I know that we all love our furry buddies, but practically every handmade gift I have ever given has had an extra special present tucked away somewhere if the receiver only looks hard enough. Of course I am talking about cat fur, black at that (probably would be helpful in my Black and White challenge). It's not really a problem with patchwork, especially since quilts are made to be washed. It causes some problems with cross stitch and I know that moment when you get a picture back from the framer only to find that you haven't checked it with a fine enough tooth comb - boo hoo.
I think of all the crafts I do cardmaking is the messiest because there are so many bits and pieces that are essential. Like ribbons, brads, embossing powders, stamps, ink pads etc. etc. The cats graciously allow me about 15 minutes completely uninterrupted card crafting time. Then the wagons start circling and I can see their noses twitching and their tales swishing. And one of them leaps up onto the craft area, straight onto a sticky embossing pad or piles of brads and decorative papers. What to do, what to do.....as you scramble to make sure that they don't hurt themselves, or some of the precious craft stash. I tell you, it truly is a fine balancing act. I was writing earlier about craft discipline and this is another area ( I WILL not reveal all the areas!) in which I dismally fail to have any discipline. Anyone who has visited my humble abode will know that the cats have the run of the house and that I am theirs, they are not mine.
So what does that mean for card craft? Take more notice of how I lay my bits and pieces out. But mostly the understanding of friends and family that a wonky line doesn't indicate lack of care. Just the nosiness of a whiskered furry face.