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Sick but colorful


I have been so sick.  I think I have the black plague.  It just wont go away!  I have been sick since about the 2nd week of January.  I’ll have a day or so where I think, “hey, I think I’m getting better” and then usually that night I’ll get really insanely sick again and cough all night.  I’m not even sure I have any lungs now.  I’ve been coughing so hard my throat is raw and I sound like…..a frog…a really scary, craggy, next to dead frog.  I haven’t been able to do anything creative and I’ve been barely able to read or focus on anything for long.  I don’t want to try to make a card either because I don’t want to contaminate all my craft stuff and I really don’t think anyone would like a cute card laced with Black Plague cootie glitter.  But, I always seem to find a way to do something art/craft related.

I introduce you to Colourlovers.com

I found this a while back actually and didn’t realize it.  I have a twitter account that I still am not sure what to do with or why I have it at all…. but I was messing around with the design of my profile and they have this thing called Themeleon.  I clicked on that and was taken to this website which is part of the above mentioned “colourlovers” website.  They have some really cool designs to use as backgrounds and really nice color palettes.  That must have been in the fall because I had this neat fall leaves design going on.  I decided it was time to change that to something more springy but at the moment it seems to be broken. I hope they will fix it soon. Anyway, I ended up clicking the header that says “Colour Lovers” and went to the main website and there I stayed….. playing with digital paint for a very long time.

So there are these 5 blocks of gray.  I can play with the rainbow thing until I find a color I like and click to set it and move to the next square.  After I have five colors chosen for my palette I name it.  It is then available to use to color designs by me or anyone else that is a member.  People can “love” your palettes and your designs and leave you nice comments.  Also, if you happen to use a color that no one has named yet, you get to name it and it goes in a list of “your colors”  I have a ton of colors.

I really enjoy creating palettes and designs using inspiration around me like music or a pretty fabric bag.  I get creative with the names also.

I usually watch the Voice and American Idol but this whole week I have missed all shows because I’ve been so sick.  I was able to listen to the American Idol performances on Youtube and I was inspired by Jessica Meuse’s performance of Call Me by Blondie.

I really love her because of her COLOR.  The pink she has in her hair is a color I love.  Then she added some blue as a sign of her support for Autism Awareness and that is another color I love.  National Autism Awareness Month this year began on Tuesday, April 1 and ends on Wednesday, April 30.  Show your support by sporting some blue.

I don’t know how she pulls off those colors in her hair but she does.  I know if I tried it I would just look like a clown.

I designed this palette inspired by Jessica Meuse.

Color by COLOURlovers

And here is where I applied those colors to a striped pattern

Vector Patterns by COLOURlovers
I can create my own designs using shapes and lines they have available or I can color designs other people have made. I am so glad I found this creative outlet for times like this.

Oh, and I did enjoy her singing.  I have listened to that video about a hundred times.  Nearly all the performances from Wednesday night were very good and I keep playing them all.  I really think they should just quit right now and just make them all Idols.  I really hate the eliminations.  It always makes me cry.


Weekly Photo Challenge: Sea


Weekly Photo Challenge: Sea

The sea makes me think of shades of blue and sand full of beautiful shells. It makes me want to never leave.

This post is part of the WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge.  To see the other submissions click here 

I’m the baby! Gotta love me!


Did you ever see that show Dinosaurs?  I don’t remember when it was on or what station…  it was silly but cute! It was by Jim Henson and the voice of the baby was the same as Elmo. The baby was my favorite part. He was always causing trouble and then he would say, “I’m the baby, gotta love me!”  You can skip through the video to the part with the egg… 

