I’ve found and installed a great new plug-in here on Kittyloaf Designs. Instead of having sales or coupons, you can make me an offer. If its within the range of values I’ve set, the offer will be accepted and it will be added to your cart. Most of my items have this feature turned on, but not all of them.

Why don’t you pop on by and see what a great deal you can get on my fabulous handcrafted items? Your possible discount varies from item to item.

Saturday night I will be at the Antelope Valley Indian Museum selling my makes at the craft fair and chili cook-off. There will be a campfire, cowboy singer, chili cook-off, coffee, and cocoa! You can download the flyer for distribution and more details here, HotH Flyer 15.

Chili, Crafters, and Cowboy Songs at “Holidays on the Homestead”

Visit the Antelope Valley Indian Museum on Saturday, December 5th from 5 p.m.-8 p.m. for an old-time country Christmas celebration! Originally a 1930’s homestead, the historic grounds will be decorated in vintage holiday style with live acoustic music around a campfire, a chili cook-off, tours of the grounds, a country craft boutique, real cowboy coffee brewed over the fire, and hot chocolate or cider for the kids! Explore the unique hand-built museum and whimsical grounds at night with soft lighting and the smell of fresh greenery, and the wintery sky sparkling over the desert.

Stay warm around the blazing bonfire while cowboy singer Michael Tcherkassky, “The Saddle Serenader”, croons the romantic poetry about life on the range that cattlemen composed by day during their journeys across the old west, and was then shared around the campfire when the sun went down. Michael has performed traditional cowboy songs and poetry for many years at the Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival and other events around the country.

The country craft boutique features one-of-a-kind handmade gifts. The crafters carry on the artistic spirit of Howard Arden Edwards, who built the Indian Museum to house his collection of American Indian artifacts. The Craftsman-style building is decorated with his colorful representations of Indian culture and creative hand-made furniture. This is a great opportunity to support local artists and find unique gifts!

Rose Edwards was known for her tasty rib-sticking chili and cornbread feasts at their holiday celebrations. Try Rose’s original 1930 Christmas chili recipe and the chili cook-off entries, complemented by delicious cornbread generously provided by The Lemon Leaf Café.  Our 2015 judge will be ranger Colin Daxon, who recently joined the department.

Event admission is $10 for adults, $5 for ages 6-12, and ages 5 and under are free. This event is a fundraiser for the non-profit Friends of the Antelope Valley Indian Museum, which provides funding to help keep the museum open.

Friday I decided to work on a project using the scant remains of a skein of yarn I had. The knitting bug has bitten me hard to say the least but I’m having so much fun with it! This yarn was the leftovers from my very short lived attempt at crocheting, and it also made up some of the stripes (about 1/4th of them) in my practice scarf. There wasn’t a lot left, so I decided to make a preemie-sized baby beanie with it. Apparently I judged the size of my project well because there was literally only about 18″ of yarn left after I finished it!

It turned out really well and I’m quite pleased with it. I’ve added it to my shop for purchase , so you can see it by clicking the link above. I plan on doing another one Saturday while Mattie is out with his dad and probably while he is playing video games or if we watch TV. Its such an easy project to do and doesn’t take a lot of effort to do it.

I did need some help is figuring out how many stitches I needed to cast on as well as the size of people’s heads at different ages, but I found these two really helpful pages.

Bev’s Size Charts, which gives head dimensions by age and sex, as well as finished item approximate dimensions. Super helpful!

Earth Guild’s Simple Hat Calculator,  which has a handy chart for how many stitches you need to cast on depending on your knit size and the size head you want to fit. Its really easy to adjust the chart downwards into the preemie sizes mentioned in the first link as well with simple subtraction.

I told my friend Christy she helped create a monster in answering all my knitting questions so far. I’ve officially completed two projects, and I ordered some yarn from Amazon Thursday night as well as another circular needle all of which will be arriving over the next few days.

LB1I’ve been working on new projects and new items for my shop, and working on promoting my social media profiles for Kittyloaf Designs more. Its something I only seem to do sporadically, because honestly making all these posts, comments, and whatever else is a lot of work. I use Hoot Suite to help me out, letting me pre-schedule various posts and updates as I think of them, spreading them out over a few days at a time. It really does help because I can manage these things as I have time, cross post to different social networks, and not have to do the same thing 3 times manually. One click (or there about) and its done!

