Monday, April 24, 2017

Weekly Challenge #313

Happy Monday Morning all!

I hope you all had a great week!

The boys have been off school all week for Spring Break - and i'm pretty excited that they're back in class today.  It was a busy week - but there was lots of bickering.... par for the course in siblings land.

One of the best parts of my day was Art Time in the studio.  Both boys were very happy to sit and draw/colour with me in the mornings.   Chewie was very excited because i gave him a hard backed journal i had in my studio... it's "Just like yours!"


Artoo drew this awesome Robot - which he named Mr. Roboto - we may or may not have been listening to Styx.... 


When the weather was okay we went outside and i was able to clean out my flower beds - i was very happy to see my tulips were starting to grow!  Happy Day!!! 

beautiful growing things
 We made a day trip to the mall on Wednesday to do a bit of shopping - Chewie had TWO birthday parties to go to last weekend, so while we were there we had to try the Unicorn Frap from Starbucks.

Tastes like rainbows?
Artoo wasn't a huge fan, he mostly preferred to drink water instead.  Chewie thought it was pretty good, though.
Tasty Unicorn 
On Thursday the boys were a great help in doing some yard work.  We worked together and raked up the leaves and needles that fell from the tress.  I told them if they helped me i would give them all the checks they need on their Chore Checklist - so we could go mini golfing.
They were very good helpers


 On Friday my GalPal Tara gifted me with the most amazing early birthday present ever!!  She had this gorgeous fox mug made by the extremely talented Stephanie from Fired Figments - she makes these amazing dragon mugs, and so Tara asked if she would consider making fox mugs.  One for me (with green eyes like me) and one for Tara (With blue eyes like her).  Foxes are very special to Tara and I because of a quote by Michael J. Fox that helps us get through our lives.  Often one of us would say to the other: "What would Michael J. Fox do?"


"Don't spend a lot of time imagining the worst case scenario.  It rarely goes down as you imagine it will and if  by some fluke it does, you will have lived it twice" - Michael J. Fox
 It's seriously one of the most thoughtful gifts i've ever received.  I love it so much.  And i love Tara too.

On Saturday B-rad and i took the boys for their Mini Golf game that they worked for.  It was 3D Glow Mini Golf - and we all had so much fun.  They have to earn 100 checks (doing chores and being helpful) and when they do we do a fun activity as a family.  We didn't bother keeping score, which was just as well (I DID get a hole in one, though...)
A Boy and his Dolphin 
Another boy and his dolphin


 Then after the golfing the boys had their spring pictures taken with our friends' kids (As we do every year) followed up by ice cream and shenanigans.
FRIENDS

Tasty Ice Cream for all!
 And on Sunday the whole family did some Glow Bowling for Chewie's League wind up - with pizza and funny names on the screen.  I happened to get three strikes, and a handful of spares - it was the best game i've ever bowled. lol

Chewie's got moves!
All in all - it was a busy week and i'm glad that it's over.  lol

Weekly Challenge #313: "Amanda Day (Earth Day) Version Six!"
so, this is a little bit of an inside joke for the title. Way back in 2012 - When Chewie was only four years old - he declared that the Earth should be named Amanda.  I don't know why.  But he was certain, in a way that only a four year old can be, that the Earth needed a new name and that it should be Amanda.  So.  This week's challenge is to honour our Mother Earth, also known as Amanda as a tribute to Earth Day which was this last Saturday.   

(See past years 2012  2013  2014  2015  2016)

For my tile this week (which i streamed on Twitch last night) i chose to make my tile on a piece of recycled material.  I ended up tracing a tile onto some granola bar packaging and tangling on that!

Recycling is cool 
I found that i actually really LOVED tangling on the cardboard!  For whatever reason, it took to the pen so lovely!  The white gel pen really worked great!!  I started with a border and a string, and as i tangled i inadvertently starting creating a landscape - so i went with it.
Happy Amanda Day!!


 Thank you to everyone who came by to watch the live stream last night.  If you'd like to be notified when i'm streaming all you need to do is create a Twitch account (It's free) and give my channel a heart to follow and receive notifications.  You don't need an account to watch the Live Stream, but you do need an account if you want to join us in the chat room!!

