Sunday, April 29, 2012

Card #2: Four Cats

Four Cats
Here is another card I made using my Cuttlebug Embossing Folders.  I love the way this one turned out.  It is a happy card that could be used for any occassion.

Supplies I used....

The Paper Source Card Stock
Copic Markers

Memento Stamp Pads
  • Bahama Blue
  • Pear Tart
  • Tuxedo Black
Hero Arts LL078 Cat Portriats
Sizzix Dotted Flower Rings

Friday, April 27, 2012

Card #1: Sunflower Friend


Well, I have been at it again.  Crafting instead of cleaning.  LOL

So this is my first card in a very long time.  I saw this technique on You Tube and just had to try it. 

Here is the website and information on my inspiration. It is StampTV and I would highly recommend it to all the stampers out there.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xXque5puCMI&feature=relmfu


I did have a new purchase after viewing this video.  I decide to invest in a Cuttlebug.  Fortunately, Hobby Lobby had a 40% off coupon this week so that made the decision to purchase even easier.  I have used one before and really did like it for embossing paper.

So here is my version of distressing a patterned paper.

Sunflower Friend

I love to make distress cards.  There really is no wrong way to distress something.  If you don't like it you just keep working with it till you do.  This one was quick and easy to do.

This is how I made my card.....

I picked out a patterned paper which had a vintage look to it.  I am sorry I don't still have the package to tell you the brand name.  But here is a picture of it.  There is a bit on ink on it around the edges but it gives you an idea of what it started out looking like.
I first ran the patterned paper through my Cuttlebug using the 'Flower Clusters' Embossing Folder by Sizzix. I then took the paper and using two Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pads; aged it.  Using first the 'Weatherwood' and working in a circular pattern,  I lightly inked the entire surface of the paper leaving places untouched by the ink and inking more heavily in other places.  I was careful not to apply to much pressure to ensure the ink stayed on the embossed areas only.  This really made the embossing pop.  To give it a more aged look, I took the Tea Dye and working in the same circular motion added color to the edges and a few places in the middle.  When the paper had the look I wanted I trimmed it to size.  The accidentally boarder which I call it happen because the paper was cut slightly larger than the embossing folder.  When put through the Cuttlebug it made this nice wrinkling effect which when after ink was applied too was gorgeous.  

I decided not to mess with fate and left it.  I think it really adds something to the card.  It just goes to show you never know what is going to happen when you craft.  The best things sometimes come out accidentally.   

For the card base, I used Brown Kraft Card.  These are pre-made cards that already have a score for folding.  It was quick and easy since I was mainly concentrating on the embossing and aging of the patterned paper.

I use these a lot on my aged cards to give a earthy feel and keep them on hand so I don't always have to cut and score the base of my card. My mother hates them but I think some of my best cards have been on these.

To adhere the background to the card base, I used a glue runner and made sure to smooth out the wrinkles caused by the embossing.  I also had to trim the card base down to match the background.  It made for a smaller card but still a nice size.

Next, I picked a solid piece of green card stock to be the background for the stamped image.  The color I chose complemented the ink colors on the patterned paper.  I used the Spellbinders Grand Nestabilities smallest oval to cut the shape.  

Web Surf Break----------OK...so I went out to get the link and was sidetracked LOL It is a great site and there is a big selection of these to chose from.  They also have an Idea Gallery with lots of great ideas.

These little dies are wonderful and although they are pricey they are well worth it.  This is another item I learned about on StampTV (which I am now addicted to...LOL...and blame for my recently spending spree LOL).   I would suggest purchasing when they are on sell or with a coupon to help with the cost.  I got mine at Hobby Lobby.  The set of six was $49.99 and they were on sale 30% off.  Pretty good deal. Now back to the card.

For the centerpiece, I chose Rubber Stampede Inc. #A1663H Sunflower.  This is one of my favorite stamps and I thought it went well with the theme of the background.

I tend to work from the ground up on most of my cards getting the base, background and border color done then picking a stamp to compliment it.  I have worked the other way also but this is usually when I have purchased new stamps that I can't wait to use.

I chose to use Watercolor paper to stamp my image on.  I use this a lot for my stamps because I really like the texture of it and the markers and watercolors blend really well on it.  It also can take a lot of abuse.  The thickness of the paper also add dimension to the card.  I used the Tea Dye stamp pad for the image.

