QOD is my new acronym for the Queen Of Distraction. I have this problem when I have a huge task ahead of me and other smaller tasks pop up. Instead of prioritizing by order of importance (ie: filling orders, looming book manuscript deadline) I happily push the huge things aside for the “quick little something” that popped up (ie: researching upcoming craft fairs, follow up phone calls, and…ahem…blog posts) Somehow clearing my plate of the little stuff makes it easier for me to focus on the big stuff. That is, as long as the pile of little stuff doesn’t get too big!

So, let’s get this blog post taken care of by distracting YOU! 🙂 There are a few really fun places out there for inspiration that I have been wanting to tell you about. I love to fill up daily on my bookmarked blogs, but every once in a while it’s good to feast my eyes on some different stuff.

I love the blog Print and Pattern. It’s put together by bowiestyle. She’s a designer and trend forecaster in the UK. Each post is full of photos of fabric, ceramics, paper goods, art…anything with print and pattern. It is such a great resource. When I was in the corporate design world, I had constant access to magazines and other kinds of design inspiration. Working at home I miss that and this blog really fills that void for me.

You may have seen this cool stripe generator posted on other blogs. It’s very handy for a quick color combo test when planning stripes for knitting or other types of projects.

This is my much neglected knitting tote (with completely abandoned project inside) I knit this on my knitting machine years ago. I just made up the stripe as I went along. I wish I had the stripe generator back then…

Then there is an amazing color palette tool my husband stumbled across. It’s by Adobe and requires Flash. (I find it works best in Firefox vs. Safari) Here you can try out your own color combos to develop different palettes, then save your favorites. The best part is checking out palettes other people have developed. They are sorted by “newest”, “most popular” , etc.

There, now that I’ve created a time sink for you, I’m going to get back to work.