It was a fun crowd last night!! 


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 #DC313(Diva Challenge #313) 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. ;) 
If you love the challenge as much as i do, please consider leaving a tip (tip jar in the side bar).  I write this blog for free and have no plans to make it a paid for service in the future.  Buy me a cup of coffee, or a new Micron pen!! Click the tip jar on the side for a monthly tip, but if you just wanna throw a few bucks my way THIS LINK will give you a one time option.    A very big thank you to those who have kept me in hot cups of joe. ;)

Monday, April 17, 2017

Weekly Challenge #312

Happy Monday all!

I hope you all had a great Easter weekend, if that's your thing!

The Easter Bunny visited our house on Sunday morning, and brought the boys so much candy and some toys!  Watching them run around looking for eggs was so awesome.  Artoo was super excited about the York Peppermint patties (that he kept calling After 8s) he could barely contain himself each time he found one!

The boys and their Easter Morning Haul
 We went to Grandma and Grandpa's for lunch and right away Chewie ran off to play with cousins and we didn't see much of him all day.  Artoo found out we were having scalloped potatoes and ham for lunch and he declared it "The Best Easter Lunch of All Time!"  lol

YES!! SCALLOPED POTATOES!!
 After all the grandkids went for a walk to the park they had another Easter egg hunt, courtesy of Auntie Lisa and Auntie Mel, and after all the candy was found they all had fun dying eggs

Now, let's get crackin!!

one of the few times Chewie was around long enough for me to snap a photo - all the artists hard at work
 And, of course, i had to get my hands on some eggs too...

so bright and colourful
All in all, it was a pretty great day.   The boys are off school this week for Easter Break, so here's hoping we find some things to do together.

Weekly Challenge #312: "Coffee, Tea, or Me!"
This week's challenge is to use coffee, tea, wine, watery paint, or some other liquid: Spilled, dripped, sprayed, blotted, or ringed on your tile to create a string.  

Coffee on an ATC tile

I used a pre-stained Artist Trading Card tile - stained with coffee - for my string.   Here's the end result:

finito
 Thank you to everyone who came by to watch the live stream last night.  If you'd like to be notified when i'm streaming all you need to do is create a Twitch account (It's free) and give my channel a heart to follow and receive notifications. 

It was a fun crowd last night!! 


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 #DC312(Diva Challenge #312) 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. ;) 
If you love the challenge as much as i do, please consider leaving a tip (tip jar in the side bar).  I write this blog for free and have no plans to make it a paid for service in the future.  Buy me a cup of coffee, or a new Micron pen!! Click the tip jar on the side for a monthly tip, but if you just wanna throw a few bucks my way THIS LINK will give you a one time option.    A very big thank you to those who have kept me in hot cups of joe. ;)


Monday, April 10, 2017

Weekly Challenge #311

Hello and Happy Monday to you all!

I hope you've had a great week.
We've been having more tummy troubles around here, with first Artoo, then myself, then Chewie - and finally B-rad falling victim to a "Yucky Tummy" as we call it.
couch cuddles
Hopefully we've made it through the worst of it and the yuckies are behind us.

my little journal-bug
 Artoo and i seem to be getting back into our habit of journaling at bedtime.  I'm so glad he enjoys doing this.  It was something i tried with Chewie but he never really took to it - but Artoo loves to write about his day and look back on his life so far.  We call each entry "Awesome Days" and he writes about 5 things that happened that day that were awesome.  Start 'em young, i say.

My little Earth Angel 
As we get closer to Earth Day, Artoo's grade one class has been assigned a list of goals to check off to become a better Citizen of Earth and join the Green Team.  So we've been talking a lot about turning off lights when leaving the room, and recycling, and using reusable water bottles and grocery bags.  On Friday morning he checked off the last item on the list which was picking up 10 pieces of trash in the neighbourhood.  He was so excited to be a part of the Green Team, his teacher took a picture of him and put it up in the hallway.  So proud. 

my goofy boy
Both boys have been so excited to have nice weather again.  Chewie has been riding his scooter to and from school each day, and playing outside in the yard and riding bikes with friends.  It's been so nice to have them outside. lol.
Me and my mama
My mom's been gone for over a week - she and her mother and a few of her brother's have been in Europe.  She spent the last week in London, and then went to France on Saturday to attend the 100th Anniversary Celebration of the Battle of Vimy Ridge.  There were over 40,000 people in attendance there, i'm told.  


