Friday, January 29, 2021

Fostering Kittens: Raising Cute Little Foster Kitties for Adoption

What is life like being a foster parent to orphaned kitties? How much work is involved in raising bottle baby kittens and getting them ready for adoption? Find out here!

I'm going on several years now of fostering kittens for Simply Cats, a local no-kill feline adoption center. It's a rewarding experience. They send babies my way and I socialize them and help them grow big and strong. Playful and loving. Healthy and fun. Then they leave my home to get spayed or neutered, micro-chipped and immunized, and then placed on the adoption floor back at Simply Cats. 

Need a list of things to purchase before you bring foster kittens into your home? While many shelters provide your essentials, sometimes you may find yourself on your own. Take a look at my Essential Supplies for Raising Foster Kittens to find items that may be helpful to keep the kitties safe, warm, and healthy.

Check out the adventures of this past year's foster kitties as they work towards growing up big and strong. You'll find plenty of cute kitty cat photos and I even have some tips and tricks in these blog posts:
The Wild West Foster Kitten Gang - Mama Kate, Wild Bill, Annie Oakley, Calamity Jane, Wyatt Earp

The Simon and Garfunkel Scarborough Fair Foster Kittens - Parsley, Sage, Rosemary, and Thyme

The Breakfast Club Foster Kittens - Buttermilk, Flapjack, Shortstack, Crepe, Cupcake, and Mama Sienna.

Want to help contribute to the work I do with foster kittens? I have an Amazon wish list right here. These are the things I use again and again, year after year. With daily laundry and frequent cleaning, items have to be replaced often. I’d love anything you’d be willing to send my way!

Why would I want to foster kittens, knowing I have to give them back?

Proud to be fostering? Check out my new mug, t-shirt, and sweatshirt to show your love of your fosters. The t-shirts and sweatshirts are available in a variety of color and sizes. (Including plus sizes.) Also make great gifts for foster kitten parents! Now available in my Etsy shop.

Can't foster kittens but are interested in helping in a different way? Check out my tutorials for kitty projects:

Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Make a Homemade Valentine's Day Heart Corner Bookmark - Tutorial Tuesday

For today's Tutorial Tuesday we are making a quick and easy Valentine's Day heart corner bookmark from fabric. It's a good sewing project for a beginner and makes a nice last-minute gift, too.

Valentine's Day fabric corner heart bookmark

For this project you will need:
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Otherwise, you can watch the how to video directions for this quick and easy homemade Valentine's Day corner fabric bookmark sewing project here:
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Monday, January 25, 2021

Homemade Christmas Tree Ornament Sewing and Crafting Projects

Looking for homemade Christmas tree ornament sewing and crafting projects with supply lists and templates? How about clear, step-by-step tutorial videos?

Get started on your next handmade Christmas tree ornament!

Homemade Christmas Tree ornament sewing and craft projects

May I ask a favor of you while you are doing your shopping this year?

As you know, as I blog I work hard at providing new crafting projects, travel content, and kitten fostering tips to readers. It's not a paid job and it's just me, myself, and I making sure new "stuff" gets out there each week. I do occasionally make a small - very small - commission with affiliate links. 

So here's the favor I'm asking...
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Sunday, January 24, 2021

Sewing Through the Holidays and Seasons - DIY Projects

Looking for holiday seasonal sewing and crafting projects with supply lists and templates? How about clear, step-by-step tutorial videos?

Click below to get started on your next spring, summer, fall or winter sewing or crafting project!

May I ask a favor of you while you are doing your shopping this year?

As you know, as I blog I work hard at providing new crafting projects, travel content, and kitten fostering tips to readers. It's not a paid job and it's just me, myself, and I making sure new "stuff" gets out there each week. I do occasionally make a small - very small - commission with affiliate links. 

So here's the favor I'm asking...
If you plan on shopping on JoAnn or Amazon this year, would you mind using my links when you make the purchase? If you do, I'd sure appreciate it!
JOANN Stores

Friday, January 22, 2021

Foster Kitten Friday - And Then There Were None

And then there were none. 

Yep, this was the week. The week any foster kitten parent dreads - and looks forward to. The one with mixed emotions of sadness and loss and excitement and hope. The week when they leave your foster home and get ready to head to a new home. Their forever home.

When the itty bitty foster kittens come into your life, you tell yourself you won't get too attached to them. But you do.

You remind yourself on a daily basis they don't belong to you. But you'll forget.

It'll seem like no one can take care of them and love them like you do. But someone will.

You think you’ll never love any other kittens as much as the ones you have right now. But you will.

You'll talk yourself into - and out of - keeping one or more of them as your own. But you won't.

Because you, as a kitty cat foster parent, are only one little spoke in the big wheel of the lives of orphaned kitties. And when weeks like this one come, the wheel is ready to keep rolling along without your spoke. You've done all you can. You've raised them right. Helped them grow big and strong. Playful and loving. You've made sure they've become good, productive citizens healthy and fun-loving cats. And you've loved them just as much as humanly possible.

Goodbye, Annie Oakley.

Goodbye, Calamity Jane.
Goodbye, Wyatt Earp.
Goodbye, Wild Bill.
It was fun while it lasted. 
Gee whiz, you kids grew!

Want to help contribute to the work I do with foster kittens? I have an Amazon wish list right here. These are the things I use again and again, year after year. With daily laundry and frequent cleaning, items have to be replaced often. I’d love anything you’d be willing to send my way!

I can't leave without doing one last Wyatt video. What an adventure we had, kiddo.

Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Valentine's Day Candy Jar Heart Fabric Wrap - Tutorial Tuesday

If you're looking for a unique sewing or crafting project idea for a Valentine's Day candy jar, make your own homemade fabric jar wrap. This easy sewing project wraps around a glass canning jar!
Homemade Candy Jar Fabric Wrap for Valentine's Day

For this project you will need:

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Friday, January 15, 2021

Foster Kitten Friday

Happy Foster Kitten Friday from the Wild West Gang! While there were times it did feel like the Wild West, we also had plenty of times when it didn't. 

Need a lap cat? They've got ya covered!

Prefer cats who do their resting on a cat tree? Check that off the list.

Snuggle-on-the-floor cats? Yep.

What about kittens who take good pictures? You betcha.
Wyatt Earp
Annie Oakley
Calamity Jane

Want to help contribute to the work I do with foster kittens? I have an Amazon wish list right here. These are the things I use again and again, year after year. With daily laundry and frequent cleaning, items have to be replaced often. I’d love anything you’d be willing to send my way!