I've been blessed to have received several blogger awards over the past couple of months and I wanted to say a big thank you! So without further ado, I will fulfill the conditions of the awards....
The first up and focus of this post is a NEW award that I am really pleased to receive! It's the Sewing with Cats Blog Award dreamed up by the lovely Cindy who blogs over at Cation Designs. If you haven't checked out her blog yet, you are definitely missing out!
Here's my answer to the kitty questions:When did you acquire your helpful feline assistant? Was he/she immediately helpful, or did it take awhile? What is the average amount of time elapsed between when you start a project and when something gets helped with?
We acquired Ebi (little one) and Echo (big one) almost exactly one year ago. They are elderly cats (both 15) whose parents moved to the United States. We were quite excited to welcome these two lovelies into our lives as both David and I are HUGE cat lovers.
We love warm fires and cosy sunshine spots!
Needless to say we have made some very strong bonds with our little felines over the course of the last year and they've each picked their primary human (his and hers cat) and Echo is definitely a momma's girl. I was partway through the Sew Weekly challenge when these two kitties came into our lives and I can say that Echo has definitely taken up the mantle of esteemed sewing assistant (Ebi would much rather help her Papa study).
Echo: I love attacking the thread when my Momma hand sewsWhat is your helpful feline assistant's favorite/weirdest thing to assist with?
Echo loves to be a place holder. She loves laying on fabric and patterns and will occasionally watch me sew as well.
She has a signature pose:
How do you decline said assistance without losing your arm?
I'm gonna get you fabric!
Echo gets what I call 'crazy eyes'. That's when I know it's time to get the laser pointer out and have some play time. That or food is a good distraction!
What's the worst thing your helpful feline assistant has managed to botch up?
I usually sew with wools and sturdy fabrics--so the appearance of crazy eyes is usually ok. However, Echo LOVES silk and satin and let's just say that fabric is not as forgiving! She loves how slippery and shiny these types of fabrics are (she went crazy for my Teal Pendrell blouse fabric!)
After many of my projects, both Ebi and Echo get play toys out of scraps of fabric. We usually cut a long scrap and then attach a square at one end that we've sewn cat nip into! They love it! You can usually see cat toys from most of my fabrics lying around our flat (case in point: photo on the let is cotton left over from the Midcentury Madness dress and Ebi's got a toy of the plaid flannel fabric on the right).
Another favourite pasttime for the pussycats is photobombing! They love it and I'll admit that I love it too! Me-Made-May is their favourite month :)
Are you ever afraid to post too many pictures of your helpful feline assistant on your blog, for fear of being labeled a crazy cat lady?
What? You want me to move? Can't you cut around me?
You can never have too many cat photos! Despite this, I do try to keep my cat photos to a reasonable number and tend to post more on my facebook page ;)
There you have it...how two little sewing assistants have changed my life! I now get to pass this blog award onto other cat lovers--whose kitties participated during the Sew Grateful Week including Tina who blogs over at Down the Retro Rabbit Hole and Struggle Sews a Straight Seam. And just so ya know, Echo came over to review this blog post and she thinks it's about time that sewing cats are recognized for the important work they do (she really gave me an earful):