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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Hamster Inchie and a few other challenges!!

  I will try very hard not to ramble and bore you.  But you really have to blame Every Inchie Monday's choice of words.  They inspire memories and thoughts of old pets and fun stuff.  So I am not to blame.
      I have had numerous pet hamsters in my life.  I love the little furry, inquisitive creatures.  There was Paddington.  He lived in my classroom during the week.  Not one morning came by that I didn't come in, find him missing, and discover he had made it to the cupboard.  Every morning.  I started just looking there instead of his cage.  Then there was my precious Eilonwy.  I do believe she was my favorite.  I enjoyed looking at my hamsters in the past but didn't really take them out to "play" with them.   She would hear me come home in the evenings and the moment I came into the room she had gotten to the top of her 3 level home and was standing in this odd position.  I discovered she was ready to be picked up and loved on.  In fact she was demanding it.  I had never owned a cuddly hamster before but she did this every time I came into the room.  The worst experience with hamsters was one to nearly make me swear off those "adorables" forever!  I had decided to raise hamsters and read everything about care and such I could get my hands on.  I bred my two and separated them.  The babies were born - a massive number.  I did everything I knew to do, gave them as much care as needed but stayed away from too much interaction.  I checked on them one morning to discover that the (monster) babies were eating their mother.  They were not very big, barely past the pink stage so I could not have moved her out, she was still nursing them.  I was furious.  I . . .  uh . . .  got rid of the savages.  Won't say anymore.
      Have you ever seen the TV show "Hammy Hamster"?  It is a very cute kid's show.  So naturally being a kid at heart I fell in love with it.  If you enjoy very low key, cutesy animal programs check this one out.  Here is one link, but there are lots of episodes on you tube.  Hammy the Hamster 
     I struggled with how to draw one today.  I looked over the internet and found a step by step for drawing the character, Hamtaro.  I am not familiar with anything about him except his name.  But he was cute. 
      Made by Joey is doing an alphabet challenge.  I love anything to do with the alphabet!  Okay, I know that is odd, but I love abc books, challenges, you name it!  So this challenge really appeals to me.  On the letter B I used the tangles b-twixt and bermuda.  Then I added some color to dress it up.
      I am hoping to keep up with the Diva challenges this year.  We will see.  We had to use the tangle Orbs-la-dee (anyone else hear a Beatles song?) and c-stem.  In the background you can see my Carole Ohl calendar.
      I got several Color-It coloring books for Christmas.  I enjoy coloring and relaxing to do that.  Here is one I completed over about 3 days!

      Next week's inchie is cat.  Don't worry, I have some long winded stories for them too.  I feel at times like I have lived in a zoo.  And wished for some of that I had.  I love animals and have had more than my share of normal and some very unusual pets.  Have a great week and thanks for dropping by.  Now go watch Hammy.  You won't regret it.

15 comments:

  1. Thanks for sharing Paddington and your beautiful art with us.

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  2. Ooob la di, ooob la da, ooob la diii, oh! La la la la life goes on...etc. Is that what you mean, Kathy? lol.

    Your hamster stories are cute, thank you for sharing them. I love that adorable little guy that you drew.

    I also love the b you tangled, it is stunning.

    Joyce

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  3. love the stories. I have never had a hamster but they do seem to be cute...from afar lol. love the fish page, it looks awesome

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  4. Indeed, Cathy, the Beatle song was the inspiration for it's name (see my blogpost). I like your sturdy Orbs-la-Dee!!

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  5. Sweet little hamster, Cathy. I have had many over the years, but our favorite was Mooshu who would fall asleep over her downward shoot in her play cage and fall down the shoot every time. We could watch her do this for hours on end. She never got hurt, wasn't that far, but she would wake up with a start, shake her head in amazement and work her way back up. I think I will enjoy all your pet stories :) Nice Orbs-la-Dee, by the way!

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  6. Loved your hamster stories - I never had one but my children all did, the worst was the one that was given a running area on the floor of my daughters bedroom and then we discovered he'd eaten the carpet all round it's perimeter!! Hammy the hamster - that's what ours was called!! Love your little Hammy and also your B but then I love b-twixt - great tangle

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  7. Great stories and a lovely inchie. My kids never wanted a hamster, but I bet my five cats would love one.Some fabulous tangles a s well.

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  8. Great tiles this week and I enjoyed hearing about your hamsters!

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  9. Great hamster stories! Love all your art work. Terrific Orbs-la-Dee! :)

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  10. All are pieces are lovely! Thanks for the hamster stories!

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  11. Great post with amazing artwork and I just love your hamster
    Chrissie cx

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  12. love your hamtoro - had to look him up though lol. I've hd the nasty problem with gerbils I was babysitting, only it was te opposite way around. needless to say never again! And I remember Hammy the Hamster well - and used him for my inchie this week

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  13. Great tiles. Your Diva tile is excellent. I would like to live in a zoo but I'd try and make pets out of all the animals, which would be fun for me but not so good for the animals.

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