A Fist Full of Kitties

A couple of months ago, Mr. L and I volunteered to foster some kittens for a local charity, The Cat Welfare Group.  The charity was inundated after collecting 28 kittens from one location and were asking for fosterers, so we decided to give it a try.  Six weeks ago, these we picked up these little bundles, who were about 5 weeks old. 

The little fluff balls are Scooby, Scrappy, Fred, Daphne and Dill.  Dill’s an interloper.  He was the only survivor from his litter so he was put in with the Scooby Gang for company.

Kittens are major time wasters!  Aside from feeding them 3 times a day, we played with them loads, cuddled them when they were tired and also became a cat bed when required!

It’s been a great privilege watching them grow up, learning new skills and seeing their personalities develop.  I’d made them each a blanket to take with them so that they had something with a familiar scent to help them transition into their new homes.  I’d wanted to have a go at making a cat head quilt for a while so this was a perfect excuse.

Once they were old enough, they had their first round of vaccinations, were microchipped and had a flea and worming treatment and then they were ready to go to their forever homes.  Obviously having 5 kittens to play with…. I mean look after… I’ve not had a lot of time for crafting but I did manage to make a cute cat envelope to hold all the kitten’s documents and information sheet.

So, we’ve done our bit now and they’ve all gone off to their forever homes.  Scrappy, Fred and Daphne have all settled in well and are making themselves at home.  However, Scooby and Dill captured our hearts and so will be staying with us – #fosterfail.  We just need to break the news to Monty and Leia, our resident moggies!

Clockwise from top left corner are Scrappy, Scooby, Daphne, Fred and Dill

Messy Eaters!

Do you have a messy eater in your family? I can ask this as I am one myself! This is largely borne by our slovenly ways of eating our tea from lap trays in front of the TV rather than sitting at the table.  To resolve this problem, instead of making us eat at the table, I made myself a bib.  I got my pattern from the website shown at the end however, since Craftsy ceased a few months ago, it’s no longer available.  The shape is fairly simple though so it’d be easy to draught yourself.  This is my original.

I made this one for my sister (we’re a family of messy eaters, apart from my Mum!) for a funny birthday gift – she had asked for one so I was confident she wouldn’t be offended.  Like me, she is a big cat fan so cat-themed fabric had to be used.   After washing and drying the fabrics to pre-shrink them, I started by cutting out a front, some quilt wadding (extra absorbency!) and a backing (cut out the opposite was to the front).

After attaching the wadding to the back piece, I sewed the front and back together, leaving a gap at the bottom.  I graded the seam allowance and snipped the curves before turning the right way out through the gap and pressing the edges.

Next, I top stitched all around the edge of the bib before marking up quilting lines.  This step is entirely optional but I think it looks nice.  I use a heat erasable pen called Pilot Frixion (from Amazon, of course!) to draw my lines.  After sewing the quilting lines, I ran the iron over the bib and all the pen marks disappeared, like magic!

The last job was to attach some Velcro for fastening, although snaps or press studs would work equally well.

And here’s the finished article!

To make it look a bit nicer as a gift, I folded it and wrapped with a ribbon and a fun tag. Have I given you a top Christmas gift idea??!




Playful Pets

We share our home with two rescue cats, one is very playful, the other is quite lazy.  Monty likes to sit in a shady spot and watch the world go by, occasionally coming over for a quick head rub.  Leia, on the other hand, goes everywhere at break-neck speed and is a prolific hunter.  During one of her recent outings, she came back with her eye closed and we could see what looked like a thick hair protruding from her eye but couldn’t get it out, so off we went to the out-of-hours emergency vet.  Now, Leia does not travel well! During the 25-minute journey in her crate, she had a wee, a poo, was sick and then had copious amounts of drool hanging down each side of her face.   We presented her, in the socially distanced handover in the vet’s car park, with a description of the emergency and an embarrassed apology for the state of the cat/crate!  I’m sure they’ve seen it all before….

Anyway, 45 mins later, a rather quiet Leia was given back to us together with this massive grass seed that the vet had taken out of her eye.  OUCH!

Thankfully, Leia is now fully recovered and back to zooming everywhere at high speed again.

I wanted a cat-themed card for my friend who runs a cat rescue charity (link below) so I used Pampered Pets, a new set in the Stampin’ Up! Annual catalogue that comes with matching dies and a suite of other coordinating goodies.  I used the Playful Pets DSP for my project along with the Tailored Tag punch, cutting a bunch of different papers together with some stamped images, stamped on Basic Grey card using the Nine Lives stamps (retired).

I next set them out on my backing piece and then glued them in place.

I stamped one of the cat images and coloured him with alcohol markers before cutting out with the matching die.  I attached him to a tag piece that I’d stamped with my greeting and then put dimensionals on the back.

To decorate the liner and envelope, I cut the paw prints from a scrap of card and used it as a stencil.

To bring the card together, I mounted the decorated panel onto a black mat layer and then onto a Real Red card base.  I glued a length of the red trim around the front of the card and then put my kitty and greeting in place.   

If you’re interested in finding out more about the work of The Cat Welfare Group, here’s a link to their new website.




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