Monday, June 27, 2016

Weekly Challenge #273

Happy Last Monday of June all!

Artoo celebrated Canada Day early in his Kindergarten Class - I was lucky enough to be invited to his classroom celebration where we looked throughout the school for items on a Canada Day scavengar hunt, enjoyed some tasty ice cream and made a Canada Day craft.  My heart just swells when i see him interacting with the kids in his class - and i think about how far he's come, socially.

Mmmm Ice cream
 Only three days left of Kindergarten for my little man.  Then off to the first grade.
He won this cool pinwheel for completing the scavenger hunt

Walking home from school one day this past week we decided to climb up on the rocks by the pond, and artoo posed for this picture - and i realized i had a very similar one from when Chewie was finihsing kindergarten as well.    Time is literally flying by for me.    WHERE DID MY BABIES GO??

Two cutie patooties
As we're getting nearer and nearer to July - when Chewie was born, we like to make sure he has his birthday party at the end of June to make sure that his friends from school can make it.  And this year, Chewie chose Pokemon as his theme - which was fun, but tricky for me because i basically know NOTHING about Pokemon... i know it's a show? and also trading cards? perhaps even a card game??  Seriously, how did people throw birthday parties before pinterest.

Wait - i know, we didn't have themed birthday parites.  At least, i never did as a kid.  i think the closest i ever had to a theme was my mom making my cake into a princess by sticking a barbie into my cake and then icing it.  you'd have your friends come over and play pin the tail on the donkey or musical chairs and then eat your hot dog and then cake and presents and everyone goes home.

Not anymore. Thank god for pinterest.... you beautiful monster, you.

waiting for the friends to come
Generally speaking the birthday party situation round here isn't so bad because we have a huge backyard, so it's not so crazy.  However, it was all rain all weekend - we we adapted and brought the party inside.  My home had 9 crazy eight year olds and one little 5 year old screaming and generally out of control.  But they were really very good, considering they were in such closed quarters.

First they all made their very own pokemon monsters out of sculpy clay - a modelling clay that you bake in the oven to make hard.  Once they got into it, some of the creations were really amazing.  I'm kicking myself that i didn't take pictures of all the finished pieces before they took them home.  

They then filled out a pokemon card for their creations, naming their pokemon and drawing what they look like and giving them health points and special moves.  Again, the creativity was pretty awesome. 

Then we trained our pokemon by playing games like a ball toss, and then hot potato, and freeze dance.  The winner of the 'tournament' won a special pack of Pokemon cards - and everyone else got a smaller pack of cards - so they were all winners!
Pokemon Cupcakes - gotta catch 'em all
After lunch, the sun came out just long enough for us to kick everyone outside and they all ran around playing and having fun until it was time for cupcakes and presents.  

The birthday party crew - 2016!
The kids seemed to have fun running around and playing and burning off energy before their parents came, and they all went home with a one of a kind hand drawn Pikachu party bag, made by yours truly.

pika pika
It was a crazy three hours, but chewie really had a great time.   One of his gifts from his cousin were these amazing moustaches.   I just have to share these, because honestly they are so freaking cute. 





oh man.  my two adorable middle aged men.

So - we leave for our big road trip this weekend - and it's my intention to do the challenges from the road - i really hope that pans out!  Generally i take the summer off from challenges, but i never did get around to finding some hosts for you all - so we'll just see how the summer goes shall we?

Weekly Challenge #273: "Tangle Remix"

Okay, so i was going through some of my old tiles for a project i've been working one.  I have most of them in a binder that i take to different events and classes and things.  And every time i time i flip through the binder there's one tile that sticks out to me and i think: "i should really do something to that"
This tile was completed in February 2011 - for Challenge #10

This week i decided why not remix it?

Full Definition of remix. : a variant of an original recording (as of a song) made by rearranging or adding to the original.
obviously, in this context we won't be remixing recordings. lol.

the remix
i think this looks much better - i think maybe it's a little bit busy - but i think what was lacking in the first go'round was contrast.  I like the added black in the remix.

So this week, go back into your stash and find a tile that you could spruce up or remix and give it a shiny fresh coat of Pigma Micron!

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 #DC273 (Diva Challenge #273) 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. ;) 

Monday, June 20, 2016

Weekly Challenge #272


Good Monday Morning!!