My Google+ page for Kittyloaf Designs suffers the worst. I have literally 3 followers on there and its because I almost never use Google+. Why? Because I do most of my social networking in the evenings from my mobile devices, and the Google+ app only shows me content that is 10 days old and older. I can’t find any settings that relate to this, and I’ve tried reinstalling the app, but its always the same old 10 day old stuff for me.

Anyway, I’ve added two new beading patterns, and their related finished products to my shop. They are my new Deadpool earrings, and my Mario star earrings and patterns. Over the next few days I have some other ideas to work on, so stay tuned!

Like to haggle? Now you can make me an offer! If its within a range I’m willing to accept, it’ll be added to your cart automatically! It couldn’t be easier, or more fun!

P.S. For those of you who think I don’t charge enough for my work, your offer can exceed my asking price. You’ll be helping me pay down my debt, put food on my table, buy good quality food for my pup, and maybe send me back to music lessons!

 

You’ve come to this page to learn more about me and my work at Kittyloaf Designs, or at least I hope that’s why you’re here!

I started doing beadwork as a teenager after remembering a brief flirtation with a beading loom as a child. For a while I was trying everything – peyote stitching over small objects, clumsy brick stitch designs, and I even tried my hands at French beaded flowers which led me to the knowledge that working with wire is not for me. I do, as a result, have a tiny pot of flowers I made which sit next to my TV.

Then I decided to learn to sew. I was better at beading, but I didn’t know anything about sewing. My grandmother showed me a little, but it was when I took a class to better learn the basics at our local JC that things really clicked for me. I sew most of my new clothes, plus make awesome accessories. I recently bought a serger as well and I love it!

Working with polymer clay and resin came next and I occasionally do a little cross stitch as well.  I also learned to knit and crochet and I cannot get enough of crochet! In the first few months of crocheting, I did 3 blankets, two of which were queen sized! You can find some of my yarn craft for sale here.

Besides all of my crafting, I also went to school for graphic design and I occasionally sell craft supplies like sewing and beading patterns, books, and handmade polymer clay beads.

If you see something you want, grab it fast! Most of my items are one of a kind and I can;t or won’t make them again. I’ve added a “make an offer” button to many of my items- you can put in any amount and if its within a frame I’ve set, the item will be added to your cart. Many of you have expressed that I don’t charge enough for my work- you can also put in offers higher than my asking price as well and it will be accepted.

I’m located in Lancaster, CA, having recently moved back in with my mom. I have a pup named Yuba. Kittyloaf Designs is so named in memory of my cat Lucky. Though I only had him for about three years, he made a very lasting impression on me and is greatly missed. You can read more about Lucky here.

This is the story of Lucky, who inspired the Kittyloaf name. He was only with me for a little less then three years, but I remember him very fondly and always will. He brought a sense of humor into life everywhere he went, and made everyone who watched him laugh. He was never the brightest cat in the world, but he was my favorite. This page was taken from another of my websites, so some of the information is out of date, but his story remains the same. Please spay and neuter your pets. Their welfare, and the welfare of any resulting offspring is your responsibility.


Lucky met his end the last week of October 2007- just a month from his 3rd birthday. He escaped from the house (he never did like being a house cat) and became tangled in the same materials he did as a kitten. This time, no one found him in time to rescue him. After several years of struggling, my Mom has finally gotten control over the cat population, and all members are spayed and neutered, thanks to Angel Dogs Foundation.

A few short days before Christmas, a sad & plaintive mewing was heard from under our house- & at 5:30 that morning, my Mom was under the house with a flashlight, checking things out. What she found was a sad & heartbreaking site- one kitten, wrapped up in wire, & shredded black tarpaulin-type material, was dead & decomposing. And at his side was another kitten in the same fix, but alive & crying for rescue.

She quickly came inside, & waking my Dad, & myself, went back under the house to begin the rescue operation. Using wire cutters, the live kitten was slowly cut free from his prison, where he had been hanging by one rear leg. I waited just a few feet from where they worked, waiting to take the kitten into the house. He had been hanging for several days, & had not eaten. I placed him inside of a small kennel, after given him a very small amount of condensed milk- about a tablespoon. Although cats are lactose intolerant, it was decided that a tiny bit of rich food would be the best choice- & then we waited to see it he would live. He was cold, starving, & in shock.

