Before I abandon my cat for an entire semester, I thought I should do another update of her kitty cat tent. She looks silly, falling asleep with half closed eyes. This is how the tent looks in soft morning light, perhaps I will take another photo to better show the designs later.

The tent is made entirely of materials I already had on hand: old tablecloth/sheet material, lace cut from an old shirt, fake flowers and leather, and bamboo sticks. I used my acrylics to paint the tent. I tried to create a sorta whimsical pattern - not too “boho” and not too “cutesy”. The color choices were inspired by new dresser knobs shown in the back. Back side shown here. 

I stuck an old, folded up, flannel sheet with a cat print (that my kitty amusingly loves to sleep on) in there for a nice cushy base. 

This project was adapted from this tutorial.  

Art Drop Day 2014

Have you folks heard of Art Drop Day? It’s a freaking blast.

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Seriously, I had so much fun with it. I made a cardboard sword (a thing I like to do.) And then I decided it would be more fun to make a cardboard stone for it to sit in.

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And of course I couldn’t resist playing with it before I sent it off to a new home.

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Then came #artdropday so I picked a secluded spot to hide the cardboard sword in the stone.

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The very best part of this whole experience was finding out who picked it up. Look how happy this kid is!

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Art Drop Day is my new favorite holiday. Next year everybody should do it.

10 Uses for Wine Corks via thisoldhouse:

Lightweight and rot-resistant, corks can do a lot more than just plug up your favorite bottle of vino. Start saving them for a few handy projects.

1. Create baseboard. Glue corks side by side onto a base of 1/4-inch MDF and cut along the long ends with a saw to an even height. Attach strips of 3/4-inch molding to the top and bottom, and nail the strip of corks to the base of your walls.
Make a Classic Grilled Cheese Sandwich
 

2. Scrub a knife. To avoid scratching high-carbon kitchen knives, use a dab of cleanser and scrub the knife with a cork instead of an abrasive cleaning pad.

3. Make Some Mulch. Chop or grind corks and use the bits as moisture-retaining mulch.

4. Make a tiny sanding block. Wrap a piece of sandpaper around a cork. Use the curved surface for touch-ups on molding and other detailed items.

5. Keep artwork on an even keel. Cut a cork lengthwise into thin strips and glue them to the corners of hanging artworks. The cork will prevent them from tipping off-center.

6. Protect your blades. Glue several corks together side by side and place the strip in a drawer. Rest knife blades in the crevices to keep them sharp and protected.

7. Make a doorstop. Slice along the length of a cork at an angle and push the cork under a door to keep it from slamming shut.

8. Hush up your cabinets. Slice a cork into thin circles and glue the pieces to the inside corners of cabinet doors to quiet them when closing.

9. Safeguard your tools. Drill a hole halfway through the length of a cork. Fit the cork over the end of a pointed tool to prevent damage to it (and yourself).

10. Start a fire. Soak old corks in a jar of rubbing alcohol, then put a few in a fireplace underneath logs and newspaper. Light the corks with a long-handled starter to get the flames dancing quickly.

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