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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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Remembering Atilla: Progress with pillow

As previously posted, I have made a pillow to house Raspy’s remains.  Naturally, Atilla’s will have the same treatment.

Atilla’s pillow is not finished but I have made some progress.  I decided to pad the pillow with something she loved, tea-towels.  She had done a good job shredding a couple that I had draped over the back of her beloved Poang chair.  It was these two I used to pad her pillow & protect her remains.



As with Raspy, I used yellow velvet to make the inner sleeve.  This was embroidered in a thread that matched the delicate colour of her cheek patches.  This cushion/pillow now sits by the digital photo frame, alongside her sister.


I am currently working on the outer sleeve.  I have embroidered her name.



All the other parts are ready but need to be assembled.  Watch this space.

Love you, my beautiful ‘Tilla.


Remembering Raspy: Velvet pillow

Previously, I had posted that I had started to make a new “home” for Raspy’s remains.

Her final resting place is now complete.

I was not happy with the original writing on the inner sleeve, so replaced the wonky writing with…. wonky embroidery…  I chose to do the letters in a colour closely resembling her cheek patches.

Newly embroidered yellow velvet inner sleeve

This little yellow pillow is now inside a little blue pillow.  One side is blue velvet, soft to touch as Raspy was.  The blue is similar to the colour she was before her first moult. I embroidered some wild grass underneath an early photo of her.

Light blue velvet side of outer sleeve

The other side of the pillow is a cotton material with a feather design.  It has shades of blue & green which are very close to her colours.  Next to a favourite photo of her, I have embroidered her name in yellow – the colour of her little face.

Feathery cotton fabric on other side of outer sleeve

You will notice I have done one side portrait & the other is landscape.  This is so I can be flexible with where I keep the little pillow.  Currently, it is beside the digital photo frame, ready for a gentle touch & a quiet remembrance each night at bedtime.



Night night my beautiful Raspy Bella.  Have sweet dreams of wild grass & millet….. x

Remembering Raspy on her birthday

Raspy would have been 4 years old today.

I think of her every day.

A warning: some people may think this post is a little morbid & to them I apologise.  Not so long ago, I would have thought the subject matter morbid too, but in reality, I actually have some comfort having Raspy still close.

Raspy was cremated.  Her remains have been in a small pouch in a little wooden casket.  Each night I touch the casket as I say goodnight to her.  Each night I have thought it does not seem right that something hard & rigid represents her.  Today, I finally got around to making a slightly better “home” for her.  This is only stage 1.  Here is what I have done so far:

The yellow velvet pillow will just be the inner part.  Stage 2 will be constructing the cover.  I just want something soft & gentle to stroke when I say goodnight to her.  Velvet seems an appropriate material to use as, on the rare occasions when I had the opportunity to touch her feathers, she felt like velvet – soft, smooth & silky.  Raspy was my beautiful girl.  She needs a fitting memorial.