Monday, January 9, 2017

Weekly Challenge #298

Hail Hail the gang's all here!!

Welcome back to the Weekly Challenge - as we move into the year 2017!

First!  The winner of my Christmas Wreath tile is Zen Zone Begins!!  Please email me at lauraharmz at with your address!!

We had a very busy Christmas between family functions and seeing friends home for the holidays.  It was super filled with food and wine and and laughter and presents and so much chocolate.

On Christmas Eve Day my mom and dad and my little brother and his family came over for a day of eating appetizers.

Here's Willy and I being super duper excited about these cinnamon buns.  See, all my life growing up my mother made these Ooey Gooey caramel sauce covered cinnamon buns, but she was always making them as 'payment' for something, like a friend who helped her when her car broke down, or for a 'grown up party' or for a church meeting - and never made them for just us.  So, every time she burned a batch (which was often as our stove didn't always cook evenly) she'd make another  fancy batch and give us the burnt up ones.

yum yum yum
 So this year my dad decided that the appetizer he would bring would be mom's special payment cinnamon buns.... except two of my brothers weren't home for Christmas.  So William and i had to send them a photo telling them that they were missing out, and that OBVIOUSLY we are dad's favourites because he made us cinnamon buns and they weren't even burnt.  lol

Plus we're the cutest. 

 Speaking of cutest, the boys got the new Pie Face game this Christmas, and Chewie and Artoo had a lot of fun smacking each other in the face with whipped cream.  B-rad may have had a little fun as well.

A video posted by Laura Harms (@iamthediva) on

Here in Saskatchewan we have had some nasty cold weather but without any snow!  It looked like we would have had a brown Christmas this year, but thankfully Santa brought with him some Christmas snow fro the North Pole and the boys woke up to a beautiful White Christmas.  This was a very magical year for the boys... The Elf on the Shelf, Santa, Christmas Snow and Christmas Magic... it breaks my heart that the magical years are almost over.   I'll hold on as long as i can.

With the snow, that meant we got to take the toboggan out for a spin, so we did some sledding on New Years' Eve Day, then home for hot chocolates and a fun movie before bed.

Happy New Years from Casa Diva
Our New Year's eve was pretty tame - as in the boys were in bed by 8, and B-rad and i watched a movie and i fell asleep on the couch.  He did wake me up at twelve for a midnight kiss, though.

Weekly Challenge #298: "UMT - Orbs-la-Dee by Anneke van Dam"
 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.

This month's UMT is Orbs-la-Dee by Anneke van Dam, and you can see the step outs here - this is a fun tangle for me, as i do so love drawing orbs.  

Here's my take on it: 

"La-la-la-la-Life goes on"
It felt so good to be back in the zentangle game again - having taken my break.  It was nice to put pen to paper and to get my zen on.  

So have fun with this tangle!  Have a great 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 #DC298(Diva Challenge #298) 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. Glad you had such a great break. Love the story of the cinnamon buns and that video was a delight. Not being a fan of strings (although I always teach them), I like how your Mooka escaped :)

  2. LOVE seeing the pictures of your amazingly sweet family!!

  3. LOL watching the video, thank you for charing!! Lots of fun and succes to everyone who will be "UsingMyTangle" :-)

  4. I'm glad your holiday was somfull,of pleasure. Great stories and great photo's. Good to see you back again. I do like your tile.

  5. Oh yay! Orbs La Dee! It is so cool looking...can't wait to start!

  6. I looooove the video. We need that game at our house. Welcome back, and Happy New Year!

  7. Welcome back! Glad you had a nice holiday break. :)

  8. Happy New Year Laura and family! I'm grateful for these weekly challenges, so a big Thank You! And, I love reading about your family!

  9. Sounds like you had a terrific holiday Season! Loved all the pics! I think all of you deserved those cinnamon buns! Missed you and so happy your back! Happy New Year! :)

  10. A happy New Year for the whole family. It is good to have a break now and than. I like this cinnamon story and that pic of you and your brother is lovely. You all look happy on the pictures, wish you the best and thank you for all those wonderful challenges!!!

  11. Happy New Year to all of your family! I know it is very healthy and good to take a break sometime. I haven´t participated in any challenge for several weeks but now I just wanted to! Orbs de la Dee was a pattern I used quite long ago and I then liked it very much!

  12. Hope everyone had a great holiday season. And here's wishing you, your wonderful family, and all the tanglers out there a Healthy, Happy, Peaceful, (and Prosperous wouldn't hurt) New Year. And also, here's to a great year of tangle challenges.

  13. Happy New Year, Laura! I laughed out loud reading about the cinnamon rolls! I hope they were as good when they weren't burned! I always enjoy seeing what you and your adorable family are up to.

  14. Happy New Year everyone! What a great challenge, Laura. Orbs-la-Dee is a very fun tangle. I finally got the tile finished and a picture downloaded. Whew!

    I love the picture of those cinnamon buns. Oooooo, yummy. Am I going to have to make a batch of those now? Uh oh. LOL But, I do love your tile too.


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