Monday, September 26, 2016

Weekly Challenge #286

Good morning everyone!
Another busy week in the bag.

My Niece Meegan turned 19 last week and as part of her birthday she was given two tickets to a Paint Nite here in Saskatoon.  She said the first person she thought of was me, so she invited me as her date and we spent a really fun evening painting together with a bunch of other ladies... check it out!


Mine on the left, hers on the right
 It was really interesting to see so many people painting at once - with all skill levels.

Meegan is super mad because her paint is not yet dry 
finished masterpieces!! 
 Because there's not a lot of space in my house for a magenta daisy, i gifted my painting to Meegan to put up at her place, so they match.   Also, a fun thing to note is that Meegan and I have matching paintbrush tattoos and her paintbrush has teal paint on it, and mine has magenta paint on it.  aww.

This week i crossed of a (relatively new) item from my Bucket List - and i saw the Broadway Musical The Book of Mormon.  It was amahhhhzing.  so funny.
Me and B-rad and our good pal Sabrina
 our friend Sabrina got a pretty sweet advanced sale months ago - and got us some amazing seats on the floor, in the centre.... right by the sound guy!  (B-rad's fave)

SOUND GUY!
 I haven't laughed so hard at a show in a very long time.  And everything about it was wonderful.  Such Satire.  But i'm also a very big fan of South Park and Trey Parker and Matt Stone.  They are brilliant satirist, in my opinion.

On Sunday i spent the afternoon with my mom and dad, taking their pictures.  In October they are celebrating their 40th Wedding Anniversary, and all my mom wanted for her anniversary was nice photos together... so she called the "best and cheapest photographer" she knew (her words) - me.  lol

So we wandered the river and the parks and took advantage of the beautiful weather and the gorgeous trees.

Here's a few of those pretty trees
 And here's a photo of me and my pretty mama.
So pretty
I haven't had a chance to go through the pics and edit any of them, but i think we managed to get a few really good shots.  They were so cute, smiling and kissing and being all adorable.  

Weekly Challenge #286: "Straight to It"
What's the challenge you ask? Let me get straight to it.  This week's challenge is to ONLY use straight lines.  You can use all straight line tangles like i have, or you could try using a curvy lined tangle, but with straight lines - for example, what would crescent moon look like if it was all straight?

Here's my tile!

so liney
I showed my tile to B-rad and he laughed and said: "It looks so angry, like... frustrated!"  this was before he knew that the challenge was to use all straight lines, so it's obviously out of character for me and it showed... it may have also been some kind of commentary on how i was actually very frustrated (i just got a new laptop on Friday - a PC and not a Mac because $$$$$$$ - and so i've been trying to retrain myself to the PC lifestyle.  hold me.) 

Have a great week!

And if you're on the Zentangle Mosaic App, - i'm @iamthediva - come on by and follow me, and i'm using hashtags on the app for each of my weekly challenges.  So if you're game - use the hashtag #DC286 (Diva Challenge #286) for your tile this week!  You can also search in the app for people's contributions to the challenge by clicking on the hashtag from inside the app, or using the search function.  

If you have a blog or host your images on line (like on Flickr or Picassa or Pinterest), add the site-specific URL where your tile is posted to the linkey machine below! Don't forget to link back here so that others can join in the fun! (if you don't know how to find this, you can see my half assed tutorial here) Also, please feel free to come back often and visit the links of those people on the linkey machine - don't forget to leave a comment or feedback, everyone loves feedback. ;) 

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Travelling Tangles - Sabrina Kirjavainen Part 2!

Last week i posted about the Travelling Tangles project and my collaboration with Sabrina Kirjavainen - you can see the tiles she sent that i completed here

This week i'm sharing with you the tiles i collaborated on with Sabrina  that *I* Started and SHE completed. 

Check it out!


Here's my before
 I couldn't resist following the outline of the colour splatter to form a tiny little elf.  Sabrina took in stride and added her own little furry friend for my little elf

Sabrina's After!
I really love the white printemps in the background of the tile... it's so light and airy.  So fun!! I love it!

My second Before
My second tile was a renaissance tile - i really liked this tile as is and hmmed and hawwed about sending it on, but boy am i ever glad i did because this was Sabrina's result!!


Sabrina's after
I love the organic feel to it, it reminds me of an underwater creature - some kind of ancient cephalopod.  She did a great job!!

Thank you Sabrina!! I love the result of both of these tiles!! 

Thanks for tuning in, have a great week!! 

- L-

Monday, September 19, 2016

Weekly Challenge #285

Happy Monday everyone.

