Let your soul stand ajar, always ready to welcome the ecstatic experience. ~ Emily Dickinson

Wednesday, September 21, 2016


Hello, sweet friends, and a most happy day to you!
It is an especially good day for me because it is finally getting 
COOLER in AZ!!!!!  
We are having some 70 degree weather in the early mornings and I love taking my walk when I feel a bit of a breeze and it is a bit overcast!!! 
It just makes me HAPPY!!!!

Another thing that makes me happy is CATS!!!!!
I have had a long time love affair with them and have had many pets over the years!!
My very first cat was a gray striped sweetie with four little white paws and I named her 
TIP TOES!!!!  That seemed to be a favorite name for a while and it seemed like I remember having several with that name, and yes, they ALL had white paws!!!!

Other cats were Mama Kitty, who was always having a new litter of kittens, Smokey, a gorgeous dark gray cat with green eyes, Cloud, a tiny kitten with fluffy white fur and sky blue eyes, and finally, our last cat, Chaz, a wonderful gray striped cat with the best personality!! We had him a long time and it was so hard to say goodbye to him!  They sure do pull at your heartstrings, don't they? 

Though I don't have a real kitty at the moment, I do have lots of other cloth kitties that live here with us and my newest cats are two very special ones!

All my tools at the ready, next to my stitching chair!
Let me introduce you to HEX and FREX!
They are two wonderful punchneedle cats from the talented Lori Brechlin of Notforgotten Farm!

Back of the design!

I am having so much fun with this design and love all the different colors and textures!
I did not have some of the colors suggested, so have been playing with some other colors and am using both DMC and Valdani floss! 

Front of the design! Sorry for the blur! 

 I am even using some embroidery pearl cotton for the background color and just love how it punches!! If you click on the picture, you can see it around the gray shape in the middle! 
 Sometimes it is fun to experiment and just use what you have
 and you will be pleasantly surprised by the results!!!

I purchased the pattern from Lori's Etsy shop and if you are interested just visit her blog and you can find her Esty shop there!!
 Thank you so much Lori, for your amazing designs!!!
 Love them!!!


I thought you might enjoy seeing the other felines who live here with us so here they are........

One of my first Sock Cats I made who sits with a dolly in an old child's chair!

I can't seem to take very good pictures today!! Sorry for the blur again!!

Buster Cat I made from a Netty Lacroix pattern, who lives in an old basket!

Old tin Cat lantern probably used for Halloween!  I keep it out all year long!

Oil Can Cat I made using a Notforgotten Farm pattern!  Love his face!!!

Cat I made from a Walnut Ridge pattern, sitting with a doll and my treasured Schneeman elephant!

Sweet black cat I made using a Schneeman pattern, tucked in an old bowl filled with sewing items!

Gray cat that reminds me of Smokey, sitting with a pumpkin pillow
and my little pumpkin mat I hooked from a Kris Miller pattern!

Mrs. Begg, a favorite cat I made from a Pineberry Lane design, that stays out all year long!

and finally
Two sweet Sock Cats who are still waiting to be adopted
 on my Picture Trail Shoppe
 if you are interested!

As you can see, I really DO love cats and actually have a pretty good size litter!
Perhaps you should call me Mama Kitty, too!!
 I hope if you are a cat lover,
 you have enjoyed seeing them!! 


Thanks so much for stopping by and visiting with me, for your kind words and all the support and interest of my last update!! I truly appreciate it AND YOU!!!  

Wishing you a Purrrrrrfectly wonderful week, my friends~



Rugs and Pugs said...

Your kitties are all so sweet but I'm partial the tin lantern. You know me, anything old :)
I punched Hex & Frex all the way back in 2008!!! I love the colors you have chosen.
Hugs :)

Prims By The Water said...

All of your kitties are so sweet! Janice

Lori from Notforgotten Farm said...

love all of your fur-friends :)
esp. the lantern of course!

Shuttle, Hook and Needle said...

Your punch needle cats are wonderful! Love seeing all of your kitties.
We only have our Sadie cat for a pet now. She will probably be our last due to a few family members who have allergies.
I don't know how I can live without a cat in the house since I have had one for many years. Sadie is 8 so I hope to have her for a good long time!

Primitive Stars said...

Morning Julie, Happy Fall!!!!! Oh I love all your sweet prim kitties so, what a collection you have. The old lantern kitty is amazing, I would keep it out too. Your punch needle kitties are beautiful, magic fingers you have, Hugs Francine.

SympleTymes Cloth Art By Sherrie Nordgren said...

Hi Julie, I really love your creations, You are so talented! I am a bit partial to your elephant!, Do you sell the pattern for it? LOVE your kitties!! I just bought my very first punch needle, I have never done punch needle before, I was wondering what type of hoop do you use, I bought Dimensions Needle crafts Punch Needle, Tool and Threader
also Adam Bead works Ultra Punch Needle Set, Small/Medium/Large ,Because I wasn't sure what needle to buy, I then bought a kit , by Dimensions Needle crafts Punch Needle, Owl Always Be Your Friend , again because the kit came with the thread, I appreciate any help very much, I haven't started it yet, Just want to make sure I have the correct tools first, before I start, Thank You Julie !!!
Sherrie Nordgren sympletymes1@yahoo.com

Julie - My Primitive Heart said...

Hi, dear friends,
Always so happy to hear from you and thanks so much for stopping by! So nice to know there are so many feline fans out there!!!
Take care and have a Blessed Week!
Happy Autumn!
Heart Hugs~

HomeSpunPrims said...

Such a fun post, Julie! Love your Hex & Frex!! You are doing a superb job punching them. I hooked them and will have them in my pics to be shown soon! Love all your stuffed kitties and your punkin mat. Thanks for sharing my sweet friend! Hugs, Lori

moosecraft said...

Hex & Frex are looking more handsome than ever!!! Great colors! You do have quite a kitty collection.... and all are made so well! I have one of your sock kittens displayed in my favorite cupboard! :-) Have a beautiful weekend!

Marcia said...

Love Hex & Frex and the colors are just perfect. I love the face on Mrs. Begg and of course the tin lantern!

acorn hollow said...

such sweet litter of kitties. I love the color of your rug.
such happy kitties

Barbara Shores ~ Village Folk Art said...

Hi Julie,
You do like cats...do you have any furry ones? If not, these make beautiful companions. That punch needle, Hex & Frex, you are working on is amazing as are the colors. Will be waiting to see it finished. Love visiting & seeing what you're up to, always so inspiring too.
Hope it is cooling down for you...it has been here,

Peace for all,