Animal Humane Society Before and After Grand Reveal and Adoption Event

Helloooo, DIY friends! I’ve just returned from an awesome packed few days where I partnered with Purina Cat Chow in assisting with a fun makeover of the Animal Humane Society in Golden Valley, MN. Exciting and so rewarding!

#purinacatchow #myrescuestory @purinacatchow @diyshowoff

The Purina Cat Chow “Building Better Lives” program is committed to helping improve the lives of cats across the country by supporting 50 cat-focused shelters nationwide – one in every state! – and donating a generous $275,000 in renovation and adoption support, product and monetary donations as well as a possible $50,000 donation to The Petfinder Foundation, for a total donation of up to $325,000. Wow! Purina Cat Chow identified three of the participating 50 shelters for on-site makeovers of their cat facilities valued at $50,000 each or $150,000 total. The makeovers include custom changes and upgrades to meet the specific needs for each facility. Bri and I were so excited to lend a hand! 

The work in progress and awesome team effort:

painting hexagon cat cubbies building cat furniture painting honeycomb cat cubbies   assembling cat towers installing cat towers assembling cat stairs configuring hexagon cat cubbies hexagon cat cubbies working on cat walk

Purina Cat Chow, a DIY blogger, a skilled contractor and awesome volunteers…we did it! 

Ready for some before and after shots of the cat colony room designs? Let’s go!

before

cat colony room 3 before

after

glass cat colony room after

 Stairs leading up to a shelf that sits level with the window gives cats a better view. Glass walls give potential pet parents a ‘showcase’ view.  cat stair shelf

3D hexagon/honeycomb cubbies are fun and interactive for the cats and a clean modern fit for the adoption center’s new look.  cat hexagon furniture cat stairs

before

cat colony room 2 before

after

cat colony room 2 after

Three cat towers reach to the windows for lounging in the sun and bird watching.  cat colony room 2 makeover

before

cat colony room 1 before  

after

cat colony room 1 after

Stairs to a cat walk give the cats a better view and showcase the frisky felines in the adoption center.  bri - cat colony room 1 makeover

from outside the window

cat walk

I love the cat wall murals, don’t you?

cat wall murals

Easy reach cat toy storage for visitors…

cat toy storage

The cats are loving the new environment…

cat hexagon cubby shelves cat on cat walk

So many sweet cats looking for forever homes. 

adoptable cats

And the entire adoption process has been streamlined so that it will feel less like an interview process and more like a conversation. Those looking to adopt will be in love with the center’s changes too.

animal shelter lobby

The Grand Reveal Party and Adoption Drive started with a ribbon cutting ceremony and provided tours, a vintage photo booth, DJ, giveaways, cupcakes and beverages, balloon animals, face painting, food trucks and TONS of super cute adoptable cats and kittens. So.much.fun!

animal humane society grand reveal party grand reveal party

Purina Cat Chow believes every cat deserves a forever home. The “Building Better Lives” program helps local cats find new homes at all 50 of the brand’s shelter partners.

How can you help? Purina Cat Chow will donate up to $50,000 to The Petfinder Foundation if from now until Sept. 2,  at least 1,500 stories are shared with the brand’s social media channels (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) using the hashtag #myrescuestory. This donation will be used to support 50 Petfinder.com shelters to help support future cat adoption fees. Find out more about the Building Better Lives program at Purina Cat Chow.

Purina Building Better Lives

Thanks SO much to Purina Cat Chow for sponsoring/inviting me to participate in this amazing opportunity to help sweet cats find forever homes and for all of the friendly volunteers and staff from the Animal Humane Society for their assistance and guidance, my daughter and assistant, Bri, for all of her help and support, along with one super skilled contractor, Tim Pond and his assistant, for his brainstorming and building genius. 

Animal Humane Society Makeover #myrescuestory #purinacatchow @purinacatchow @diyshowoff

Cat Colony Room Designs

It’s happening! Remember me telling you about the Humane Society makeover in progress with the Building Better Lives campaign hosted by Purina Cat Chow? (I shared about it here.)That’s where I’ll be this week, pitching in and lending a hand. Maybe a cat snuggle or two in there somewhere. 

Purina Building Better Lives

Oh goodness…the kitties! I want to pack them all up in my suitcase to bring home with me! So.much.adorable-ness. I can’t stand it!

kittens - #purinacatchow #buildingbetterlives kitten #myrescuestory #purinacatchow

 

I’ve had the pleasure of working on three cat colony room designs and what a fun challenge! The adoption center is the largest in the stage of Minnesota has been working to transform the institutional look to a more fun, modern, comfortable streamlined process. So exciting! 

