Tuesday 31 October 2017

Wordy on Wednesday on Tuesday again...with Biblio-Kitty Amber on the Halloween Edition featuring Cats on the Run (Tuck & Ginger)

Welcome To

The Halloween Edition with me, Amber ~ The Self-Appointed Biblio-Kitty

Supurr spooky salutations pawesome furiends

*waves paw and broomstick*
Furstly thank mew so much fur all the beautiful birthday wishes last week, I had the bestest day effur thanks to mew all my fabulous furiends, oh and before I furget let's do the give-away draw, as I know mew'll all be wanting to know who's won the Epically Epic Goodie Bag.

Here's effurypurrdy who entered.

And here's the draw... and the winner is...

Many congratulations to ERIN!!!!!!!

WOOOO HOOOOOO we'll be contacting mew shortly fur your snail mail address.

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Anyhoo, mew remember that before my birthday we're on the Halloween Trail of Spooky Weirdness throughout this month showing mew pictures that the P.A. has taken around our little village in Nowheresville, and last time I asked mew what mew thought of the blue glowing radio-active wurm alien thing, though it's still not as creepy as the week before with the face in the tree but still it was purretty weird.  Well this week, the picture was taken at tea time.... yep broad daylight...

Thursday, 28 September 2017 17:37

So what do mew think caused the rainbow cloud and the blue orb on the left of the photo?

There was nothing that mew could see with the naked eye at the point in the sky and when the P.A. zoomed-in no other clouds had the rainbow effect.

Weird huh?  That orb isn't small either.... spooky or what?

So while mew ponder on the mystery of another blue orb, I think it's time fur this weeks book, so let's get to it...

This week I'm sharing

Cats on the Run 

(Tuck & Ginger)


Ged Gillmore

Here's a little snippet of the book blurb:

Watch out! This book is so funny you'll probably pee your pants laughing. It's bonkers and barmy but blooming brilliant. There's no need to tell you what it's about because you can probably guess. (There are these cats, right? And they're, like, on the run.) But you should prepare yourself for kidnappings, stolen taxis, exploding old ladies, and witches with farts so toxic they bring down big trees.

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Do mew know how hard it is to find a suitable book fur Halloween, one that has just the right ingredients?  Witches, Cats, brooms, eveeel intent, bad things happening, good things happening, bad things happening some more, but then good thing happening again, etc.... etc.... 

Let me tell mew its been no mean paw to find one but as pure luck would have it I came across Cats on the Run and it actually did have all the right ingredients.  Although supposedly a kids book, furget that, kids would not get half of the subtle jokes, this was written fur adults but disguised as a kids book.

So where to begin, this book is actually hilarious at times. The narration is fabulous and Tucks character is the main source of the hilarity - his accent is absolutely brilliant - though I'm not going to spoilerize it fur mew but I was in stitches at times, yes it's true I almost MOL'd my fur off! 

I even had to ban the P.A. from listening to it while she was driving as she was laughing so hard she couldn't see - it should come with a warning - DO NOT LISTEN AND DRIVE!

That aside this is my new fav book fur Halloween, but mew have to listen to the audio version, as reading it yourself just won't be half as much fun, and the good news is there's another book in the series called Cats Undercover but the bad news is, there's not an audio version yet... arrrrrrrggggghhhhhhhhh!!!

[Note to self: Must write a letter to author to find out when audio version fur book two is available asap...]

 Audio: 6 hrs 48 mins    

Hardcover: 258 pages 

  • Publisher: Ged Gillmore (22 Jun. 2015)

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I hope mew enjoy this book if mew do take the plunge and buy it... and if mew've read it already, what did mew think?

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Sadly it's time fur me to say BFN or bye-fur-now as mew know the drill, so many books, so little time and join us when we'll be back on Thursday with Professor Basil's Brain-Training and don't furget that I'll be back next week with another specially paw-picked book just fur mew!

Happy reading or listening

Bestest biblio purrs and kitty kisses

Amber xox

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Monday 30 October 2017

Colouring with Cats #39 ~ Getting Your OM on with Mandalas on Mondays Halloween Special

Supurr Monday greetings beautiful furriends

Welcome to another beautiful week on the blog and our second to last post in the Halloween count-down.

Did we scare mew yesterday? The P.A. is still laughing hysterically at our Supurr Scary Selfies and can't decide whether Smoochie or Amber is her favourite! 

Oh and don't furget that today is the last day to enter Amber's Birthday Give-away, the cut off point is 2pm UK time, as we'll need to do the draw and upload it fur tomorrow.

We do hope mew've all have a totally pawesome weekend and that mew're ready fur the week ahead, so let's jump right in and start as always with our little breathing exercise, which we're sure mew all have down paw by now...  but if mew've furgotten, stop what mew're doing fur a moment and take deep fulfilling breaths; counting to five on the inhale and five on the exhale:

Breathe in
Breathe out

Breathe in
Breathe out

Breathe in
Breathe out

Don't mew feel better already?  I know we do!

I was so deeply immersed in my OM Zone I had no idea that I was actually snorting Amber's tail up my snozzle - OOPS - sorry Ambs! MOL
It's a good thing we get on and her tail is clean! MOL

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If mew have missed any of the previous mandala's and feel the need to binge colour, here's the links:

All the mandala's featured are created & designed by us, unless otherwise stated.

