My kitten Nomi makes the best sewing companion!

My kitten Nomi makes the best sewing companion!
March 18, 2014 Lowana

This post is of a more personal nature, and is very picture heavy as it depicts the life (so far) of my kitten, Nomi. But what sort of fashion blog would this be if it didn’t feature at least one cat post?! 😉 Little Nomi has had such a positive influence in my life these past five months that I wanted to share that joy. If you like kittens, then you are in the right place and I hope the pictures bring you some 😀 Most of you who already follow me on Facebook or Instagram will already know about Nomi (and may have seen a few of the photos). I keep joking to my husband that Nomi gets more attention than my sewing posts and I suspect a few of my followers stick around just for the kitten photos – and that’s fine by me. I mean, have you seen how cute she is?!

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Nomi joined my little family when she was just seven weeks old and weighed only 800 grams. It took me a few days to decide on her name, but I settled on ‘Nomi’ (a shortened version of ‘Janome’ [my sewing machine]). As a sewing-studio-companion, she had to have a name linked to sewing and I think Nomi is a cute and regal name which describes her perfectly. Her birthday is the 4th of September (the day after mine) and she’s a blue-mitted Ragdoll. It was with great joy that Nomi joined my family as 2013 was a rollercoaster of a year. I lost several family members as well as my 22-year-old cat Rainbow, and my 13-year-old dog Bear (both to old age and cancer) all in a relatively short space of time. Shortly after I married the love-of-my-life (planning the wedding was very full on), followed by a  gorgeous honeymoon and then we made a  home in the country. I quit my job as a flight-attendant and decided to make Vanyanis my full-time profession, and things have been going well ever since 🙂 At times I felt like I was living in a soap opera but I’m very happy to report that everything is finally falling into place, which I appreciate very much. Working hard and being a self-employed business woman is very rewarding.

Now that I’ve probably shared a bit too much (sorry!), the rest of the post is all about Nomi, and I’ve arranged the pictures in order so you can see her growing up and even catch a glimpse into my daily life (it’s a constant struggle finding the balance between being productive, and allowing enough time to play with Nomi – she’s a mischievous distraction)!

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Nomi in her heated cat bed (a birthday gift) on her first night at home. She was very timid and felt safest in her little cave.
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I was able to coax her out for some food 🙂
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When I had to leave the house for errands, Stu (my husband) became the kitten-sitter and would text me cute photo updates.
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A couple of days after bringing her home she found her confidence and comfort on my lap.
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Nomi’s first day exploring the sewing studio. The middle photo is one of my favourites – look at that little leg!
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Left: Kittens sleep in the silliest positions! Right: Observing as I draft a corset pattern.
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“Helping”. She became fixated on that pencil and kept trying to bite it.
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Left: Godzilla kitten! I know this picture is blurry, but it was the most in-focus shot I could get, she was just too playful and active. Right: Sleeping on Stu’s lap after a ‘hard day’ of playing.
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Feeling very maternal. Nomi turned eight weeks old that day and she’d been with me one week.
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Left: Sleeping on the armrest of the couch. Middle and Right: Making herself comfortable on a Victorian fashion book (a birthday present from Emmelie).
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Sleeping on a corset pattern (what is it with cats and paper?!)
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Some cute close-ups from my friend Amy’s Instagram. In the left photo you can just see her little tongue poking out.
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Sleeping 🙂 My friends Alex and Alice visited with their nice camera and took these lovely photos for me.
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Nomi at eight weeks and six days old.
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Inspecting the quality of these fabric swatches sourced for a custom corset. This moment made me nickname her my ‘quality controller’.
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In these pictures Nomi is 10 weeks and five days old.
Left: she discovered that paper in plastic bags makes lots of noise when you get *in* the bag. That’s a very happy kitten you see there! Right: Inspecting some children’s hats I was cutting out to sew for a local market.
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Left: Inspecting my pattern making tools.
Right: ‘Helping’ me wrap an order from my shop.
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The gorgeous Amy dropped by the studio after a photo shoot at the nearby Alowyn Gardens and had a little cuddle with Nomi. I had to snap these photos as the pair just looked so delightful together! The dress Amy is wearing is one of my creations and she made the sash and hat herself (you can read her account of the day over at her blog).
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Nomi went through a phase of *having* to chew my pencils. I think it was the sound of the led on the paper that caught her attention initially, and then I think the soft wood helped with her teething. As distracting as it was, it was overwhelmingly cute.
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Left: Trapped under a sleeping kitten. Right: Sleeping by my side in the studio.
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Look at those big blue eyes! She loves being the centre of attention and will come and inspect any work that I’m doing. As a kitten her tail was quite slim but it gets fluffier the older she gets.

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Left: I was cutting out some fabric which required Nomi be locked out of the sewing room (she thinks scissors are a toy because of the noise they make). I looked over to the door and saw her little paws trying to get in! I find this picture amusing as when I posted it on my Facebook page it received over 45 ‘likes’ instantly, but a picture posted earlier that day of an in-progress garment received about 10 ‘likes’. I guess most of the people on my Facebook page are just there for the kitten photos 😉
Right: Sleeping on my lap. Nomi was three months and three weeks old here.
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When Nomi turned four months old, it was time for her to have her spaying operation (de-sexing). It was a bit stressful for me as I was very worried about her, but I shouldn’t have been as an hour after I bought her home from the vet she was running and climbing around (left). After a couple of days of not being able to keep her calm and restful, it was time to put the “cone of shame” on which promptly worked as she sort of moped around feeling sorry for herself after that. She healed well and made a perfect recovery!
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Left: Commandeering my office chair – look how fluffy her tail has become!
Right: Sleeping with her tongue poking out, so cute!
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Tax time! As I’d accumulated several months worth of receipts I spent a day doing my books and of course Nomi had to sit *in* the box of receipts. She thought it was a great game every time I pulled a receipt out and tried to eat each one, before eventually wearing herself out and falling asleep.
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Gazing with appreciation at my Nightwish poster from their 2005 tour to Melbourne, Australia.
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Sleeping in the studio <3
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Left: Nomi looking all grown up as she sits in the window. Right: Making herself comfortable as I draft a corset pattern.
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Look at those big eyes! Trying to pass as innocent (and failing) as she sits on a corset pattern.
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Here Nomi is five and a half months old here and completely owning my workspace as she reclines gracefully on a corset pattern I was working on for Morgana (Threnody in Velvet)
© VanyanísNomi stretched out in front of my computer. ‘Long cat’!
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Left: Nomi is obsessed with climbing clothes racks. Obsessed I tell you.
Right: Sleeping by my side.
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Left: Kitty tummy rubs (and my pretty rings).
Right: Nomi strikes a pose whilst I do some hand sewing.
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Nomi aged six months, fast asleep on my lap.

As I publish this she’s just over six months old, and weighs around 2.5 kilos. She’s certainly grown from the tiny kitten I brought home months ago. I welcomed her into my life, hoping that she’d distract me from the loss of my childhood pets. Several months on, those losses aren’t any smaller, but my heart feels bigger and better for having her in my life. Cats are amazing (and independent) creatures that offer us so much and bring so much joy into our lives.  Do any of my readers have a feline friend? I’d love to read any stories you feel like sharing in the comments 🙂

Thanks for reading and you’ll hear from me again soon (I have an exciting post in the works already!)

Xx
Lowana  (and Nomi)

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