Monty is a kitten we adopted back in February. He is proof that one (that’s me) can overcome childhood fears (my dislike for cats). I used to be nervous and edgy around them. At the SPCA, I even cried from a panic attack because I was surrounded by these felines! Growing up, we never had them as pets. Strays wandered into my grandma’s home in Paco, Manila, and they were scrawny, dirty and always needy of food. They weren’t anything like Hello Kitty or Marie in The Aristocats at all!
But Monty has gotten me singing a totally different tune. When I am out in the garden, taking macro shots of flowers, he tries to get into my shot. The other day, while I was focusing on plum blossoms on the tree, he scrambled up and tried to reach for my lens! Below is a snap.
To pun in my native Tagalog, I went from cat-takot (fear) to naka-cat-tuwa (joy). And the crafter in me has been inspired by many projects since (ie Monty Valentine plush kitten, which I sold on my Etsy site). Last Saturday, I made this pillow using scrap fabrics that were machine- and hand-sewn onto calico cloth in the form of Monty. This one is for Devon, my boyfriend’s daughter. Devon loves it (she sleeps with it). But as you can see, Monty’s finding it not too shabby either.