Sunday, August 3, 2014

Rainy Day Sunday....

What storms we've had!
Almost ready to build an ark--and more rain this week!
Enough of that.
For Sara--my blog friend across the pond...
to answer your question---
we have SIX CATS now!
All have been rescues I am proud to say...
First up--the Senior Citizen of the bunch--Bad Cat
He's had a lot of health issues this year
and we are savoring every single day we have with him...
Bad Cat got his name from my husband
(he had him before we met)
as he used to knock the books off the kitchen cabinets
when he was a kitten....
he really is a good cat!
Then there's Inkadinkadoo---aka Inky---
and he was the baby of the bunch (even though he's 8!)
I got him free at a scrapbooking class...
Next came Poppa Cat
he was a feral cat who came inside one day and
just wouldn't leave!
My husband named him Poppa Cat
as we wonder if he fathered some of the other feral cats we had
(we did catch and neuter everyone-eventually!)
This is Ms. Dolly---who we lost this year...
I miss my girl....she was a real sweetheart....
These are the two babies of the bunch---
(Sir) Sebastian and (Sir) Stirling...
and last but not least---our outdoor resident (feral)
He's gotten to the point where I can pet and handle him a little
but he won't come in the house to stay....

So that is the Russell Cat Clan!
Yes, I am a crazy cat lady!
I can say that.
And, having said that-
this is my latest craft project...
Key fobs....

I love love love making them!
As you can see...! Lol!
These will be a new craft show item
and/or thinking Christmas gifts for our vet and staff---
we frequent them a lot as you can imagine
and are most appreciative of them.
I have more ribbon and findings on order.
Speaking of being appreciative...
if the kittens don't leave me a "gift" on their mat
before breakfast....I will surely find one at lunch!
Since they are inside...the "gift" consists of their toys!!!

Note the "whittle mouse in the food bowl...and the doll's hat...
another morning---two ping pong balls
(note: if you bounce a ping pong ball for a kitten
they will bounce on all fours after it!!!)

This was probably the BIGGEST gift...
two balls AND their little nylon cube house!
The doll hat seems to be a favorite---
and the mouse has shown up more than once, too!
Here's Sebastian with the poor hatless doll...
that rocker was mine as a child---still need to fix the back cushion...

They get a little confused at the food buffet....

but they soon sort it all out...
And speaking of sorting it all out...
I had no more and cleaned up all their toys, put them in a nice little basket...
and THIS happened....typical men (we clean it, they mess it up!)

How can you be mad at that cutie?
That's it for now.
Probably bored you to death with crazy cat pictures.
Lots going on---and they keep me smiling!
Until next time,
happy stamping and scrapping!


Friday, July 18, 2014

Happy Birthday Sugar (scrub!)

Well, this started out as my craft fail last week-end...
after attempting to etch all 4 sides of this jar...
I realized two things:
1) etching cream obviously has a shelf life (and 2+ years isn't it...; and
2) when you put white-ish stuff in a clear glass jar---well, white-ish etching does not show up.

So I went to plan B
and went back to Wal-Mart 
and got the pretty yellow rubbery stuff I said I should have gotten in the first place...
and didn't...
and decorated the jar.

It is filled with
Jasmine-scented Sugar Scrub
I made with coconut oil and sugar
and added a small amount of jasmine-scented coconut oil to the mix.
That's it.
IMHO---it is HEAVENLY!!!

This is the card that I made to go with it---
credit and how-to's go to Dawn's Stamping Studio

 Of course I popped the bee up--wish I had embossed him for a little more pizzaz but oh well...

Here's the gift and card together---I was happy with it
and truth be told-that rubbery stuff helps with slippery stuff inside.
This is going  has gone to my daughter-in-law, Dawn
a belated birthday present as I was busy playing/getting to know this gal...

and her brother...

On the upside...this guy --- aka Bad Cat...
has had a really good week (for him!).  He's eating well
(raw fish and venison and some dry food-but he is eating...)
and has even gained a couple of pounds.
We'll take all the good we can get---and enjoy every minute.
Life is short.
And these two...
were actually caught PLAYING TOGETHER on my bed today!
I've not seen that in the months since we lost Ms. Dolly!
I dare say having the kittens around seems to have brought a little A LOT more life
to everyone.
How can you not smile when you see this...
That's Ms. Susie Q climbing the screen door to the (bed/office) room they are in
with Sir Stirling egging her on!
LOVE their spotted and striped tummies
and their antics!