So without further ado here's this weeks mandala.

Just right click the image to save and print it...

And here's our finished version...

Coloured with metallic and glitter gel pens.

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If mew'd like to share your peeps pawesome artwurk feel free to upload it to our Facebook page at:

as we'd really, really love to see your finished mandalas. 

Don't furget mew can download our free Colouring with Cats ~ Books One & Two here, if mew haven't already done so:

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So on that note we'll say bye fur now and hope to see mew tomorrow
 fur Amber's Halloween book pick and the winner of the epically epic give-away!

Until then

Keep Calm and Colour OM!

Bestest chilled and most soothing purrs

Basil & Co xox

Sunday 29 October 2017

Supurr Scary Halloween Selfies on The Sunday Selfies Blog Hop with Cat on my Head

Supurr Sunday salutations pawesome pals

Welcome to another selfie selection and today...

...our theme is:

Supurr Scary Selfies

We think Amber needs some serious dental wurk!!! MOL

Who's your favourite scary selfie of?

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Here's wishing mew a fabulous Sunday, and don't furget to stop by tomorrow when we have a special Halloween style mandala fur mew to download on Colouring with Cats.

Bestest Sunday Purrs

Basil & Co xox

Don't furget to join in the pawesome Sunday Selfies Blog Hop with

 Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Jo ~ visit them at their fabulous blog:

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Saturday 28 October 2017

Crafting With Cats Halloween Special ~ Part VI ~ How We Made Primo Nip Cat Toys featuring Bertie the Bat, Yummy Plumpkin Tartes and the Purple Peril Kicker

Welcome to

Supurr Greetings Pawesome Pals

Thanks fur joining fur us fur Part VI of our Crafting with Cats segment. Mew know we have so much fun making all this stuff, and we hope mew enjoy seeing it and/or making it too! 

If mew missed any of our previous CWC posts, here's how we made:

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**Purrlease Note**

All Crafting with Cats ideas and creations are of our own design and we share them fur purrrsonal/home use only.

Copyright ©BionicBasil 

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This week we're making these pawesome 
Primo Nip Toys!

What We Used:

Felt squares
Needle and Thread
Sewing machine - optional
Primo Catnip - lots of 
2 x small pom poms
White embroidery thread

FYI: As the there was a big jar of catnip in the craft room the P.A. actually banned us during the construction phase fur her own sanity! MOL

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Bertie the Bat
1.  Cut out a simple pattern
2. Place on felt
3. Trace shape
4. Cut out two pieces
5. Sew pieces together, either by hand or on machine, leaving a small gap.
6. Get stuffing ready
7. And the catnip
8. Stuff Bert and sew up the gap

9. Use remaining felt 
10.  Trace wing pattern
11. Cut out one piece
12. Fold top edge of wings in centre

13. Tack the folds together
14. Attach to Berts back.

15. Bert should now look something like this
16. Cut out eyes and fangs and hand sew 
17. Take white embroidery thread and hand stitch the mouth and then securely sew on black pom poms fur his eyes
18. Bertie the Bat is ALIVE!!!! 

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Purple Peril Kicker Toy
1. Cut out the size mew want
2. Fold and sew up two edges

3. Turn right way out and stuff with wadding and catnip
4. Add the floof and ribbons to top edge, tack in place
5. Stitch securely along the top edge to fully secure ribbons and floof
6. And your finished kicker toy should look something like this

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Yummy Plumpkin Tartes    
1. Mark the size plumpkin mew want on the felt
2. Cut out four pieces
3. Cut wadding slightly smaller add catnip
4. It should now look like a biscuit  

5. Pin all pieces together and sew edges
6. It should now look like this
7. Cut out leaf shapes and hand stitch to plumpkin
8. Your finished yummy plumpkin tartes should look something like this

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Mew should now have some cute toys that look like these and it shouldn't take more than an hour to make them all

Mew may be wundering why the P.A. didn't glue things on... well she said and I quote. 

"Even though the glue I use is non toxic, I prefer to sew the smaller items like eyes, fangs and pom poms on by hand as there is less chance of them becoming detached due to vigorous play - I also wouldn't recommend using those plastic stick-on boggle eyes or the like as they could come off and be a choking hazard.  I also recommend that you do a toy check regularly and throw away anything that is coming apart, is fraying or has any loose components."    

Ohhh that was good advice from the P.A. - Thank mew! MOL 

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Now the really fun part...

In the testing lab

Smooch did get all of the toys while I went and had a little snack... but then I came back and ruined effurything! MOL

As mew can see we were best purrleased with the new toys, we have more videos but this post is long enough! MOL

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And that furriends furry sadly brings us to the end of our sixth Crafting With Cats post, we do hope mew liked it and feel free to post your pawesome crafty pics on our Facebook page at:

And if there's anything mew'd like us to make, leave a comment and we'll do our best.  

We'll be back on the morrow with our Supurr Scary Sunday Selfies, and mew won't believe your eyes when mew see us! MOL 

Bestest crafty purrs

Basil & Co xox

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