Friday, April 30, 2010

Feline Friday!

Sierra attacking the camera strap!

I love my new mousie!

Sophie guarding her mouse in the basket

Today the spotlight is on our 2 foster kitties Sophie & Sierra.  It was a week ago today when we went & picked them up.  It's amazing how fast they grow.  We can already see a change.  They've been SO much fun for our family & are such good kitties eating like little pigs, faithfully using their litter boxes (well, except for a few piles the first day) & playing like there's no tomorrow!  Do you EVER get tired of watching kittens play??? 

Today they got new furry mice & they were in Heaven!  I think they thought the mice were REAL!  I even heard some growling going on when one got too close to the other's mouse.  Too funny.  I tried to get pictures of them playing but forgot to turn on the "fast motion" thingy on the camera & they all came out blurry - sorry.  Ever try to get a kitten to hold still?  I'll try & get some better ones later.

For now ~ HAPPY FRIDAY & WEEKEND!  Give your kitties a hug!

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Prints Now in the Shop~Yay!

I have NEW PRINTS in the shop as of today!  Woohoo

The picture above is my first attempt at a photoshopped collage.  UGH!  I'm starting to think you have to be a rocket scientist to figure photoshop out!  Does anyone else find it hard to understand???  Maybe it's just me.  I'm brand new to it & feel like a complete idiot trying to do the simplest things.  The step-by-step tutorials could stand a few more steps if you ask me.  Oh well, I'm slowly getting the hang of it & I'm sure it'll be fun once I get better.....maybe....yeah.  In the meantime, I'm fine with my Olympus Master photo editing software that's very user friendly & I KNOW how to use!

Sorry to go off rambling about that.  You can visit my Etsy Shop to check out the prints.
Tomorrow is BOOKMARK day along with "Feline Friday"meow
Have a happy!

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Note Cards Now in the Shop!

Finally!  I got in gear today & listed 2 sets of NOTE CARDS in my shop.  You can check them out HERE!  Tomorrow I hope to have 4 PRINTS listed & Friday watch for BOOKMARKS!  Yippeee! 

We are about to BLOW AWAY here in Kansas with this GUSTY WIND!  Hang on to your hat!

See ya tomorrow! xoxo

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Our First Foster Kitties!

Sierra & Sophie

Meet Sophie & Sierra, our first foster kitties!  I got an e-mail from the Humane Society Friday morning asking if we could foster some kittens & of course I said YES!  We picked them up Friday evening.  Aren't they the most ADORABLE sweeties ever???  They are 4 weeks old so we'll have them for a month or so.  They need to be 8 weeks old & at least 2 pounds before they can be adopted.  We're having SO much fun watching them tumble around playing & wrestling!  They're being such good kitties, eating well & using their litter boxes - yay! 

We have our basement guestroom all fixed up for them & they are feeling right at home (temporarily anyway).  I LOVE their buff beige coloring!  Sierra is the shorter haired & Sophie is the fluffy butterball.  Our resident cats, Zoolou & Markie came down to check them out but seemed disinterested & walked away - ha!  I guess I didn't need to worry about them stressing out.  Now they're acting as though they don't even know they're here.  That's good!

Fun on the Cat Scratcher Toy!

I'll be posting pics of these baby girls throughout the next month.  It'll be fun to watch them grow & change!  Hope you had a great weekend! xox

Saturday, April 24, 2010

A New Painting ~ Spring Sprouts

"Spring Sprouts" available on EBAY now! Click to biggify!

Happy Saturday!  I finished up this little spring painting yesterday.  Paige & her cat Penelope just discovered new sprouts in their little box garden!

"Spring Sprouts" is up for grabs on EBAY right HERE!  Check it out!

Hope you're having a wonderful weekend so far!
Get outside & do something fun!

Friday, April 23, 2010

Feline Friday!

Waiting for Shirley

Happy Friday everybody!  Today for "Feline Friday" I'm sharing a blog post from our KS Humane Society's Foster Blog.  We have an outdoor living history museum here in Wichita called Cowtown where several stray cats live.  A nice lady named Shirley has been caring for them for years, bless her heart.  What a kind soul to give so much to those cats.  I wish there were more people like her!  I think these cats are the healthiest looking strays I've ever seen!  Look at those beautiful fur coats!  Thank you Shirley for being their angel!
Below is the post from the Foster Blog.  Aren't the captions cute?

Waiting for Shirley

April 8, 2010 by khsfoster

Our KHS Foster Volunteer Shirley Hutchison has been caring for the many stray cats that live at Cowtown for decades– every morning she goes to Cowtown to feed them, and she also provides veterinary care for them when they need it. One of her Cowtown colleagues photoshopped a picture of some of the Cowtown cats while they wait for Shirley to arrive for breakfast

Happy weekending all!

Thursday, April 22, 2010

New Note Cards for the Shop

Finished up some cute NOTE CARDS for the shop today!
These were made from prints of some of my original paintings.
Hope to have more cards & prints in the shop this weekend.
Stay Tuned!

Tomorrow's FRIDAY ~ YAY!

Earth Love

Image via grouphug

Please be KIND to our Earth!


We only have 1 Earth.
Take care of it....Love it!

Enjoy Earth Day today!  xox ~ Jill

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Cat Love goes Way Back!

Me & Tiger ~ our first cat

Me & Felix

Happy Wednesday all!  I thought I'd share some old pictures I came across of me & the first of many kitties in my life.  I guess I was just born a cat lover! 

The first pic is me & Tiger, our big brown tabby.  I must've been about 3.  I'm thinking it was probably my birthday since I'm surrounded by toys.  Looks like I got a new puzzle, sundress, Pebbles doll & the one in the box might be Midge.  Like my cute little pixie haircut?  Tiger always sat on my chair at the dinner table & also caught locusts outside & brought them in the house still buzzing!

