Monday, June 26, 2017

Weekly Challenge #322

Happy Monday!

Another busy week behind us - and only 4 more days left of school for these boys.

Family Picnic in the Park 
The kids had a school picnic last Wednesday - and usually i come to school and read with Artoo's grade one class, but Wednesday was such a crazy day (my mom's car wouldn't start and i had to take her to work and then take my dad places so he could fix the car) that i didn't actually make it for the volunteer part of the day, but i did come for the picnic - it was really nice out, but it was pretty windy.  But Artoo's class surprised me at lunch with flowers and chocolates and a card signed by each of the kids.  I didn't even realize that it was the last Volunteer day  for me when i cancelled.   It was nice to be appreciated, but it was totally unnecessary - i really enjoyed helping out the class.

My pretty flowers 
Later that day the boys both picked up pinecones that fell from the trees in the all the wind and rain of the past week.  

We pay our boys $0.01/pinecone.  

Artoo picked up 305
Chewie picked up 812

That's over 1,100 pinecones on our grass.  it's insane.  SO both boys were exited with cash to burn - (chewie, who is not pictured because everytime i try to take pictures of him he runs away) got himself a fancy new fidget spinner, and Artoo spent a dollar on a notebook.
Pinecone bounty

 Another thing that happened this week - was i got some new ink!  My friend Jeremy (pictured here trying to lick my arm) and i have been friends for about 23 years.  He lives on Vancouver Island, but sometimes he comes to the Skatch to guest tat in a friends shop.

Nothing but professionalism
 I had actually tried to get this tattoo five years ago when i was visiting my brother on Vancouver Island, but then Artoo got sick and i had to high tail it back home.

These pandas are pretty special to me.  
 It's currently kinda scabby and gross, as it's still healing - it will be lighter once it's healed.  But there it is

B-rad has been reading Owls in the Family by Farley Mowat to the boys at bedtime.  It's about a boy who adopts an owlet and it takes place in Saskatoon in the 30s, so the boys are pretty excited that this book is about kids living in the city they live in.

Everything about this picture makes me happy

 The boys school had a spirit day on Friday - they celebrated Pride by dressing rainbowy.  Artoo we excited because he loves rainbow.  It makes me pretty happy that his elementary school celebrates Pride.  I think about the kids i went to high school with who are gay, and what their lives might have been like if we had gone to elementary/high schools with inclusive programming.

And then Saturday night i went out with my friends and we went to this little place called Cathedral social hall, where you could order flights of beers - and taste 4 of their 30 beers on tap.  The best part is that the flight boards are in the shape of Saskatchewan.  It's not QUUUIIIITE a rectangle.  It's Saskatchewan Shaped.
for the record, the Six Pints Red ale as the best

Weekly Challenge #322: Trying Aquafleur"

So, one of the perks of having your own zentangle challenge blog is that whenever you come across something (a tangle, or a technique, or a medium) that you want to try or you want to practice, you can just make it into your challenge for that week.

This is the case for this week's challenge.  Aquafleur (step outs here) is one of those tangles for me that, like mooka, i love the look of but have a hard time making it flow effortlessly from my pen.  And so, i supposed i just need to spend more time with it.  I still don't feel 100% comfortable with it, but it's better than it used to be.
Aquafleur and some painted rocks.
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 #DC322(Diva Challenge #322) 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. 

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[my apologies - i have been on some medication that makes me very sleepy at night and i forgot AGAIN to put the linkey machine up. lol]


  1. I can totally relate to your using the challenge as a way to "force" yourself to practice something you want to improve. When I was a lawyer (as opposed to a recovering lawyer like I am now), I used to volunteer to give lectures about a topic I wanted to know more about, knowing that I wasn't about to stand up there and want to embarrass myself. Voila, I would become an "expert" in that topic. I'm glad you picked Aquafleur. I can definitely use some practice with this one. Happy summer.

  2. For me it is also not my favorite, but i made it. Were is MR Linky????

  3. Lovely glimpse into your family life. Nothing boring!!! Axxx

  4. Lovely glimpse into your family life. Nothing boring!!! Axxx

  5. Aquafleur is a pattern that I do not like very much. But in an interesting suitable neighborhood it is fun to draw it. I created an under water world for it and enjoyed the drawing very much. Greetings from Germany, Margarete

  6. I love aquafleur but I struggle with it. A great challenge.

  7. Hi Laura, I have returned from the CZT 28 class all graduated and everything....VERY EXCITED. I have entered my tile in DC322. I opened with the challenge tile and then gave a report of my class time at the Biltmore hotel in Providence. Great fun.

  8. This makes twice in seven days that I did a mono-tangle!, I never do that anymore. Weird but fun thanks Laura.

  9. Thanks for the challenge! I have not used this one much at all so it was great to have a reason!

  10. Think your use of Aquafleur looks pretty good. I really like the one with the pink wash. Like the stone also. This did force me to look at how I use Aquafleur in any tiles or ZIAs I do.


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