Showing posts with label cats. Show all posts
Showing posts with label cats. Show all posts

Friday, July 11, 2014

Living Pretty With Your Pets: Dream Green DIY

Today's animal loving blogger is Carrie from Dream Green DIY. I was recently lucky enough to meet her in person during my trip to Delta Faucet Company and I was smitten with her. She is the cutest and sweetest person you could imagine. And I was glad to hear we had cat talk in common.
She is super talented which has been noticed by Better Homes and Garden, Domino and other super publications.


{photo via Mallory Benedict}

I am so thrilled to be here today to chat about our four wild and crazy “kiddos”! Although these three kitties and our lone rescue pup only appear on my blog,  Dream Green DIY,  on occasion they are never more than a few feet away from me in reality. Not a day (or, really, just a minute) goes by where they don’t have my husband,  John,  and I rolling with laughter.

I’m sure other pet parents out there can relate,  but it’s nearly impossible to avoid spontaneous cuddle fests throughout the day,  especially since I spend a good part of the week working from home as a blogger and freelance writer. This urge,  though,  is one that I don’t ever mind indulging—and it’s one that I doubt our littles mind either!




Luna is the eldest of the bunch,  and came into my life in college. I wasn’t allowed pets in my dorm room,  but having grown up with upwards of 25 pets throughout the course of my childhood (thanks Mom and Dad!),  I couldn’t live sans-cat any longer. Luna was a three-month-old feral stray when I got her and she took years of socializing before she felt comfortable around humans,  but now she’s the queen of the household.





Ginny was actually the biggest breakthrough in my journey to rehabilitate Luna. I adopted her right after graduation,  thinking that she might help to bring Luna out of her shell. Although I hadn’t really been expecting all that much,  the change was drastic and almost immediate. These two felines adore one another and are constantly chasing each other around the house,  generally causing mayhem.

As for how Ginny is with us (the human half of her family),  there’s no one she adores more than “mom.” Coming at the slightest call from me—really!—she’s a die-hard cuddler and is just about as needy as they come.




Rocky is our only K9,  but we often swear that the cats are rubbing off on him. He’s the laziest dog I know,  but this makes him a big contender for “Best Cuddler” against our Ginny. If you can’t tell from his expression,  he’s a bit of an Eeyore-type,  moping at our feet with his quintessential puppy dog eyes. I can never,  ever resist giving him scraps from the dinner table and although I’ve tried many a time to enforce a no-dogs-on-the-furniture rule,  he’s pretty much impossible to deny.






And that brings us to the newest member of our family—Tonks. This cross-eyed cutie is the first animal to join our blended family post-marriage and I couldn’t imagine life without her. She’s all around teeny,  from head to tale. All except her voice,  that is. A garbled yowl you just have to hear to believe,  you always know when Miss Tonks is ready to play—whether her siblings want to or not!

Our home is always crowded,  always fur-leaden and NEVER quiet,  but John and I wouldn’t change it for the world. Thanks for letting me gush and for giving our four cuties a moment in the spotlight,  Julia!

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Aren't her kiddos all adorable? I now have a thing for cross-eyed cats, since Monkey is as well. Such a silly and cute look ;)

Do you guys remember when I had Kim from Yellow Brick Home (shop) a couple of weeks ago? Well Carrie just happened to have custom portraits done by Kim some time ago. We were talking about it when we met and they are so good:

custom cat portraits

custom dog portraits


Also check out Carrie's DIY dog treats by clicking HERE, all her awesome projects HERE and her house tour HERE where you can find many more photos of her adorable little furry children. I love her style.


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Friday, June 27, 2014

Living Pretty With Your Pets: Burlap and Lace

Hi animal lovers! I know it's only you who stick around for this series that is so dear to my heart ;)

Today I have one stylish and gorgeous blogger showing off her little ones. Shannon from Burlap and Lace is with us today. She's got such great style and it's totally right down my alley.
Look at her guest bath that she just revealed and I love her office that she did for the "One Room Challenge". Check it out! She recently moved, so I'm sure there will be lots of great makeovers to come.


Hi Cuckoo for Design readers! I'm so happy to be here today to share photos of my fur babies. I have loved reading this series, and am thrilled to be a part of it! We have three animals- one Pomeranian and two cats. If you follow me on Instagram, you know that I love taking photos of my babies. But since this is a special circumstance, I whipped out the real camera and took some photos to share!

