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!
Aside from the actual enjoyment of doing hand lettering, part of my reason for attending the course on modern calligraphy earlier this year was to be able to create sentiments that aren’t available with stamp sets. Never was this more applicable than when my friend asked me to create some simple but rude cards! She didn’t want fancy writing as that was too nice(!) so I went for block lettering with a mix of lower case and capital letters.
Another friend has just set up a cat rescue charity and is having a launch party and fund raiser at the end of the month so she asked me if I could create some cat-themed things for them to sell to raise money. I started by sketching out the letters on graph paper and then traced over them onto tracing paper using a marker pen.
The next stage was to put the card base and lettering template onto a light box and effectively trace the letters onto the card base. I don’t concern myself if the letters aren’t perfectly traced – they are hand-lettered after all – but having the lettering set up ensures that the sentiment is central and the letters are equally spaced.
To add a little texture and Christmas theme, I ran each piece through a snowflake embossing folder in my Big Shot and added a cat silhouette using glitter card/DSP and the Stampin’ Up! cat punch.
Lastly, the pieces were mounted on coloured card bases.
I’ve also been playing around with arranging lettering from various cat-themed items I have around the house and making them into frames.
The fund raiser is for The Cat Welfare Group and will be held on Saturday 30th November 2019 at Lock’s Heath Working Men’s Club, Duncan Road, Park Gate, SO31 1BD between 16:00 – 18:00. Pop along for the opportunity to buy some great goodies for Christmas made by local people, have a cuppa and a piece of cake and support a very worthy cause.
My dear friend, Lorie, established a charity called Project 71 which supports war veterans who, for the most part, live in our local area. She works tirelessly to raise funds and raise awareness of the charity so that, at no cost to themselves, the veterans can enjoy lunches together, trips abroad, for example to Normandy and Arnhem, for the veterans to pay their respects to those who didn’t return home. Project 71 also provides assistance to the veterans in the form of lifts to places, providing mobility scooters, doing the shopping or just visiting at home or in hospital to have a cup of tea and a chat. Lorie has a group of volunteers from all walks of life that help her to provide these things for the veterans. The work they do is humbling and amazing in equal measures. Please visit their site via the link below to see the wonderful things they do.
Just over a year ago, Lorie sent a request out to crafty types via Facebook, to see who would be interested in producing some fabric artwork to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of Operation Market Garden. The artwork is based on the plate produced by the Market Garden Veterans Association for the 50th anniversary.
The only rules were that the finished badge should be 6” tall and as wide as necessary to keep the proportions right. Any crafting media or technique using fabric or wool could be used providing they could be joined together as the finished badges would be sewn together and mounted onto a background of parachutes and aircraft. The finished article will be donated to the National Liberation Museum (Nationaal Bevrijdingsmuseum 1944-1945) in Groesbeek, Netherlands in September 2019 as part of the 75th anniversary weekend.
I chose to make the 50th Infantry Division
and 101st Airborne Division.
The 50th Infantry Division was a division of the British Army whose insignia features two Ts which apparently represent the three main rivers, the Tyne, Tees and Humber, from the recruitment area of the Territorial Army, of which the division was a part before the Second World War. I immediately saw this design as a crocheted piece and set about creating a stitch grid onto which I could transfer the design. Then it was simply a case of single crocheting the stitches in the appropriate colour.
The 101st Airborne Division (“Screaming Eagles”) is a light infantry division of the US Army who were engaged in numerous operations during World War II. This insignia cried out for appliqué so I got out my felt and Bondaweb and got to work. First I scaled the insignia on the computer so that the image was just under 6” tall. I then traced this onto tracing paper as the reverse image is needed to trace onto the Bondaweb due to it being attached on the back of the fabric by ironing.
The next step was to carefully cut out the images and adhere them by removing the backing and ironing them in position.
I hit a slight snag when I started to appliqué the letters as the felt was not holding its shape and the resulting mess was not acceptable! I experimented with various styles of attachment and found that stitching over the entire letter produced the best result, but not using felt as the fibres stuck up through the gaps between the thread. I remade the letters using yellow fabric, coloured the centres of the letters with black sharpie (cheat!) and sewed over the whole letter using a closely spaced zig-zag stitch.
Now it was time to assemble the piece. I used a piece of khaki linen fabric and quilted it in a diamond pattern and then simply attached the badge pieces on top.
The edges of the piece were finished using the overlocker to get the piece to the correct size.
These are some of the other pieces of work that other crafters have made.
I’m looking forward to seeing the finished piece once Lorie has finished the construction.
Project 71 is a small charity where 100% of the money donated goes to supporting the veterans. If you would like to donate and help out this very worthy cause, please click on the link below. Any donation will be much appreciated.