Friday, 29 May 2009

Recipe for a happy cat

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Ingredients:
fabric offcut and thread
dried catnip
rice
length of grosgrain ribbon
cat

1) Take one offcut of fabric (mine is Amy Butler furnishing weight fabric), fold in half right sides together and pin,
2) Freehand a fish shape with some tailor's chalk or a fabric marker.

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3) Insert your long length of grosgrain ribbon at the mouth of the fish, long ends inside so that it will be stitched through when you sew around the fish. Sew around the fish shape leaving a couple of inches open to turn.

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4) Cut away or pink the excess fabric around 5 mm from the stitching line, clipping corners.

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5) Turn right side out and stuff with a mixture of dried catnip and rice - not too full as the fish is much more pleasingly floppy (and lighter to throw around if you are a cat) if you don't overfill it. Pin the opening shut.

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6) Either hand sew the turning gap, or topstitch around the entire fish as close to the edge as possible, closing the turning gap in the process.

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Set your camera on its fastest shutter speed then snap your kitty as she snaps at the fish.

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Back soon with some non-cat related blogging! I don't think, for example, I have mentioned the fun I've been having with this yet ...


Wednesday, 20 May 2009

Introducing Kiwi

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Meet the newest member of our household, Kiwi the cat! The children have been asking for a pet for ages, and having grown up with a menagerie myself I've always been keen for them to have pets of their own. So last weekend, after a call from the lovely people at Battersea to say they might have a suitable cat for us, we went into London to meet Kiwi, a 1 year old black cat. She's a tiny little thing, and ever so sweet, and after a couple of hours hiding underneath the sofa, she seems to be settling into family life well.

My daughter, a regular Rolf Harris (can you tell what it is yet?), dashed off this lovely cat portrait on the back of the box the scratching post came in (it's like that when artistic inspiration strikes - who wants to wait to find paper?).

Delyth's portrait of the cat


Kiwi has spent a lot of time in high places ...

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... and tight spaces (her favourite, wedged underneath my daughter's bed on top of the guest bed underneath which necessitates some very comical flat-cat crawling).

favourite place

She's such a character and can do a 2 second dash from here to the kitchen, turning on a sixpence and skidding across our laminate flooring if she hears any possible signs of food cupboards being opened.

The children are utterly smitten. She's such a lovely companion, curling up with us on the sofa in the evenings, in between frenzied bouts of catnip fish-killing. It remains to be seen how she reacts to reels of cotton and balls of wool!

Thursday, 14 May 2009

Friends, fabric shopping and a lot of laughter

Last weekend was spent in the company of my three favourite fabric-loving friends, Florence, Jo and Lisa. I feel like I've had a lovely holiday after a day of shoe and fabric shopping, chatting, giggling, and eating. I am a terrible shopper normally, terminally indecisive, so it's testament to what fantastic company these ladies are that I came away with both shoes and a healthy stack of fabrics to add to my stash. I also came away with a pulled muscle in my shoulder - hard to know whether this is to be attributed to a) too much laughter b) carrying too much fabric c) emulating Florence's demonstration of how to fold your body in half whilst in the lotus position.

stashed

I've no idea what I'll use the fabrics I bought for yet, but it's nice to know they're there. I think I may have found the binding fabric for my stacked coin quilt in the pink freshcut print though. I'm torn between this or the green dotty Tanya Whelan print I've already used in the quilt. Decisions, decisions ...

coin quilt binding?

What do you think?

Sunday, 3 May 2009

all the threes

Another year older! Had a lovely day of many hugs from my ever enthusiastic children.

birthday hugs

A birthday cake baked by the kiddiewinks under the guidance of my husband

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The cake has, needless to say, been demolished and tasted very good indeed.

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And to top it all off, we're having a lovely long weekend with the May day bank holiday!
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