My Quilting Buddy

Raisin has now become my quilting buddy. She likes to huff and puff at me because something else is taking up my lap space.

My Quilting Partner

She did decide to at least taste the quilt. So I suppose that she approves now that it has passed the test.

Raisin Tasting The Quilt

Here’s what I accomplished today (through all the puppy huffs and puffs). You can’t see all that I did but it just continues in the same pattern for a bit so you’re not missing anything.

More Quilting Completed

Raisin can happily sit in my lap now that I’m finished quilting for the day.


Super Exciting Shop Update!

I’m really excited about today’s shop update! I’ve been thinking about these little guys for awhile and I’ve finally had the time to make them. I’ve finally found a way to combine my love of book binding and my love of fiber arts. These little needle books are so much fun! The little kitten one is so cute that I really wanted to keep it for myself but, alas, I decided to part with it.

Check my shop to see all the photos and buy one if you feel froggy.

On To The Photos!!!

Little Kitten Needle Book
Little Kitten Needle Book Front & Back
Berry Delight Needle Book
Purple Circles Needle Book
Sunshine Needle Book
Hibiscus Needle Book

Grandma’s House

I had dinner tonight with my dad, grandma, and 2 of my uncles. Homemade Spaghetti and Meatballs…. yummy! I had such a good visit. My grandma told my dad earlier in the week that she was giving me her quilt rack but he couldn’t find it in the loft. My grandma is one that will not send you home empty handed. She sent me home with just about every sewing related thing she owns.

She had me bag up everything in her sewing chest which was a lot! This included a ton of thread, needles, gadgets, and a few crochet hooks (I was really excited about those).
Massive box of Sewing Supplies
Grandma's Sewing Supplies
Grandma's Sewing Supplies
Super Cool Gadgets

She also gave me this dress which she made some time in the late 60’s or early 70’s. It’s such a tiny dress. It’s hard to imagine my grandma being that small.

A dress made my grandma

The most awesome thing about today… She gave me her dress form. I could have cried. I’m so excited to have it!

My Grandma's Dress Form


On to something a little different…..

I started the quilting process. I’ve only gotten this small square done but I’m pleased with it.

The Start of the Quilting Process

More on the World Book Day Sale

As part of the Bookbinding Street Team’s World Book Day celebration,
some of the members are participating in a sale from Wednesday, April
23rd to Saturday, April 26th. Check out the list of shops below and
the discounts they are having!

ladyartisan: 15% off
lapaperie: 10% off
free s&h + gift
subu: 10% off paper items
yellowcraftychick: 10% off
yatsu: free s&h
usefulbooks: 10% off
thisibexx: 10% off
myhandboundbooks: bogo
25% off
scodioli: free s&h
kristincrane: 10% off
kupokiley: 10% off
thecraftykitten: 10% off   <———— My Shop
flurrsprite: 15% off
uniquelycovered: 10% off
repaper: 10% off
moonbindery: 10% off
selected items
artkitten: 20% off books +
free s&h
bibliophile: 20% off

World Book Day Sale

In honor of Earth Day – April 22 – and World Book Day – April 23 – I’m having a sale in my shop.

The Crafty Kitten

10% off every item! Sale runs April 22 – April 27 Midnight EST.  Please wait for an updated invoice after check out.

Also, check out my fellow Bookbinding Etsy Street Team members who are also having a sale for World Book Day.  Search the tag “bookbindingteam” in the Etsy search box to find my other teammates. has a quiz that you can take to win a free market tote.  Contest runs through April 30 and bags will be shipped out in June.

Sampler Quilt Top

I finished my quilt top for class today. I also made the quilt sandwich. Here’s a photo of my quilt top pre-sammy.

My First Quilt Top

My little fingers hurt 😦 I bought a thimble last night but I haven’t mastered the technique of using it yet.


Snuggies is my little girl kitty. She is also know as Hag Cat. She has a very nagging meow that she uses often. Sometimes she can be cute and sweet. Today I found her sleeping on the ottoman in front of the window in the living room. She was in the right state of tired and the light was working well. I just couldn’t pass up this opportunity to finally get some decent photos of her.


Click Here to see the photo set.

Embroidery and getting my life back…

Ok, those two things have nothing in common. This post just happens to be about two different things.

Yesterday was April 15. Tax Day. End of Tax Season. Hurray!!! I’m Free!! I feel like I’ve been in prison for four months. I haven’t really been able to craft which has been driving me nuts. I feel like I can go back to a normal life. Classes are almost over. Girl Scouts is almost over. I’m not taking on anything else so I can have time to focus myself on my art.

Tonight in quilting class we began putting everything together and were shown how to start hand quilting. We also got a demo on embroidery. Here’s my sample for tonight. I’m pretty pleased with it.

My First Embroidery

I love my Dog.

My Fur Baby is so sweet. This is how we spend our evenings when I’m watching t.v. Raisin loves to be held like a baby and will sleep like that for hours. My hubby snapped this photo of us tonight.

My Baby Raisin