I feel as though it's been a really busy week for me, but as i looked back over my photos this week, i barely took any.  So, i suppose i really have been busy!

I'm still easing Artoo into spending all day at school, including lunch.  I am there to assist the EA to make sure he's safe, because one of the things about Moebius Syndrome is that eating is a safety hazard for him.
my handsome lunch date
 Artoo had his first solo day last wednesday, and he did really well, and so we're planning to "Phase me out" over the next couple of weeks, however his teacher did ask if i'd like to volunteer in the classroom a few times a month, so i'll be doing that too.


This handsome man loves his green bowtie
 Chewie is a bit harder to snap a photo of, these days, what with being 8 years old and all. But Artoo still calls out: "Take a picture of this!!" when he's playing.
playing at the playground
There are still a few gorgeous fall days left, but nights are colder now... and i know what's coming... i'm not going to say it, though cuz i don't want to jinx it.

Weekly Challenge #285: "Relax, bro."
So, it came up in discussion in the CZT facebook page last week -  fellow CZT, Kelly Barone,  asked the question whether or not our work looked different when doing it for the sole purpose of relaxation.

And it seemed that the majority of those who replied agreed that the tangling they did for personal use was a lot different than what they maybe showed on their blogs or pages or in their classes.

I know that this is the case for myself.  My blog is my 'workplace' (albiet an upaid workplace) where i am working, developing a brand, developing a style... and each week when i sit down to write my challenge and do my tile - there's a lot of work that goes into it.  Not only am i creating a challenge, and then working within that challenge, i'm also thinking about composition and balance (some weeks more than others) and i'm thinking about how my tile can come together in one go.  There's definitely some planning - again more some weeks than others.

And i started noticing that in the past couple of weeks, i'm finding myself tense as i tangle, and i'm clenching my teeth, and i'm totally not zen.

So, when Kelly brought it up in the group it has stuck with me and i've been thinking about it all week.

what if....

what if we showed that not every tile we made was carefully planned out, and thought about.
what if we picked up a tile and rolled our shoulders, took some deep breaths and took a few minutes for ourselves to find that place of zen.
what if we didn't concern ourselves with what tangles goes with what?
what if we didn't think about composition, or drama, or how many likes we'd get on instagram or facebook?
what if we did it solely for ourselves, whatever that means to you.

what if we allowed ourselves the luxury of dancing like no one was watching... but with a pen and a tile?

And so, this week's challenge is to consciously make a space for ourselves and tangle like no one's watching.

light a candle
turn on the zen flutes, or the death metal, or the polkas, or saturate yourselves in silence - whatever moves you to particularly bliss out.

grab a warm cup of tea (or put red wine in a tea cup... no judgement)
i'm not gonna lie, it's wine. 

really appreciate the pull of your pen on the tile, and tangle whatever comes to mind.  the first one you think of.  Don't over think it, just do it.  and smile, and breathe, and appreciate where you are and that you're giving this gift to yourself.

If you're feeling brave, post your private work.

Sometimes that's hard to do.  Sometimes, for me at least, these types of tiles are super raw and emotional and intensely personal, but they aren't always aesthetically pleasing.

So.  i'm posting mine.  But don't feel obligated.

If you want to share any thoughts or personal experiences you had this week in the comments, please feel free to do so.
finished
Some of the things i noticed while i did this was that i used a few tangles that i NEVER ever use on my challenge pieces, because i'm not very good at them - because a wonky tile i suck at is not part of my 'style' that i'm trying to portray here... it was definitely freeing not to over think my tile, to just DO and to just go where my pen took me.

Also, i was pretty relaxed and didn't need to unclench my jaw at all.   Don't get me wrong, i enjoy the pieces i do for the other week's challenges, but this was a totally different mindset.  Just pure creation for the sake of creation.

Also, i noticed that i used a lot of busy fine line tangles.  and i really took my time with diva dance, and for fun i tried to see how close i could get some of the lines together without them actually touching - and i had to go VERY slow to do it.

I hope you give this a try this week!

let me know how it goes.
Have a great week!

And if you're on the Zentangle Mosaic App, - i'm @iamthediva - come on by and follow me, and i'm using hashtags on the app for each of my weekly challenges.  So if you're game - use the hashtag #DC285 (Diva Challenge #285) for your tile this week!  You can also search in the app for people's contributions to the challenge by clicking on the hashtag from inside the app, or using the search function.  

