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Wednesday, December 29, 2010

New Year's Resolutions

I hope all of you had a wonderful Christmas and hope you have a safe and happy New Year!  One of MY new year's resolutions is to get back to crafting soon, but the only one I think I can keep! However, I asked my kitties what resolutions they would make for 2011 and here's what they had to say!

• I will not puff my entire body to twice its size for no reason after my human has finished watching a scary movie.

• I will not help myself to Q-tips, and I must certainly not proceed to stuff them down the sink's drain.

• I will not lean way over to drink out of the tub, fall in, and then pelt into the box of clumping cat litter.

• I will not use the bathtub to store live mice for late-night snacks.

• I will not play Herd of Thundering Wildebeests Stampeding Across the Plains of the Serengeti over my humans' bed while she’s trying to sleep.

• I will not try to leap through closed windows to catch birds outside. If I forget this and bonk my head on the window and fall behind the couch in my attempt, I will not get up and do the same thing again.

• I will not stick my paw into any container to see if there is something in it. If I do, I will not hiss and scratch when my human has to shave me to get the rubber cement out of my fur.

• I will not check every door when it rains because I will believe my human that it will be raining on all sides of the house.

• Birds do not come from the bird feeder. I will not knock it down and try to open it up to get the birds out.

• I will not play "dead cat on the stairs" when my human is trying to bring in groceries or laundry, or else one of these days, it will really come true.

• I will not swat my human's head repeatedly when she's on the family room floor trying to do sit ups.

• When my human puts me into the Cage Of Death for a trip to the vet, I will not try to use my own urine as a corrosive agent as it will not eat through the cage walls.

• Dry cat food is both tasty and nutritious, and it is always available. I will not starve myself and act pitiful all day long in anticipation of the canned food.

• I will not walk on the keyboard when my human is writing important emiognaioerp ga3qi4 taija3tgv aa35 a.

• I will not eat spider plants and then hallucinate behind the toilet.

• I will not soak my catnip toys in the toilet to make tea.


Cheers to you all and give your kitties a little milk on New Year's eve!  See you in 2011!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

WIZARDS IN WINTER



Just wanted to share this amazing video of a Christmas light display from 2005. Its fantastic! The lights are synced to Transiberian Orchestra's "Wizards in Winter." Happy Christmas, Harry, Ron, and Hermione! :)

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Giveaway Thanks and To All a Good Night!

Good Evening, Ladies (and Gents)! I am long over due in thanking two wonderful artists. I recently one two giveaways. The first artist I need to thank is Rose at Baskets by Rose. This picture doesn't do it justice! It is absolutely beautiful and is hanging above my fireplace mantel.  Please stop by and visit Rose at her blog sometime today!
I also won a lovely little hand stitched ornie from Susan at Chucklebees! She is a sweetheart. She would love a visit from you! Take a minute a stop by and see her Christmas kitties!
I also purchased an adorable candle ornie from her and she sent me a little something extra (a cinnamon heart ornie) that I tucked in my dough bowl full of miniature baskets! Thanks, Susan!
I am so thankful to  have won such wonderful handmade items. They are making my home more prim and homey this Christmas! 

We are supposed to get mucho snow tonight and tomorrow morning! I love when it hides all the orange electrical cords going to the outside Christmas lights!  Lastly, before I bid you all good night here is a picture of Kezzie posing in the bay window and Louie looking very regal!
Have a warm, safe, and cozy night, all!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

THE YULE LOG

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The burning Yule log was a symbol of the light that would return after the dark days of early winter. It gave people an excuse to gather with family and friends before a roaring fire. The tradition is an old one, going back to the Druid custom of choosing a large log from an apple or oak tree, lighting it afire, and praying that it would burn forever. A good prayer considering that they did not have modern conveniences like fuel oil, electricity, and generators in case the power went out! In England, the log was selected months before Christmas Day because it was believed that all who brought it in from the woods would be protected against harm for the ensuing year, everyone lent a hand, making the event itself a festive time.

Today the Yule log is a large wooden log burned in the hearth as a part of traditional Yule or Christmas celebrations in several European cultures. It can be a part of the Winter Solstice festival or the Twelve Days of Christmas, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, or Twelfth Night.
 Did you know:
  • One large log lasts two to three times longer than the same volume of smaller logs.
  • That you should burn only seasoned wood?
  • Wood-burning stoves are three times more efficient than standard fireplaces.
  • For the prettiest flames, burn birch or maple.
  • Add a handful of pine or hemlock needles, rosemary sprigs, or sage branches to your next fire to add natural incense to the room.
  • Did you know that one cord of wood burned as firewood provides the heat equivalent to that produced by burning 200 to 250 gallons of heating oil, depending on the type of hardwood you are using?
  • That the best wood to burn is rock elm, shagbark hickory, white oak, butternut hickory, beech, red oak, yellow birch, red elm, white ash, and white elm?
We have a fireplace but don't use it anymore to burn wood.  It needs some repairs so I burn candles in it instead. That suits me just find because with hot flashes I don't need any additional heat sources! I do have an ambient DVD that  I can play on my TV that plays the sounds of a burning fire put without the heat! I play that in the winter when we have friends and family over! Its great - no heat, chopping wood, or ash to carry outside!
Hope you are all staying warm today. It's a brisk 7 degrees here is eastern Iowa! BRRRRRR! But my hotflahses love it! ;D