Here are the rooms before…

cat colony room 3 before cat colony room 2 before cat colony room 1 before

And here were some of the room designs…

cat corner on the catwalk Room 1 back left cat colony 2 Room 2 - back right cat colony 2 Room 3 - glass cat colony Screen Shot 2014-07-17 at 1.18.44 PM Room 1 Room 2 Room 3

Fun, right? I’ll be sharing which plans were approved. Fingers crossed that all goes smoothly and according to plan! 

The grand reveal is coming up! Stay tuned! 

Purina Building Better Lives

There’s still time for you to share your rescue story. Just use this: #myrescuestory with a photo of your sweet pet(s) on social media. Here’s my rescue story. Once 1500 #myrescuestory tags are reached, Purina Cat Chow will donate $50,000 to Petfinder.com! Let’s help these cuties find homes!

#MyRescueStory {and Pet DIY}

Meet: CocoRosie or as we call her, “Rosie”. An Italian Greyhound.

CocoRosie - diyshowoff

Ever since we lost our beloved doxie (Niski) a few years back, I’ve been wanting to open our hearts and home to another dog but just didn’t feel ready. I was just heartbroken. Even now when I think about her, my eyes tear up. I loved that little sausage dog.

When I truly began to settle down into my empty nest, it just felt too quiet. I mean, Lalka, our ragdoll cat is super sweet but most days, she has her own agenda, comes out of hiding or wakes up from napping and plays on her own terms. Cats are so independent. When she’s not bullying the dog, she’s hunting mice but mostly, she’s enjoying cat naps. Or as the baby of our family, looking to get into mischief.

Meet “Lalka”:

Lalka at diyshowoff.com

And a lot of times, she’s supervising my DIY projects…just to make sure I’m doing things right. 

tiling bathroom floor

diy cat window perch

DIY Cat Window Perch

and always ready for her photo op….

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DIY photo backdrop

lalka.ps1  

Meet: Sneaks. And you may not know this, but we actually have a second cat. His name is Sneaks. He was rescued/adopted by my husband before we met. He is super sweet. He currently resides at my husband’s office (he loves people but isn’t a fan of other animals) so he has taken to welcoming and putting clients at ease. He takes his job as VP of public relations very seriously. 

sneaks

I started considering welcoming a dog into our lives again. However this time I knew I’d prefer to rescue an adult rather than adopt a puppy and so the hunt began.

Italian Greyhound Rosie

I saw an Italian Greyhound who needed a home on Craig’s List. Unfortunately by the time I called, he already had a new home but it got me to researching the breed a little more. And the breed seemed like a good fit. It seemed as if we had a lot in common!

Italian Greyhounds:

  • Small in size.
  • Short fur/little shedding.
  • Imaginative.
  • Funny.
  • Snuggly and affectionate.
  • Gentle.
And after more research, I discovered a local/tri-state Italian Greyhound Rescue. After more thought, I finally applied. The adoption process was more than I anticipated with paperwork and a home visit but understandingly so. Our home visit was completed by a friendly IG loving/owning couple in our town who brought their little guy with them for us to meet. He was just so irresistible, the couple so kind and knowledgable. Before we knew it, we were approved!
 
I was looking for an adult female Iggy. It took about 3-4 months before we found her. 
 
Lucky for us, that same couple that did our home visit began to foster Italian Greyhounds in our town and had a sweet little girl. 
 
I was nervous. I was hesitant. Would I love a new dog as much as I loved our dachshund? Would she be a good fit to our laid back, boring life?
 
Name: CocoRosie
Breed: Italian Greyhound
Age: 8 years old
Weight: 10 lbs.
Favorite past time: Burrowing under the blankets, sleeping. 
 
Then I met her. 10 lbs. of the sweetest little dog. Calm. Relaxed. So well behaved. 
 
I fell head over heels in love with her. She is super sweet! Those big brown eyes. Her personality is so similar to our doxie…even down to the love of burrowing under the blankets! And guess what – she is perfectly house trained as well! Bonus!
 
And they aren’t kidding when they call IGs “velcro dogs”. If I’m on the couch, she’s on the couch. If I get up to go to another room, she follows.  If I walk out the door, her nose is looking out the French door glass. If I’m on the patio, she’s right there. She never leaves my side. 

