Monday, June 29, 2015

Weekly Challenge #224

Happy Monday everyone!!

and here at Casa Diva: School's Out for SUMMER!  (Cue Alice Cooper)

Chewie has been pretty pumped about the last week of school - there were play days and bowling trips and spray park shenanigans.


The sprinkler has been going full strength keeping the boys cool.

On Saturday morning our fridge died, which put us in panic mode.  Especially since Sunday was such a big day...

Everything all week has been leading up to the best day of the week - Chewie's 7th Birthday Party!
His birthday is actually next week - but we wanted to have it the last weekend in June so his friends from school could come. 

so excited!
The party was Star Wars themed - and all the kids attended the "Jedi Academy" where they learned to work together as a team and do obstacles.  

crossing over the Sarlac Pit, be careful not to fall in!

heading to Degobah to get training from Master Yoda
 We had lunch and then had cupcakes and then Darth Vader arrived and they used their newfound Jedi skills to take him down.



After the birthday party we headed out to find a new fridge, and found one we could bring home - but we had to borrow a truck, and borrow a friend, and remove the entire patio doors, and get the old fridge out and the new fridge in....  at the end of the day, everyone was really exhausted.  And we are finally into full time Summer Break!

Weekly Challenge #224: "Monotangle: Tipple"
This is my last post for a while, as i'm taking the summer off to be summer-y with the family.

BUT DON'T FRET!! I have a whole set of amazing guest posts lined up to take care of things while i'm gone!!


So, here we go:
This week's challenge is to use the tangle "Tipple"  and there aren't really step outs, it's just fill a space with tiny circles.


I find drawing circles to be very relaxing.  So tipple after a week like this was pretty awesome.

Have fun with tipple - and have a great summer!
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Monday, June 22, 2015

Weekly Challenge #223

Happy Monday!!

I hope you've had a great week!

My pal Tara and i have been out running - just 2 days after my last 10K.  We ran along the river and did some exploring and accidentally ended up running 13K!  This is what happens when pedestrian walkways on bridges are closed and you're forced to run to the next bridge in order to get back to your car!
We are EXCITED!
The boys and the neighbour girls have been having fun with the Spaceship that Chewie has been constructing with B-rad.  He wanted to paint it one day after school and i told him i didn't have any paint for him.  He told me: "Mom, you have lots of paint downstairs in your art room! we can just use that!" Cut to: Me making a bee-line to Michaels for some poster paint... here you go, kids, go nuts.

Painting speed lines on the space ship.
 I also had the pleasure of teaching a beginners Zentangle class this week!  It was really great, and i always enjoy sharing my love of tangling with new people.  I don't teach as often as many CZTs out there, so when i get a chance to it's pretty awesome for me.  And i still get nervous. Every time.
A beautiful night for tanglin'
We attended a family wedding on Saturday - it was pretty fun and laid back and the bride looked beautiful and the groom looked extremely happy.  Good times.  I took this photo of B-rad and i by the reception Bonfire.  (it was the kind of wedding that had a reception bonfire)
he's just a hunk-a-hunk-a-burning love....bonfire style

This was the first Father's Day that B-rad has been home in almost 7 years.  Usually this is when he and his brothers and their dad go on their annual boy's only fishing trip - but because of the wedding they had to reschedule.  So Sunday morning the boys and i made B-rad some Father's Day breakfast in bed.  Artoo serenaded B-rad with a very lovely "I Love Dad" song that he wrote, and the boys gave their dad the cards they made.

This is the sign of a good father.


A boy and his dad
These two little boys are so lucky to have a dad like B-rad.  He's really great, always there for them - ready to play and help them create the things they've imagined.  We're all pretty lucky.

Weekly Challenge #223: "Official Tangle - UMBLE"

In the latest Zentangle newsletter (click to subscribe) Rick and Maria shared with us the step-outs for an oldy but a goodie called Umble.  They also talk about how the inspiration for the tangle doesn't necessarily look like the tangle itself.

Often tangles may not end up looking like their inspirations, since, with tangles, we are not trying to "draw" the inspiration. (June 14, 2015 Newsletter)

The challenge this week is to try out the New-Old tangle: Umble! You can do a monotangle or just a regular old tile with umble somewhere on the premises.

So here are two pieces i did on the zentangle Artist Trading Cards (ATCs)
Umble-iscious!

Simply Umble
It's quite a fun tangle to use - and it's done in the same style as Hollibough using the Drawing Behind method.

Have fun with Umble! Let's see what ya' got!

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Monday, June 15, 2015

Weekly Challenge #222

Happy Monday everyone,

Every day is a count down until summer vacation in our house right now.  Chewie and Artoo have been busy "working" already... They earn $0.01 per pinecone they pick up off the front lawn, and you'd think that wouldn't be very much, but between the two of them they have picked up over 1200 pine cones.  

