Okay, it's sticking. Kitten's name is Moko. Here's how we ended up introducing them, after about a week of sequestering Moko in the bedroom I put a baby gate across the doorway and opened the door. Didn't work so well because Moko just kept scaling it and climbing over. So the next day we just brought her into the fold. Hazel was pretty cool about it. Not freaked because she knew there was a kitten on the scene and actually seems sort of into her. They wrestle a lot but no one is getting hurt. Hazel is totally fine with Moko sleeping on her chair and on top of/under her. So they seem acclimated. I hope they'll be buddies. I'm so glad we did this. I think Hazel was definitely lonely for some kitty camaderie.
Hi guys, this is mostly for our quilty friends but really cute eye candy for all of us. Marisa Zucek of Quilt Otaku is doing a super fun series, a block a month, of designs based on modern design classics. This month's is the Danish pot. From Marisa.. "It's inspired by a Danish Pot. Dansk put a line of them out and they are classic mid-century modernist 'must have' pieces. The wood handle adds something I think. I choose a 'wood' colored solid fabric for the handle, in order to give it a natural feel. I'm using solid fabrics from an English company called Oakshott. They are really beautiful. " I think the pots were for fondue, right? I love it!
So you can download the pattern here. And last month's was Catherine Holmes' lotus bowl, here. Another classic! Such a fun series and so generous of Marisa to be offering these for all us quilters with a modern aesthetic. Check out more info on Marisa and her designs on her blog, Quilt Otaku. She just got back from Japan so maybe we'll be seeing some glamour shots of fabric purchases?? Thanks Marisa!
Our serviceberry had a bad crop this year, barely any berries. Luckily I discovered there are some serviceberry trees at school and they had a great year! I have a bin of berries in the freezer waiting to be made into treats. I made muffins, using this recipe. They were delicious but not berrific enough. This crumble on the other hand, awesome! It's peach and saskatoons and I followed the recipe in this month's Everyday Food (adding 2 cups of berries).
After swapping blankets and spaces for a bit each day we decided after 5 days to just throw them in together. So far it's been great! Hazel looks like a tired old lady compared to tiny kitten but she's still just a year old kitten herself and seems to be very happy to have a playmate.
We also have a name but I'm waiting to see if it sticks.
No, we're not crazy cat people who are going to get a new kitten every Spring but Hazel needed a pal and our friend's cat just happened to have kittens. What can you do? Here's our newest cutie. Name suggestions welcome! Also introducing cats to each advice welcome. We've had new kitten sequestered in our bedroom for 2 days now. Hazel has worked up to sitting at the door hissing at her. And that's how that's going.
It's actually best to view this party in Instagram because it looks better if you don't look too closely, haha. It was a fun party but I'm still feeling guilt because I didn't put as much planning and thought into it as I would have liked. My kids have kinda bad birthdays. P's is the second school is out and evidently the end of the school year needs to be an insane fest. And O's is smack dab in the middle of Thanksgiving and Christmas. Not on a actual holiday bad but just inconvenient enough that I feel like I'm never giving them my full attention. Anyhoo, there were some really cute things... I loved the table set up. These paper lanterns from Target are super cute. I'd found a paper butterfly garland at the dollar store a while back and ended up cutting the butterflies off it for a game and then taped the extras on the lanterns.
I tried to make the treats fancy by adorning the cupcakes with chocolate butterflies I drew butterflies with a piping bag full of melted chocolate onto parchment paper. They turned out sort of cute, sort of crazy, but definitely fancy!
Our game was a sort of candy catch. I taped candy to the butterflies and then we threw them in the air for the kids to catch in their butterfly nets. This is in lieu of the pinata that I was just too cheap to buy.
More cute party stuff from Target. I love this confetti print Mara Mi tablecloth.
My favorite part of the party were that the girls were wearing butterfly wings the whole time. I really wanted the cool actual butterfly wings from Hearthsong (here) but I had visions of the girls all fighting over the pink ones, or not wanting to wear them at all, so I wanted to keep it cheap and carefree.
My crafts were done with things I had on hand and were sort of lame. Sorry girls. We made pom pom caterpillars and then butterflies with origami paper wings and clothespin bodies and pipe cleaner antenaes.
Phoebe was in 7th heaven the whole time so I count it as a big success! Oh and no one cried or got hurt. Bonus!
Junebaby turned the big oh five this weekend. Birthdays agree with her. She was a spazzy happy nutball all weekend. I'll post a few pics of my slapdash butterfly party later today. It won't make any party blogs but it was cute and fun.
Her favorite gift from us was her Hello Kitty sleep mask. She wore it all day. Read to take a fake nap at a moment's notice :)
Oscar is off fishing with Grandpa and Phoebe and I are going out shopping for her butterfly birthday party. I am a bad craft blog mom. I have no real plan for this party. A theme -- butterflies -- that's about all I have. No elaborate decorations or treats. No fancy crafts. So far I've got gluing poms on a popsicle stick to make a caterpillar and running through the sprinkler. I look back at Oscar's robot party and feel lots of guilt.