Monday, May 2, 2016

Weekly Challenge #266

Happy Monday everyone!

This week my two wonderful boys performed in their year end Piano Recitals!!

Chewie played a very beautiful piece called "Haunted Harp" - he's really done well this year.  This was his third piano recital - but it was still very exciting for him!

Piano Recital for year 3 - in the bag!!
This year, we were so excited for Artoo to play in his first ever piano recital.  He was so very excited about it, and he called both his grandparents to ask if they'd like to come, and also if they'd like to take him out for ice cream afterwards.  LOL Cheeky Monkey.   He did an amazing job, and he's come a long way this year!
First Piano Recital EVER!
 B-rad and i are so proud of our boys.  While sometimes it's a struggle to get them to practice, we just love how much they love music.  (even if Chewie would deny it if you ask him)

With the arrival of great weather, we spent a lot of time outside this weekend - and that means SIDEWALK ART!!

Chewie's getting his Nintendo on. 

Artoo drew an ocean.
 And with this beautiful weather comes Deck Time!! We ate our breakfast on the deck yesterday morning and watched the birds flit from branch to branch.

I love these boys.
The Breakfast Club
And now we're into May! It's so hard to believe that the school year is almost over for these kids, and that Artoo is almost FINISHED KINDERGARTEN!?  Time is going crazy fast.

Weekly Challenge #266: "UMT - Crux by Henrike Bratz"
Because today is the first Monday of the month - that means it's time for a Use My Tangle challenge where i feature a tangle created by one of you!  If you have a tangle you'd like to have us try you can read the guidelines here.

For me, UMT challenges are great because they give me a reason to try out tangles i might not have a chance to try out.  This week's Challenge is called Crux and the step outs can be found here.

This tangle is a bit on the higher focus side of things.  In fact, i had to start over because i totally missed a step when i tried the first time.  (Don't worry, i'll come back and finish that tile another time).

This tangle uses the Hollibaugh method of drawing behind, and also is built off the tangle bales.  There's lots of room for play here, so enjoy it!

here's my tile for this week's challenge!!

Phicops on a Crux blanket


Let's see yours!

have a great week

If you have a blog, 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 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. ;)

Monday, April 25, 2016

Weekly Challenge #265

Hey Hey!
Happy Monday everyone.

Feeling MUCH better this week.  I still have a bit of the sniffles, but for the most part the cold is done.  So i celebrated by taking myself for a 7km run Tuesday morning.  


Artoo was very glad to be back at school.  The weather was nice and so we have been walking to and from school.


A big portion of my week was finally FINALLY getting this dresser business over with.  It's finally done.   
before
On Thursday the stain and varnish were dry so I started cleaning up Artoo's bedroom to bring in the new dresser - and i thought: "Maybe i'll just wash these walls first" - except that the paint we used when we painted the room back when i was pregnant with Chewie was so cheap that it came off onto my wash cloth with soapy water!! So, after i picked up Artoo from kindergarten that morning, we went to the hardware store and he picked out some bright green "Kermit Green" paint.  

That afternoon i puttied and sanded the walls took out all the furniture and then painted around the edges.  Friday morning i rented a carpet cleaner - and then cleaned the carpets in between coats of Kermit Green.  


after: finally done. 
So happy to be done.

Also -  big news at Casa Diva - Chewie lost a tooth. I didn't get a picture of it to show you because it was right before bedtime on Sunday night.

Weekly Challenge #265: "Stripes"
Stripes is one of my favourite challenges,  They always look so great.  So many tangles lend themselves to Striping, but regular tangles look great in stripes too.

Stripes on a zentangle ATC

So, tangle up some stripes and have a great week!

If you have a blog, 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 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. ;)

Monday, April 18, 2016

Weekly Challenge #264

Good morning everyone.

What a week.

Remember last week when i said it looked like Artoo was getting sick again? Well.  we ended up taking him to the hospital, again.

my sweet sleeping prince
We were there all night/morning long.  We were able to get him some medication to control his asthma and help his breathing, and we were home by 7:30 that morning.  I had been up for over 24 hours, and was exhausted.  But B-rad had to go to work, so he took Chewie to school and called my dad to come and hang out with Artoo so i could sleep for a few hours on the couch.