Rosie has been enjoying some attention here at DIYShowOff…

DIY Dog Bed  
 
You’ll spy a greyhound silhouette in a few DIY tutorials (one coming up soon too)…
 

fabric interfacing tutorial 

She is always by my side for the past year and a half. I think I’ll keep her. ;)  Let’s hear more about your pet!
 
Have you rescued a pet? Share a picture using the #myrescuestory. For more details, check out the Building Better Lives campaign

Building Better Lives Campaign

DIYShowOff is excited to be partnering with Purina Cat Chow in the Building Better Lives program! Woo hoo!

Purina Building Better Lives

Wait. What is it?

Purina Cat Chow is committed to helping improve the lives of cats across the country by supporting 50 cat-focused shelters nationwide (FIFTY!) – one in every state – and donating $275,000 in renovation and adoption support, product and monetary donations as well as a possible $50,000 donation to The Petfinder Foundation, for a total donation of up to $325,000. WOW! 

Bri and I are dedicated to helping in anyway we can to spread the word. If we could, we would bring home ALL of these cuties with us.

kitten #myrescuestory #purinacatchow

Purina Cat Chow identified three of the participating 50 shelters for on-site makeovers of their cat facilities valued at $50,000 each or $150,000 total. The makeovers will include custom changes and upgrades to meet the specific needs for each facility. And Bri and I will be lending a hand! 

To celebrate the completion of each makeover, Purina Cat Chow will conduct a “Building Better Lives” adoption event at each organization whereby the brand will help local cats find a new home during the event. Members of the Purina Cat Chow brand team will volunteer their time and talents at each renovation and adoption event. Sweet, right?

Plus! Purina Cat Chow will donate up to $50,000 to The Petfinder Foundation if from now until Sept. 2,  at least 1,500 stories are shared with the brand’s social media channels (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) using the hashtag #myrescuestory. This donation will be used to support 50 Petfinder.com shelters to help support future cat adoption fees. If you’re a pet lover, you’ve no doubt browsed the pets looking for homes on their site. Let’s raise awareness to get these sweet animals into loving homes!

Each participating shelter will also receive a donation valued at $2,500 – $2,000 in cash to support future cat adoptions and $500 worth of Purina Cat Chow brand cat food.

There’s a HUGE makeover going on at the Golden Valley Humane Society in Minnesota and Bri & I have the opportunity to lend a hand. Here are a few of the before pictures from the Adoption Center: 

animal shelter lobby before animal shelter space before

Just wait until you see how they’re working to transform this cold and sterile looking environment into a new beautiful modern design with streamlined adoption process! As one of the largest animal shelter centers in the state, making the process effortless and smooth will help to increase the adoption rate. 

More before…

Cat Shelter Before cat shelter makeover - before

What a blessed and generous campaign! And we’re so honored to be included! We’ve been assigned to makeover three cat colony rooms.

Before…

cat colony room 1 before cat colony room 2 before cat colony room 3 before

How can you get involved? Purina Cat Chow encourages you to share YOUR rescue story on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram with the hashtag #myrescuestory . 

kittens - #purinacatchow #buildingbetterlives

Stay tuned for a few fun cat friendly design boards and the unbelievable transformation at the Humane Society grand opening event in Golden Valley, MN!  

*This post is sponsored by Purina Cat Chow. We’re partnering with Purina Cat Chow to spread the word and raising awareness about the awesome Building Better Lives program.

DIY {dresser drawer} Dog Bed

As a part of the Lowe’s Creative Ideas team, I was excited that the May Challenge revealed using Pantone’s 2013 Color of the Year…emerald! I knew it’d be the perfect fun color for the new dog bed I planned to make for CocoRosie. Pantone’s Emerald is one of those colors that would look amazing paired with navy, yellow, tangerine, coral, raspberry, fuchsia or pink. I decided to go girly for our new female furry family member.

