Monday, October 22, 2018

Weekly Challenge #373

Good Morning! Welcome to this week's challenge!

I am home now from Ontario, i arrived late Saturday night and yesterday i spent the day catching up with my boys so haven't had time to really decompress from the trip and to adjust back to my time zone...

This is the first time i've logged onto my computer in a few days.  I haven't downloaded all my pictures from the week, but i will and then i will share some with you.

BUT i will say that my trip was fantastic, and i had such a great time visiting with some CZTs that i hadn't met before (Some i got to know more than others)

BEFORE i get to today's challenge i wanted to share some exciting products with you: My friend Cori owns and operates Jot! - a hand made leather journal cover and accessory shop.  She was on Etsy but has since moved her store to an online shop (follow the link)

I've owned several of Cori's covers and they are so wonderful.  I am actually a Product Rep for your store -- i have been for a few months now.  And so before i went to TangleON i asked Cori if she could come up with some kind of leather wallet to hold zentangle tiles!  So after a bit of back and forth she came up with the Tangle Jot, which i gave away as a door prize at TangleOn to a lucky CZT.

It's made with undyed leather so you can tangle easily on the outside - Here's mine all tangled up that i took with me to TangleOn




There are still a few left in her Shop, including 2 wallets that are considered seconds because they have very minor flaws - if you're interested you can order one for yourself or get some early shopping done for Christmas!  The best part is that they are Canadian Made, and in Canadian dollars.  So if you're Canadian there's no tricky exchange or insane shipping to worry about, and if you're from the US or Europe - you just might get a treat when you factor in YOUR exchange rate!  

And as an added bonus, you can use my code: IAMTHEDIVA during checkout for 10% off your entire order.  You might want to give her entire shop a little look-see, i have journal covers in many sizes as well one of her pen rolls and a pen sleeve, they're ALL QUALITY!!  

Okay, enough product placement...for now....

So this week's Challenge is....

Weekly Challenge #373: "Non Dominant Tangling!"
Yes, i know!  I hear you groaning from the back of the room... but hear me out.

So one of the things i did during my workshop was to have the participants tangle with their non-dominant hand.  And because i had them captive in a room, they all did it.

I know that over the almost 8 years that i've been blogging, there has been a very strong divide among my readers, those who love this particular challenge, and those who hate it.

If you're one of those who love it - go ahead and get started, but if you're one who doesn't let me invite you to give it a try... i extra challenge you to COMPLETE this challenge, and when you feel frustrated to remind yourself to take a deep breath, to go slow, and to take a moment to maybe appreciate your DOMINANT hand. 

My advice, if you're skeptical, is to trust the PROCESS here and forget about the product.  This tile may not be pretty, but it's okay.  Allow yourself to make something 'ugly'.  Allow yourself to slow down.  You may want to use a larger nib if you have one, or you may want to use simple tangles instead of complicated ones, and i would also suggest that you tangle larger to help with the awkwardness of holding the pen, don't forget to turn your tile.


my left handed tile, done at TangleOn
Don't worry, you got this.

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 #DC373 (Diva Challenge #373) 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, October 15, 2018

Weekly Challenge #372

Good Morning from Beautiful Niagra on the Lake!!

I am here in Niagra on the Lake for TangleON, - a CZT Retreat - and i'm pretty excited.  I have been having a wonderful time with Yvonne Westover, a fellow CZT and a kick ass Hostess.  She's been my personal tour guide and chauffeur since i arrived on Saturday morning. 


this is our hotel in Niagra on the Lake

and i may or may not have had a few drinks in this amazing Irish Pub where i ate this amazing food....


And i have to get up early for breakfast tomorrow - so let's get to the challenge!

Weekly Challenge #372 "DEWD"
So, one of the tangles for Inktober Tangles this past week was Dewd, which is a fun little organic pattern.  On Saturday afternoon, after my flight in, Yvonne had some of the Ontario CZTs in for a Tangle afternoon and we all worked on Dewd, as an added bonus we all used this great string, that is amazing together as a mosaic.

Happy tanglers!
Here's my tile


So this week, if you haven't already, give Dewd a whirl!  You can watch my video from my inktober tangles series here




Have a great week everyone, big big thanks to Yvonne for the challenge this week!

