Thursday, November 28, 2013

Governor Bradford’s Thanksgiving Proclamation

Inasmuch as the great Father has given us this year an abundant harvest of Indian corn, wheat, peas, beans, squashes, and garden vegetables, and has made the forests to abound with game and the sea with fish and clams, and inasmuch as he has protected us from the ravages of the savages, has spared us from pestilence and disease, has granted us freedom to worship God according to the dictates of our own conscience.

Now I, your magistrate, do proclaim that all ye Pilgrims, with your wives and ye little ones, do gather at ye meeting house, on ye hill, between the hours of 9 and 12 in the day time, on Thursday, November 29th, of the year of our Lord one thousand six hundred and twenty-three and the third year since ye Pilgrims landed on ye Pilgrim Rock, there to listen to ye pastor and render thanksgiving to ye Almighty God for all His blessings.

–William Bradford
Ye Governor of Ye Colony

Let us not ever forget to WHOM we give thanks! 

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Weekly Deals!

It's holiday time! Yipee! My cat is happy. He knows he'll be getting some pretty cool things in his stocking in another month and a half!

I have added a Weekly Deals page to my blog here so you can check each Sunday (or Monday if I'm late!) and see what kind of specials are running the entire week. There will be anything from across the board discounts, to just a few items discounted, to anything I can think of to add in between.

Okay, Chubbs! Will do!

Be sure to check weekly! 

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Guinea Pig Slippers? You Bet!

Aren't these the cutest things you ever saw! LOL! I randomly mentioned to my sister....jokingly of course...."I want guinea pig slippers for my birthday," since my feet are always cold and it IS almost winter. 
Lo and behold - about two weeks later - straight from Monster Slippers - here they are!
She got online right away and couldn't believe she found them.
Neither could I! I'm sure my face was more than hysterical when I opened my bedroom door (because I heard her laughing so hard) and saw them sitting there.

Thank you, Mare!! 

I look like I have a new fangled snow shoe - they are SO big! But look at Tooey! He loves them too....

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Mother's Day Mama & Kitten Plush Kitties

It's almost Mother's day! 
If your mom is a cat lover, she will love this sweet pair of kitties!

And here's an original watercolor pencil kitty card to go with it!

Or how about a trio of kitties?

Also a great gift for birthdays and new moms!
Available in my Catcalls shop along with lots of other gifts for cat lovers! 

Mews & Purrs!

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Redistribution Strikes Feline Life....




Editor's note - this is a true account of a cat I know who was the victim of such treatment. He now understands the meaning of "there is no rest for the weary."

May your 'mines' remain yours so you can share what is yours when you have a mind to....

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Imagining Spring Into Existence: My Process

February is when I start to think about gardening. It’s the time of year when daylight hours are noticeably longer and we start to stir from winter’s hibernation. It’s easier to get up in the morning and easier to drive home at night from work. And didn’t that infamous eternal groundhog Punxsutawney Phil predict an early spring?

The energy the sun exudes cannot be underestimated! It always awakens a fresh hope and anticipation of expectation and I find myself overrun with ideas as the days grow longer.

I recently went out and took some pictures of my property where I intend on doing some landscaping this year. This particular spot is about 10 by 15 feet. I began to imagine myself sitting here in the warmer months and drawing, bird watching, or even napping! I love color and texture and natural fragrances, and pretty soon I was inside a lovely little world of herbs and flowers!

I printed my photo onto a piece of acrylic art paper.

My Connecting Threads ‘junk’ mail had come this week, so I pulled it out and began looking through for colors, shapes, and patterns.

I started tearing and cutting tiny pieces

and randomly placing a few on the photo.

Gluing such teeny tiny scraps is a chore! I added some paint for detail – and of course our fat cat Chubbs had to be there! And then I saw a trellis – reminiscent of the one my son Gabe made for me many years ago – and I wanted that to be my entrance point.

