Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Weekly Challenge #376

Good morning everyone! first of all, i want to apologize for my lack of Mr. Linkey last week!  i'm not sure what happened, i have really been exhausted these past few weeks and i think it's starting to show. lol

There is a Mr. Linkey this week though!

So, i wanted to share a few pictures with you from my trip to Ontario for TangleON back in October. but i'm going to make this quick.  i think i may upload more photos to  my facebook page though.

I had such a great time and met some really amazing people!!

our second home may or may not have been the Irish Harp pub across the street

Brenda - the lady with the master plan
The event was in Niagra on the Lake which is really just an adorable little town - and Brenda had us in the most beautiful Hotel ever..... i seriously had over a 1000 photos on my phone when i got home from Ontario...

HEY ROOMIE!!! (kisses to you, m'dear!!)

selfies all around

Brenda even got a photo of me....GASP....teaching!!

I had the world's most awesome Tour Guide - Yvonne!!! 
So, i was so lucky to have Yvonne Westover as my tourguide, and not only that but she opened up her home to me for the extra days i was in town and she's wonderful and i luff her.

Okay, so really i could probably write about this experience for ages - but the thing about this blog is that more often than not i am working on my post into the wee hours of Sunday night (or Monday night in today's case) - case in point, it's currently 11:24 pm on Monday night (in fact - i can tell you that last week when i forgot the linkey machine i was literally falling asleep at my computer).  It seems that the days are getting harder to find those little windows of tangling time and i have to cram everything into one night to make sure i have something to post for you each Monday morning.

I still wrestle each week with what i should share - how much i should share, does anyone care about the weekly recap or am i just doing that for myself at this point? is the recap of interest to anyone, should i just cut to the chase and get to the challenge? Maybe i should skip the recap entirely and just post the challenge.... this is what i think each week, and have done each week for the last almost eight years of this blog.

So, any kind of feedback is appreciated.  what do you like, what don't you like, what would you like to see more of or less of, do you want a facebook group, or are there already eleventy-billion of those? if you have an idea, now is your time to shine baby!!

Weekly Challenge #376: String Theory and maybe a mosaic

So, when i landed in Toronto back in October, my new BFF Yvonne picked me up from the airport and brought me home like a stray kitten, she fed me and watered me, and then 45 minutes later her home was filled with some wonderful CZTs from the Toronto area!  She had arranged for some of the CZTs who weren't going to be attending TangleON to come to her home and i got to hang out with the best ladies.


Together we all tangled the tangle of that day for Inktober tangles, which was Dewd, but she had us al use the same string, which basically was two semi circles on the corners of a tile.  She had us all line our circles up with a tile she had already done so that when we were done we could assemble the tiles into a really cool mosaic. 

So this week's challenge is the two semi circle string that Yvonne taught me!  I've been having some fun with it, and this week i couldn't do just one, i ended up doing 2 complete tiles and finishing one i had started in Ontario so i could have 4 tiles to put together into a mosaic.  

If you're going to try to do a mosaic make sure that your start and end points of your circles line up before you tangle them.

i started with 4 little hash marks 

and drew the semi circles in the corners

top left is the tile i completed at Yvonne's - the one on the top right i started in a coffee shop in Cambridge ON, and the bottom two are from last night
 I tried to make sure that the circles lined up so that the mosaic would work - but literally the challenge is just the ONE tile with the two semi circle string - so i leave it up to you to do as much or as little as you like.
one i completed for this challenge

the one i started in ontario and finished yesterday

another new one i completed for this week's challenge

the dewd tile i completed at Yvonne's house

Mosaic Number One

Mosaic Number Two

 I had so much fun with this SIMPLE string, that i'm probably going to come back at some point and revisit the concept.

thanks for everything Yvonne, including this string, and thanks you guys for hanging in there guys.


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 #DC376 (Diva Challenge #376) 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 5, 2018

Weekly Challenge #375

Good morning all! 

first of all, i am feeling SOOOO much better!!  There's still a bit of a lingering cough every now and then, but i'm basically back to 100%. 

It was a pretty busy week with Karate and Halloween festivities - and Chewie bowled in a tournament this weekend out of town (ROAD TRIP!)

It's been go go goooOOOOoOOooOOOoOOoOooOOoOoO


Artoo was so excited to wear his Weird Al Costume to school on Halloween... i think mostly it's because not only does he look amazing, it gave him a reason and an IN to talk to his friends about Weird Al. 
The cutest little Weird Al you ever did see.
 Luna joined in the fun and kept this little cpstume on for about 20 minutes.

Chewie as a Creepy Dude Guy

Happy Harms Fam
 Chewie was excited to go trick or treating with his friends - just like last year.  So i did the block with Artoo and he treated every person at every door with a little accordian Trick or Treat song that her read himself. 


Weekly Challenge #375: "UMT - Burtz by Fabienne Blumberg
This month's Use My Tangle challenge features the tangle Burtz by Fabienne Blumberg..  It's so cute fun fun to draw yes - i like my 'little lines....

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...




The step outs for this tangle Burtz can be 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 #DC35 (Diva Challenge #375) 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 29, 2018

Weekly Challenge #374

Hey all, welcome to this week's challenge - i have been out of commission all week with Bronchitis... and i've been trying to get everything organized for Artoo's birthday party this weekend.  I am exhausted, but it went off pretty great.  Artoo had a great time and all the kids had fun and i just might sleep for three hundred years.  Let's get to it.

Weekly Challenge #374: Splotch-Tastic
For this week's challenge we very lightly dabble into mixed media - take two tiles (or two papers or two pages in a journal, etc.) and splotch a blob of paint or paint type substance between them!  You can use paint, or gesso, or coffee, or tea, or wine... after they dry, tangle away!

for my splotch i used black gesso


I really enjoy black gesso - it has a nice tooth and a good surface for the white gelly roll.




You don't have to tangle them both - but you totally can!  

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 #DC374 (Diva Challenge #374) 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 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. ;)