If you have a blog or host your images on line (like on Flickr or Picassa or Pinterest), add the site-specific URL where your tile is posted to the linkey machine below! Don't forget to link back here so that others can join in the fun! (if you don't know how to find this, you can see my half assed tutorial here) Also, please feel free to come back often and visit the links of those people on the linkey machine - don't forget to leave a comment or feedback, everyone loves feedback. ;) 



Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Travelling Tangles - Sabrina Kirjavainen

I hope you're enjoying these Wednesday Morning posts as i share my collaborations for the travelling tangles project.
You can See past posts here

The Travelling Tangles Project is a group on facebook wherein you pair up with another tangler - you send them a tile or two to complete and then they do the same!  It's like the best kind of mail ever.  Artsy Pen Pals!!

This week's collaboration was with Sabrina Kirjavainen from Finland!

She sent me such gorgeous beginnings - i had so much fun.

Before - from Sabrina

After - tangled and then coloured.  
I love the wonky huggins.  it's so much fun and has such a cool effect.  As for colouring, i just used my kid's leftover school supplies, good old Crayola Coloured Pencils! 

Before - from Sabrina
Sabrina used dyelusions ink spray to vibrantly colour this pre-strung zendala tile, and also used gold and white gelly roll pens - and a spirograph!  So fun!!

After! 
Outlining the white gellyroll betweed in the centre was so awesome... i really love how that turned out - so i kept with it and outlined the spirograph and filled in the spaces with black - instant drama!  I'm really super pleased with how this turned out, even though i couldn't see the pre-made string anymore and my attempts at symmetry are laughable.  ;)  

The last tile she sent was this one: 

Before - by Sabrina
This beautiful tile was pre marbled by the talented Diane Yaciuk before Sabrina added her touches and sent it on it's way.  Thank you for sharing your pretty tiles with me, Sabrina!

This tile was the trickiest of the three for me.  Some tanglers in the facebook group seem to have no troubles with coloured backgrounds, but i had a really hard time breaking away from the predestined string from the marbled paint!

after - by me!
It ended up being a bit busier than i anticipated, but all in all, i still think it's pretty wonderful!!

Thank you, Sabrina, for such great tiles!!

Stay tuned for Next Wednesday - and i'll show you the tiles i sent HER!

have a great week!
 -L- 

Monday, September 12, 2016

Weekly Challenge #284

Happy Monday morning everyone.

We're slowly getting into the swing of back to school around here, although Artoo still does not like his full day of school, and sometimes says he wishes he could go back to kindergarten and go home after lunch.  The days are pretty long for him, and he comes home cranky and exhausted most days.

Chewie is really liking his grade three class so far, he has some friends in his class from last year, but a lot of new faces as well.

We went to Meet the Teacher night at school and both boys were really excited to show us around their classrooms.  One of things Artoo was really excited about showing B-rad was his desk, as they just had shared tables in kindergarten.

The boys also met their new piano teacher this week as well, and lessons start next week!

B-rad went off on his annual Harms Dudes Fishing trip this weekend.  Typically they go in June for Father's Day, but this year it only worked out to go now in September, so that meant that it was just me and the boys this weekend

PANCAKES FOREVER!!
But we still had Saturday Morning pancakes (a Casa Diva tradition) and Chewie went bowling - and we all went to my step-niece's baby shower together.  Just me and my two favourite little dudes against the world! haha

At the baby shower on Saturday i got to see this gorgeous beast!  My niece Meegan was celebrating her 19th birthday as well, and i don't see her NEARLY enough for my liking, but that's being a grown up for you.  (In Saskatchewan the 19th birthday is like the American 21st birthday.... so she had big plans)
We are adorable
And with B-rad out of town and Artoo tucked away in bed, Chewie and i had a movie date night and watched the first of the two Harry Potter 7 movies together, snuggled up on the couch with our wands and cloaks.  Chewie finally went to bed at 11:15pm, and he felt pretty grown up about that.

Wingardium LeviOHHHHsah
Needless to say, we were all glad when B-rad came home Sunday afternoon - he, sadly, did not have as great a fishing trip as previous years due to bad weather, but hopefully next year they'll do it in the spring again.

Weekly Challenge #284: "Monotangle to Tripoli"

It's been a while since we've done a monotangle challenge 'round here! The last one was 44 challenges ago! Almost a whole year!

A monotangle is a term that was coined here at CasaDiva  back in 2012 (by my loving hubs) to define a tile that is done using ONLY ONE TANGLE and/or it's variations/tanglations.