And i believe going to Vimy Ridge was on my mother's bucket list.  And while I would have loved to have gone too, i had to settle for getting up early Sunday morning to watch the Live Stream online.


My Great Grandfather Joseph Arthur Horne fought at Vimy Ridge and was wounded when a grenade exploded at his feet.

It's with mixed feelings that i learn about the history of that battle and place.  All my life i've been inundated with images and movies about World War I that to realize that actual real life people, my great grandfather in fact, experienced those horrors was very sobering.
Joe Horne as a dapper young man
Some of the journal entries from his time in the War are very chilling and sometimes graphic.  And he writes about his injuries from the grenade blast and how he had to crawl over 30 feet to the trench where he slid down into inches of water and mud and wounded, dying, and dead soldiers where he waited 30 hours before they were able to get him out.
Joe Horne as a older gent
Chewie asked me why i was so interested in the ceremony on Sunday morning, so it gave me an opportunity to tell him about HIS ancestor who fought bravely for King and Country and for the liberation of France in the Great World War.  He listened with dish-plate eyes and i could see he was calculating in his head when i asked him: "What would have happened if he hadn't seen the grenade, or hadn't moved in time, or hadn't been rescued...."

I think he understood.  He gave me a big hug.

Weekly Challenge #311: "Circle Square String Theory"
First of all, i want to say thank you to everyone who came by to watch the live stream last night.  If you'd like to be notified when i'm streaming all you need to do is create a Twitch account (It's free) and give my channel a heart to follow and receive notifications.

Also thank you for the comments of congratulations regarding the live streaming, and to those of you who have messaged me on instagram, facebook, or through email to tell me you have enjoyed the streams.

This is all still very new, and i'v been practising the streaming all week - trying to iron out the kinks and trouble shoot the lighting and the sound and whatnot.  My moderator Tara has been a bazillion times helpful (She's awesome sauce) and so far i plan to keep streaming the way i'm doing it.  I understand that when i am streaming may not be convenient for those of you who live across the pond or farther, or even for those of you who live on the eastern seaboard.

I have been asked many times if i plan to record the sessions and/or upload them to youtube.  For right now i don't have plans to do that - i'm still feeling out the reception of the live streams.

Please keep in mind that at this point in time: this is the time and the method that works best for me.  I am simply turning on the live stream at the time i would be writing/creating my challenge anyway and letting you all peek.  It's the end of the week, the kids are in bed - and this is when i can (and have) committed some of my time for my blog.

This blog is not a very lucrative paying gig - aside from the few bucks i make from ads and the generous tips from some lovely people.

I invest hours into my blog and my instagram/facebook/mosaic/twitch social media platforms because i want to continue to connect and share with all of you.  But this is not a job - it's my art and my passion.

While i would really and honestly love nothing more than to be able to accommodate everyone, everywhere, it's just not possible.  Thank you so much for your patience and your understanding.  And now, the challenge.

This week's challenge is a string challenge where you are to use a Circle and a Square in some form for your string.

My finished piece

For my tile i traced the outside of a roll of washi tape, and then traced the inside to get my circles.  For my square i simply traced around a Bijou tile.  

You can take this in any direction you like, you can use MANY circles and one square, you can use many squares and only a few circles - just make sure you use at least one of each.  You can also free hand your circle or square if you want, or if you don't have access to things to trace.  It's all good.  

