Up-cycled Cat Bed…

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A while back I scored an awesome vintage leather suitcase from my wonderful neighbor and set about making this…

I wanted a cute cat bed and, well, what’s available here in the land of Swiss is either boring or really, really expensive, so after consulting with my mate Google I decided to have a go at making my own.

With the suitcase part sorted, I logged onto my other mate, eBay, and ordered the legs for my new creation, then trawled my fave Charity Shop for miniature pictures to decorate it with.

Once my legs arrived, I painted them and, as they had to be attached with giant screws, got out my power tools and drilled some holes in the bottom corners of my suitcase and screwed them in.

The blanket is one the kitties have been using for a while, so that was easy, it’s just a fluffy baby blanket I bought for them at a discount store. I tried putting a pillow in the suitcase but the kitties weren’t having any of it so I tossed the pillow and just put their blanket in and they LURVE it!

I painted all my picture frames the same color as my legs and used my trusty hot glue gun to glue them in place.

The little black cat toy is also from the charity shop, which reminded me of their mum, so of course that’s in there too 🙂 and because the pocket the toy is in had lost its elastic, I wove some mustard colored ribbon through it to tighten it up a bit.

And last of all, the bunting at the top is from my stash of crafty bits, but I think I got that on eBay originally too…

All in all, their new bed ended up costing me about 15 CHF, (roughly the same in US $) thanks, of course to the suitcase being donated but I have since managed to find some similar ones at random charity shops for around 15-20 CHF.

Total bargain, and so, so cute! And even better, now my shadow kitty, Nennie, has somewhere to sleep in my craft room 😀

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Kitty Magnets… :)

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How awesome are my new kitty magnets?

The incredibly talented Noelle from Hold My Broom made these from some photos I emailed her of my two little princesses ( you can get your hands on some through her Etsy shop here) and I am totally in love with them 😀

They have pride of place on our fridge – you know, because having the actual kitties isn’t enough, I had to have magnets made of them too … yeah, yeah, I’m a crazy cat lady now, what are you gonna do, huh?

Anywhoo, you all should definitely check out her blog and her shop, she makes some amazing stuff!!

Crochet Cat Toy V 1.0 …

If all goes to plan, I’ll be setting up my stall at a fundraising day for a local cat shelter soon. Hopefully all goes to plan, ‘cos then I get to (hopefully) sell some stuff, and play with kitties at the same time 😀 Not to mention, help them raise some much needed funds to upgrade the shelter.

Anyhoo, in aid of this new development, I’ve decided I should make some cat friendly stuff for my stall. Would kinda make sense, right?

Please allow me to introduce cat toy version 1.0 – it’s supposed to be a cat but looks more like a mouse – which works too, so I’m gonna go with that – it’s a mouse!

It’s just a crochet ball, with some ears and a tail that I stuffed with fiber fill and cat nip. I’m calling it version 1.0 as he need some tweaks – I want him a little bigger, and I need to make the face easier to embroider, as that’s taking me FOREVER to do 😦 Also, his ears turned out wonky – not that our cat’s mind, but I do, so back to the crocheting couch for me. I’ll be back with version 2.0 soon-ish.

Laters *waves*