It’s the cat’s house… we just pay the mortgage!

I saw this saying somewhere (it’s not far from the truth—most days, our ragdoll cat, Otis, likes to think that he owns our house and us too!:) and knew I had to incorporate it into a craft project.

I decided to make a wall sign for our front porch from a flat piece of log shaving that I had picked up at the logging display at last year’s Markham Fall Fair. I left the wood plain and untreated.

Next, I used sticks collected from a walk in the York Region forest to make an outline of a house—then glue-gunned them into place on the wood.

Once that was finished, I dug into my bag of wooden letters that I’d purchased at the Dollar Store, and used my glue gun to set them into place in a whimsically crooked style.

Last but not least—I wanted to make a replica of Otis. I had bought a coconut a while back and squirreled away some of the broken shell pieces for a future project. It just turned out that one piece was well-shaped for the cat’s face, and the brown tone worked perfectly for part of his colouring. I had two more small pieces that made perfect ears. I painted the face and eyes to match Otis’s colouring, and glued down plastic thread for whiskers. Then I glue-gunned my “coconut” cat into place inside the house frame.

Everything just seemed to fall into place, as often happens when I get an idea for a project.

I’m always collecting interesting objects and storing them away in my craft cupboard until I get an idea that will put them to good use. When you’re addicted to craftiness, you never know when a pinecone or stone or an unusual bit of wood will come in handy!




  1. Plan On F.I.R.E said,

    June 26, 2020 at 10:10 pm

    I think this phrase resonates with so many people, it certainly does for me, my cat runs my house haha!

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  2. February 5, 2020 at 6:57 pm

    Great true sign! I bought one from a craft fair I have hanging up still that says: “The cat and his housekeeping staff live here”>

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  3. TheViewFromHere said,

    February 5, 2020 at 2:55 am

    Oh Donna, your brain is so different than mine! It would never occur to me to collect sticks and keep them. I marvel at you. You’re truly a Create-A-Holic!

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    • February 5, 2020 at 4:15 am

      haha–my husband is not thrilled at the stash of stuff I’ve collected in my craft room. Definitely, I have one crazy addiction!


  4. Sheila Davidson said,

    February 4, 2020 at 1:58 pm

    Beautiful and creative as usual.

    I hope Otis looks at the sign and smiles.

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  5. Gary Mandville said,

    February 4, 2020 at 12:41 am

    Donna, By God that does look a lot like Otis. Brenda

    Sent from my iPad


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  6. February 3, 2020 at 10:58 pm

    Oh for Pete’s sake. I don’t remember my password to login to your blog to post my comment. Argh. It knocked me out and I’ll have to try again. But just in case, I’ll just say: I love what you’ve done and the imaginative way you put it together. And yes, the saying is hilarious!

    Sent from my iPad


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