See you guys next week!
And if you're on the Zentangle Mosaic App or Instagram - i'm @iamthediva - come on by and follow me, and i'm going to be using hashtags on the app for each of my weekly challenges. So if you're game - use the hashtag #DC372 (Diva Challenge #372) 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, October 9, 2018

Weekly Challenge #371

Good Tuesday Morning everyone!
This weekend Canadians celebrated Thanskgiving - and i am so thankful for my little family.

Artoo And Luna play in the leaves

 We had some nice weather so we tackled our backyard as a family - which led to some complaining about having to "work so hard" but in the end Chewie and Artoo and I ended up singing Weird Al Polkas which made the leaf clean up go a little bit faster.

Chewie - hard at work.
 We had dinner with my side of the family on Saturday, where we laughed and ate too much....


and then we went to the nearby park and took some family pictures and the kids ran around and climbed trees...


So thankful for this sexy beast
 and one of my favourite Thanksgiving traditions is the making of the scrapbook page - each year since 2007 we have each made a page of what we are thankful for and it goes in the family scrapbook.  It's so fun to look back at some of the pages over the years, like my older brother being thankful for Sex Drugs and Rock and Roll 3 years in a row.

Grandma and Auntie Shea and the kiddos working on their pages
Sunday was a day of decluttering and organizing the kids' rooms, which never happened over the summer cuz we were super busy

and then Monday, the temperature dropped to -3C (26F) and we got a little bit of snow, and we drove out to B-rad's parents for our Thanksgiving with the Harms Family.

Weekly Challenge #371 "Onion Drops"
This week's Challenge is to use the tangle Onion Drops.  It's one of the tangles for Inktober Tangles (list of prompts by Stephanie Jennifer)  I admit that this is a bit of a cheat for me since i just did this tangle for my Inktober videos, but i had never done this tangle before and i kind of love it - so i thought i'd share it with you guys too!!  (Step outs for Onion Drops)



i've been attempting to do videos of each day through Inktober, so be sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel by clicking on the little "BELL" to make sure you're notified when i post new content.  :)

So this week try out Onion Drops in your tile! It doesn't have to be a monotangle.

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 #DC371 (Diva Challenge #371) 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, October 2, 2018

Weekly Challenge #370

Hey Guys!
Happy Late Challenge day,

Over the weekend i took myself on a bit of a road trip to visit my friend Christine and her family, for their oldest's birthday party!  My job was to paint all the faces of the 10 seven(ish) year old children!


But i also got a nice visit in, and Christine and Fam took me one of their favourite places to eat, which just happened to be on the edge of a Lake, with gorgeous scenery and we wandered up and down the beach talking and picking up cool looking rocks.



Then Christine drove me out into the middle of nowhere so i could sketch this church
Our Lady of Assumption

it's a very cool looking church, on the site of one of the first Hungarian settlements in Western Canada.

my final sketch in my journal

It was fun to play with two of my favourite little humans, i get to see them on a fairly regular basis on facetime, but it was nice to be able to hug them and play Princess Cat Castle with them.

performing my Auntly Duties
 On Birthday Party day the girls 'helped' me 'get ready' - which was more like the game of "How Many Clips Can We Put in Auntie Laura's Hair?" the answer was lots.

Then i started on my long drive back home.  I was feeling a little sleepy on the way home so i stopped on the side of the road by this amazing old empty Ukrainian Church - got out of the car and stretched a bit, the air was cold (-2C/ 28.5F) and it helped to wake me up a bit.

Insinger, SK
I got home quite late, and i had good intentions of getting my post written in the morning yesterday, but the day got away from me, there were so many errands to run - groceries to be shopped for, meals to be made - and on top of all that it appears that my boys finally decided to share their colds with me.  Nice kids. 

So.  

Here we go. 

Weekly Challenge #370: "UMT - Mezzanine by HeidiSue
This month's Use My Tangle challenge features the tangle Mezzanine by Heidi Sue.  It's so cute, and it makes a great "statement" tangle!  You can find the step outs HERE

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...


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 #DC370 (Diva Challenge #370) 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. ;)


Sunday, September 30, 2018

This week's Post....

....will be late.

Long story short - i was out of town this weekend and got home late (it's 10 o'clock and i've been driving for 4.5 hours) so once i get some sleep and get my kids out the door tomorrow i can sit down and get it for you.  : )

thanks!!!

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. ;)