faves!

Enjoy

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 #DC344(Diva Challenge #344) 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, November 27, 2017

Weekly Challenge #343

Hey everyone,
hope you all had a wonderful weekend.  Happy Thanksgiving to my friends to the South.

We had very awesome weather this week, and the boys and i took advantage of it!

The Sky is on Fire!
 We don't often have the right type of snow for snowmen here in Saskatchewan.  It's generally too cold and dry and the snow doesn't stick to itself.  So when we had a few days of above freezing temps we got our snow man on.

what a beautiful family 
Obligatory dog photo

 Chewie and B-rad went to a hockey game with some friends and had a great time being silly

good times 
Don't worry little dude, the tree looks great, the elf will love it. 
Artoo has been asking us each day for the past week when we can put up the Christmas Tree.  He has been very concerned that we get the tree up in time for our Elf Elfybulla to come visit. 






Weekly Challenge #343: "New Official Tangle Dewd"
A little while ago the good peeps at Zentangle HQ released their Project Pack videos, which included a video of Maria demonstrating the new tangle Dewd.  


It is a super fun tangle, it took me a bit to get the hang of.  
here's my tile.

(There's no video this week, because my arm and wrist have been so sore lately.  i tried to make a video but i had to keep stopping to take breaks.)  



 Enjoy

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 #DC343(Diva Challenge #343) 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, November 20, 2017

Weekly Challenge #342

Happy Monday all

thank you for all the well wishes last week regarding my hand/wrist/arm/shoulder pain.  It has been a pretty low-key week for me, and i wore my brace quite a bit this week to keep my hand rested.  It's been a very sad week though, because even just holding a pen to sign my name was very painful.  It still hurts quite a bit and my hand is most definitely weak.

There aren't even any photos on my phone!!

Can you believe it? I can, like i said - i haven't done much this week.  :(

I did go see the new Murder on the Orient Express which i thought was okay.  I enjoyed the cinematography, and the way they filmed on the train.  I didn't know the story going in, so i found the mystery part intriguing.

I also went to a flea market this weekend with my brother's girlfriend - which was a little like walking through a hall full of garage sales.  The quality of items ranged from junk to antiques, and i ended up just purchasing a box of old books.  I told the woman that she wouldn't like what i was going to do with them  (Because i rip the pages out and use them for collage sheets)

LOL she gave me a pained look and then said: "Well, you can do what you want with them, i guess.  They're yours now"

Weekly Challenge #342: "Duotangle: Paradox vs Bunzo"
This week's challenge is a Duotangle!! these challenges are truly my faves.  I'm always so impressed with the new and exciting ways you make the tangles interact with each other!!

If you're new here, a Duotangle is the term i coined here on this blog to refer to a tile or piece using ONLY TWO SPECIFIC TANGLES.

This particular duotangle challenge is to use the two tangles Paradox and Bunzo in your tile. 


This is my contribution
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and here's the YouTube video! 



Enjoy

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 #DC342(Diva Challenge #342) 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, November 14, 2017

Weekly Challenge #341

Hey all!
happy Tuesday

This weekend Canadians observed Remembrance Day on November 11th, which is a Stat Holiday in Saskatchewan, so B-rad had Monday off in lieu of the 11th.  We spent the weekend outside tobogganing with the kids and drinking hot chocolates and going to the new Remai Modern Art Gallery.
Check me out

So ^^ This is what;s happening in my life right now.  I have had increasing pain in my hand/wrist/forearm/shoulder and it was getting to the point that even gripping a pen was very painful.  So i'm 'resting" my arm - which makes it extremely difficult to do anything, including type.  So i will just share some pics and go straight to the challenge.







Weekly Challenge #341 "Go Big (Or Go Home)"
This week the challenge is to work bigger!

For my tile i used a zentangle Apprentice tile (which is 4.5"x4.5") and a Sakura Identipen (1.0 m) - both considerably larger than my 'normal' tiles which are 3" squares and my 01 pen.

It's interesting how i viewed the space differently when i was tangling larger.

here's my tile



So i used larger tools and materials, but i also made my tangles quite a bit larger than i would normally.   While you are tangling take a few minutes to notice what you feel and how you are approaching the piece.  Does it feel weird? Is it difficult? Does it feel like your sweet spot?  Taking a moment just to notice this, but don't dwell too much on it.


I filmed a process video which i will link when it finishes uploading.

Enjoy

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 #DC341(Diva Challenge #341) 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. ;)