feline friday has heart

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERALoki was kind enough to be a model this week for my new crocheted catnip stuffed heart for my Etsy shop. Isn’t he generous?

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to pin or not to pin?

I have to admit that when Pinterest came out, I didn’t quite “get it”. I’ve been using an internet based service to bookmark and tag things I found interesting for years, so I wasn’t quite sure what all the fuss was about with pinning.

Slowly but surely, as more people joined the platform, I got it. The same thing that I was doing with pictures I had ripped out of magazines and catalogs was now digital. I could create visual boards of inspiration from hundreds of different sources without much effort whatsoever.

nature inspired color palette pin: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/25966135326144178/

Pinterest still gets some mixed reviews, and some hilarious ones where people try to recreate what they’ve seen done on a pin and it turns out fabulously wrong. I’ve heard of people having “pin envy” or “pin depression” because they think that being a DIY goddess happens overnight and feel like failures for not being creative.  My strategy? I typically only pin things that I could feasibly do/cook/buy. This means reading the descriptions and checking out the recipes before I even bother pinning it. If something sounds too complicated for my skillset I typically just pass over adding it to a board. 

I think the only problem that I’ve encountered with Pinterest is that I get very hungry when looking at all the amazing recipes! On the plus side, I’ve found some awesome ones and short cuts that have saved me time and money.  And if I ever run out of things to cook among my recipe books, I’ll always have a place to turn to for some amazing alternatives.

grilled cheese heaven with avocado: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/25966135326119530/

So if you’re new to Pinterest, feel free to check out what I’ve pinned! What are you swooning over on there?

little happy homemaker

You would think that being a writer I’d be spamming you with new posts on a daily basis. Well, my friends, that is simply not the case (as you can readily see). It seems like during the spring and summer I tear into project in the house full gusto, but once the months turn chillier and the daylight hours grow shorter, I’m completely content to settle in with a good book and try to destress from work.

Halloween was boring at our house this year. I’ve been working crazy hours so the pumpkins and fall leaves and other assorted decorations didn’t get put out, save for our candy holder. Oh, and I dressed like a peacock for the day.

2013-10-31 09.41.54Now, the Man made fun of me, as he was taking the picture because the running joke is that our house is the “Where’s Waldo?” of peacocks and it’s scary that I could throw this together. But in my defense, the scarf is from my sister-in-law, the pin was my grandmother’s, and no peacock is complete without the rocking headband my aunt Susan gave me a few years ago. Needless to say I was one sassy admission coordinator on Halloween.

2013-10-31 15.54.52And oh yeah – I’m a LOSER so I did my nails turquoise too. The best part of Halloween was the card we got from Aunt Susan, which TOTALLY looks like Loki (if you could get him to sit still).

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Then there was feline Friday where I totally failed at posting a picture of one of my fur-babies BUT… it was for a good reason. I was finishing a crocheting project for a friend!

2013-11-03 12.04.34It’s a bunny buddy blanket that I pieced together from, oh, 4 different patterns to create. And Luna was more than willing to model it for me.

Then the weekend commenced and so did crazy errand running, and of course fall cooking! The day started out with the Man and I going to an estate sale which was boring but we each scored a good book to read. After he went to bed (he works nights still… ugh) I made two loaves of meatloaf (one to eat, one to freeze) with a honey/ketchup/Worcestershire sauce glaze, roasted cauliflower and potatoes with garlic and Parmesan, and cornbread on Saturday for dinner.

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I also threw a loaf of Italian herb bread in the machine yesterday, and made two loaves of butter bread today, one of which is on the cooling rack at the moment. And then, of course, I cleaned my house like a crazy person and did about 5 loads of laundry.

I know my cats get a little frisky/crazy this time of year and love running aimlessly around the house. I kind of feel like I did the same thing this weekend. Good thing because it’ll burn off all the yummy carbs I cooked.

Hope you all had a fabulous fall weekend!

 

 

feline friday presents midnight

If you haven’t noticed, things have been a little quiet on the blog recently. That’s because I have been crocheting my little fingers off in preparation for participation in my first every craft fair! So, today you don’t get a “real” cat picture, but I will share with you my newest edition to my Etsy shop – Midnight!

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With the temperatures dropping and all the pumpkin spice accouterments in every coffee shop, fall seems like it’s in full swing. So if you’re in need of a crocheted pumpkin or a black cat like Midnight, feel free to drop by my Etsy shop!

feline friday patriotic style

No pictures of kitties today, but instead, a pic of a treat I made for them in honor of July 4th.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAPatriotic catnip balls! I think what I love most about making these (and I rarely make them for my own cats, mostly just my Etsy customers) is that you can use all those tiny amounts of leftover yarn because these really don’t take much at all.

For a limited time, I’ll be selling these as a custom order for just $5.00 and free shipping! Check out my Etsy shop to order yours today.

Hope everyone had a fun and safe July 4th!!!

feline friday guest kitties!

It’s the bitter end of a crazy long Friday for me, but it’s still Feline Friday! This week, we have our first guest kitties!  Our guest kitties this week belong to Sarah from Sometimes I Swirl. A few weeks ago, I sent some catnip toys to Conn and Lily, and apparently they were very happy recipients!

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Lily and Conn

There were some head-to-head negotiations in picking the toys.

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And the catnip balls have been well loved.

20130424_075208Conn is a specialist in capture and mauling apparently. It’s just nice to know that the kitties loved what was IN the box as much as the box!

Hope everyone had a fabulous week! I’m looking forward to a long weekend of cleaning and spray painting!

itsy etsy

While I haven’t been doing a lot of home renos lately (unless you count tearing apart the gardens!) I have continued with my crocheting! It may be small, but my Etsy is growing! I have been enjoying taking photos of my creations, but it’s hard to time the best light in my house to show my critters off.  With just a simple PHD (push-here-dummy) digital camera, positioning and natural light are key.

Excitingly, I recently received this in my email:

etsy first saleI could not possibly have been more elated when I received the email.  Sometimes I wonder what I’m sitting here cramping my fingers for at night as I sew on eyes and noses and tails.  Sure it’s amusing to see Luna and Loki try to stick their heads in the container of catnip, but the satisfaction of having my first (hopefully happy!) customer was overwhelming.

So one critter at a time, my crocheting will continue!

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