Spotlight Friday: relax, peace, tranquility

This week I don’t know if I am coming or going. I will be relieved when calmer days arrive.

It actually started last week. Hubby had to take a pneumonia shot, his workplace requires that. The next day he was sick, with chills and an angry tummy. I love my Hubby, but him being sick is a challenge for me. So when I saw this picture on my timeline on FB, I thought “oh, thank you, for whom ever posted it, but that is just what I needed”  It made me smile and it

marriagewas easier to carry on.  Hubby was in quite a grouchy place until Friday. He did go back to work on the weekend. After work the kids and my hubby decided to play football in the yard. Back came a bruised middle finger on my oldest and a bruised foot on my hubby. What where they doing ? Packed ice on everyone and listened to their”ouch, ouch” all evening. Come Sunday, I had two kids sitting on the couch complaining about sore throats. So far I never had them home sick at the same time. But Monday morning, both of them with fever and nearly no voice. The oldest recovered pretty quick and was back in the saddle on Tuesday, the other one finally went back to School on Thursday. In between, hubby stayed home for two days because his foot had swell up so bad that he couldn’t stand anymore.

Take a deep breath I was thinking, you can get through this, you only need to finish one custom order of socks and one of a bride mouse. In my head it was screaming “when will you have time to finish this?”

I did manage to find some time in the evening, while sitting next to my feverish kiddo.

Bride Downloads3So everyone is back to work and School, so I can get back to my business.  So I thought!

On Wednesday, I kept smelling electrical fire, but I couldn’t locate it. I thought it was the hood over the stove. I had hubby take it down, but nothing seemed to be wrong. So I went to bed. During the early morning hours, hubby made himself some breakfast ( I know weird, but because of his weird shifts he is up at the oddest hours), I think he fried some meat. When the kids and I got up around 6:30 am, and wanted some eggs for breakfast nothing was working anymore. All 4 knobs where turned up to high and nothing. Oh boy, I guess we need a new stove.  So we went out after I dropped one kids off in School, other one hasn’t been fever free for 24 h, for to be returning to School, and bought a new stove. “it will be delivered Monday” ….aehm…no we need it today, we can’t do 6 days without a warm meal. We will pick it up in the afternoon.

That we did, hooked it up, cooked 1/2 of a dinner on it before it decided to entertain us with a big boom and a spark. I ran outside to see if the breaker was on off. No, stuck somewhere in the middle. Unplug everything and start searching the internet an electrician.

Asking around on FB, calling friends, but came up empty. The guys that I had found online so far all couldn’t come before Friday. By Wednesday night 11 pm, I was exhausted and to uneasy to go to sleep. I shut the laptop and said to myself ‘ you need to get some sleep”. I tried, but I was tossing and turning, every time I woke up I was sniffing to find out if there was any smoke.

After School drop of, and unhappy kids because they had to eat cereal, I went back to calling electricians. I finally found one that said: I will be out in about 1 – 11/2 and look at it. Yes please!!

He was here, we explained what was going on and he looked at the socket that had made itself known with such a loud noise the night before.

He unscrewed the thing and said “oh, wow”. Well that didn’t sound good to me. And he then showed me this

socket

That didn’t look good. So my next question was: “how longs has this been going on?”  him:”for a long time” me: “what do you understand under a long time, weeks, months?” “no” he said “years, probably since they built the house, who ever was responsible for this socket never tightened the wires properly.”

We where living on a ticking time bomb.  But it is fixed now, our new stove didn’t take any damage of it, and we will have a warm dinner tonight.

I really think, I had enough excitement and stress the past few days. I could do with out it for a while. Spring break is still a bit over a week away. So I will try to sooth my self in some tranquility, peace and relaxation that I can find online.


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Rocky Mountain stream contemporary mountain landscape 8×10 fine art print
by paintedfeatherart

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“Tranquility” Mosaic Heart Pendant with CZs on adjustable Heart-Link Chain
by KnowYouAreLoved

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Yoga Bird Dish – Namaste – HandMade Pottery by LoveArtWorks

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Peace Water by honoringmotherearth

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Blue Topaz & Carnelian Empathy & Peace Energy Set
by ErdeGeist

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Peace – Wood Pendant – Chinese Symbol – Amboyna Burl by DustyNewtKeychains

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White Handwoven Hammock Natural Cotton / Thread Thickness “18”
by hangAhammock

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Bath Bombs,Lavender bath bombs,handmade,homemade
by Arlyn’s Creations

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Tea Teabags 25 Lemon Honey green Hand Blended tea in teabags with a beautiful tin
by teaman

I will take my own advice and will stretch out tomorrow and do only the bare minimum. I will sit on my couch and work on a steam punk college teacher mouse, that I have already started.