My happy Kindergartener
I hope everyone had a good week!  It's already the end of June and it's so hard to believe that my baby will have finished kindergarten soon!  School ends in Saskatoon on Jun 29th, and while i'm still nervous about Artoo starting the First Grade in the fall, i'm also excited and happy at how far he's come this year.

Chewie and his friends playing with Artoo before school
It's also been really amazing for me to see all the kids in Chewie's grade rallying around Artoo and playing with him at recess and before school.  They all love him, and i know that in the fall he'll have his own little posse looking out for him when i can't.

Chewie is really excited for school to be done.  I remember being in school and those last few weeks were just torture.  These kids are pretty pumped for school to be done because they know that we're leaving on a BIG ROAD TRIP to California in July!

Playing some hockey

Chewie leading his music class
I can't believe that we're leaving in less than two weeks.  There's still so much to do - and it feels a little bit overwhelming, and we will still have to fit in a birthday party for Chewie, as he's going to be turning 8 on the road!!

So i try to remain calm - by going outside and looking at my beautiful flowers.





I'm so enjoying them, but i know there are a bunch of sneaky lilies that are going to wait until we are gone before they bloom.

Disapproving Cloud disapproves
 I also wanted to share these beautiful pics i snapped this week.  There's definitely a reason Saskatchewan is called The Land of the Living Skies.

taken out my front door one evening

Also, this weekend my good friend Sabrina drove up from Regina because she and i had tickets to the Opera!  we went to the Saturday matinee of The Barber of Seville and it was very awesome.  We have gone to a few shows together, it's so nice to have a friend who appreciates a good opera or musical.  (We are going to see The Book of Mormon in September with B-rad.  I'm super excited about that one)

Sabbie and I at the Opera!
Because it was a matinee, we took a little trip to get some ice cream, but it was so delicious we ate it before i could snap a picture.  But.  Trust me.  It was delicious.

Sabbie had a scoop of Coconut Ice Cream and Chocolate Chai Ice Cream in a waffle cone
I had a British '99' - which is soft serve in a waffle cone with a Flake bar and Raspberry puree. 
Sabrina actually treated me to my opera ticket in exchange for a private one on one zentangle class with yours truly.  Of course, there was wine.

wine and tangling; a perfect pairing
and she did really well, if i do say so myself!!

my tile on the left, hers on the right. 
We stayed up visiting with B-rad and polishing off the bottle, (or two) - it was very many good times had by all.

Sunday was father's day, and the boys presented b-rad with the gifts they made at school.  They were both so proud of their projects and so excited to give them to b-rad that they were practically bouncing!  I think school made gifts are just so darn awesome.  I made eggs and sausages for breakfast before Sabrina left to go home, and then we spent the afternoon out at B-rad's mom and dad's for a Father's Day barbecue.

This week's going to be just as busy as i try to get things ready for the trip and also attend some of the last days of school activities.

i'm tired already. lol.

Weekly Challenge #272: "What's Black and White and Red All Over?"
A Zebra with a sunburn.  (Badum TING!)

This week in the midst of all the hubbub, i picked up a tile i had started working on a while ago - to finish it up and catch a bit of zen.  However, when i started tangling - it became apparent that i had accidentally picked up my red Micron, instead of my black one.

My first initial thought was: "OH NO!! I've RUINED it."

But instead of trashing it and starting over, i thought i'd just keep at it and see what happened.

It turns out, it looks awesome, and is now one of my favourite tiles.

To get the red background i used a red paint pen from POSCA
and when it was dry, i tangled on it with my microns
I'm glad i didn't jump at the chance to throw it out.

One of the things that really appeals to me, personally, about zentangle is that it's in black and white (for the most part) and i can turn off the 'colour composition' part of my brain that tends to get in the way when i'm painting sometimes.

 The elegance of limitations.... my tile was now wearing red, so what was i to do? With this tile - the red found it's way there by accident - and because it wasn't part of the plan, i didn't have to think too much about it, i just wanted to see what would happen if i kept going.

And i think that because i create my tiles without any sort of plan when i begin, there is that freedom that allows room for exploration.  If i had planned this tile with a specific idea of how it would turn out, the red pen would have been a fly in my ointment, instead of guiding me into a different direction.

Also - i made the title of this challenge a joke because sometimes i think we can run the risk of getting too serious.  Keep it light!! This is fun!

