Monday, February 13, 2017

Weekly Challenge #303

Happy Monday all!

This week marked my lovely mother in law's 65th birthday, so to celebrate we all went out for dinner!

B-rad's brothers and their wives... the family resemblance is strong, no?
Practically every ordered scallops or mushrooms neptune, or lobster.... and as i'm allergic to shellfish i was secluded in the corner... and my brother in law joked to the waitress that as an appetizer i would be having a piece of cheese on a saltine cracker.

Then the waitress brought me this:

crumbled blue cheese on saltines = the best appetizer evahhh??  yes.  yes it was. 
It was a great night and we all had a wonderful time - including a video from the boys singing happy birthday

Artoo had an eye appointment this week, a fairly intensive one - and he did remarkably well.  It was essentially a 4 hour appointment and he was happy and cheerful.  i snapped this cute picture of him in his appointment
totally cute
how was your week?

Weekly Challenge #303: "Valentangle"
This week's challenge is pretty straight forward: To create a valentine's themed tile or card, and as an added bonus - give it away to someone you love!  Your spouse, your child, your cat, your mailman, anyone!  Who doesn't love handmaid cards?

I tried to give my card to B-rad, but Artoo asked: "Is that for me too?" how could i say no?

To colour my tile i used a few red and pink markers and used the Hefty Hack technique
I did my tangling with a red sakura pigma micron and a white gelly roll pen
for the lettering i used a dip pen and some fountain pen ink
SPOILER: I couldn't.

Have a wonderful week, and a Happy Valentine's day!!

have a great week!


And if you're on the Zentangle Mosaic App or Instagram - 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 #DC303(Diva Challenge #303) 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. ;) 

If you love the challenge as much as i do, please consider leaving a tip (tip jar in the side bar).  I write this blog for free and have no plans to make it a paid for service in the future.  Buy me a cup of coffee, or a new Micron pen!! Click the tip jar on the side for a monthly tip, but if you just wanna throw a few bucks my way THIS LINK will give you a one time option.    A very big thank you to those who have kept me in hot cups of joe. ;)


Monday, February 6, 2017

Weekly Challenge #302

Happy Monday all!

Our week started off on a bit of a downer as Artoo was home sick from school both Monday and Tuesday.  The only upside of this is that Artoo seems to be handling colds better now and we are able to manage them from home without a visit to the hospital.  Small Victories!  (Well, that's actually kind of a huge one, to be honest)

He was happy to be back at school on Wednesday, except by wednesday i had started to feel kinda crummy, so i spent a lot of the week resting up while the kids were in school because we had a big weekend planned!

Chewie and his friend E have been bowling in a league since September, and back in November they won first place in local tournament qualifying them for Provincials!  So, this weekend we drove down to Regina for the Provincial Masters Bantam Tournament.

he's drawing in his sketchbook!!! chip off the old block. ;)
 His tournament was on Sunday afternoon so we went down Saturday morning, met some friends for lunch then took the boys to the Science Centre - which they loved.

Artoo and Anty

Chewlie and the Ankylosaurus
 The Science Centre was fun and full of lots of hands on activities for the boys.  I loved the bubble area.

BUBBBBBLES
 We also like the light area - there was a pretty cool wall where you stand in front of it and a light flashes and takes a shadow picture.  We all made as silly positions as we could think of, however they don't photograph well. lol.


artoo learning about colour and light
 Of course, what kind of science centre doesn't have a ball that makes your feel like a Mad Scientist?

I can make the lightning DO MY BIDDING
 And Artoo loved the infinity mirrors.  We had fun dancing and singing and waving at all the other Moms and Artoos in the mirrors

thumbs up. 
 It was a super fun way to spend the afternoon.
in the mouth of a megalodon shark
 Science is so fun and cool and stuff.


The rest of the afternoon and evening was spent at the waterslide park in the hotel - where Artoo braved the super fast waterslide, even though he was scared.  He decided he was NOT a fan of the waterslides, and much preferred to swim in the pool or play in the spray park.

Chewie, on the other hand, was off on the slides the second we got there.  We had an adjoining room with his bowling partner's family (they're close friends of ours since high school) so he and Miss E were off like a flash.