DIY Dog Bed

She loves to lounge around outside, especially since we utilize our patio a lot during nice weather. Sunbathing is one of her favorite past times although there are occasions when she seeks shade and Italian Greyhounds are prone to sunburn because of the short fur. The hot pink parasol provides a bit of shade and a ton of cute-ness paired with Emerald and coordinating fabrics.

diy-dog-bed-tutorial

Materials I used:

  • old dresser drawer
  • paint (Valspar Signature Paint, semi-gloss, Pantone Emerald and Berry Brown)
  • FrogTape
  • furniture feet x 4 (also table leg plates/hardware if needed)
  • coordinating pillow or DIY cushion
  • matching parasol/umbrella
  • hardware to attach the parasol to the drawer (hose clamp or pipe strap)

What I did: 

1. An old free/found dresser supplied the drawer. I gave it a good scrubbing. You may also want to sand your dresser drawer face board if needed or remove drawer handles for painting and replace when finished.

dresser drawer dog bed

2. I simply drilled pilot holes in the wider dresser front and back bottom boards then screwed in the feet.

legs for a DIY dresser drawer dog bed

CocoRosie is only 10 lbs. and this worked for us. There is also hardware (table leg plates) for furniture legs sold in the same aisle at Lowe’s for a sturdier option  (located near the decorative wood moulding).

3. The inside got a coat of Valspar’s Berry Brown.

valspar berry brown

4. Once dry, I taped off the inside using FrogTape, making sure the edges were sealed to activate the PaintBlock technology.

FrogTape

5. Next up, painting the outside two coats of the beautiful Pantone’s 2013 Emerald exclusively at Lowe’s.

Valspar Pantone Emerald

I love the consistency of Valspar’s Signature line.

painting dog bed

I removed the FrogTape immediately after the second coat…

FrogTape results

then let it dry overnight while I worked on a DIY box cushion…

DIY dog bed

6. Secure the parasol handle to the inside of the drawer using a hose clamp or pipe strap (however the box cushion I made has a snug fit and holds the parasol handle in place). I found that having the parasol positioned in the front of the drawer helps to be able to push it almost-flush against walls on the back side.

7. Pop in a pillow or cushion.

dresser drawer dog bed

Seven or less steps. Easy as pie. A yummy  (Pantone) Emerald and Raspberry indoor/outdoor dog bed.

BeforeDon’t feel too bad, she does have access to patio furniture too. You’ve seen her on that patio daybed!

rosie-before

Now:

Up for providing shade…

dresser drawer dog bed how-to

Down for getting sun/overcast days…

DIY dresser drawer pet bed

No parasol for indoors…

DIY pet bed

I’m even thinking of personalizing it for her…

CocoRosie dog bed

Result is a pampered pooch. Maybe now I’ll have the patio daybed to myself! How do you spoil your pets?

Pantone Emerald pet bed

Of note: 

*I do not leave the dog bed outside in the rain.

Notice the chandelier flower planter hanging in the tree? See the DIY Chandelier Planter Tutorial for more details. 

DIY Chandelier Planter

*Sharing here: The Shabby Creek Cottage, Tatertots & Jello, Miss Mustard Seed

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*Disclaimer: As a member of the Lowe’s Creative Ideas Creators and Influencers network, I received a Lowe’s gift card to complete this project for using Pantone’s Emerald in Valspar’s Signature paint challenge, however the tutorial images, instructions and opinions are my own. Your dog’s behavior may vary. DIY results may vary.

Silhouette Portrait Giveaway

The promotion with GREAT savings ($7.50 for vinyl and transfer paper) using code “SHOWOFF” at checkout runs through 4/26.

This giveaway is now closed. Winner is Ruth: “I have been wanting to add a compass rose to an end table in my living room, so I think that would be my first project.” Congratulations, Ruth! I hope to see the table! I will contact Ruth by email.

One of the things I love about owning my Silhouette is the ability to create cute customized vinyl labels…

labeled storage dresser in hallway

labeled-dresser

And since welcoming CocoRosie to our family recently….

italian-greyhound-cocorosie

{awe! those eyes!!}, anyway…I wanted to transfer pet food to an airtight container rather than dishing out from a pet food bag. Nothing pretty about those, ya know? I love glass jars but the cat food and dog food look very similar, so cute labels are a great solution.

It’s super easy to design my labels using the Silhouette Studio and purchasing/ downloading ‘silhouette’ shapes (and extra fonts) from the Silhouette store. Most run around .99 and stay in my ‘library’ for repeated use.

pet-labels-silhouette-studio

Cutting the vinyl is a cinch too…just load the vinyl, set the blade and click “send to Silhouette” to cut.

cutting-vinyl

Peel away the un-used/negative part of the vinyl design (also called weeding).

weeding-vinyl

You’ll have a vinyl “sticker” but peeling away the letters and placing by hand for me means creating a slanted label that isn’t ‘level’ and guessing on spacing. This is where transfer paper comes in handy. It “transfers” the vinyl design while keeping the design exactly spaced/level as it shows on the paper.

vinyl-sticker

How Transfer Paper Works: Simply cut a piece of transfer paper to size.

