Monday, December 5, 2016

Weekly Challenge #296

Happy December y'all!

On the last day of November Chewie's class had a fun field trip to the Western Development Museum, the local boomtown museum, to see what Christmas as like in Saskatchewan a hundred years ago.  Here he is, dressed like a little prairie farm boy.

Ready to get to work
He had a lot of fun, but he says the best part was being given 'a hundred pennies' to go 'shopping' in the general store.  He said he bought Snow Shoes, and a saw, and some cloth and some candy and some toys, and still had 34 pennies left over.   (The general store gives them a checklist with a hundred pennies on it, and let's them pretend to go shopping so they can see how the value of money was back then)

It's only the first week in December and we're already off and running.  The most notable thing that's happened in our house right now is the return of our Elf on the Shelf, ElfyBulla.  He's our Scout Elf that keeps an eye on the going on in our house and then reports back to Santa each night before finding a new place in the house to hide. 

The boys had been talking about ElfyBulla a lot in the past week or so, wondering when he would come back.  They both had seemed to settle on December 9th, for some reason, as the date he'd make his triumphant return - so they were both super surprised and pleased when he showed up bright and early on the first of December. 
When ElfyBulla arrived to find we had not put up our Christmas Tree yet, he remedied the situation by making one of his own, and leaving a big mess, as always. 
The boys were super exciteted to see him
We made sure to remedy the situation as soon as possible, and put up our tree that night.
ElfyBulla was so excited to see the tree that he had to make some gingerbread cookies before finding a nice place in the tree to munch on his snack.

Nothing like a tasty gingerbread man 
again, he left a big mess - and the rest of his cookies undecorated.   The boys were very happy to decorate the leftover cookies (and eat them as well)

working together to make a tasty snack
Day Three found ElfyBulla relaxing by the bath.  The night before the boys had a very hilarious bubble bath, and it must have looked so fun to our elf, he had to have one too.  Artoo thought it was very funny that he was wearing a towel.

chillin' with his homies
And December 4th found ElfyBully working out on the chin up bar, trying to get his summer bod ready, i guess  The boys found this to be hilarious, and they have been telling everyone that he's just 'hanging out' on the chin up bar today.

he's got KILLER ABS!!
i caught this amazing shot of artoo yesterday morning as he was enjoying his morning smoothie.  I tell you, he could really rock a moustache.  don't you think?

There's only 10 people in the world who could pull off a smoothie moustache like that, and he's nine of them. 

Weekly Challenge #296: "UMT - Moowa by Anya Ipsen, CZT"
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.

I'm really excited about this month's UMT, because this is another one of those tangles that i've seen floating around facebook and the mosaic app and i haven't had the chance to use it yet.  BUT NOW'S MY CHANCE!!

You can find the step out's for this tangle HERE


Have a great week!

Before you go this week, i just want to let you know that the last challenge of 2016 will be next week, December 12 - and then i will be taking the rest of the month off for Christmas - as i've done in the past - with the challenge resuming on January 9th, 2017! 

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 #DC296(Diva Challenge #296) 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 


  1. Oh what fun! my son and his family have Alf the Elf who keeps them on their toes all December. One bad month a few years back, he even wrote a bad report, sent it to Santa WHO replied by the very next morning...that shaped things right up ;) looks like your boys are having a grand time with ElfyBully. And I'm glad you'll be taking the rest of December me a chance to catch up with challenges that I've missed recently.

  2. Just wanted to let you know that I found myself thinking, "Oo! It's Monday! Have to check in on the Diva!" And I realized that my excitement was, and is, always heightened by getting news from of your family. Thank you for sharing them, and your life, with us!

  3. Such delightfully fun memories you are creating for those precious boys! Pretty Moowa too!

  4. Making memories for (and with) your children is sooo important. I still remember things from my childhood -:)
    I like your tile a lot. Have a GREAT time without the challenge, enjoy the freedom and we'll be happy to see you again in 2017. Happy Christmas 🎄for you and your family!!!!!

  5. What great fun you have been having with the Elf and the boys! Fond future memories!

  6. The elf wasn't around when my kiddos were small. Youngest is a freshman in high school. Maybe I should get one and just do it-- like she is still five years old!!! Might be fun, and funny��

  7. What a very clever elf you've found! Or did he find you? Thanks for the challenge and sharing your week with us.

  8. Love the Elf! Thanks for all the challenges. I only started participating a few weeks ago and it has been wonderful as I have connected with so many Tanglers and it has really enhanced my art. best wished to you and your family!!

  9. You are so lucky to have that fun Elf in your house! I want to live with you because it sounds like so much fun! Thanks for another challenge!

  10. Lucky you; getting to take off a whole month. You certainly deserve it. Have a wonderful Christmas, and a Terrific New Year. And enjoy your boys; the next thing you know, they'll be all grown up.

    Thanks again for all the work you do setting up these challenges. They always keep us on our toes.

  11. This is my first challenge in a really long time, and I'm thrilled to be able to participate! This tangle was a lot of fun to explore. Happy holidays!!!


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