Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Weekly Challenge #278

Hey Hey!!

I hope you all had a lovely Monday without me.  It was Saskatchewan Day here in the Skatch, so we celebrated Long Weekend Style... not that WE did much celebrating, beyond B-rad camping outside in the backyard with the boys.  (I slept in my own bed, because i'm a delicate flower)

The boys' last day of school was June 30, and we left for California on July 2, so this was their real and true FIRST week of being home with 'nothing to doooooo' and all week long i heard the song of 'iiiii'm borrrrred'.... so, that's been fun.  It's not like we aren't doing fun things like going to the park and to the pool - but going from having every moment of the day being filled with activities to suddenly having to entertain themselves for a large portion of the day has been quite a switch for them.  We're coping. lol.

Okay, so back to the back half of the Trip!!  it's IMAGE HEAVY - so hang in there. The Challenge is way at the bottom if you wanna skip the trip. ;)

We made it to the Moebius Conference in Long Beach, CA - and Artoo was so excited to see his favourite person Austin Halls!  Austin is an awesome and amazing kid with Moebius Syndrome who is really setting an example for the little ones - Artoo just LOVES him.  He may be his biggest fan - and Austin is also a singer and songwriter!! (if you click the link you'll be taken to his EP on iTunes, for which all the money goes to the Moebius Syndrome Foundation)

Artoo and Austin!!
The theme of the conference was very Hollywood and they had a "Red Carpet" set up, which was actually purple, and we took our pictures in front of the moebius backdrop

We were lucky enough at the last conference in DC to have  Rick Guidotti take our family picture. We were super excited to see our family portrait as one of the decorations in the hotel lobby. I ran into Rick Saturday morning and he saw me and exclaimed: "LAURA!! So awesome to see you! Where's Artoo??" and i told him he was having breakfast in the banquet hall - and Rick said: "Okay! y'know i just posted your guys' picture on my facebook page - it's one of my favourites.  We HAVE to get a reshoot for this year! Find me later and we'll take another one!"

We did.  When i get the new one i'll show you all.

My and my gal pal Kelsey!
 The sessions were educational and the boys LOVED the daycare and playing with their friends, but one of the highlights for B-rad and i is always hanging out in the hotel bar with our old friends!!

Tim Smith - the man behind the Many Faces of Moebius Syndrome website
and the Moebius Syndrome Awareness Day
Tim was one of the first guys B-rad and i ever met - way back at our first conference in 2012 in Philadelphia.  He was so welcoming and hilarious, that we always make sure we have a drink.  In this case it was SPICY MARGARITAS!!  Apparently this bar makes their margarita syrup with spicy peppers.... it was very spicy.
Artoo haz a trophy and i haz the prouds
Artoo sang in the talent show again, and he was a bit nervous because everyone was screaming and cheering and it was all very loud - but he did amazing singing "HandClap" by his favourite band Fitz and the Tantrums!

And just like that it was Sunday and the conference was over and we were on our way back home....slowly... because we made a stop in Hollister, CA where my aunt lives and visited some very old trees.....

It's a tree.  A redwood. 
I love the Red Woods.  I saw them when i was 20 the last time i made the trek to california - and it was the ONLY thing on B-rad's Must See list.  And it was totally worth it.

that's a big clover

Pikachu and Chewie inside a hollow tree


Artoo and B-rad in the hollow of a tree

i heart this guy

that's a big tree

THAT is a tall tree... and that's my b-rad
We were only there for a few hours, but we could have stayed way longer.  Maybe someday we'll come back and visit more.

We made it back to Canada by way of Creston, B.C., which is where i grew up.  I wanted to show my boys where i lived and went to school before i moved to Saskatoon.  

this is where i used to live.
 Chewie really wanted to do some hiking - so our family friend Paige took us up the mountain from his home where we were staying.  We learned a lot - and we tasted thimbleberries and wild raspberries, and huckleberries, and blackberries and rosehips.  We learned how to make a shelter for the night, which trees were good for bow and arrows, how to find water if you're lost in the woods, how bears turn over rocks for bugs... Chewie was soaking it all in.

mountain climbers

hiking and picking wild flowers
ready to survive in the wilderness!

smiling by the stream

my wild flowers
We also stopped in at the brewery were Kokanee Beer is made and took a few pics...


Artoo and his trusty dog caught the Saskquatch
 and we ended the day with ice cream


so yum
 we got back to our family friends' place to find that they had been busy making huckleberry pie.  ZOMG.  you guys.  It was the best pie ever.  It was seriously so good and just looking at this picture makes me salivate.
 and we also had fresh peaches and cream - peaches picked that morning, that is.

seriously. this. pie. 

The next day we did a 13 hour drive back home - it was long, but we were all anxious to sleep in our own beds.  

PHEW! and that concludes the crazy photo bomb post.  Thanks for hangin' in there... 

It was 21 days on the road, 9 states (10 if you count going through Idaho twice), 3 provinces, 7164.2 km (4,451.63 miles) - Yellowstone Park, Valley of Fire State Park, Las Vegas, Disneyland, California Adventure, SeaWorld, Legoland, Moebius Conference, Red Wood Forest, and Creston Valley BC, and we survived to tell the tale.  And as B-rad said to me as we put our heads down onto our own pillows in our own bed that night: "Now, let's never do that again."

Back to regular life!

