Thursday, June 30, 2011

Special Edition Mouse Received!

Our special edition Pippi mouse that I bought on Monday from Connie (Refabulous) was received today in the mail.

Here is Sparky the mean cat enjoying her new mouse.

 In this last picture, she's cleaning her ear with one paw and hugging her new mouse with the other.

I usually get her shaved around April of every year but I didn't do it this year.  She's almost 14 and the anesthesia and yearly shots are starting to make her sick, so we skipped those this year.
I know it's a bad idea to not get her shots and all, but she never goes outside and the only other animal that she's ever around is our dog who also never goes outside (unless we make him or he has to pee/poo).
We keep her food and water up on our dryer because our dog would eat it if he could get to it but sometimes she acts like she has trouble jumping up that high.  I think we're going to have to move it down to the floor soon and we're afraid that we'll come home one day and our fat dog will be stuck halfway in and halfway out of the cat door that's in the laundry room door.  It would be just like when Pooh got stuck in Rabbit's door.

I'll be sure to take some pics of that when it happens.  It should be really funny.

Thanks Connie - this mouse is adorable.  I hope Pippi can have her surgery soon.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Help for Pippi

My sweet I-friend (internet friend) Connie, also known as Refabulous, is trying to raise money so that her family's pet, Pippi the Naughty Cat can have her broken leg amputated.  Pippi wasn't always a Naughty Cat but when she slipped out an accidentally left open door to have an adventure, she was hit by a car which broke her leg and permanently displaced her pelvis.  Read all about Pippi's story HERE.
In this picture, the hind leg on the top that is straight is the broken leg.

Connie has listed alot of special edition catnip mice in her etsy shop and all of the proceeds go towards Pippi's surgery.  I bought this sweet pink one for my mean cat Sparky.
Do you have a kitty who might need a new toy?  Or do you know someone who has kitties that would like new toys?
Don't forget Christmas!  It's coming up - you can start your Christmas shopping early.
Or if you don't have a kitty or know a kitty, how about buying a few mice that you could donate to a local animal shelter. 

So, if you're looking for some cool cat toys and would like to help out a sweet kitty, check out Connie's shop and help out poor Pippi.

And I'd also like to say that Connie's shop items are really fabulous.  She's a great sewer and her stuff is really detailed and beautiful.  I have a gorgeous tote bag that she made that is beautiful, functional and SOOOOO well made.  You won't be disappointed by a purchase from her shop.

Friday, June 24, 2011

My First Zippered Pouch

As I was planning what to pack for our vacation a couple of weeks ago, I realized that I needed something to put my jewelry in.  I usually just put it in a ziploc and put it in my makeup bag but this time I wanted something different.  So I decided to make myself a zippered pouch.

I read this tutuorial over at Skip to My Lou and a couple of other tutorials that I can't seem to find right now.  Then I sort of combined them in my mind and winged it.

This is what I ended up with:

I do wish that I had put in a barrier or some kind of separation so that there would be 2 or more areas.  I think it turned out cute though and it was easy to make.  Now on to the next project!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Still recovering from vacation

Well, either I picked up a bug while in Florida, or maybe allergies are bothering me or I'm just exhausted.  I think it's one of those.
Anyhoo, I'm hoping that I feel better today.  I'm plugging on anyway.

I've started working on some Christmas things for my shop - mostly because I'm thinking about doing a local arts and crafts show in July that is a 'Christmas in July' show.  I've almost gotten myself talked into it.  It's indoors at a great location but it's only been going on for about 3 years so I don't think the crowd will be as big as I'd like it to be.  So, it's something to think about.

This is the Christmas apron that I listed yesterday - made with Moda fabric.

I have tons of ideas for pincushion ornaments and I need to get off the computer and start working on them :)

Here are some more pics of our Disney World trip.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

I'm back!

You may or may not have noticed that I haven't made a blog post in a while and my etsy shop has been on vacation mode.
That's because I've been on vacation! :)

We went, once again, to the happiest place on earth - which is my husband's favorite place to go.

He planned this trip for over a year and is very disappointed that it's over.
He coincided it with the last weekend of Star Wars Weekend at Hollywood Studios.  They have about 3 (I think) Star Wars weekends every year and they are very popular.  My husband and son are both big Star Wars fans, so it was great.  I'm not much of a fan having not actually seen any of the movies all the way through.  But I do have a general idea of what they're about. 

Anyhoo, I'm making this a short post but thought I'd add in some pics.  I didn't take many this time but the ones I did take turned out pretty good.  I have more pics that I'll force on you on a later post :)
Awww..  Isn't that sweet?  My son was so disgusted that we made him take this pic.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Memorial Day Patriotic Cake

Back in this post, I showed you pics of my Clown Puke Cake and gave the recipe.  Well, I made the cake again for Memorial Day only this time I colored it red, white, and blue.  It turned out really well.  I did try to make each layer different but somehow I ended up with a huge red center anyway.  Go figure.

I used a different buttercream icing this time - with unsalted butter instead of shortening - and it came out GREAT!  I made it very slowly to make sure I got the right consistency and didn't add to much milk.
I decorated the top of the cake with red and blue colored sugar even though none of my family members like sprinkles.  I thought it looked pretty no matter what they said.

I also wanted to share a bracelet that I bought on etsy.  I got it from Lanmon (she has more really cool looking patriotic bracelets in her shop!) 

I ordered it too late to get it by Memorial Day but I did get it today.  It's really pretty and fits perfectly.  I LOVE these bead crocheted bracelets.  You don't have to worry about a clap, they're lightweight and slip right over your hand.
I anticipate getting lots of compliments on it because it's so cool looking. 
These are Lanmon's pics that I'm using - just to give credit where credit is due. :)

I'm building up a slow collection of these bracelets.  I want to be able to wear 2-3 at a time as if they were bangle bracelets.