  1. Peel away the waxy backside (the transfer paper is the sticky/tacky paper).
  2. Place the transfer paper over the vinyl design you just weeded.
  3. Rub (I use a gift card/credit card).
  4. Then peel the backing away (waxy thicker paper). The design is now stuck (backward) to the transfer paper.
  5. Place the design/transfer paper onto the glass. Rub with a credit card.
  6. Peel away transfer paper. Vinyl design stays adhered to the glass.

transfer-paper-tutorial

Here’s what I whipped up in less than 30 minutes {containers are from Garden Ridge and scoops from a local commercial restaurant supply store}:

Labeled Pet Food Containers

labeled-pet-food-containers

See MORE of my Silhouette projects here. 

If you’ve been waiting for the monthly promotion to get a Silhouette, now is the time!

Silhouette April Special (just use promo code “SHOWOFF” to get the discount)

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Promotional Pricing Details: sale runs from 4/18-26th at Silhouette America.

  • 1 Silhouette Portrait™ + 1 roll of black vinyl, 1 roll of white vinyl, and 1 roll of transfer paper: $139.99
  • 1 Silhouette CAMEO® + 1 roll of black vinyl, 1 roll of white vinyl, and 1 roll of transfer paper: $269.99
  • All premium vinyl bought outside of a machine bundle is 25 percent off with promotion code: SHOWOFF.

Note that the vinyl discounted in the promotion is all 9” x 10’.  Also, and this is very important, vinyl is actually discounted BIG TIME. It used to cost $14.99 and is now reduced to $9.99 with an additional 25% promotional discount. I’m going to be stocking up!

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How to Enter to win a Silhouette Portrait:

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Giveaway runs from April 18th to the 20th. Open to US residents. Silhouette provided me with the vinyl for my project, the Silhouette Portrait for 1 lucky DIY Show Off reader and a small percentage of sales generated with the “showoff” promotional code. Thanks and GOOD LUCK!

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DIY Challenge: bookcase to free-standing small pet gate/display sign/game score keeper

I was recently invited to participate in a fun DIY challenge created by HomeTalk and Wayfair. A little DIY + creativity turned a bookcase into a free-standing gate with chalkboard for multi-functional use:

free-standing-pet-gate-sign

  • free-standing gate for small pets
  • free-standing sign for parties and yard sales
  • free-standing game score keeper for outdoor family games this summer

The challenge: Get creative! I chose to turn the Furinno pine 3 tier bookcase from Wayfair into something new according to a specific theme (geometric pattern, incorporate rope, or black & white). I chose the black & white theme.

furinno pine bookcase

I started by giving the pine bookcase pieces and a thrift-store wooden calendar holder a coat of white spray paint (Rustoleum Satin Finish).

diy-pet-gate

I used FrogTape to protect the frame of the wooden calendar holder and gave it a coat of chalkboard paint along with the “bookend” pieces that came with the bookcase. Allow to dry and remove FrogTape.

chalkboard-paint

Rather than attach the 3 fence-like shelves to form a book case, I attached them to the bookcase end pieces using 6 hinges (I also used shorter screws where needed). I set it all out, measuring and marking with a pencil for equal placement of the hinges on both sides.

diy-free-standing-small-pet-gate

Then added the base bars according to the package instructions.

free-standing-pet-gate

I attached the chalkboard with screws (from the back side) to the center of the gate and seasoned the chalkboard (season: rub side of chalk over entire chalkboard surface vertically then horizontally and erase with a felt eraser or dry soft cloth/paper towel).

seasoning-chalkboard

I still need to fill, sand and paint some of the manufacturer’s pre-drilled pilot holes, but loving it’s function for keeping the new dog away from the kitchen and out from under hubby’s feet when he’s cooking.  I specify small pet because this likely won’t keep a large dog from jumping over or moving it since it’s not locked into place.  However, our standard ‘baby gate’ is only 23″ high.  The center panel of my DIY free standing gate measures 32″ tall.

diy-free-standing-pet-gate

I understand that pets can’t read! lol But it helps the person who moves the gate to pass through know why it’s there. 