I had a really great time doing this tile - for my background i used some Black Gesso before tangling over top of it with a white gelly roll.  If you have access to some black gesso you might want to give that a try.  I find the white gelly roll pens love black gesso.  ;)

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 #DC311(Diva Challenge #311) 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. ;) 

If you love the challenge as much as i do, please consider leaving a tip (tip jar in the side bar).  I write this blog for free and have no plans to make it a paid for service in the future.  Buy me a cup of coffee, or a new Micron pen!! Click the tip jar on the side for a monthly tip, but if you just wanna throw a few bucks my way THIS LINK will give you a one time option.    A very big thank you to those who have kept me in hot cups of joe. ;)

Monday, April 3, 2017

Weekly Challenge #310 AND something new to try

Hey Hey my peoples!

So - last week I alluded to something i was working on over here at Casa Diva.  And i think i've got it worked out (minus a few kinks and trouble shooting issues) but the big reveal is:

I am going to be live streaming my challenge tiles.

WOO!

Generally speaking (unless there are extenuating circumstances) i will be streaming on Sunday nights as i'm getting ready for Monday's blog post!  (Or Monday nights if it's a long weekend)

and you can watch me, too!

I will be streaming here at www.twitch.tv/iamthediva  You can watch this from your desktop or you can download a free Twitch App for your iOS or Android device and if you create a free twitch account and HEART my channel you will get notifications when i am live.

For now i am going to be streaming sorta spontaneously, except i plan to stream on Sunday nights since i will be tangling then anyway.

I plan to stream Sunday nights at 8:30 pm (after my kids are in bed) and since Saskatchewan doesn't observe time changes currently we are the same time as Calgary, AB - or Salt Lake, UT.  If that helps.

For this week i announced on facebook and instagram that i would be streaming - so thank you so much to everyone who came by to watch me tangle and chit chat.

I would love to see you there, so please come on over and say hi!

B-rad sent me these helpful screen shots from his phone - so here's some iphone help...
Search
Once you're signed in you can search for iamthediva


Click on my channel 

Click the heart to follow my channel


Once you heart my channel an option to receive notifications should appear at the top of the screen.  If you miss it, unfollow and refollow and the prompt should reappear.

Now - nothing else will change.  The written blog post will still arrive on Monday Morning, just like it always does.  You do not have to watch the stream to get the challenge on Monday - but if you'd like to watch me tangle, or ask me a questions, or get a little sneak peek for the challenge ahead - now you can.

So, that's what's coming up in the weeks to come! I hope to see some of you there!

Weekly Challenge #310 "UMT Frunky by Katharina Königsbauer-Kolb"
 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 Frunky by Katharina Königsbauer-Kolb and you can see the step outs here 
We're up all night to get Frunky

I really had fun with this one, and my tile ended up looking a little bit like a garden path.  So cute. 


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 #DC310(Diva Challenge #310) 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. ;) 
If you love the challenge as much as i do, please consider leaving a tip (tip jar in the side bar).  I write this blog for free and have no plans to make it a paid for service in the future.  Buy me a cup of coffee, or a new Micron pen!! Click the tip jar on the side for a monthly tip, but if you just wanna throw a few bucks my way THIS LINK will give you a one time option.    A very big thank you to those who have kept me in hot cups of joe. ;)

Monday, March 27, 2017

Weekly Challenge #309

Good Morning all!

And a very happy Monday to you!

Thank you all so much for your well wishes.  I'm feeling so much better now.

We celebrated my mama's 59th birthday with the family this week.  Isn't she cute?

Blow out the candles!
 I had a very productive week and went through all the books in the house and made a big donation to my mom's community school - where they have a "free book fair" to make sure that every kid has books at home.  I feel good about the books going to someone who will read them and love them.  And then i also cleaned out a large box of books to be donated to our local Symphony's book sale.

The boys had a short school week because of Parent/Teacher interviews.  Both boys had excellent report cards and their teachers had nothing but wonderful things to say.  They are pretty great kids, if i do say so myself.

So Friday - on their day off from school -  we found a box of Christmas Crackers that i forgot about at Christmas time, so we took turns pulling them and laughing at the snapping sound - the boys loved the jokes inside, and especially the paper crowns.
Chewie is a Rainbow Prince
 look how cute these little guys are.  oh, my heart.

