Friday, January 30, 2015

Scrappy Fleece Projects

I recently decided to replace Cannoli and Boadicea's fleece hay rack.  As I dug through my pile of fleece scraps, I figured I could make a few other items for the pigs.  We're down a hammock since Noli snipped most of the seams from one of them.  And I've been wanting to make little pig pillows since I saw this post on Cali Cavy Collective.

The new hay rack is a little smaller than others I've made.  I didn't pay attention and cut the straps along the non-stretchy grain of the fleece, which makes stuffing it with hay a bit more difficult.  I may need to make note of that in the instructions.

I think the hammock looks great.  The flamingo fleece was very thin, so I added a layer of batting to give the hammock a bit more padding.  I'm happy with the pillows, although I'm not sure how popular they will be.  I put the flamingo pillow in the cage last week.  It has traveled around the cage but I haven't seen any pig snuggled up with it.  I guess I'll give it some time and see what happens.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Anita's Arrowhead

I'm still on my throw pillow kick.  They're fun little projects that I get to keep (because I have a place for them).  Plus I get to try out new patterns.

The latest one is called Anita's Arrowhead.  It starts with two 8" squares and voila!  you end up with a two-toned X block.  They're so easy and quick.  I think I did six blocks in less time than it took to do a single herringbone block.  I've been been thinking of making a new quilt for my bed.  I've been looking at several different patterns and this one has just entered the running.

I may have to try some more of these sew-together-and-cut-apart kind of blocks.  This was fun.

I'm linking up with Freemotion by the River.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Grow Your Blog

Today I am participating in the Grow Your Blog blog party.  Welcome to Crafts, Cavies and Cooking!  (And if you notice the URL, it used to be Contra dancing.)  I realize it's a somewhat eclectic mix.  But hey, it's what I enjoy!  I hope you do, too.

2014 quilting projects

The Crafts of the title is primarily quilting.  My mother gave me a Singer Graduate for my 14th birthday and it's still trucking along after many years of use.  Most of my quilts have focused on the piecing, but I've recently discovered the fun of free motion quilting.  Wow!  There's more to quilting than just stitch-in-the-ditch!  I've learned all sorts of new stuff in the last year.

In addition to the sewing, I break out the Sculpey once or twice a year to make ornaments, magnets and earrings.  

Then there's the Cavies.  I had guinea pigs as a child and got hooked on them again after I graduated from college.  I've had a pair or trio of sows ever since.  My current pair are Cannoli (the tubby brown and white pig) and Boadicea (the agouti with white bum and eye patch).  In 2003 I discovered there are many guinea pigs that have been left at animal shelters.  Since then I have adopted all of my guinea pigs from several local shelters.  Boadicea has been with us for just under a month, so we're all still adjusting to the new dynamics.

I'm involved with a few on-line guinea pig communities.  I also organize the Boston Pignic - a biannual event for guinea pigs and their caretakers.  We spend an afternoon eating grass (the pigs) and swapping guinea pig stories (the humans).  For more information about the Boston Pignic, pignics in other states, or how to organize your own pignic, check out Pignic Central.

Lastly there's Cooking.  My favorite things to make are cookies, desserts and quick breads.  The internet is most wondrous place of foodie blogs.  In the last few years I've tried a variety of new dinner dishes and dessert recipes.

Thank you for stopping by.  Be sure to check out the other neat blogs that have joined the party.

2 Bags Full

Friday, January 23, 2015

Perpetual Motion

Good pigs, sharing pellets
Boadicea has lost a little weight since she's been here.  I haven't seen any sign that Cannoli is guarding the food.  In fact, they're often at the hay rack or the pellet dish together.  I think Boadicea has a touch of ADHD.  She starts eating food, then something catches her interest and she goes off to investigate.  She'll come back and take a few more nibbles, then get distracted again.  If she's unlucky, Cannoli will have polished off whatever she left behind.  Noli has never been a fast eater for a guinea pig, but she's consistent.  Slow and steady wins the race.

Boadicea is interested in everything, including a clean cage.  She checks out the corners and the grids, and ooh!  Is someone in the kitchen with treats?  Talk about fearless - I've never seen any other pig leap off the ramp to the first level.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Cozy Conflict

Cannoli in the cozy and Boadicea is left out
Cannoli and Boadicea have been getting a little heated over the third floor cozy.  When I glance over at the cage, one or the other is usually occupying that cozy.  The third level itself is a popular place to hang out.  Pinniped and Cannoli regularly slept overnight up there, and I find Noli and Boadi up there, too.

The loudest whining occurs when Noli is in the cozy and Boadi is looking to get in, too.  I realize that Noli makes things sound more dire than they are.  On the other hand, I'm beginning to think that Boadicea enjoys inciting a fuss.  She looks sweet and innocent, and all she wants is to be near Cannoli.  That may have been the case in the beginning.  I'm not convinced.  She's a devious rodent.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Chance of Flurries

I spent Sunday evening watching the Patriots while printing and preparing snowflake patterns.  (You can find the series of patterns on Craftsy.)  I printed out the freezer paper for snowflakes 1, 3 and 4. (I had already printed snowflake #7.)

They all look alike!  Before I cut apart the pieces, I labeled them with their snowflake number.  Then I printed out each snowflake's cutting table, folded them in half and stapled the sides.  Voila!  Envelopes to hold the pieces when they're not in use.

I'm ready to go!  I'm hoping to get sewing by the weekend.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Strutting Her Stuff

A clean cage is always something to get excited about.  New fleece is an excuse to check out every corner.  Cannoli decided it was the perfect time to reestablish her dominance.

I'm not sure how successful it was.  In Cannoli's mind, she did a bang-up job.  She clearly rumblestruts over every level of the cage.  However, I don't think it made any impression on Boadicea.  She blithely checked out the whole cage and pretty much ignored Cannoli. 

I particularly like Noli's ending popcorn bounce.  See?  All mine.  I did a good job.