Hi everyone, and happy Wednesday! I hope the weather is being kind to you wherever you are. Here we have had non-stop sunshine and mid-20s temperatures, I think tomorrow is expected to be 27C. We rarely get nice weather in the actual summer season, for the last few years we have had nice weather in April/May and then it rains for the rest of the summer. It’s been years since we’ve had a July like this one – do you suppose after all the lockdowns and lack of industry last year, we have reset out weather patterns? Either way, I will never complain about the heat as we just don’t get enough of it here, and I hate the cold. This is a cold house and in winter it’s very, very cold even with the heating on, so it’s been really nice to be able to walk around barefoot and not need socks, and not need to be wearing three jumpers inside the house! It’s a shock to the system for sure to have decent weather here but in Australia people would be laughing at our “heatwave”. I remember having to go to work one day and it was 40C outside – you were allowed to go home if the temp reached 42C! We were all willing that to happen but unfortunately we all had to tough it out all day as it never quite got there, and then I had to drive home in a really hot car as I had no A/C in my car, it must have been 50C in the car! But at least there was a fan in the house and A/C in the living room… and the beach nearby…
Anyhoo, today I am sharing this before photo of my desk with the WOYWW gang, and with the Tea Gang over on Altered Book Lover’s site. I was unavoidably detained last week and didn’t manage to link up to anything. Looks a little different to usual desk layout, right? That’s because I had an urgent project that needed to be done ASAP and although it was planned for last week, I wasn’t able to do it, so it was in danger of being late! I was going to ask you to guess what I was going to make but I’m guessing the title might be an enormous clue, so I won’t bother lol.
Before I get started, here are some highlights from the last week that you may have missed:
- My blogiversary was on the 16th July – sixteen years of blogging
- The kittens had their fifth birthday on 19th July – yes they are a bit old to be called kittens but I have my reasons and it’s just easier all round
- I am Guest Designer over on Try it on Tuesday for their Feathered Friends challenge – join in if you like
- My latest batch of ICADs are completed for days 37-45.
So this little machine is my baby, I have had this sewing machine for a long time and out of all my machines (yes there are more) this is my go-to even after all these years and all the advances in sewing machine technology, this is still the best machine I have ever used. Computerised machines might be able to do fancy stitches and tricks but they will also refuse to sew things if the chip is not happy, whereas a manual machine is more accommodating and will let you get away with a lot more! I’ve always serviced my machines myself, a bit like fixing my computers, I wouldn’t trust someone else with them lol. Anyway the machine is out for a very special reason…
He might be right! In the on-going
neverending process of switching the contents of two rooms, I rediscovered this gorgeous faux fur. They are remnants that I bought some years ago and never used. I had been wondering what to buy the kittens for their birthday, and I had been looking around at new cat beds but really they are all a bit dire, mass produced, imported rubbish, or like this one, they are very nice but also very expensive ($169 !!!) and I do after all have a room full of fabric! So I decided to make my own using this lovely stuff. Three remnant pieces that cost about £30 in total and are varying sizes and two different patterns.
The problem with the kittens is that one of them, Mr G, is enormous, here he is trying to squeeze himself into a regular cat tree bed.
If he wants a bed, he will push her off or out of it so I knew there had to be two of them. And as I said, he’s enormous (nearly 8kg) so they needed to be BIG. I drew up a circle that measured 24 inches and cut it out of Burda tissue paper, this will allow for seam allowance and will result in a decent sized bed.
Cutting this furry stuff is a right pain, it goes everywhere. I had to spread it out on the wooden floor to cut it so I could sweep up all the little fluffy, furry bits more easily. It was also going up my nose and in my mouth – no wonder the cats get hairballs! I cut a long strip from my remnants to match the size of my circle and then pinned and sewed them together. Then I repeated the process with what would be the bottom of the cat bed – this I made out of some eco-friendly felt (made from recycled plastic bottles) and I made that circle about an inch smaller.
Then I sewed the two ends of the middle piece together, leaving a gap in the middle for stuffing and turned it the right way out so it now looked like this…
What was needed now was the stuffing. I didn’t want any stuffing or padding on the base because it’s not needed since the base is a layer of felt and a layer of fur, but also because there are places in the house where the central heating pipes run under the floorboards and the kittens like to lay there, not surprisingly, as it’s very warm, so putting these beds on those places, would allow the heat to rise up into the beds with no padding to block it. I ended up making a very long calico sausage using the same measurements as the side panel and some stuffing and fed it through the gap in the side and around the bed. Once it was inside and in place, I stitched the sausage together to make into a circle and then hand stitched the gap in the fur side closed, just in case I need to wash it at some point. Now we had these lovely, cosy beds…
Yes, they were “inspected” but then they were ignored! It took me four hours to make them and they were ignored! Can you believe it? Well if you have cats, then yes you probably know this feeling too well lol. So instead of sleeping in their lovely, custom-made beds, they are sleeping here, on the dining table…
Not here in this luxury bed!!!
Later, they were sleeping here on the couch, but only after I removed the cat bed! You can see the size difference between them in this photo, Miss Lily is on the left and Mr G is on the right.
It’s been three days and the beds are still being ignored. I’m thinking my other cat might like one or both of them, she would be more appreciative I think, and a lot less spoiled (she was a feral stray) and lives in a different part of the house because she does not like other cats. Or people… Maybe once it gets colder they might warm to the new beds or they could just become really big cushions on the sofa?
I hope you enjoyed following along with this little exercise in futility lol. Oh and I have a question for you, do you prefer blogs about one subject or multiple subjects? I am still considering merging some of my other blogs with this one so I’m curious. Let me know what you think in the comments. As always, thanks for reading!
various faux fur remnants, eco felt, stuffing, unbleached calico, thread, sewing machine, ungrateful kittens
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