Play time!!
 we've been having some amazing weather - nice and hot.  The boys have been having a great time in the spray park nearby.

summer time cute guy!
 And we are just at the beginning of family functions, weddings, grads, and BBQs.  We took some time this weekend to have some ice cream.

waiting for our blizzards!
Sunday morning i went and ran another 10K with my good friend from Regina - i had pretty good time considering the hilly course.  but i worked hard.



 It was a good time.

Weekly Challenge #222: "Colours of the Rainbow!"

This week the challenge is to use multi colours - use 'em if you got 'em!

I used a black Zendala tile and my Sakura Moonlight gel pens.  They're so fun, and also black light sensitive!


You can use coloured paper, coloured pens, or pencils, water colour or crayons - anything you like!! 
Happy Pride week!

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Monday, June 8, 2015

Weekly Challenge #221

Weekly Challenge #221: "Beads of Courage" 

We are jumping straight into the challenge this week because everything i did this week revolved around Beads of Courage.

Beads of Courage is an Arts in Medicine that supports kids with chronic or life threatening illnesses and their families.  These kids are amazing.  And they more often than not have to deal with a lot on a daily basis.  They see a lot of doctors, and on this program instead of getting a sticker or a lollipop for getting a needle or an X-Ray, or a test of some kind, they'd get a glass bead to represent that part of their medical journey.


Artoo and his friend
Three years ago, my friend Tara and i decided to organize a 5K Colour Fun Run to raise money and awareness about this amazing program that both of our kids are on.

Chewie is Flying
  This is the third year of our run and it just keeps getting better and better.

our fabulous planning committee 
Runners start out wearing white T-shirts - then along the 5K course our volunteers throw coloured corn starch on them.  If you've ever been to a Color Me Rad or Color Run type event, it's very similar.  Although someone likened Color Me Rad to a frat party, and ours to a family picnic.  I'd say that was fairly accurate.

the Diva Family
This year was special for us because Artoo is finally big enough to actually "get" what all his beads mean.  After his last hospitalization in May he wore his Beads of Courage every day and would tell me what each bead meant and how he was so brave.   When he got to the race yesterday morning he was yelling: "Welcome to the Colour Run Everybody! What a beautiful day!" so cute.


Artoo and B-rad
Artoo also walked through all of the colour stations and had so much fun!  Chewie had a great time running with his best friend and her family - he was so speedy.

Diggin' the yellow
I love our run because there are so many families who come out to do the activity together.   This is my family:

Good times

We had another amazingly successful year and because of our hard work - lots of courageous and strong kids in our province are going to be able to tell their stories of courage in a meaningful way.  Including my own kid.  and that's really amazing.

SO this week's challenge is to be inspired by Beads of Courage.  Here's last year's challenge if you want to get some ideas.  You could use beads as inspiration for your string, or for inspiration for your tangles, or perhaps you know someone who is being particularly strong and courageous right now and you may be inspired by them! 
some of Artoo's beads from his first year of life
Some of the things you can collect beads for are:
Needle pokes, overnight stays in hospital, isolation, mobility challenges like bed rest or casting, hair changes, tube insertions or removals, therapies, doctors appointments, surgeries, xrays, ultrasounds, infusions, radiation, oxygen/respiratory support, procedures...

My tile is on the way - i a so exhausted from the week of last minute preparations and little to no sleep and then everything that ensues when you plan and carry out a 5K run.  

Happy Tangling!
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Monday, June 1, 2015

Weekly Challenge #220

I can hardly believe that it's June already.

Lots of things happened this week, in preparation for our Beads of Courage Colour run.  We had a table at the SaskMarathon expo again this year to share about the Beads of Courage program in Saskatchewan. 

B-rad and I took the boys out to his parents acreage to let Chewie practice riding his bike. Meanwhile, Grandpa let Artoo drive the tractor!


On Sunday my friend Tara and I ran in the SaskMarathon 10K.  Our run started at 8:10, so i picked Tara up at 7. I set my alarm that morning for 6AM and 6:15AM (yes, i set 2 alarms) but i didn't need either of them because i was awake at 4, and then every 15-20 minutes after that until i just got up.  

The run was super fun and challenging. 
ready to ROCK

Carrying Beads in honour of a chronically ill child

almost at the finish line!!!!

munching on my medal, as you do.
 Our official chip time was 1:19:03, which was 8 minutes faster than the last 10K we did.  So, go us!!

I am so tired and exhausted though.

Weekly Challenge #220: "UMT: All Boxed UP by Alice Hendon, CZT"
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.

