If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram, then you are familiar with Cottonball- the once-feral cat that my husband and I saved from our backyard. He was part of a feral colony that lived in the riparian area that wound its way through our old neighborhood.

We guesstimate that he was born in March, 2012. By May of that year, he started showing up at our back door for food and water. Most of his fellow ferals would come for a snack but then quickly retreat to the woods. Not Cottonball, though- he was way too curious about us to leave.

Cottonball cat from Sadie Seasongoods /

Before he was Cottonball.

Once we caught him and received the green light from our vet, he basically took a strong-hold over both Jon and I. I don’t think our other cats, Wrigley and Maya, were nearly as enthusiastic. They hashed things out as cats will do, and Cottonball continued to develop the most remarkable personality.

Cottonball cat from Sadie Seasongoods /

And the Cutest Kitten award goes to…

You may be wondering where this is all going…well, I needed to introduce you to Cottonball because he is something of an apprentice in our house. And by “apprentice”, I mean he is fascinated by everything we do- painting, electrical work, fireplace maintenance, cleaning, furniture construction, cooking, and yes, crafting.  In fact, you could say he puts the C-A-T in C-r-A-f-T.

What is that, you say? Oh, you want more pictures? Well, I certainly don’t want to disappoint you.

Wooden paper towel holder rack from thrift store to be repurposed as ribbon spool organizer by Sadie Seasongoods /

Oh, Cottonball…

Vintage wool scarves from thrift store to be repurposed into DIY wool throw blanket by Sadie Seasongoods /


Vintage kitchen gadget grater repurposed as hanging cat scratcher by Sadie Seasongoods /

With his vintage kitchen gadget scratcher!

Vintage scarf repurposed into bird deterrent window sun catchers with embroidery hoops by Sadie Seasongoods /

I’m Cottonball, and I approve this project.

Creating a DIY repurposed Vintage bed sheet from the thrift store into a shower curtain by Sadie Seasongoods /

Don’t hate me because I’m beautiful…


Moral of the story- Cottonball will likely pop up periodically here on Sadie Seasongoods. He’s like my virtual shop cat. I hope you will enjoy his antics- and photobombs- along the way.

Craft on!



  1. I had to leave a note. I too have a once feral cat with the same coloring as your, Cottonball. Romey, short for Romeo, was a bit curious when I would pick up his brother, Shakespeare. Just FYI, their mom was a hard feral and I had been feeding these offspring of hers for months, so they were skiddish, but were warming up to me. When I would pick Romey up, he would be okay for a few seconds and then be frantic. When his brother disappeared, I decided that Romey needed to become a house cat, before he disappeared too. My other cats also adjusted after a while. Romey is the curious and most intuitive cat I have ever met. I have a feeling that these orange and white tabbies are very intelligent. And he is the most loving cat I have ever had too. Love your projects!

    • says:

      Love this story! My husband and I are complete softies when it comes to cats! So glad you were able to rescue Romey and give him such a loving home. 🙂

  2. I know about curious cats,l had one that thought a thread might be tasty.and somehow got a stray piece off the floor in my sewing room,and swallowed it but… wrapped around the base of his toungue,and some of it was down his throat,so every time he moved his head,he was cutting his tongue!!! Operation later,thank God,he survived… soooo,my sewing friends,be extra careful around the curious one!! Penni

  3. What a gorgeous cat! Love these photo bombs 🙂


  1. […] they’ll be hung in the dining room for all to see.  Easy-peasy AND husband-approved (and even Cottonball-approved!)…definitely a […]

  2. […] inexpensive, upcycled, and memorable Valentine’s Day card. And yes, it appears to be yet another Cottonball-approved project, probably because he thinks he’s the King of my […]

  3. […] I spent some time gathering frames…picking ones I liked or seemed like a good price…and never gave it any thought on how they would all come together. Not that I’m advocating that entirely, but after playing around with them, I finally found a grouping I was happy with (as was Cottonball). […]

  4. […] randomly decided to cut seven long strands of hemp for my bracelet. Notice Cottonball’s paws in the […]

  5. […] as I don’t have children (other than our cats, Wrigley and Cottonball), I don’t do many crafts that would be considered “Kid Crafts”. And not that this project is […]

  6. […] before I move on, I must share some of the Cottonball-induced silliness of obtaining that previous […]

  7. […] bears mentioning at this point that Cottonball had been paralyzed with fear for several hours (he suffers from chronic Stranger Danger syndrome). […]

  8. […] there it hangs in all its cutesy glory. Notice Cottonball eyeballing it from the […]

  9. […] since I thought traditional white canvas might peek through. And in true Sadie Seasongoods fashion, Cottonball insisted on […]

  10. […] surprise, Cottonball was completely entranced by them- apparently, architectural salvage always has the best […]

  11. […] Full disclosure- I’m not really a Faux Flowers kind of gal. I prefer real flowers, of course, but more importantly, anything that sticks out of a vase is just a disaster waiting to happen for our friend, Cottonball. […]

  12. […] I gathered my ingredients…well, at least some of them, and before I was done, Cottonball had decided to play “Occupy Photoshoot”, and demanded some blog […]

  13. […] make some smittens, I turned the sweater inside-out and grabbed a Sharpie. Cottonball insisted upon […]

  14. […] wanted to “see” what a suitcase table would look like, albeit upside-down. Cottonball, of course, thought it looked like a regal fortress that he needed to defend, and promptly took up […]

  15. […] additional feature- secrecy. Ok, I know that sounds crazy, but when you have a cat as curious as Cottonball, the need to hide sewing notions- such as pins- is a very real […]

  16. […] need to do as much sewing- but it just made everything seem more secure.  And of course, Cottonball had to help- and I HATE to do any sort of sewing near him. Too many dangerous, tempting elements- […]

  17. […] it comes to flowers- and bouquets of fresh flowers aren’t something we can keep around the house. Cottonball will eat them […]

  18. […] things- a pretty antique picture frame and a very cool, very trendy vintage surveyor’s tripod. Cottonball was intensely fascinated by the tripod from the start, and he briefly thought about a surveying […]

  19. […] project, but difficult to photograph in my dimly lit house. The original feature photo was cute- Cottonball had photobombed my picture-taking efforts. I definitely needed to re-shoot one of these…albeit […]

  20. […] Antiques in Atlanta. It’s constructed from salvaged tobacco stakes, pictured here with a typical Cottonball […]

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