Sunday, March 2, 2014

Firefly In The Garden Times 3

I've been more than a little obsessed with our feral kitty, Firefly.  This is a cat I'm feeding every day.  Have saved from "death's door" with the help of my wonderful vet and antibiotics to heal infection from a nasty wound.  Bought things like a heated cat mat for the garage.... battled raccoons in the same garage when I've kept the door up a bit on horribly cold nights so Firefly could go in, warm himself and eat.  This is a cat that STILL won't let me get close to him AT ALL!  So..... I've determined that Firefly is to be our outdoor friend that I feed and enjoy from a distance for as long as he chooses to stay around.  I think trapping and bringing him in would be a rough situation for current girlie cats, hubby, myself, and Mr. Firefly.

I have been enjoying doing a bit of art work and rug hooking using this little guy as my subject.  Below is a photo my hubby took one evening while we sat on the deck.  Firefly likes to sit outside with us as long as we keep our distance.


I used that photo for a little painting I did last fall.


And recently, began a hooked piece that I just finished........


All different..... fun to play with the wool and try to capture this little guy sitting contentedly in the grass enjoying the lovely summer evening.  Unfortunately, it's once again horribly cold with ice and snow.  We're back to cat mat in the garage and those nasty determined raccoons!  Spring is bound to eventually show up......

p.s.  There are crocus and snowdrops poking they're sweet little heads up.  Hope they make it through these bitter temps.

xo
dulcy

10 comments:

Dag said...

Dulcy, you are the best to take care of Firefly - love the name too!! and i adore your translations into art/fiber art!! just beautiful!!!

Tammy Burks said...

So fun to see all the different versions right there together!
Definitely a craft day here at my house....I have absolutely no desire to go outside....just staying in, drinking hot drinks and binding a rug.

Forest Dream Weaver said...

What a gift.....a wonderful piece of inspiration.....love it!

Happy Monday,
Ruby

Alice ~ Folk Art Primitives said...

You are so kind ~ and so talented ~ love both your versions of Firefly!!!

Pixie said...

I love hearing about firefly, and I am sure that very slowly he will start to get nearer to you, though the outside life is clearly his thing...

beautiful different takes on the photo too, love the painting a lot...
Hugs hugs and stay warm.
Pixie xx

Stickhorsecowgirls said...

I love the kitties too! Some cat rescue groups I know locally, trap feral cats, neuter/spay them and release them. It seems to be the most humane way to deal with the problem. Several of our local parks have feral cat populations and they tattoo the cats that have been "fixed" with green ink, so they know which ones to leave be. You are so kind hearted to take care of Firefly. I spent a fortune on the barn cats when my daughter kept her horse at a stable when she was a teenager. Then a local vet boarded her horse there and she took care of all the shots! We ended up adopting 3 of these wonderful cats - they weren't feral.
I love your new painting and the hooked piece is wonderful! I'm working on a home studio - finally a room of my own!

Mary Stanley said...

Loving all of the firefly inspired art you are creating!
Your hooking is always inspiring, too...such fun colors and the little purses are delightful!

Terra said...

We "have" a feral cat too that we can not touch. His name is Black Jack and he sounds like he has the same attitude as Firefly. You created some beautiful art works inspired by Firefly.

Laurie M said...

Oh my gosh what beautiful work you do, I found you on my followers list so tracke you back, I am so glad I did, I have bookmarke your blog because I found no follower button,

Peggy said...

I loved reading this sweet post! And the images are all three just wonderful as is the original Firefly, I'm sure. :)