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I've recently had the pleasure of hand-raising a litter of four kittens. They were barely a week old when their mother died, so I very quickly became the center of their universe. And, the amount of care they needed made sure that they were the center of mine. Weeks of making special formula, bottle feedings and worry have changed the daily flow of my life, and I wouldn't change it for the world! They are now happy, healthy toddlers and ready for their forever homes. Jenny, a beautiful grey sweetheart was the first to leave the nest. She was taken home by her new family yesterday, where she will have a wonderful life with two people who were absolutely overjoyed to have her.
DIY Craft Essential #1: Washi tape
DIY Craft Essential #2: Needle nose pliers
While I was happy to know she was so well situated, my heart broke to say goodbye. She was never mine to keep, but she claimed her place in my heart. When I'm not caring for stray animals, I spend my days sewing, whether it's quilting, fashion or decor sewing, or machine embroidery; sometime more than one option at a time! For the most part, I just stitch what I want. Sometimes, however, I will accept a commission to create something for someone else, most often quilting or embroidery supplies related. Mending is my least favorite task, but I do my fair share of that as well. Regardless of whether I'm handing over a consignment piece or giving a gift of one of my creations, it's always a lurch.
DIY Craft Essential #3: X-acto knife
DIY Craft Essential #4: Spray paint
This is my art! My creations. My heart and soul. And, I'm just letting it go out of my life forever. While pictures may speak a thousand words, it cannot give me the physical thrill of touching my creation. I feel a little like I did saying goodbye to Jenny. Something that keeps this silly sorrow from getting out of hand is that I know I can recreate the project at any time. Pictures and my notes will help me. But, what's the fun of creating the same quilt or stitching the same machine embroidery designs over and over? Sure, I can change up the colors or alter the project, but it's still just a repeat of something I've already done.
There's no challenge! Another thing that helps me through the feelings of “loss” is to go through my embroidery supplies to get ideas and inspiration. I like to use up anything that only has a small amount remaining, which keeps my stash from being full of small pieces. That can get overwhelming very quickly! Once I've used up as much of my scraps as I can, I feel quite justified in shopping for replacements. I just wish that finding good homes for my fur babies was as simple as that. Now that I'm not having to bottle feed every 2 hours and the extra cleaning has become routine, I've been stitching out a couple of embroidery patterns that help me create little quilts completely in the hoop!
These were free embroidery designs, and I am so grateful to the designer for her generosity! It is allowing me to create little quilts that will go with each little kitten as they find their new families. Jenny's was finished just minutes before she went home. Because these quilts smell like me, I hope they help with the transition. Once these quilts are done, the kittens should all be spoken for and my heart will have a huge hole that will need filling. Luckily for me, embroidery has become a sort of therapy. As I stitch, I'm reminded that there will always be children, or kittens, that need some love that I can provide with a warm arm and a snuggly quilt or embroidered blanket. I feel blessed to have my stitchery. For now, my babies are sleeping and I am at peace!