Wednesday, July 10, 2013

(Not So) Wordless Wednesday - Etsy Store for Maine Coon Rescue

Parker and I decided to help our less fortunate Maine Coon kin and put mom's crafty stuff on Etsy. She says as stuff sells, she donates profits to Maine Coon Rescue. Recent activities for MC Rescue include recovery, veternary care, and fostering for cats from hoarding situations. Mom plans to add totes and bags, maybe even small quilts, but hasn't dug out the sewing machine yet. In the meantime, I am posting some of her jewelry.

Please visit our store for purchases, and thanks from all of us Maine Coons for helping!
KruseKats - Helping Animals

Autumn Jasper
The crystal thing is a knife rest.

Garden Bracelet - Hand Sewn to bead base. Makes a lovely sound.
We have not chewed on this. Promise.

Purple/Grape Swavorski Bracelet and Earrings

Lime Agate, Fresh Water Pearls and Mother of Pearl Bracelet. The lime agate has
a calming effect on Mom. I think it should calm Parker and Ken.

Hope you enjoyed our mini-showcase. Please remember to visit KruseKats - Helping Animals !

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Our Favorite Things Award

My homey, Cathy Keisha, was nominated for several awards. She allowed us humble cats to choose for a reply. I chose My Favorite Things, and all three of us are going to participate even if I have to beat them senseless. brothers!

Parker's Favorite Things
boinks, springs, and Neko flies from Nip and Bones
Pimentos, tomatoes, canned mushrooms, marshmallows and cantalope
Tussling with Ken
Mom's lap and Sleeping on the ottoman
A clean litterbox which just happens to be a cement mixing tray

Ken's Favorite Things
KIBBLE KIBBLE KIBBLE (ed. he's becoming an oinker)
Silvervine toys, undercover mouse and Neko flies from Nip and Bones
Tussling with Parker
Laying in the middle of the walkway and getting belly scratches
The Sink
Planning suprise Maggie attacks

Maggie's Favorite Things
Any friskies canned food
Mom's lap and Sleeping next to mom
Neko flies from Nip and Bones
Being brushed and boxes
Black beans, canned mushrooms

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Wordless Wednesday

Parker helps mom sew. I think he is goofy!

Monday, June 10, 2013

KruseKats Talk Science - Cicadas
Cicadas are the topic of this season! Eastern areas of the United States are hosts to the 17 year Brood II. I thought it might be interesting to look up some facts about the loud insects.

The uppermost topic on all anipals’ minds is: “Can I eat these things and not get sick?” The short answer is YES!!!! What a relief since those cicadas are really noisy and irritating, a trial for cats and dogs. I say, give the AMA a high paw for telling our worried humans it’s fine if we indulge. The AMA does recommend that humans watch how many we ingest since the wings and legs can irritate our throat and maybe a sensitive tummy. (medicalnewstoday) Cicadas don’t bite or sting, so we are safe against that type of injury.

The current crop of Cicadas is a periodical brood known as Magicicada which emerges every 13 or 17 years. These are the reddish ones with red eyes. Cicadas appearing together maintain their populations without predators reducing their populations.

There are other cicadas known as Dog Days or Tibicen since they come out every 1-5 years. This guy is a greenish, large species (thinks to self, I bet those are really satisfying crunchies).

Cicadas have in interesting life cycle where they spend most of their life as a nymph underground. When Nature signals “it’s time”, nymphs burrow out of the ground and find a plant to crawl onto so they can molt. Once they have molted, the whitish exoskeleton darkens and hardens. Once the exoskeletons have hardened, adult mating behaviors begin.(insects.University of Michigan)

The males start singing to attract females and fly short distances to find the lady. Once mated, females cut lines in young tree branches to deposit her eggs which may number up to 600. After 6 to ten weeks, eggs hatch, the nymphs drop to the ground and burrow to find a root for food source. The life cycle repeats.

I would like to clear up a misconception that locusts are the same insect as cicadas. They are classified differently and their scientific names show that they are from different families.

For all those humans who have been worrying about us anipals eating cicadas, you should know that they are a very good protein source. Look for the nymphs and females for the best eating. There are hundreds of recipes such as candied cicadas. Yum! 2 years ago when eastern Missouri had their 13 year Brood, an enterprising ice cream store owner in Columbia decided to cash in on this protein source. He coated the cicadas in sugar and chocolate, adding them to 1 batch of ice cream. The ice cream was doing a brisk business until the city health department suggested that it might be against regulations.

I hope you have enjoyed our first science article. If you have suggestions for topics, let me know!

MaggieTKat aka The Mags

Friday, May 31, 2013

Science by the KruseKats Coming Soon

We all got together and decided that we would like to blog about science related stuff. I have experience with science articles, and the boys seem eager to learn about creepy boy things. That Ken investigates lots of things with 2+ legs.

So, look for a blog post about cicadas coming soon!

We take requests from our friends with enquiring minds.

The Mags

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Winding Down from BlogPaws 2013

Yoga Cats - NutmegTorbie, Dash Kitten, CheshireK
 I didn't go to blogpaws as a flat pet this year, but Stuffed Parker watched everything from Mom's backpack. Once he flew out of the backpack, and she left him in the litterbox. Luckily she remembered, and found him just shaking off his back paws.

Mom and Parker learned meditation and did yoga with CheshireK's Robin. Parker didn't see what the big deal is about yoga - he stretches like that all the time. Said they did a pose called Gate. Well he does that everytime he licks his you know.

We are such simple bloggers that some sessions about marketing really don't appeal to Mom who is an introverts so selling yourself is a foreign concept. Rescues, proper reporting skills, etc. are our milleu. Steve Dale was phenomenal and then Dr. Bisha reinforced his idea.