I dunno, the guy on the other side of this hotel door looks mighty suspicious....
 And even though it was a long day with science and waterslides and staying up late and eating too much sugar, they both played awesome the next day for the tournament.  They played 4 games and Chewie was bowling well above his average.  There were a few bouts of the 'grumpies' towards the end, but all in all they did really great and came in 4th place out of 24.

Miss E and Chewie and their Master bowler Julie,
 who is a Canadian 5 pin bowling champion
All in all it was a really great weekend, i'm super proud of him.  I hope he continues bowling because he seems to enjoy it.

Weekly Challenge #302: "UMT Hamadox by Diana Schreur 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 UMT is Hamadox by Diana Schruer, and you can see the step outs here - This should be an easy one, seeing as wee're all warmed up with last week's Paradox duotangle. I had been seeing this tangle being used in the Mosaic app for a while, and i didn't know how to do it, but i love how it looks.  So i'm super excited to see it come up this week. 

Here's my take on it: 

have a great week!


And if you're on the Zentangle Mosaic App or Instagram - 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 #DC302(Diva Challenge #302) 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. ;) 

If you love the challenge as much as i do, please consider leaving a tip (tip jar in the side bar).  I write this blog for free and have no plans to make it a paid for service in the future.  Buy me a cup of coffee, or a new Micron pen!! Click the tip jar on the side for a monthly tip, but if you just wanna throw a few bucks my way THIS LINK will give you a one time option.    A very big thank you to those who have kept me in hot cups of joe. ;)

Monday, January 30, 2017

Weekly Challenge #301

Happy Monday everyone!!

I wanted to say a big warm thank you to everyone who participated in last week's challenge - you guys are awesome and you're making the world a little bit more knowledgeable and little bit more accepting place for our little man, and for the rest of those lovely people who have Moebius Syndrome.   Thank you for your kind words in your comments and emails, and on your facebook and instagram posts.  I have read them all.  Thank you for coming back each week - here's to another 300!

Artoo had THE BEST day ever on Moebius Syndrome Awareness Day.
On Monday night we made purple sugar cookies together for him to bring to his classmates.

mmmm
 It ended up being a family affair with the boys rolling and cutting the cookies before bed and then B-rad and i baking and icing them well into the night.  Purple cookies are a must have for Moebius Syndrome Awareness Day
So tasty
 He was super excited to bring them to school to share with all his friends and teachers.  When we got to the school he was giggling as he saw more and more people walking around wearing purple, all for him.  His teacher covered his locker with purple streamers and decorated the classroom and his desk as well!

Purple streamer and purple hair
 She made a streamer curtain over their classroom door and Artoo thought that was just so cool.

So excited
 I was invited to stay and talk to the kids about Moebius Syndrome and how even though people with Moebius look or sound different some times, they are still just regular kids who want to have fun and play with their friends.

It was a super positive experience and we really felt supported and loved by not only his class but by the school as well.

The boys also had Tropical Island day last week - and we can't resist dressing up for spirit days! They are fun times.

Chewie - a la Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas?

cutest little Sombrero Hombre
The weekend was busy with family functions and with the weather cooperating b-rad even got the boys out on the sledding hill and helped them to build a snow fort.  They've really been taking advantage of the milder temperatures and playing outside... there's sure to be another cold snap before spring happens.

Weekly Challenge #301: "DuoTangle: Paradox vs Diva Dance"
This weekend Zentangle HQ sent out their latest newsletter in which they shared their new video series called "Kitchen Table Tangles"

These videos will be available to the Mosaic App subscribers, but occasionally they may share a video with everyone!

In this video you can watch Rick tangle as he and Maria share tips and tricks, etc.

Rick happens to be using Paradox and Diva Dance to create a duotangle in this video. (A Duotangle a term that originated here on the blog for a tile using ONLY TWO tangles and their tangleations)



Give it a watch, it's very relaxing to watch someone tangle if you haven't had an opportunity before.

