Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Weekly Challenge #269

Happy Tuesday!

I hope all my Canadian Friends had a happy May Long weekend!
It seems that as soon as things warm up around here, we are busy with things until the snow falls again in the winter.

May is practically over - and the boys will be done school in a little of a month - and then it's off to California for us!  But before that happens there are so many things that have to happen.  Both boys school schedules are busy with year end activities and field trips.  Chewie has his dance recital coming up... and then there's the annual fundraising 5K Colour Run that my friends and i put on to raise funds for Beads of Courage - oh yeah, next weekend i'm running the SaskMarathon 10K (and i've barely trained, it's gonna be a sad run for me)

It feels like we've hit the ground running with no end in sight!

when the boys get along i feel like the luckiest mom in the world
You guys, my flower in my new flower bed are a constant bringer of JOY into my life.  lol.  I mean, look at these tulips!! They're so beautiful.

to bright and lovely
On sunday of this long weekend my family had a fundraiser BBQ to help pay for the registration fees for our family and my parents - for the Moebius Syndrome conference that we're heading to California for.
in this photo you'll see my youngest brother looking 'natural',
my mother in the process of giving a thumbs up,
and my dad and older brother pretending that they don't know us. 
Sadly, the weather wasn't that great and the BBQ was NOT as successful as we'd hoped.  Better than last year's, though.  We may give up on this idea altogether and look for alternative fundraising ideas in the future.

Artoo has super excited this week because he was invited to his friend from school, Quniton's, birthday party!  AND they were going Glow Bowling!! Every morning for the last week and a half he would count down the days until Quinton's party and when the day finally came it was everything he hoped for and more.  :)  He really had a blast at the party!!

Artoo squealing with delight as his friend Ally plays her turn

These good friends!! Artoo and the Birthday Boy!!
Chewie also got invited to a friend's birthday party this weekend.  I don't have any pictures of that to share, though, because it was a 'drop off' party.  But his friend's mom told me when i came to pick him up how polite and kind Chewie was, and how he was always helping and watching over the little ones (all the younger siblings) - and it was nice to hear that from someone else.  Maybe we're doing something right over here.  lol.

Weekly Challenge #269: "New Official Tangle: Ellish"

i was very excited when the latest issue of the Zentangle newsletter was sent out this week (sign up here) with the step outs for the new Tangle from HQ called Ellish!

I've been eyeing this tangle, lovingly, from afar.  CZTs often get a heads up on the new tangles so i've known about this for a little while - but i've yet had the chance to sit down and try it out.

There's plenty of Ellish eye candy on the Mosaic App, if you have that, as well.  Search #ellish to find more examples of this tangle.

my very first attempt -
surrounded by my new Old-Fave, Poke-root and some swirly hair of Enyshou
After completing my first tile, i immediately started another, this time i just let them sort of build off each other.  It was pretty fun to see them grow in front of my eyes.

#ellish #DC269 #hashtag #imawesome #youaretoo

Have fun trying this one out, if you haven't already!! 

And if you're on the App, - 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 #DC269 (Diva Challenge #269) for your tile this week!  

[i had been using a much longer hashtag for past challenges - iatdwc for iamthediva weekly challenge - but i'm shortening it for ease and for less memorizing random letters ;)]


Have a great week!!

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, May 23, 2016

Hey, it's Monday... what gives?

Hey everyone,

if you're here looking for the challenge this week - please note that today is a Holiday in Canada!  We're all enjoying a long weekend in honour of Queen Victoria - some come on back tomorrow morning for this week's challenge.

cheers!

laura

Monday, May 16, 2016

Weekly Challenge #268

Good Monday morning everyone.

I wanted to say thank you for all your kind words this week.  It's still hard to believe that Angela is gone - but i know that she'll be with me my whole life. 


last Thursday i celebrated my birthday by taking myself out to see my friend Kathy's first solo art exhibit at a local gallery.
exciting!!
Her show is called "Infinite Spaces" and it features her beautiful sculptures, the pictures really don't do them justice.  