So I hope you will have a peaceful and calm weekend, with only good excitement!

relax

Namaste!

Spotlight Friday: ghosts and Spirits

Growing up we lived in a house that had some history. It was a Pastors house, and the couple that lived in it had committed suicide, they even took their dog with them. My Dad had the possibility to totally remodel and add on. Some parts did have to stay because it was directly connected to the Church, so the spot where the couple took their final breath was actually still there. My bedroom was in the basement not too far away from that spot. And I always had the feeling that someone was still there, especially at night I felt very uncomfortable to go use the bathroom.

Years later when I moved to Munich to start working and living on my own, I lived in a one bed apartment. Strange things where happening there too. One night, I was already sound asleep, I awoke from a loud noise. I got up looked in my bathroom, in my closet, looked closer in my room. But I didn’t see anything, so I went into the kitchen. And there where two milk cartons laying on the floor, one had busted open. How did they get there? They where both on top of my top cabinets all the way pushed into the corner.

Another one that really spooked me out was, I came back from work, some time around 6 pm. I usually left the house around 8 am. There was a pot sitting on my stove, full of boiling water. Nobody else then me had a key to this apartment. And if I would of had put a pot on with water in the morning, I am sure it would of been gone by the time I got back, if not even worse.

I didn’t have any visitors after I had moved and didn’t feel uncomfortable for many years. Until we moved to SC. It is not as spooky as it was in my earlier years, but here and there I can feel a presents of someone/ something. About two years ago though, I got up to use the bathroom and when I got back into bed there was this bright floating light close to my bed. That freaked me out. I said out loud: “please leave” And I have never seen it again. Still to this day there are some times when I feel that I am not alone in the house, but it is not a negative vibe.

Lately my little one though is waking up in the middle of the night and comes running, because she feels someone watching her at night. She says it’s a shadow with eyes. That got me worried. She is very sensitive and in tune with her surroundings. She was brave enough to leave that spirit a note and asked him to leave. Right now I am at a loss of what else I could tell her to how to handle this kind of situation.  My hubby has told me many years ago that he had some encounters too.

What are your believes? Have you seen Spirits or ghosts?

Now to my search on www.zibbet.com, what can I find if I search for ghosts and spirits?


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Spirit Oil for Spirit Guides by ArtOfTheRoot

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Dolphin Spirit Pendant by earthlifeshop

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Native American Spirit Doll by honoringmotherearth

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Ethereal Cat Ghost. Small matted print by merryuncanny

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Oak Framed embroidered spirit dancer picture on blue canvass
by embroidereddreams

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Spirit Tree Hardwood Chest by DekoMuse

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Digital Scan GOTHIC GHOST BRIDE Antique French by FrenchKissed

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Ghost lampwork glass bead necklace by FlamingHeart

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The Skeleton Coast – Petrified 7 x 5″ fine art photography print – dead tree b&w
by shashamane

and here are some Spirit items I found on Etsy

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Spotlight Friday: sleep


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To go to sleep I count antlers, not sheep distressed wooden sign by RusticNorthern

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Pin Back Button – Sleeping Squirrel by MagicMoonMavis

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Restless Mind Sleep Aid Linen Spray by meadowmuffin2010

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Sleeping Cherub Cross Stitched Hand Towel by NeedfulThingsofSalem

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Prim Farmhouse Folk Art Wooden Sheep Wall Hanging Sign “Sleep Well” by Mother Hen Primitives

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Sleepy Dog TTV 5×7 Print
by ebonypaws

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Counting Sheep Bookmark
by welshmillie

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Tea Teabags 25 Sleepy Blend Hand Blended tea with lavender and chamomile in teabags
by teaman

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Cat cave, house, bed, nap cocoon from natural felted wool. Color burgundy dark Size L.
by kivikis cat cave

I never thought the time would come where I wished I could sleep more and better. As a Teenager I didn’t think sleeping was important, I never gave it a second thought. I could sleep in on the weekends until about 10 am, not unless it was snowing and I had to get up and shovel the walkway to the Church. I used to sleep deep, nothing would wake me up.

