Monday, February 8, 2016

Weekly Challenge #254

Good Morning everyone!!

I was looking through my phone and i found this photo that i thought i should share.  It was so funny.  I came downstairs one morning and found Chewie had made the full transition into Darth Vader, and was patiently awaiting his breakfast.

"I find your lack of bacon disturbing" 
We had a really chill week this week.  Which was great.  No appointments or meetings. It was really great after the business of the week before.

my three boys
I also took this picture, which i love, of my three boys cuddling on the couch on Saturday night.  I'm a lucky lucky girl.

Weekly Challenge #254: "Valentangle"
This Sunday is Valentines Day! this week's challenge is:

Create a tile or piece with a Valentine's Day Flair, hearts as strings, red or pink microns or gelly rolls... whatever floats your LoveBoat!!

Molygon, Rock n Roll-Diva Dance, and flux come to mind when i think of Valentine related tangles.  Ribons, lace, glitter...

Here's your chance to go over the top. 
kiss kiss
Make one or two and share them with someone you love! 
have fun!! 

f 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 1, 2016

Weekly Challenge #253

Happy Monday everyone!
Another fine week at Casa Diva!

Chewie and I had an epic Jenga game.  Here's the photographic evidence!

JENGA!!
My inlaws took B-rad and i out this week to see a really great Pink Floyd tribute band.  B-rad and i are big Floyd fans!  My inlaws haven't heard much of their music outside of the songs on the radio, so it was really cool to experience the music with them for the first time.

See you on the Dark Side of the Moon. 
The boys had the day off on Friday - so Artoo and i got in a little extra snuggle time.  How he likes to cuddle is to lay right on top of me.

my adorable little man.
I know that he wont be able to do this forever, nor will he want to - so i take him up on it any time i can.  it's my favourite.

On the weekend we celebrated my brother in law's 40th birthday party - they had a Black Light Glow-Party! There were drinks and treats and dancing and a little bit of karaoke! It was good times!
I'm an adorable kitty

fun fun fun!
It was a fun party - and we had a good time! 

Weekly Challenge #253: "New Tangle: Molygon"
This weekend Zentangle HQ released the newest tangle Molygon in the Zentangle Newsletter.  You can sign up for the newsletter here

Molygon is a fun tangle to play with, and it's got endless fill possibilities - much like the Tripoli

Here's my tile, inspired by the Glow-Party this weekend! 

Turn on the black lights!
here are a few more tiles featuring Molygon.
I used a metallic pink gelly roll here, and this is a classic example of pushing through a tile.
I added fescue around the molygon's and i hated it.  But then i added another aura and filled in the background
and now i love it.
A little molygon on an Artist Trading Card
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, January 25, 2016

Weekly Challenge #252

Happy Monday to all!

This week started on a bit of a down turn, Artoo was sick.   I kept him home from school last week because i wanted to really nip it in the bud, knowing that he had a very big day coming up on Friday. He was sad and wanted to go to school, but i told him if we took the time to make sure he didn't get any sicker hopefully he'd be better in tim.  And he was!

Because Moebius Syndrome Awareness day was on Sunday this year, his Kindergarten class was having a Purple Day celebration on Friday! So on Thursday Artoo and i made purple 'awareness day' cookies to share with his class.

my very handsome helper

He even helped me ice them.  He's so talented.
His class wore purple and drew purple pictures and i talked to his class a little bit about how your brain is like a big computer and how all over your body your muscles have cell phones that get text messages from your brain, telling you to move your body, and that when Artoo was born some of his muscles didn't get cell phones or got cell phones that were broken or didn't work very well, so some of his muscles don't get the messages from his brain to move - and that's Moebius Syndrome.

His class wearing their purple!
In Artoo's school, all the little kids are paired up with an older 'care partner' in one of the higher grades.  So.  A big surprise for me was just after the above class photo was taken, there was a knock on the door, and the kindergarten class' grade 4 care partners came in, all wearing purple too.  my eyes were not dry, i'm not gonna lie.

One of Artoo's care partners (he has two) was so sweet.  She made him a purple card, and she came up to me and introduced herself and said: "I'm Artoo's care partner, he's so awesome!"

Purple!!
He just had such a great day.  He was so happy to see his friends wearing purple for him.  And all his friends at school were so great and wanted to sit beside him and hold his hand.  Artoo handed out his cookies at snack time and he was so proud that he helped to bake them.  all in all, it was a pretty great day.

On Sunday, which was the actual date of MSAD, we took the boys to the pool and had a really fun day.

Here's our annual Moebius Syndrome Awareness Day family pics.