After letting the image dry for a few minutes.  I used my Copic Markers to color the sunflowers and watercolors to do the leaves.  I used watercolors on the leaves because I wanted the sunflower to pop with the leaves being more muted.  I again used my Spellbinders die to cut the oval this time using the next smaller one from the one used previously.  I also used them to emboss the edges of both ovals.  

Since I was making this for my best friend at work, I stamped 'Friend' on the front. 

I had promised her at work that day she would get the first one I made.  Yes, I have her addicted to StampTV also.

With this complete, I decided to add a embellishment.  I chose ribbon because it add depth and texture to the card without over powering the stamped image.  I had this piece left over from another project and it matched perfectly.  

No, I never throw anything away. You just never know when you might be able to use it...LOL

I used a glue runner to adhered it to the card.  It was cut slightly larger than the card base so once I had it on the card I simply trimmed the edges.  I again used the glue runner to adhere the stamped image to the card centering it in the green oval.

I was pretty happy with the way this one turned out and my friend was delighted to receive it at work the next day.  I do intend to use this wonderful technique again and would recommend you try it also.........

Supplies I used:

Brown Kraft Paper Card Stock
Green Card Stock [DCWV Adhesive Mat Stack Neutrals]
Patterned Paper
100 lb Watercolor Paper [Canson Aquarelle]
Green Checked Ribbon [RibbonFX from Hobby Lobby]

Tim Holtz Distress Ink   (I absolutely love his products.....)
  • Tea Dye
  • Weathered Wood
Copic Markers
  • Y08-Acid Yellow
  • Y35-Maize
  • Y02-Canary Yellow
Rubber Stampede Inc Stamp A1663H 'Sunflower'
The Paper Studio 'Everyday Expressions Stamps
Sizzix Embosser Folder 'Flower Clusters'
Spellbinders Grand Nestabilities Oval





Monday, April 23, 2012

Blog Beautification

Hello!

Did some work on making my Blog more my personality.  Thanks to Shabby Blogs I now have a more attractive site.  You should check it out they have some great stuff.  I hope you enjoy the changes. 

I also added a widget for my newly opened Etsy Store.  Only one item so far but hope to get more in soon.  As with all new things the learning curve is painful.  I really feel lucky just to get the store setup and one item listed.  LOL  The process was fairly easy but still time consuming once you have to setup your profile, etc.  My OCD probably didn't help either.  LOL

Was a crazy weekend of sorting craft stuff.  I found stuff I didn't even remember owning.  LOL Of course, not all is put in the proper places yet but do have most of it sorted out.  Still think I have one box of stuff in one of my other closets but gave out before it got brought upstairs and sorted.

This has room remodel has been a loooonnnggg process.  Just think it all started with a desk.  LOL

Now I am sitting here typing away to you when I should be in bed because tomorrow is a work day and I am so going to regret staying up so late.  0600 will come before I know it so going to make this a short one tonight......


Saturday, April 21, 2012

First Craft Project - Mini Book

Well, I finally did it! Got to craft in my newly remodeled craft room!

Is it completely cleaned up and organized? NO!  LOL  I just simply could wait no longer.  I had found a Mini Book Tutorial will surfing Pinterest one day and it has been on my mind ever since.  I knew this would be my first project in my newly remodeled craft room. 

Here is the website and information on my inspiration. I would highly recommend this blog if you are interested in bookbinding.

http://www.ruthbleakley.com/blog/2011/09/mini-book-photo-tutorial/


I made my prototype using these instructions.  It came out OK but was a definitely a learning experience in the need for planning ahead on this project.  Once you figure out the basics this is fun and easy to do

So here is my prototype. 

Prototype (Front)
Prototype (Back)
I used a piece of copy paper and some origami paper to make it.  It helps me to make a prototype when I am doing something I have never done before.  It is also good for helping you decide what stamps to use and the color schemes.

Some of the valuable lessons learned while doing this one was that an even number of pages works best.  It helps with the layout and how the book opens and presents itself. 

Also, you pretty much are limited to the size of paper on how long your book is so plan accordingly.  At the time, I didn't like how this one laid out but now in hindsight looking at the picture the page layout does appear to work.  Sometimes, you have to step back and take a look at something with fresh eyes.   