A few years later when I started working in a Foster home it completely changed my sleeping habits and the depth of my sleep.  When you know you have 8- 12 kids in the house with you and they are mostly teenagers, you only sleep with one eye and one ear closed. You are the one responsible that no one climbs out of a window or has any other weird ideas over night. Sometimes I had the whole weekend shift, and I was a wreck after that. During the week we usually had either the early shift, which meant be there at 6 am to wake everyone up, work until 8, then have break until lunch. Or the late shift starting at 2 pm , officially until 10 pm, but you know with kids you never get out “on time”.  I lived about a 35 min drive away from work and if you had the late shift you had early the next day. Then you throw the swing shift from my hubby in the mix and you have a disaster of sleep chaos happening. He gets up at 2:30 am for early shift and at 6:30 am for late shift.  He learned during his military time to go to sleep anywhere anytime. He sleeps before his head hits the pillow. I am so jealous of him, I can’t do this. As a mom you have a gazillion things that go through your head at night, stuff that didn’t get done, that needs to get done fist thing next morning etc. It is hard to turn that stuff off. Then we still have a kiddo that wakes up in the middle of the night and finds a way into our room and wants to crawl in with us.

I know I have to find a way to relax and fix my sleeping mess, I know it is affecting my health. But is this hard. I thought fixing our food habits was hard, this seems nearly impossible to me at the moment. Often I wake up and feel like, I just went to sleep, I don’t want to get up now.  I do tend to try to solve my problems while I am sleeping. How do I know? Ask my teeth. I sleep with a extra hard night guard, otherwise my teeth would be stubs. My front bottom teeth are pretty short and the ones on the top are so fragile because my bottom teeth have ground groves in the back, so the chip or brake if I don’t wear the guard. So there goes my peaceful sleep. I know I have to take this one step at a time. Many moms told me, you will not be sleeping properly again until your kids have moved out of the house…… I sure hope to get some better sleep before that happens.

I tried Valerian roots, Lavender oil, I have put duct tape over all the green lights from alarm clocks etc.  Oh and I forgot our cat, the newest thing is, he likes sleeping with me under my blanket. I push him out, he comes back.

So if you have any remedies of getting better and deeper sleep, I would love to hear it.

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Spotlight Friday: Food on my mind

It has been a few tough months, actually more like a little over a year. My gallstones morphed into all kinds of other symptoms.  After one of the Doctors though he had to tell me that I would be on the purple pill for the rest of my life. I was flabbergasted. Ok, yes I do love purple, but I am not willing to take this poison that will create way bigger problems for me in the long run than what is going on in my gut at the moment.

So I started digging and digging. I found quite some answers. It was time to pull the emergency brake. In the 90’s I found out that I was Lactose intolerant. Since then I have been paying a little more attention to my belly, noticing signs earlier than before. But still I had that chocolate and ice cream here and there. Now thinking back, maybe that wasn’t such a good idea. But being human, it is hard to drop those comfort foods.

This January I decided, this is it. I am not relying on the pharmacy to blanket my symptoms, it is time to get to the root of the problem. Time to pull the brake right now.

So I did. We have pretty much been eating quite healthy already, hardly ever eat out and cook 95% of our food. But there was still flour, grains and sugar in our food. We cut those out. I stumbled over this Paleo lifestyle. I am pinning away with any info and recipes I can find.   I am feeling so much better, dropped quite a bit of pounds on the way too, but that’s not the reason why I got into this.  But all of a sudden me feeling good came to a halt. I am still in the middle  of figuring out what else is wrong.

I think one other major culprit is my lack of proper sleep, this will be quite a undertaking to fix this, but in order to get healthy this needs to be done.

So a few days ago I had some blood drawn to see if there are any other sensitivities, intolerance or allergies I didn’t know about.

I know it will take quite some time to feel super good again, it didn’t happen over time that I got so sick either, but I know the few restrictions that I have in the moment will be for a good reason and maybe some of the restrictions will be lifted again. On the other hand it has been quite an interesting journey so far already. I am spending a lot of cooking and prepping time with my kids in the kitchen. Grocery shopping turned into a scavenger hunt, of who can find that item that doesn’t have the no nos in it. Yes it is a bit of a learning curve, but it has brought our family even more together and that is already a big plus in my book.


