Monday, December 31, 2007

Winter Mice

They all seem to want to come inside this year...and it is driving the kitties crazy! They go from the livingroom, to the kitchen, to the bathroom, and the laundryroom, opening cupboard doors and scouting around inside! You might reach in the bath closet for a towel, to see two green, glowing spheres staring at you, or reach to get that colander, and come out with a kitten, instead!
For all that trouble, however, we are short three mice! CallieCat caught two of them, and boy, was she proud of herself. It was the low growl at 4am that woke me....she was telling the other two to leave her prize alone!
She kindly let me have them, though, and I tossed the dead bodies over the side of the mountain, off the deck, for the possum to enjoy.
This morning, the Queen, Puffin, had one, and she was not about to give it up, not even to her Mommy- me! I had to lock the other cats in the bedroom, and then light the kerosene heater. She finally came over to toast herself, letting the mouse body drop as she did. I scooped it up in one hand, and her in the other, hiding the mouse from her sight. Tossed that one out the door (thank goodness it is a short deck, with the mountainside right next to it!), and made much of her mousing abilities. She has deigned to sit in my lap while I type this about her!
And yes, it was at 4am, again!
Good thing I am off today!
Happy New Year's EVE, everyone!

Sunday, December 30, 2007

Christmas Stocking doll for challenge at BAD

She is finally done, and here are some better shots. I had to delete the entire post to get rid of the old shots!

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Come see the Show at the 'Shed'!

Where I work, Watershed Trading Company, Bryson City, NC in its Christmas frenzy!

Another ornament finished!

This one is almost the same pattern, but with a star on top, 'cause the person I made it for loves stars!

It is not netted tightly at the bottom.

Cats at Work

I thought I would show you how hard the kitties work...Yoda is helping fold the towels, Puffin is lobbying to refill the cat kibbles, and Callie is guarding my keys!

Sunday, December 16, 2007

New Netted Ornament Gift

I did this one in one day- that is a record for me! About 4 hours ofwork, and that included alot of cursing and pulling out of thread.Netting always has to be adjusted to the size of what you are doing.The body is flat netting, which is done off the ball, until it can bestretched around the ball. Then you add the last row, adding itbetween the first and last, which means instead of having the sevenbeads between the V's, I would put on three, catch the center bead ofthe V on the first row, then add three more, using the center bead ofthat first row's Vs as my middle bead on the last row's V's.Clear as muck??LOL!Anyhow, it has clear 6mm Swars, and some nice AB Crystal drops I foundin Canada, and will make a nice Christmas present. The gold beads areCzech, and I don't know the finish/style, but they look hex, butaren't. Love the sparkle.Now, on to finish two more in silver, then to do my COPS ball.After work, that is.

Thursday, December 13, 2007

two new dolls

The first one is The Angel That Bugs Me, a sort of tongue in cheek name, because her 'bangs' look like bug antennae! She was gifted to a friend.

The second is a work in progress, for the 2007 Stocking Doll Challenge at beaded_art_dolls. For some strange reason, our group has become part of the x-rated groups at yahoo, so you will have to use the link at the bottom of my page to find it. Hopefully, our fearless leader, Lynn, will have that fixed in no time!

It is raining- that is good. I am home sick, not so good, as it is concert night at Cherokee High, and I don't think I will be playing on stage, with the kids...pooh!

Thursday, December 6, 2007

first ATC

This is for my youngest daughter, Lauren's, birthday....Dec 10. She will be 19 this year. A faery celebrates with her flower scepter and crown, and her friends, the Cat and the Sun, join in the festivities. There is a background of German, which fits right in, as she is taking German at UNC, and loving it...maybe she can translate for me? My printer is almost out of color ink, so it came out this light pinkish-sepia tone....I like the effect.

The backing is a piece of foam board- I can never throw away the scraps, and now have a reason to use them. There is a piece of tulip fabric covering it, to remind her that Spring will come, and with it, the warmth.

The back has a nice piece of green paper covering the seams of the folded-over fabric, and made a good place to glue the 'Celebrate' hearts, as well as the large heart we all signed in.

I think she will enjoy it.

Not sure if this is how to do it, but I had a good time!

Sunday, December 2, 2007

Pay It Forward closed

The Pay It Forward has the three lucky recipients, who are also going to PIF on their blogs...BUT-don't let that stop you from beginning it for yourself, on your own blog!

Saturday, December 1, 2007

a gift for me!!

I received this wonderful doll from Kathi H, of beaded_art_dolls, named Passion! She came with her own little, homemade bag, which she now uses as her personal rug!

Thanks, Kathi!