So here's my take on the two together.
Take One
I used 3zs this week (a gift from the lovely Margaret Bremner) and i'm not quite used to how much smaller they are than regular tiles.  My little paradox corners felt a lot more cramped than i would have liked.  I also inadvertently made a very Moebius Syndrome-y tile.

I'm not a fan of this tile.  But as i have said many times - it's my own personal challenge to always post my first attempt.

i had a little extra time this weekend so i made a second tile - which is a bit different that the first.


Still trying to get used to the triangle tiles.

How will you merge these two tangles together this week?



have a great week!


And if you're on the Zentangle Mosaic App or Instagram - 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 #DC301(Diva Challenge #301) 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. ;) 

If you love the challenge as much as i do, please consider leaving a tip (tip jar in the side bar).  I write this blog for free and have no plans to make it a paid for service in the future.  Buy me a cup of coffee, or a new Micron pen!! Click the tip jar on the side for a monthly tip, but if you just wanna throw a few bucks my way THIS LINKwill give you a one time option.    A very big thank you to those who have kept me in hot cups of joe. ;)





Monday, January 23, 2017

Weekly Challenge #300

HOLY COW!! OH MY GOODNESS!! CAN YOU EVEN BELIEVE IT!!

Three Hundred weeks ago i started this little community here on the world wide web. 

Three Hundred weeks ago. 

Three Hundred weeks ago i couldn't have guessed the journey the blog would take and where it would take me, both literally and figuratively.  

Three Hundred weeks ago i didn't know the amount of connections that would be made. 

Three Hundred weeks ago i couldn't have imagined the wealth of friendship i have found.  

Three Hundred weeks ago i thought i'd just try my hand at this for challenge blog few months and see how it goes. 

Three Hundred weeks ago i was a totally different person who has grown in incredible ways and has changed in ways i couldn't have foreseen. 

I'm going to just jump right into here because i think this week's challenge is really fitting for this occasion.
If you've been following my blog and my facebook page for some time, you may have guessed that this challenge would be coming.  This Tuesday, January 24th, is Moebius Syndrome Awareness Day.

In the beginning - i came to zentangle for the art.  I was drawn to it because it was familiar.  Then Artoo was born and everything about his birth and his hospital stay and his eventual homecoming was. So. Hard......and i clung to zentangle as my life line in those first months - and eventually it led me here because i knew that i NEEDED to keep a zentangle practice in my life.  I needed to make it a priority because, honestly - this challenge blog? Well.  It saved me back then.  It gave me something i had to do for myself at least once a week, and in the beginning that was all i could manage.  It was all i could do some Sunday nights to sit down and write and create a tile... and a lot of those challenges in the early days i was totally living by the old adage: Fake it 'till you make it.  

And it helped.  Writing this blog for the past six years has sometimes been a challenge, sometimes a chore, but i keep coming back to it because it helped me pull myself out of my own real life challenges, even if it was just for Sunday night.

Weekly Challenge #300: "Moebius Syndrome Awareness Day"
Artoo, the great
My son Artoo has Moebius Syndrome and every year I post this challenge about Moebius Syndrome Awareness Day.  I do this because i love my son so very much.  He is the brightest, the silliest, the sweetest most sensitive and emotionally mature not to mention adorable kid with buckets of charisma and an astounding memory for details and facts.  The kid is so freaking charming.
Grade 1 is awesome
Moebius Syndrome is HELLA rare.
being silly is fun!
Like literally 1-20 in a million rare.  I'm not making that up.
I think he makes this look work
It is a nerve disorder that is present at birth.  It's the cranial nerves, to be specific, that are either underdeveloped, broken or missing causing facial paralysis.  People who have moebius syndrome are on varying degrees of the Moebius spectrum.  For Artoo he has zero movement in his eyebrows, and this eyes don't move from side to side.  Those nerves are missing.
cutest paleontologist ever
Artoo has difficulty with speech because there is some paralysis in and around his mouth - and it's kind of like speaking to someone with an interesting accent.  After a while you just learn how to speak Artoo.
Preemies are magic
When he was born the doctors told me that i would never see him smile.
can i get a hell yeah?
Doctors don't always know everything.

