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Weekly Photo Challenge: (foreshadow)


Weekly Photo Challenge: (foreshadow)

This is the new gate for the Clay Street Cemetery which is one of the earliest graveyards in Fairbanks, Alaska.

Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge – Foreshadow

Cold and Fibro don’t mix


“There are wounds that never show on the body that are deeper and more hurtful than anything that bleeds.”
― Laurell K. HamiltonMistral’s Kiss


I had to go out today to get more tulle to finish the tutu I was making.  I only had enough to do about half of it.  The girl at the fabric counter at Joann’s was really nice and helped me make sure I got the same tulle as last time.  There are so many next to each other that are close to the same color and I couldn’t find the bar code/tag info on them.  I didn’t think to take a sample of it with me but I had my receipt.  She used that to find what I bought the last time.

It was so cold outside (-43 below zero F) and windy so I was really bundled up and went from my car to inside really fast.  Normally I wouldn’t even leave my house in this cold but I just hate being stuck in the middle of a project.  I left the car running and the heat turned up so it would be nice and warm when it was time to leave.  After looking around for a while I had gotten hot and took off my coat. It’s a good thing I didn’t need much because all that gear takes up most of the cart.  Well when I went to leave I put all my stuff back on except my gloves and I didn’t zip my coat.  Big mistake.  My car was only about 15 feet from the door.  I dropped the keys though and I got so cold in that short amount of time because of the wind.  I hurried and got in the car which was really warm but because I have fibromyalgia getting cold had already started to cause my pain to flair up.  My hands hurt so bad.  After I got home I started feeling really tired and I couldn’t get warm!  I piled blankets on and turned the heat up but nothing seemed to help.  My restless legs also flared up too and that usually doesn’t happen during the day.  After taking all of the different medicines I needed and huddling under the blankets again I finally started to relax and got some rest.

So now I’m awake but still achy and shivering.  I really want to work on the tutu or my crochet project but my hands hurt too bad.  I think I’m going to try running a really hot bath with epsom salt and take a long soak.  Hopefully that will chase away the cold.

Tutu’s and pain pills

Temperature in Fairbanks, AK on January 27, 2013

Temperature in Fairbanks, AK on January 27, 2013

Our bizarre warm weather is gone now and it is now more like Alaska in January.   It is foggy and when you look outside you see nothing but white – the ground, trees and even the air is white.  I am having a fibro flare up probably because one of the kids left the door open when he was bringing in groceries.  I had to take extra medicine and now I’m just trying to huddle in on the couch with my blankets and stay warm.

I’m making a tutu for the little 5 year old girl I’ve been watching in the mornings before kindergarten starts.  She has been slowly turning into a ballerina before my eyes.  She used to want to watch sesame street in the mornings and then she changed to Angelina Ballerina.  Then I found a show on Netflix streaming called Prima Princessa presents Swan Lake.  It is here on Netflix.com It shows an actual performance broken down into small parts of the story and there is a little animated fairy that narrates.  The kids get to hear the story in small parts and then in between they teach a simple ballet move and play fun music for the kids to practice learning to while watching little girls online do the move. There is also a boy dance that demonstrates the moves.   It is great for younger kids and I enjoy it too!  It isn’t the best teaching video for older kids though.  It is really basic stuff they teach.

Gamzatti Variation Classical Ballet Solo

Gamzatti Variation Classical Ballet Solo (Photo credit: Harclade)

Well last week this little ballerina said she wished she had a tutu like “Alice” on Angelina Ballerina.  She knows that I can make stuff so I told her I would look online and see if I could find out how to make one.  Alice’s tutu is a pretty green and she wears short leggings underneath her tutu.  I told her I would make a tutu but she had to ask her mom for the leggings and a top.  When I found out how to make one I wrote her a little note on a small note card and drop it off for her at school.  She is learning how to read so I carefully printed out the words saying that I knew how to make a tutu now!   Her teaches loved it.

I found this video on youtube that was really easy to follow.

I bought shiny tulle in lime green from Joann’s.  It actually looks lighter than the picture though.  There is also matte tulle and glitter tulle, tulle with rhinestones and tulle that cooks dinner for you.  There are so many types really!  I used the 50% off coupon that you can get on their smart phone app. Right now there is a new 50% off coupon (for any regular priced item) available on there that is valid through 2/2/13.  The app is a free download too.  The coupons available on the app are not always available in their mailers/flyers so I would get it if you have the technology.

I just left the tulle folded in half width-wise and then folded/rolled it a little at a time from the folded edge to the opposite edge (just like she does in the video above).  I used a large self-healing mat and a rotary cutter with a straight edge.  I trimmed each end like she does but I barely had to cut off any.  The ends were pretty straight.  Then I cut 6 inch sections.  I opened each section and cut on the fold line.  Those pieces look like the perfect length for a 5 year old tutu.  I am using the double knot method because I want it to be durable and live through many pulls on’s and take off’s.

I just slipped the elastic over my knee to work with it and that works great.  I think it is going to be really cute.

Making a tutu



Weekly Photo Challenge: Beyond

On a really cold morning I caught this glowing sunrise.  It really warmed up my day.

On a really cold morning I caught this glowing sunrise. It really warmed up my day.

Look beyond the cold and see the beauty around you.

Fairbanks, Alaska

Tuesday, ‎December ‎18, ‎2012, ‏‎10:34:06 AM

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NYC New York Color Liquid Lipshine


I’m still reviewing the complimentary items I received in my Holiday Voxbox from Influenster.  I just have a few left to do.  I have really enjoyed testing these things and I haven’t had any complaints yet.  I’ve actually received several compliments from other people on how I’ve been looking!

Saturday I went to get my hair done and decided to get all glammed up.  It is fun to do every now and then even if I don’t have anywhere special to go.  It was my son’s birthday though and I knew my husband and I were going shopping later so it would be nice to look extra good for him.


I used Nude York City over a wine colored lip liner.

The NYC Lipshine color I received was Nude York City.  I wore it a few times alone and it is great for a low key makeup day.  On Saturday I used it over a wine lip liner and it blended with the color and the golden tones in the lip gloss really accented the color.

I found it also works well to help tone down lipstick that is too dark.  I can just blot a little lipstick on and then use the Nude Lipshine over it and it looks great!

I love the spongy applicator.  It is different from the usual applicators and makes it easier to apply it to the thinner areas of lips without getting it all over your face.  This lip gloss even helps moisturize your lips.  My lips had been pretty dry and felt like alligator skin (I do live in Alaska and it is very dry during the winter) After wearing it all day Saturday my lips feel so much softer today.

While we were shopping I scooped up some more colors of this stuff too!  They’re only $2 something!  I just love them and want them all!

My husband liked it ;)

My husband liked it 😉