Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Squi'lil Small

I know we're not supposed to like squirrels, but I do.   When I was 10, I received the most wonderful birthday gift--a library membership to the Fraser Hickson Library in Montreal (sadly no longer there).  I had read everything in the little library in my elementary school and being allowed to go on my own to a grown-up library was sheer heaven.  I could sit or browse as I wished and a life long love of libraries was born.



But, back to squirrels.  In my wandering, I discovered the author Gerald Durrell, who had what I thought was the best job imaginable.  He went around the world collecting animals for zoos.  Now today, this is not politically correct, but then, it opened the world for me and I learned so much.  One of the many stories I remember vividly was about a little squirrel that he named Squi'lil Small, a wily rascal that was always escaping his cage.  Every time I look at the little red squirrels that visit my bird feeders, I'm reminded of the story.  I know they're pests, but they are endearing.  Their high flying feats of daring delight me, and the birds don't seem to care about them at all!


We seem to go from one extreme to the other with weather, so yesterday's lovely blue sky and -20 turned into today's blowing snow, high winds and white-outs.  I had to go out and rescue my garbage can on the porch where I keep the bird seed.  I tied it to the barbecue to keep it from heading off down the road!

I made a cozy for my daughter's IPad on the weekend.  I'm still working on stash busting and found everything I needed in my sewing room.  As an homage to Valentine's Day, I lined it with a fabric strewn with little hearts.  The outer fabric I found a while ago as an upholstery remnant, but have no idea where it's from.


I bought it because it liked the red medallion as a contrast to the cream and navy pattern.


I'm linking with The Needle and Thread Network today, a site that showcases some wonderful Canadian bloggers.

7 comments:

  1. I love the little red squirrels we get in our garden too...so cute. That is a lovely IPad case...love the fabrics you used.

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  2. Very cute. I need one for my mother and myself for our Nexus 7 e reader. Squirrel's are a great animal as long as they stay out doors. I had one running around my china cabinets at 5:30 one morning. A little hard to get back out doors.

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  3. What a wonderful iPad cover. That medallion in the fabric is wonderful.

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  4. something nice to squirrel away the ipad!

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  5. While I love Gerald Durrell I better not say what I think about squirrels - they multiply so fast that one quickly becomes an infestation here. Your ipad cozy is very nice, I love the fabrics you used.

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  6. He certainly is a sweet Lil' squir'l. And I love the chevron quilting you did!

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  7. I like the little guy peeking his head out. :)

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