So this week's challenge is use the standard black and white of traditional zentangle - but also red!  And the extra challenge is to not take yourself so seriously and have fun with this.

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 #DC272 (Diva Challenge #272) 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 ;)]

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, June 13, 2016

Weekly Challenge #271

Happy Monday all!!

Thank you all for the much needed week off.  It's been a bit of a go 'round here.

Artoo did end up getting sick, and we ended up going to the Emergency for a bit on Tuesday - luckily the doctors told us that we did everything right and got ahead of it enough that he recovered quickly.

Brave little man
Artoo wanted to wear his Beads of Courage to the ER because he really didn't want to go - but he said his beads would make him brave.  And he did really great.  He held on tight to his beads while they took his Blood Pressure (one of his least favourite things) and afterwards he said: "Mom, i was really brave, wasn't I?"

So brave.  To celebrate them sending us home with meds (instead of staying) we went to have a celebratory Sundae.
Ice cream makes everything better. 
The rest of the week was taking care that his Respiratory Rate stayed where it should, and cuddling and watching lots and lots of Sponge Bob.

Meanwhile, Chewie had his year end dance recital for his Hip Hop class this weekend.  I took him for his dress rehearsal, and on the way home he asked if he could show me a cool thing he saw with his grandpa - his driving diretions were: "It's by the sushi place before we go to our house"

With not much to go on, we actually managed to find it!

RAWRRR
A Tyrannosaurus Rex sculpture made from scrap metal, outside a scrap metal yard.  LOL.  It was pretty neat.  It was one of those situations where i really found myself rushing to get home - it was late and i wanted to get him to bed so i could get on with the million things i needed to do.  My first reaction was to say "No, i'm not driving around looking for a mystery cool thing" but for whatever reason i stopped myself and thought "Why not? What's the hurry?"  I'm so glad we took the detour to find the cool thing by the sushi place on the way to our house. It took 15 minutes of my time, and Chewie was so excited annnnnd we did a cool thing together which will hopefully translate into a thing he remembers when he's older
Goofy Face boy

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Being almost 8, he's very good and pushing all of my buttons, but then he will say or do something so sweet or so funny that my heart melts into a pile of goo.  I love him, and i really don't get to spend a lot of one on one time with him.  I'm working on that.  Even if it's just bringing him along to pick up groceries...
Hip Hop-Tastic!!
And while his dance recital came at the tail end of a very long and exhausting week - i was super proud of him, and loved every second watching him on that stage.  He was so excited and pumped to dance for an audience.

Weekly Challenge #271: "Beads of Courage"

So, this is the challenge that i had completed for you all last week when my computer decided that i needed to take a break. lol

These are some of Artoo's Beads of Courage
For those of you who have been with me since the beginning will know about this program, but for those of you who are new(ish) here

Beads of Courage is an arts in medicine program that helps kids with chronic or life threatening illness tell the story of their medical journey.  Each bead represents something different.  A different procedure or appointment, or special circumstance.  For example, when seeing a doctor or getting a poke instead of getting a sticker when they leave, they are given a glass bead for each thing.  (blue for doctor, black for poke... some other beads are yellow=night in the hospital, pink=respiratory support, magenta=trip to emergent care, teal=tube insertion or removal, rainbow=therapy; physical, speech, occupational, respiratory) and every child's string is different and unique to their story.

Co-Founders!! Me and my bestie Tara
I got involved with Beads of Courage 4 years ago when my friend Tara and I decided to organize a 5K Colour Fun Run to raise money for the Beads of Courage programming in Saskatchewan.


Runners start out in white - then they run through 5 colour stations where volunteers throw colour at them to symbolize the beautiful coloured beads that kids on this program accumulate through their medical journey.
lovely ladies, all!

The Dream Team!
This was our fourth, and biggest year.  We have an amazing group of ladies who work all year to find sponsorships and to help with all aspects of organizing - and over the past 4 years we've raised of $60,000 for programming in the province. (Not including what was raised this year)

Artoo Covered in Colour

Two  colourful brothers

Artoo's favourite colour - GREEN!

Chewie running through Violet

Handsome Chewie

Artoo really loved running this year! Here is is running with B-rad and Grandpa!


One of my favourite moments this year was cheering Artoo across the finish line!


He was so excited and squealing and cheering, and running as fast as his little legs would go

My wonderful family!
It was a really amazing day, it truly was!