The Siamese is Felix.  He was a sweetie & VERY vocal!

I have some painting to do today.  It's been a while! 

Friday, April 16, 2010

Feline Friday!

"I'm not doing anything. I just jumped up here to look out the window."

Hiya bloggers!  I've decided since my blog & business are cat related it would fun to have a special day just for CATS ... sooo ... welcome to *FELINE FRIDAY*

It might be a health tip ~ a cat in the news ~ a rescue story ~ a good cat book ~ cool cat accessories ~ or maybe just a cute cat photo!
It'll be a surprise each week!

My own mischievous Mr. Markie kicks off the first Feline Friday with his "Sock Drawer Snooping"!

"She's gone. Now I can dig out these socks!"

"Wow, Dad has a lot of socks in here! I have to get ALL of them!"

"If I can just squeeze in...THERE! Now I can reach those in the back!"

"Get lost Zoolou. This is MY drawer!"

"The sock drawer is empty. My work here is done."
(mommy will clean this up later)

Do any of you have silly cats who like to dig clothes out of drawers?
Wishing you a FUN weekend with your felines ~ or whatever 4-legged or 2-legged loved ones you have!

xox ~ Jill

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Did You Find Me?

Hi there!  Welcome to my new address! 
The blog is the same ~ just the name has changed.  I hope you were directed here ok from my old blog & will continue to follow me!

I'm working on an Etsy Shop makeover & blog improvements & thought it best to have the same name on both. 
I'm excited about things to come & hope you'll join me along the way!

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Yikes! I Need to Post!

Has a whole week gone by already???  I apologize for being MIA.  My 2 sissies, sis-in-law, niece, good friend (honorary sister) & I all road-tripped to Kansas City & surprised my mom on her birthday last Friday!  We spent the whole weekend just relaxing with good food, drink & conversation.  And the weather was perfect too!  She had no clue & was so happy & surprised!  Got to visit with my awesome brother too.  He's used to being outnumbered by girls ~ the only boy in the family with 3 sisters & then 2 daughters of his own!  We had SO much fun!  I LOVE girls' weekends don't you? 

Aren't these puppy bouquets ADORABLE?  My friend e-mailed them to me & I don't know the source to link to but just HAD to post them cuz they were so cute.  Now why can't they do a CAT bouquet?  That's what I'd like to see!
Ok, here's my public service announcement for the day.  A staff member from our Humane Society sent an e-mail out about this & asked us to pass it on.  A popular "Cocoa Mulch" sold in many stores is said to be highly toxic to cats & dogs.  You can read more about it on this LINK.  I know most of us are animal lovers & don't want to take any chances! 

GOOD NEWS!  Printer issues are resolved & note cards are in the works!  I'm brainstorming cute packaging ideas now & will have photos soon!  Have a WONDERFUL day! xox

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Note Card Sneek Peek!

Happy Thursday everybody! 

Thought I'd give you a peek at my new NOTE CARDS soon to be in the shop!  I'm having printer issues (UGH! Boo!  Hiss!)  but hope to get them resolved soon & get my shop all nice & updated!

Here we have a nice set of Tropical Cats, Spring Cats & Hawaii Cats!
They will be 5 1/2" X 4 1/4" note cards in sets of 4.  The images above will be centered on a white background.
Check back soon for my shop update announcement!

Have a happy day!

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Fun Easter Weekend!

Kayla & I takin' a break from our hike at Chisholm Creek Park

Did you have a fun Easter weekend?  We sure did!  With the kids going to a Catholic school they had Good Friday & Easter Monday off so we had a nice long 4 days of relaxation.  PERFECT weather, steaks on the grill, hikes in the woods, Easter egg dying, baskets full of candy & iTunes/Starbucks gift cards, Easter Sunday Mass, & a walk to the ice cream shop!  Doesn't get much better than that!
Cole on the creek

On our hike in the woods we spotted a deer which is rare in the middle of the day!  Can you see her?  I couldn't believe how close she let us get!  My son Cole also spotted a turkey running along the creek.  I love seeing wildlife!
Deer hiding in the trees

You're never too old to DYE Easter eggs!  My 17 yr. old Shelby & her boyfriend had a blast making their creations (& a huge mess).  They did clean it up afterwards!

I don't think I've ever seen our Bradford Pear bloom so full & pretty!  I just hope these WINDY days we've been having don't blow all the blossoms off too soon.  This is the tree I see out my studio window!
Our bloomin' backyard tree!

Kayla & Koda spent some lounge time in the backyard.  Good weather...good book...good dog.
Hope you had a wonderful weekend too!

I took the weekend off from my classes & studio but working on some new note cards later today.  Right now I'm off to the Humane Society for my volunteer day. 

Sunday, April 4, 2010

He is Risen! Happy Easter!

Markie, Zoolou & I wish you all a
Image via merrimusings
Hope you have a wonderful spring day with beautiful weather & those you love around you!  Oh, and lots of chocolate too!

Friday, April 2, 2010

New Painting & My Lucky Day!

"King of the Birdhouse"

Happy Good Friday everyone!  I finished this springy painting last night.  Patches discovered he could climb to the very top of the birdhouse...but Mr. Bird wasn't too thrilled about it!
You can bid on "King of the Birdhouse" on EBAY right now!

Yum Yum!

Today is also my lucky day!  Jeanee over at "Diry Laundry" had a bloggiversary giveaway & guess who won.....ME!  I got to pick out 2 of her wonderful Cupcake Bath Fizzies!  Yay!  Don't they look good enough to eat???  Check out Jeanee & her shop full of fizzie cupcakes right HERE!

Wishing you all a BLESSED EASTER filled with