Puddings & Toyboys

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Remembering Dalai: Preparing his new home

Dalai was cremated & his remains returned the week after his passing.  As with those before him (Raspy, Atilla, Thomas, Cagney, Phineas & Bezukhov) I am making a new home for him in the form of a pillow/cushion.  The inner pillow has been completed.  I chose a yellow colour & added my customary wonky embroidery.  His remains now sit with the others.  He only knew Bezukhov & Phineas here but I like to think he has made friends with Atilla, Raspy, Thomas & Cagney.

Missing you my little man.

Remembering Bezukhov: Pillow complete

As with those who went to Rainbow Bridge before him, I have made Bezukhov a pillow for his resting place.

Because Bezukhov had similar colours to his girlfriend, Raspy, I used the same materials I used for her – the blue velvet & the cotton with blue feathers.  The cover for his inner pillow is made with the plain blue velvet & has his full name & dates embroidered in black.

 

For the outer cover, I used the material with feathers in shades of blue.  I rearranged the pillows, so he now rests alongside Raspy.  Behind is Phineas & Thomas & behind them, overseeing them all, is Cagney beside his girlfriend, the leader herself, Atilla.

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Remembering Phineas: Pillow complete

Over a year ago, I posted that I had prepared the inner pillow for Phinny’s remains (click here).  I am pleased to say that I have finally completed the outer sleeve.  It has been on my mind all this time.

Because Phineas was very fluffy, I decided to use soft grey fleece for the main fabric.  For a change, I invested in some variegated thread that changes colour as you machine, with the idea that this will represent a rainbow.  Some blue hearts completed the look, along with my customary wonky embroidery.

He sits on the shelf, alongside Atilla, Raspy, Thomas & Cagney, but I like to think they are all together someplace wonderful, that is filled with millet, fun & love.

 

 

Remembering Cagney: Pillow complete

Some time ago, I posted that I had made the inner pillow for Cagney’s remains (click here for that post).  I am pleased to say that I have finally completed the outer sleeve.  I am not sure why it took so long but I do know that I dithered over which pictures to use of him.  As with the others, I have incorporated some soft velvet, in the form of a little star.  He sits with Atilla, Raspy, Thomas & Phineas (outer cover to do), in all his glorious colour.

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I like to think of them all together over by rainbow bridge.

 

 

Remembering Phineas: Preparing his new home

Phineas was cremated & his remains were returned on the 16th September.

As with those before him (Raspy, Atilla, Thomas & Cagney), I am making a new home for him in the form of a pillow.  The inner pillow has been completed.  I liked the material with clouds that I used for Cagney’s pillow so I have used the same for Phineas, & added my customary wonky embroidery.  Just before I closed up the opening, I slipped in a little paper heart saying “Thank you my beautiful boy xxx“.

His remains now sit with the others, in particular next to Cagney.

 

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Remembering Cagney: Preparing his new home

As previously posted, Cagney was returned to me in a tasteful, though bland, bamboo pouch (click here).  As with Raspy, Atilla & Thomas, this will be replaced with something more fitting.  So far, I have created the inner pillow.  I used some very nice material with clouds & added my customary wonky embroidery.

 

I still have to make the final cover but will take my time deciding how best to do this.  For now, I needed to have something more charming…. to reflect a little of his personality.

 

Remembering Thomas: Pillow complete

Thomas resting with Atilla & Raspy

Thomas resting with Atilla & Raspy

At long last, I have completed the final resting place for Thomas.

Previously I had reported that the inner cover was finished.  I also mentioned the difficulty I had in completing this housing for Thomas’s remains.  For some reason, it has taken me ages to make decisions on what fabric to use, what colours, what design & what photos.  I suspect the long drawn out agonising was due in part to Thomas being with us for such a short time; we only touched the surface of his personality before his health problems took over.

This was also an ideal opportunity for me to give him a permanent tribute that shows his short time here did not lessen his importance to us.  I did not want to get that wrong, hence, I think, the long time it took to finally complete the work.

My rough designs have been hanging about for some time & I guess it was inevitable someone would use them for target practice (naming no names… Phineas):    Read more of this post

Remembering Thomas: Progress on pillow

It has been some time since I posted on Thomas’s sad return to the fold.  As with Raspy & Atilla, my plan has been to make a personal pillow for his remains that reflects a little of his personality, rather than keep the bland & hard bamboo pouch supplied.

One reason for the delay in completing this has been my need to find a piece of fabric that accurately reflects the bright blue colour he was.  Perhaps I have been a bit fussy but nothing seems to be quite right.  If it is the right intensity of blue, it is the wrong shade… & so on.

Anyway, recently I finally completed his inner pouch.  This is a very simple design.  I used white, as he had a white face & added some blue embroidered writing, saying:

Thomas Perrywinkle

27th April 2013 (adoption day)

to 27th January 2014

I think I have decided on the design for the outer cover.  It is difficult to encompass everything I want to express in such a small item but hopefully the care taken & time invested in creating his final ‘home’ will show, at the very least, that he was loved very much.


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Separation

It was with a heavy heart that I decided to split up my flock.

After the mayhem that I last reported on, I decided they needed some cooling off, some downtime, some peace.  Oh wait…. that may have been me that needed those things…..  Actually, I felt their behaviour left me with little choice.  So, Cagney & Bezukhov have been temporarily moved to my bedroom, leaving Phineas & Thomas in the lounge.  In a way this is reverting back to an earlier stage of quarantine.

The logic of this new arrangement is to see if Phineas & Thomas can get on together & then I can perhaps introduce them to Cagney & Bezukhov (again) as mates.  Perhaps this will make a difference?  Only time will tell.

Fortunately, the toyboys have settled well in the bedroom.  They were out & comfortably flying around the room quickly.  Because of a lack of landing areas they do a lap or two & return to the manor each time.   Surprisingly, so far I have only found one tiny toyboy poop on my pillow.  I would prefer a mint but I am not complaining….

Day one of only Phineas & Thomas in the lounge resulted in Phineas knocking about the room all day by himself whilst Thomas chose to stay in the Ferplast.  Here is Phineas having a shout & I suspect ordering Thomas to come out & join him:

However, come late afternoon, Thomas emerged.  Phineas got very excited to have some company:

Thomas was only interested in having a bath though:

However, after he had dunked himself in the water, he seemed happier to socialise: 

During the evening they settled on the playgym together.  Unfortunately, they both seemed to have forgotten where their homes were, so as it got quite late, I had to grab them & pop them in their respective cages.

Thomas & Phineas snoozing on the playgym

Thomas & Phineas snoozing on the playgym

That was the routine for the next 3 days… Phineas came out & had to entertain himself until around 5pm, when Thomas came out, had a bath & was then ready for socialising.

So far, so good.  All is calm

Remembering Atilla: Pillow complete

Further to my previous post, I am happy to report that Atilla’s pillow is complete.  It now sits besides Raspy’s, next to the digital photo frame, showing their photos.  I was unable to get a soft velvet material of an appropriate colour so chose to put a velvet bobble ribbon around her picture instead.

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