Each one of these boxes had peep holes you could look inside, and see a magical whimsical world she created.
one of my favourites
a view inside "Infinite Sadness"

A peep into a magical land

She also has been making these gorgeous doorways


And these beautiful keys.  She's currently working on making 5000 key art pieces and you can read about her journey and manifesto on her website www.5000keys.com

this was my favourite key in her show

these key 'prints' make such a rad art piece.  It may be one of my favourite from her show.

me and the keys
It was so great to go and spend time at her show - Kathy has a very special place in my heart (and on this blog) because if it weren't for Kathy asking me if i'd ever heard of Zentangle before, this blog might not even exist!!

If you're in Saskatoon, i really suggest you go and check out her show at SCYAP on 3rd Ave. ;)

On Friday my friend Jaimie asked me to go out with her to a Gem and Mineral trade show - she had won free tickets, so i said yes - because i love rocks and stones and gems.  It was so fun and i loved everything. i probably could have spent many many dollars there, if money was no object. lol.

Afterwards she suggested we go and get some supper, but then she said; "I have a great idea, let's go and get supper at Crackers, and have a few drinks and sing Karaoke!"  I haven't been to Crackers Karaoke bar in YEARS, and said sure - that would be fun.

on our way there, she suggested i text my friend Tara and see if she wanted to come too, but Tara said: "Mayyyybe" - and given that her husband was leaving the country the next morning for work, i figured she probably was busy and so i left it at that saying: "She knows where we're going, if she can make it, she will"

Like.  I must be totally oblivious to everything.  Because, it took me walking into the bar, and all the way to the back and literally STANDING in front of a table where my friends Tara and Jen were already waiting with birthday balloons and gifts to figure out that i had been Surprise Partied.

my lovely friends Jen, Tara, and Jaimie
and my friend Rae showed up as well!!
me and my friend Rae
It was a surprise Karaoke party - and guess who was the mastermind behind the whole thing?? B-rad. I have to say, i'm a pretty lucky girl.

We had so much fun - and i sang my Karaoke Jam - which is "All that Jazz"... and i killed it.  and we sang  Spice Girls, and Summer Lovin', and the girls got up and sang happy birthday to me and they brought out a cake from the kitchen - it was so awesome and i felt really and truly loved.  A real pick me up from my slumps at the beginning of the week. I was really feeling down because of grief, and it did  nothing but rain for 3 days, and my birthday was kinda ho-hum... i remember thinking that being a grown up is sucky cuz no one makes a big deal on birthdays anymore... but my friends made me feel very happy.

I have great friends.
Thank you, friends!!

FLOWERS!!!
by the weekend, the weather was nice again and i finally planted the rest of my flowers - you may remember this flowerbed from the fall - it looks so pretty full of flowers.  It really makes me so happy.  Such a nerd, i am.

The boys have also been hilarious this weekend.  B-rad and i have been talking about what kind of tattoo to get for our tenth anniversary (which was in 2014) and so Artoo said he wanted to have a tattoo of Rowlf the Dog.  What? Dude.  That would be some killer ink.  Naturally, i obliged.  Love me a Crayola Tatt.

What a badass, showing his pipes and his sweet Muppet ink.
Chewie found a new friend on our crescent and spent most of the weekend riding bikes up and down the block and playing with his new buddy - so it was lucky that he stayed still long enough for me to snap this picture of him on the swing.

My goofy boy - i love you.  And your sweet summer buzz cut. 
It's crazy to me that the boys have less than 6 weeks of school left.  Where did this year go?  Summers are so short here that it seems you wait so long for them to arrive to have them flash before you in the blink of an eye.

Weekly Challenge #268: "A bit-o-black" 
Thanks, Donald, for pointing out that my numbering was off last week. LOL. We should be back on track now.

This week's Challenge is to add a bit of black.   Just add a bit more black to your tangles in a way you wouldn't normally do.  You may find that when you add a bit of black it adds a bit more drama to your tile and makes it more dynamic!

