Monday, May 9, 2016

Weekly Challenge #267

Good Monday Morning everyone!!
The summer weather is finally upon us, can i get an Amen?

First of all, i wanted to let everyone out there know that everyone here at Casa Diva is fine, in regards to the devastating wildfires in Alberta.  Thank you so much for your emails (and texts from some *smooch*) - Fort McMurray is about 4 hours north of us and four hours west of us (by car).  We have had some smoky days, but so far the air quality has not affected us, or little Artoo's lungs.

Of course the whole country has been watching the fire coverage, and our hearts go out to everyone who has been affected by the fires.

This week has been so beautiful, we've spent so much time outside.  Eating meals on the deck, and playing on the swings and riding bikes

Artoo has been working on his tricycling skillz, and Chewie has almost mastered the fine art of the Two Wheeler.

A little help from dad
Another big milestone at our home is that Chewie is now walking home from school by himself!! We're so proud of him, and we've spent the last several months talking about road and cross walk safety, and he is loving his newfound sense of freedom and independence... [however i'm a bit of a nervous wreck from dismissal time until he walks through the door, but i'm sure that's normal right?]

my big kids.... how did they get so big??
This weekend the boys picked up comics at their second ever Free Comic Book Day.  Chewie was excited, having read all the comics he got last year a hundred times each, but Artoo was fairly indifferent - that is until he discovered a Sponge Bob SquarePants comic book.  Then he was PUMPED.

happily reading their free comic books

In Canada we celebrated Mother's Day this Sunday - and i just wanted to share this picture of me and my beautiful mama.   My mom is pretty bad ass.  My mama was out of town this weekend - And i just wanted to say (not that she reads my blog) that she's wonderful, she's always looking for ways to be a memory maker, and she has the best laugh - one that makes me laugh so hard that we both cry cuz we're hysterical laughing.  I love her.

mama was foxy

My Mother's Day began bright and early as i was woken up by a small hand on my shoulder, and my very favourite 5 year old whispering loudly into my ear: "HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY, MOM! WAKE UP! GOOD MORNING!"

The boys climbed in bed with B-rad and i and we cuddled and wrestled and then they went downstairs to make breakfast so i could have a little lie-in.

 When i made it downstairs i was presented with wonderful gifts - Chewie painted a tiny flower pot at school and filled with a beautiful red petunia, which we named PB (Princess Bubblegum), he also gave me a gift card for my very favourite patisserie in town - Little Bird Patisserie, Artoo gave me a beautiful, one of a kind, hand crafted, original necklace that he made in kindergarten, which i LOVE, and also a beautiful art print by triciao from my favourite paper shop Soul Paper.  B-rad surprised with with some gorgeous J.Herbin ink for my fountain pen obsession.

one of a kind
It was lovely - and after breakfast Artoo came to the store to help me pick out some flowers for the flower beds, and then it was off the Grandmas for a Mother's Day BBQ!

Off to Grandma's!
 ...where the boys got to play with this....

So many cousins!
and eat lots of this....

So much ice cream!!
It was a really wonderful mother's day.  And i am so lucky to have such beautiful boys, and such a great dude to help me squeak through each day by the skin of my teeth.

Weekly Challenge #267: "DuoTangle - Poke Root vs.  Drupe"
On Thursday, May 12th, i'll be 36 years old. It's my birthday! WOO!!

So, to celebrate the challenge this week is a DuoTangle - because those are my favourite challenges!!  Now, there's been some discussion round about the interwebs about what exactly a duotangle is... so let me clear that up - as they started here - so, really, you're getting it right from the horses mouth.

A DuoTangle is a term i coined for a tile using only two tangles and their variations.  You can do it simply, by just using the two tangles side by side but it's not just that. The best duotangles usually are those that push the boundaries of those two tangles.  Rick Roberts talks a lot about the elegance of limits - and this is a prime example of that.  When you can only use two specific tangles, how can you make those tangles work together? Can you find new tangleations? Can you merge them together? Can you create something new, still using just the two tangles given?

The tangles for this week's challenge are Poke Root and Drupe.  (Click the links for the step outs)

Molly Hollibaugh has a great video on Poke Root that you can watch right here.

and here's my completed tile

Have a great time exploring these two tangles!!

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. ;)


  1. I'm glad you had such a lovely Mother's Day with your family, Laura. This duotangle looks like quite the challenge to get them to work. I'm going to have to think about this one a bit LOL! You picked the most logical combination, in my mind anyway, and it works great!

  2. Happy pre-birthday and post Mother's Day. Love the photo of B-rad helping Artoo with his trike skills.

  3. Happy pre-birthday and post Mother's Day. Love the photo of B-rad helping Artoo with his trike skills.

  4. Good to hear, everything is fine - and you as such a lovely mother had such a lovely, sunny motherday. Greeting to your guys.
    And thanks for this amazing tile, dear Laura!

  5. Fabulous tile, and a real challenge to put these two together and "merge" them! Love these challenges!

  6. A moment to comment on your loving tribute to Dr. Angela Lindberg. I'm sure she knew how much you valued her. Some lights go out way too soon. Hugs.

  7. While reading your post about Dr. Lindberg, I could hear the ache in your heart. I am truly sorry. It took me back about 10 years ago when I lost a truly good friend all too suddenly. My friend could just tell when I was out of sorts and when he asked, "how is your day?" it wasn't just something to say. He really wanted to know and would listen for as long as it took to cry, vent, holler, or just get the frustration out. He never knew how many people he touched. His legacy is in all of us who knew him and continue to tell his stories or who learned what it was like to be a really good friend, just as Dr. Lindberg will remain in all of you. I can still hear him telling me "you go girl!" and I am sure you will forever hear her voice saying "you are amazing!" Her guiding hands will remain with you - you only have to be still and listen for her. Wishing you the warmth of those loving memories!