After about four hours had passed, I reached in & removed him from the kennel. He was trying to walk, but his badly injured leg was causing him some problems. As the blood circulation had been shut off for some days, the paw had split open & ruptured in many placed when it was suddenly restored. Clear fluids & small amounts of bright fresh blood seeped from dozens of tiny openings in his paw & lower leg. While there were some positive things to be said about this, such as returned blood flow, there was also the question of how much permanent damage had been done to his leg because of the massive amount of swelling & the rupturing of his skin.

Working diligently, we kept his foot bathed, massaged it, & encouraging him to be active & monitoring his appetite, which was very good. He was put on antibiotics, & watched very carefully. After about a week & a half, he learned how to jump out of the large cardboard box he had graduated to- the box had its sides taped up, & was about 30” high. At this point our little boy was between 4 & 6 weeks of age.

Then on a Saturday, after nearly two weeks of treatment, the end of one toe fell off after we bathed his foot. This was not entirely unexpected, as a very large amount of necrotic tissue could be seen on the foot, but to have so much of the toe come off, including the entire nail bed was a bit of a shock. But there was new flesh & skin grown over the end, so no bone was visible. Ten minutes later he chewed the end of the toe up, leaving a bloody mess.

From that point on, we had to bandage him foot, & because it was no longer open to the air, it had to be changed & cleaned frequently, due to the seeping of the wounds. The bandage changes were very short term though, because on Sunday morning most of the side of his paw came off with the bandage, even though it was very gently soaked off to avoid pulling off too much tissue. Knowing the emergency clinic is on a cash only, paid in full up front basis, & we did not have the money to take him in (they do not treat animals there either, only make a diagnosis, or put them to sleep), we chose to re bandage his paw to keep it clean, & wait until Monday morning when we could call our vet’s office.

In the meantime, I had been posting his story on a few message boards, & in my frustration at not being able to save the little guy we had all grown so attached to, I simply stated that if the leg did not come off, he was going to die. Suddenly the people who did not respond two weeks previous to this when I asked if they would buy items to help raise money to do something for him were clawing at my throat, insisting he could not be allowed to die. Suddenly donations were being sent in, & it was all or nothing.

Monday morning I called the vet, & explained the situation to the receptionist. I am leaving out the names on the office & the vet because what they did was a wonderful & kind thing that we never expected, & its not fair to them to have less scrupulous people asking for highly discounted rates because they gave one to the little boy. I was told to bring him in as soon as possible, & the vet would see him. The office opens at 8:00 a.m., & we were there at about 8:45 a.m.. At about 10:00 a.m., Lucky, as my Mom had taken to calling him, was sent to an examining room. I recapped what treatment he had received, as well as the fact that his treatment would depend on cost- I did not have the money, & the kindness of strangers was paying for his care. If need be, a woman from several hours away would come down to get him.

After listening to my explanation of his condition, the vet gently pulled Lucky’s bandage off of his foot. He had spent the morning trying to get out of his box, & it was a mess of wet litter- in short, a ball of wet clay. The bandage slid right off of his, exposing what very much resembled a de gloving-type injury. But even with this horrible mess attached to his body, he still wanted to play & explore. He looked at the foot, & leg, then started to explain why it would be better to remove the leg, rather then try to save it. I stopped him, & explained I did not want to try to save the leg, because it would be faster & easier at his young age to remove it, & he would adapt very quickly. The vet concurred, & Lucky was scheduled for surgery that afternoon.

Later that afternoon, I called to check up on him & see how he did. I was told he was doing fine, & could go home the next afternoon. I made arrangements with my Mom to pick him up after she got off of work, since she would already be in town, & I had just started a new class at the local college. Mom picked him up, & made a payment towards his bill- $30.00 cash & a $40.00 check. The rest of the money brought in by fellow animal lovers was being transferred to my bank.

Lucky has not only lost his leg, but he had also been neutered, & gotten his first shots. He slept a lot that first night, & the next day, but was becoming more & more active very quickly. The next day we took the second photos of him. These were immediately posted for his friends to see. Constant updates were made until it was clear that he was doing well, & would continue to do so. I made & sent a thank you card to the vet’s office when I went in a few days later to pay the remainder of the bill- $294.10.