So!! This week's challenge is to BEad INSPIRED by Beads of Courage!  By our Colour Run, or by whatever gives you Courage.   

For my tile, i used a technique called the Hefty Hack (you can google it, it's super easy and super addicting!! there's lots of YouTube tutorials) to make a colour splotch on my tile, then tangled a string of beads - inspired by Artoo's string in the photo above. 

Splotchy Colour

Beads of Courage
Thanks for coming by this week! 

I look forward to seeing your tiles.   :)

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 #DC271 (Diva Challenge #271) 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 ;)]

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. ;)

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Stay Tuned

EDIT:: PLEASE READ BELOW

Hey everyone,
just posting a quick note to say that this week's challenge will be late - due to the fact that everyone here is exhausted from the Beads of Courage Colour Run that happened on Sunday.

i hope to have a challenge up and running for you all by tuesday morning!

Thanks!
Love Laura



I'm writing this from my kitchen at 11:19 pm on Monday night.  I'm so sorry, but i don't think that this week's challenge is going to happen, and i feel pretty lousy about that.  I really appreciate that you take the time to come and visit and read about my family and see the week's new challenge, so i hate to let you down, but everything is happening right now.

The colour run on sunday (Super successful by the way, i can't wait to tell you all about it) and now artoo starting to get sick, and also me starting to get sick and me having to make an emergency trip to the dentist (which turned out to be nothing) my boys had piano lessons after school and then Chewie had his dance recital dress rehearsal tonight too.

I had planned to write the challenge after everyone was in bed, but instead i ended up fighting with my computer, writing a post and losing it all, and having to restart everything and at this point i'm just going to give up and put on my warm jammies and crawl into bed.

SO let's call this week a lost cause and all reconvene next monday morning shall we?

thanks everyone!!

Love Laura

Monday, May 30, 2016

weekly Challenge #270

Good morning everyone! I hope you all had a great week, and a very Happy Memorial Day to my friends to the South.

With the school year winding down, the kids are doing a lot of fun activities!! This week Artoo's class took a field trip to the Forestry Farm, which is a little zoo here in Saskatoon.  It was a great day for it, and the animals were all out and being very active!  I got to go along as a helper mom and it was a very fun day.
Chewie had a field trip too, to a Pow Wow, but i wasn't able to go along on that field trip.  Sadly.

Artoo and friends!
 This weekend was the SaskMarathon so Saturday we set up a Beads of Courage booth at the Marathon Expo and were telling folks about our Colour Run (next weekend!!).  I brought Artoo along for a bit, and he was so charming and was telling everyone about his beads.


I had to take a break from the Expo so i could take Artoo to a birthday party - his best friend at school, Ally, invited him to her Princess Party - and he had a wonderful time!  He even got to meet some fairytale princesses! 

Artoo getting his nails painted green by Princess Rapunzel
 He was Prince Nice, and he was a very nice Prince.

Princess Merida, Prince Nice, and Princess Rapunzel
 Then it was back to the Marathon expo - but this time i took Chewie with me, and he was very helpful as we took everything down and loaded up the van.

Speaking of SaskMarathon - i ran the 10K on Sunday.  I didn't do any training, so considering that i think i did alright.  i felt good about my run, but it was super hot by the end.  My official chip time was 1:14:39.0 and i was aiming for about 1:25:00 so i'm happy!
omnomnom
We have a very busy week coming up with more school activities and the Colour Run on Sunday - and i'm already exhausted.   I could use a nap.


Weekly Challenge #270: "Skye - a Tangle by Margaret Bremner, CZT"
have you seen this new tangle? If not you can see the step outs on Margaret's blog here as well as some of her gorgeous tiles featuring Skye!

I've been meaning to try this since she released it this month, but i haven't had the opportunity!  And since this is MY blog, i made it this week's challenge so i WOULD have the opportunity!

This is my very first attempt
This tangle is definitely more High Focused... and you can see my first attempt did not go as well as i would have hoped.  But my second tile was not too shabby.  i feel like the more i get a feel for this tangle, the better i'll get at it. 

second attempt!  

I will have to spend more time with this one, but i already love it! Thank you Margaret for this awesome tangle to play with!

Have a great Week!

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 #DC270 (Diva Challenge #270) 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 ;)]

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. ;)