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

Advent Poinsettia from Wee Folk

Good Morning, All!!! It is a very, very cold morning here in Eastern Iowa ... only 9 degrees with a wind chill of 1 degree. A good day for thermal underwear! My kitties have decided its pointless to ask to go out on the porch as mom just isn't paying the heating bill out there and it is cold enough to freeze tails off!

This morning I wanted to share with you a lovely "FREE" wool applique poinsettia pattern from WEE FOLK! It is a lovely, bright and fun blog. There is even a large section of free patterns of things like gnome and dollhouse accessories, toys, kids crafts, apparel, household, and tutorials.  Whenever I need a smile, I browse around this blog. It is so bright and happy. If you have a spare moment today, take a break and head on over to this sweet blog!

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

Giveaway Items, Gift Item, Homemade Christmas

Deck the Halls
with Mounds of Catnip!

Well, its been awhile since I've posted but I have enjoyed visiting all of your blogs with pictures of your holiday decorating and holiday activities. Honestly, some of you make my head spin (but in a good way!!)!  I am keeping it very simple this year because: #1 - simple is good; #2 - don't have as much time this year to put into decorating; #3 - my fibromyalgia is acting up so I only have so much energy and it needs to be divided up between work, home, and other things. If you're up to spending a few minutes with me, I will show you some of my decorations, kitties, and the giveaway items I won from Debbie at Woolen Sails!
First a few pictures of my kitties. The first picture is Louie and my son-in-law having some bonding time. Louie has decided that he really, really likes our Ben
Next here are the wonderful Items I received from Debbie at Woolen Sails.  I've used museum sticky tape to stick her little quilt up on one of my cupboards.  The little pillow is nesting in a grain scoop next to one of my reproduction lead kitty banks, and with the red wool and green pre-cut wool pennies she gave me, I am going to make up a little Christmas penny rug for myself which I am also going to stitch the Christmas stitchery to.
I've also done a few other stitchery pieces.  One I will finish into a little tuck pillow for a shelf or dough bowl and the other I will be taking to Hobby Lobby to have them put into this old rustic frame I found.
Now for some photos of my simple Holiday decorating. Most are in natural light and a few are taken without a flash.  They are very simple as I said this year. But at night with all the other lights out and just the twinkle lights on it is still enough to give my home a little Christmas spirit! First photos are of my kitchen.  Please notice the little feather tree that was given to me by Valerie at the Wooden Acorn! The little kitty ornie buttons on the tree are my own design and the other ornies I picked up new for $1.49 at a local thrift store.
I also wanted to share a little picture of myself in 1960 posing with St. Nicholas from when my family and I lived in Italy.  Inside the little bag that Santa gave me were some chocolates and hard candy.  Notice how skinny Santa is! The next pictures is a caricature of my husband as Santa drawn by his old army buddy. I love the cigar!
Well I hope you are all going to have a very Merry Christmas and Catmas! Thanks for stopping by to visit. Hope to blog again soon! .... But maybe just a little catnap first. ;D

Thursday, December 02, 2010

THANK YOU TO PUMPKIN THE CAT!

I've been away from things for a few days dealing with an awful migraine ... but enough of that! Today when I was browsing through my email and blogs, I found out that a wonderful kitty named Pumpkin was kind enough to to pick my name for a surprise gift from the nice lady she lives with! I am so excited!!!! If you would like to visit Pumpkin and Susan (her human) you can find them at Chucklebees! Susan makes some of the cutest prims around!


I also thought I send you a little humorous Christmas cheer from Straight No Chaser called the Christmas Can Can! It makes me smile every time I hear it. ENJOY!  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7E-47VmFopE

Monday, November 29, 2010

Flat Tires and Kitties

Just wondering if your Monday started out interesting? Mine did.  My car tire exploded!!! Yep, on my way to work, ran over a pair of scissors in the road (of all things). Hubby is getting it repaired as I write this. Thankfully, I was only a half hour late to work.