If you plan to do any coloring with markers, etc. on your stamps; the thinner paper will cause a bleed through on the paper and show on the back side of the book.  You can see this in the picture of the back. 

My OCD will not allow this. LOL

Now with the prototype finished it was much easier for me to plan my next move.

I have always been partial to the distressed look and armed with a new pad of paper from 7 Gypsies, I set out to make a distressed version.

My Little Distressed Book (Front Cover)
THE PLAN: Because the paper I was using was only 8X8, I had to limit myself to four pages.  Two would be the inside pages for the front and back book covers and two would be the middle.  The paper I picked was interesting because one side was lines like a journal page and the back side had some floral which I though made a nice front and back book cover.  I loved the way the boxed stamps looked from my prototype so I picked two that match the theme of my book which was 'Thinking of You'.  Also, liking the way the mixed words on the prototype turned out, I elected to use that technique on the inside page of the front and back covers. 
My Little Distressed Book (Inside Pages)
IMPLEMENTATION: I first measure the height of the boxed stamp, cut the paper just a little wider and folded my paper forming the four pages.  Cutting and folding prior to stamping makes it easier to align the stamps correctly on the page.  Also, to help see the folds I distressed the edges which added a nice touch to the book while helping me with stamp placement. This is especially important if you are stamping different images on each page. 

With the pages now cut and folded, I decided to stamp my mixed words for the inside cover pages directly on the paper itself.  I did of course do a test stamp on some scrap paper to make sure the words stood out well with the background.  My OCD again. LOL Using the Sepia ink to stamp them matched perfectly with the background and they were clear as a bell.  I also added some flowers and heart stamps randomly on the middle pages to give them a little character.   

Now for the main stamps on the middle pages, I chose to stamp on a piece of parchment paper first.  This made little panels and would add some dimension to the page.  It would also alleviated the bleed through problem when I colored the stamp image.  Whew, one problem solved. LOL  To distress the edges of the panel, I used the Memento and Color Box ink by stamping some of the both colors on some wax paper then with a small piece of crumbled up wax paper began distressing the edge of the parchment paper.  I also used my Copic makers to add some color to the stamped images.  When I was happy with the look I adhered the stamped panels to the book pages with a glue runner.  Using this instead of regular glue kept the pages from warping. 

The covers were made from some cardboard I had from one of my paper packages.  For the book covers, I simply choose some of the interesting parts of the paper I was using and adhered it to the cardboard with glue.  I then attached the book pages to the front and back cover with runner tape.  I tied the cover together using twine and added a heart charm to embellish it with. 

The final results I think are incredible and I already have ideas for making some more of these cute little books!  This was a fun project and I would recommend you try it!
My Little Distressed Book (Front)

My Little Distressed Book (Back)

The supplies I used:
  • 7 Gypsies 'Lille' Paper
  • Southworth Fine Parchment Paper
  • Archival Ink-Sepia
  • Memento Stamp Pads-Dandelion and Rhubarb Stalk
  • Color Box Stamp Pad-Bronze
  • Twine
  • Cardboard from back a package of paper
  • Heart Charm
  • Copic Pen Colors
    • Y08-Acid Yellow
    • Y02-Canary Yellow
    • BV02-Prune
    • R24-Prawn
    • G21-Lime Green
  • Stamps

Monday, April 16, 2012

Craft Room Makeover Continues

Hello All!

Knee deep in craft stuff.  While some progress has been made, I still have a loooonnnng way to go before I can start card making again.  The last part of my desk arrived last week.  I have never been so sick of cardboard boxes and Styrofoam in my whole life.  LOL  It will takes weeks to get it all put out for the trash.  Although, I think my Mom gets some pleasure out of cutting up boxes.  Not sure it might be therapy.  ; )

I am so ready to craft and have already picked out my first project but I am determined to get the room more organized before beginning out of fear I won't finish. 

I have areas now designated for ongoing projects. 

Lego Area The small desk I just received is dedicated to my Lego building.  I have all my spare parts, blocks, instruction book, etc all together in one place.  I have found some really cool ways to organize all the instruction manuals.  Which I found, of course, on Pinterest.  LOL Check it out!
http://meredithanderic.blogspot.com/2011/12/more-lego-ocd.html

All boxes are neatly stored in the attic in case I decide to resale any of them in the future.  Some of the prices on Ebay for Lego sets is astounding. 

