Friday, June 24, 2011

Work Photo Shoot

Just an impromptu photo shoot at work today. Yup. That's me.  Rockin my new Stormtrooper Sweatshirt. Just a normal Friday here.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Doggy Poem

 A co-worker sent me this poem today..and it touched my heart so I had to share it with you all. If you are looking for a dog to join your family, please consider adopting a dog from a rescue group or a local shelter. The dogs they have are just wonderful animals looking for a forever loving home.

The below poem was originally posted on

I Rescued A Human Today by Janine Allen

Posted by Janine Allen at Monday, November 17th, 2008.
Her eyes met mine as she walked down the corridor peering apprehensively into the kennels. I felt her need instantly and knew I had to help her.
I wagged my tail, not too exuberantly, so she wouldn’t be afraid. As she stopped at my kennel I blocked her view from a little accident I had in the back of my cage. I didn’t want her to know that I hadn’t been walked today. Sometimes the overworked shelter keepers get too busy and I didn’t want her to think poorly of them.
As she read my kennel card I hoped that she wouldn’t feel sad about my past. I only have the future to look forward to and want to make a difference in someone’s life.
She got down on her knees and made little kissy sounds at me. I shoved my shoulder and side of my head up against the bars to comfort her. Gentle fingertips caressed my neck; she was desperate for companionship. A tear fell down her cheek and I raised my paw to assure her that all would be well.
Soon my kennel door opened and her smile was so bright that I instantly jumped into her arms.
I would promise to keep her safe.
I would promise to always be by her side.
I would promise to do everything I could to see that radiant smile and sparkle in her eyes.
I was so fortunate that she came down my corridor. So many more are out there who haven’t walked the corridors. So many more to be saved. At least I could save one.
I rescued a human today.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Quilts, Lakes and Skee Ball

I recently spent the weekend in New Hampshire with my folks. It was glorious. We walked along the pier in Wiers Beach. They used to bring me here as a kid all the time and it's still one of my favorite places to visit (right on up there with Disney).

We went to the Keepsake Quilting annual tent sale, where I scored some beautiful fabric at only $3.99 a yd (and zero sales tax in NH!! Bonus!!) and some fun new patterns that I can't wait to stitch out. Dad said the lines move faster at Disney World.  But he was a trooper and waited paitently while Mom and I were in line for an hour.  Did I mention the great prices??? We had to shop.

I ate lunch at the lake....watching boats float by.  It was soo peacefull I wished I could eat lunch there everyday. And yes, I'm totally rockin those camo pants.

 And I played my best Skee Ball game ever and got my highest score to date...320!!  Just look at my smile. Between Mom & I we won 500 tickets, which bought me one mug, one small rubber ducky (yes it went right into my ducky bathroom) and two small dinosaurs (which I gave to my niece and newphew).
Skee Ball is my favorite game in the universe. And I may or may not be trying to convince DH to buy me a used, vintage Skee Ball game machine of my own.  My friends are concerned that if I actually get my own Skee Ball machine, that I'll never leave the house again. They could be right about that.
Till then I'll just keep an eye on ebay.

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Welcome to Calico Cali Designs! I’m Kat, digitizer and sewing enthusiast. I learned how to digitize in 2010 from master digitizer Walter Floriani…it was an amazing experience. Soon instead of spending my time sewing, quilting and stitching out other people’s embroidery designs, I was sewing, quilting and stitching out my own embroidery designs. I created this blog, not only as a place to share my embroidery designs, but also as a place to share all the things I make, sew, paint, embroider, and create. You’ll see posts about my life, my studio, patterns I’ve sewn and products I’ve tested. I hope you enjoy reading these posts as much as I’ve enjoyed creating them. Follow me on twitter . Hugs!! – Kat