Pull, mom!
\On the weekend i went to Gardenscapes (a gardening trade show) with my friend Tara, and we spent over 4 hours wandering around and looking at bulbs and i bought some vegetable seeds and some cala lily bulbs, i'm so excited for the weather to cooperate so i can get into my flower beds and clean them up!  (Something 22 year old Laura thought i'd never say... hahaha)

Chewie had bowling on Sunday and i'm so impressed at how much stronger he's gotten over this year.  He gets so frustrated sometimes because he doesn't remember where he was when he started.  But he's made really great improvements.

my little bowler
 And one of my favourite things lately has been hanging out in the studio with this little man.
He's becoming my partner in crime, and when i go downstairs to paint or draw, he likes to come with me and draw along side me.

Check out this amazing drawing of Kermit the Frog! I mean, it's just too cute!!

i have all the prouds

Weekly Challenge #309: "New Official Tangle: Noom"
This week the Zentangle Mothership sent out their latest newsletter, and inside the newsletter are the step outs for the new tangle called "Noom" (You can find the tangle and the step outs here)

This is another tangle that they shared back in November for ZenAgain, and now it's public for everyone to love and enjoy!!  

I enjoy this tangle, although i will admit that i need a bit of practice to really make it my own.  

Noom!

OOH  - also i'm working on a little sumthin' sumthin' over here at Casa Diva, which i think is going to be pretty cool... i hope to have all the pieces in place soon, so stay tuned!!!

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 #DC309(Diva Challenge #309) 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. ;) 

If you love the challenge as much as i do, please consider leaving a tip (tip jar in the side bar).  I write this blog for free and have no plans to make it a paid for service in the future.  Buy me a cup of coffee, or a new Micron pen!! Click the tip jar on the side for a monthly tip, but if you just wanna throw a few bucks my way THIS LINK will give you a one time option.    A very big thank you to those who have kept me in hot cups of joe. ;)

Monday, March 20, 2017

Weekly Challenge #308

Happy Monday all!

So last week Chewie had a tummy bug which put him out of commission for the whole weekend... and early Tuesday morning i woke up feeling a bit off... and then i spent the rest of the night sick.  It was awful!  I didn't want to wake up the fam so i decided to sleep downstairs on the couch next to the bathroom.  It was a very rough night for me.

Around 5:30 B-rad came downstairs to find me huddled in the fetal position - so sick.  I haven't had a stomach bug in over 10 years, so it was probably my time.  So B-rad went about the task of getting the boys up for school and getting them dressed, and fed, and their lunches made and their backpacks packed, and himself readied and fed.  It was no small feat, he was slightly out of his element, but he was given no warning and therefore no prep.  He did a really great job though.  To be fair, if i woke up one morning and discovered that i had to do his job without any warning, i'm not so sure how great i'd be.

So i spent the entire day on the couch drifting in and out of sleep, and by bedtime i was able to eat a few saltine crackers and keep them down.

the next day i was feeling so much better.  Like a new person.  it was insane.

Which was really great because B-rad and I had tickets to see Mother Mother that night and i really wanted to go.  SO i took it easy all morning after the kids were in school, and drank bottled water at the concert and felt great.  And seriously, the concert was so so so good.  They are a solid live band with excellent arrangements and the sound is so awesome!!

Mother Mother

Mother and Father
 On Thursday Artoo lost his front tooth and so we were trying to teach him how to sing All I Want for Christmas is my Two Front Teeth - but he was havin' none of that because it's not Christmas time.

But it WAS Saint Patrick's Day! So they let me take their pictures and put the Leprechaun filters on them in Snapchat
Here is Patty O'Lantern

and Patty O'Furniture
 By the weekend with the warm temperatures our backyard looked like this:

So flooded.  Behold: Lake Harmzway

Apparently the drainage down the catwalk is blocked so everyone's backyards look the same.  

OH! AND i got to see Beauty and the Beast this weekend for a friend's birthday - and it did not disappoint.  It made my 12 year old heart so happy.  

