Sunday, March 29, 2015

No challenge this week - wait. I lied.

Hey all.
This weekend we travelled as a family to Calgary to go to Artoo's eye check up on (Monday) from his surgery in November. Thinking we'd get a little visiting in with friends and family - we drove up on Saturday. Sunday morning artoo started getting sick and progressively worse and we ended up taking him into the emergency room at Alberta Childrens Hospital. 
Sadly I won't be able to issue a challenge this week. I'll catch you all up when I can. 
Thanks for understanding. 
Love Laura 

EDIT
okay after publishing this I checked my email and saw that newest zentangle newsletter has gone out.  in it they are sharing the official tangle FLUX in the Rick version and the Maria version. 

If you're so inclined, we'll make this the challenge for the week. 

I'm blogging this from my phone so I'm not able to add the appropriate links at the moment. And I won't be able to add the linkey machine for a little while.  (links and linkey machine have been added)

But maybe one of you could be a dear and post the link to the newsletter where they show flux? 

Thanks again for your continued understanding. I'll add the linkey when I am able. 
Artoo enjoying some hospital pudding.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Weekly Challenge #210

Well, i jinxed it.  Last week i said i thought at Spring was almost here, but it snowed this weekend. Like 4" of snow. So, i guess we're onto second winter.

the story of my life

Hopefully Second Winter doesn't stick around too long.  
On Friday afternoon/evening i drove to Calgary for WeLove2Tangle on Saturday - an all day workshop for Zentangle enthusiasts!  Then on Sunday i drove home late just in time for this post.  

Here's a quick recap of WeLove2Tangle

Everyone is arriving and checking out the art supply vendors!
 The event was held in a beautiful hall with great windows and wonderful natural light!

I got to meet Cindy Hagen, CZT
Cindy was presenting a mini class on the tangle Betweed.  She's so sweet, she gave me a massage before i spoke, it was great.  Thanks Cindy!! She's also from Cranbrook, BC!!

As it happens, i never seem to get a photo of me speaking, so here's some selfies from the day, during my part of the workshop.

cheeeeeese

SMILE!!!!

 After my 2 hours session i went to grab a much deserved delicious mozza burger from Angels Drive Thru...
HEY! We're having lunch!!
Oh, and you may have noticed my girlfriend TARA!  She really wanted to come to the gathering, but it didn't seem to be working out... so on Friday afternoon she called me while i was on the road driving that circumstances presented themselves in such a way that she was going to be able to come - so she hopped on a plane and flew calgary on Friday night to attend, and hitched a ride back to Saskatoon with me!
Sandra Chatelain CZT, the mastermind behind the whole day,
introducing my fellow Saskatoonian Margaret Bremner
CZTs Nina Klaiman, Cindy Hagen, and Margaret Bremner all shared with us some awesome tangleations on different tangles.  This part of the day was great.  Too often, i get stuck in ONE WAY of doing a tangle.  i'm excited to break out of my mold a little bit. 



Tara working on her Crescent moon tangleations, taught by Nina Klaiman


Here are my tiles from Margarets class.  Scrumptious, no?
Oh, and you may also noticed that THIS happened....

it feels amazing.
it always feels sooooo good to chop it all off....now on to the challenge!!

Weekly Challenge #210: "Spiralstring - that's the thing!"

Hey everyone,  I will be at WeLove2Tangle so i've pre-written this week's challenge so hopefully all i'll have to do is get home (probably late on Sunday) and plop in some pictures of the weekend and be done!

This week's challenge is to use a spiral as your string... I like to come back to a simple spiral string because frankly i find them to be challenging because they don't really close off anywhere.  PLUS they always look so cool.



Do you have a particular thing that you find challenging that you go back to again and again?
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, March 16, 2015

Weekly Challenge #209

Good Monday Morning!!

I don't want to jinx it or anything, but i think Spring may be almost here.  The boys and i spent some time this weekend playing outside, and boy was it nice to just be outside without freezing our skin off. 

Artoo and I splashing in a puddle
I'm really excited for the nice weather, but also because i think Artoo will be a little bit more adventurous and independent this year.

Jumping for Joy!
There's nothing quite like jumping on ice to make it all break apart. I don't know why that's so satisfying, but it is.  It's nice to see that Chewie enjoys this as much as i do.

Smiley little helper man
Artoo, Chewie and I brushed some of the snow off the top deck.  I can't wait to lounge out here while the kids play this summer.

SWINGING
Yes, this is Spring in Saskatchewan, and it could snow again at a moment's notice - but we'll take what we can get!!