Weekly Challenge #278: "UMT - Knightstar by Daniel Lamothe, CZT"  

Here we are, the first Monday (in today's case TUESDAY) of the month so that means Use My Tangle (UMT) where we try our hand at one of tangles that you've created. 

Today's tangle was created by Daniel Lamothe called Knightstar - you can find the VIDEO here.  

I like it because it's built off those line graphs from high school
then draw a line connecting plot y1 to plot x1 - or something.
i barely passed math.

so cool. 
 So here's my zendala tile using Daniel's tangle Knighstar

A few things about my tile.... the next time i try knightstar i will make a LARGER grid to work in.  it felt quite small and cramped, i should have made it bigger.  

also - making my grid curvy added another element of tricky to the tangle.  

i was super frustrated with this tile from the get-go - mainly because i struggle so much with the tan coloured tiles.  

for the flux areas, i began colouring it in with my gel pens, but these tiles really suck up the ink so much i thought "i'll just switch to this sharpie paint pen!" which worked great, except the nib of the sharpie caused my tile to pill all over the place... when the paint was try i tried tangling over it with my Micron and killed my pen in the process... at about this point i was very tempted to throw the whole thing out, but instead used a posca paint pen in black to tangle over the white.  That worked okay, but again caused the soft tile to pill.  

BUT i didn't give up - and i kept at it... and i'm quite glad that i did because in the end i actually really like this tile now.  

For those of you who are new, the first Monday of every month is a Use My Tangle Challenge, where the challenge of the week is to use a tangle created by one of you!  If you have a tangle you'd like to submit you can add it here and be sure that it follows the guidelines for submission.

Have a great week!

And if you're on the Zentangle Mosaic App, - 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 #DC278 (Diva Challenge #278) 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. ;) 


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  2. So funny! I am late with last week's tangle and used KnightsPeek in it. Guess I just killed two birds with one stone! We must be in sync this week. :)

  3. Fun to see pictures of your trip! I especially like the center of your tile with all of the dimension that it has!

  4. I love your tile Laura. It is really beautiful. Maybe more beautiful because of the challenge it gave you. :-). This is a fun tangle to do. I did 3 variations of it and almost had a Monotangle, but I decided to add in a tangellation of Ta-Da!

    I love seeing all the pictures of your trip to So Cal (that's what we call it here in Northern California). So many memories for me as I lived there when I was little and went to Disneyland the 2nd year it was open. What a trip! Ha ha ha. It is so wonderful that Chewie and Artoo got to see all those wonderful places. My family took the opposite kind of vacation going to Yellowstone and then the Canadian Rockies when I was in High School, camping all the way. So much fun.

    Thank you for your great Diva Challenges Laura. I really do look forward to them.

  5. And also this week a huge THANK YOU for sharing all those photo's and the story around them. I LOVE the photo of you and Artoo looking at each other most; there is so much love in your faces.
    I think the UMT is not very easy, and I am curious what I will make of it :-)

  6. Oh my gosh. This is the same as Knightspeak from Donna Lacey, CZT!
    Oh well, it's happened before. And with a pattern I thought I'D deconstructed.
    But I love this pattern and have just been doing it on some tiles to trade, so I'll keep going. :)

    1. Well, I do think there is a small difference in the fact that Knightstar is constructed from a grid, w/ individual fragments - but looking up Knightspeek they do come from the same concept and are extremely similar. I will edit my original blog post to reflect this - thank you for bringing it up ^_^

  7. Beautiful photos and a beautiful tile!

  8. I grew up in a redwood forest and fondly remember picking wild huckleberries and the wonderful things my mom made from them! Glad you enjoyed your trip.

  9. Looks like I'm out on this one. I'm learning disabled in math and especially geometry so I am beyond confused. No thanks.

  10. To be a good sport I'll still do something challenging. Got to give something a go. :)

  11. Again nice pics of a happy family in spectacular landscapes. We don't have such hugh trees in EUrope but it looks fantastic.
    Thank you for this challenge, your tile is very nice Laura!

  12. So glad you all were able to attend the Moebius conference. As an American, am thrilled you all were able to see what we do best--our National Parks, which are celebrating 100 years! All those theme parks cannot hold a candle to the geography, landscapes and wicked geology, although I'm still a fan of Space Mountain. I'm sure you and the boys just loved it all and need a good nap. Thank you for sharing your creative energies with us tangly people. I am grateful you have time for all of us. Cheryl

  13. A family trip is something that your children will remember forever. This was very challenging to get the Tangle the way thought it should look I can see why you'd need a white pen. Still when I finally did it I was so pleased. Then I somehow entered it in last week's, I need a 12 year old to help me surf the web!

  14. That was definitely a challenge and turned out a bit differently. Thanks Laura!

  15. Thankyou Laura for sharing your great family trip's pictures. I'd like to do the same. But we stay in France this summer !

  16. Great photos and a beautifully done tile! I can't tell that you had a problem with it at all!

  17. Thanks for the great Challenge & sharing your pictures! Happy Weekend!

  18. I haven't forgotten the moving tangles! So today when I was sitting in the backseat of the carvI tangled. On the first tile Knightstar showed up! Bumpy road and all!πŸ˜„ Thank's Laura for a great challenge!

  19. Dear Laura, I am sorry for uploading wrong URL. Please do me a favor to remove it. Mine is No.54Evelyn. Thank you so much! πŸ˜…πŸ™


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