This area of course is still a work in progress.  I currently have a Lego set underway but sadly it to has been put on hold. 

Lego 10197 Fire Brigade.

I have the first floor done.  I love these modular building that Lego puts out now.  I would recommend them highly to any Lego fan.  I have built several others which I am sure I will share with everyone later.

Back to the craft room, my second area is my Computer Area which is setup with my computer, scanner and printer and will be my Genealogy research area for working on my family tree.  This project has been underway for about a year.  I have recently been on hiatus from working on it but with the 1940 Census coming out this month I am planning on getting back to work on it soon.  This area will also serve all my area to fulfill my Pinterest addiction and general web surfing

The third area, is my large craft table which will be used for Cutting Area where I will be able to keep my paper cutters, die cutter, punch, etc.  All those things you can't do sitting down.  I absolutely love my table.  The top folds out of both side to make one huge table or can be folded on one side or the other to make a smaller table.  When not in use both side fold up so it is about the size of a large sofa table.  I got it at Staples years ago and sadly they no longer carry it. 

Staples Apothecary Flip-Top Project Table, Mahogany Finish - Crafted from wood and wood veneers with a mahogany finish. One storage drawer and two leaves (with retractable supports) that fold out for additional workspace Open: 36"H x 48"W x 48"D 
Closed: 36-7/8"H x 48"W x 24"D
The last area will be Craft Area which I will use as my main work area for construction of cards, stamping all of the those things you can do sitting down (the best part).  I love stamping and using various methods for coloring the picture once it is stamped.  I will try anything once.  LOL  I love using watercolors whether it be pencils or the old fashion water color sets.  I will use markers, Copic markers, chalk pencils, etc. I do embossing or stamping with bleach.  I just depends on what fancies me at the moment.  

This is the area that still has the most mess left.  I have so much stuff that have accumulated over the years I am not even sure what I have anymore.  So in the interest of organization, I am trying to go through everything and organize what I want to keep and trash what I don't need anymore.  

As you can tell, this will be a long painful process.  LOL : (

It is probably about time for another Kitty Story also.  My next cat was Penny Renee'.  She was the best thing I ever got at Target.  LOL  Stay tuned for more..............

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Working on Craft Room


Been busy, busy, busy remodeling my craft room....

Just got a wonderful desk from Pottery Barn.  Received first four pieces Thursday and second four yesterday.  Still one to go and wouldn't you know the most important piece is the last to come.  The corner desktop.   LOL  :P

The new desk choice happened very quickly and very unexpectedly.  I have been looking for some time to replace the folding tables I am currently using and to give me the workspace I needed and the organization for my supplies my OCD demands.  

I can truly blame this purchase on my hair lady, Bettina.  LOL 

The last time I was getting my hair done, she told me that I should check out Pinterest.  I told her that I had never heard of it before.  Oh, you will love it she says!  You must check it out!  They have all kinds of nail art she goes on to say.  I will just send you an invite she helpfully adds.  Well, needless to say one visit and I was addicted!  How fun is it to surf the web without needing to do all the work.  LOL  I found so many cute things to craft, etc. I was hooked!!!! I find myself flipping through those wonderful PIN's all the time. I will wake up in the night to use the restroom and take a smoke and find myself scrolling through the pages.  (That is just plain crazy!) Note to self -- be sure to thank Bettina for my dark circles during the day!

Needless to say, I ran across a PIN to the most wonderful craft room.  It was so me!  Everything organized right down to the labels.  (I love label makers!)  It had a place for everything and everything was in its place.  I thought I had gone to heaven.  My OCD is so strong that when my friend comes over to craft she is afraid of which scissors is the paper scissors and putting things up totally puts her in a panic.  (And this was when my craft room was in my kitchen/dinning room. So you can imagine if I had a dedicated craft room.)  She will also tell everyone about this too. What are friends for? :)

The website that I got my inspiration from is:

P.S.    She has a wonderful blog you should check it out.

This room is going to be the template to mine.  She describes all the furniture and items she uses in her room wonderfully right down to links to the items. Who wouldn't drool over her set of COPIC markers.  These are the best markers I have ever found for colorizing your stamped images. 

