Monday, October 27, 2014

Weekly Challenge #191

Happy Monday everyone.  First of all i want to say a very big Hello and warm welcome to any of you coming to the blog after hearing about about Zentangle on ABCs The View on Friday.  Welcome to the Diva's Weekly Zentangle Challenge!!

For those of you who don't know, the Zentangle-internet world was all a-BUZZ on friday because Rosie O'Donnell talked about Zentangle on the show, and how she also got Howard Stern into tangling and how he's a Tangler too!  ROSIE!! Call me!! :) Let's be best friends!!

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So, anyway - Remember last week when i said that the boys were starting to feel sick? Well, this has led to a full on house hold of sickness.  Chewie, Artoo, B-rad and I have all been fighting the same cold, in varying degrees.

For whatever reason, i get sinus-y colds far worse than B-rad.  (He gets really bad GI bugs, though) Chewie has had a wicked cough, B-rad has had the sore throat and congestion, and poor Artoo has it worse than everyone.   No one has slept very well this past week, and everyone is exhausted and we are sooooo over this cold.
Hot Toddys for Mom

Saline Nebulizers for Artoo.
We've been pretty low key all week, due to all the sickness.  But one cool new thing is

So flippin' cute
Chewie's new glasses!! Just when you thought he couldn't get any cuter.

He and i watched the video clip of Rosie talking about ZT on The View, and so he and I started tangling on a (knock off) munny doll we got from the dollar store.

so talented
He's pretty sure that when our "munny" is on The View, we will win.  (What it is, exactly, that he thinks we are going to win i'm not entirely sure.  But he wanted to tangle all weekend with me, so i'll take it!)

BROTHERS!
i just wanted to share this pic because i think it's super cute.

Before we get started on this week's challenge, though - i wanted to let you know about what's coming up in November.  Back at the end of September we took Artoo to see an eye specialist about surgery.  At the end of the appointment he told us he'd like to get Artoo in for surgery before Christmas.  When i spoke with his secretary, she told us we were realistically looking at February.  So, we were surprised when she called us last week to tell us that Artoo had been scheduled for surgery....NEXT FRIDAY (November 7)!!

Everything is happening super fast and we aren't really sure what the recovery will be like for Artoo.  We will be travelling to Calgary, AB to have the surgery done.

That being said - i have lined up some wonderful guest posts for the entire month of November so i can focus on my family while we figure out what's what, post surgery wise.   So, without further ado, here's this week's challenge, and i'll catch y'all back in December!

Weekly Challenge #191: "Monotangle: Betweed"
Recently i was working on a zentangle piece where i was using one of my go-to tangles, betweed, and i remembered there being a youtube video wherein Maria demonstrates how to do the tangle betweed so i watched it for a bit of a refresher:

(here it is:)


and i realized that i always do betweed in the exact same way, so maybe i should try some of the variations Maria shows in her video.

So your mission this week, should you choose to accept it: Create a monotangle using only the tangle Betweed.  (A monotangle is a term that originated here on this blog to describe a tile done using ONLY ONE tangle and it's variations.)  So, Betweed it up everyone!!

i'm in love with the bars of betweed on the bottom

Have a great week! There will be regular challenges posted through november by some wonderfully talented Certified Zentangle Teachers, so come on back each week and see what they've got in store for you!!

See you in December!


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. ;) 
i'm currently trying to decide what to do about the challenge slideshows (read here)... if you have any ideas i would love to hear from you! 
If you don't have a blog but still want to participate, you can email your tile to me and i will put it in the slideshow. (send submissions to: weeklychallenge at mail.com[not gmail, just mail]. I just ask that you put in the subject line: Challenge # ________ 
The deadline for each weekly challenge is Saturday night so that i can round everyone up by Sunday. What this means is that i will stop adding tiles to the slideshow on Sunday. You're still more than welcome to do the challenges and add your name to the linkey machine. - although to be honest the deadline is pretty forgiving.
 I will be more diligent with the linkey machine - by editing out the ones that don't work, the doubles, the links that lead to nowhere, the links that go just to blog home pages (this is why we need those site specific urls), and the spam. And there is some spam. PLEASE do not put your *home* page in the linkey machine... please? for me??