This month's Use My Tangle is All Boxed Up by Alice Hendon.  (Follow the link for the step outs to this tangle)

I really love the versatility of this tangle.  Alice has lots of different variations of this tangle on her blog, so be sure to check that out.  

Sunday night, i was so exhausted from sleeping poorly and then running that i was having trouble keeping my eyes open, even as i tangled.  The reason that Bronx Cheer Raspberry is there is because i set my pen down to rest my eyes for a second or two....lol

Have a great week!

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Monday, May 25, 2015

Weekly Challenge 219

Happy Monday everyone.

It's been a pretty awesome week, my pal Tara and I have been running together, and back when Artoo was in the hospital our schedule got thrown off. Then her little one got sick.  So once both our kiddos were feeling better - we decided to tackle a 10K along the river.  It was an awesome run, but the most hilarious part was when we finally hit our 10K mark - Tara started laughing and pointed at this sign.

10K - timet to stop. 
Also this week had a pretty big day when Chewie had his grade one year end assembly.  It was super cute, 1950s style.

So cute
and in the afternoon Artoo had kindergarten sneak peek.  It was super emotional for me to see him looking so overwhelmed.  But by the end of the two and a half hours, he was feeling a little more like himself.

Artoo - colouring the barn

So cute, smiley boy.
A few people on facebook have asked me about the weather in saskatchewan - we had a beautiful week with gorgeous weather - finally.  So much so that we busted out the plastic pool, and Artoo practically lived in it all weekend.  I'll admit, i took a few dips myself.
the cutest

Weekly Challenge #219: "Straight Lines all the Tines...er, times"

Today's challenge is a fun one.  The challenge is to use ONLY straight lines, and i found it particularly challenging.  I found it interesting to find a way to use the straight lines to create some movement in my tile.


Nary a curved line in sight. 
I really enjoyed creating this tile, and i may come back to it and try it again some time. 

have a great week everyone!

Have a great week.
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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Weekly Challenge #218

Good Tuesday morning all!

i hope you had a nice weekend, those of you who had a long one i hope it was great!

THANK YOU for all the Birthday Wishes!!

My birthday was pretty low-key, which was okay after last week.


The boys were pretty excited about my birthday though.  Artoo kept saying all day "you're 35 today!!! you are the same age as dad!! it's your birrrrrrrthdaaaayyyy!!!"  We didn't get up to much, as Artoo was still recovering from being in the hospital.

But he was doing so well by the end of the week that he made a special guest star appearance on our local news morning show.  We were on the news that morning talking about the Beads of Courage Colour Fun Run that we do every year to raise money for Beads of Courage Canada.

my shining star

ice cream faces
The weather took a turn, just in time for the long weekend - as it does in Saskatchewan, and the temps dipped below freezing a few nights, so we took advantage of the one nice day to take the boys for some ice cream.  

B-rad and Chewie did some work on the driveway this weekend - as we prep for rebuilding the fence this summer.


Monday we did a bunch of work around the house, b-rad did more work outside and i got to some of those nagging tasks that have been bugging me.  Then my mom came over around supper time and my hubby took me out for a belated birthday dinner, and a walk by the river. 

LOVE 
 Every time i'm down by the river i'm reminded of what a beautiful city i live in.

Saskatoon, SK
It was nice to get some things done - it was kind of a bummer that the weather was so lousy.  But apparently the temps should be nice and warm this week.  

Weekly Challenge #218: "White on Black on Found"

This week's challenge is an option.

The challenge is to do a white on black tile or zentangle inspired piece of art - using a white pen on black paper.  HOWEVER, i know that not everyone has access to those art tools.  

So, there's also the option of creating a tangled piece on a found object instead or in addition to white on black.

personally, i love the look of the white on black tiles, but i never seem to have the patience for them because there's a lot more 'finessing' of the gel pens, i find.  It seems that the ink will flow better if you almost 'dab' the gel onto the page, and then move very slowly.  Which, in hindsight, may be a good thing when it comes to creating a tile.  I find the white on black to be quite challenging.  

I used a Sakura Gelly Roll white gel pen.  They work fairly well, but i also like to use the uniball Signo white gell pen, they ink seems to roll out quite nicely.   

I also find that the black zentangle tiles are not as thick as the white ones.  i think i prefer the weight of the white tiles, myself. 

However, as you can maybe tell - this is a found object... it's a black coaster from the Cactus Club where B-rad and I went for supper on Monday night for my birthday.  It turned out pretty great, and maybe part of the reason i like it is because of the sturdy weight of the coaster.  

I have a habit of taking coasters and tangling on them.  They just beg to be tangled, sometimes, don't you think?

So this week's challenge is use white on black, or if you don't have those tools, to tangle on a found object!  (if you've been thinking about tangling that toilet seat or that mailbox, now's your chance. lol.)

Have a great week.
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