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Inspired* by mini tortoises a fellow forist, EvaBlond, posted recently, I stitched together this little fellow, whom I call Fred. (In case there is no name for this compulsive need to name every tom cat, stick, and lorry in your home, I propose to call this ailment “the Ikea-Complex”!)

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Two little piggies,

male, tabby and white

moved in with Westmonster

their future was bright. Continue reading

The Internet is full of things that are on people’s minds. If the amount of a certain thing on the internet is representative of the amount of head-space that particular thing takes up in the average person’s head then the minds of people are chock-full of cats. Continue reading

The creative mind behind, Christiane Brüning, recently published a new book with patterns for all sorts of little beaded figurines for many occasions throughout the year.

The beaded dolls in this book range from tiny to thumb-sized (which, come to think of it, is also tiny), and I just couldn’t wait to get started with one of the bigger dolls, from the “Easter” section: the Easter Bunny. Continue reading

I recently got a pattern for the cutest little beaded kitty from a fellow beader, and so I am currently working on making a grey tabby with a white face. I thought I’d share a couple of work-in-progress pics. Continue reading

I’m amazed at my stubby fingers. They actually managed to bead a kitty that could sit comfortably on my thumbnail … if either of us had any sense of balance! Continue reading

There’s this website, Have you heard of it? If you haven’t and you like working with beads now and again, or even if you just suspect you might like looking at the prettiest little trinkets made of beads – do NOT check out this site! You will never get anything else done again! Continue reading

Well, I decided that the dachshund-ring was a little too infantile for my grown-up friend, and so I made another little doggie guy using more appropriate colors and actually giving him a body.

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My favorite colleague at work has a birthday coming up, and she’s been especially nice to me recently (she made me cocoa the other day, for crying out loud!). Hence, I thought I should give her something good for her birthday and asked her what she wanted.

She wanted a voucher for a drugstore. Continue reading

It was my mom’s birthday a couple of weeks ago.

Hubby and I gave her the coolest Memory game (which I hope and think she liked), and to stick on top of the wrapped present, I beaded a cute (well… so-so cute) little Teddy bear giving her his heart, and because the bear didn’t end up being quite as perfect as I would have liked him to be, I made an extra, bigger heart as well. Continue reading