Tuesday, 6 December 2022

Crafting With Cats **RERUN** ~ Part XV ~ Catmas Special Part II ~ How To Make A Bahumbug Burlap Cat Tree Decoration ~ Level Easy Peasy

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Supurr Greetings Pawesome Pals

Thanks for joining us for Part XV of our Crafting with Cats segment. If mew missed Part One of our Catmas Crafting Extravaganza and How to Make a Purrsonalised Catmas Stocking ~ click here

We really like the idea of a handmade Catmas [Christmas to the normal folk out there!], and we've been making lots of things over the last few months as our old decorations are getting a bit tired after 20+ years, and in all honesty we don't like what's available in the stores; plastic, plastic and more plastic, so this year we decided to go another route, and so here we are with a more natural approach.

All of our previous CWC posts are on the Crafting with Cats Page, and mew don't have to be an expert in anything to make any of them.  Plus we offer workarounds and no-sew projects for those who don't like to sew.

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**A quick note before we begin**

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

  So purrlease do not copy fur commercial/resale purrposes.

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This time we're making 

Crafting with Cats Catmas Special - Part 2 ©BionicBasil® The Bahumbug Burlap Cat Tree Decoration

What Mew Will Need:

Burlap/Hessian or a fabric of your choice

stuffing/wadding

wool or embroidery thread

mini pom poms

black felt

large needle or darning needle

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Let's Get Started!

Crafting with Cats Catmas Special - Part 2 ©BionicBasil® How To Make A Bahumbug Burlap Cat Tree Decoration

1.  We love burlap! MOL

2.  Fold A4 paper in half and draw your template, ours is approx 3.5" wide x 2.5" high or 9 cm x 6 cm
(if mew have a tub of Whisker cat treats - mew could use the lid as your template - we'll be making some really fun things with those in an upcoming Craft Post).

3. & 4.  Cut out and place on the fabric


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5. & 6.  Pin to the fabric while mew cut; as tailors chalk doesn't show up very well, so it's easier to pin the template and cut around it.  Cut 2 pieces.

7.   Place both pieces together, take your wool and a large needle.  Sew around the edges in a stitch of your choosing.

8.  Leave a gap and stuff to your desired level with wadding.

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9.  Finish sewing and leave a loop of wool to hang your Burlap Cat.

10.  Glue on a pom pom for the nose and stitch whiskers in place.

11. Cut out small triangles of black felt for the pupils and glue them to the white pom poms. Glue eyes onto the cat, and mew should now have something that looks like this; a really cute but rather grumpy little face looking back at mew! MOL

Here's ours in the tree at BBHQ, and we've affectionately called it Amber! MOL MOL MOL

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A very Bahumbug Catmas indeed! 

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And that furiends furry sadly brings us to the end of our fifteenth Crafting with Cats post, we do hope mew liked it and if mew decide to make your furry own Bahumbug Burlap Cat we'd love to see it, so feel free to post your pawesome crafty pics on our Facebook page at:


We'll be back tomorrow with The Midweek News and do hope mew can join us then, and later in the week, we'll be sharing the Catmas Pudding Pouffe with Catnip accessories - OH MY COD!!!!

Until then

Keep calm and craft on...

Wing Commander Basil & The B Team 







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Monday, 5 December 2022

Crafting With Cats **RERUN** ~ Part XIV ~ Catmas Special Part 1 ~ Make Your Furry Own Purrsonalised Catmas Stocking ~ Level Easy Peasy

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Supurr Greetings Pawesome Pals

Thanks for joining us for Part XIV of our Crafting with Cats segment. Mew know we have so much fun making all these fabulous things for feline enrichment and also just for fun, and we do hope mew enjoy seeing it and/or making it too! 

We really like the idea of a handmade Catmas [Christmas to the normal folk out there], and we've been making lots of things over the last few months as our old decorations are getting a bit tired after 20+ years, and in all honesty, we don't like what's available in the stores; plastic, plastic and more plastic, so this year we decided to go another route and so here we are with a more natural approach.

All of our previous CWC posts are on the Crafting with Cats Page, and mew don't have to be an expert in anything to make any of them.  Plus we offer workarounds and no-sew projects for those who don't like to sew.

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**A quick note before we begin**

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

  So purrlease do not copy fur commercial/resale purrposes.

Copyright ©BionicBasil®

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This time we're making a pawesome easy peasy 

Crafting with Cats Catmas Special ©BionicBasil®  Purrsonalised Catmas Stocking

Ready for Santa Paws to stuff full of goodies just for mew!

