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TTMT #726 – It’s a lot

In which I talk about moving, breaking down my quilt frame, and my poor sick kitty. I failed to include that we don’t really have a diagnosis. The emergency hospital was leaning toward him having eaten something he should not have. I talked to my vet’s office immediately after recording and they want to see him first thing tomorrow.


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Lily – 3 Years Later

Lily - Three Years Later

This Lily, my sister and her hubby’s sweet kitty.

You may remember Lily from our big fundraiser from November 2011. She was rescued by Stephanie & Richard and she was obviously injured.

The vet discovered Lily had been shot and that she needed to have her leg amputated. It was an expensive procedure, but she needed it to save her life, and with the help of the online community, we raised enough money to cover the cost. Many, many people shared generously.

Lily - Three Years Later

She’s doing fantastically now and is Queen Kitty of the house with a brother kitty (Owen) and sister kitty (Miranda) in the house.

Thanks to Richard for the photos of Lily and to Michelle Thompson for reminding me that I hadn’t shared an update for a while!

Read all about Lily’s journey.

Sewhooked Prize - December 2014


New prize! Share ANY project designed by me (from Craftsysewhooked.comfandominstitches.com, Quiltmaker, etc.)with the Sewhooked flickr group in December and be entered to win this fun prize! One entry per project. 🙂



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DIY Kitty Vending Machine

We’re a bit busy around here this week getting ready for back to school and all the things it entails, but I do have one small, fun thing to share: 10 seconds of cat video!

This is our newest family member, Rose (adopted at the end of March this year), fetching a treat for herself. She gets treats every day to help with her shedding, and she can gobble up her entire ration in about 2 seconds and come out wanting more!

I found this on Pinterest and unlike most projects I’ve pinned, I actually made this one! Rose is a treat gobbler, so we thought anything that would slow her down would be a good thing.

I was able to find a blog that mentioned the craft, but not one that credits who came up with it.


This month, ALL photos of projects made from Sewhooked patterns, including Paper Piecing Vintage, shared with the Sewhooked flickr group will be entered to win a copy of Jack Leaves The Light On!

Have a great weekend! I’ll be back full-swing soon!


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TTMT #259 So. Much. Stuff. & a kitty

Stuff in this video:

Share your Paper Piecing Vintage photos with the Sewhooked flickr group for a chance to win fun prizes all year long.  Look for a new prize to be announced soon!

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TTMT #255 – A Little Progress & Evil Crochet

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PPV Prize April 2014

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Love is in the air!

The newest member of our family! 1 1/2 year old girl,  siamese with orange tabby markings.  She is fantastically sweet and she snuggles! Still deciding on her name. She met Merlin and Marie through the carrier and no hissing, which is a minor miracle.

Meet the newest member of our family!

She’s approximately 1 1/2 years old and is Siamese with orange tabby markings (what a perfect mix!).

She was at my vet’s office waiting for adoption. When I asked about her, the wonderful girls there told me she didn’t have a name and she’d been very blue since she’d been there, but was very friendly and snuggly when held. The very first thing she did when I met her was to tuck her head under my chin and right into my neck. Tears sprang right into my eyes. I haven’t been chin-tucked since right before we said goodbye to Tackett.

She met Merlin and Marie through the carrier and no hissing, which is a minor miracle. She’s currently hanging out in our bathroom until she gets used to us and is here long enough not to smell “other” to M & M.

She doesn’t have a name yet, but I have an idea.

Happy Friday!


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NOT cancer!

Reading with Tackett

Just got back from the vet…and it’s NOT cancer!

*throws confetti*

Tackett has lymphoplasmacytic inflammation of the liver. He will continue to need treatment, but the prognosis at this point is good. We go back in a month for more blood tests to see if his liver is functioning more normally and then we’ll go from there.

THANK YOU for your love and support through the stress my family and I have been under.

*hugs you all*

*hugs Tackett*


In case you missed it, this is Tabby Face, a free pattern from me to you as a special thank you for all your love and support. Read more about it here.

Use coupon code TACKETT right here on Sewhooked and in my Etsy Shop for 25% off your total order during the month of August. This special coupon has been created as a fundraiser for my beloved and sick kitty, Tackett. Tackett is a regular visitor to Talk To Me Tuesday and even has his own Facebookpage. The great majority of the patterns I’ve designed have come into life with Tackett sitting in my lap or on my feet.

Have you made patterns or projects from Sewhooked? I would love to see!  Add them to the Sewhooked flickr group for a chance to be featured on my blog!


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Craft: Pet Name Tags

I have kitties.

Lots of kitties.  Okay four, that’s lots, right?

My fur babies all stay indoors, but I still feel safest if they’re wearing a name tag with our address and phone number on it in addition to their city tags.   They’re sneaky, ya know?

After numerous lost collars, a couple of which turned up years later under a pile of boxes in the garage, I started making replacement tags instead of buying.  It’s easy and inexpensive.

The first one I made is about two years old now and is still in perfect shape!

You’ll need:

  • Polymer clay (like Sculpey or Fimo; also called polyclay)
  • polymer clay pasta machine OR poly clay rolling pin
    **please note: if using a pasta machine, it needs to be used only for polymer clay. DO NOT use the same machine that you’d make pasta with**
  • parchment paper
  • 1 to 1 1/2″ cookie cutter with a uniform shape (don’t be tempted to make the tag larger, the larger it is, the more likely your pet will be able to get into his or her mouth)
  • Bic Cristal Pen lid
  • toothpick or skewer
  • alphabet stamps (optional)
  • small cookie sheet
  • regular or toaster oven
  • acrylic paint
  • large jump ring
  • Sculpey Glaze

Knead a small amount of clay, then roll out with a clay roller or pass through pasta machine on the next to thickest setting.  On my machine, that’s an 8.

For more information about handling polyclay see Working With Polymer Clay on Crafts-For-All-Seasons

Place clay on a small on the parchment paper.   Press the cookie cutter straight down, making one blank.  If you’re making more than one, now is a great time to cut them all out.

Tag blank.

If you have alphabet stamps, use them to stamp on your pet’s name by gently pushing the stamp straight down and lifting straight up.  Shown are jewelers stamps, which need to be cleaned well if used with polymer clay.

If not using alphabet stamps, use the directions for finishing the back of the tag.

Finished front with a fun star stamp added.

Take the lid off the Bic pen.  It makes a perfect circle cutter for the jump ring hole.

Press the pen lid down into the clay, removing gently to avoid distorting the tag shape.  Remove the plug from the lid with a toothpick.

For the back (and the front if you don’t have stamps), use the toothpick to gently write your address or phone number.

Place parchment paper with tag(s) on cookie sheet and bake according to manufacturer’s directions.

Once the tags are cool, rub a small amount of paint onto the front and backs with a paper towel, wiping away the excess.  This will make the letters stand out.  Allow that paint to dry for a few minutes (it won’t take long) and then coat with glaze.  Allow to dry.

Add jump ring.

Because your pet will be wearing this and safety is always first, let the tag dry at least 24 hours before attaching it to his or her collar.

Merlin, wearing his custom kitty tag

As always, if you make any pattern or craft from sewhooked,  I’d love to see a photo. Email me or add it to the Friends of sewhooked flickr group.

Happy crafting

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