Home from the Hospital, my little man makes sure i'm close by at all times.  
Artoo recovered slowly.  just because he's home from the hospital doesn't mean that he's better.  he still needs constant surveillance.  But not sleeping for over 24 hours really took his toll on me, and i got Artoo's cold and it hit me hard.  I spent most of the week, when not watching the kids, sleeping, and coughing and blowing my nose.  

The kids got to watch a lot of TV.  True Story.  

By Sunday i was feeling much better, though i'm still not 100%

I managed to get out and do the last bit of sanding on my DIY Dresser project.  Here's the dresser with all the stain removed and the wood sanded.  ready for staining!!


such pretty wood  
B-rad and i also managed to do some yard work on Sunday too.  SO strike that off the to-do list.  
It looks as though Spring JUUUUST might be here to stay.  Fingers Crossed!!

Weekly Challenge #264: "String Theory: String into Spring"
I have to give this week's challenge idea credit to B-rad.  

He said: "I just thought of all the work you did outside today, and that it might be a good idea for a string, if you made it one big SPRING"

Great idea, don't you think? 

So this week's challenge is to create a Spring-like string on your tile. 

here's my string
booiiiing

And here's my finished tile!

Springy
that's it for me.  I'm off to bed with my box of tissue and my lemon tea, so i can kick this bug.  KICK IT. 

Have a great week

Love Laura
If you have a blog, 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 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. ;)

Monday, April 11, 2016

Weekly Challenge #263

Good Morning everyone!
This week at school Artoo and his class went to the University to visit the Biology building!  He was a little apprehensive about going on a field trip, but once he got there he had a really good time.  He really loved the butterfly display.


The weather is still trying to figure out what it wants to do. It even snowed again Sunday morning.  Bleh.
brothers!
We picked up the new Star Wars Movie and had a bit of a movie afternoon.

Chewie and I played a little bit of Star Wars Battleship this weekend too.
He kicked my butt, and the Resistance won. 
It was a low key weekend because sadly - Artoo is sick.  Again.  I know.  SO we're watching him closely and doing all we can to keep him home.  So.  Happy thoughts please.

Weekly Challenge #263: "Globular Grid"

This week's challenge a grid based challenge, with a bit of a twist.  
The challenge is create your grid on a circle and make it globular. Here's how to do it!


I drew a light string onto a blank renaissance zendala tile, then i made two parenthesis type lines ( ) down the centre of the tile.

From there, i just added more parenthesis lines, meeting at the tops and bottoms.  


then i turned my tile 90 degrees and did the same.


Once your grid is complete, tangle away!!


If you don't have a zendala tile, just trace a cup or a bowl on a regular tile and follow the same steps!
Have a great week everyone


If you have a blog, 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 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. ;)

Monday, April 4, 2016

Weekly Challenge #262

Hello everyone!
Hope you've all had a great week.  The boys have been home from school all week for Easter Break - and am i ever excited for them to be back in school.  Artoo is feeling much better, it took about half the week for him to be back to his old self again.  He's pretty content as long as he has music to listen to.  

Chewie spent much of this week off telling me he was bored, or annoying his little brother.  HIS answer to his boredom was to play video games every waking minute, but that's not about to happen.  After his allotted game time he would inevitably find me to tell me he was SOOOO BORED and that there was NOTHING TO DOOOOO... and after giving him a few suggestions at the beginning of the week, which he shot down because it wasn't 'playing more video games' i basically told him it wasn't my job to entertain him, my job was to make sure he was clean and fed and safe.  Entertainment was up to him.

He moaned and groaned a bit and then sulked off.  But every time, miracle of miracles - he found something to do; a book to read, colouring, playing lego, playing with his toys... imagine that.

A lot of my 'spare' time this week has been working on this dresser that we received from B-rad's grandmother for Artoo's room. 
what a 'beautiful' shade of goldish yellow stain.... **sarcasm**
We had a need, and B-rad's grandma is trying to downsize so it was a win/win.  Now, i've never EVER tried my hand and furniture restoration.  So, it's definitely an adventure...  

