Who is Escape Kitty?

Let me introduce myself. I am Escape Kitty.

I got my start on Sept 1, 2010 as I was out playing in the yard enjoying the birds and squirrels. Really just minding my own business. Happy. Content. Daydreaming.

When, but in an instant, I caught a movement in the corner of my eye. Since cats are noted for their superior vision, I had to do a double take because I thought my eyesight had failed me. I shut my kitty eyes for a moment and reopened them to disbelief.

A coyote? In MY yard? Could it be? And he's drooling my way? Move move move! Find my mom . Run to safety.

Big mistake! Really big mistake. Now she never lets me outside. Done - left to dream. ahhhhh but Kitty dreams really do come true.

So come follow me! I am off to Escape.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Episode #22 Great Great Granny Kitty

Great Great Granny Kitty - created with the Scraps Of Darkness Sept Kit.
Special thanks to suepup - Charlotte Jenkins for creating the wonderful sketch.

We all know how Kitty got her start….the coyote wandered into our yard and her access to the outside came screeching to a halt. Now she can only get outside by means of sneaky, quick escape. Usually has to be well planned to be successful or she gets hauled back inside pretty quick by the door warden (my husband, my kids or me). 

A little family history now . Kitty likes to tell the story of her family coming to America on the Mayflower as an original settler in 1620. The Mayflower was a startlingly small ship that carried only 102 passengers, a crew of 25-30, a few thousand mice, and the Kitty family. 

While somewhat true, the real story is more like this: The Kitty family had heard about a ship setting sail for a new world. The crew knew the journey would be grueling (66 days in fact) and were looking for bold, brave cats to help take care of the rodent population aboard the sailing ship. This would keep passengers safe from disease. In exchange, the crew promised free passage on the ship, plenty of food and to live the dream ( for any of you Tim Holtz fans, ‘ Live the dream” is something he would say. Kind of a Tim Holtz type moment even back then! And for all you non- scrappers - sorry but I had to add it in. How about you try some scrappin?  LOL). Wouldn't you know that a few of Kitty's ancestors accepted the interesting job offer. Off they sailed. 

Thus Kitty family landed in America. Fast forward to Great Great Grand Kitty in her youth. She was certainly adventurous, traveling about the country hopping rides on stage coaches (as seen in the photo), trains, horseback and whatnot to cross the big land. This photo was taken before she started her kitten family. The resemblance to Escape Kitty is remarkable, don'tcha think? 
I almost forgot to mention the background layers.  Those are 2 pages ripped out of a book that Great Great Granny carried in her paws everywhere she traveled.  The book is from 1895 and as brittle as anything so I had to use Modpodge to secure it so it did not crumble to pieces. 

Wanna know what the book was about?  Don't laugh.  It was Conversational Dialogue - Ways to talk more properly about all different subjects.  Apparently Great Great Granny was a chatterbox on several topics. 
This book was passed down to Escape Kittyy, who has no use for the conversational anything.   She is a mumbler.  LOL  Hope she never notices that I ripped - no, I mean , a few pages fell out of the book and I used them on this layout. 

Now you know a little more about Kitty, her heritage, and why she enjoys roaming the great outdoors. 

On this piece, I used the Dusty Attic clock face to replicate the feel of the wagon wheel and represent time. I also used the Dusty Attic stamp at the top. 

Thanks a bunch and have an adventurous but safe day.

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