Their highlight was honor flags. Stuffed Parker proved his worth. He was the security cat for folks who got emotional making their flags. Lots of lovely participation. And, lots of great response.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Wordless Wednesday - BlogPaws or Bust!

Mom is going to BlogPaws and has been collecting fun stuff for DIY night and the Honor Flag Project. I, Maggie, was protecting the box until Ken decided to help. Fortunately, the dog decided to keep him in line.  Enjoy!

Join in the BlogPaws Hop - countdown to Ecstacy (Steely Dan Fan here!)

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Wordless Wednesday - Parker: the Paws That Refreshes

Parker reminds us to kick back even during a busy social schedule.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Wordless Wednesday - The Face of a Rescue Cat

Ken trusts me enough to sit on my lap.

this is a blog hop

Thursday, March 14, 2013

KruseKats Quilt! The Couch Quilt

One quilt that will never be in a show, but is a great utilitarian quilt is the triple irish chain on the couch. It is about 15 years old and has seen a lot of use. I hope you enjoy the pix of anipals and humans!

We dog sit, so Dad Art has a lap full of Tipsy the Norwich Terrier, his dog Dali, and 70 pounds of Scoop.

Art and Dali. ho hum.

Art and Dali acting up. Double Ho Hum. Art least there is a cat quilt in the background.

I absolutely love Mom's family. I especially like Grandpa!

Dali enjoying her 5 seconds of fame on the couch.

This is Parker a month ago. I don't think he fits in the cat bed.

This is young Parker, maybe 5 months old. Seems he's all tuckered from playing.

Dali did not appreciate us cats at first. this is the closest she got to allowing us near her. Notice how Parker is NOT touching her but almost! Dali kept making herself smaller as Parks stretched out.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

KruseKats Quilt! Maggie's Quilt

I got my own quilt this year! It is hand appliqued based on Rose of Sharon patterns. Mom learned a different technique in each block. For example, the center 2nd block from the top has a ruched rose. The big pink one to your right has reverse applique. The bottom center is made from one 10 x 10" piece of green cloth and cut as the applique progressed. The big one to your right has folded 3D rose buds.

This is just the top and the corners were in progress. Mom put leaves and buds on the stems. It was hand quilted by the Concordia Luthern ladies in Kirkwood, MO. It isn't bound yet, but Dad wants to submit it to the UCity show this fall.

I haven't told you the name - "Maggie, there is no such thing as applique police". Dad didn't get it for a long time. Mom says that you can make a mistake but only she and an uptight judge will know it. So, she doesn't care if the "quilt police" look. She loves it, and so do I!.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

KruseKats Quilt! Buster's Star

One part of quilt making that is rarely talked about is establishing provenance. It is essential to have the maker and date on a quilt otherwise you have to rely on oral history which can get murky. We have 3 incredible family quilts, but all we know is that they date to the Civil War. Most quilters today go the extra step and name the quilt to help establish what part of their life the quilt is celebrating such as a birth or the life of a dearly departed.

Mom and Dad have been naming quilts for us anipals for years. This is named for Buster, a red ticked tabby. Mom says he is the gold standard for all cats, thus "Buster's Star". (What am I? chopped liver?) It was juried into the University City, MO show last year. She didn't win anything and never figured on it, just likes folks to see her stuff. The pattern is called Pennsylvania Star. the star and appliques are batiks, the background is a print, and the border is one of Mom's hand dyed.Dad did a really cool piping between the border and binding. enjoy!

Monday, March 11, 2013

KruseKats quilt! Dad's Turn

We took the weekend off to help heal mom's neck/shoulder. She's doing PT, hoping to avoid surgery.

Dad has been making quilts for the lady in his car pool. Her son who had beenin and out of reb finally OD'ed. The whole family feels the loss keenly, and asked Dad to make quilts using his favorite shirts. this is an outstanding version utilizing a string piecing method using strips of the shirts and other fabrics. I hink it is absolute eye candy!

I wasn't allowed on the quilt, but if you look in your lower right hand corner, the dog was involved.

Friday, March 8, 2013

KruseKats Quilt! Parker on Quilts

Parker has a lot to say about quilt construction. He is in charge of making sure that every quilt that leaves the house has cat fur attached. These are all anipal related charity raffle quilts.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

KruseKats Quilt! Holiday Quilts

Here are some holiday quilts that Mom made. Pix were taken with her old iBone, so a couple really suck. All the quilt hangers were made by their contractor, affectionally named Uncle Rich, from reclaimed boards from their house. Comments are underneath each quilt.

These are all vintage poinsettia hankies. She added the red/white squares around the center hanky whicch is on point.

This is a single vintage hankie.

Mom used scraps for this wall hanging.

Mom made this when their home was featured on the Kirkwood Christmas House Tour. Fabrics are 30's reproductions and solid red.

This is a Lynette Jenkins (Thimbleberries) pattern. The quilt was too long for the wall, so a row of trees was turned into a table runner for Mom's mom.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

KruseKats Quilt! Charity Raffle Quilts

Every year the St. Louis area square dancers have a Benefit Dance. Mom and Dad have made several queen sized quilts for the raffles, but I could only find 2 pictures. Enjoy!

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

KruseKats Quilt! Watercolor Quilts

I am not really sure why these are called watercolor quilts because they feel like dry cloth to me! *thinking of making nest in one. work them paws girl* Mom hasn't made one in a long time, but we we have a lot anyway. We even have a bed sized one, and you all anipals pile on it - last picture with Rudy! Enjoy the quilts!