Monday, October 20, 2014

Weekly Challenge #190

Happy Monday!

What a busy weekend for us!  As i mentioned on Thursday, Artoo turned 4 this week.  So this weekend we had a Dinosaur Party!

Pretty much since he could talk he's wanted to be a Palaeontologist.
Last year he wasn't really into birthday parties yet... but this year he's been talking about his Dinosaur Birthday Party since JUNE! So, we had to do it up right for the little guy.

My little Palaeontologist finding a Dinosaur egg in the sandbox!
We invited his 3 little friends and their 3 older siblings and had a dinosaur egg hunt in the backyard.  LUCKILY the weather this weekend has been absolutely gorgeous so we were able to have most of his party outside!
The party Crew and their Dino Finds
Artoo really loved it, and he kept singing "Happy Birthday to ME!" all day long, even after the party was over.
Blowing out the candle!
This was also a big day for Artoo - as it was the very first time he ate a cupcake, without it being puréed first!  (Because of his syndrome, he's unable to eat solid food that isn't blended or very soft) So that was totally exciting!

Then after his friends went home, he had a nap and then the family came over in the evening for burgers and cheesecake (which i made from scratch, it was amazing!!)

All in all, it was a good day.
Sadly, both the boys are sick now... Chewie started coughing a bit on Saturday, and now Artoo is coughing as well... so send healthy thoughts our way!!

Weekly Challenge #190: "Pink for Ardath*"
I called this Challenge Pink for Ardath because last winter my grandmother Ardath passed away from complications due to Breast Cancer.

1957 Grandma and Dad
 My grandma was a very talented lady.  She was creative in almost every crafty way imaginable, but she was also a very gifted artist.  As a kid growing up, i remember always thinking that i got my musical gifts from my mom's side, as all her family have wonderful singing voices, but i didn't know that the artistic gifts came from my dad's side until i was an adult.  Grandma always sewed; she made clothes for my dolls.  She knitted sweaters and mittens and soooooo many slippers, and she was a very accomplished quilter, but she was a really great artist as well.

Grandma and Dad

Grandma and Grandpa on their wedding day 
One really great memory i have of her that will always stick with me is when i was probably 10 or 11 years old.

I was at her house (that always smelled like cooking ham, in the best way possible) and i was drawing a picture.  She pulled up a seat next to me, and showed me the coolest thing: Watercolour pencil crayons.  And this was in the early 90s! She told me they were very expensive and she had to order them.  They were amazing because you could draw with them, and then use a paint brush with clean water and you'd get a beautiful painted picture.  As she told me about them, she drew a beautiful pink rose on my drawing, and then expertly flicked the wet brush to create a watercolour.

Materials: Zentangle tile, Pink Watercolour Wash, Pink Sakura Golddust pen,
Sakura Pigma Micron, Sakura Gelly Roll white, Fabrico marker in Cool Grey

Materials: Bijou tile, Pink Watercolour Wash, Pink Sakura Golddust pen,
Sakura Pigma Micron, Sakura Gelly Roll white, Fabrico marker in Cool Grey

This week please use pink in some way in honour of Ardath* (*or someone you know whose lives have been touched by Breast Cancer).

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. ;) 
i'm currently trying to decide what to do about the challenge slideshows (read here)... if you have any ideas i would love to hear from you! 
If you don't have a blog but still want to participate, you can email your tile to me and i will put it in the slideshow. (send submissions to: weeklychallenge at mail.com[not gmail, just mail]. I just ask that you put in the subject line: Challenge # ________ 
The deadline for each weekly challenge is Saturday night so that i can round everyone up by Sunday. What this means is that i will stop adding tiles to the slideshow on Sunday. You're still more than welcome to do the challenges and add your name to the linkey machine. - although to be honest the deadline is pretty forgiving.
 I will be more diligent with the linkey machine - by editing out the ones that don't work, the doubles, the links that lead to nowhere, the links that go just to blog home pages (this is why we need those site specific urls), and the spam. And there is some spam. PLEASE do not put your *home* page in the linkey machine... please? for me??

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Happy Birthday Artoo!

cutie patootie
Today we celebrate my little Sunshine's birthday!! he's so excited he was dancing in the kitchen singing: "Happy Birthday to ME!"


Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Weekly Challenge #189

Hey hey!

