Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Mid Week Madness

It's been so busy here at the Animal House!  Between wedding planning, house stuff, and my day to day life I haven't had much time for the things I love.  Enough of that!  It's time to remember what's important!  

I started working on the fabric banners for the wedding.  I had initially purchased this flower fabric for my bridesmaids dresses but then we went a different route with the dresses.  So now with many, many yards of the stuff I thought I'd still incorporate it into the wedding as banners!  I found this paisley eyelet lace fabric over the weekend and I knew it would be great paired with the floral!  I'm also planning on doing some burlap banners.  Fun!


Lately, I always have at least one embroidery project on hand.  This is my latest!  I love owls and this little guy is no exception.  It's hard to see in the photo, but I used a metallic floss for his eyes.  They really stand out!  


So, the Ikea table finally arrived and I finally assembled it.  I've yet to decoupage it (I'm waiting on the prints I ordered)...but in the mean time, my cats love the little cubby underneath.  I placed their cat cube in it and the kitties couldn't get enough!  :)  


Speaking of kitties...you all remember Romeo?  The stray kitty I've been feeding?  I decided to have him neutered.  Sunday evening I dropped him off and picked him up Monday evening.  Because he's a stray, they ear tipped him (they cut off the tip of his ear...it's like a universal sign that he's been neutered).  Poor guy also had to have his tail shaved due to burrs.  They discovered one of the burrs caused a flesh wound and it was infected.  So then I had to pay for an antibiotic shot...plus wound cleaning...plus flea meds.  So what should have been a $42 endeavor turned into nearly $100 out of my pocket.  It's ok...it needed done.  One less cat to add to the overpopulation!  


Saw my neighbors chickens running around the neighborhood today!  Aren't they cute?  I wish they weren't so scared...I'd love to pet one!  :)  



Happy Wednesday!



Saturday, February 16, 2013

Lunchbox Love

I've finally gotten around to adding a new section to my Etsy shop.  I'm going to be filling it with reusable "ziplocks".  I've been making these bags for years but recently felt inspired to list them on Etsy.  
Stay tuned for more fun prints!  :)  







Thursday, February 7, 2013

Hard Days

It's been a really rough week for me.  Sunday night I came down with a fever and sore throat.  By Monday morning, I was in even worse shape.  I huddled in the recliner under mounds of blankets and felines just trying to stay warm.  I got progressively worse throughout the day and the next morning I went to the clinic.  Strep throat.  Ok...so they gave me antibiotics and a pill to stop my horrible cough.  Only the pill didn't work!  I haven't slept in days!  Yesterday my fever spiked to 104.6!!  Finally this morning I went back to the clinic.  Now I'll be taking Zpak as well as the amoxicillan and an inhaler as needed.  I hope this helps. Lack of sleep combined with this constant fever has turned me into an emotional mess.  I am crying over every little thing!  I was reading a book on totem animals and I cried.  I was watching a happy ending movie and I cried.  I looked at my dog, and you guessed it, cried!  
Wow.  

Anyway,  I've had next to no appetite.  I've been surviving on popsicles and frozen coffee.  Here are some things I made to entice myself (didn't work).  
Pretty potato soup and butterdips:


Homemade vegan bagels:


Lots of cuddle time with cute animals:


Lap kitty:




Saturday, February 2, 2013

Happy Imbolc!

Today marks the halfway point between the Winter Solstice and the Spring Equinox.  The ancient name for this day is Imbolc, a time of celebration and festival.  The goddess Brigid is often associated with this day.  Brigid is a triple Goddess who presides over three important aspects of life.  She is a Goddess of fertility and childbirth, healing, crafts, and poetry, among others. She is also said to be a goddess of purification and change.  


There are a variety of ways to celebrate this special day and honor Brigid.  Many use this time to "spring clean" their homes.  I plan to do this today!  :)  
Another idea is to make a Brigid's cross.  This cross was said to protect the home from fire in the upcoming year.  


Brigid is associated with fire, so one of the easiest ways to honor her, is by lighting a candle!  


Imbolc is a good time to reflect on what you want to change in your life, what things you must release in order to make room for new growth.  


Perhaps my favorite way to honor Brigid, is by getting crafty!!!  :)




Brigit, gold-red woman,
Brigit, flame and honeycomb,
Brigit, sun of womanhood,
Brigit, lead me home.

You area branch in Blossom.
You are a sheltering dome.
You are my bright precious freedom.
Brigit, lead me home.
-Author Unknown



Time To Change

The blogging world has been talking about a "word of the year" lately.  I like the idea of choosing a word (or having a word choose you) to sum up what you want to bring to your life in the upcoming year.  

I didn't choose my word, rather it found me.  


I've been a follower of the Goddess for a long time.  It's not something I announce to the world, I tend to keep my beliefs private unless surrounded by like minded (or non-judgemental) people.  So I guess I'm taking a big step by sharing with you all on my blog.  
:)

As I said before, this word found me.  I think the Goddess was prompting me to be more open and receptive in my life.  I hope to develop a closer relationship with her in this new year.  I also want to embrace the idea that the Goddess also dwells within.  I am a Goddess in my own right.  I want to look in the mirror and see the beauty rather than the flaws.  I want my inner Goddess to shine through when I care for my animal friends.  I want to share her love with the people in my life.  

I feel that today is a good day to state my intent as it is also Imbolc (which I will explain in my next post).  This is a time of change.  Of clearing out the old to make room for the new.  

Laura, over at RootsandFeathers is making me a beautiful custom prayer flag featuring my word.  It will be similar to these:

I'm very excited about this year.  I know change can be big and sometimes scary.  I'm already facing a rather huge change in June, with my upcoming marriage.  I am ready to see what 2013 has in store!