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Special Occasion Cat Embroidery: Happy Unbirthday Justine!

Today is the 1-year anniversary of the arrival of our Siamese cat, Justine. I never considered myself a cat person until I took my girls to meet her a little more than a year ago. She didn’t hide from us and seemed to like us right from the start. We soon learned her trademark move: circling our feet a couple times and then tipping herself over a yard or two away. When she starts purring, she wants someone to pet her. And if no one does, she’ll circle again and tip over a little closer to our feet. We take this as a sign that she’s willing to meet us halfway.

We’re not really sure how old Justine is, or the date of her actual birthday, so we’re celebrating today on the anniversary of the day she moved into our home. Abby drew a picture of Justine wearing a party hat for me to embroider and then she and her little sister, Amelia, picked out a new climbing contraption as the big, b-day surprise.

The girls insist that Justine is 5 years old now, so that’s the age we’re going to go with.

She’s a good cat and we have really enjoyed her company this last year. It’s funny because we weren’t planning to add a cat to the family. But then we met Justine and adopting her seemed like the right thing to do. And it was. It’s been a fun year.

Now I just have to follow her lead and nap as often as possible. She’s snoozing again right now – such a fitting way for a cat to spend her special day.

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Comment from iHanna
Time: March 7, 2011, 9:20 am

Jennifer, what a beautiful cat you’ve got there. Tell her happy found-day from me & Smilla! Love the embroidery too, such a sweet drawing!

Comment from Beth
Time: March 7, 2011, 10:49 am

So sweet! I love the drawing/embroidery. Happy Unbirthday to Justine!

Comment from jennifer
Time: March 7, 2011, 11:13 am

Happy found-day… I love that and will tell my girls when they get home from school! Thanks Hanna & Smilla!

Comment from Carol
Time: March 7, 2011, 4:18 pm

Thank you for posting the video from Tanya Davis. I am planning on using it with my clients who struggle so much with being alone, even for a little bit of time!

Comment from miranda
Time: March 7, 2011, 5:12 pm

How cute! Both the cat and the drawing. That’s something I would have done as a kid. And what a good kitty, posing so beautifully next to the embroidery. My cat loves to “help” with crafty things..Does Justine do the same?
This is my first time to your blog and it’s lovely :)

Comment from sally
Time: March 7, 2011, 10:32 pm

What a joy it was to see how happy you are Justine with your new family! Happy Birthday from a former friend.

Comment from sally
Time: March 7, 2011, 10:35 pm

What a joy it was to see how happy you are, Justine, with your new family! Happy Birthday from a former friend.

Comment from Holly
Time: March 9, 2011, 8:10 am

I love your embroidered cat portrait! I’m sure your daughter will treasure that for years to come. I made a little Christmas ornament by embroidering a cat picture my son drew, and I’m so glad I did because our cat passed away two months later. (Thanks to my big-hearted husband, we already have adopted three more … including a blind kitten with no eyes. She is amazing!)

Comment from Juanita D.
Time: March 14, 2011, 8:23 pm

I, too, have a Siamese cat. He’s a great cat. Siamese are known to be big talkers, and our Jinx is definitely that! Does Justine talk a lot, too? And what a beautiful job on the embroidery!

Comment from jennifer
Time: March 15, 2011, 12:35 am

Yes, Justine is pretty vocal so she fits right in with with the other females in the family.

Comment from Juanita D.
Time: March 15, 2011, 11:55 am

Ya know, the more I look at the embroidery of Justine, the more I’m liking that idea. I’m going to have my younger grandkids draw some pics for me and I’ll embroidery them. I could make pillows or something with the embroideries and they would be tickled to have that. Thanks, Jennifer. I always get inspired at Craftsanity! :)

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Time: December 4, 2013, 4:07 pm

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I like all of the points you have made.

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