Thanks for all the work out Kudos. It's been really hard, physically and mentally, but i'm seeing awesome things like stronger muscles, and perhaps a few waistbands are a bit looser than before. But at this stage, i'm trying to focus on getting stronger and healthier - in fact, i'm not even getting on a scale at all, and leaving all my success to my measuring tape (which, by the way, tells me i've lost 7.5 inches in 4 weeks... so that's awesome) *i originally had months, not weeks. lol, that's not very impressive at all.
And thank you for all the Birthday wishes for little Artoo. He actually had his birthday party this weekend, so i have some fun photos to share.
BUT FIRST - i actually taught a beginner's class this weekend with some lovely ladies.
|diligent little tanglers|
|their beautiful creations|
I also got to speak in Artoo's class this week - about what my job is, as they're having Education Week at school and so lots of the kid's parents were coming in to say a few words about what they do for work. So, i came in and talked about being a Mom, and as Artoo says: "My job is doing the laundry" - cheeky. But the kids were adorable, and they asked me questions like: "do you make healthy food for your family?" and "do you look after Artoo and Chewie when they're sick?" So - yes, my job is more than just laundry.
|my three boys, working hard outside|
So this year Artoo wanted to have a Monsters University birthday party - and he's been talking about it ever since we went to Disneyland this summer. He had an agenda all planned out and he's been very excited for weeks and weeks.
|Mike Wazowski cupcakes|
|Mike Wazowski treat bags!|
|blowing out the "6" candle|
|I found these little canvas boards at the dollar store, and hot glued the googly eyes on before everyone arrived|
then all they had to do was draw their monster and nae them.
I was seriously impressed. Great little artists in his class!!
All in all, Artoo told me it was the Best Day Ever as i put him to bed Sunday night. So. that's pretty awesome.
Weekly Challenge #290 "Duotangle: 'NZeppel vs Flux"
A Duotangle is a term coined here at Casa Diva for a tile or piece using ONLY TWO tangles (and/or their variations). Sometimes it's tricky to limit yourself to only two, and then you must think of new and interesting ways those two tangles could "Go" together!!
So - this week's challenge uses 'NZeppel - which i love, and FLUX - which i also love. AND these two tangles also have two different official variations.
'NZeppel first appeared in the Zentangle newsletter back on August 31, 2009. You can see the step outs HERE - it's a grid based pattern, or a "grid on a grid" pattern, because you start with drawing a grid, then intersecting a grid on top.
However, in June 30, 2010 - they released another set of step outs for 'Nzeppel using a formal or 'wonky' grid, as i call them. You can see that HERE
both versions have filled in grid sections, and i find when filling in the grid sections of this tangle - it's best to imagine a water balloon filling up the space, as much as it can - but not quite ever filling it all the way. At least, this is what i say to myself when i do this tangle, and i find it helpful.
The second tangle in this week's Duotangle is Flux - which has a Maria version and a Rick Version. Both of which, you can find HERE - myself, i am partial to Rick's verison. ;)
So.... here's my tile for this week:
I thought that the wonky grid 'Nzeppel would make an awesome spider web - and i think i was right.
I wish you could see this tile in real life, it looks so neat. Instead of using a gel pen, i used a Clear Sakura Glaze pen, and on the black tile it looks so awesome - shiny black on matte black.
I hope you have fun this week!! i sure did.
And if you're on Instagram or 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 #DC290 (Diva Challenge #290) 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.
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