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 😀

I found treasure!

Being an English speaker in country where English is not an official language brings with it many challenges. One of those is the availability of English language magazines. Sure, there are some available in the ‘kiosks’ here, but at about 15 CHF per mag, they can keep them, and I’m yet to find any craft ones. And sure, I could subscribe to the ones I want and have them shipped here but I’m lazy and haven’t gotten around to doing that. And besides, how do I choose? There are so many great crafting mags out there that if I try and order them all I won’t have the cash to buy craft supplies… and that would be VERY BAD.

So imagine my surprise when I walked into my favourite Brocki (charity shop) here and found these!! I swear the staff there think I’m a little nuts, I actually did a happy dance in the shop.

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Joy of joy’s, I’m going to make myself a nice cup of tea and pour over my new bounty.