Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Weekly Challenge #317

Happy TUESDAY everyone!

If you were celebrating Victoria Day in Canada, i hope you had a wonderful May Long weekend. We had a great weekend - the boys had Friday off school as well as Monday, so we went on a little roadtrip to Lloydminster, SK to visit my friend Christine and her kids.
Hilarious Road Trip Snacks... yes those are Ketchup chips, and they are amazing. 

So hilarious
 Lloydminster is just far enough away that the boys were pumped about a "road trip" but not so far away that they started getting too antsy in the van.

"Check out this scenery! Take a picture of me, mom!"
We met our friends for lunch and then spent the afternoon at the petting zoo, which the kids.... LOVED


Feeding the Llamas, Billy goats, and Camel
all four kids ran from pen to pen, feeding the animals grass and laughing - it was pretty fun.

Llama's love grass
 It's a pretty decent petting zoo, in addition to the Llamas, the Billy goats, and the camel - they also had two Tortoises


And two little Timber Wolf cubs - one named Rosco and one named Duke. 

Here's chewie holding Rosco, who is 5 weeks old

Artoo and Rosco - you can see Duke in the background
 I was really impressed with Artoo at the petting zoo - he really doesn't like dogs or cats - so i was expecting him to be indifferent to the whole situation - but he LOOOOOVED the wolf cubs, and had no problems petting them and holding them.

They wolves were his favourite part, and we went back a few times.  Chewie loved the wolves the most, too.  And both boys also loved the Sheep pen.  They would laugh and pet the sheep and feed them grass and we spent a lot of time there as well.

my friend Christine's girls - i call them Elsa and Anna because the older one is blond and the younger is ginger.
They love my boys, and my boys love them too.  This sheep they named "The Blacky Black One"
We drove home that night just in time for bed, and the rest of the weekend was spent doing a garage sale on Saturday, and yard work and clean up on Sunday, and Monday the boys played on the trampoline and we roasted hot dogs for supper.  
A spectacular sunset, taken from my front door.... The Land of the Living Skies!

Weekly Challenge #317: "Photo Tangles"
So, i had this idea for this week's challenge earlier in the week, and i had been thinking about how to do it... 

 And when i started streaming last night (www.twitch.tv/iamthediva) i still hadn't quite worked out what i was going to do... and so if you were watching last night you were treated to an extra special treat of me not knowing where to start - and really - it was a true tangling moment for me.  Very authentic.... i often don't know what i'm going to to until i start doing it.  I think that's one of the magical qualities of zentangle - the unplanned.

So my idea is to use an image as your string - and here i've used a model from a fashion magazine.  I sometimes find that shiny magazine paper doesn't really play well with Microns.  So i thought i'd just photo copy the image (my home printer has a copy function) and then cut it out and glue it onto a zentangle tile.  And that's what i've done here.

You could also cut out the image and glue it onto a tile, as Vonnie suggested last night... or you can go through your stash of fashion mags, or craft mags, or use an interesting photo in a grocery flier..

the basic premise here is to use the image as your string and tangle around it.

Add caption



 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 #DC317(Diva Challenge #316) 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. ;)
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Monday, May 15, 2017

Weekly Challenge #316

Good Morning all!!

Thank you for all your birthday wishes - i had a really great week!

My birthday was celebrated with my 3 favourite boys.  Artoo made sure we took a "Last Day of Being 36" picture - because that's what we do on the night before their birthday

our fingers make 36.... his 3, his 1+my 5 (His idea!)
 Bright and early Friday morning Artoo came running into my bedroom shouting "Happy Birthday Mom!!" followed closely by Chewie and i was gifted so many hugs and kisses.  Artoo was so excited because Friday also happened to be his Grade One year end recital!  There are 4 Grade 1 classes in his school - and his class were skunks.  He even had a speaking part! And so B-rad and I were really worried that his anxiety would get the better of him and that he wouldn't be able to to it.... But he spoke his words clearly into the microphone and we were so proud of him... i thought my heart would burst.