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Pretzel Charm – Miniature Food Jewelry by Lanej Designs

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Food Art, Strawberries, Rhubarb, Red, Orange, Fruit Photograph, 8×10 by artfulnotions

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watercolor grapes by LightheartedDreamer

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SWEETIE CREAM PIE Soap by sylvielining

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Watermelon Candle Hand Painted Cone by lessCandles

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Eggplant by BellaBarbaraDesign

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One more cup of coffee…..polymer clay coffee beans by artemisartdesign

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Spice Rack – eleven by Scalatti

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Felt cake by Irishka

mhhhh, I am getting hungry looking at all those fun food items.

And I found some yummy items on Etsy too:

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What is your favorite food?

Spotlight Friday: warm feet

I am sure you are all fed up with all the cold and snow that has been around for the last few weeks. I know I am. We live in the South and usually don’t have cold spills very long. Well we started out with snow on November 1st 2014, it got warmer over Christmas time but since January 2015 we are bundling up. Wearing many layers, adding gloves, scarfs and hats. I ended up making myself some more knitted socks, the commercial ones just didn’t keep me warm the last few weeks. My kids asked for extra gloves.                  DownloadsSpecial my older one, she always has icy fingers. Her finger joints swell and get red (Docs don’t know why, but I suspect the cold and maybe some food) but are not hot, but really cold. So I made her a pair to keep on during class.

I am so happy my Mom has taught me how to knit socks. I use 5 DPN needles and the old fashion way to make the heel. Usually I like knitting the socks with self striping sock yarn. And if it is just a simple pattern it usually takes me around 16 hours to finish one sock for my size 10. A little longer for bigger feet or a more intense pattern.  There are a lot of sock yarns out there that I would love to try. I like using Merino wool, it feels soft ( I can’t handle sheep wool on my skin. I know sensitive me ;) ) and most of the time washable in the machine. My friend from Germany sends me a ball of Sock yarn once or twice a year. I love those surprises and usually try to make a pair for either her or me. I have been supplying my family and close friends with socks for a long time. Love it.

I decided a few weeks ago to reopen my shop in Etsy again, it never hurts to have your eggs in more than one basket right? So I decided to share my space here to share Spotlight for both places.

Let’s start with the warm feet I found on Zibbet:


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Pink Stripe Socks for Women by BitsOffTheBeach

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Ladies Hand Knit Cafe au Lait Cabled Socks by NeedfulThingsofSalem

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Tutti-Fruitti Butterfly Childrens Knee Socks (Knitting Pattern PDF) by Cedar Hill Farm Company

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Djfleesh Knit Socks, Hand Knit Socks, Mismatched Socks, Striped Socks, Knit Wool Socks by Djfleesh

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Felted baby slippers, knitted felt booties by NatkaLV

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The No Wrap Basic Toe Up Sock Pattern – in PDF format – Easy Experienced Beginner
by SusieRoseDesigns

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Custom Handmade Knit NFL MIAMI DOLPHINS Baby Booties in Team Colors With the New Logo by Grrr-lington Baby Dog and more

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Childs Handknit Purple Stripe Crew Socks. Washable Wool and Bamboo. Kids 3 to 4 Years
by BarkingDogDesigns

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Slipper Socks by ShazzasKnits

Those should keep your feet pretty warm!

Etsy Spotlight

warm-feet

Do you have a pair of favorite Socks?

I do and they are in my sock pile for quite some time now. I do have to add a few additions I fear, this weather we are having lately is just not for my feet. Once I get cold feet it’s over and I get cranky. I am so ready for flip flop weather again.

Enjoy your day, where ever you may be.

Spotlight Friday: the color Purple for your Saturday

I hope everyone is warm. In the morning my car said -9 C/  15.8F when I dropped the kids off at School. Brrrr….. that’s cold for South Carolina. That meant a lot of layers and some gloves, hats and scarfs.

I finished a pair of socks for myself yesterday. I didn’t have any warm socks left, two knitted ones in the wash and the commercial ones are either to thin for this weather or had “ventilation” holes.  So today I will have toasty toes thanks to this pair.

warm socks  They are a little darker purple then in the picture.