This week's challenge is to create a tile using ONLY the tangle Tripoli

You can find the step outs here

it's one of my faves, one of my Mac N Cheese tangles
Of the things to remember is to keep the spacing between your triangles as uniform as possible.  It's fun to see how each little segment on it's own creates a gorgeous pattern when segmented together with a few friends.

Have a great week!

And if you're on the Zentangle Mosaic 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 #DC284 (Diva Challenge #284) for your tile this week!  You can also search in the app for people's contributions to the challenge by clicking on the hashtag from inside the app, or using the search function.  

If you have a blog or host your images on line (like on Flickr or Picassa or Pinterest), add the site-specific URL where your tile is posted to the linkey machine below! Don't forget to link back here so that others can join in the fun! (if you don't know how to find this, you can see my half assed tutorial here) Also, please feel free to come back often and visit the links of those people on the linkey machine - don't forget to leave a comment or feedback, everyone loves feedback. ;) 


Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Travelling Tangles - Marguerite Samama Part 2!

last week i posted about the Travelling Tangles project and my collaboration with Margeurite Samama - you can see the tiles she sent that i completed here

This week i'm sharing with you the tiles i collaborated on with Marguerite  that *I* Started and SHE completed.

They are so gorgeous - wait until you see!!

Here's my starter:
 Auraknot with some pearls
Here's what she did with it!
It's so beautiful!!
 and here's our second collaboration:

I made a stripe of echoism, and a stripe of Rick's Flux with aura
 And here's her stunning result:

I love the colours and the all the drama!!

Thanks again, Marguerite!! i had so much fun with you!

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Weekly Challenge #283

Good Tuesday Morning! I hope you all had a nice Labour Day Weekend. 

Last week was a busy one, but i had the pleasure of meeting these lovely ladies for dinner 


Helen Bzdel, Margaret Bremner, Lisa Heron and myself
 it was a Saskatchewan CZT meetup!  And it was delightful! We ate at King Me Boardgamery, Margaret's husband's boardgame cafe.  The food was great, and we played a fun dice game and then did a bit of tangling in the round!! Hopefully we'll get the chance to get together again soon.

School started for my boys on Thursday - Chewie started the third grade this year

such a handsome boy.... Bowties are cool!
and my big boy Artoo started the first grade this year!! Like, where is the time going? Seriously!

First Grade for this big boy

oh, my heart. 
Thursday was just a half day to get everyone started back into the swing of things, and their first FULL day was Friday.  After school i took the boys to the frozen yogurt place for celebratory froyo!

BIG SMILES
 Grade one is quite an adjustment for Artoo - and day 1 was exhausting and it led to a few post-school melt downs, which led to his desire for a little cuddle on the couch, which led to a little post-school nap in my arms.  BEST DAY EVER.

he slept for maybe 5-6 minutes like this, but when he woke up he was much happier.  just needed a quick recharge
 also this weekend B-rad and i celebrated our 12 wedding anniversary! Like, you guys, i love him so much.  He's the best man i've ever known and he's kind and generous and sexy as hell.  ;)

I have been sick the past few days so our anniversary was low key, we went to a matinee (OMG go and see Kubo and the Two Strings... go and see it.  go right now. It's so beautiful - and stop animated!!!) and had BBQd burgers for dinner with the kids and then cuddled on the couch.  No one else in the world i'd rather lounge around in my jammies with than this guy right here.

b-rad, i love you man. 

speaking of not feeling all that great, i spent a good portion of labour day waiting in the doctor's office to find out that i don't have pneumonia.  guess who has bronchitis? Yeah, it's me.  at least it's not pneumonia.

here's hoping i feel better soon! let's get on with the challenge!!

Weekly Challenge #283: "UMT: Centre Square by Aleesha Sattva CZT"
Here we are, the first Monday (in today's case TUESDAY) of the month so that means Use My Tangle (UMT) where we try our hand at one of tangles that you've created.

This week's UMT is another grid based tangle by my friend Aleesha!  You can see the step outs for her tangle here

what a fun dramatic tangle!



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 a great week!

And if you're on the Zentangle Mosaic 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 #DC283 (Diva Challenge #283) for your tile this week!  You can also search in the app for people's contributions to the challenge by clicking on the hashtag from inside the app, or using the search function.  

If you have a blog or host your images on line (like on Flickr or Picassa or Pinterest), add the site-specific URL where your tile is posted to the linkey machine below! Don't forget to link back here so that others can join in the fun! (if you don't know how to find this, you can see my half assed tutorial here) Also, please feel free to come back often and visit the links of those people on the linkey machine - don't forget to leave a comment or feedback, everyone loves feedback. ;)