diy-pet-gate

Even the back side is pretty…

pet-gate-backside

It will double as a free standing sign for parties, picnics, family reunions, yard sales (or even a menu board when entertaining)…

diy-free-standing-sign

Where did the chalkboard bookend pieces come into play? Washi tape and a Sharpie were used to add numbers to the top two rows of the gate (chalkboard markers don’t smear)…

diy-score-keeper

The bookend pieces slide along the numbers to ‘keep score’ for outdoor games.

diy-game-score-keeper

Thanks to HomeTalk & Wayfair for inviting me to participate! The bookcase made this a pretty easy DIY project which will get a lot of use!

free-standing-pet-gate-sign

Linking up to Funky Junk Interiors.

*I was provided with the bookcase and a $25 Visa gift card for this project.

*This post was also brought to you by FrogTape. FrogTape provided by Shurtech. The opinions are completely my own based on my own experience.

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A fashion photo shoot and a diva

The other day, I was helping out Bri’s friend, Amber, who is opening an Etsy shop soon by taking some photos for her shop, Electric Bright…

vintage dress

1980s dress

Love this one of Bri…

electric bright

and a certain someone couldn’t stand not being the center of attention on the ‘catwalk’…

ragdoll cat

during wardrobe changes, she had to show off her foofy coat…

ragdoll cat

and photo-bomb a few shots, get crazy, pop out from under the sheet, even knock over the backdrop! From 399 pictures, some where not fashion related. Model, prop and dust mop {look closely to that tail}…

ragdoll cat

“show off”

ragdoll cat

{Lalka}

I’ll share a link to Electric Bright Etsy shop and tell you more about it when it’s open. Congratulations to Amber! And Bri has some plans in the works as well and can’t wait to tell you all about that.  

Hope you’re having a great weekend! 

Cuckoo 4 Design – DIY Cat Tunnel

I recently had the pleasure to e-met Julia from

cuckoo4design blog

Julia is cuckoo for her cats too and her 4 furry rescued children are adorable.

She introduces her DIY cat tunnel best: “I always felt bad about keeping my cats inside but I also know that there are so many dangers awaiting them outside. We happen to live in an area where there are numerous busy streets and also an outdoor shooting range. Unfortunately a lot of people hate cats and do unspeakable things to them. So as they reached the senior citizen stage, I couldn’t take it any longer because I felt so bad about them never lying in the sun, breathing the fresh air, watching birds, squirrels and butterflies… so I started to think. After searching the net I saw that there are several professionally made outdoor cat cages and some home made ones. And I started to wonder if I would be able to do the same in our small neighborhood without it sticking out like a sore thumb.”

Julia created an amazing {and fun} outdoor haven for her kitties and it’s safe!

See the window to the right in Julia’s beautiful living room?

pretty living room

That leads to here…(see the window on the right)

DIY outdoor cat tunnel

Super cool!

DIY outdoor cat tunnel

DIY outdoor cat tunnel

DIY outdoor cat tunnel

DIY outdoor cat tunnel

DIY outdoor cat cage

I LOVE this crazy cat tunnel and it looks as if Julia’s furbabies do too! See the details and meet Julia and the cats at Cuckoo4Design. {and check out her other amazing DIY projects too!}

You might also enjoy this cat DIY:

cat window seat and catnip stuffed toys…

easy DIY cat window perch

DIY Cat Window Perch and DIY Project Parade

Looks like a great day to sit near a window and enjoy the warmth of the sun on your face. 
 
Meet Lalka:  Enjoying her new window seat with a view of the barn and her new catnip stuffed dangly toys…
 
Fun!
 
A quick trip to the hardware store for brackets and screws and we were able to get started. Lots to choose from. We chose the shortest gray ones for this project. Bri made a window seat too. Hers is from scratch, mine uses an old breakfast tray. Tutorials for both are shown below.
 
TRAY TURNED CAT WINDOW PERCH
Materials:
Old Tray
Pillow
Shelf Brackets
Screws
Optional:  Line tray with scrapbook paper and secure with Decoupage. I used vintage wall paper.  New pillow cover. I used an old pillow and leftover fabric scrap. I also used scrap fabric, stuffing, ribbon and cat nip to make some toys attached with an eye screw.
 
Here’s what I did (using the optional steps mentioned above):
 
1.  I sanded and scuffed up an old tray.  I cut wallpaper to fit inside and secured to the bottom using Decoupage.  Let dry.
 