Welcome back to another weekly challenge.  This past weekend we celebrated Thanksgiving in Canada - and every year my family alternates hosting the big dinners, like Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.

it just so happened that this year Thanksgiving was at our place, and for the first time EVER B-rad and i were tasked with cooking the turkey.  We have hosted in the past, but usually we made a ham.

This year, we received turkey - randomly - from some dudes in a parking lot.

that sounds, shady, i know - but i swear it was all on the up and up.

our local grocery store was giving out free turkeys with a certain amount of grocery purchase, and while B-rad was putting our bags into the car, a dude walked up to him and asked him if he wanted a turkey.  B-rad looked over and saw 3 young guys, construction worker type, who said they got the turkey for free but didn't really have anywhere to store it, or desire to cook it.

SO! thanks to those 3 random parking lot guys, we cooked up our first turkey.  I think we did a pretty good job, too!  i even made my stuffing from scratch!

This is the recipe my mom always made... it was successful and super tasty
 The boys were mostly excited that all their cousins were coming over after lunch!

SO EXCITE!
 Considering it was my first turkey ever, i think we did alright!

So tasty
 an awesome thanksgiving moment was walking into the kitchen to find this:

i laughed so hard
 B-rad was totally testing his temperature with the meat thermometer.... the verdict? Totally hot.

Another awesome moment was when the whole family arrived.  My youngest brother was in charge of pies - so he brought the pies he made (he actually made 3! Lemon, Blueberry, and Pumpkin) but he was making the meringue at my place.  None of us really knew how to do meringue, so 4 of us were on our phones reading out the instructions to 4 different recipes for 4 different types of meringue.   In the end, we just decided to wing it.   It turned out awesome.

perfectly browned peaks. 
 All in all there were seven adults, one teenager, and five children in our home.  We crammed the adults into the living room and the kids ate in the kitchen.

almost ready to eat!
 The only person missing was my brother in Victoria BC... miss you brutha!
The Diva Family
It has really been a wonderful thanksgiving weekend here.
I'm so thankful for (in no particular order):

  1. B-rad, Chewie and Artoo
  2. my extended families and friends
  3. my health
  4. even though i have back pain, i am still able to function thanks to my magic chiropractor
  5. i'm so thankful for the many people who i've met and who've touched my life in some way through Zentangle and through my blog
  6. Sakura microns
  7. fresh clean water
  8. my beautiful home: House, City, Province, Country, Planet
  9. being able to run not one, but two 10Ks this year and crossing that off my bucket list
  10. traveling to Providence, and being a rockstar for a day
  11. traveling to Washington DC for the Moebius Conference
  12. love, laughter, singing, music, yoga, running
  13. hugs and snuggles from my still-small boys

Happy Thanksgiving! 
Weekly Challenge #189: UMT "Yuma" by Tina-AKUA, CZT
I'm not going to lie, i was pretty happy to see Tina's tangle come up in the random generator this month.  I met Tina at the 15th CZT conference in Providence this year!

Me and Tina and her book of Diva Challenges!
She was so wonderful and sweet. HI TINA!

Her tangle is called YUMA and you can find the step outs on her blog HERE

My submission
I really liked this tangle, i went with a variation for my tile.  this is one of those tangles i find relaxing.

For those of you who don't know, the first Monday of the month, is a UMT Challenge (Use My Tangle), where the challenge is to learn and use a tangle created by one of you! It's awesome for me, because i don't have time to try all the new tangles i see on the web on a regular basis. This challenge makes sure i'm at least learning ONE new tangle a month... 
if you have a tangle you'd like to submit, please follow this link for the guidelines for submissions. Each month's tangle is chosen at random by www.random.org 
Have fun with this tangle!  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. ;) 
i'm currently trying to decide what to do about the challenge slideshows (read here)... if you have any ideas i would love to hear from you! 
If you don't have a blog but still want to participate, you can email your tile to me and i will put it in the slideshow. (send submissions to: weeklychallenge at mail.com[not gmail, just mail]. I just ask that you put in the subject line: Challenge # ________ 
The deadline for each weekly challenge is Saturday night so that i can round everyone up by Sunday. What this means is that i will stop adding tiles to the slideshow on Sunday. You're still more than welcome to do the challenges and add your name to the linkey machine. - although to be honest the deadline is pretty forgiving.
 I will be more diligent with the linkey machine - by editing out the ones that don't work, the doubles, the links that lead to nowhere, the links that go just to blog home pages (this is why we need those site specific urls), and the spam. And there is some spam. PLEASE do not put your *home* page in the linkey machine... please? for me??

