April 26, 2018

Czech Rhinestone Brooches

Thank you very much for your kind comments on Molly, our puppy that hubby had found in a garbage container. Molly is doing great and we have lots of fun with her. She grew quite a bit in the meantime and already learned "sit!", "down!", "paw!", and sometimes she even comes when we call her, lol.

Many years ago, I used to collect colorful Czech rhinestone brooches, predominantly in the shape of butterflies, dragonflies and Christmas trees. I displayed them in frames for a while but for the last several years they were just stored in a box. I still find them pretty but they're not really my style anymore. As my wishlist for jewelry making supplies and art materials continues to grow, I thought I would try to swap the brooches for Etsy.com gift cards or Dawanda.de gift certificates. Would anyone of you be interested?

Below you find enlarged pictures of  the brooches with measurements. I'd like to swap each brooch respectively set (#9) including shipping for either a gift card from Etsy.com valued at 25.00 USD or a gift certificate from Dawanda.de, valued at 20.00 EUR. I will send out the brooches via registered mail. Within Europe the shipping time is usually 5 - 18 days, overseas it mostly takes 12 - 24 days. If you're interested in such a private swap with me, please email me through the "Contact Me" tab underneath my header. The brooches are nice quality and have only been displayed and never been worn.

# 10 is a small brooch and I would add a surprise gift.

It's hard to see but the head and both stones in the lower wings of the bee are dark red, not black.

The red stones are a deeper red than shown in the picture.

I'd be thrilled if I could swap some of the brooches. Please let me know if you have any questions.

March 15, 2018

A Friendly Monster Doll For a Special Little Girl

I had been interested in making a cute monster doll for a while but there was no small child in our family or among our circle of friends to give it to. I certainly could have made one just for the fun of it but there had been other projects with higher priorities on my list.

Then, three weeks ago, unexpectedly a little girl came into our lives when hubby took a bag of trash to the communal garbage container. He couldn't believe his eyes when he looked into the garbage can. Someone had dumped a dog puppy. The little girl was hardly moving and didn't make a sound. Hubby brought her home, we fed her and gave her a bath. I thought she could need a little companion and sewed a friendly monster doll for her. I upcycled a cozy old sweater for the body and head, two socks for arms and legs and some fabric scraps for ears and details.

The puppy was 4 or 5 weeks old at the time hubby found her and had probably spent the whole night in the garbage container. She recovered fast from the shock of being left alone and is doing very well now. We named her Molly. Isn't she a cutie? The kitties don't think so though, lol.

Last Saturday we took Molly to the beach and it didn't take long until she found a washed up branch and a ball to play with.

She also played with her monster doll. It was a bit exhausting for the doll but she survived. 😊

I picked up some small pieces of driftwood, a few snail shells and a walnut to create jewelry or to use for assemblages.

Molly had a fun morning and we enjoyed the beach walk as well. The weather was just ideal.

Molly and her doll will visit these parties:

A Morning Cup of Joe at The Cottage Market
Can I Get a Whoop Whoop at Confessions of a Fabric Addict
Sweet Inspiration at A Crafty Mix
DIY Salvaged Junk Projects at Funky Junk Interiors
A New Life at Rostrose
Sonnagsblatt at Raumseele
Talk of The Town at Knick of Time

February 16, 2018

A Shopping Basket Repurposed Into a Wall Cat Lounger

Our three cats have many places where they like to doze or nap. Favorite spots beside our laps are sofas and chairs but my ironing board, my working table and some baskets filled with fabrics are very popular as well. I wanted to add a more elevated place to the mix and repurposed a basket as a cat wall lounger. The basket had been a flea market find many years ago and for a while I used it when I went shopping at farmers' markets. It had been a bit bulky for this purpose though and at some point I removed the handle and utilized it to store fabric scraps. Because of it's size I thought it could make a nice resting place for a kitty.

Hubby mounted the basket to the wall with three long screws and I sewed a comfy cushion. If you have feline company at home, you've probably experienced how particular cats can be when it comes to food but also regarding their resting spaces. So far, Cosmo is the only one who is interested in the basket.

During the first few days he took some naps in it but in the meanwhile it became predominantly a play area for him. When I throw a toy inside, he jumps in and often brings it back to me to toss it again. He's a bit like a dog. He follows me wherever I go and he growls at unidentified noises.

To cover the screws, I sawed the lid of a cigar box to the right size and painted and stamped the piece. The cute cat face on top was a gift from my blogging friend Tatjana over at Resis Weisse Welt. Tatjana is a cat lover as well and has six furry boys and one girl at home.

Tatjana spoiled us even more. She had sent a sweet treat, cute cat napkins, and a crocheted snow flake for me and some crocheted mice and deer for the furry babies. They are filled with valerian roots which is the best smell ever, at least for the kitties. Cosmo is quite excited about the delectable rodent.

As you can see, Cecily also loves an oh so delicious mouse.

Barney likes to play with a mouse first and then

use it as a pillow. Sweet dreams! Thank you, Tatjana for all the wonderful gifts!

If you made it up to here, you probably love or at least like cats. Then you might enjoy Love Meow as much as I do. For some weeks now it is my morning happy place. There are usually two posts a day with beautiful, heart warming cat rescue stories from around the world. These posts always make me smile.

On a totally different note, welcome, first signs of spring! These flowers showed up on our yard. It's a gorgeous day here today with clear blue skies and 64°F/18°C at 11 am. I know that a lot of you still have freezing temperatures and I hope that spring is around the corner for you as well. Have a happy weekend!

The kitties will join these parties:

A Morning Cup of Joe at The Cottage Market
A New Life at Rostrose
Sweet Inspiration at A Crafty Mix
DIY Salvaged Junk Projects at Funky Junk Interiors
Sonnagsblatt at Raumseele
Waste Not Wednesday at Raggedy Bits