I have never "raised" kittens before, and this has really been a delightful experience. Watching them grow, play (lots of play) and develop their own little personalities has been so much fun. They can be quite naughty at times. My hooked rugs are really taking a beating, and today I noticed that the top of the little waxy looking candle bulbs have been bitten off!! Those things are expensive! Even little Charlotte, the calico, who was the shyest of the bunch, now loves to be held and made over. The first picture is all 5 kittens cuddled up with Punkin. He hissed at them at first, but now everyone loves the kittens.
And who says cats and dogs are enemies? They all adore Oliver, my spaniel, and the feeling is mutual. Here is Petunia kneading and "nursing" on Oliver.
Oliver with three kittens... His eyes are always big like this.
Three kitties on their condo, they are looking up at a moth that I just accidentally let in.
What enormous ears!!
I've been busy making some little pincushions lately. Since they are so small, I can always find somewhere to put them. Here is a little tin pincushion with threads from ebay that I super glued on top of a vintage pewter candlestick. Also, a pincushion that I made out of an antique silver sugar bowl that was my great, great grandmothers. The bottom had rotted off long ago. On the right is a little button roll designed by Stacy Nash, and a little square pincushion made from an orphan quilt block and old button
I have finished a really cool sewing box project by Brenda Gervais that uses a repurposed Whitman's sampler box. I love how it turned out. The directions called for antiqueing the paint with shoe polish, of which I had none, so I used watered down burnt umber paint applied with a hunk of quilt batting. I think it looks almost like a wood box, don't you?
Here is the inside of the box. It is lined with with an old yellowed DMC ad that I found at an antique store for $1. There are several pages left to use for other projects. Inside are some antique bone buttons, vintage scissors with sampler scissor weight, vintage measuring tape and threads, and some old crochet. You can see the paint treatment on the box better in this picture.
The sewing box project has a matching pincushion. There is also a super neat huswife that I have finished the stitching but is not yet put together. Surrounded by a few old oil cans awaiting a make-do. Also shown is a strawberry pincushion. My filler of choice...poodle hair! It is actually poodle wool, just like lambs wool.
And finally, here is a sampler that I really love. It is Frances Jewkes, out of an old SANQ magazine. It is special to me as I stitched it on actual antique linen, and boy was that a chore, but I love the looks of it. Enlarge to read the wonderful verse!
That's all for now...