Tuesday, June 23, 2015

My Email has been Kidnapped!

The messages you leave me on my blog get forwarded to me on my Hotmail  account.  It is now called Outlook.  I logged in to see my messages yesterday, and while it showed me my inbox for a couple of seconds, it immediately popped up with this message about Skype.  I can now connect Skype to my inbox.  I don't want to do that. I just want a simple email account. I haven't used Skype in a long time.  Skype doesn't need to know the email addresses of all my friends, and when I want to use the service, I will add my contacts there.

I know you can't see it in the picture but it says "By continuing, you agree to Skype's Terms of Use and Privacy Policy." The only option presented on the screen is "Continue". The other button says, "Already using Skype? Sign in". The only options are to "Continue" or to close out the window. This means that unless I agree to Skype's terms of use, I can no longer use my hotmail account. Does anyone know how to disable this? There is no "no thanks" button. My emails will be forever lost to me unless I agree to give up my privacy to this service which I don't use. The easy way out is to click the Continue button and carry on, but this irritates me, and I am going to wait. I will link a different account to my blog posts. I appreciate all of the messages you have written on my blog posts in the last couple of days, and I can see them on my blog, but I cannot respond to you personally.

Friday, June 19, 2015

A Quilt for My Bed

The downsizing of the stuff in my house continues, and one of the things that have recently been downsized is my bed.  I have replaced my queen sized bed with a full size one.  I never did like the headboard, and through a complicated series of decisions, I decided that a full size bed would work better for me.

Once I realized how much smaller this bed is, and how the queen size was not too big for my room, I thought I would regret my decision to downsize the bed.  But since we haven't had a full size bed in the house since I was younger, I need to buy new sheets and new bedding.

I have looked online for different comforter sets and quilts, but none of them really seemed to call to me.  I want something wild - lime green, bright orange, turquoise, sunshine yellow and royal purple  - with crazy patterns swirling together, yet cohesive and pretty.   The it finally hit me - maybe I should commission myself to make a quilt for my bed. I would work for free!  It is sad how long it took me to have that realization and decision.

I have been gravitating towards diamonds lately. I looked at many different diamond patterns until I realized that I could get a quilt off my bucket list.  A simple equilateral triangle one.  The repetition of a simple shape would tame all the wild colors and patterns, and give an interesting sparkling look. It would let the fabrics shine without a great deal of effort on my part.  While it might be interesting to make a big quilt with lots and lots of teeny tiny pieces, I have decided I am going to scale up and make a more manageable size triangle.  I haven't decided on the size yet, but right now I am leaning towards five inches wide or maybe even bigger.

I am really getting excited about the fabric selection process - I have been collecting lime and turquoise fabrics for a while now - ever since I painted my bedroom lime green in 2009. I think it was the sheer size of a queen size quilt in my little domestic machine that prevented me for actually making a quilt for that bed.  But now I have a small and simple bed, and will start making a quilt for it.

Once I finish my Elephant Parade and Life of Plenty quilts, that is.