Monday, December 10, 2018

Weekly Challenge #379

Happy Monday!!

This will be the last challenge of 2018 because i'm taking the rest of the month off with the craziness of the December.  As is tradition.

Don't worry, i'll be back in January!! 

Weekly Challenge #379: "HOLIDAZE" 
This week's challenge is to be inspired by the Holidays!  In whatever that means to you!  In our house we are having so much fun with our Elf on the Shelf, and on the weekend the boys and i sang Christmas carols at the piano...

The boys wanted to make some latkes, so we got a recipe from our friend Elisa and made them together...
The most delicious latkes
The Verdict? We all loved them and the boys want me to make them every day.... lol 

I made Santa's favourite cookies, - they're Ricotta cookies, in case you were wondering. 

Rainbow Sprinkles are a must
 This week Artoo had three school choir performances!  They are such a cute little group - from grades 3-8.  It's pretty impressive how they have so many pieces memorized, and i was a little weepy by the end.

A performance at a care home last week - my little dude is in the front on the far left... red scarf
Artoo has been working on a little cold, but he really really wanted to perform in his choir, so on Friday morning i took him home after his performance, and we watched The Greatest Showman (again)

So this week create a Holiday tile! I made mine on a renaissance zendala - and the picture really doesn't do it justice, but it's soooo sparkly - from the the sakura stardust glitter pen. 

so sparkly
So that's it for this year everyone! Have a very merry and festive holiday season, and i'll catch y'all on the flip side in 2019!!

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 #DC379 (Diva Challenge #379) 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 3, 2018

Weekly Challenge #378

Happy First Monday of December!! 

in just a few short weeks this blog will turn 8.   I can hardly believe it - eight years and almost 400 weeks of challenges.  It's pretty incredible!

And only a few weeks left of 2018 before we start the New Year.

The boys have been going crazy with Christmas movies and wanting to do Christmassy stuff.

little flautist
 Chewie had his first ever Band Concert this week - he plays the flute, and there's something magical about the honks and squeaks of a fifth grade concert band that i just find so endearing.  But no squeaks or honks to be heard from the flute section. :D  He did such a great job.

RETURN OF ELFYBULLA

Early Saturday morning i had to go and moonlight making donuts again, so i missed Elfbulla's grand entrance, but i took a photo after the fact.  Apparently Elfybulla had an Elf Christmas party the night of November 30th and lost track of time, and then on his way up the tree he heard someone coming down the stairs and just froze.  The boys figured that he probably heard me get up at 5 to make donuts.

Artoo and I watchingn Christmas movies
 Artoo was feeling a bit under the weather this weekend, but i think he's going to be okay.  Lots of rest and christmas shows and i think we're good to go.

Destruction is a family job.
 Sunday afternoon B-rad and i decided to just get rid of our entry way closet.  Just knock it down and make more space - and the boys decided to help tear down the wall, it was kind of fun.

All done for the day 
So we managed to clear out the old closet, and Monday b-rad is going to the store to get a bit of supplies for patching up the walls.  I'm super exited about it.  \\\


Weekly Challenge #378:" UMT 123 O'Leary by Antonine"

This month's Use My Tangle challenge features the tangle 123 O'Leary by Antonine..  

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...

**Edit** Sorry guys i forgot the link this morning... 
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 #DC378 (Diva Challenge #378) 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 19, 2018

Weekly Challenge #377

Good Morning everybody!

First i wanted to thank everyone who weighed in last week on the format of the challenge and this blog.  i really appreciate your input and i think what i've taken away from it is that I have placed entirely TOO MANY rules upon myself and this blog.  Going forward i think my plan is to update you on my life if there's something cool to share, rather than stress about a weekly recap every week.  (honestly a lot of weeks are really boring)

and on the times when everything is crazy i will allow myself to just post a challenge, or not - or take a week off if i need it, and i guess i will just play it by ear, week to week.

All of these "THINGS" that i had to do with my blog were all self imposed and there's no reason for this blog to be a source of stress in my life, it should be fun.  right?

right.

To that end, this week's post is short and sweet! It's sunday night, 8pm - and I have been up since 3am (I am doing a bit of donut bakery moonlighting to help out a friend and make a bit of Christmas cash) and i am beat.

So here's your challenge for this week!

Weekly Challenge: #377: Duotangle - Fengle vs Poke Root
So it's pretty sweet, if you're new here you  might not know this, but the term Duotangle originated here on my blog in my early challenges back in 2009.  And now it's part of the zentangle lexicon!  If you don't know what a duotangle is, it's a tile done using ONLY TWO tangles and their tangleations.

In this challenge, specifically, it's to use the tangles Fengle and Poke Root (links will take you to step outs)

Honestly i don't think that i have used Fengle much since it was released back in 2012 - it never made it into my 'rotation' so it's nice to have a reason to bust it out...

and poke root and i go way back to my certification days (2010 czt#3, baby) - i had a love hate relationship similar to the way i feel about Mooka... I loved the look of it when other people drew it but hated the way i did it.   Until a few years ago at CanTangle in Regina, and i hung out with Molly and she said that poke root was one of her least favourites too - and then she just decided to draw it over and over again until she began to love it.  So i started too... and now i can't get enough.  I think my problem was i was making my little berries so small, but when they're nice and plump i can't seem to get enough.

So.

This is my tile


AND because i love you all, and because i had a little bit of juice in the tank this afternoon - i even made a process video.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L17qfdLJXfY&feature=youtu.be

hope you 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 #DC377 (Diva Challenge #377) 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 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. ;)