People with Moebius Syndrome can have low muscle tone and can be uncoordinated or have trouble with balance, like Artoo does. And/or they can be born with some missing limbs or underdeveloped or webbed digits, and can also have other disorders, which Artoo does not.
budding artist - oh, my heart
I tell you these things and i share his pictures with you because it breaks my heart that people who have never met him make assumptions about him, based on his physical appearance.  It causes me physical pain when people talk over him and ask me "So, what's wrong with him anyway?" as if he wasn't completely fully aware that they are talking about him.  SPOILER: He is.
he deserves a million trophies
I kills me that he might ever be made to feel that he is less than because a few of his nerves don't work, like - f'real, that's a shitty reason to feel like you don't or can't belong.  It would be just as unfair if the world decided that everyone with green eyes was weird or that their eyes looked funny and no one wanted to be your friend or talk to you....
his future album cover
Artoo wants nothing more than to grow up and be in a comedy band like his current idol, Weird Al Yankovic.  He loves the colour green.  He recently discovered cinnamon buns (at christmas) and thinks they are the best flippin' thing since sliced bread.  He likes to watch Spongebob Squarepants and believes that fart jokes are the height of comedic sophistication.  He can spell paleontologist without breaking a sweat and he can read backwards!
We love Artoo

He can tell you, to the second, how long his favourite songs are and which album it's from and when that album was released.  He has an excellent singing voice and loves dancing.  He likes to write lists and he likes to write fiction stories about Weird Al and his school friends going on field trips to the zoo.  Sometimes the way he talks other grownups kills me because he's so matter of fact like he's like a tiny grownup himself.
ice cream sundaes are the best
I make Moebius Syndrome Awareness Day the weekly challenge each year because i am in the unique position where, for some reason, thousands of people care what i have to say sometimes.
fair rides for the win!

 Also it's in the hopes that i may reach just one more person; someone new, someone who had never heard of Moebius Syndrome so that when some day in the future they are fortunate enough to meet one of these amazing people they will remember that one blog post they read that one time, and they might remember that underneath the face they're unfamiliar with is a person who is warm and caring and funny and would really really really - more than anything - just wanted to be treated as normal.


 I make it the challenge so i can tell you that it's NOT a disease.
It's disorder.  It's not contagious.
well, unless it's goofy camping faces... THOSE are fully contagious
 This isn't something that "happened to" our family.  Our lives are totally different than i would have ever imagined three hundred and some weeks ago.  But were it not for Artoo none of this would have happened.  We are discovering, as we go, that we are immensely blessed in so many ways.  Ways we are aware of, and ways that i'm sure will make themselves known in the fullness of time. (Wooo!! that was a five dollar phrase! The fullness of tiiiiime)


But simplified; Because Artoo was born i really and truly embraced tangling.  Because i needed to keep tangling i started this blog.  Through this blog i have met (online AND in real life) the most supportive, caring, generous, giving and amazing souls who would never have otherwise come into my life!   

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 if you can.  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 hashtags: #moebiusawareness #moebiuspurple so that the Moebius community will see them there as well.  

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!!

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 our big man Artoo - The first baby to attend a CZT Conference in utero and resident CasaDiva cutie pants!!! :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 #moebiusawareness 

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

have a great week!

And if you're on the Zentangle Mosaic App or Instagram - 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 #DC300(Diva Challenge #300) 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. ;) 
If you love the challenge as much as i do, please consider leaving a tip (tip jar in the side bar).  I write this blog for free and have no plans to make it a paid for service in the future. 
 Buy me a cup of coffee, or a new Micron pen!! Click the tip jar on the side for a monthly tip, but if you just wanna throw a few bucks my way THIS LINK

will give you a one time option.    A very big thank you to those who have kept me in hot cups of joe. ;)


Monday, January 16, 2017

Weekly Challenge #299

Good Monday morning everybody!

It's been a pretty non-exciting week for us here.  We dipped down to SUPER FREAKING COLD weather with several days down around the -35C mark (-31F) and that's not including the windchill which sometimes took us down as far as -44C (-47.2F).  Those are the days were we run from the house to the van, and from the van to the school and back again - and then we don't leave the house again unless we ABSOLUTELY have to.

