Happy inside

Combining two of my favorite things. Although I can’t help but get a sad pang due to the choice of music.
IKEA released 100 house cats upon their Wembley, UK store. The music is Pianni by Mara Carlyle, courtesy of Accidental Records.

Crazy cat lady bag

My new cat lady bag that my parents {appropriately} gave me for my birthday. I know I’ll sound insane when I say that this is one of my favorite bags to date. Not only is it really sturdy, but it has about 76 hidden compartments. There’s a mesh pocket on the outside that is appropriately fashioned to hold a wine bottle / gin flask / Dutch Gold.
At the moment I’m jazzing mine up with either any ugly tartan broach, or my over-sized 8 inch safety pin. It’s the best.

Ode to a kitty

The concept of this needlepoint had been in my head for a long time before I sat down to start it recently. I made this needlepoint as an homage to a dear little cat of ours who had an aggressive form of feline leukemia and passed away just before Christmas of 2009. He was a cheeky boy, and had a very distinct white moustache {just like Colonel Sanders – hence his name, Colonel}. So I thought to create a little something to hang on the wall in memory of him. 
Since I’m cheap, I painted a square of regular canvas black, in stead of buying a full section of black canvas. However, the paint made it difficult to work with and I had to use borderline excessive force to complete it. It was like stitching through leather. 
I really like the text I used – although, it took me a while to finalize it. I went into Microsoft Word, typed in ‘Colonel’, highlighted it, and scrolled through all the different fonts. When I came across the GothicE Text, it immediately worked. I then converted the script into a pixelated image {simply through creating a grid using Microsoft Excel and using x’s to stamp out the pattern}, and viola! It now hangs above the old chair I picked up at a charity shop recently for €2.