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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?


Friday I’m in Love: Maps

More often than not, I feel just a little bit lost…like I misplaced my instruction manual, or directions…which is why I think I’m so drawn to maps. I think they’re fascinating, and an open invitation to explore and to dream about where life can take you…or, at the very least, to figure out where you are.

That sense of misguided direction is probably why something like these hand-stamped Everything Here is Wonderful vintage maps by Best Made Company appeal to me so much. They’re kind of comforting.

Similarly, I think these beautiful leather-bound datebooks made of old sea charts and set with French woodtype give me the sense I can (at the very least) get myself organized. And why wouldn’t I with such a beautiful helper? They’re made by Purgatory Pie Press who you might have already come across as the authors of The Paper Bride and How to Make Books.

More beautiful stationery-related goodness can be found from Cutiepie Company, who’ve put together a personalized letter set made of handmade vintage educational maps and coupled with vintage stamps. This map-envelope and vintage stamp combination is just so cute and so appropriate. Think about it: you could send a letter on your personalized stationery around the world in a map of the world!

Speaking of vintage educational maps: everywhere I look these days I see large-scale pull down maps featuring prominently in home interiors, as seen here, here, and here. I love this look. In fact, I want this look somewhere in some future abode…and I think something along the lines of this map of North America would do quite nicely:

How do you feel about maps? Do they get your imagination racing about all the wonderful places you could go? Or are they purely utilitarian?


Friday I’m in Love

I’ve been living in what’s supposed to be a temporary apartment for over 4 months now…Because there’s an expectation (or hope) that I’ll be moving again soon, non-essentials were left packed. That means I have no knick-knacks or mementos out, and my walls are bare.

As I look at the very light peachy colour of my apartments’ walls, I yearn for a time when I’ll be able to paint my own colour scheme, and decorate. This weeks’ picks for Friday I’m in Love are some of the items I’d love to put on my future apartments’ walls.

Mixed media art always pulls me in, somehow…I love the combination of everyday ephemera, like scraps of newspaper or handwritten notes, with unexpected doodles, paintings or illustrations. This Mini Bluebird print by Dolan Geiman is the perfect example (and as if to emphasize its mixed media-ness, it’s printed on a block of poplar wood). See more of Dolan’s work on his website, or head over to his Etsy shop to see what’s for sale.

I’m a huge Jane Austen fan….both in print and in BBC productions (!). When I saw this print of an original oil painting of just Austen Dresses (and no bias for any one story), I could easily imagine it adorning the wall of a little nook, with a wingback armchair and reading light…I can dream. See Janet Hill Studio for more lovely paintings of everyday scenes, or stop by her Etsy shop to get your own reading nook print.

This combination of pink, balloons, bunting, and sweet treats by local Montrealer Eva Juliet won me over immediately. Her La Vie est Belle art print set has a wonderful sense of innocence and whimsy…it’d be adorable in a little girl’s room, or by your vanity. Check out her shop for more fantastic illustrations (including some that would look great in the kitchen).

I love bright colours…this print entitled Three’s a Crowd really appeals to me with its bright red wellingtons and vibrant blue juxtaposed with the snowy white bird and black and white leggings….and I just love vol25’s style…to see more of her work, check out her website, or go peruse the offerings in her shop.

I must have a weak spot for hearts in speech and thought bubbles.

What drew me to this digital painting by Brad Collins was the formality of the subjects’ attire, combined with the informality of the bubble gum…and possibly the combination of red and blue (again). The piece is aptly named The Love of Bubblegum and Red Dresses, and is just one example of Brad’s apparent bias for fun subjects: many of the pieces in his shop are of pop culture icons like Han Solo and Chewy, Audrey Hepburn and Doctor Who.


Last Minute Halloween Bunting

I’ve been living out of boxes since July…it’s a long story involving a temporary apartment, and many attempts to buy my own home. But that’s neither here nor there. Saturday afternoon, as my boyfriend started raiding the candy I’d bought for the hordes of children that’ll be here tonight (apparently my street is the place to be on Halloween), I realized that I had no Halloween decorations whatsoever (and no desire to buy any, because I’ll just have to pack them up, and add to my apartment full of boxes).

So what to do?

I started looking around to see if I had anything – I mean anything orange. All I wanted was something simple, but that would indicate to trick-or-treaters that I have candy.

All I could find were CD envelopes. Orange CD envelopes, with a deep enough flap that would serve quite nicely to run string through…and so, I pulled out my handy Olfa knife, cut out a series of pumpkin faces, and TA DA! I had Halloween bunting to hang on my door!

Happy Halloween everyone! Have fun, and stay safe!!