Thursday, November 20, 2014

Sneak peek

I'm sewing! It keeps me from looking out the window at all the white.

I'd ordered that zipper, just HOPING it would go well with the fabric. Woohoo... couldn't have matched any better! So pleased!

Hope to have it done soon. Maybe I can show it to you on Monday!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014


I found this on our deck yesterday morning.

I think we were visited by an angel! ;)

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

In the top 22

Remember this Time Warp Sunburst Tote that I posted about here?

I entered it in the Purse Palooza 2014. There were nearly 250 entries, and of those, my tote was selected by judges to be in the top 22! Those 22 bags now get voted on by the general public to select the top 3 who will win some great prizes. There will also be a random drawing for a 4th prize.

Now, to be honest, I really don't like those type of contests, because the winner is just the one who can get the most people to vote for them, not necessarily the best entry. I entered this one mainly for the exposure it would bring for Jess's new fabric line. So I'm just asking you to go and vote for whichever bag you like best, and if it happens to be mine, I thank you for your vote! Voting ends Friday night.

Here are the bags and the poll: Purse Palooza Poll
Just click on whichever one you like best and then scroll to the bottom and click on "Vote".

Monday, November 17, 2014


'Pretty' ugly, if ya ask me. We got more.

About 6 inches more on Saturday.

It's just sitting there waiting for the wind to blow, which it is forecast to do. Gusts of 35 mph should move it around 'pretty' well.

The temperatures are ridiculous, too. It was already below zero when I got up yesterday morning, with a wind chill of -22°. More of same on the way. Ugh.

It's not a good winter for too-young kittens, either. Saturday night Grandpa helped add a bunch of straw for bedding for them and the older ones. So far so good.

I'm going to hibernate for the rest of the winter, I think. In my sewing room. If you don't hear from me, you'll know where I am. At least then you won't have to listen to me complaining about the weather. ;)

Friday, November 14, 2014

More names

My helpers came through... we have names for the newest babies! At first I'd thought of naming these 3 little kittens after the helpers themselves, since they were all females. That would've made them Emily, Jenna and Kate. :) But then I thought maybe it would be more fun to have the girls name the kittens themselves. They thought long and hard and finally succeeded in coming up with very cute names.

I took these photos on Nov. 3rd, since I had my regular assistant here to help me with them. Here she is, looking like a cute little leopard herself. :) 

The kittens have grown a lot since I took these pics, but it's been too COLD for getting any more recent ones lately. Just imagine them being bigger and cuter than ever. :)

This first one is Mia (she even has her initial on her forehead - ha!):

I thought sure the girls would come up with something like Mittens or Socks, considering these little white paws, but they were thinking more modern than that. Good for them! :)

This next one was going to be Zoe, but since Courtney already has a Zoey, I thought that could get confusing, so I asked for a second choice. She is now Haily!

She had a fat belly then, but it's even fatter now. Mama Rainbow is a good milker. :)

I bet you'll never guess what this little one is called:

Last, but certainly not least, we have.... are you ready for this?.... Cottonball!! :)

It makes me chuckle. I told the girls' mom that this kitten is looking more like a 'used' cottonball all the time, particularly one that was used to remove mascara or something. Ha.

Just look at her crazy coat... a light layer, a black layer, and then a light undercoat. So strange!

The kittens are doing great so far, even with the cold temperatures we're experiencing now. I have them tucked in as snugly as I can in our old empty hog barn. The trouble is, they're getting big enough (4 weeks old already) that they're wanting to get out of their box to explore. I hate to let them out, for fear they won't find their way back and get too cold. We need some warmer weather!! For many reasons!