Here's my tile:
fancy
For my tile i just used a simple "X" string, and used 4 tangles that are my go-tos.  From the top clockwise they are: Ennies, Shattuck, Hollibaugh, and Tripoli.

How i added black:
Ennis - i coloured in all the bits of space between my small circles
Shattuck - i added black to the first 'stripe' of each 'fan'
Hollibaugh - i rounded the corners and filled them in with black
Tripoli - i like to draw circles inside my triangles - but usually i fill them in with black and leave the spaces white - so i switched it up and filled in the spaces and left the circles white.

It should be really interesting to see where you all add your black bits - to see how that changes the tangles and gives them more OOMPH!!

Have a great week, everyone.  Have fun with this one!

Love Laura

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Monday, May 9, 2016

This week's challenge is here i'm gonna get a little emotional here, so feel free to jump to the challenge.

I'm a writer, and writing is how i process my grief.

I'm writing this because i found out last night that a very beautiful person was taken from the world far too soon.

On Friday Dr. Angela Lindberg passed away in palliative care.  I didn't know she was so sick.

 She was my friend.
I have posted about her a few times - she was a wonderful care giver and a kind and lovely person.

Love you Angela. 
Angela was my magical chiropractor.  

I started seeing her when i was pregnant with my boys.  She helped my body prepare for labour, she helped me with random pregnant lady aches and pains.  She was a fixer, and she continually fixed me.  
When Artoo was born and was sick, i eventually had to quit my job to stay home with him.  I remember, he was just an infant and i went to see her and she hugged me while i cried and cried and cried.  (It wasn't the last time that she held me while i cried, either. )  

At another session, she held my hands in hers in the hallway as she discreetly asked me - now that i was unemployed, how the money situation was going.  I said to her; "It's not." and she said: "Don't worry, i got you. Come and see me.  No Charge.  let me look after you, so you can look after those babies."  and for five and a half years she saw me once a week, and continued to look after me.  

There was something so special about her.  Y'know?  It's so amazing to see when someone is living their true life's calling, and Angela was a healer.  And she was brilliant at it.  She would make me feel better, just by being in the room. 

She could heal with just the touch of her hands, and i was constantly amazed how she could put her hands on me, and i could feel my body reacting to her.  

She would put one hand on the top of my head, and one hand on my heart, and then she would hug me with her whole body before bringing me up off the table.  I never felt anything but absolute love and joy coming from her.    

She helped me to remember to take care of my body so i could take care of my kids.  She made me feel special and important.  And she loved it when i would show her the paintings i was working on.  

We talked about light, and spirit, and love, and energy, and how it moves through her into me.  She told me she didn't talk to everyone that way, obviously.  just the ones who'd get it.  

She always smelled so good.  Like essential oils and happiness. 

And she hugged me like a sister, every single time.  

There were times when things were very hard with the boys, that i would come for a treatment and she would make an adjustment and suddenly there would be a release and i would be sobbing.  and she held me while i sobbed and she never made me feel foolish.  it was never awkward.  i felt safe, and held up by her strong hands when i was weak and broken.   One such time she just whispered the words "I see you." as she held me.  and i knew that she really did see me.  All the broken and hurting parts of me, not the hard candy shell i tried to keep up for the world.  

I felt a very strong connection to her.  I may not have known her very well outside of that treatment room, but i loved her very much.  And i will miss her.  She was very loved by so many people.  A bright shining star that went out too soon.  

The first thing she'd say to me, when she bounced into the room was: "Hello beautiful."  And the last thing she'd say to me when she left was "You're amazing."  every. time.  The last words she ever spoke to me were You're Amazing.  

i love you Angela.  

Weekly Challenge #267

Good Monday Morning everyone!!
The summer weather is finally upon us, can i get an Amen?