The cutest skunk in the biz
 He felt pretty great about himself, and with good reason.  He did such a great job.
I'm a lucky lady.
I spent the rest of the day making art in my studio and i did a birthday live stream that was really fun.
Dill Pickle Bloody Mary
at dinner i made myself a Dill Pickle Bloody Mary made with Dill Pickle Vodka (Yes, it's a thing)

Here's how i made it:

2 oz Dill Pickle Vodka 
Ice
Tomato juice
2 oz pickle brine
3-5 shakes Worcestershire Sauce
2-5 shakes Tabasco
 garnished with celery stalk, dill pickle, olives, and pickled green beans.


Basically - it was a delicious boozy salad!

WIN WIN

Artoo told me that he really wanted to make me a cake for my birthday, so he and B-rad made one together after supper

tasty 
 On Saturday my mom and dad took the boys overnight so B-rad and i could go out for a birthday dinner, and i had the most amazing meal... a mushroom and blue cheese burger and a side of poutine!! mmmmmm poutine.

my mouth is watering just remembering how good it was

Date night with my hubs
 On Sunday, Mother's Day, we went to my mom and dad's to pick up the boys and my mom and i were surprised with pancake breakfast prepared by my dad and my boys.  It was so tasty and the boys were so proud of themselves.

I really had such a great weekend, and i love my boys so much.  all three of them.  They sure know how to make a girl feel special.

Weekly Challenge #316: String Theory - Stripes!

This is one of my favourite challenges... i so love coming back to it and revisiting it!!  For this week - create your string using stripes! They can be varying widths, they don't have to be uniform or even... basically anything goes as long as it's stripes.

Thanks to everyone who joined me last night for the live stream, it was really fun.

For my tile i decided to use a zendala tile - for the sole reason that i haven't done a stripe challenge on a zendala tile before.
i named this one "Accidental Sunrise" on the Live Stream last night. 
Remember if you'd like a sneak peek into the next challenge - join me on Twitch and watch as i create each week's tile.  I usually start streaming by 8:30 pm, my time - which is the same as Calgary AB, or Salt Lake UT (if that helps you) although sometimes i'm able to get down to the studio sooner.  Be sure to heart my channel and turn notifications on if you'd like to be notified when i'm streaming  (Sometimes i stream during the day as well)

 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 #DC316(Diva Challenge #316) 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, May 8, 2017

Weekly Challenge #315

Happy Monday all!!  Thanks to those of you who hung out with me on the live stream while i tangled last night.  My hubby pointed out to me the other day that if you have a Twitch account and want to be notified when i'm streaming you need to make sure that you have the notifications toggle switched to "ON"
 Like so:

Then you should get a notification each time i start streaming.  I will be streaming on Sunday night, but i'm also going to try to stream on Friday during the day.


click to enlarge


 because
FRIDAY IS MY BIRTHDAY!!!  WOO HOO!!
yeah.

So hopefully i'll see some of you then.

This week was jam packed - i gave blood....

goodbye blood
I had lunch with this cutie pie:

Me and Miss E
B-rad and i took the boys for lunch for McHappy Day, and it was a great opportunity to talk to them about Ronald McDonald Charities - and how they were both born premature but we were lucky enough to live close enough to the hospital that we could go to our homes at night.  Chewie found it all very fascinating.  Artoo was somewhat indifferent. lol

Happy McHappy Day
Artoo's class had a special PJ day this week, and he was pretty excited to bring his stuffed Kermit to school and to wear his Darth Vader PJs to school.  His class played games and had snacks and watched Trolls and he had a great day.

It ain't Easy being Green
On Saturday we took the boys to Free Comic Book Day - and then my friend Christine brought her girls over for the day and the kids played in the backyard while we visited and i got a sunburn - and then after they left the boys wanted to make a fire so we had a hot dog roast for supper and that was THE BEST THING EVER - according to the kiddos.