Weekly Challenge #308: "MacNCheese"
So this week on the zentangle blog Rick and Maria wrote about comfort tangles and going back to the basics.  It really hit home with me because i often feel a lot of pressure to come up with something exciting and NEW each week.... instead of remembering the reason i started this blog in the first place - which was as a place of inspiration and a place of motivation.  

There are eleventy-billion named tangles and named variations of tangles out there.  And there are more and more being posted each day.  It's so hard to keep up, and sometimes the more complex they are the more stressful they become because there's more opportunities for"doing it wrong".  

Sometimes you just want to relax and let your pen dance across the page, and do what flows naturally from you.  

Maria writes:Where is it written that we must constantly strive for more complex and focused tangles? There is something to be said for tried and true, simple and familiar . . . like "mac & cheese" vs. the latest recipe on a food blog

So i thought a great challenge would be to use your MacNCheese (or Kraft Dinner as we call it in Canada) tangles.  No pressure! Enjoy the process, love each moment.  Do the ones that feel great.

My Go to MacNCheese tangles are generally Tripoli or Flux... But as i was getting myself centered to create my tile, i realized there's an unsung hero in my tangle practice.  a tangle that often finds its way onto my tiles - and that's Betweed.

So here's my current MacNCheese tangle Betweed.  I did it as a monotangle on a tan tile, because i had a tan tile next to me, and because i liked how this looked.   You do not have to make it a monotangle, and you don't have to use a tan tile!  Unless you want to and that feels good to you.

What are your go-to tangles?  Looking forward to seeing the results!

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 #DC308(Diva Challenge #308) 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. ;) 

If you love the challenge as much as i do, please consider leaving a tip (tip jar in the side bar).  I write this blog for free and have no plans to make it a paid for service in the future.  Buy me a cup of coffee, or a new Micron pen!! Click the tip jar on the side for a monthly tip, but if you just wanna throw a few bucks my way THIS LINK will give you a one time option.    A very big thank you to those who have kept me in hot cups of joe. ;)


Monday, March 13, 2017

Weekly Challenge #307

Happy Monday All!

I feel like we've been just getting through day to day around here.  We're knee deep in Second Winter right now with temperatures around -32C (about -25F) - which makes it hard to believe that just a few weeks ago we had temperatures around + 12 C (about 53F).  Temps like that make me want to hide inside, or go to the mall...

A boy and his dad
Chewie has been having a really great time league bowling, and last week he was awarded Bowler of the Week and Bowler of the month for January!  His auntie Mel gave him a set of bowling balls of his very own, and so now he feels very professional.  (He plays 5 pin)


look at those eyes
Artoo has been working hard on a research project at school - and was very happy to show me the fruits of his labours!  In the hallway outside his classroom is his report on Deer.  He's so proud, and so am i!!
Smarty!
  It feels like everything is just getting back to normal again, and then someone gets sick.  This time it was Chewie - who caught a tummy bug and was out all weekend... and so there was much laundry and cleaning and disinfecting around here.

Sometimes when you're not feeling good you just need to snuggle up in a cuddly blanket
By Sunday he was feeling much better, and he helped me make supper - we made teriyaki stir fry and he helped me chop the vegetables, and make the sauce and cook the rice.  He did great.  He's come a long way from boiling hot dogs.  :)

he has all the prouds
We are all really looking forward to nicer weather and less yucky sick feelings.

Weekly Challenge #307: "Kitchen Table Tangles with Indy and Mazzy"
If you haven't had a chance to yet, you should totally read this post by Molly on the zentangle blog.  (Coincidentally the post was published on my mama's birthday)

at the end of the blog post we are treated to a Kitchen Table Tangles video - starring Molly's kids Indy and Mazzy.


you can watch it here!

It's so fun to watch these two little girls create with such confidence!! Watching Mazzy draw lines made me feel bolder,  Take a watch and follow along because this week's challenge is to draw their tangle ZINGO

Here's my tile! I hope you like it Indy and Mazzy! Thanks for being such GREAT teachers!!


So pretty! (I used a green sakura golddust gel pen on my tile) #zingo
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 #DC307(Diva Challenge #307) 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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