Monday, March 5, 2018

Weekly Challenge #354


Finally February is over and the last week of Feb was gorgeous - temps were above freezing (barely) - and then as the calendar flipped to March we got a big huge snow storm... lots of blowing crazy snow.... another 8" along with snow drifts... blehhhh 

 Artoo got the best movie ever this week - i found a copy of Weird Al's UHF at the Dollar Store, and i snatched it up for our resident Weird Al Fan!  He was super excited, and we watched it this weekend when we were staying in from all the snow, and both boys thought the movie was so funny... and it was just like i remembered it.  lol

Artoo and his new DVD - found at the dollar store! What a deal
This week Chewie and i had some one on one time at 4cats - an art class studio, and Chewie and i made lion mugs.  Chewie took to the clay right away, and really enjoyed hand building!  There ended up being only he and i in the class, and he was so happy to make his own pottery.

our mugs - his yellow lion, and my blue lion
He's really anxious to get it back from the studio - but it has to dry before they bisque fire it, and then clear glaze and fire it again.  He wanted to take it home that night, but he's excited to see how the glaze changes colours in the kiln.


I have been working on making better videos for the youtube channel (you can find it here) - right now i'm trying to make the voice overs sound better.  But there's lots of improvements to be made still.  one step at a time. Sadly this week's video didn't go very well.  I'm still going to try to edit it, but i'm still learning.  Hang tight folks.

Weekly Challenge: #354 "UMT - Siri by Simone Menzel, CZT"

The first Monday of each month is a Use My Tangle challenge where the tangle we use is brought to us by ONE of YOU!! You don't have to be a CZT to submit, but they do have to follow the guidelines etc found here...
this month's Use My Tangle challenge comes from Simone Menzel, a CZT from Dresden in Germany.  You can read her blog post and see the step outs for this tangle here

For this week's tile i used a Blue Sakura Micron instead of black - because Blue is my mom's favourite colour and this Wednesday my dear Mama turns 60 years old!  

My wedding Day in 2004

me and my mama in Washington DC in 2014

Mama and her little butterball, me. - 1980

Mom and Dad in 1976 - just babies

mom and dad in 2016

mom in Cuba a few years ago

Here's my birthday tile for mom, using Simone's tangle Siri!

have a great week everyone!
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 #DC354 (Diva Challenge #354) 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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  1. Your Mum and Dad got married the same year as we did. Obviously a vintage year. I think the blue works well for a change and i like your mix of patterns too.

  2. Thank you for choosing my tangle, dear Laura! Your Mum looks great! (As you do!) Happy Birthday to her! You made a beautiful card for her!

  3. You have a wonderful family and you all look very happy!

  4. This whole post is showing your love for your mother, I like that. I think she will love the tile your made for her birthday!!! It's beautiful.

  5. Your blue birthday tile is so beautiful, I bet your Mom loved it!

  6. I love seeing all the photos of your mother. Thanks for sharing with us. You look a lot like her.
    The first link I published to my blog didn't work for some reason, so I posted a second one.

  7. The UMT Challenge is so cool! It is a good way to find new unexperienced patterns. Loved this one!


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