What is the most indispensable item in your studio or work space?

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Registered: 01-03-2001
What is the most indispensable item in your studio or work space?
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Sat, 02-04-2012 - 12:46pm

We all need needles (of one kind or another), threads (of one kind or another) and, in some cases, fabrics. And many of us have sewing machines as well (Although I suppose they aren't indespensible if you have a fine sewing hand...). But... we have other items in our crafting spaces as well ---



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Registered: 01-03-2001

For me, it's lighting. I find it very difficult to just stitch in "normal" daylight --- it's either too dim or too bright. So I adjust, using one of my three OttLites! And I much prefer my floor-model OttLites, the ones with the magnifier lens on an arm that can stretch over my work.



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Registered: 07-31-1998

I need light and magnification also. I use an Ott litight also but my magnifier sits on my table and this isn't as convient as my Dazor but one of my Hoya (climbing plant)

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Registered: 01-03-2001
Speaking of cat fur, how is Abby today? And Glacier? Any news from the vets?



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Registered: 07-31-1998

Abby was snowed with her antihistamines and so I held her next dose. She wasn't eating, drinking or eliminating anything. But if I don't give her the antihistamine she starts scratching her head and gets everything bleeding again. But over all her head is beginning to look better.

Gracier on the other hand is going downhill. I don't know how my sister found this out but his hemoglobin was down to 13 today, with normal being 35-40, and so they had to give him a blood transfusion. He got a reaction to that and didn't do well and so he is still in the emergency vet hospital.

They still don't have a diagnosis but are leaning towards feline leukemia. For some reason he was never vaccinated against this and apparently neither was her new kitty. It has to do with them being inside cats. Abby was vaccinated for this but because she is an inside cat she doesn't get vaccinated for it anymore. It is highly contagious. So it is possible Harriette will lose both of her kitties. Glacier had a bone marrow test done on Thursday but the results of that haven't come back yet. What is so strange about this is that these kitties get appropriate cat medical care. And if it is FL they don't know how he caught it.

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Registered: 01-03-2001

Yeah --- Abby is behaving EXACTLY like Faith did. But once she started eating again --- watch out! She is a wet catfood girl now and eats like a real pig! And I think those antihistamines, like steroids, make a cat sluggish and downright inactive...

How sad about Glacier! Our cats aren't vaccinated for ANYTHING beyond their kitten shots, being as they are indoor cats. Kinda freaked out the vet when Faith went in... but the breeder was so anti-vaccines that we sort of backed off.



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Registered: 07-31-1998

Harriette had to put Glacier down yesterday. It was finally determined that he had a Lymphoma and only with chemo had about two weeks to live. He bone marrow wasn't making any kind of cells anymore.

Abby has been changed over to prednisone and taken off the antihistamine. She is still snowed. But hopefully she will be eating better.

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Registered: 01-03-2001

How sad for harriette! Any news on the other kitten at all?

And be patient with Abby --- it's ounds like she's improving at least.



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Registered: 07-31-1998

The other kitten, who's name is Hubbard, test negative for FLV and he is getting the two shot series to protect him. She hasn't decided whether to get another kitty yet because this one has never lived alone. Glacier had a really hard time when his house mate died last year and went into a huge tailspin and she had to get another kitty for him. Hubbard is only about 18 months old.

Abby is doing much better today. In fact she was a hand full for her father and me when we gave her the medicine this morning. She has even played today some. She greeted the cleaning people but then retreated when the vacuuming started. She has eaten better also. She goes back to the vet on Friday and I hope at that time we can stop some of her meds.