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. ;)

Monday, November 6, 2017

Weekly Challenge #340

Happy first Monday in November!

The boys had a super fun Halloween.

carving pumpkins - getting messy
 Neither boy was too keen to get their hands dirty while cleaning out their pumpkins, which i thought was crazy.  That was always my favourite part.

Artoo's scary pumpkin

Chewie shining the bat symbol
 The weather for Trick or treating was really gorgeous (for Saskatchewan) it was chilly but it wasn't windy - and we still had no snow!  So the boys were able to bundle up and stay warm under their costumes.

This year was the fist year that Chewie went out on Halloween with a bunch of friends (A mom chaperone went too) and he had so much fun and got so much candy that his pillow case broke.

My little ninja about to sit on his friend, the whoopie cusion while the Scream guy dabs, and the robot dude computes things. 
 Artoo was very excited to be Batman again this year, especially since Grandma found him this awesome Batman Costume!

He and i went trick or treating down our block and back, and then he was done for the night and happily gave out candy to trick or treaters who came to our house

na-na-na-na-na-na-na-na BATMAN!!!
 And then, around 9:30 when the kids were in bed, it started to snow.  And just like that: It was winter.  Like a switch!  It snowed over a foot the next few days, and Chewie and Luna have been having a great time running around and playing in the snow.

snow angel and snow dog

pretty girl
 On Sunday i took this kiddo to bowling because Chewie was bowling in a tournament in a nearby small town (they won bronze!) and after bowling i took Artoo to get his flu shot.  And he was very sad about that.  and that made me very sad.  SO we spent most of yesterday cuddling and watching Adventure Time together.
Cutie
 Weekly Challenge #340: UMT Wibble by Shawna Martin

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 Wibble, by Shawna Martin.  You can see the step outs here

Shawna did not submit this tangle, but i did come across it while doing Inktober Tangles and i loved it and wanted to play with it some more.

You can see all 31 of my Inktober Tangle bijou tiles here!!




Anyway, i thought i would give it another go - this time on a tan zendala tile.  Here's my tile.



I did not to a live stream this week because i've not been having much luck with Youtube live streaming.  The video just seems so choppy  BUT i did record me creating my challenge piece, which you can watch if you like! 


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 #DC340(Diva Challenge #340) 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 30, 2017

Weekly Challenge #339

Happy Monday everyone!
It's been another busy week here at Casa Diva

The nights are getting longer and the days are getting colder, and the only upside to winter is being awake for the sunrise.
The view from my Kitchen
 Day after day we are treated to these gorgeous sunrises.  This one was particularly incredible.

We also had our first Snow.  We got about 2 cm of snow, a little less than an inch, but it was gone by the next day.  Luna thought it was pretty swell, and she kept dive bombing into the tiny bits of snow on our walks - i can't wait to see what she does when we get a good dump of snow.
She doesn't seem to care that i'm cold.
 This week B-rad and i got to go to the Saskatchewan Arts Awards at the NEW ART GALLERY!!The Remai Modern! (Be prepared, i'm probably gonna post about it a lot cuz it's amazing and i love it)
Getting ready to mix and mingle
 I got to see some of my old friends from back when i had a job. lol.

Finally, seeing the sculpture from INSIDE the building
 This sculpture is called Prairie Wind, and the lights change colour.


 Also - how cool is this installation in the main hall - (it's made out of Venetian Blinds!)


Being cute, it's what we do.
 Bowling this week was Halloween themed, and so Batman, a Witch, and Mario had fun together.



 As well as this little witch and her two Ninja friends.


Artoo won Bowler of the Week, so he was really excited about that!  I'm really glad that he's having a great time bowling in a league.  Both of them.  

Weekly Challenge #339: "Hallow/autumn"
So this week i thought i'd do a little themed challenge because TOMORROW IS HALLOWEEN PEOPLE!! lol

Every year i think i'm going to be the one who goes all out and creates a really awesome costume, but inevitably that never happens. But the boys are pretty pumped about it, and why wouldn't they?? free candy?  

anyway.  This week the challenge is to get into the holiday spirit, or alternatively - to do a fall themed tile.  (To my friends who are into spring right now, feel free to do a spring themed tile if you like)

Here's mine!

Gourdgeous! 

I used a bit of acrylic gold ink in the background of my tile.

I also streamed this challenge on Youtube last night 


I know there was a bit of lag, i'm sorry about that.  I'm not really sure how to fix that, but it doesn't seem to be a problem when i just record instead of stream.  

Anyway,
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 #DC339(Diva Challenge #339) 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. ;)