  8. Laura, you were just as special to your doctor friend as she was to you. Sending hugs and prayers to you to find peace in this sadness.

  9. I am so glad you are all safe from the terrible wild fires. Strangely enough we thought of you today when we came across a fire engine up a mountain near us here in Ireland. Enjoyed the challenge this week they were fun to work with together :-)

  10. Glad you aren't near the fires and Happy pre-Birthday! So sorry to hear about your doctor friend too. She sounded like a very special person!

  11. I love your tangle picks for a duotangle here Laura. I use poke root a lot, but haven't used drupe. I've been wanting to use it and so here is my chance to be creative with it.

    I am soooo sorry about your friend. But she will always be with you.

  12. Happiest of days to you, Laura. I hope my contribution is a worthy testament to your doctor and friend. Your message conjured up memories of my "baby" brother who departed this earthly plane in November. Regards, Cheryl

  13. Many hugs to you, Laura! Mother's Day Hugs, Birthday hugs, and hugs to comfort you as you process and grieve this unexpected loss. Your tribute is beautiful.
    Thank you for this fun challenge! I had my doubts when I read which tangles we were to use, but I had so much fun playing with them, and now that I have posted a link to my tile, it's time to click on all the other links to see what others have done. :-)

  14. Your tribute for your friend is a very loving one.

  15. Loved this challenge. My first submission though I have done a few past challenges. Keep up the great work!

  16. Happy Mother's Day, Happy Birthday, and Happy Safe From the Fires and thank you so much for sharing your writing on your grief. Us guys need a little help in that department and I'll not forget your words and how you shared your thoughts and feelings about your dear friend.

    The challenge was super. I had to think a bit to not let myself draw the Duotangle that same way you did, but I got my own idea in my head and even though my field of Poke Roots sorta noxious weed like overshadowed my Drupe, I'm still very happy with the results.

    Happy Spring

  17. So sorry you've lost such a wonderful friend and person - your love for her shines through and brought tears to my eyes. I know a few special people who make me feel as Angela made you feel. Only a few. A very sad loss. Axxx

  18. So sorry to hear about your friend!

  19. Your friend was a very special person ....sending my love.

  20. So sorry to hear about your friend Angela, she sounds like someone I would have loved to know. Take care!

  21. Sorry for the double link post! My first try disappeared from the list when I refreshed my browser, so I thought I needed to try again.

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  23. Hi,
    thank you for the challenge. Both tangles were new to me and I had fun drawing them. Your tile is beautyful and I like your diva- glasses on the photo ;) !

  24. Thanks for the challenge :-)

  25. So sorry for the loss of your friend. Your words make me wish I had known this woman, and indeed I'm glad at least I know about her.

  26. You have written a nice post about your friend, she would appreciate that very much, I'm 100% sure and I know you will never forget her, that is the most important.
    Thanks to you, I learn every week a little bit more!

  27. Happy Birthday Laura!
    I'm sorry to hear about your friend; you've written a most wonderful post about her and how she has been such an important part of your life. Bless you (and her).

  28. Happy Birthday!!! I hope you have a wonderful day.

    I love your tile. I find it difficult to come up with something different than your wonderful examples. So I push and come up with SOMETHING. :) I'm very thankful for your weekly challenges.

    I'm so sorry for the loss of your doctor friend. My condolences.

  29. Happy Birthday, Laura. I'm also so sorry for the loss of your friend. You have written so wonderful words about her and I think, she will ever be in your heart.
    Thank you for the great challenge every week.

  30. Happy Birthday, Laura. I'm also so sorry for the loss of your friend. You have written so wonderful words about her and I think, she will ever be in your heart.
    Thank you for the great challenge every week.

  31. So sorry to hear about the loss of your friend/doctor. But I know she will always be in your heart.

    Thanks for another great challenge. Keep them coming.

  32. Hope you have a happy birthday this week. Also, sending thoughts of peace to you this week in the loss of your dear friend. May memories comfort and fill you with how she lives within you still.

  33. I just read about your friend and my heart goes out to you and to her family. What you write is so clearly from the heart and I can only hope that you heal enough to hold onto all those wonderful memories.

  34. I posted my first tile to your site. I have enjoyed seeing others take your challenges. Warm thoughts to you this week.

  35. I've visited your blog many times, but this is the first time I've posted my tile for one of your challenges. So fun! And I think this is my first real DuoTangle where I came up with something that was quite new. At least, I haven't seen it anywhere else yet! Thank you for creating this wonderful space for people to grow in their art and share with each other.

  36. Sorry to hear about your friend. Hope you use your supports as you are dealing with this issue. Always like seeing pictures of the kids. They grow up so fast.

    1. Just noticed and did not read all the comments so not sure if someone else commented on it. Will the next challenge be 277 or 268?

  37. I am so sorry to hear about your dear friend. She sounded like a lovely person. (And still is, off course). I'm looking forward to seeing a lot of beautiful people (including a good bunch of 4-legged ones) when I rush, mind you.

    I am trying to start my own blog, but I have a lot to learn. I had my challenge done for this week, but no way to get it to you. So once I get things figured out, I'll try posting another Diva Challenge. But I do use the new Mosaic app. So I can post it there too, for now.

    Thanks for doing the Challenge every week for everyone.

    Karen Lloyd


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