The more I looked at these pictures the more I wanted the desk and this room!  So out comes the measuring tape and the "Thinking/Planning Phase" began.  LOL  I must say sometimes this phase of new furniture purchase can take months to complete. I think a lot before purchasing because once I buy something I will keep it forever.  I am not good with change and don't rearrange my furniture once it is in place.  But the more I looked at this desk the more I loved it so off to Pottery Barn to check it out in person.  The moment I set eyes on it I knew it was for me.....


The Bedford Collection

Came home that night and ordered the rectangle desktop, corner desktop and four cabinets (two open shelves, one CPU Cabinet and one three drawer).  The "Do I Have the Money to Buy This Phase" was really short.  Hey, it is on sale and they are giving you a discount on delivery.  Also the icing on the cake, with their credit card you get no interest for 12 months.  How great is that!!!! Can't pass up a good deal.  LOL

Delivery was scheduled for Thursday on the first pieces and Friday for the second delivery.  Fortunately for me, I was struck Thursday morning with a severe sinus headache causing me to be forced to call in sick to work.  LOL  Having already scheduled Friday off for hair appt (at which time I was going to discuss with Bettina her guilt in all of this!) would leave me a nice long weekend to play in my craft room.  Still the fate of the Corner Desktop hung in the ballots.  It was back order and was scheduled to ship on Thursday but it had shipped a day ahead of schedule so was hoping it would arrive on Friday.  

When first pieces arrived, I knew I had made the right choice.  I love furniture you don't have to assemble!  LOL  It was built sturdy and will last for a lifetime.  The second delivery reinforced that I had indeed made the correct choice but unfortunately while the corner desktop did make it into town on Friday it had to spend the weekend at UPS.  : (

As the pieces started to arrive, the next problem was getting them to my craft room which is a bonus room over my garage.  I rose from my "death bed" and enlisted my Mom for the move.  (My boyfriend being conveniently at work!)  That is when I realized I am not as young as I use to be and it is embarrassing to be out worked by your 75+ year old mother.  LOL  We did manage to get it all upstairs with a lot of break in between pieces working both Thursday and Friday.  (Could have used supplementary oxygen!).  Note to self -- need to smoke less, go on a diet and get more exercise!

So for now, craft room is still a work in progress Corner desktop will come on Monday.  Room is a mess can hardly get the remote to change the channel on the cable box.  Unfortunately, I will have to go to work on Monday too.  But my Mom and my devious little minds are already working on a planned emergency call that I of course will need me to come home early.  LOL

It is amazing how something like a new desk can put in the the best frame of mind.  

Will keep you updated on status and include pictures when I get done.  

I did tell Bettina what she had done and her response was "Your Welcome!" and she giggled.  I now also blame her for my Pottery Barn addiction!  But I didn't forgive her after all she is a wonderful hair stylist and she often has scissors really close to my hair.  LOL

I should also mention, I am considering buying another set to go with my desk.  They also have a small desktop that goes with this collection.  LOL : )

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Letter to Cats

I received this in a forward today.  Not really sure where it originated but it was too funny not to share.

FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO HAVE PETS, THIS IS A TRUE STORY. FOR THOSE THAT DON'T, IT IS A TRUE STORY.

The following was found posted very low on a refrigerator door.

Dear Dogs and Cats:
The dishes with the paw prints are yours and contain your food.
The other dishes are mine and contain my food.
Placing a paw print in the middle of my plate and food does not stake a claim for it becoming your food and dish, nor do I find that aesthetically pleasing in the slightest.

The stairway was not designed by NASCAR and is not a racetrack.
Racing me to the bottom is not the object.
Tripping me doesn't help because I fall faster than you can run.

I cannot buy anything bigger than a king sized bed. I am very sorry about this.
Do not think I will continue sleeping on the couch to  ensure your comfort, however.
Dogs and cats can actually curl up in a ball when they sleep.
It is not necessary to sleep perpendicular to each other, stretched out to the fullest extent possible. I also know that sticking tails straight out and having tongues hanging out on the other end to maximize space is nothing but sarcasm.

