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#BoycottBiyadhoo in the Maldives


A friend who vacationed on Biyadhoo Island in the Maldives this past December encountered the abuse of animals.  Her snippet of paradise was turned into a vacation in Hell.  It was discovered that friendly cats and kittens were intentionally having limbs broken and being sent to neighbouring Villivaru Island.  An island that would have little to no fresh water or food available for these animals to survive causing them to potentially starve to death.

Here is the link to her story #BoycottBiyadhoo and to the petition she started Rescue-blue-from-an-agonizing-death.

Below is her story:

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I need your opinion


I am making a baby/toddler quilt for a baby who is not born yet. I like to think that this is something the child will be able to use up until they are grown or until the quilt falls apart. It will be approximately 3 feet x 5 feet. A very versatile size. I was asked to make this as a gift from the “cats” and to include cats and girl colours.

The top fabric is the main pattern and will be cut to have 4 or 5 strips. The bottom fabric is the backing.

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Then, I thought 2 inch squares between the rows of cats would be pretty cool. This is where the problem began. I have too many options.

Option 1 –

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Option 2 –

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Option 3 –

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Option 4 –

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Option 5 –

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Of course I will be asking the gifter what one she prefers, but I also want your opinions please.

Advice is greatly appreciated.

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Kitty Couch


It’s been a great week for me. My mood is good. I have more energy than normal and I have reacquainted myself with my sewing machine!

My parents are winter Texans and last year they brought home meters upon meters if fabric for me with a simple request of making a bed for one of their cats. Almost a year has passed and this past week I have fulfilled their request.
Buster, and his sister Dusty are Maine
Coons. Dusty is an average size cat. Buster, well, he is 25 pounds and is 42 inches long and is NOT overweight. Here they are laying on a kitty quilt I made them in the summer.

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I decided not to make a typical cat bed as Buster is not a typical cat. I found and purchased the pattern and followed the directions to the most part. It called for lining to hold the foam beads used in bean bag chairs. I will not use lining again for this. The static between the two is horrible and the lining is annoying to work with. Inexpensive broadcloth would have worked much better. Here are the insides. The outer fabric is removable for washing and all the pieces are held together with 2 inch strips of Velcro.

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And here is the finished product already being used by my little munchkin!

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The bed is 2.5 feet long and is 8 inches off the floor. I am definately making another one and know what minor changes in the pattern to make it easier to put together. Buster, hope you like it but until you get home in 3 weeks, Binky is going to test it out for you!

Day 17 of 39

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Sewing Dilemma


I am trying to make a kitty blanket but how can I sew with this little monster blocking my sewing machine?

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Good thing I love the little monster!

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WIP Wednesday


My new updated Wednesday WIP/Project List

•Finish border and then quilt the Sugar and Spice
•Covered kitty bed with removable washable pillow for Mom’s Maine Coon Kitties
•Amy Butler’s Puzzle Quilt
•Beach Bag
•Wallet
•Amy Butler’s Lotus Quilt
•Sleep masks ’cause our bedroom faces south and having 2 cats, closed blinds and an open window at night doesn’t mix. They make sooo much noise climbing behind them we are sleeping with them partially open

Ok. So I haven’t touched the list in a week – again. I’ve been a little busy with car accidents, funerals and heat exhaustion/dehydration.  Here’ s my Binks doing what he does best.  Meowing!