Painted clay pottery adds a lovely artistic flair and can be arranged and rearranged. I imagined several sizes bursting with color and foliage. I envisioned the soil dotted with some ground cover of white allysum and lemon thyme, added some flowers – anemones would be nice – over by the propane tank to hide it a bit, and outlined and shaded here and there.

Lastly, I coated it with some diluted Aleene’s tacky glue and put it into a frame!

I can feel the warmth and smell the fragrances every time I walk by it; and now I REALLY can’t wait for spring!

A rock pile ceases to be a rock pile the moment a single man contemplates it, bearing within him the image of a cathedral.”
~Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, Flight to Arras, 1942

Saturday, February 9, 2013

They Can't See Me!

Great hideout Chubbs.
Yeah – not too many places a 25 lb kitty can hide in a tiny house....

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Tooey is Sleeping!

Today it was 75 degrees in the greenhouse! Tooey was having the time of his life running and playing while I was cleaning up the grapevines. I don't know how long it had been, but when I looked over at him, this is what I saw:

Isn't he the cutest little piggie ever!

Tooey Never wants to leave Montana!

Special thanks to my friend K for this sweet little poem she wrote! Tooey is honored!

Tooey is the best of pigs.
Amongst the dirt and the twigs,
He made a nest
To take a rest.

By K from kceknits

Saturday, January 26, 2013

An Eagle Graced My Morning!

I am sitting in my office-craft-laundry-bedroom on my computer and look up to see this big beauty land in the tree outside my window just now at 9:40 a.m. Saturday. He sits and overlooks the Bitterroot River just below him for 10 minutes and then flies off on his daily patrol. I am blessed – so blessed to be here! 

I am reminded daily of God's oversight of my life. I feel so small and insignificant, yet so happy in that state....

watch for Him - He is always watching, never far, sending reminders of His unchanging love for us.

Friday, January 25, 2013

My Warm Montana January - Starring Tooey!

Yep! This is Montana! Absolutely gorgeous on Thursday the 24th and I could hardly focus on work. I went outside running in the morning and walking in the afternoon and kept watching the bald eagle fly over the river and back. By the end of the day, most all the snow was off the road and much of the ground was showing. It was about 52 degrees out! 

...and Tooey was HAPPY! 

After an hour in the greenhouse, he went to sleep.....

Stay warm all you BRRR COLD peeps! 

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Do You See What I See?

looking vs Seeing

How much time do you spend looking versus seeing? 

Looking is passive – seeing is active. How many of you after spending several minutes or even several hours with someone can answer this question? 

What color were their eyes?

Unless there is something that creates a striking contrast, most people will never remember eye color.

I wonder how much of life we are missing because we have turned into passive lookers rather than active see-ers? I am taking up a challenge this year to become more of an active see-er rather than a passive looker. I expect it to filter its way into much of my life, but I am making it a monthly artistic challenge and writing about it for the online publication I work for,, where you will find my full article. 

Below is my office-craft-laundry-bedroom. It is about 10' x 15'. 

This is the linoleum floor.

Here is a close up of one of the squares.....what do you see?

Here's what I saw.

I made a pencil rubbing, 

cut them out and added the second pencil rubbing.

I cut out appliques from cotton fabrics and placed them on a cream polka dot background that has fleece lining underneath.

I stitched the cats on, 

and placed the third tiny cat where I wanted him,

then traced around him with my fine point brown marker and used acrylic paint for details.

I added clouds

and a cotton back with another striped cat like the front one,

quilted around the clouds and small cat then added the road for perspective with some random stitching.

After sewing the back and front together, I now have a lovely pillow for my Catcalls shop! Click on the picture if you are interested in purchasing it or any other of the handmade cat-themed items in my shop! 


What do YOU see that others only look at?

Friday, January 4, 2013

What does YOUR kitty love?

Hey Chubbs – don't you mean you love to EAT voles? Yeah – I know. You're CVC around here. 
(Chief Vole Catcher)

Nipper went over the bridge in November and is livin' the good the sun of course.