First up, our five-year-old Pomeranian, Max. A friend of a friend brought him to the restaurant where I worked when he was a puppy. I fell in love and immediately began searching for one of my own. A few weeks later, my friend said that her friend couldn't keep the dog because she was moving, and would I possibly want him? Well, five years later, here he is! He loves to pose like a little furry dog model.



He's about to get shaved short for the summer, but we always leave his head and tail fluffy (like a lion)!



He really really loves the camera. I tried to take a photo of our cat, and he promptly sat in the foreground and smiled. 



He's pretty easy to live with, but since this series is called "Living Pretty with your Pets", I will say that he loves to sit on the back of the couch cushions, completely smushing them in the process (he does this to the pillows, too). There is not a day that goes by where I don't take the back cushions off the couch to fluff them. I think it's time for a tight back couch! But I can't stay mad long, I mean...look at that face. #poser


Even though I LOVE Max, I am a true cat lady at heart. Like, cat obsessed (that's why I like Julia so much) :) I have two cats, but I would have several more if I didn't live in a one bedroom apartment and if my husband wouldn't kill me. Our first cat's name is Scout, after my favorite childhood literary character from To Kill a Mockingbird. But, we don't call her that. We started calling her Miss Kitty, and then that evolved to Kitty, and then Kitters, and eventually Titters (I have no idea how we made that leap). She's the O.G., because we got her first, right after we got married. She's a tortie (like Julia's!), and she's SUCH a diva.



Her main hobby is eating flowers and/or plants.



Or, really just eating in general.



And then there's our second cat. His real name is F. Cat Fitzgerald (I've always used literary references to name my cats, ever since I was little), but of course we don't call him that. Since we have Titters up there, we've nicknamed him Fritters. Titters and Fritters. You should see the faces I get when I take them to the vet.



Fritters was born and raised in a parking lot (true story), and is basically a wild animal. We rescued him two years ago because I just could not say no to his face. There is not a week that goes by where he doesn't break something, run into a wall, or leave a pile of hair in the outline of his body somewhere. But...that face. He sleeps 23 hours a day, so he has a lot of energy to expel in that lone waking hour. ;)



Speaking of that face, Fritters has a mean resting b*tch face. He looks so grumpy, all. the. time. I found this gem when I was putting this post together:



We recently moved a few states away, and the cats are just now getting over the seven hour car ride. You would have thought that we were taking them to a field somewhere to drop them off. Titters broke out of her cage and climbed in with Fritters for the majority of the trip.



Max, on the other hand, made a comfy bed (next to his real bed) on a package of water bottles.



So that's it! My three adorable but sometimes destructive animals. You can follow my blog or instagram where I will most definitely post too many more photos of  these guys! Thank you so much for having me, Julia!


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Cuteness overload, am I right? I want a little puppy in the worst way, this only confirms it.
And Shannon's calico looks so much like my Lilly.
Titters and Fritters isn't to far off from me calling my cats "Titty Tats" either ;) but that's what crazy cat ladies do. There are always bizarre names. I have been doing that to my dogs too since I was little.

I hope you enjoyed reading about Shannon and her furry children and will pay her a visit by clicking HERE.
Next Friday on 4th of July, there won't be an animal post but it will continue the week after.
Tschüß and have a wonderful weekend.



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Monday, June 9, 2014

Awesome Outdoor Cat Enclosure

Before you get annoyed with me about having another cat related post ;) I have to tell you that I am sharing a DIY project on Wednesday, I promise.
This post is for those of you who like my cat enclosure. I thought it was really cool when a reader who had found me online messaged me to show me something he had built for his cats inspired by my cat enclosure and he just happens to have a blog himself.

Check it out:


They can enter the enclosure through a window just like mine.


Look at this cool climbing construction out of the window which leads to a tunnel.


His cats are named Eddie, Max and Riley. So cute!


The tunnels end in a large enclosure which is way bigger than mine.


And to top things off everything is covered with clear polycarbonate roofing panels, so the precious kitties don't get wet when they are exposed to the Seattle weather.

Make sure to head on over to Paper Mache Blog to see more photos of this fantastic structure and how it is even lit up at night. Pretty pretty cool I have to say. Kind of makes me want to redo mine now.

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(Youleeya)



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