Friday, August 22, 2014

52 week project 7/25

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It was a trying week for me as Gremlin brought in his first bird.
I'm not sure there are words to describe how I felt but many tears were shed for this little bird.

"A Portrait of Gremlin, once a week, every week for the rest of the year" 

I needed to hear from others that this is a natural instinct for gremlin before I could even look at him. I also found it difficult to forgive myself as I felt like I had been responsible for this little birds life. I guess we're all only human and from this experience I've tried to rectify some of the mistakes I made as a cat owner. I've now moved his curfew back from before night fall to now before dusk as I was reading dawn and duck are the most vulnerable time for birds as this is when they feed. I bought a collar with a bell on it and as he just turned 6 months I've booked him in for desexing to limit any sort of aggression.

I'm also completely hypocritical as I'm not a vegetarian myself. I've had some heart to heart chats with gremlin and hopefully he understand I'm a complex human. I'd love to hear others experiences with their cats bringing in animals, it honestly impacted me far greater than I had ever imagined it would have :(

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Random Amazing Cat Things - 4

Love doing these very random round ups! Got a fun mixed bag  for you guys  too :)


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First up some awesome cat chair designs, purrfect for a pretty garden.  One day I hope to have my own rose garden and sit in my cat chair admiring the beauty :)

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These cat sweets are from Caroline Ingalls - her blog is in Japanese so a little hard to follow (for me!) but all the kawaii cats caught my eye :)

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Love the shot of them all playing in the donuts!

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 Some different cat tea designs by Karel Capek Teatime Shop (posted one before here) and the cutest phone holder around :)

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 I'm super sad that I'm two years behind on this Paul and Joe line of cute cat cosmetics, really couldn't find too much on them, understandable with the time frame and all :P


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Still love admiring all the sweet packaging though! 


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(cat faces and paw prints!!)

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A clan of NEKOKESHI ( cat-style Kokeshi) made by guremike that you can get via his etsy shop here
And lastly how could I not post the real life hello kitty :P

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Stockings the backward leg cat

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I love this story of Stockings (the backward leg cat) because it has a super happy ending!

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Stockings was born with a birth defect that left his back legs hyperextended backwards.  Brought into Chicago's Tree House Humane Society when he was just a few weeks old, they decided to proceed with potentially risky surgeries to give Stockings the best quality of life he could have.  Dr. Steve Neihaus an orthopedic veterinarian ended up performing three procedures on stockings that took six weeks in total and successfully enabled stockings be able to work and run without pain - source

Below is a video that shows Stockings pre-surgery.


The good news is that not only were the surgeries a success, Stockings also got adopted to a forever home by one of the vet's tech Priscilla Cherry. Below you can watch a video where Priscilla talks about adoption Stockings, about tree house and like me, may also leave you with those happy goosebumps!


Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Top 10 Cat Street Art/Graff - Take 4

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Another Cat Street Art Round up - I love doing these because I have such a fond-ness for all things street art related :)

First up, a piece I spotted myself whilst trekking in Byron Australia :) So cool!

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Some sexy felines found in Germany.

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 Street artist, Rafael Surianiis is responsible for that rad black and white paste up and I'll admit I'm a sucker for anything bright and colourful!

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A cool piece (on the left) spotted in Melbourne, Australia and I know I'm always including stencil artist C215 in every round up I do but he's rad and does lots of cat stencils (so I have too!) :P

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 Love this crazy colourful kitty and a super amazing face piece from DMS

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 And lucky last, a cat painting found in Nakano, Japan and the cutest maneki street art around!

I think my fav this round up is that DMS cat face :)

Find the other street art posts here, here and here

Monday, August 18, 2014

Cat Video Monday: Cat walks like horse

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Ever wanted to see a cat walk like a dressage horse? 
Well via the magic of the internet now you can! 


Happy Monday you guys!

Friday, August 15, 2014

52 week project 6/25

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I randomly scooped up gremlin this week and pushed my camera towards Ben. I knew my weekly 52 project deadline was approaching and I hadn't even thought to take a photo. I quickly learned that such random acts (especially when your cat is in your play mode) don't always go to plan :P

"A Portrait of Gremlin, once a week, every week for the rest of the year" 

Love you gremlin :)

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Crocheted Hats for your Cat!

No doubt one of Meredith's crocheted creations has made it to the blog before but I wanted to overload you with them today because they're too cute/funny not too!  Meredith has an etsy shop called I heart Needle Work where you can find all her handywork :) 

Onwards to the awesome cat hats *raises sword*

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A Santa kitty and Christmas tree! Orders are now at the 6-7 mark for production (maybe longer) - so don't say I didn't warn you if you want to get in before Christmas!

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 If that time frame is too long she does have the pattern available for the pilgrim hat or you could pretend the wait isn't that long and hold out for her to make you the wizard!

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I think Rapunzel is my favourite although I'm sure those lovely plaits would be a lovely fun/play distraction for your cat 
(read: asking to be destroyed)

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 Despite being an Aussie I still grew up with American tv shows so I have a soft spot for anything Thanks Giving related - I also have a soft spot for pom poms and party hats (are you with me?)

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 Is your cat a brave warrior kitty or perhaps has recently excelled in the academic field? 
Meredith has your cat covered (literally!)

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Weeee such fun! Now the only hard bit is convincing your cat of the same :P

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Top 10 Cat Cakes - Part 2

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With Gremlin's half birthday tomorrow (eep he's already 6 months old) I thought it would be fun to post some awesome cat cakes! I'm sorry if these make you ridiculous hungry for cake like they did for me! (advanced warning alert!!!!)

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 I love how simple and perfect that cat cake on the left is and the clever use of sparklers as whiskers! The cake over on the left may be a bit of a joke cake (I found it on reddit) with the caption that the cake was made by his Grandma for her 69th birthday - despite any inappropriate implications I love it's ying yang awesomeness!

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 Cheshire Cat! Having played a (tiny teeny) bit with fondant I cannot fathom how they got their cakes looking so perfect!

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 Grumpy cat cake! you can learn how to make this guy over here. (the video is totes adorable)

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 Another more classical grumpy cat cake and another nice spin on the cat cake via Tide Water and Tulle

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 Some killer character cakes - Tom and Jerry and Garlfrield!

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And saving my favourite for last, the Cat Bus from Totoro!

Do you guys have a favourite?
You can check out my previous cat cake entry over here.

Top 10 Cat Home Decor Ideas

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It's time to show you guys some awesome Cat themed home decor items :)

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First up this perfect cat clock by Lisa Jones Studio and some Hello Kitty Wallpaper by Blik who also have lots of cute other styles here too.

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An amazing cat lamp and an equally amazing cat rug by artist Nathalie-lete - make sure you check out her other rugs here - there's a meat rug!!

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Urban outfitters always seems to have awesome cat themed wares including this shower curtain and rug.

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OH MY GOSH!!! Crochet Kitty couches! (have you ever seen anything as amazing!?!?) I really need to step up my crochet game! Or maybe just buy a ready-made cat chair :P

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and lucky last the cutest maneki doona cover and a cat shelf for all my trinkets :)
If you read my other blog you know I definitely need shelving for all my collections/trinkets!


Monday, August 11, 2014

Cat Video Monday: Things You Can't Do When You're Not A Cat

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Today's video is in a similar vein to the cat-friend vs dog-friend videos here and here
This one below made me smile on my Monday morning - I hope it does for you too :)