Happy Family

goofs 
silly
Thank you everyone for your support with last week's challenge.  It makes me so happy to know that so many of you participated and shared about moebius syndrome on your blogs and sites, and many of you emailed me to tell me you wore purple on sunday!! It means so much to us.  And maybe someday you might meet someone with Moebius Syndrome and instead of saying; "Moebius Syndrome? I've never heard of that" You'll say: "Yeah! I know about Moebius!!" (and you'll blow their socks off. lol)

Weekly Challenge #252: "String Theory: Tangle within a tangle... it's like inception... but with tangles"

This week's challenge is to use a tangle as your string.  Any tangle you like, just biggify it to make it a string.  Then? Tangle inside!

i've really been feeling Flux lately, so i chose flux as my tangle/string.

flux string. not to be confused with the Flux Capacitor
 I tangled my little flux 'leaves' and voila!

flux-tastic
 My favourite one is the Flux in the Flux.  Like Inception. ;)

Have a great week everyone!

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


Monday, January 18, 2016

Weekly Challenge #251

Happy Monday everyone!

It's been a very frigid week here in Saskatoon.  Temps have been down in the -35 to -40 range. (For reference -40C is the same as -40F) so we've been hiding indoors.

Perfect weather for Hot Chocolate
I've been doing some work in my Art Journal this week.  i seem to do more art in the winter months because... oh yeah, -40. lol
my tribute to the Late Great David Bowie
Artoo had show and tell this week, and he did a really great job telling his friends about his trophy and answering their questions.

i have all the prouds
 I'm also really excited because i get to go and be Helper Mom in Artoo's class this Friday for Moebius Syndrome Awareness Day...

Weekly Challenge #251: "Moebius Syndrome Awareness Day"

This Sunday, January 24, is Moebius Syndrome Awareness Day


For those of you who don't know, my son Artoo was diagnosed with Moebius Syndrome when he was born.


For all my new friends - Moebius Syndrome is a congenital nerve disorder affecting cranial VI and VII nerves controlling the lateral movement of his face.


 Moebius is a spectrum disorder - so some cases are more severe than others.


We've been extremely lucky that Artoo's symptoms haven't been too difficult to adjust to. 



Without going into too much detail about his condition; we deal with delayed developmental milestones, eating/feeding issues, club feet, low muscle tone - just to name a few things, and of course - being unable to deal with viruses and bacterias, he gets very sick. very fast.



Not a lot of people know about Moebius Syndrome, which is not surprising given the odds of having a child with Moebius is 1-2:1,000,000



yes.  you read right.  one million.  There's currently about 5,000 people on the planet with Moebius Syndrome 


When Artoo was first born and we'd take him to the hospital for emergencies, we'd tell the doctors that he has Moebius Syndrome and they would say: "What's that?"  We've had to become the experts on the syndrome, and the advocates for our child, finding our way through the haze of the medical system.


i also want to stress here that Moebius Syndrome is NOT A DISEASE, it's a disorder affecting his nerves.  The word disease implies that he is sick, or that he could 'get better'.   A lot of people assume that people who have Moebius Syndrome are mentally disabled because of their facial paralysis.  This is simply not true.  It does not affect intelligence, in fact - Artoo is really super smart.  


He's now 5.5 years old reads just as well as his older brother.  He's incredibly smart, and he really loves to sing and dance.  It's not uncommon for him to sing out loud, at the top of his lungs... in places like the doctor's office... or the grocery store...  Much to everyone's delight.

He's taking piano lessons and he loves to tell stories and play games. 




If you ask him what he'd like to be when he grows up, he will tell you: A Bona Fide Palaeontologist. 


To raise awareness for this disorder is this week's Challenge. Use the Moebius Syndrome Foundation's logo as your string, or create a moebius strip out of paper and tangle that... or some other awesome creative thing that i haven't thought of.


Here's two versions of the logo for you to work with.  You can print them or trace them or draw your own.


For those of you who remember this challenge from last year, please don't submit your tile from last year.  I'm going to send the link to the Challenge to the folks on my Moebius Syndrome support group on facebook, i'd love for them to see all your amazing artwork so that each and every one of them will know that they are not alone and that we are aware!!


If you are going to post your piece, also, to Instagram (@iamthediva), Twitter, or Facebook - please consider using the hashtag: #MSAD2016


OH, also - the colour for MSAD is Purple, so if you want to incorporate purple into your tile, feel free.  Please consider wearing purple on Sunday, in support of Artoo - The first baby to attend a CZT Conference in utero! :D.

If you do, and you'd like to send me a photo, you can send it to lauraharmz (at) gmail (dot) com, or post it to the Challenge Facebook Page with hashtag #MSAD2016

Thank you everyone for being so supportive of our family!! it means so much to us.

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, January 11, 2016

Weekly Challenge #250

Good morning everyone!! Here's what's going on at Casa Diva

Artoo was so happy to be back in school this week! They even planted some seeds for a class room garden!   Chewie was not as excited to go back to school and every day is a battle... and he's only seven.  Heaven help me when he becomes a teenager. lol. 


I'm beginning my fourth year of Mandala work with Julie Gibbons - some of you may have taken her 5 Days of Mandala Magic over the holiday.  And i've been searching for a sketchbook i like to begin this year - and as i couldn't find the one i wanted, i decided to try my hand at making my own. 

It's 12"x12" of Canson Mixed media paper, and the cut offs to make it
square gave me enough paper to make a little 6"x6" journal as well.  
I've always been interested in book binding, and this was my first try at coptic stitching.  Here's hoping i get better with time.

