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Sunday, August 22, 2010

Mancat Monday

Me sitting by the Pear honey - It's not really honey cuz the bees didn't make it but Pellie says it is so good. More jars for more honey to be made today and tomorrow.

Hello evfurryone,

Oh boy do I need a rest. Buuut I don't think I'll be getting one any time soon. Why not you ask?
Well let me tell you. It has been pure busy, busy, busy around here since Pellie and Sir Knight, started to bring in the very abundant harvest.

Made more stewed tomatoes

I thought last weekend was busy - with them making pickles, peppers and stewed tomatoes. This weekend they added two different kinds of pears to the mix and I don't think they ever got to sit down and relax for more than 10 minutes at any one time.

Made two different kinds of Hot Sauce and some dehydrated pear chips.

Seeing they didn't sit down neither did I - I mean I had to snoopervise. Didn't I?

Making more pear chips to enjoy all winter long.

Pellie wasn't always happy - if I tried to get to up close and personal with what they were working on - something about not being sanity - if I was up there and she'd rewash everything while she scolded me. She finally gave in and let me have my picture taken with all the bottles of stuff this evening - so I could explain to you why she hasn't been blogging lately. She is worried you'll think she has been loafing and just not keeping up with her obligations.


Monday, August 16, 2010

Mancat Monday

Hi evfurryone,

This post is for Mancat Monday -but a better title might be - no matter how sweet the candy sounds - it might be mean as mean can be.

Last week Pellie and Sir Knight volunteered to kitty-sit for a friend. They said it helped their friend and gave them some idea of how I would get along when they adopt a sisfur for me.

This is Snickers - and she might have the same name as a tasty candy bar - but she is something else. Every time I moved around the house she screamed and howled. Pellie said she sounded like the Great Banshee of mythology - me I just thought it was screechy enough to set my hair up and hurt my ears.

If I walked around the house, my head was on a constant swivel - looking for her -so I could stay out of her way. I hate to admit it- me being named after a brave warrior and all - I even walked around liked some whipped stray with my tail tucked between my legs - while she was living with us.(Not a pretty sight. Believe me.)

She is back home now - so I am one extremely happy Mancat.

Pellie said she's not sure -if it's me, that is not fit for a sisfur or if it was the banshee's fault, we didn't get along. I don't either. I'm just glad she is gone.


Saturday, August 14, 2010

Orange - The Sequel

Hello Everyone,

I wanted to take this opportunity to show you the Artist Trading Card that I received from my Swap partner Patti. - Her blog is called the Treasure Barn and her art is exceptional - so you just might want to hop on over there and give it a look see.

So with out further ado I present to you:
"Orange Butterflies" By Patti

Thank you Patti - I love my new ATC - you did marvelous job.

Well that's all for now.


Thursday, August 12, 2010


Hello Everyone.

It is extremely hot and humid here in my little corner of the Midwest with no relief in sight for awhile. I figured that was a good reason to stay inside and play.

I entered the ATC Swap over at Blissfull ATC Swap blog and our theme for this swap was orange.

Since my partner Patti over at Treasure Barn has received her card and posted it - I figured it was safe for me to share as well.

I started out by making an orange card to slip my ATC in and act as its travel companion, on it long trip to Patti's house. What do you think?

Well as you know I am a bit weird sometimes on how I go about deciding what I should do for a piece. So I decided to base my creation on the psychology of colors. For orange they say that "it is the most flamboyant color on the planet. It is the color most tied to fun times, happy and energetic days." Thus I found the inspiration for my title Looking for orange in all the fun places.

These little cards (standard ATC size) are a bit more difficult for me with my painful hands and old eyes, LOL - but I managed.

Here are my two companions side by side and ready for their trip across the country.

Well back to my creating - I'm working on about five different projects as I type.

Have a great day every one and stay cool.


Monday, August 9, 2010

Teacup Tuesday

Hello everyone,

I am once again participating in Teacup Tuesday with Terri and Martha. I can't believe I let two week roll by without me getting a teacup post out there. Must be slowing down now that I turned 60.

The cups I am showing off today - are the ones I received from my friend Dana - who is so super sweet to me. Isn't this teacup a beauty - I just love the flowers and its wonderful coloring -

It says Duchess, Fine Bone China, Made in England

And aren't these two just awesome. They combine my love of bears - with my love of cups.

They bottoms read -Rather Charming, Fine Bone Chine, Lesser and Pavey, Bartford, UK.
Designed in England by some cat in a cowboy hat.

Note: A trip to England is on my bucket list - so I can ride one of those doubledecker buses.

You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me. ~C.S. Lewis

The mere chink of cups and saucers tunes the mind to happy repose. ~George Gissing, The Private Papers of Henry Ryecroft

Tea is a cup of life. ~Author Unknown


Sunday, August 8, 2010

Playing in the Seventies

Hello Everyone,
I was busy this week doing some old time crafting for the Sew Loquacious Blog Party:
Rewind Week 1970's.

After I joined I kind of panicked - as I racked my brain trying to figure out what to make.
While out antiquing -I found the answer to my prayers. A Christmas Craft book, published in the early seventies. I was sure to find something there. I wanted to try something I had never done before - and since I never was any good at tying knots - I knew macramé was out. I came across an ornament - that was done with needle weaving. - and it looked like it was achievable. So I gathered my supplies and got to work.
I have to say that trying to weave these small bands inside the hoops was a bit difficult for my poor old arthritic hand - but I kept at it. And I am kind of thrilled with the way it turned out.

Like I said it was suppose to be an ornament - but as I did my weaving - I kept seeing a witch ball.
Maybe - it’s because I was watching “Practical Magic” as I worked on it . So that is what I proceeded to make it into.

A bit more frou-frou's than would have been added in the seventies - but I like it.

What do you think?

Angela, also asked that as part of our post we give our impressions of the 70's.

To me the seventies arrived with no more fan fare than any other era. I was in my twenties and looking forward to making my mark on the world, but it never happened.
I didn't realize it till I sat down to write this piece that my memories of the seventies are marked with personal sadness and some tender feelings that still cause anxiety and hurt today. -I got married in 71 had my son in 73 and was divorced by 74. Worked hard the rest of the seventies as a single mother supporting a child. Had little time for television or clubbing to disco's or any of the fun things that made the seventies the seventies. so suffice to say the seventies passed in a blur of obligations and I wasn't to sad to see them go.

Enough said about that.

So Let me show you a few things - I did in the seventies - to pass time and decorate my home.

This is the crib set - I made from stamped cross stitch for my sons crib. I was always a Bambi fan so I even made matching bibs. By the time his crib was converted to a big boys bed - he had a similar set but with the Sesame Street Gang.

I got started on making these daisy afghans and I couldn't seem to stop. I made one in every color imaginable and gifted every member of the family with one.

I found Quilling in the early seventies and I fell in love with making these dainty little things.
The large candle is the first one I ever made and is definitely a bit rough - as you can tell - the more I practiced the better I got. and the pieces got smaller - yet more detailed.

Well that all I got for now- hope you enjoyed playing in the Seventies with me.


World Cat Day

Hello evfurry one,

Today is World Cat Day. I warned Pellie and Sir Knight in advance - that I best be treated special today.

But really it's not about me. - It's about remembering all the homeless or abused kitties out there in this big old world and purring for them that someday soon they will know the peace and contentment that the rest of us feel on a regular basis.

Big loud Purrs for Ann from The Zoolatry for making up the super cool badge .