Thursday, September 3, 2009

The only real cat is a gray cat. -Lucy Maud Montgomery

Not much sewing has happened around here this week. I’ve been feeling unwell since the weekend and have mostly been lying on the couch willing myself to feel better. I haven’t been feeling quite as bad for the last two days, but I think I’m still recovering my strength. I’ve been doing some watercolours (and knitting a bit too) to fill in my spare time since it’s something that I can do while sitting/lying down and doesn’t require a lot of physical effort. It’s actually been kind of fun and calming.

I had some sad news on Tuesday night; my Mum called in the evening to say that she had taken Smokey (our cat) to the vet, and the vet said that he had had a seizure and was very ill, so my Mum had to put him down. I’m very sad, we’ve had him for 11 years and he was such a pretty, friendly cat. He was beautiful gray Blue Point Himalayan, and his eyes were gold with flecks of green. He used to come and sit on my stomach when I was sick to keep me company, and he had the sweetest way of purring when he wanted food. Oh, and ya, he could read! I remember this one time when I was sitting in a chair reading with him on my lap, he was scanning the pages and when I turned to the next page he reached out his paw, turned it back, scanned the bottom of the last page, and then flipped it again to the next page. I loved him a lot and I really miss him. Unfortunately I don’t have any pictures of him to share with you because they are all either on my broken computer, or in print form.

I finished sewing all 16 buttons on the new pillow covers last Friday. I based the pattern on the envelope style covers that were on my original pillows, and then also down-scaled the pattern I made to fit the pillows that were on Alex’s couch. When we moved in together he had one brown couch with brown pillows, and I had one white loveseat with black and white pillows. We figured it would make the living room a bit more cohesive if the pillows on the couch matched.

The darker spots and flowers on the pillows are not black, but rather a chocolate brown. We have sage green walls which actually look a bluey-grey at certain points of the day, so we figured this fabric would go nicely.

I made a really cute fabric bracelet this morning and button earrings last week. Unfortunately all of the pictures I took turned out bad and now it is too dark too take more. If I can get some good ones done in the next little bit, I’ll put them up. By the way do you like my new blog header? I got the idea from Vanessa over at V and Co.

I’ve been trying to come up with some ideas of where I could try selling my handmade items or how I could advertise that I can do commissions (for quilts, etc). If anyone has any ideas, I’d love to hear them!


  1. Love the header! And your story about your cat turning the page is...heart-rending!

  2. The pillows are gorgeous, Kaye! Wow!

    That is so cute about your cat scanning the pages, I am sorry to hear he had to be put down.

    And I agree with Vanessa, the new blog header is fab!