our kitten is almost a year old!

So remember this little fluffball?


It’s his first birthday this April! We adopted him from our local humane society in June, when he was just 8 weeks old and weighed 2lb. It turns out we probably should have realized his little bat ears prognosticated he would be a giant cat. 🙂

The first picture was taken when he was 4 months old, the second is recent. He is now 14lb and absolutely giant! You can also see that his tiny kitten fuzz has turned into a huge fluffy coat—he has a mane and an absolutely absurd squirrel tail now. 🙂

I think he’s not quite done growing yet either. While he looks like an adult cat, he doesn’t have any muscle and is still very much a kitten in personality. It will be interesting to see how he looks in another year!

Sorry for the break from my usual crafting content, but I hope you enjoy the cat pictures. 😉


little heart wall quilt

I’m kinda addicted to these cute wall quilts, I already have a fourth one planned! Soon all my walls will be quilts.


This one is truly tiny, only about 8×8 inches! I really enjoyed going through my scrap box for all the shades of pink and red. I did have to cut into actual fabric for a bit of the white (apparently I don’t often use neutral shades). I machine sewed the patchwork, and I have to say, I could use some work. Let’s just ignore those wonky lines, okay?

See, it looks better without the close-up. 😉 I haven’t decided where to hang this quilt yet, so for now it’s up with tape next to my previous wall-quilt. They really do make my bedroom so much cosier!

I’m still looking for cute blocks or mini quilt patterns, so if anyone has any recommendations that aren’t too challenging, send them my way! I may even brave my sewing machine again to see if I can’t keep improving. 🙂

it’s been a while, but I have a new friend!

My new friend is my first dog. 🙂 He’s a year and a half old terrier mix, I’m guessing part poodle (he has very long spindly legs!). It’s been a great fall and winter learning to keep him occupied, and getting to know all the things he likes (currently: opening bags, stealing, chasing squirrels, and adventure walks).

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Anyway, I’ll be posting shortly with some updates on my latest projects and life choices. Including a real challenge—eating local in a midwestern winter! It is possible, however, that all posts might have some cute puppy in them from now on. 😉


You may have noticed I disappeared slightly! Unfortunately, I was very distracted by a series of final papers this spring, which, while fun, were not nearly as fun as posting crafting projects. 😉

However, now that finals are over and I’m at my parent’s house for the summer, I have a much cuter distraction to share with you. We got a new kitten!

His name is Lionel (after the hero of Mary Shelley’s novel, The Last Man, Lionel Verney), and he is my little purr buddy these days. Our older cat, Fey, is quite taken with him, and they spend half the day running around playing.


The other half, Lionel spends bothering me. 😉 He’s a very social kitty, and loves to snuggle next me while I’m doing work and either play with my shirt cuffs or watch the scrolling on my computer screen. Unfortunately he’s also figured out how much fun knitting needles are!

Now that Lionel is free from the kitten “nursery” (ie, the room we kept him in to introduce him slowly to Fey), and a little less of a baby, I should be able to get more crafting done and post more. 🙂 Until then, enjoy the kitten photos!

patchwork chair cushions

I said I had more plans for my kitchen—here’s the next addition. 🙂 I decided to cut down on my fabric scrap collection by making some scrappy patchwork chair cushions. I’ve only finished the first one right now, but it turned out very cute.


I apologize for the random plant in the background—I’m procrastinating studying for finals by redoing my whole gardening set up, so pots and plants are currently all over my kitchen.

Doesn’t the cushion look cute though? I’m not a big fan of those serious foam cushions, but I did want this to have a bit of padding, so I used 3 layers of 1/4″ loft batting and then tied it rather than quilting. All of it is pieced and sewn by hand, but it wasn’t so bad, as most of it is just squares.

Let me know what you think!

my craft room

Having a dedicated craft room is pretty much the dream, right? I didn’t think I’d get there until I was retired, honestly, but then my parents found me the perfect apartment—one bedroom plus a tiny office! Of course it immediately turned into my craft room. 😀


My dad and I found an old table to use as my sewing table, and I filled some baskets underneath with my fabric collection (the rest of the fabric is kept on a hanging rack over the door). You can see my adored vintage 99k singer—my more modern janome is up on a wall shelf. I love having my table right up against the window, it makes for wonderful light. You might also notice some cross stitch in the corner—one of my friends made it for me for my birthday, it’s gollum!


I hung bobbin racks on the wall, and my dad helped me make a framed corkboard for project ideas and things. I also hung a little wire box I found at target that I keep my more delicate fibers in—and my spindles can hang from the bottom! The ones in the picture are bosworths. 🙂 To decorate, I crocheted a little doily banner.


This is my kromski minstrel. 😀 It was a birthday present, and my dad and I finished it ourselves. I absolutely love this wheel, it’s beautiful and spins amazingly well.


Finally, hiding in the far corner, is my harrisville 4-harness loom. I picked it up at a garage sale for pretty cheap, though I haven’t had much time to use it yet. Ignore that one of the treadles got disconnected during moving. 😉

Anyway, that is my craft room! I think it balances function and cuteness pretty well, though of course it’s often messier than these pictures show. I feel very lucky that I get to have such a nice space to work in.