The Color Map

Blenheim Cavalier King Charles Spaniel on Spoonflower fabric color sample
We’ve been having such a great week around here!  Emma bounced back after hitting a wicked rough patch in her cancer battle, Baxter kept me company as I watched a zillion lessons about how to do surface pattern design in Illustrator, I made my very first repeating pattern EVER…..it was incredibly ugly…..but I DID IT!  And I am soooo very proud of my ugly pattern!  And the cherry on top of an already great week…..this beautifulllll Color Map arrived from Spoonflower.  It’s a yard of fabric with 1500 different color swatches printed on it that you use as a guide when designing fabric on your computer.  How fun is that???!!!  Now I’m ready to attempt to design some non-ugly fabrics!  Eeeeeek!  Wish me luck and I’ll definitely keep you updated on my progress!



Being A Dog

Blenheim Cavalier King Charles Spaniels snuggling close up
Emma had a big check-up at Davis a few days ago and as always, she exhibited her signature blend of sweetness, bravery, wisdom and mellow enthusiasm.  We learned that the chemo isn’t working but that’s not surprising…..we already knew that it usually isn’t effective for her type of cancer.  But we had to at least give it a try.  On the bright side, the cancer has only gotten slightly worse since her last big check-up two months ago.  The oncologists think that she could have a few more good months with us but we’re still hoping for a miracle and that she’ll defy the odds!  We will probably try some acupuncture and holistic supplements too…….but for now, Emma is going to spend her days being a dog, NOT a cancer patient.  And that’s just fine with her!

Go Team Emma!


P.S.  Emma used her fuzzy, baby brother, Baxter as a pillow on the long car ride home from Davis and I’m not biased at all but I’m pretty sure that this is the cutest picture in the history of EVER!

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