First of all, i wanted to let everyone out there know that everyone here at Casa Diva is fine, in regards to the devastating wildfires in Alberta.  Thank you so much for your emails (and texts from some *smooch*) - Fort McMurray is about 4 hours north of us and four hours west of us (by car).  We have had some smoky days, but so far the air quality has not affected us, or little Artoo's lungs.

Of course the whole country has been watching the fire coverage, and our hearts go out to everyone who has been affected by the fires.

This week has been so beautiful, we've spent so much time outside.  Eating meals on the deck, and playing on the swings and riding bikes

Artoo has been working on his tricycling skillz, and Chewie has almost mastered the fine art of the Two Wheeler.

A little help from dad
Another big milestone at our home is that Chewie is now walking home from school by himself!! We're so proud of him, and we've spent the last several months talking about road and cross walk safety, and he is loving his newfound sense of freedom and independence... [however i'm a bit of a nervous wreck from dismissal time until he walks through the door, but i'm sure that's normal right?]

my big kids.... how did they get so big??
This weekend the boys picked up comics at their second ever Free Comic Book Day.  Chewie was excited, having read all the comics he got last year a hundred times each, but Artoo was fairly indifferent - that is until he discovered a Sponge Bob SquarePants comic book.  Then he was PUMPED.

happily reading their free comic books

In Canada we celebrated Mother's Day this Sunday - and i just wanted to share this picture of me and my beautiful mama.   My mom is pretty bad ass.  My mama was out of town this weekend - And i just wanted to say (not that she reads my blog) that she's wonderful, she's always looking for ways to be a memory maker, and she has the best laugh - one that makes me laugh so hard that we both cry cuz we're hysterical laughing.  I love her.

mama was foxy

My Mother's Day began bright and early as i was woken up by a small hand on my shoulder, and my very favourite 5 year old whispering loudly into my ear: "HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY, MOM! WAKE UP! GOOD MORNING!"

The boys climbed in bed with B-rad and i and we cuddled and wrestled and then they went downstairs to make breakfast so i could have a little lie-in.

 When i made it downstairs i was presented with wonderful gifts - Chewie painted a tiny flower pot at school and filled with a beautiful red petunia, which we named PB (Princess Bubblegum), he also gave me a gift card for my very favourite patisserie in town - Little Bird Patisserie, Artoo gave me a beautiful, one of a kind, hand crafted, original necklace that he made in kindergarten, which i LOVE, and also a beautiful art print by triciao from my favourite paper shop Soul Paper.  B-rad surprised with with some gorgeous J.Herbin ink for my fountain pen obsession.

one of a kind
It was lovely - and after breakfast Artoo came to the store to help me pick out some flowers for the flower beds, and then it was off the Grandmas for a Mother's Day BBQ!

Off to Grandma's!
 ...where the boys got to play with this....

So many cousins!
and eat lots of this....

So much ice cream!!
It was a really wonderful mother's day.  And i am so lucky to have such beautiful boys, and such a great dude to help me squeak through each day by the skin of my teeth.

Weekly Challenge #267: "DuoTangle - Poke Root vs.  Drupe"
On Thursday, May 12th, i'll be 36 years old. It's my birthday! WOO!!

So, to celebrate the challenge this week is a DuoTangle - because those are my favourite challenges!!  Now, there's been some discussion round about the interwebs about what exactly a duotangle is... so let me clear that up - as they started here - so, really, you're getting it right from the horses mouth.



A DuoTangle is a term i coined for a tile using only two tangles and their variations.  You can do it simply, by just using the two tangles side by side but it's not just that. The best duotangles usually are those that push the boundaries of those two tangles.  Rick Roberts talks a lot about the elegance of limits - and this is a prime example of that.  When you can only use two specific tangles, how can you make those tangles work together? Can you find new tangleations? Can you merge them together? Can you create something new, still using just the two tangles given?

The tangles for this week's challenge are Poke Root and Drupe.  (Click the links for the step outs)

Molly Hollibaugh has a great video on Poke Root that you can watch right here.



and here's my completed tile


Have a great time exploring these two tangles!!


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, 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. ;)