This weekend i'm off to Calgary AB to speak at WeLove2Tangle.  I'm pretty excited, and nervous. Wish me luck.  (if you're in the area and you're interested in attending, it's open to all Zentangle enthusiasts, there may still be space available, registration is open until Tuesday!)

Weekly Challenge #209: "Saint Patty's"

i love a holiday themed challenge.  This week's challenge is to GREEN UP your tile.


On my tile i used my Sakura Koi watercolours, which i LOOOOOOVE, and put down a light wash of green watercolour.  (Oh my, did you know that the official Zentangle tiles are made out of the most delicious watercolour paper? EDIT: I was told this morning by a fellow CZT that the official zentangle tiles are NOT made of watercolour paper, they are made from PRINT MAKING paper, which i suppose is why they're so smooth.  Still, they do take a bit of a watercolour wash quite beautifully.)  I used the flow of the paint to create my string and tangled with my trusty Pigma Micron pen.  To add a bit of sparkle, i added just a touch of green sparkly gelly roll pen - also by Sakura. (if you're interested, i used Stardust Limestar #727)

You don't have to use watercolour. You can add green however you like! A green paper, or a green pen, a green marker or green pencil crayon shading... or maybe some other kind of awesome green thing that i haven't even thought of!!  You could also incorporate St. Patrick's day, tangling a shamrock or a rainbow with a pot of gold, or a leprechaun.... Should be fun!!

ENJOY!! (I sure did)

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, March 9, 2015

Weekly Challenge #208

Happy Monday everyone - and an extra cup of coffee those of you who are Springing Forward with Daylight savings time...or...do you get to sleep in? I honestly have no idea how that works.  ;)  We don't actually have daylight savings time in Saskatchewan.... our time never changes.  It's awesome.  lol


Things are slowly getting back to normal around here, and let me tell you - that's a relief. 

So proud of his 'note'.
One of the down sides to having someone literally cough and sneeze in your face all week is that inevitable you will catch whatever they had.  We think that Artoo had Croup and then caught a random virus on top of that.  Currently i am battling sinus pain and headaches and runny noses and general feeling tired and exhausted.

You can tell when things are busy at home because i don't take as many pictures as i usually do. LOL.  oh well.

Artoo is feeling better every day.   One of the things i didn't get a chance to talk about last week was the meeting that B-rad and i had with the principal of the school that Artoo will start in the fall. (YES! Kindergarten!! It's happening!!!)  It seems so terrifying to have him out there in the world without his mama there to take care of him all the time.  I'm worried.  all the basic mama worries - but at least now we are getting a plan in place.  

Chewie is super excited to have Artoo at his school.  i keep catching them talking about it together. it's so. freaking. cute. 




One awesome thing this week was i was invited to my friend's home to teach an Intro to Zentangle class.  It was a fun group of ladies, there was a lot of tasty food and even some bubbly!  My ladies rocked the class - and they even took on Phicops!  I don't usually teach Phicops in an intro class, but they did great!

don't you think?

Weekly Challenge #208: "Duotangle - Cubine vs Pokeroot"

I just love me some duotangle.

A duotangle is a term that originated here on my blog - and it means to use ONLY TWO tangles and their tanglations throughout your tile.

For this week's challenge please use only Cubine and Pokeroot and their variations. (follow the links for the step outs)

i just really love how this one turned out.  
If you'd like an AMAZING tutorial on variations of Cubine, please check out my fellow Saskatonian CZT Margaret Bremner's blog.  It's jam packed with cubiney goodness.  Get inspired!!

also, part of the reason i chose these two tangles is because i happened to teach both these tangles at my class the other night, and if any of my ladies are stopping by today i wanted them to have NO EXCUSES not to try the challenge.  (Hello Ladies!! get crackin! you JUST learned these tangles! lol)

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, March 2, 2015

Weekly Challenge #207

This week Artoo was in the Emergency room twice.
The very short version of this story is that Artoo has croup (the first ER visit) and then he had an asthma attack brought on by croup (the second ER visit)

It was a serious week here at Casa Diva.

I am so very grateful for my Mother for rushing to our house at 10:30 at night, and for both my mom and dad for helping out with taking Chewie to and from school. 

To my good pal Tara who convinced me to take Artoo the second time. 

but mostly for B-rad who has proved again and again what an amazing father he is.  He's been sleeping in Artoo's room each night - taking the nights, so i can take the days.  But on top of that he's been going in to work taking care of our family.  I am really very blessed.