For the last time, there is no secret exit from the bathroom!
If, by some miracle, I beat you there and manage to get the door shut, it is not necessary to claw, whine, meow, try to turn the knob or get your paw under the edge in an attempt to open the door. I must exit through the same door I entered.
Also, I have been using the bathroom for years - canine/feline attendance is not required.

The proper order for kissing is:
Kiss me first, then go smell the other dog or cat's butt............... I cannot stress this enough.

Finally, in fairness, dear pets, I have posted the following message on the front door:

TO ALL NON-PET OWNERS WHO VISIT AND LIKE TO COMPLAIN ABOUT OUR PETS:

(1) They live here. You don't.
(2) If you don't want their hair on your clothes, stay off the furniture. That's why they call it 'fur'-niture.
(3) I like my pets a lot better than I like most people.
(4) To you, they are animals.  To me, they are our adopted sons/daughters who are short, hairy, walk on all fours and don't speak very clearly.

Remember, dogs and cats are better than kids because they:
(1) eat less,
(2) don't ask for money all the time,
(3) are easier to train,
(4) normally come when called,
(5) never ask to drive the car,
(6) don't smoke, drink or do drugs,
(7) don't want to wear your clothes,
(8) don't have to buy the latest fashions,
(9) don't need a gazillion dollars for college and
(10) if they get pregnant, you can sell their children ...

The Story of Priscilla Marie Louise


     The story of Pris started in 1987.  We had a funny start to our lives together.  I found her in a pet store at our local mall and she was just so cute.  When I got home from shopping just couldn't get her off my mind so I decided it was time to get my first kitty.  In all of the excitement of going back to the mall, I walk out of the house and forget my keys.  So I can't go in and I can't get in the car.  Fortunately, my mother had a set of keys so I had to call her to come let me in the house.  LOL  I was just in a panic because I was afraid someone would buy her before I got back.   

     But I did finally make it to the store and picked her up.  From day one she was spoiled rotten.  She had anything a kitten could want.  Her own fish, her own Xmas tree to roll all over the floor.....  Whether she was hanging from the light over the kitchen tape or from the curtains I was totally smitten with this little kitty.


     When I decided to have her declawed (for her own safety LOL), she of course had both her Mom and Grandma taking care of her.  She never lifted a paw during her recovery.  In fact, this is about the time she acquired her taste for McDonald's Milk Shakes.  LOL  She slept in a baby play pin and feasted on all the delicacies that came into the house.  Needless to say she was more spoiled than ever now.

     She definitely ruled the roost.  She and I over the years went through many happy and sad times.  While still young she and l lived through a baseball size hail storm, buying our first new car, buying our first house, a marriage and so much more.


     Every year on her birthday we had a party complete with cake, party hats and presents.  She always tolerated these gatherings but so learn to live with them.


     She had baskets at Easter and Halloween.  She always would pose for pictures.  LOL



     She had her own box of leaves (she wasn't allowed outside) and even a card board kitty.


     She loved to sleep in the sink.  I really think she thought she was hidden.


     She also had her own makeup brush.  She loved this thing.  She would grab it by the bristles with her teeth and throw it in the air.  It was actually kind of dangerous for things around her.  I got hit by it more than once.  LOL At times I would take it away from her but so would go to any measures to get it back.  All I had to say was where is your brushy and she would go find it. LOL


     Around 1990, when I got married she also learned her toughest lesson of all.  She was not the only kitty on the planet.  LOL  Needless to say, SHE WAS NOT A HAPPY KITTY.........

     My husband had a cat name Prudence who came to live with us and I had found a little kitten at Target one day.  So all of a sudden Pris now had not one but two step sisters.    For days, Pris would not leave the bathroom cabinet.  She growled; she hissed; she spit and sputtered.  Not only had some man moved into her home he had brought along so low class kitties that invaded her turf and had the nerve to use her litter box.

     In all her years, she seen lots of cats come and go from her house but she always knew she was Number 1 no matter what.

     She was never a cuddle cat but she was always where I was and helped me do everything I did.


     After a divorce, Pris was finally rid of the man that infested her home.  LOL  By Xmas of 2002, she had learned to be more and more tolerate of her kitty housemates.

