Since 2009, our community members Sara R and winglion (Ann) have created over 150 of these beloved Community Quilts for members of Daily Kos or their family members. Early on, since around 2010, they started making Pootie Pads and other small quilted items, too. This work is what has paid the bills for these two wonderful women for nearly a decade now.
Over the past five or six years, both Sara R & Ann have had a number of health issues, and some of them have been significant, putting Ann’s life in danger early this year when she had a heart attack. Regardless of the ups and downs of their health, they have continued to contribute to the list of people who have received a Community Quilt, but more of their time is spent on producing Pootie Pads and other quilted pet toys, as an income producing revenue stream.
The website PootiePads.com is their online store, where you can order Pootie Pads and quilted toys. If you haven’t seen one yet, or bought one, then check out what happens when a cat gets a Pootie Pad:
From the PootiePads.com store:
We also make pads for people! Well, they are lap throw quilts -- and they have organic lavender flowers in the batting. Many people find the scent of lavender to be relaxing and sometimes helpful in soothing headaches away. Our lavender quilts are $175 plus shipping.
The ordering page for these is here: Pootie Pads for People
So for those LAST MINUTE gifts you still haven’t picked up, if anyone of those people has a cat (or a dog, there are Pootie Pads for them, too!), please consider a gift made by Sara R and Ann.
From the PootiePads.com store:
The Pootie Pad is a product designed by my sister, Ann, to suit the pooties in the Daily Kos community. It is a small quilt for cats that comes in three sizes that has fistfuls of catnip distributed on both sides of the batting. And the catnip is quilted in. Cats love them.
Here are links for ordering. Below and to the left you'll see fabric choices for the Original and Petite size pads. Specify a fabric in the PayPal note to merchant section if you have a preference -- if you don't have a preference, we'll be happy to choose for you. The Play Sized Pootie Pads come in an assortment of fabrics that we choose for you.
Original (23" x 17") Original size Pootie Pad -- $35 + $6.65 shipping More Information Petite (13.5" x 9") One Petite Pootie Pad -- $18 + $6.65 shipping More Information Two Petite Pootie Pads -- $35 + $6.65 shipping Play Size (8" x 4.5") FOUR Play Size for $35 plus $6.65 shipping More Information
Each Pootie Pad is handmade with love and care in Oregon with American catnip — made in the USA! We, the makers, are also behind the Community Quilt Project.
Click that “more information” link to see the available fabrics from which to choose, and remember, purchases of Pootie Pad products helps support the Community Quilt Project, and here is one of the latest Community Quilts to go out, to long time Daily Kos member and noted blogger (and now County Democratic Party Chair in his home state of Michigan) Chris Savage (Eclectablog):
Happy Holidays, everyone!
Late last winter I came down with a pretty bad case of diverticulitis that landed me in the hospital for a few days with some of the worse pain I’ve ever experienced. I got out and made it back to work for all of two days before I was back to the ER, this time at the University of Michigan, with a serious abscess and abdominal infection and more intense pain. That got taken care of but the antibiotics weren’t entirely successful and I ended up back in the hospital for another week in isolation while I got a round of IV antibiotics.
A month later I had a follow-up visit to my gastroenterologist. I fully expected to get a clean bill of health because I felt totally fine. However, he told me I needed an operation to remove part of my sigmoid colon and that he could get me in in two months. I’d be off work 6-8 weeks. Without the surgery, I would inevitably end up with an infection again and would need the surgery at that point anyway. I didn’t want to get hit with this while traveling for work (I end up in some VERY off-the-beaten track locations) so I scheduled the surgery. And then spent the next two months in semi-freak out mode.
That operation happened on May 14th and I was, indeed, off work for two months. Fortunately, although the 5-inch incision took a long time to heal and was painful as hell, I have staged a full recovery. Fortunately my recovery was in time for the August primary that signals the beginning of my busiest time as a County Party Chair and blogger.
I’d like to thank Peregrine Kate for recommending me for a quilt and, most of all Sara R and Ann for creating it. The photo above is me with two of our three Eclectawoozles (all rescued pitbulls) and our Pootie Spooky, the 17-year old cat shaped black blob (also a rescue.) Sara was also sweet enough to include a Pootie Pad for Spooky that matches my quilt along with a catnip Christmas tree toy. Finally, thank you to EVERYONE who wrote a note for my quilt. I spent some quality time reading them and wiping away tears last night.
I would like to encourage everyone to join me in making a donation to the Community Quilt project. There are details HERE that give you options. This is just a joyful expression of community and it deserves our continuing support and encouragement. It’s not often you get to know actual angels during your time on this planet, but surely Sara R and Ann are actual living, breathing angels. They deserve our support, especially now when the two of them are dealing with health issues of their own. Please give generously.
Eclectablog (Chris Savage)
UPDATE:Here is Spooky enjoying his Pootie Pad:
Recently I wrote about the end of year needsthat my sister and I have. November is always a brutally expensive month for us. Not only do all the bills land at once (including the quarterly water bill) but it is property tax time, as well. We are fortunate to own our home — so this tax represents pretty much the entire year’s housing expense for the two of us.
It has been a terrible year, healthwise, for us. My sister was hospitalized three times for heart problems. And I have an autoimmune problem that is made worse by stress. Accordingly, it is now worse than it has ever been. We’ve been doing the best we can but our best at the present is not what it was.
I promised an update. We have raised enough to cover our household bills and part of the tax bill. For that, we still need $3208 — if we can pay it all by 11/15. Later than that, it will be about $150 more.
The major project we have going right now is the Community Quilt for the Tree of Life Synagogue. We are planning to complete it by the summer It will be several month’s worth of work and will be hand quilted by me. There is about $2475 remaining that we would like to collect to fund this work (some of which will go for materials) — and that amount will go a long way toward meeting our immediate need.
Then there are the Pootie Pads that we make — little aromatherapy quilts for cats and dogs filled with organic catnip (for cats) and lavender and thyme (for dogs). We make lavender pads for people, too — some people find lavender helps soothe stress. We also make some really cute catnip toys (Ann’s designs) that make great holiday gifts for people with cats. The most recent Pootie Pad diary is here — it contains links to buy all these things. You can also find our store at the Pootie Pad website, designed by our friend, linkage. If you have people with pets on your holiday gift list, please consider Pootie Pads!
If you don’t want Pootie Pads but would like to help us, we have a general donation link, too.
If you would like to support our work but don’t have a pet:
Thank you all for your kindness and friendship over time. Ann and I are very, very grateful to this community.
Matching fund challenge from bluetownship
DOUBLE YOUR MONEY!! I will match all contribution$, dollar for dollar. If you give $20 it will become $40. Give $100, it becomes $200. Take advantage of this offer. We CAN raise the funds needed by the Catnip Manor sisters by tomorrow or the next day. Funds are needed by no later than 11/15. Please contribute something now and have your contribution DOUBLED.
Total for this challenge so far ( will update): $770