We had a lovely Thanksgiving (hope you all did, too!) and  a wonderful potluck at church on Sunday! Wish I could eat like that every day!!!! I have a question for all you cross stitchers out there ... do any of you know where I could find the pattern to this adorable kitty pillow? The designer was/is Kitty and Me Designs. From JCS Ornament Issue 2007. Stitched 2007 for a Christmas Ornament exchange on the Cross Stitch Crazy posting board. I'd love to find the pattern and stitch it up for myself with a little prim touch here and there.

Also, the giveaway items I won from Debbie over at Woolen Sails arrived and I will post pictures soon! They are awesome, especially the wool and wool pennies she sent in lovely prim Christmas colors.  As I write this post, it is getting darker and darker outside ... we are in for some rain/slush/snow this afternoon. Wish I was home, drinking some tea, sitting on my couch with my kitties and reading a good book! (I will be soon ... only two more hours at work to go!).  Well, I'm signing off for today. Hope you've had a good day and don't forget to visit my sidebar for some new giveaways!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

NEW COUNTRY SAMPLER GIVEAWAY

Feather your primitive nest with this assortment of handpainted fabric birds, old-fashioned lighting and more!Winner will receive an assortment of handpainted fabric birds, a fragrant jar candle, an electric taper in a metal holder and a striped towel provided by The Old Granary proprietor JoAnn Gilchrest, whose home is featured in Country Sampler’s January 2011 issue. Deadline for enteries is February 1, 2011.  Good luck to all!! Click here to enter!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

ANOTHER FANTASTIC HOLIDAY GIVEAWAY!!!

Please head on over to Thumbleprims Studio! This is an amazing giveaway I'd like you all to know about.  Hurry, hurry the deadline for entries is midnight on December 6th.  Good luck to us all!

Monday, November 22, 2010

FREE PENNY RUG PATTERN!!!

I hope you all had a great weekend! Mine was very restful! But before I go any further with today's blog I have to share a picture of my kitty, Nicky.  Nicky loves wool, he loves balls of thread, he loves all my craft pens, he loves rolling in freezer paper, and most of all he loves yarn!  We came home to find him curled up in one of my daughter's knitting projects ... doesn't he look absolutely content!!! He is also a kitty who loves to sleep on his back with his feet in the air ... its hilarious!


I had a great surprise in the mail too! Valerie from the Wooden Acorn sent me, as a gift, a lovely feather tree.  I had admired the one on her blog that she had decorated! What a sweet lady to do this.  I hope you'll take a minute and visit her at her blog.  Anyway, I was inspired to design some ornaments for my new feather tree.  Of course, they had to be about cats!  I had some kitty buttons on hand and here is the first one I made.  I have another type of button that says "Meow."  I might make some of these to sell, too.!



And now for the free pattern I promised! This is my own little design I call "Snow Flurries" that I thought up this weekend.  I've listed my finished one on eBay.  All you need is some nice thick wool, some iridescent beads, and some snowflake buttons (I purchased mine on eBay and I'll list the store at the end of the tutorial) or you could stitch your own.


1.  First trace an 8" circle on freezer paper and iron it onto the wool you will use for your top layer and cut out.
2. Next trace an 8" circle on fusible web and iron it onto the wool you will use for your bottom layer and cut out.
3. Now for the penny circles ... trace eight 1 1/2" circles onto fusible web and iron onto your wool and cut out.
4. Remove fusible web from your penny circles, space evenly on your top wool layer and iron into place.
5. Sew penny circles to top layer using DMC perle cotton thread (No. 8) using a blanket stitch.
6. Sew snowflake buttons onto penny circles.
7. Sew beads onto buttons and around buttons.
8. Now its time to add the bottom layer of wool! CAREFULLY, iron the front and back pieces of wool together being very careful not to scorch or melt the beads or buttons.
9. Now, using a double thickness of DMC perle cotton thread (No. 8) finish your penny rug by sewing the front and back pieces of wool together using a blanket stitch!
10. Carefully, iron out any wrinkles and use a lint brush to pick up any strays threads or wool bunnies and you are finished and ready to display your penny rug.
11.  Please feel free to use this pattern for crafting and selling, but remember it is copyrighted by Cat Tales and please give me credit if you sell this product on line. You are not permitted to sell this pattern.
12.  If you would like to purchase the snowflake novelty buttons at the site I did, please contact me!

I hope you will send me pictures of your finished penny rug!!!!  Happy crafting and give your kitties a treat for me today! :)

Friday, November 19, 2010

Hudson's Holidays is having a TREMENDOUS GIVEAWAY!!!

You don't want to miss this one! This is a great giveaway from Shirley Hudson over at HUDSON'S HOLIDAYS! She is giving away four, count 'em, four of her fantastic CD's filled with her great artwork and patterns. So rush on over and get in on the fun!!!! Also, have a great weekend. Oh, and BTW, your kitties all told me they would like you to make them a new little catnip mousie from some of your scraps this weekend! Smiles and kitty kisses.