Saturday, June 30, 2012

Relaxing weekend?

This weekend was supposed to be a relaxing and fun time at a cabin in the woods.  We arrived after the area had been hit with a bad storm and the power was out at the cabin.  Luckily, I was a Girl Scout many moon ago and came prepared with a battery operated lantern on the off chance that this would happen.  So we settled into the cozy little cabin and pretended we were pioneers.  Lol.  

Friday night we spent quite a bit of time on this swing, enjoying the lightning bugs.  There must have been hundreds!  

Here's an interior shot of the "cabin".  After the electricity came back on around midnight, we settled on the couch for a movie.  At one point, I looked down at myself and saw a worm/caterpillar/thing crawling out of my cleavage.  Eek!  I'm not normally girly about bugs but that freaked me out!  Shudder.  

After the movie, I went up to the loft to explore.  On the way back down I fell down the stairs!  I have no idea how it happened.  One minute my feet were under me, the next they weren't and I went down hard!  I ended up in a pile at the foot of the stairs crying my eyes out.  Injury wise, I guess I got off easy.  I hurt my back, scraped up one arm, and managed to stove two of which also has blood under the fingernail.  So. Not. Cool.  

The next morning, my friend had a family emergency so we ended up having to leave just 15 hours after arriving.  Again, not cool...but what are you going to do?  At least we had one fun night (other than the staircase incident).  

Here's a view of the lovely creek that ran in front of the cabin.  I soooo wanted to go wading...

A lovely lane for walking...

And a kitten update!  Here's little Sheldon.  I'm at a loss as to what to do with him.  He doesn't know how to use the litter pan!  He keeps doing his business on my carpet.  It's so gross...I keep putting him in his pan but so far he hasn't gone once!
Any suggestions?  


My sweet little Sunshine all curled up for a nap...

Picard, winking at the camera!  

Such sweet little faces!  

Thursday, June 28, 2012

A Sad Day

This morning I had to say goodbye to my sweet little girl, Camille.  When I got home late last night she seemed to be having difficulty catching her breath and was very uncomfortable in general.  I tried to make her as comfortable as possible and left a message with my vet.  This morning I took her to the vet and got the bad news.  The vet started throwing words around like FIP and that it was likely Camille's story wouldn't end well no matter what we did.  She said that we could drain her lungs but not only would I be looking at a several thousand dollar bill she probably wouldn't survive it anyways.  
So I did what I thought was best and told the vet we would put her to sleep.  No matter how many times I've gone through this, it just doesn't get any easier.  

Camille was a very special girl and she came into my life in a very special way.  She was born to a feral mama cat that lived in my neighborhood.  I saw little fluffy Camille and knew that I wanted her.  Although she was just a tiny kitten she was already half feral.  I caught her in a butterfly net!  I'm not kidding.  A butterfly net.  Lol.  I laugh about that now.  How many people can say their cat came into their life in such an interesting way?  

She's always been a small girl.  Only weighing around five pounds.  I've always called her my sweet petite mon ami.  Lol.  She really was sweet too.  A perfect kitty.  

Goodbye my sweet tiny girl.  I love you.  

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Handmade Goodies

I've been a busy little bee this weekend!  I've got several ongoing gifts that I needed to finish up, pronto.  So last night I sat down and got started!  I finally finished these two projects this morning.  The first is a retro bib/burp cloth set for a pregnant acquaintance.  Her little boy is due next month...I hope she likes this!  :)  

The next item on my list was potholders!  A friend of mine wanted knitted potholders but I seem to be very reluctant to pick up knitting needles.  I think I'm more of a winter knitter.  Besides, I'm on a instant gratification kick.  Knitting is not the craft for that!  So.....I whipped these cuties up on my sewing machine.  I love the little bird fabric.  So festive.  It will be sure to brighten up her kitchen!  

Now I've got several friends with birthdays coming up.  Guess I should get busy on some new projects!  ;)  

Saturday, June 23, 2012


My breakfast nook has needed new curtains for some time now.  I keep looking when I'm out shopping and thrifting, but no luck!  Finally I decided to just make my own.  I found a queen size sheet at the store and constructed these.  My favorite part is the ball fringe!  :)  It also has Ruby's seal of approval.  Lol.  See her sniffing the curtains?  

Cute little sign I picked up for less than two bucks!  Precious!  

Finally got my awesome yard sale find (the vintage plastic wrap dispenser) installed by the fabulous Big P!  

I bought this adorable round picnic table from a good friend of mine.  I'm picturing myself writing in my journal at this table with my lazy dog by my side!  :)  

Random picture of one of my favorite lampshades...

The kittens are growing!  Does anyone know of a magical way to keep them tiny forever???  I love them so!  They are super affectionate and sweet.  Picard recently joined the "climb mommy's leg" club.   I don't know why kittens do this...but I have many scars b/c of it!  