What Mew Will Need:

Mini pom poms

Faux fur 

Burlap/hessian or a fabric of your choice

Ribbon

Red and white twine or a colour of your choice

needles/thread/scissors/glue gun, or regular fabric glue

optional sewing machine

>^.^<

Optional Cat ~ Smooch was today's Craft Room Snoopervisor

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Let's Get Started

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1.  Choose your fabrics and trims - get your supplies together.

2. Make a simple boot/stocking shape template; ours is A4 sized.

3.  Cut out 2 pieces.

4.  Take your pom poms and make the initial of your choice - glue in place onto one piece - use a piece of card so mew don't accidentally glue it to your table top.

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5.  Once dry - stitch both pieces together - right sides out - a basic zigzag stitch will be fine or hand-stitching will also be ok.

6.  Take your faux fur trim and cut to size - ours was approx 5" or 13 cm deep and just over 2 times the width of the top of the stocking.

7.  Make sure the nap [direction of the pile] on the fabric is correct - in this case facing downwards - test this before you sew in place.

8. Sew faux fur approx 1.5" or  4 cm from the top of the stocking.

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9.  Fold faux fur into top of the stocking, so it looks like this and hand-stitch in place; a simple running stitch will suffice.

10.  & 11. Next take your twine and a large needle, and sew in a stitch of your choice around the stocking edge; ours is just a basic stitch.

12. Finally, take a loop of ribbon and attach it to the inside of the stocking, and mew should now have something that looks like this.

Isn't it fabulous, and we made a few more so no-purrdy feels left out! MOL

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And that furiends furry sadly brings us to the end of our fourteenth Crafting with Cats post, we do hope mew liked it and if mew decide to make your furry own Catmas Stocking, we'd love to see, so feel free to post your pawesome crafty pics on our Facebook page at:


We'll be back tomorrow with Part two of this Catmas crafting bonanza and do hope mew can join us then. 

In the meantime

Keep calm and get crafty

Wing Commander Basil & The B Team







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We at BionicBasil HQ are not responsible or liable fur any injuries to person/s and/or cat/s, crafting addictions, glue on cats, paper cuts, misplaced pins and needles, cats stealing your supplies, broken scissors, cat fur stuck on your projects, or your project not turning out as planned.  By using this information you hereby agree to indemnify and hold harmless BionicBasil and staff from and against any and all claims for personal injuries or damages of any kind arising from use of any Crafting With Cats posts we may share.

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Sunday, 4 December 2022

Parsley's Devastatingly Handsome Selfie on The Sunday Selfies & Caturday Art Blog Hops

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Supurr Sunday greetings furiends

Welcome to another BBHQ selfie selection, and today our sleek house panther is here sharing:

Parsley's Devastatingly Handsome Selfie 


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What a fine specimen of a mancat. Just look at the gleaming fur, cute face and penetrating gaze. How can mew resist? 

Parsley just put a spell on mew! MOL

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We're also joining in Athena's Fabulous Art Hop so do stop by and show off your pawesome arty-farty skills.

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The effect was created with the ios Prisma App, and we used the effect:- Maple Syrup, we think the cool blues, moody edge and gleaming eyes really make Parsley's art pop!

We also turned this fab arty-farty picture into a puzzle, so do stop by the puzzle page and take the Puzzle Challenge, see if mew can beat our time of 11 mins 27 secs. 

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Anyhoo it's time for us to go and get tomorrow's post done, as we're rerunning all our previous fabulously fun Catmas Crafting with Cats posts throughout December, so if mew feel like your murder mittens need something to do, get crafty and make some really epic Catmas themed goodies; The B Team has got mew covered. And hopefully, if things go to plan we'll be sharing a brand-new project, so stay tuned for that!

We do hope mew have an epic day



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Friday, 2 December 2022

Feline Fiction on Fridays #219 at Amber's Library featuring **A Spell Of Trouble** by Leighann Dobbs & Traci Douglass PLUS Friendly Fill-ins

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Hello gorgeous library guests 

and 

Welcome to the Mewton-Clawson Library at BBHQ 

Thank mew for joining me in the stacks today.

Well, I don't know about mew, but I can't believe we're on another Catmas countdown already!

It doesn't seem like two shakes of a lamb's tail since it was this time last year. I'm not sure if it's a strange phenomenon but time really does seem to pass quicker the older mew get.