I've got most of the stain stripped off these drawers, and they've been sanded.  The wood looks so pretty. 


It's been a fun project, but i'm already ready to see the end of it.  Mostly because since the old dresser broke all Artoo's laundry has been sitting in piles in his closet. ;)

I really took very few pics of the boys this week, but the ones i did take will make your hearts melt.  Check out these dapper gentlemen.



They had their annual spring pics this week with our friends' girls.  I can't wait to see the proofs.

And this weekend B-rad and I were treated to the most amazing meal ever - courtesy of B-rad's oldest brother and his wife.  Everything was awesome.  Look at the awesomeness...

Saskatoon Berry Baked Brie

Greg and Shannon - also pictured here: My amazing Filet Mignon and Button Mushrooms
 I had never had Filet Mignon before.  Let me just say: LIFE CHANGED.

B-rad went face to face with a 16oz prime rib.  and he came out victorious.  I honestly have no idea how he ate the whole thing, it was the size of his head!

that's a lot of meat.
 It was really nice to hang out with them.  Sometimes we get so busy and distracted with our insane life that it's nice to actually sit down with people and visit.  like adults.  ;)

Cheers!

How did you all enjoy last week's challenge? I've been visiting your blogs and they look amazing.  So, thanks again Jane for your really awesome challenge! 

Weekly Challenge #262: "UMT - Fassett by Lynn Mead"

Here we are, the first Monday of the month so that means Use My Tangle (UMT) where we try our hand at one of tangles that you've created. 

This month's tangle is called FASSETT and was created by Lynn Mead.  The step outs can be found here. Oh my gosh. I *LOVE* this tangle.  It's so fun, and so beautiful - and it's one of those tangles that looks complicated but is actually quite simple. 


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.

Have fun with Fassett!

If you have a blog, 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 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. ;)

Monday, March 28, 2016

Weekly Challenge #261

Happy Monday!

I've been loving your tiles for last week's challenge!! Shattuck is a great tangle.

This week started off pretty great.  One night i was sitting at the kitchen table tangling another Shattuck Tile:

 When Chewie asked me:
"Mom, what's your favourite thing about Zentangle?"

I looked up from my tile, and i thought about it, and then said; "The way it makes me feel."  He nodded, and then i asked "Do you want to try it?"

and what happened next was probably the best Zentangle class EVER in my CZT career - to my two sweet boys.

Chewie really enjoyed it, and when he learned what we were doing Artoo came running up and asked: "Can i make a zentangle too, mom?" 

So.  Precious. 

From there on out - the week was a total roller coaster ride of suck.  Artoo seemed to have a bit of a sniffle Wednesday at school - and by early Thursday Morning we found ourselves in the Emergency Room.  
Poor little guy was having a very difficult time breathing - and so we took him to the hospital "To get some medicine" 
cutest kid in the whole ER. 
and he was fine being at the hospital until around lunch time, and then he started to realize that we weren't going home anytime soon.... and then he got really sad, and started to cry and say he wanted to go home.  Oh man, break my heart.  

He ended up being admitted and put on Oxygen overnight.  It was very very sad, he was so unhappy. 

But he did cheer up a bit when B-rad and Chewie came to visit.  We sent each other some snapcats - and Chewie did a hilarious face swap with his SHIRT!

We laughed so hard at this.
After Dad and Big Bro went home it was just Artoo and me.  He was really very sad about having to have tape on his hand and thumb to hold is Sat Monitor on, so i asked his nurse if he could have some of the same tape to put on MY thumb and hand so we could be the same.

Only the extra awesome kids get the glowing E.T. thumbs though. 
 The following day he was much happier, and was SOOOO ready to go home, and told every nurse and doctor and cleaning staff who came into his room that he HAD to go home today because tomorrow was pancake day.
Just let me make this important phone call...
"Hello, Prime Minister Trudeau? I have to go home today.  Tomorrow is pancake day."
Look who's eating pancakes.

NEVER EVER miss a pancake day. 
Easter was touch and go - we were supposed to have my family over for Easter Dinner on Saturday, but had to cancel because of everything.  So mom hosted at her house and we popped over for supper and then took the little one back home to bed. 

