Thursday, July 20, 2006

Studio Friday - Sidekick(s)

This week at Studio Friday, we were asked about the sidekick(s) that keep us company in our creative spaces. Well, these two have been the topic of previous postings for Studio Friday. But as an adoring adopted mom, I had to share more pictures of my babies, Artemis and Tosca.

My girls look a lot alike, but have very distinctive personalities. Artemis is the older queen bee of the household. She is way too smart for a cat and has a distinct talent for vengeance. My friends and I like to rile her up sometimes so we can get a good laugh over her growling hissy fits, she has quite a temper. She loves it when I quilt; nesting in all the cut pieces, using my lap frame as a kitty hammock, and having lots of doo-dads and spools of thread to casually push off the edge of the sewing table. Most fun, but slightly anxiety producing, is watching her daintily picking glass head pins off of the magnetic pincushion and dropping them back on, plink. She does not have much appreciation for knitting, although she has made off with several skeins of Reynolds Odyssey. Maybe she realized I was losing interest in the project and was saving me from the guilt of a UFO. But as I said she's a vengeful creature and she has gone to great lengths to get to projects and chomp off the yarn, just to show me that she is not too old or fat to get anywhere.

Tosca, aka Toscabelle, is the baby of the family. She is very petite and still has the impossibly soft coat of a kitten. She is the opposite of Artemis in temperament, relentlessly sweet, dumber then a stone, and truly able to leap tall buildings at a single bound (I suspect that she has been aiding Artemis in the stealing of skeins of yarn hidden in high places.) Tosca is a knitter! She loves to curl up on my lap while I knit and knead away at my knitting. I have seen her so enthralled with kneading a skein of slippery cushy yarn that she started to drool as she purred away. She never bites the yarn, just lays on it and kills the tension...sigh. Tosca's second passion is napping on the laptop...so what if my keyboard is jammed? It's so nice and warm.

I don't know if they do much for my creativity, and do tend to leave way to much of a hairy imprint on my work; but there is nothing better in a moment of stress than scooping up a warm sleeping kitty and burying your face in their fur.

8 comments:

Going For Greatness said...

Welcome to Studio Friday!
I love your blog!
Artemis' attitude shines through on your photos! She has a wisdom about her that you can blatently SEE in the photos. It says "Ha.. you THINK you're in charge....." Gotta love Cattitude!!
Tosca is a beauty! Her eyes are soft and she looks so sleek! The more blogs I read, the more I see that I really DO want a cat in my studio! I think I'll adopt one once we move in the Fall!
Have a great weekend!
~Gabi

LB said...

Welcome to Studio Friday! I love the detailed description of their personalities. Anyone who thinks cats are all alike has NO idea!

Lisa Marie said...

Aw, very pretty kitties! Our kitty is black too...love how the eyes stand out on them.

Michelle said...

Gotta love those kitties! Your girls are beautiful and I love hearing how much a part of your world they are!

Ouissi Gresty said...

I see what you mean about our cats!! so cute...a cousin across the sea!

Thanks for the lovely comments on my blog...I don't just do invites...I do a lot of cards for birthdays etc...I am addicted to them! Even as a small child I could smell a paper shop at twenty paces....

Ouissi x

Anke said...

I think it's so amazing how every cat has its own character.

Abbie said...

What gorgeous creatures.. to me there is nothing more mysterious than a black kitty. I love the downward glance of Tosca, she definitely looks 'kitten' soft.
:) Abbie

DEW said...

Black kitties! My absolute favorite! We have two barn kitties (allergies) and they are both black and beautiful! We adopted them to be mousers for the barn and they do a fantastic job. Our vet tells us we have the best cared for barn cats they've ever seen (and better than some house cats!) I love your description of your kitties' personalities. Wonderful post!!