So something weird happened last Sunday.  I was sitting in my bedroom watching tv when I heard a very loud cry coming from the woods beside my house.  I threw on some jeans and boots and braved the oncoming thunderstorm and ran into the woods.  After some stumbling around I came across this teeny tiny baby boy.  He was obviously distressed and still crying loudly.  I knelt down and he ran to me.  I picked him up and carried him home.  He's a small baby...I'm estimating he's 4-5 weeks old.  He's adjusted to life without his Mama (I do wonder what happened to her) although he tries to "nurse" from my fingers!  Poor little man!  He doesn't have a name yet...nothing sticks.  It will come to me eventually.  :)  

Happy Weekend!  

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Rag Wreath

Everywhere I turn I see tutorials on DIY rag wreaths.  I love the way they look so I thought I would give it a go!  

Luckily I have a huge stash of red based fabric.  So I decided that would be my predominant color.  I used my handy rotary cutter and cut A TON of fabric strips.  I didn't bother to measure...I'm not very particular.  I just made sure I had enough fabric to wrap around the wreath, with a bit left over to give it that "scrappy" look!

I used a bit of red bias tape to create the hanger.  

Here you can see a close up of the fabrics I used:  polka dots, flowers and stripes, oh my!

I can't take all the credit for this awesome wreath.  I had a lot of "help" from Picard!  He had so much fun chasing fabric strips....and at one point he tried to take off with the whole wreath!  Silly kitten!  :)  

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Time Well Spent

I've had the past few days off, which has been blissful!  I love getting to be at home!  :)  
Yesterday, I met my Mom and cousin in  Hocking Hills for some antique retail therapy.  For once in my life, I didn't find a million things I wanted.  ;)  I came away with one hankie (which I will be crafting into something new and useful) and a set of pillowcases (the ones on the right...the butterfly ones came from a recent thrift store trip).    I had so much fun spending quality time with my family.  I'm hoping we can do that again soon!  Living over 2.5 hours from my nearest relative means I don't get to see them as often as I would like!  

I made a dress!  My very first one since I took a sewing class in high school!  Not too shabby!  :)  

Here are two little sweeties who recently came to live at my house. The orange kitty is Sunshine.  Isn't she cute?  The striped one is Picard. 

They are playful, silly and sweet!  

How are you spending your weekend?  

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Patchwork Bliss

I love patchwork.  I love patchwork even more when it's attached to jeans.  So imagine my pleasure when I finally found a tutorial that wasn't insanely difficult to understand!  See what I mean:

I love when people say "eyeball" it in relation to sewing.  I hate measuring so I knew this was the tute for me!  ;)  

Here you can see my fabric all sewn together...

Pinned into the jeans...all ready to sew!  I totally skipped HungryHippie's advice to use Wonder Under.  I didn't have any and didn't want to buy it!  Seems to have worked just fine without it...

As every cat owner knows, you can not sew without help from a furry friend (or two)!  Here Picard examines my work and gives me two paws up for a job well done.  ;)  

One finished leg!  Woo hoo!  I put a cute little daisy button at the top.  See it there?  Of course I added more patches around the knee area...

More patches...

I prettied up the back pockets with some rick rack/lace trim!  

I'm wearing my new jeans right now.  I've already got compliments on them!  Yay!  :)  

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Craft Time

Hello all!  Sorry I've been MIA for so long.  My laptop charger bit the dust and I've had to wait so long for the new one to arrive!  I've been chomping at the bit to get back online.  At last!  Sigh...

So I've been thrifting a lot recently.  As in every week.  Because I've become such a penny pincher that I don't want to spend my hard earned money on new, expensive clothes.  Instead I've been scoring some great finds at my local thrift shop.  Last week I shelled out $40 and came home with 5 new shirts and 3 pairs of pants and some vintage pillowcases.  Can't beat that.  :)  

I've been keeping my eye out for cute tee shirts in any size.  When I saw this one, I snatched it up and decided to turn it into a eco friendly shopping bag.  I found this tutorial and went to work:

1.  Cut the sleeves off.

2.  Snip 4 strips from the sleeves and gently pull to stretch them out.

3.  Snip evenly spaced notches in the hem of the shirt. 

4.  Attach a safety pin to the end of one strip and thread it through the hem.  Repeat til you have used all the fabric strips.  Pull and tie in double knots to close the bottom of the bag.  

5.  Enjoy your festive new shopping bag!  :)  

I meant to post these earlier but never got around to it.  This is what I made my Mom for Mother's Day.  Two dishtowels embroidered with gnomes and mushrooms!  Super cute and easy.  Too bad she wont use them!  She thinks handmade things are too precious to actually she keeps them for looks.  I'm the complete opposite.  I love love love using handmade goods!  Where do you stand?