Category: Cute


Miniature Hats – a Series

A grey felt cloche with a brooch.

grey felt cloche w-brooch

Some of the hats have twee price tags attached.

This one was two dollars. Around a hundred years ago.

This one was two dollars. Around a hundred years ago.

This is one of two that have personalized labels inside.

Couldn't you just die?

Couldn’t you just die?

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Vicious and cute. Only in Russia. I wonder where mama bear is?

Miniature Hats – a Series

One of my favorites, a red fur pillbox with feathers and ribbon.

Front.

Front.

Rear.

Rear.

Kelsey Goldych says, “My senior film that I made at SCAD! It’s about a cat that likes to knock over trashcans. Make sure to stay through the credits!”


<p><a href=”https://vimeo.com/130695665″>Trash Cat</a> from <a href=”https://vimeo.com/kelseygoldych”>Kelsey Goldych</a> on <a href=”https://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>

Miniature Hats – a Series

You may remember a couple of months ago I inherited a box full of fine hand-made miniature hats. They may have been sitting in this box for decades.

They were made by Rich’s grandmother, Gwen Sage.

It took me this long to assemble and paint (oil, of course, two coats, plus varnish) a number of hatstands to display them on. Well, mission accomplished, and they are all now beautifully displayed in my curio cabinet.

This isn't even all of them.

This isn’t even all of them.

I also took close-up photos of each one, and will be posting them here over the next many days. Here’s the first one, a delicate open-weave straw bonnet:

straw bonnet

It was the only one wide enough to fit Cisco.

Such a tolerant boy.

Such a tolerant boy.

Lucky dog. It could have been all of them.

cisco w-straw hat1

More on the rescued bobcat kittens at Big Cat Rescue. They left a GoPro camera inside their enclosure to see what they do with their day.

Finally went to the nursery and got my container garden going for the year. I don’t dare start earlier than mid-May, because we’ve gotten snow as late as Mother’s Day before. From left to right, we’ve got some green beans, Lemon cherry and Juliet cherry tomatoes, Millionaire eggplant, and Habanero pepper:

Cisco supervised. He loves looking for lizards behind the pots.

Cisco supervised. He loves looking for lizards behind the pots.

Last year’s Italian flat-leaf parsley and English thyme both survived through the winter, so they got replanted to new pots:

container garden-last years survivors

The galvanized tin tub with lemon thyme, basil, and more Italian parsley. I love that stuff:

container garden-herbs

And last but not least, a mint plant:

container garden-mint

San Diego gets regular marine inversion layers in May and June, aka “May Grey” and “June Gloom.” But up here at altitude, we’re usually (but not always) above it. Makes for spectacular sunsets:

sunset

We have regular braided tug toys for Cisco, but by far, he prefers this scrap of microfleece. When he feels the need for some play, he goes to where we keep it and he pulls it out by himself. On a related note, is it possible to play tug with a dog and *not* make growly sounds?

It’s been about a year since I got the bonsai tree. I removed last year’s wiring around November, and it’s gotten a lot of new growth. I cut out the only patch of moss that took hold. Let’s hope it takes here. First I used a chopstick to gently coax the old dirt away from the roots, and trimmed the root ball. Then it got re-potted in good bonsai soil. Then a good soak in some fertilizer water. Then, new wiring and shaping. Then, trimming. Finally, re-setting the decorations and the patch of moss, plus a bit of that invasive greenery I saved. Here’s before:

The only moss that took hold was (interestingly) the patch surrounding the Japanese kodama tree spirit.

The only moss that took hold was (interestingly) the patch surrounding the Japanese kodama tree spirit.

And after:

bonsai-after

The kodama got a new rock to sit on, and I added this really old-looking metal “monolith” I found in the woods. It’s set with JB weld onto a cool red-and-blue striped rock.

bonsai-after-rear

Rear view.

A bobcat with her kitten.

bobcat w-kit

Surprised Hamster

That is all.

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