Wednesday, 1 July 2009

It's a Jungle Out There

And it is too! When I was watercolouring this image (it took hours!) I watched Lemony Snicket: A Series of Unfortunate Events. Now the bit in that movie that makes me squirm each time is the part with the leeches. Even though you don't actually see them, having them in the water scares me. I didn't have a whole lot of reason then to be worried but I do now....

I went walking a few weeks ago with my dad in the rainforest. It is a rough, barely used walking track to a really nice waterfall, I was taking photos, enjoying the view when I looked down and I had a leech on my leg! After screaming and jumping around for a bit I got it off (well, dad did... I wasn't touching it)... little did I know that leech was creating a diversion while I was being ambushed by a gang of more dangerous, blood-sucking leeches!! ARGH! I had about seven on each foot and they were getting in my shoes everywhere! This went on for a few hours... every time we stopped walking I had to take my shoes off and pick them off... then they got stuck to my fingers... EWW! Well, the end of the story is my foot didn't take too kindly to such an attack and I got what I now call 'Blimp Foot' where my foot and ankle (or Cankle as it was then) got so swollen it resembled a blimp for a week that I couldn't drive the car or walk further than the toilet... and had to take three days off work! I looked pretty silly limping with no shoe (double EWW!) though the doctor surgery to get anti-biotics.

The END!

Now to the card... this is WALKABOUT WALLY! He has decent footwear on while he is trecking but as my dad found out that day, the leeches still get through your socks and down to your toes even in boots. Wally might need leech proof socks...!

12 comments:

Nicoline said...

I'm sooo glad we don't have leeches in Holland;-)
Your card is just great!
Perfect sentiment with this picture by the way!

Hugs,
Nicoline

Cheryl Joshua said...

OMG I can't stand leeches either and your story made me cringe.Love this card,the paper are brilliant and the twine looks fab!!! I love this image and have just made a card with him myself,but I don't have the background stamp.....might have to change that....lol.....Have a great day.
xx

Michelle B. AKA JustPaintingAround said...

Ewww, leeches are yucky! I was glad that you let us in on how much time it took to color that image. I spend a lot of time on each card and always think I need to speed it up. Maybe I'm just "normal".

Renata van Miltenburg said...

Great papers for this image, nice fiber and gorgeous colouring
(or is it coloring...never know when to use the u ...) as usually.

Sunny regards, Renata

cats whiskers said...

Fabulous card sweetie what a brilliant colour scheme and great little image
Hugs Jacqui x

Lacey said...

Oh my!! That story gives me the creeps!! I would have freaked out!!! Well, at least your card is awesome!!
~Lacey

Bunny-Zoe's Blog said...

Gorgeous card Amy, love your colouring and the great little scene you have created. thank god its was not me with those leeches, Hugs Nikki x

neverenoughrubberstamps said...

You have a wonderful blog and Talent!

Cheers From Canada,

Dorothy

dpkennedy said...

Eewww! I can't even imagine! But you certainly created a cutie! Love Wally and your awesome scene! Great coloring as always!

Kraftin' Kimmie said...

Ohhhhhhhh! What a story, Amy! That's horrible and I would have been shrieking like a little girl, myself! GROSS!! But I bet the photos of that beautiful waterfall were worth it!! Haha!! Lovely design with Wally too!

Melanie said...

I would have been screaming all the way back to the car! Oh My! but that is a gorgeous card!

Ila said...

Your card is Fabulous!! ..your coloring is Gorgeous!!...and OMGosh...the leech thing..it sounds like a nightmare to me...I shudder to even think about them. You poor girl!!...I hope your foot is all better!!...Take Care!!..Hugs, Ila