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving!!

Happy Canadian Thanksgiving!  We're all recovering from a Turkey Induced Coma and Carbohydrate Overload here at Casa Diva.

Thank you for everyone's continued support and participation in the weekly Challenge!  have a great long weekend, we'll see you back here on Tuesday morning!

Love Laura

Monday, October 6, 2014

Weekly Challenge #188

Happy Monday.

For those of you who don't follow me on facebook, you may not know that i have been in a lot of pain this week.  Sometime on Thursday my back began to hurt, and by the time B-rad got home from work, i was in so much pain.  I could barely move.  It hurt to sit, it hurt to stand, it hurt to lay down.  Everything hurt.  Breathing was painful.

I spent the majority of the weekend laying on my bed or the floor, and i've been taking pain meds every 4 hours on the dot to get me through the day.
I went to see my magic Chiropractor, and she hurt me - a lot.  I told her i would put up with A LOT of pain if it meant i would feel better later.  i felt pretty good for most of saturday.  I think part of my problem is that i feel pretty good - because i'm really drugged - and i think that i'm feeling better than i actually am, and then i over exert myself and hurt myself.  yay.  good times.  

As i'm typing this, my drugs have worn off and i'm about to take some more and they make me pretty drowsy so - here we go, let's get this done, shall we/

Weekly Challenge #188: National Coming Out Day 
This week (before the back pain) i was contacted by a very well spoken young man who sent me a really well written email.  

His name is Daniel, and he is 12 years old.  Hello Daniel! 

Daniel told me that October 11th is National Coming Out Day.  Daniel's friend is gay, and so he wanted me to help him support his friend and to issue a challenge with a LGBT theme. 

Daniel says:
I think it would be a good way to further inspire tanglers and raise awareness if you considered a challenge to somehow put some aspect of LGBT in a tile. Perhaps using the colors of the rainbow, or using tangles that start with L, G, B, and T, or using those letters as a string? 
Seriously!?! This kid is ready for Harvard already.  He even sent along his own tile for inspiration.  

tangles used:
Lanie, Gumleaves, Bunzo, and Tipple

Now.   I know that usually the first monday of the month is a UMT challenge, but with the timing of his request we're gonna reschedule the UMT for now.

I just have to say how impressed i am that a 12 year old boy is such a great ally to the LGBT community.  I am too.  I know that, for some, this topic is controversial and you may feel uncomfortable.  That's okay.   Please just skip this week and come back for next week's challenge if you like.  I am lucky enough to have the best, most supportive readers in the entire internet. That being said, negative comments are not appreciated and they're just not cool.  But i have a feeling this is going to be a non-issue.  you guys are great. (prove me right, Tanglers!)

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. ;) 
i'm currently trying to decide what to do about the challenge slideshows (read here)... if you have any ideas i would love to hear from you! 
If you don't have a blog but still want to participate, you can email your tile to me and i will put it in the slideshow. (send submissions to: weeklychallenge at mail.com[not gmail, just mail]. I just ask that you put in the subject line: Challenge # ________ 
The deadline for each weekly challenge is Saturday night so that i can round everyone up by Sunday. What this means is that i will stop adding tiles to the slideshow on Sunday. You're still more than welcome to do the challenges and add your name to the linkey machine. - although to be honest the deadline is pretty forgiving.
 I will be more diligent with the linkey machine - by editing out the ones that don't work, the doubles, the links that lead to nowhere, the links that go just to blog home pages (this is why we need those site specific urls), and the spam. And there is some spam. PLEASE do not put your *home* page in the linkey machine... please? for me??

Monday, September 29, 2014

Weekly Challenge #187

Good Good Monday Morning everyone!

I hope you all had fun with last week's challenge.  The submissions that i have seen so far are just beautiful! love them!

