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Cat Scratch Camouflage

I have a cat. He’s adorable. He’s talkative. He’s recently been diagnosed with feline hyperesthesia (poor little bugger). When he isn’t hiding as a result of it, he loves to have his belly pet. He loves treats, duck and green pea cat food, and the scratch post my dad made for him. His name is Weasley:

Sometimes, however, he’s a total brat and decides his scratch post needs a rest, and attacks my couch instead….until now, I’ve mostly made sad attempts to clean up his mess by “trimming” the fabric he pulls out. When I get fed up, I try to dissuade him from continuing to scratch by covering the areas he gravitates towards with aluminium foil. It’s effective, but ugly.

I came across this idea by Amy Gross the other night, however:

Granted, it doesn’t fix the problem, but with a few doilies, I can at least make it a lot nicer to look at. I’m going to keep my eyes peeled for pretty doilies starting now…and if I find some, project cat scratch camouflage will be put into action!

Does anyone else out there have a cat that enjoys ruining your couch? How do you deal with it?


Recycling Scrap Paper: A Crafty “To-Do”

I’m one of those people who’ll hold on to a scrap of paper as long as it has a blank space on it…you never know what little note, doodle, or vital piece of information could fit into it. I’ll write on anything: the back of envelopes, statements, receipts, old post-its, or whatever else I can get my hands onto that I don’t need to keep clean, and that has that beautiful blank real estate.

Admittedly, my love of paper isn’t wholly utilitarian. I’m also drawn to the areas that are filled in….be they the pages of a book, newspaper clippings, comic strips, maps, old letters, certificates, ledger entries, drawings, old photos, ads, illustrations, you name it…I like paper.

For instance, I shudder at the mere thought of these 4-inch squares of paper ephemera collected and sold by gleancreativereuse, including both vintage and contemporary….well, scraps of paper:

So it shouldn’t come as any surprise that I tend to hold on to it, and generally end up with my own pile of miscellaneous paper scraps…(unfortunately, they aren’t as beautiful as the ones above…but are generally more useful, because they do tend to have those wonderful blank spaces).

But how to organize them? How to make them even more useful? Well, looking around, I came across these Rescued Paper Notebook by SUKIE (based in Brighton, England) which are effectively notebooks of various sizes assembled out of an assortment of discarded papers.

Each paper includes a usable blank side, and may consist of end of print runs, advertising, envelopes, posters and paper work….from India.

While my paper sources aren’t nearly as exotic, I’m convinced I can create my own rescued paper notebooks out of my growing stash of scrap…but how to bind them? I went on the lookout to see if anyone else had already tackled this problem.

And of course, someone has….on one of my favourite blogs, no less. In September, Design*Sponge posted a DIY project by the BBBcraft sisters for Recycled Scrap Paper Notebooks where they repurposed old faxes and paper scraps, old wrapping paper, books, and other odds and ends…including a tutorial component that covers how to bind ’em all together easily. BINGO!

I’ve got everything I need…though I think I’ll get some colourful or decorative washi tape to make the spines of my recycled notebooks just a little more special. Like these beautiful minty and seafoam tapes from kawaiigoodies:

I can’t wait! I’ll keep everyone posted on my progress!!

…What do you do with your scrap papers? Do you bother to keep scraps around to reuse? Throw them out? Throw them in the recycle bin? Shred them? Or do you use them for other crafty projects?


Why Every Crafter Should Date a Fisherman

Growing up, my dad used to take me fishing. I got so into it that I had my own rod, and we went out and bought a Fisherkid Kit from Canadian Tire (basically a small green tackle box, with some very basic tackle). As I got older, my fishing rod broke, we sold our cottage, and I stopped fishing. My fisherkid kit was emptied, cleaned, and I started using it to store my nailpolish (I still do).

I hadn’t really thought to pay much attention to tackle boxes since…until my boyfriend (who loves loves loves to fish) asked if I could make use of some extra ProLatch StowAway Organizers for my beads.

As I began to examine them (and to smell them…just in case), I had an epiphany: I had missed out on well over a decade of tackle box advancements!!! This wasn’t just some plastic box with a crummy latch….this was a *pro*latch organizer….it was durable, solid, well built, and with adjustable compartments. It was made to slide into another case with other organizers, which meant it was expandable. This was amazing!

I made due with just two for awhile. But I began to envision a future in which all of my beads were neatly stored away in the exact same organizers. I wanted more.

So I put my internet sleuthing skills to use, and discovered fairly rapidly that Plano Molding – the company that fabricates these handy dandy little organizers – is also the company behind Caboodles makeup organizers (remember those?) and, lo and behold, Creative Options: an entire division devoted to fulfilling the organizational needs of crafters. I’m particularly fond of model 2-3650…which, if you’re a crafter, has purple latches.

As you can see above, my latches are burgundy because my organizers are “for fishing”…I also got them for a great deal at the Bass Pro Shop in Vaughn (near Toronto). Seriously: if you have one near you, go. GO NOW, and head immediately to fishing tackle…there, you’ll find yourself in an incredible and wonderful world filled with organizers (and lures, obviously, but you can ignore those). The possibilities for your crafty supplies are just endless.


Archie Comic Beads

For the past week (!), I’ve been very slowly but surely creating another set of Archie beads. Between finding the right images, cutting, découpaging, re-découpaging (and then RE-découpaging), and finally sealing them with acrylic spray (outside on my balcony), all the while waiting for them to dry in between….it’s a process that is easily drawn out.

But I think the end result is totally worth it:

I’ll be using these beauties in some new creations for my Riverdale collection. I can’t wait to start making jewellery more regularly again!


Paper Frames DIY from Design*Sponge

So I’m a few days late coming across this, but I love the idea, and wanted to share (it’s right up my alley, and really complements my recent desire to decorate walls, as expressed here).

What’s best about these paper frames (besides the fact that they’re super cute): you can make them with whatever you’ve got on hand (like paper grocery bags or even newspaper)…which means if you mess up…who cares? Just throw your failed attempt in the recycling bin and try again. Visit Design*Sponge for the full how to.