Both boys were very excited Sunday morning, because dear Mr. Easter Bunny did IN FACT make it to our place!  

I found a green egg! Green is my favourite colour!
Chewie moved so fast, all the photos i took of him are just a giant blur.  

Gotta Catch 'Em All. 
We did manage to get out to B-rad's Family's for a bit of Sunday Supper, but again, i took the little one home early so we could get him to bed.  He's home from the hospital, but he's still not 100%.  So we have to still be careful to make sure we don't go back to the ER.

So, yeah, it's been a crazy week.  Crazy.  But it's over.  and Here's to a brand new day and a brand new week and and brand new challenge!! Luckily, for me, i had already had a wonderful guest blogger prepared for this week, so enjoy this week's challenge!

Weekly Challenge #261: Guest Blogger: Jane Reiter, CZT - Stacked Bijou Challenge

I began with a Bijou tile as a centerpiece to stacked tiles—my tangling inspiration comes from Sandy Steen Bartholomew’s online book, Tangles of Santa Fe (Inspiration Sketchbook #2).  


I use mat board scraps frequently for tangling---collected from a friend’s framing business. At least in Michigan, mat board cannot be recycled so there are always lots of scrap pieces available for art making.  

[ Laura here: If you don't have access to a bijou tile, they are 2x2" square :) ]

To begin, I cut five squares of mat board, in successive sizes to correspond to my Bijou tile:  3”, 4” 5”, 6”, and 7” squares.  You can easily substitute card stock, recycled cardboard, watercolour, colour paper or Bristol board in place of the mat board.  I drew my designs with a black Micron 03 0.35mm pen.  This challenge is perfect for border tangles, such as “ESS”, “Arrow”, “Angled”, “Sun Parts”, and “Diamond.”  I used the “Cross Glyph” for my Bijou tile centerpiece. 


 After tangling, glue the stacked tiles together with a glue stick (not the disappearing purple type) or paper glue such as Scotch Scrapbooker Glue.





I also include images of two other stacked Bijou examples; the turtle stack includes gold and I used a Sakura gold metallic jelly roll pen.  The turtle stack uses the patterns “Bead”, “Crescent”, “Arches Boarder”, and “Sun Parts.”  






The nicho stack includes white and I used an Elmer’s white painters pen with an ultra-fine size tip.  This stack uses my tangleations along with “Squiggle” and “Little One.”






I am an artist and teacher in Delta Township, Eaton County, having relocated from New Jersey to Michigan in 2000. My academic background is in fiber, having earned undergraduate and graduate degrees in studio art. I use mixed media collage as my primary expression, incorporating fiber, yarn and fabric along with stitching and gluing.  Love of color, pattern, texture and a sense of humor infuses my artwork.  I have displayed and marketed my art work in numerous regional shows and sales.   I love repurposing nontraditional materials into new and unexpected fabrics and objects (http://retreadart.blogspot.com/).
In 2007 I began focusing on mandalas and radial designs in collages.  Researching mandalas online one day led me to “Zendalas” created from “Zentangle®.” I was seriously intrigued and began looking around at Zendalas and tangled patterns.  Zentangle is a meditative and soothing approach to drawing patterns on a variety of surfaces, starting simply with pen and paper.  I quickly realized that I wanted to combine my extensive teaching experience of arts and crafts with Zentangle.
In 2012 I was awarded the Chris Clark Fellowship from the Arts Council of Greater Lansing. I traveled to Providence, Rhode Island, to train with the founders of Zentangle, Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas.  They opened my eyes to a fresh way of utilizing drawing and art skills along with inner growth and spiritual practice.  This was a life changing seminar for me!  Zentangle has greatly impacted my creative life providing me with inspiration in my artwork where I use much more drawing to express ideas.  The emphasis on patterns truly feeds off of my previous textile design experience. Consequently, I work to include drawn and painted patterns within collage pieces https://tanglewrangler.wordpress.com/).   I continue to teach art to all ages on a part-time basis in the Lansing area.


If you have a blog, 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 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. ;)