B-rad, Artoo and I started our week off last week with a 6.5 hour car ride to Calgary, AB.
Watching Muppets Most Wanted for the one hundredth time.
The reason for the visit? To go to the Alberta Children's Hospital where we met with the opthalmological surgeon who will eventually do Artoo's strabismus surgery.

So colourful!
 This was our first time in a Children's Hospital - and i have to say that the experience there was just awesome!  The hospital is so bright and colourful, and when you walk inside it doesn't FEEL like a hospital.  Artoo has had his fair share of hospitals, and can tend to get anxious when we walk inside.

 He was stress free, the whole time.  He had fun playing games with the techincian, and when we actually saw the doctor he was laughing and having a good time.  We got some promising information and we feel pretty confident about going forward with surgery - and at the end of the appointment we said goodbye to the doctor and Artoo blurted out: "Wait!! i want to give you a hug!" and so he climbed down off the big eye-doctor chair and ran over to the doc to give him a hug.  It was crazy awesome.

Because this appointment was on a tuesday, Chewie spent the days we were gone with Grandma and Grandpa so he wouldn't miss any school (after missing a whole week from being sick the week before).
Hello Brother!

On Wednesday, Artoo and I went to pick him up from school, and Artoo was so excited to see his brother he was banging on the window shouting: "Hi Brother!!! Hello!!"  it was super cute, and Chewie's first grade teacher is so sweet, she told Chewie: "You've been away from your family for a long time, why don't you go now?" and let Chewie out of class a few minutes early.   They were very happily reunited.  Love that.

SO PROUD!
Having had such a great experience at Alberta Children's this week, it made what happened Thursday morning, here in Saskatoon, that much more exciting.  This week, they FINALLY broke ground on Saskatchewan's Children's Hospital!! After years and years of fundraising and planning and community planning - our Children's Hospital is finally FINALLY underway!  Above in the pink hard hat is my very very good friend Tara (hello!!) giving a speech at the ground breaking ceremony.  She and i met just after our little ones were born, and she has been heavily involved in the hospital planning as a patient family advocate.  I'm just so proud of her, and i'm confident that because of her families voices are being heard as they go forward with the facility.  YAY TARA!!

Y'know, before i had kids i never really thought about what having a children's hospital would mean to our province.  It's gonna be a game changer, for sure.
at the theatre

goofy faces

Thursday night we scored some free tickets at the last minute to see a show with the kids (thanks again Tara) and they both had a really great time.  It was one of those Kiddy shows with people dancing around in costumes.  I thought it might be a little old for Chewie, but he had a great time.  And Artoo just loves music and he was so happy to dance and clap his hands and sing songs.  it was so fun.

I have so many more pictures of things we did this week, but honestly, this post is so long already.  lol.  not every week is so jam packed!

Weekly Challenge #187: "String Theory - Blind String"
A lot of new tanglers i talk to say the same thing: They get stumped by the string.  But you don't need to be stumped.

Every once in a while i like to come back to this challenge.  It's pretty fun, because it takes your brain out of the equation when drawing your string.

To begin, draw your dots and your border.

Then put your pencil somewhere on the tile (i put mine by the edge of the tile) and close your eyes and draw a string...blind.

my bind string
This is very different from my regular strings... because there are so many tiny sections!  But it was pretty fun to tangle.

Tangled up and ready to go. 
I'm really loving how this turned out.  It was so fun!

Your turn!  Close those eyes, draw your string, and tangle away!

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. ;) 
i'm currently trying to decide what to do about the challenge slideshows (read here)... if you have any ideas i would love to hear from you! 
If you don't have a blog but still want to participate, you can email your tile to me and i will put it in the slideshow. (send submissions to: weeklychallenge at mail.com[not gmail, just mail]. I just ask that you put in the subject line: Challenge # ________ 
The deadline for each weekly challenge is Saturday night so that i can round everyone up by Sunday. What this means is that i will stop adding tiles to the slideshow on Sunday. You're still more than welcome to do the challenges and add your name to the linkey machine. - although to be honest the deadline is pretty forgiving.
 I will be more diligent with the linkey machine - by editing out the ones that don't work, the doubles, the links that lead to nowhere, the links that go just to blog home pages (this is why we need those site specific urls), and the spam. And there is some spam. PLEASE do not put your *home* page in the linkey machine... please? for me??