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Sadly the internet service is still out of commission, and this is really getting to the point of ridiculous, also the P.A. was late serving my fresh chicken lunch on Tuesday and I had to make my way into the kitchen to make enquiries as to why lunch was late and not being served in my bed!  Mew know mew just can't get the cat staff these days! MOL

Ah well, that's progress for mew, anyhoo let's dive into this week's book, as I'm sure mew're going to love it.

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Today the P.A. is also joining in Friday Fill-ins Blog Hop with the pawesome 15 & Meowing and Four-Legged Furballs.

1. I don’t like ____________________ in my ______________________________.
2. My to-do list for December includes: _____________, ________________ and ______________________________.
3. I still need to _________ before _________.
4. To me, _________ is the most important part of the holiday season.

The P.A.'s answers are...

1. I don’t like white chocolate in my festive treat selection. I really can't stand white chocolate; it's just like eating pure white sugar.

2. My to-do list for December includes: This years Crafting with Cats post, some new header graphics and making a video compilation of Melvyn's modelling. Exciting stuff for sure! LOL And if all has gone to plan the new blog header should be right above and The B Team are in the BBHQ Winter Garden.

3. I still need to post a few UK Christmas cards before the end of next week and avoid the postal strikes, but the good news is this; I managed to get all the overseas cards posted on the 30th of November, so if mew're taking part in this year's card exchange and are not in the UK, your card has left BBHQ, just look out for a really pretty gold envelope landing on your doorstep soon!

4. To me, a good Christmas dinner with family is the most important part of the holiday season.

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Let's see what I've got to show mew this time!

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This week's top book pick is...

Amber's Book Reviews #219 What Are We Reading This Week ©BionicBasil®A Spell Of Trouble by Leighann Dobbs & Traci Douglass
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A Spell Of Trouble


  Silver Hollow Paranormal Cozy Mystery Series Book 1
   
by

Leighann Dobbs & Traci Douglass
 

         Here's a little snippet of the book blurb:      

When town trouble maker, Louella Drummond, drops dead in front of Isolde Quinn's pet store just minutes after threatening both Issy and her cousin Graeme, the police in the small lakeside town of Silver Hollow assume it's from natural causes.

... Until it's discovered that Louella was murdered.

Not just any murder, though. Murder by paranormal means. Dark magic that could only have been performed by a powerful witch. And every law-abiding paranormal knows that dark magic is forbidden and carries strict punishment at the hands of "the committee" - the mysterious entity that provides law and order within the paranormal community.

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As mew know I spend most of my summer break looking for and reading/listening to new books to share with mew ready for the new season, and believe me when I tell mew it's no mean feat to find good reads to share, as I typically need about 40 books per new review season.

Anyhoo, mew know how much I like the author Leighan Dobbs and the Mystic Notch Cozy Mystery Series is still one of my all-time favs, so mew can imagine my delight when I found another series called The Silver Hollow Paranormal Cozy Mystery series which is written with a co-author; Traci Douglass.

I was excited, as mew know how much I like my cozies! MOL 

So what did I think of the first book in this new series? As mew know if a book doesn't have any cats in it, I won't review it and this one has a furbulous feline called Brimstone who's got a witty/sarcastic purrsonality.

Set in a paranormal town, although with non-magical humans too, it's an interesting setting with lots of quirky characters including witches, plus other types of paranormals. There are quite a few different familiars throughout the book which bring an added dimension to the story.

As with all cozy mysteries, there's a murder and the prime suspect is usually the wrong one and this book follows that formula. The plot is lovely and twisty, the characters grow and become like old friends and there are enough clues and red herrings to keep mew turning the pages, so all the ingredients are there for a fab and fun read.  

I really did enjoy this book and look forward to getting my mittens on the next four in the series imminently.

Also, the pawesome news is if mew have an audible account mew can listen to this TOP PAW novel for free, and the narrator has a purrticularly nice voice and does a really top job voicing all the different characters.

Audio: 5 hours 50 Mins
Paperback: 353 pages
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Ratings of:

A Spell Of Trouble


Overall Enjoyment

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I really hope mew enjoy the book as much as I did if mew decide to read it.

It's time fur me to say BFN or bye-fur-now as mew know the drill, so many books, so little time and I'll be back next week with another specially paw-picked book just for mew, and don't furget that all my previous reviews can be found on my Book Review page.

Until next time...

Keep calm and read more books

Amber 


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