Two weeks later, he returned to have his stitched removed, & make an appearance at the vet’s. One of the technicians immediately recognized him, even without seeing his missing limb. He still has a few days of Clavamox drops before they run out, but he has been pretty good about taking them. He hates the bubble gum flavor.

Lucky might not be alive today if it were not for the people who helped him- he would have been put down or been picked up by the woman who volunteered to do so, & what happened then would be what her vet decided was best. Instead he is a new & much loved part of our family, & has bonded very well with my other cat, Cloud. They eat together, sleep together, & play together. That’s the happy ending.

The other ending is that after hundreds of phone calls, I quickly narrowed the list of possible low-cost spay & neuter clinics down to two. Most of the information on the internet is so badly out of date that one of my phone calls when to the home of a vet who has not had a surgery or a practice for over 10 years. The one remaining possibility has yet to return my phone calls.

Because of this lack of low-cost options in this area, many of us have a large number of feral or just unaltered cats living around our homes. We ourselves have a constantly fluctuating 15 year old community of outside cats that out of all of them, one has been altered. In the past, I have called every veterinary clinic I could reach, to determine their rates for spaying & neutering. Spaying runs about $40.00 for the actual operation, but no one will do it without a full range of blood tests, & if FLV negative, shots. While I understand the reasoning behind this, I don’t understand why many other areas do offer these services, but it is so hard to find one here that offers the full service for under $100.00 per cat.

The above is somewhat incorrect after getting in touch with Pet Assistance, who were able to put $15.00 towards the spaying of five of our females, & direct us to a vet who charges $51.00 per cat for spaying, & $40.00 per cat for neutering. They also do not require shots beforehand, so I will give them myself before they go in for their surgeries.

The money given to Lucky is foremost his, but with his costs taken care of, the excess is being put towards the spaying of our outside females. We have the only cats for several miles that reside outdoors, & if the females are spayed, it will eliminate more kittens from being born, & consequently the possibility of creating more “Luckys”, & give them a longer life through better care and attention. Please share Lucky’s story with your local vets & implore them to work out a plan to help limit the feral cats in the area. If each vet would offer one day per month, first come, first serve, where they offered up spay or neuter, & basic vaccines for $25.00 a cat, this would allow so many more to get their pets the proper care they deserve, as well as limiting the number of animals that may not have access to good food, clean water, or shelter in bad weather.

I intend to share this story with the vets in my area in hopes of establishing some sort of program which will allow low-cost spay & neuters to take place, & to encourage donations to groups such as Pet Assistance who have helped us.

I can be reached via email or phone, though I prefer email contact. My email address is design@kittyloafdesigns.com and my phone number is (661) 794-8641. Alternately, you can use the form below to email me. I will respond as quickly as possible.

If you’re asking for a cost estimate for a project, please be as specific as possible. I can’t give you an accurate response if I don’t know what you need done. 😉 If you’re not sure what type of project you have, just be as descriptive as possible and explain it as well as you can to me and I will ask if I have further questions before giving you an estimate.

Also, please have some idea of what you are looking for if you feel you are ready to begin a project. There is nothing worse from a designers standpoint than a client who says “I don’t know what I want, but I’m sure I’ll know it when I see it.” That only adds up to much higher charges on your bill because of many hours wasted designing and re-designing, and more headache for me as I have no idea what you might want or like. It just makes everything go smoother and easier for all of us.

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There are only a handful of TLDs available now, many of which we all recognize instantly. .COM .NET .ORG .EDU. You probably also would recognize some popular country-named TLDs such as .JP and .DE. But starting early next year, there is a slew of possible new TLDs that will be created. There are billions of sites on the internet, and only a finite number of domain names that can be registered. The ones that are available, well, the best ones are already taken- the best being short, simple, and easy to remember.

In 2013, there will be literally hundreds of new TLDs available. Some, such as .DESIGN, or .DIET (I also run a weight loss blog on this vast internet) hold a little appeal for me, but many just seem tacky. Which ones do I find tacky? The ones that are brand names, such as .GUCCI. Most of these brands who will have a TLD option in the new year already have a huge presence, and it feels like overkill for them to be able to be able to call themselves with a self-named TDL online.

You can see the full list of future TDLs here. Will you be taking advantage of some of the new TDLs to set up the perfect online face? Which ones do you like the best? Which ones turn you off?