Speaking of getting better with time....
Last year i made a goal to run 250KM over the course of the year, and i met my goal just shy of New Years Eve.  So - with the New Year i decided on a new goal of 366KM (Because it's a leap year) i think that's about 277miles, but don't quote me on that.

barely alive
A few girlfriends and I are trying this 1KMaDay bizness togehter and I've really been enjoying the running, even though i huff and puff and almost blow the house down.  It's hard, but i feel like - i'll only get better with time.  I'll be running the 10K at the Sask Marathon again this year, and also the 10K Mogathon.... so i better get my butt in gear.  It sure is nice to have the support of my ladies, though.

 Lastly, Friday was my main squeeze B-rad's 36th Birthday!  He celebrated Friday night by taking Chewie to a Junior League Hockey Game with some friends,

best seats!
then Saturday was spent taking down the Christmas tree (late, i know!) and playing video games and then takeout from our favourite Vietnamese place and a particular Frozen Cake that he wanted, that i had to go to two different stores to find.

i would have gone to three stores.
it was delicious
Weekly Challenge #250: "Bringing it Back to the Old School"
I became a CZT in May 2010.  I was in the third ever training seminar, and since then Zentangle has exploded.  There are white and black and tan tiles, there are square tiles, round tiles, big tiles, and tiny tiles, you can use gelly rolls and coloured pens, coloured pencils, watercolour....

Over Christmas my facebook feed exploded with the most gorgeous tiles full of coloured gems and beautiful colour coordinated zendalas, and they are all stunning.

but.

Truth bomb.

i find it all overwhelming sometimes.

I *want* to spend so much time learning how to use the hoard of coloured pencils i have all over my house, i *want* to eventually step up my Renaissance Tile game and get better at mid tone.  I *want* to try out every new technique i see.  But i can't to everything.

Sometimes, it stresses me out to think of all the things i should be *TRYING*.  Don't get me wrong, i love looking at everything people are doing.  the creativity of people amazes me.  But sometimes.  Sometimes i think of that simpler time when zentangle was one size.  One pen.  One Pencil.  One Ceremony.

Part of the reason that i fell in love with tangling in the first place was that it took away those obstacles that prevented me from starting.  The elegance of limitations, as Rick would say.

When i begin a tile for a challenge, now i think: "What size should i use? What colour? What pen? What shape?" and i often find myself skipping over that ceremony of zentangle that helped me find my calm space.

So.  This week's challenge is for us to go back to the roots of this Zentangle thing.

This week challenge is to create a piece on a WHITE 3.5" square tile, with a Black pen and pencil for shading.  To take the time to slow down and enjoy the process.  Enjoy the feel of the pen on the paper.  Create a string, and maybe use 4 or 5 tangles you really enjoy.

don't think about composition.  don't think about how you want it to look in the end.  Just put your pen to paper and begin and enjoy the process.  after all.  It's ABOUT the process.  Not the product.
my finished tile
i have to admit - i struggled with this challenge myself.  I found myself sitting there, pen hovering over the tile, wondering "Which tangle would look the best here" and i shook my head and thought: "That's not the point.  you're over thinking.  pick a tangle and go."
i also really had to hold myself back from using my grey fabrico marker for shading.  I didn't realize how much i've come to rely on that tool.

So.  here it is.  I have to say that i'm not a HUGE fan of how it looks, but i AM a huge fan of how *i feel*

Have a wonderful week everyone.

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


Monday, January 4, 2016

Weekly Challenge #249

Welcome Back everyone!!!


We had a lovely time off for Christmas.  The boys were so much fun, and we had a great time with all our family and our friends.  But i am so excited to have the kids back at school today.  ;)

Christmas Jammies! our two little Darth Vaders.  So cute i can barely stand it. 
Santa was good to both boys.



this is the face of a kid who got exactly what he wanted. 

And nothing is more cuddly than a stuffed Smiling Pile of Poo.
I am the mother of boys. 
 The weather has been gorgeous - and on Christmas Eve it snowed big fluffy flakes all day long.
So our Christmas looked like this:



but a definite highlight for Chewie (And for B-rad and myself) was finally seeing THIS:

YAHHHH!!!

we are cute. 

I hope you all had wonderful holiday season!  Thanks for the break, now let's get back to it!!

Weekly Challenge #249: "DuoTangle: Celebrate with Diva Dance and Auraknot"

It's Official! The Diva's weekly Challenge is Five Years Old! HUZZAH!!!

Thank you for joining me on this journey everyone!! 



To mark our fifth year together, let's celebrate with a duotangle, one of my favourite challenges.  And the tangles we'll use will be "Diva Dance" (Cuz i'm the diva) and "Auraknot" (cuz, it sorta rhymes with Laura)


A DuoTangle is a term coined here at the Diva Challenge that refers to a tile that is created with ONLY TWO tangles and their tanglations.  The step outs for Diva Dance can be found HERE and also Auraknot can be found here.

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. ;)