Artoo is feeling better but he always recovers slowly from these types of things.  I think he's out of the scary woods now though (knock on all the wood!)

Here's this week's challenge

Weekly Challenge #207: "UMT - Unbatz by Sandy Hunter, CZT"
On the first Monday of each month I choose a tangle created by one of you! (If you have a tangle to submit you can go here and check the submission guideline!)

this month's tangle is brought to you by Sandy Hunter, a fellow CZT.  



You can see the step outs for Unbatz on Sandy's blog here - i found unbatz a very fun little tangle.  I played with the sizes of the little 'u's on the bottom, there, to see what would happen.

also, this is another great example of me using my first tile - on the right i had attempted a different tangle, but in the end it was too busy and i didn't like it. (you can see part of it peeking through the mooka there) but instead of starting over, i just got my trusty enormous black marker and covered the whole thing, then used my tangle Somnee with a white gelly roll!  Now i love it!! Hooray! 

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, February 23, 2015

Weekly Challenge #206

Good Monday Morning!

It's been a very long week here at Casa Diva.  Chewie has been home from school all week for February break! But! Something magical happened this week!

I have three brothers - and i often say to my mom: "I don't know how you managed to not murder us in our sleep."  and she always just laughs and says that having four kids wasn't so bad because we all played with each other and we kept ourselves occupied.

So many times i wondered when this would happen to me.

Well, folks? The boys actually spent time playing "together"!!
This is a huge deal.

Behold Chewie's Lego creation: Rancor 2.0!
 Tuesday Morning they spent a good half hour playing Lego ships together on the kitchen floor.  chewie made 2 sweet ships and then flew around shooting at each other and ACTUALLY PLAYING!!

Wednesday they took on the Colossal task of ridding the house of zombies.  And off they went, my little zombie-killing duo, and systematically cleared the zombies out of EVERY room in the house.  I'm so glad they took care of that for me, cuz the zombies around here were getting pretty ridiculous.

Thursday they found some play-doh and made amazing creatures and then made little models of each OTHER and play acted a bunch of random scenes.  I really wish i had gotten a pic of their little mini-mes.


By Friday though, it seemed that playing with his brother had lost some of it's charm, and Chewie began pestering his brother - which led to many conversations about how just because HE is bored doesn't mean he's allowed to bother his brother (who is pretty content to do his own thing)

it's so interesting being parents to little human beings and to see how much they are similar, and then see how much they are different.  My little extrovert and my little introvert.  hm.

Friday night i got to get out with b-rad's cousin and attend another Dr. Sketchy life drawing session.  The theme of this night was PUNK ROCK and so the music was rowdy and there was beer and there was this amazing burlesque model named Stella Behaviour who told us her stories from back when she was a PUNK.

She pretty much looked ready to jump over the table and knock a few heads. 

Saturday night my good pal Tara and her hubby came over for some board games, where they introduced us to some fun games.  One of which is King of Tokyo which is like a funner version of Yahtzee where you play monsters attacking Tokyo.  They left the game with us for a while because we thought Chewie would probably LOVE playing it . We were right.

Adorable Monster Boys
On Sunday night we drove out to B-rad's mom and dad's for a family supper - where within 5 minutes of being there i managed to SLICE OPEN MY RIGHT THUMB trying to open a cardboard box for Artoo.   I'm not going to lie. it hurt. a lot.  But i managed.  It's  funny how you don't realize how much you use your right thumb until you lacerate it on a stupid box.

On our way how we got to watch this amazing sunset.

They don't call Saskatchewan Land of the Living Skies for nothing. 
 That's also Venus pictured there as well.  Chewie thought that was so cool that he could see a planet.

Weekly Challenge #206: "Tools/Trade"
So, i sliced open my thumb.  did i mention that?  As we were driving home from my in-laws and my thumb was throbbing in pain, i contemplated perhaps taking the day off from the challenge. Then i thought; "No, maybe i can make this work for me?"  And so when i got home and the boys were in bed, i decided to try something different.

typically, i work on the regular zentangle size tile -  3.5"x3.5", or a zendala tile; but for this challenge i used a zentangle apprentice tile, which is larger than a regular one.  it's 4.5"x4.5"

the reason i used a larger tile is because i wanted to spend as little time on my tile as possible (because of the throbbing bleedy thumb).  So instead of using a .01 Sakura micron pen i used a Prismacolor Brush nib pen.