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Animal Love


When you bring a dog into your life, you begin a journey – a journey that will bring you more love and devotion than you have ever known, yet also test your strength and courage. If you allow, the journey will teach you many things about life, about yourself, and, most of all, about love. You will come away changed forever, for one soul cannot touch another without leaving its mark. Along the way, you will learn much about savoring life’s simple pleasures – jumping in leaves, snoozing in the sun, the joys of puddles, and even the satisfaction of a good scratch behind the ears. If you spend much time outside, you will be taught how to truly experience every element, for no rock, leaf, or log will go unexamined, no rustling bush will be overlooked, and even the very air will be inhaled, pondered, and noted as being full of valuable information. Your pace may be slower – except when heading home to the food dish – but you will become a better naturalist, having been taught by an expert in the field. Too many times we hike on automatic pilot, our goal being to complete the trail rather than enjoy the journey. We miss the details – the colorful mushrooms on the rotting log, the honeycomb in the old maple snag, the hawk feather caught on a twig. Once we walk as a dog does, we discover a whole new world. We stop; we browse the landscape, we kick over leaves, peek in tree holes, look up, down, all around. And we learn what any dog knows: that nature has created a marvelously complex world that is full of surprises, that each cycle of the seasons brings ever changing wonders, each day an essence all its own. Even from indoors you will find yourself more attuned to the world around you. You will find yourself watching summer insects collecting on a screen. (How bizarre they are! How many kinds there are!), or noting the flick and flash of fireflies through the dark. You will stop to observe the swirling dance of windblown leaves, or sniff the air after a rain. It does not matter that there is no objective in this; the point is in the doing, in not letting life’s most important details slip by. You will find yourself doing silly things that your dog-less friends might not understand: spending thirty minutes in the pet store aisle looking for the dog food brand your dog must have, buying dog birthday treats, or driving around the block an extra time because your dog enjoys the ride. You will roll in the snow, wrestle with chewy toys, bounce little rubber balls till your eyes cross, and even run around the house trailing your bathrobe tie – with a dog in hot pursuit – all in the name of love. You may find dog biscuits in your pocket or purse, and feel the need to explain that old plastic shopping bags are conveniently positioned by every house entrance for pick-up duty in the yard. You will learn the true measure of love – the steadfast, undying kind that says, “It doesn’t matter where we are or what we do, or how life treats us as long as we are together.” Respect this always. It is the most precious gift any living soul can give another. You will not find it often among the human race. And you will learn humility. The look in my dog’s eyes often made me feel ashamed. Such joy and love at my presence. She saw not some flawed human who could be cross and stubborn, moody or rude, but only her wonderful companion. Or maybe she saw those things and dismissed them as mere human foibles, not worth considering, and so chose to love me anyway. If you pay attention and learn well, when the journey is done, you will be not just a better person, but the person your dog always knew you to be – the one she was proud to call beloved friend. I must caution you that this journey is not without pain. Like all paths of true love, the pain is part of loving. For as surely as the sun sets, one day your dear companion will follow a trail you cannot yet go down. And you will have to find the strength and love to let them go. A pet’s time on earth is far too short – especially for those who love them. We borrow them, really, just for a while, and during these brief years they are generous enough to give us all their love, every inch of their spirit and heart, until one day there is nothing left. The puppy that only yesterday was racing around the yard is all too soon old and frail and sleeping in the sun, waking up stiff and lame, the muzzle now gray. Deep down, we somehow always knew that this journey would end. We knew that if we gave our hearts they would be broken. But give them we must, for it is all they ask in return. When the time comes, and the road curves ahead to a place we cannot see, we give one final gift and let them run on ahead – young and whole once more. “Godspeed, good friend,” we say, until our journey comes full circle and our paths cross again. Author Unknown

I have not had a dog since Spunky was hit and killed by a car on my 16th birthday. This article is true for me of my memories of that amazing Fox Terrier and of all the cats I have loved and lost over the years.
Silly Silvester – lost when I was 16 as well
Pooki – lost 5 years ago
Missy – lost 4 years ago
Sir Love a Lot Joey – lost 2 years ago and my heart still aches for you
Princess Aurora – your refusal to let anyone hold you makes me laugh and try harder each day. I know its working. After 11 years you are starting to relax and come to me for more attention then ever before.
Dexter aka Binks – what can I say? You are the most incredible kitten ever. Fetching, jumping 5 feet in the air after toys and your insatiable desire to be held and cuddled.

For me, life would not be complete without pets. I wouldn’t and couldn’t do it.

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WIP Wednesday


My new updated Wednesday WIP/Project List

•Finish border and then quilt the Sugar and Spice
•Covered kitty bed with removable washable pillow for Mom’s Maine Coon Kitties
•Amy Butler’s Puzzle Quilt
•Beach Bag
•Wallet
•Amy Butler’s Lotus Quilt
•Sleep masks ’cause our bedroom faces south and having 2 cats, closed blinds and an open window at night don’t mix. They make sooo much noise climbing behind them we are sleeping with them partially open

Ok. So I haven’t touched the list in a week. I’ve been a little busy. Life stuff. I also made a thankyou kitty quilt for JF and her kitties. I free motioned quilted for the first time on it. Pretty happy with the results for the first time.

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Breaks are important part of your day


All too often we women find ourselves running around and taking on more than we can handle. We dive into the stresses of work. We arrive early and leave late. We eat lunch at our desks. Then we head home to cook dinner for our loved ones, then clean, spend time with family and pets, prepare next days lunch, do laundry, exercise and then we get to relax in front of the TV, sewing machine or a good book before we go to bed. Then we get 6 hours of sleep only to wake up just as tired and stressed as we were when we went to bed.
I have a very stressful job normally. My boss’s mother passed away on Sunday and then his father in-law had a stroke last night. Needless to say I am now looking after everything for the week on top of dealing with the concern surrounding the return of my Grandpa’s cancer.
I grab whatever serenity I can. Working downtown Toronto does not always allow that to happen. Fortunately, across the street from my office is a small park. It has become known as a dog park and the owners are not always compliant with the scoop poop law but there are picnic tables strewn about. You just have to watch your step. Today, I ate my lunch in this little bit of peace and my stress level reduced. I watched dogs chase squirrels and pidgeons and then owners chasing their dogs. It’s not much but at least it’s something.

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When I get home, I take my kitties outside for a romp in the back yard. There is something so incredible and relaxing while watching them explore and chase bugs and run up to me for rubs as if they are thanking me for this time with them outside.

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How do you cope with daily stresses and how do you unwind?

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Sunday, Lazy Sunday


Yesterday, the Mr. and I rented a power washer to get the fence all cleaned up. Somehow, I ended up using it for 4 hours and he for 1. Today, every muscle in my arms hurt not to mention my bad wrist.
Today, we decided to be lazy. With the humidex bringing the temperature to hover around 40C (102F), we stayed inside most of the day watching movies.
I did get some of the embroidery done on the quilt.

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And I managed to spend some time outside!

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