There's a lot of hibernation mode around here.  One of the things that happens a lot in the winter, though, is that B-rad tends to play more video games and i tend to paint more.

So i have begun a crazy project - which you can follow on instagram if you're so inclined (@iamthediva)

When i'm painting a large canvas, i tend to get too precious with the work i'm doing - and i get stuck.  Not knowing what to do next, and so the canvas gets moved to the 'unfinished' pile because i just don't know what to do next.

getting ready to embark on The Crazy
I came up with this idea of: "What if i just had to keep painting? What if i just had to push through that wall of i don't know what to do next?" SO i decided that i would work on ONE PIECE for 50 hours.

I have actually no idea how many hours i tend to put into pieces, so i had no idea if that was going to be WAAAAY too many hours, or not nearly enough.  but, i have begun.  So far it feels like 50 hours is going to be a really tall order to fill.

this is the end of Hour 1
One fun thing that we did this week - B-rad and i surprised Chewie with a movie night on Tuesday.  B-rad took a few hours off work and we picked up the boys from school and dropped Artoo at Grandma's and took Chewie to see Rogue One.  We splurged for the D-Box tickets, which are these seats that rumble and move like a rollercoaster in time to action on the movie screen.

STAR WARS!!!
Chewie and B-rad loved the D-Box seats, whereas i only made it about 25 minutes into the film before i had to move to a different seat.  I just couldn't handle the moving seats and i found them more distracting than enhancing.  But - i LOVED the movie.  I thought it was excellently done, and it makes sense of many of the questions unanswered in the original triology.


I feel like we may have been the last three people to see it.  The theatre was basically empty.  In fact, there were literally 9 people in the whole place.  Granted we did go to a 4:10pm showing (because bedtime)

Chewie went to bed that night feeling special (he doesn't get a lot of one on one time with us) and with visions of starships in his head.  

Sunday afternoon i had the privilege of teaching an introduction to zentangle class to these ladies:

Tangling their little hearts out
Hey girls!!
and here's a close up one of their complete tiles.  (The birthday girl was such a natural, she took to tangling like a duck to water!)


they were a fun crew.  I hope they enjoyed their class! 

Weekly Challenge #299: "New Official Tangle: Drawings"
I have been very excited for this week's challenge.  Over my self imposed (but much needed and appreciated) Christmas break the mothership released the step outs for their new tangle "Drawings" that they officially shared with CZTs back at their ZenAgain conference in November.  

You can see the official step outs for Drawings here.  (remember that it's pronounced Draw-Wings)

Christmas Wings - 12 Days of 3zs
They shared the step outs in tandem with their Twelve Days of 3Zs series.  What you see above is my piece on a 3Z tile, which is one of the new products they shared at ZenAgain.  They are beautiful triangle shaped tiles which are super fun to play with.  (You can find them on the zentangle website, or ask your local CZT if they have any!)

I was lucky to have a lovely CZT offer to share some 3Zs with me just in time for the 12 Days of 3Zs, and i'll share them all with you over the next couple of weeks.  Thank you AGAIN Jody Genovese!!  

I also have many travelling tangles collaborations to share with you, so watch for those in the coming weeks as well.  

AND - also my fellow Saskatonian CZT Margaret Bremner (who attended ZenAgain) was so awesome and brought the rest of the Saskatchewan CZT contingency their own 3Zs to play with, so excpect to see more of those in the future.  ;) 

ANYWAY!!!

This week's challenge is to try out the new tangle Drawings! i look forward to seeing how you fly!!

Love Laura

And if you're on the Zentangle Mosaic App or Instagram - 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 #DC299(Diva Challenge #299) 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. ;) 
If you love the challenge as much as i do, please consider leaving a tip (tip jar in the side bar).  I write this blog for free and have no plans to make it a paid for service in the future. 
 Buy me a cup of coffee, or a new Micron pen!! Click the tip jar on the side for a monthly tip, but if you just wanna throw a few bucks my way THIS LINK
will give you a one time option.    A very big thank you to those who have kept me in hot cups of joe. ;)