 
     At this time, I also had one outdoor cat who had unbeknownst to me been infected with FIP from a neighbors cats who they let run outside knowing he was infected.  With this the FIP made it into the house.  Pris and several of the other kitties became infected but not symptomatic.  The cats were split up in different areas when the testing was done.  Pris and her roommates where infected as well as two of the other rooms.

     Pris being a health kitty was able to live with this to a long a happy life.  Some of my other kitties were not so lucky.  In May of 2003, the worst thing that could possible every happen was our home was hit by a F4 Tornado.  The house was severely damaged.  My ex stepped in and took in my kitties while I had the house rebuilt but Pris went to live with her Grandma.  This started a whole new level of spoiling.  LOL


     By this time, she was getting pretty old and her Grandma had made steps up to the bed and the chair and the window.  LOL Pris got served shaved ham for dinner and anything else she wanted.  She was definitely eating it up.  As the days went along, she would have good days and bad.  But she was still my Pris Marie Louise.


     In the end, she had lost her sight and was not eating so the decision every animal lover hates to make was made.  My Mom and I took her to the vet and as with all my kitties I told her the story of blue skies, trees to climb and grass to play in.  Butterflies to chase.  Safe and free for all eternity.  Never to be sick and always happy with all the can cat food she could eat.  She went to sleep in my arms; the last time I would ever be able to hold my baby.

     Pris was three months away from being 22 years old.  She was of legal catnip age and she had stayed with us as long as she could.  I still miss that girl and think of her often.  Being 22 years old was a remarkable feat considering she carried FIP, lived through a major hail storm and a tornado, and most importantly survived living with all those other cats that invaded her house.  LOL

     Her long life is also thanks to her Grandma.  She took the best care of her giving her Pepto when her stomach was upset and going to the store and buying the shaved ham when she won't eat anything else.

     I have her picture on my desk at work and at home.  She was a one of a kind cat; but then they all are.  She is buried at my Mom's house by the pond and I know I will see her again when we met in our next life.

Priscilla Marie Louise
September 3, 1987 - July 26, 2009

I stress to all animal lovers who take in cats, test for not only Feline Leukemia (FeLV) but also for Feline Infectious Peritonitis (FIP).  I never knew it existed until it was too late and I lost a lot of good kitties to the incurable disease.   

I have posted two links to information about both:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Feline_infectious_peritonitis
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Feline_leukemia_virus

Good Night! And don't let the bed bugs bite!

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Hello Blogger World!

I have thought a lot about blogging for some time now.  Not sure if anyone will read but I am getting back into my hobby of Paper Crafts.  I am a crafter at heart.  You name it I have tried it.  LOL I love card marking and am currently working on creating the supreme craft room.  That in itself is another story.  But since I have few physical beings around me to share my creations with thought I would try to find some like souls in the Internet world.  People who share my passions; who want to share their opinions of the things I make.  Hopefully along the way make some new friends!

By day I am a mild manner IT professional counting down the days to retirement.  5 years and counting!  LOL By night I am a crazy crafting cat lady.  I guess you should know that I got that name by taking in homeless cats from the warehouse that I work in.  I can't say no to a sweet little cat face.  But my cat days are coming to an end as my cats are getting older and slowly leaving me.  I now have taken on puppies.  LOL Lovely little Pomeranians who can steal your heart with a simple look.  I do plan on limiting my puppy family to what I currently have.  Getting way to old!  LOL

Some of my other interests are nail art and I am sure I will be sharing some of my creations with you as time goes by.  I am also addicted to building LEGO's.  I have loved them since childhood and will share a few of those creations from time to time.  I am definitely a collector of all things.  You can tell this cause my house is busting at the seams with collectibles.  LOL  I am also working on my family tree.  Yes, I spend a lot of time in the virtual cemeteries.  LOL 

My true loves of life is animals especially cats!  I love all animals really and have had at one time or another numerous types of pets.  From fish, turtles, birds, hamster, mice, dogs LOL You name I have had it.  

The picture I use on my blog is my first pet of my adult life.  Her name is Miss Priscilla Louise Marie.  She is gone from my physical world but I know she is still here watching over me.  Will tell you more of her story tomorrow. 

So welcome to my blog.  Hopefully, you will find something on hear to make you smile or inspire you to create!  Good Night All! Sleep tight and don't let the bed bugs bite!
It isn't the best picture but only one I have from when she was a baby.  This was 1987.