Well, better go feed the critters.

Until next time,
happy stamping and scrapping!

Sunday, July 13, 2014

You & Me....Sunday Sisters Post

A dear friend of mine
posted this pic of her and her sister on Facebook
It's stunning, don't you think?
See-I thought so, too.
And I knew I wanted to do something special with it for her.
So after a full day of flyladying
and I was really too pooped to do it
and yet I wanted to give it to her at church this morning...
I whipped this up in about an hour!

I wanted to stay with the black and off white theme-
with a little pop of color.
I covered an 8x10" canvas with a piece of dp
sanded and inked the edges to age it.
Then I added the burlap ribbon (LOVE IT! NEED MORE!!!)
and started playing with the rest of the embellishments.
I got done and thought it needed something else-
but as it turned out---
I just needed to take something away!
I had another doily at the top--
and it was too much!


I started to stamp out the letters for "Sisters"
when I remembered my "stash" of embellishments in my closet.
I was able to go straight to the alphabet bag
pull out the stickers and even the page pebbles
(aka the little glass bubble thingys)
and the metal frames to add the sisters.

I even stumbled across the piece of black plastic mesh
(it's actually something I got at a yard sale years ago-something
from the hardware dept.!)
Of course I used pop dots to give dimension to all of it.
Then in my rush this am
I realized that every single gift bag in my stash-
needed decorating.
So I just pulled out the tissue paper-
went with the shabby chic look and wrapped it around
(didn't even use tape!)
and tied it with the jute string.
Stamped a doily with her name and slipped it under.

She texted me after church,
She loves it! So does her sister!
My earlier project yesterday was a fail.
FYI - don't spend time trying to etch glass
that you are putting neutral colored bath sugar scrub into.
You won't see the design.
I didn't know it but etching cream evidently has a shelf life.
And 2+ years isn't it.
Just sayin'...
Saved it today as well...
but I will save that post until after I get the card done.
Now I think it's time for a nap.

Until next time, happy stamping and scrapping!

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Happy Anniversary and The New Additions...

I think the world of our vet, Dr. Ali Travis,
and her husband, Mike.
She mentioned to me in one of our numerous conversations
this past week
that their 20th wedding anniversary
was July 4th!
Now while she's a fine vet
I do not know a lot about her personal preferences,
decorating style and the like.
I still wanted to make something for them.
based on the fact that her office is yellow
as is the car she drives,
I "assumed" yellow was a pretty close favorite
if not the real deal.
Couple that with the pieces of what the world has called
"subway art"--which she also has displayed in her practice rooms
I thought the natural/chalkboard/subway art look
was the way to go.
So here's what happened when I went to work on it...
I covered an 8"x10" canvas with a piece of scrapbook paper...
sanded the edges to give it a distressed look.
Broke out the burlap ribbon (left),
cut and pasted a number of designs from a paper pad
I bought to use on a project for myself...

stamped a few tickets to add along with the roses and leaves...
and made a photo pocket and attached that to the front as well.

It will be easy-peasy for her to insert her favorite photo
and change it out when she wants!

Then I went to work on the card and envelope...

Of course there wasn't a plain kraft gift bag in my stash
so I recycled --pun intended!--one
by covering up the sticker on it with a matching decoration!

Here's the gift bag with the envelope and card in front of it...
of course I snapped this pic in the car on the way
as I forgot to take a pic of it when I took the others!
I added a burlap and yellow and white ribbon bow to the handle
then attached the card with a weathered clothespin!

I hope she likes it!'
I dropped it by her office
when I went to pick up the new additions...
Meet Susie Q and Sir Stirling....

who's who? Lol!
This is Susie Q...she weighs a whole 3.8 lbs at 9 weeks old...

and this is her brother Sir Stirling
who weighs a whole 2.8 lbs at 9 weeks old!

He played so hard yesterday mid play he just dropped his head down
and went sound asleep! 
A few minutes later this is how my husband found him!
Both their little bellies have such beautiful markings!
They LOVE to play...

and eat...

and then they crash!
Regardless of what they are doing...
I can't help but smile!
Until next time,
happy stamping and scrapping!