The brush nib is very soft and flexible, and leaves a heavier line.  Since the nib was super flexible, i really had to slow down (Which sort of defeated the purpose of using a larger nib in the first place, d'oh) and take my time with each pen line.  I also was holding the pen at the very back of my hand because it was the only way it didn't hurt to proceed.


For me, it was very reminiscent of the non-dominant hand challenges because (THUMB!) i had to let go of my expectation and really just focus on the feeling of the pen dragging across the paper.  It was very relaxing, and while it's not very pretty - it's still pretty awesome. 

So - this week's challenge is NOT to go and cut your thumbs open.  PLEASE do not do that.  :)

This week's challenge is to try using tools or materials you've never used before for tangling.  Maybe you've always wanted to try tangling with watercolours instead of pens? Or maybe india ink? Or maybe a ballpoint pen? or perhaps you want to use nature and create a piece in the snow or the sand, or out of plants or flowers or twigs... maybe you want to use your sewing machine? Or try some embroidery? maybe you want to use a digital drawing program?

Rick is fond of saying that Zentangle can be done anywhere, with anything, even if it's just a stick in the sand.

What will you use?

happy tangling!
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. ;)


Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Weekly Challenge #205

Happy Tuesday everyone!

I hope everyone had a nice long weekend, to those of you who were lucky enough to have one.
I'm so proud of my little mixed media artist
Friday was Chewie's Valentine's celebration at school, and i'm so happy he chose to make his valentine's again this year.  We have so much fun playing with all my inks and sprays and stencils and stamps and paint.



Chewie left me this poem Friday night before bed.  I love it, and i'm keeping it forever.  He also didn't want Dad or Artoo to feel left out, so he made one for each of them as well.  Artoo was so pumped up about Valentine's day, he was so happy to get a poem from his brother and one of Chewie's handmade cards.   After the boys were in bed i made them both cards and left them on the table for them to find at breakfast. 

For Artoo
Artoo carried around his valentine for most of the day.

For Chewie
Valentine's day (Saturday) was pretty lowkey at our house.  We got up and had pink heart shaped pancakes for breakfast.  It was snowing pretty hard (nothing like they're getting on the East Coast but enough) so we stayed in all day and played video games and did laundry. (how romantic)

all you need is love
We had a very short bout of nice-ish weather on the weekend - Sunday, to be exact.  It was a balmy -9C so we took the boys out for a bit of sledding.  After the snowfall of the previous day, there was lots of fluffy snow covering the hill.  The boys had a great time.  B-rad and i were exhausted.

So happy!
I love my little family
Chewie and I having a lie-down in the snow after climbing to the top of the hill
 Monday was Family Day, and there was some talk about going sledding with my mom and dad and my brothers' families - But even though the day was sunny and beautiful, the temperature was a nasty -29C so we decided NOT to try sledding, and went bowling instead.

Artoo got some help from dad
 This was the first time Artoo had ever been bowling - if you don't count the one year when he was an infant and still had his legs in boots and bars for his clubbed feet.  He had a lot of fun - but had some difficulty getting any power in his throws.  One ball went so slowly it stopped in the middle of the alley and we had to get someone to come and clear it off.

He kept yelling: "Put some SAUCE on it!" when he'd throw the ball...  it was so seriously adorable.

Chewie had fun too, i think - but he had a very hard time dealing with the fact that he could not get a strike.  That boy likes to win.
Chewie's bowl
B-rad did fairly well, he used to bowl on a team in high school - and i think it is safe to say that i will not be leaving the Weekly Challenge for an exciting professional bowling career any time soon.  In fact, my score was 85.  (5 pin bowling).  Chewie got 101.  (he had bumpers on his alley, i did not... but i'll let him have it - he's pretty proud that his score was higher)

After bowling the whole crew came back to our place and we had ice cream sundaes.  It was pretty fantastic.

Weekly Challenge #205: "Year of the Goat"
This Thursday is Chinese New Year, and in the Chinese Zodiac 2015 is the Year of the Goat (Or the Sheep, apparently... depending on which website you look at)

B-rad was born in the year of the Goat, I was born in the year of the Monkey - even though we're both born in 1980.  (B-rad's birthday in is January, and he's a Capricorn, so he's a Goaty Goat.) lol
Goaty
 This week is to incorporate the Chinese New Year into your tile.  I just did a quick Google Image search for Chinese New Year 2015 and looked around then created this Goat head zendala.

I imagined it looking WAY COOLER in my head, lol, you can't win 'em all - but as my regulars know: It's my own PERSONAL challenge to always post my first attempt.  Whether i like it or not.  I'm not crazy about this one, but here it is.

Have fun! 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. ;)