Sunday, September 14, 2014

Playing With My Food Again

Dale and I went to Olive Garden for soup, salad and breadsticks. It was a lovely lunch, as usual. When our server took away the dishes at the end of the meal, this piece of lettuce was left on the table. 

"Look, Dale!"

"What? Is that a heart? You really gotta want it."

I want it.  :)

Monday, September 8, 2014

I like to ride my...

I love the Pinterest boards that Mom set up at the beginning of the year! They've been so helpful as I figure out my monthly challenge. This month, I spotted this cute bicycle button necklace.

I'm not super skilled with wire work, but I gave it a shot.

Not bad! :)

Sunday, September 7, 2014

If You Give a Kitten a Feather...

... he'll probably wear himself out chasing it. I realize this story isn't new, inventive, or nearly as long as the If You Give a Mouse a Cookie or If You Give a Moose a Muffin books, but it's probably just as amusing.

(Disclaimer: I am not married. I'm using in-laws just to describe their relationship to me and my cat. It's much easier than typing "my boyfriend's mother" every time.)

I have a 4 1/2 month old kitten. He moved in to our new place about 20 minutes after we did. We didn't plan on getting a kitten so fast, but events lined up and now he's here.

Fawkes McBitey on a bookshelf

Fawkes is a 4 1/2 month old semi-professional parkour kitten. He wants to jump, play, and bite everything in existence until he suddenly falls asleep like a narcoleptic. So, essentially, he's a perfect specimen of kittenhood.

My mother-in-law made a cat toy for her old cats and has kept it around even after their deaths.
She gave it to us a week ago. We enjoy it, but there are a few things that could be improved upon.

The biggest issue is that the dowel she used is fairly thin. Fawkes is particularly strong, so the dowel is already bending quite a bit.
The duck tape is actually fine for attaching everything together. The cord is three pieces of yarn braided together. I wager the feathers are real feathers (my father-in-law is a hunter, plus they live out in the middle of nowhere).

I used a bigger dowel, shoestrings (which he loves) for the cord, craft feathers, and suede cording. The kitten's collar came with a bell, which he adamantly demanded we remove last week. I included that on the toy because it seems to irritate him (in a good way).

Most of it is just knotted together. I used hot glue to put together three bunches of three feathers, wrapped the outside of the big bunch with double-sided tape, then tied the suede around it. I threaded the bell on a small bit of string and tied that around the outside as a final (unplanned) addition. I don't know how well the craft feathers will hold up, but I think it'll work out for a while. The suede I left pretty long because I figured it would be okay for him to chew on it, and I'd rather plan on him chewing on it and providing for it than him just finding it later and tearing the toy apart trying to get to the suede.

We had to lock him out of the room when I was making it because he wouldn't let me tie anything or glue anything without trying to attack. We also have craft feathers scattered all over the house. I'll have to secure them.

These are about the only pictures I could get before the kitten started attacking the toy. He absolutely loves this thing.

Cue the multiple pictures of kitten playing.

 We took about 30 pictures of him playing, but these are the only pictures that turned out. He was a big blur in all the rest (and he's blurry enough in several of these).
 He played so long he ended up panting. About ten minutes after that, he was asleep on the couch. We may have to hide this toy while we're at work since he has little self-control and might tire himself out too much.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Yo Quiero Amar

This one is totally silly.
But these hearts just find me.

Lovin' me some Taco Bell potato bites.


Monday, September 1, 2014

September Challenge: Buttons, Buttons, Buttons

For September, our challenge is to use the everyday button in an interesting way.

As embellishments

As a mosaic

On stationery

As fun and funky jewelry

Or even as something to eat!

More more ideas and inspiration, check out our Buttons Pinterest Board. If any of our readers would like to join us in this challenge, email me or leave a comment. We'd love to have other artists join us!