Friday, June 28, 2013

Melly gets the itch

...to travel, that is.

Every so often, I find Melly hanging out in one of the carriers. She always gives me a look that says, "Hey, can we go somewhere fun?" She's very adventurous.


Thursday, June 27, 2013

Outtakes from the Kitty Bed Photo Shoot


Thank you to those who donated to Dog-a-Thon yesterday! The challenge was met, so production on the 50 beds will begin tonight!

I thought I'd show you a closeup of the bed that was featured in yesterday's photo shoot. Normally there isn't a seam across the middle, but I made this one out of leftover pieces of fleece.


Yesterday, Isaac, Emily, and Laura left a comment asking for directions on how to make the beds. I got the pattern from Sue at Pitter Pats of Baby Cats, so I'll refer you to her step-by-step instructions. I have modified Sue's pattern a little bit, but the concept is the same. (If you have questions, just shoot me an email.) There's lots of room to be creative with these! Also, if you're just learning to sew or if you're teaching someone to sew, this is a great project since it's mostly straight lines and fleece is very forgiving. 

As promised, here are some outtakes from the pet bed photo shoot. Scarlett was not particularly pleased to have been awakened from her nap on the couch and plonked on the fleece bed, and she refused to model properly.



Melly, for whom modelling is old hat, found the photo shoot to be quite boring.


See that little corner of pink under her whiskers, by where the black fur ends? That's her tongue! I swear, she can unhinge her jaw like a snake.



Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Dog-a-Thon Challenge for the Itty Bitty Kitty Committee

Thank you all for your healing wishes, advice, and stories of cat-related casualties yesterday! Oh, the things we put up with for our cats, eh?  I was able to see my doctor yesterday, who made sure my tetanus shot was up to date and then put me on antibiotics--better safe than sorry. I have been getting a lot of strange looks at my facial wounds, and after I explain that they're cat scratches, I am inevitably asked, "But WHERE did you encounter such a vicious creature?!" Ha. It's only the cat lovers who nod understandingly when I say that the vicious creature is mine.

Anyway, on to the fun stuff!

As you probably know, Laurie over at The Itty Bitty Kitty Committee is running her annual fundraiser for the Tacoma Humane Society's Dog-a-Thon.  If you have any interest in donating, today is a great day for it because I'm doing a challenge!

The Humane Society does great work for cats, in large part with the funds raised by Laurie, and I like to support them when I can. So, I contacted Laurie over the weekend and asked her if I could do a challenge for her fundraiser. Laurie liked my idea, so I'll be making a fleece kitty bed for every $20 donated through the IBKC FUNdraising page today. (There's a cap, otherwise I'd be making beds until my fingers fell off!)  

Laurie asked for pictures of the fleece beds, but because I had neither photos nor a bed available, I quickly made a sample bed with some scrap fleece. When it was done I plopped the kitties down on it for a quick photo shoot. 

Scarlett wasn't particularly thrilled to participate, but she held still long enough for me to get a couple shots.


Melly, unsurprisingly, was more than happy to model. I did get some funny outtakes, though, which I'll share later this week.


Melly ended up enjoying the kitty bed so much that she stayed on it long after the photo shoot was done.


Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Melly and I are Not Friends

Note: the Dog-a-Thon thing has been moved to Wednesday, so check back tomorrow for more on that.

**warning: the picture below is not for the squeamish. Or the prude.**

I worked a 12-hour day yesterday, and when I got home, I stepped on a hairball as soon as I walked through the door. The evening could only get better, I thought. There was more work to do, so I made a quick dinner and tried to relax for a bit before getting started.

Please allow me to take a quick detour from this story to explain that Melly is one of the most easily-startled cats I've ever seen. She jumps out of her skin at invisible movements and inaudible noises on a regular basis. Scarlett usually watches, bemused, as Melly jumps three feet in the air for no discernible reason.

Anyway, while I was eating, Melly hopped up onto my lap. A short while later, something startled her and she suddenly twisted and clawed her way out of my lap, up my torso, and over my shoulder.

Did I mention I hadn't trimmed her claws in a while?

I look like I tried to exfoliate with a cheese grater. 

There was a claw sheath stuck through my shirt and embedded in the skin on my abdomen. The worst cut is the one on my upper lip, though. I'm sure I'll forgive Melly eventually, but I'm going to need someone to trim her claws first. 

Anyone else have good stories of wounds by cats? Any gnarly scars to show off? 



Monday, June 24, 2013

In which I slink back into the blogosphere

"Mom would like you to know that she is very sorry for being silent for most of this month. 
And I am sorry you have had to be deprived of my cuteness for such a long time. 
It must have been very difficult."


P.S. I'm doing a little something for The Itty Bitty Kitty Committee's Dog-a-Thon fundraiser tomorrow. Check it out at the IBKC blog!

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

In which Scarlett scowls

"I'm grumpy. Not for any reason. Just grumpy."

Monday, June 3, 2013