Anyway, this is what I thought of yesterday when my adorable beagle Blue decided she needed my attention while I was knitting the ribbing for my sweater.  I hate that part…. knit two, purl two, knit two, purl two…. I always get screwed up somewhere along the way especially when I’m not feeling well, like now.  So I was almost finished with the 3 inches of ribbing  I needed when she suddenly jumped in my lap and spun around.  One of her nails hooked into my knitting and it spun around with her and the yarn wrapped around her too.  THEN she rolled onto her belly in my lap and I sat there horrified as I looked at my knitting still stuck to her foot.  The needle was just barely hanging on and several stitches were racing for the finished line.  I unhooked it from her foot but just then she leapt over my back and down the arm of the couch to the floor where she again laid on her belly for belly rubs.  So now the knitting is wrapped around her and me and I’m trying to hold onto the yarn that is tying us together to keep it from undoing any more.  That’s when she looked at me with those big brown eyes and I knew I couldn’t be mad at her.  She just wanted me to love her and she is soo lovable!   It’s hard being a beagle in Alaska when it’s too cold to go out and play.

So now I have it all fixed.  I got it all untangled (which was funny because I had a pencil in my hair and the yarn was hung on that LOL), used a crochet hook to fix all the dropped stitches and finished re-knitting until I got the required 3 inches.  That’s when I noticed a few wrong stitches that I hadn’t noticed before.  There were two purl stitches that should have been knit stitches just two rows down and then there was one purl that should have been a knit stitch that was 11 rows down!  UGH!  It was also a couple of inches from the end too so I had to be very careful to keep the needle on the left from sliding out while fixing the dropped stitch.  So that’s what I’ve been doing today… fixing.  I can’t make a sweater with mistakes and this is the front.  I have to say too that I HATE HATE HATE these needles.  They are long and slickery as snot!  I kept dropping stitches because they slid off so easily, especially when switching between knit and purl stitches.  I would have knit this using circular needles but I don’t have the size needed for the ribbing.  I actually didn’t have the needle for the stockinette section either until last week.  I can’t believe I did the entire back section with these long straight *slick as snot* needles but now I have a new set of size 9 circulars to switch to for the stockinette section that is next.  I’m so glad!  I really like bamboo but I am broke right now so I have to use what I’ve got and I had to buy the circulars that Walmart had (same brand blah!) because they were half the price of the nice bamboo needles as joanns.  Plus, by buying them at Walmart my husband doesn’t freak out when he sees JoAnns on the credit card.  At walmart it could be groceries LOL  I’m a good girl, really I am. 

Okay, so I was telling a friend of mine about my box collection and I thought I would share some pictures of my boxes.  I really love anything that holds anything…. especially when I can find a treasure that *exactly* fits inside it.  That just makes my heart jump and spin (kinda like Blue does).  So I’m going to post about one box a day starting with one of my most treasured boxes.  I got this one from my big sister after my mom died.  The top of it looks like Angel wings and it has a little bit of sparkle here and there in the wings.  On the sides it says “God sends his love and blessings…with wings of Angels”.  Inside, on the bottom is a small feather that also sparkles.  The bottom is the best part though.  That is where my sister wrote me a note.



I’m still sick but I wanted to post a picture of my first tatting project completed.  It’s not perfect but I’m still learning.  I got the pattern here http://www.tatting.de/dol/t_damana.htm

Tatted Bookmark

I think it kinda looks like a strip of  bacon, only blue and lacier :O)  Since I’ve been finished with this project I’ve been working on some earrings with beads.  We’ll see how they come out.  Tatting while I’m sick hasn’t been going so well.

There’s no place like home


I actually missed my little casa in Alaska.  There is just something about the smell of this place.  It’s the smell of peace floating in the air.  Or, maybe it’s the lack of pollution in the air….. I’m not sure.  One thing for sure, I could feel myself relax as we got closer to home (between take off’s and landings that is) and as I started to smell the fresh air I felt like it was easier to breath.  I have been taking clariton every day since I left.  This morning was the first time all week that I haven’t woken up with scratchy, puffed up eyes.  I will miss the sun and the palms but I couldn’t leave Alaska for long without wanting to go home.  I sat on my couch this morning with my coffee and watched the sun come up and realized how much I missed my own personal snow globe.  Only my snow globe has the snow on the outside and a warm cozy couch on the inside.  Oh, and a footwarmer (beagle) named Blue.

Blue and I

Blue and I