Otis could use a margarita…

Otis relaxes in his basket by the window, wearing his Mexican sombrero as he dreams of white sand beaches and tequila shots.
Happy Sunday!

Hmmm… What to do with some plain old rocks?

Why not turn them into colourful owls!
First, I drew a pencil outline on each rock.
Next, I used acrylic paints to fill in my outlines.
Then I outlined everything in fineline black marker.
Next, I used my paints and a fine brush to fill in each area with doodles and dabs.
Once the paint dried, I sprayed each rock with a matte preservative.
Now, what to do with those painted rocks?
Really, you can put them anywhere—on a table, in a garden, etc.
I decided to frame mine.

Since the owls themselves are so “busy,” I decided that the background should be plain.
I painted a black tree silhouette on a plain white canvas.
Once dried, I used heavy-duty construction glue to glue each owl in place on the canvas.
Again, to keep the focus on the owls, I used a plain black frame to box them in. And there you have it. Instant art from rocks picked up on the Lake Ontario shoreline.
As always, my little partner in crime hung out with me to “help.”

Happy Easter from Otis the Ragdoll Cat

Hello everyone… although I am writing to wish you all a Happy Easter, I am not so very happy right now.

Not after my mother-person tried to force me to wear a dumb pair of bunny ears that she made. Honestly, how incredibly insulting is that to a handsome creature such as myself?Of course, I refused to wear them, making sure to kick and shake my head so that they would not stay put.
Eventually, my mother-person gave up and let them just rest on the floor. I glared at them, thinking that I might like to rip them to shreds.
And what’s with that dumb stuffed bunny she put behind me? Sometimes, she just drives me crazy. But I do love her anyway.

A HOPPY EASTER TO ALL!

A Spoiled Cat Lives here!

I was picking through a bin of my unfinished craft projects the other day and discovered an old cross-stitch picture that I’d done years ago, of Sylvester the cartoon cat holding a frame with the caption “Spoiled cat lives here.”

Of course, with it being a perfect representation of my spoiled fur baby, Otis, I was compelled to frame it for display in my front porch.

I picked up an unpainted wood frame at the buck store and used acrylic paint in three of the colours picked up from the cross-stitch to decorate it. Then I painted some wood letters that spelled out “Otis,” and glued them to the bottom of the frame. Once I stretched the cross-stitch fabric over cardboard and set it in the frame, I had a perfect “warning” for any visitors daring to enter my home. 🙂

Of course, the only way I could paint the frame in peace without Otis trying to dip his paw into the paintbrush water dish was to give him a paintbrush of his own that he could roll around with on the floor. Did I mention that he’s spoiled rotten?

Care for a cat nap?

A winter Sunday…
It’s a great day to hang out with your friends.

Or perhaps just curl up and have a nice, long cat nap.

Whatever you choose to do… Hurray for Sundays!

 

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!

 

Otis’s social whirlwind of a day

As the song goes: “We’re here for a good time, not a long time…”

 

I am on watch at my sliding glass doors.
It’s dead out there today.
A leaf flutters by.
A dumb fly slams into the window,
then falls into a crack in the deck. Awesome!

All’s quiet, when, suddenly…

A recent acquaintance, Bunnykins, hops by, googling me with her big, round eyes. Mmm mmm!

Then, my long-time pal, Chippie, stops in briefly to show off his latest finds.
As if a couple of bird seeds are enough to impress me??

Last, but not least, Squirt the Squirrel pops up to say, “Whazzup?”
I don’t know what his deal is.
He’s gone before I even have time to bat the glass with my paw. So rude!

Enough socializing—time to move to the front porch and
kick off the weekend with some chillaxin’. TGIF!

Happy Friday! Meows & hisses,
Otis

Make a playhouse for your feline friend using cardboard boxes

I discovered the most adorable book at the public library for cat owners. Even owners of small dogs could work with these ideas. Hey—even little kids would love playing with these! The book is called Cat Castles by Carin Oliver.
The book provides step-by-step photo instructions for all kinds of easy projects that are totally inexpensive because you make them from cardboard boxes that you can pick up for free at the supermarket. And the finished results are as adorable as your little pal!
Make an airplane…
a castle…
a couch…
a food truck…
a club house…
a house…
a locomotive…
a pirate ship…
a rocket…
a submarine…
a stepped condo…

There are other projects too; all so easy to make if you have a pair of scissors, cardboard boxes and adhesive.

I plan to make Otis the stepped condo so he can look out the window when I’m in my office.

It’s a great book. I highly recommend it and guarantee that both you and your feline friend will be pleased with the creative ideas inside and the very clear and easy step-by-step instructions.

Otis wishes everyone a Happy Friday!

“Does this fur coat make me look fat?
…Be
verrrrry careful how you answer that question.”

When all else fails, take a nap

It’s cold and miserable out today. Otis has the right idea.

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