This brings me to the Colors of the day. The last color I didn’t cover yet is Purple, for your Saturday. For me it is Saturday everyday, because Purple is my favorite color. I think if there would of been a possibility to get my car in purple, I would of.

Purple combines the calm stability of blue and the fierce energy of red. The color purple is often associated with royalty, nobility, luxury, power, and ambition. Purple also represents meanings of wealth, extravagance, creativity, wisdom, dignity, grandeur, devotion, peace, pride, mystery, independence, and magic. (http://www.bourncreative.com/meaning-of-the-color-purple/)

Purple is a rare color in Nature, there are only a few plants that have purple flowers. Can you guess what grows around my house? Yes ,a lot of Lavender. I love the smell and the color. Not so much my kids, when the bees come out. But when the hummingbirds and butterflies are all over the bushes the kids will sit and watch.

Purple or violet gemstones are believed to increase your imagination, remove perceived spiritual obstacles, calm confrontations, and re-energize the learning of new things.

  • Having either purple or violet as your favorite color means you are sensitive and compassionate, understanding and supportive, thinking of others before yourself – you are the person others come to for help – being needed motivates you but sometimes people take advantage of you.

So let me go hunt for some Purple:


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Wooden Toy Cars by countrysidegifts

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Vintage Pair of Purple / Mauve Mdina Glasses by BiminiCricket

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DRAGONFLY Lotus Flower CAMEO Necklace by artjewelryforyou

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Fingerless Gloves by UpNorthKnits

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Handwoven Black, Purple, Lime Green Rag Rug 25 x 62 by rags2rugsandmore

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Hand Knit Cup Cozy by MaxieKCreations

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Dripping in Blooms Purple Yarn Door Wreath
by ItzFitz

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Full Embroidered Purple Pansy apron with a pocket
by embroidereddreams

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Purple Mountain Majesty
by MC designs

Purple always puts me in a good mood.

Spotlight Friday: The color for your Friday is light Blue

When I hear light blue, I think of the Mediterranean Sea or a cloudless sky on a Spring day.

Light blue is associated with health, healing, tranquility, understanding, and softness, peace, serenity, ethereal, spiritual, infinity.

It reduces stress, creating a sense of calmness, relaxation and order – we certainly feel a sense of calm if we lie on our backs and look into a bright blue cloudless sky. It slows the metabolism. The paler the blue the more freedom we feel. (http://www.empower-yourself-with-color-psychology.com/color-blue.html)

I love doing that, looking into the sky and watch the clouds pass by and sometimes find a shape in them. It is so much fun with the kids, because they see different things than I do.

Variations of the Color Blue

Pale Blue: Pale blue inspires creativity and the freedom to break free.

Sky Blue: One of the calmest colors, sky blue inspires selfless love and fidelity. It is non-threatening and promotes a helpful nature that can overcome all obstacles. It is the universal healer.

Azure Blue:A color of true contentment, azure inspires determination and ambition to achieve great things, a sense of purpose in striving for goals.

Dark Blue: Dark blue is the color of conservatism and responsibility. Although it appears to be cool, calm and collected, it is the color of the non-emotional worrier with repressed feelings, the pessimist and the hypocrite. Dark blue can be compassionate but has trouble showing it as its emotions run deep. Dark blue is a serious masculine color representing knowledge, power, and integrity, and is used quite often in the corporate world. (http://www.empower-yourself-with-color-psychology.com/color-blue.html)


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Large Light Ocean Blue Ceramic Mug Set
by RiverRockArts

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Marine iPad desk with Pillow or Laptop Lap Desk by ej butik

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Egyptian swirl light blue silver copper wire bracelet
by catinalife

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Beads for Jewelry / Pendant Set / Artbeads
by IntheShadeoftheSycamoreTree

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Swarovski Flower Bracelet
by creativeglassarts

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Bead loomed bracelet with glass pearls – The Rain Cloud
by CatsWire

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Gentleman Owl on a Bicycle Screen printed Cotton Scarf
by tartx

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Snowflake abstract silk scarf hand painted
by kpoelmaarts

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Blue Flowers Tissue Holder
by frugallyfoundforyou

just a little musical “blue” for you to listen to.

I hope you are having a wonderful day!