Roasting our Supper

Hot Dogs on the fire taste so much better. 
Sunday afternoon B-rad took the boys on a "special" shopping trip that they all swear has NOTHING to do with a couple of Special Days that are coming up this week.... like my birthday.... on Friday... or mother's day on Sunday.

Artoo keeps giggling everytime he brings up the 'shopping trip' - which is all the time.  It's super cute.

Then we went out to my Brother and his wife's place for a belated Easter Supper - and Chewie was off running with his cousins, playing at the park across the street.  Artoo was content to sit on the living room floor and draw.   must be my kid. ;)


Weekly Challenge #315: "Tangle Study = Molygon"
Last week Rick and Maria released another episode of Kitchen Table Tangles on the Mosiac App - where Maria draws Molygon.  This is one of my favourite tangles - i love the way it looks, but i've never really been satisfied with the way mine turn out.  So the challenge this week is to spend some more time with Molygon because i think, at least for me, sometime the tendency with a new tangle is to try it out once and then you sort of go back to your old stand bys.  Sometimes it's good to go back and spend some time one-on-one with a tangle.

you don't have to make your tile a monotangle unless you want to.  i did.

Molygon on a tan tile
I just love the organic way that molygon grows out of itself.

A helpful tip to remember: Keep the spacing between your molygon as consistent as possible.  this will help with the uniform look of the moon shapes.

 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 #DC315(Diva Challenge #315) 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, May 1, 2017

Weekly Challenge #314

Happy Monday everyone!

Thanks to everyone who came and watched me tangle last night on Twitch - it was fun!
If you'd like to be notified when i'm streaming, just create a free twitch account and heart my channel to get updates on when i'm live.  I've been known to throw the cameras on if i'm in the studio making art while my kids are at school - hopefully that will work for some of my friends oversees!

If you follow me on instagram - watch for photos like this in my stories
Last weekend we bought the boys a trampoline - as they loved the neighbour's trampoline but they took it with them when they moved - (and Trampolines are fantastic therapy for Artoo).  Unfortunately the weather was really bad all weekend - with rain and YES SNOW off and on all week.

It's almost more frustrating that when it's winter, because they know that it's SOOOO close to spring - when they see snow in the mornings they seem almost insulted.  lol

budding artist
 So they have been keeping busy inside - Artoo draws every single day.  It's so amazing.

He drew a human faced cat
 This week i've been busy working on projects out of the house - feeling good that things are moving forward in those areas... go me!!

Finally on Saturday Chewie and B-rad got to work putting together the trampoline.  I'm very impressed, B-rad tells me that Chewie actually did most of the putting together himself!

Laying out the bars
 B-rad helped him read the instructions and go through each step - and Chewie diligently worked on the trampoline for hours with his dad.

so many pieces
 Artoo did a little bit of helping - but then he and I went to pick up a few groceries and get out of their hair.
My three boys, workin' hard
 And all that hard work payed off - finally!!  The boys LOVE it and now they're out the door to play as soon as we'll let them!
FUN BOUNCY TIMES
 On Saturday night i got all dolled up and headed over to Tara's for a Ladie's Night of drinking and so much cake.  So much.  Like, a ridiculous amount of cake.  mmmmmm...... so many cakes.

pre party selfie
 Tara made me the best drink ever: a Dill Pickle Vodka Bloody Mary - Elisa we are drinking these when you come to visit....
Best drink ever
So much fun.

How was your week?

Weekly Challenge #314: "UMT: Scallamps - by Sarah Uram 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.

This month's UMT is Scallamps by Sarah Uram and you can see the step outs here 

super fun
Also - I wanted to dedicate my tangle this week to a fellow tangler who's family is hurting: Lily from Lily's Tangles
To you and your family - i'm keeping you in my thoughts and sending love and light to your family in this difficult time.  

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 #DC314(Diva Challenge #314) 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 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. ;)