2. Using left over fabric, I sewed an envelope pillow cover for an old pillow to use as a cushion.

Cut fabric. Allow an extra 1/2 inch on the top and bottom. Triple the side of the width of the pillow.
You’ll have a large rectangle.  My pillow is approx. 12 x 18 inches. My fabric was cut to an approx. 13 x 54 inches.
 The short sides of the fabric: One edge of my fabric is the selvage end. I sewed a hem on the other end.
 One end is hemmed. One end is the selvage (or hem both ends if no selvage).
 Hem side:
 Fold fabric. Edges should be on top (back side up/out) and be near the middle. Anywhere in the middle works. 
 I want my selvage end to be inside, the hemmed side out. Make sure selvage is the top folded piece.
 
 Pin and sew both long edges. Reinforce over hem/selvage part of seams.
 Flip right side out and insert pillow.
 
3.  I drilled a hole and used an eye screw for attaching catnip stuffed toys on ribbon (see toys below).
 

4.  Measure and mark where the brackets will go. Pre-drill holes.

 
 
 
Our windows are not framed in this room and the tray is a perfect fit underneath the sash.
 
5.  Attach bottom screws of shelf brackets.
6.  Hold tray in place (my tray fit perfectly under the window) and mark where holes for short screws need to be inserted into the tray. Pre-drill holes.
 

7.  Attach tray to shelf bracket with short screws.

 
 
8.  Loop ribbon toys through eye screw.

 9. Add pillow!

How it looks from underneath…

Lalka loves her new space…

She’s a big girl for 1 year old. Perfect for watching for birds and squirrels or snuggle in a ball in the sun.

Catnip Stuffed Toys
Here’s what we did:
 
1.  Make toy patterns and trace onto scrap fabric. I made a fish, bird and mouse.
 

2.  Double fabric with right sides together and cut out shapes.

 
3.  Cut a piece of ribbon.  Mine are between 2-3 ft. Grab ends to find center.  Hold center and start rolling ribbon.
 
4.  Pin ribbon roll between two sides (right sides facing each other) of fabric. Ends should be sticking out past fabric.
 

5.  Sew around shape, leave an opening for stuffing.  I reinforced (back and forth) over the ribbon to make it more durable for pulling/playing. Sew close to the edge but be sure to grab both pieces of fabric. Snip curves.

 

6.  Turn right side out.  Alternate stuffing and catnip

 
7.  Hold open edge together, making sure edges are tucked in. Sew closed and continue sewing a border around the entire shape.

8.  All done.  I fed the top of the ribbon loop through the eye screw and secured animals to hang from cat tray/window seat.

EASY DIY CAT WINDOW PERCH
 

Bri made one for her cats too, we actually cut a board to fit the window sill…

Layout batting and fabric under board and cut to size, allowing fabric and batting to wrap on under side.

 

Wrap in batting, starting with stapling in the center of each side and working way to corners.

Cut away excess.

 

Repeat to cover in fabric.

 Bri covered a piece of cardboard with wrapping paper and stapled it to cover raw edges.

Follow steps 3-8 above under TRAY to CAT WINDOW PERCH.

Bri’s cats love it!

 
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Mox and Fodder – DIY Vintage Suitcase Pet Bed Tutorial

Meet:  Kathryn from Mox and Fodder – fostering individual creativity in their readers and connecting them to a treasure trove of inspiration from the graphic design, style and DIY communities. Here’s their super cute and easy DIY fun pet bed idea:
What, you ask, are vintage suitcase dog beds? Well these adorable pet beds are basically just upcycled old suitcases. You know, the kind you find at a thrift store that have no wheels, so are clearly not practical for extreme traveling. I have a love for old suitcases, as you can probably tell from one of my previous posts, “Retro Suitcases: Packed Full of Style,” so I was considering purchasing a little bed on Etsy for Zuzu the poodle; however, once I noticed the hefty price tag (over $50 for most of the listings) I decided it was time for some diy magic. I made my own version for under $10.Materials:
  • Vintage Suitcase (hard shell)
  • Tools (hammer, screwdriver, extreme muscle strength)
  • Pillow
  • Pillow Sham

Directions:

  1. Open the suitcase and examine how it is hinged together.
  2. If it is screwed together, then you just need to unscrew the top half of the suitcase from the bottom half. If it is attached by some other means, then you will have to break out the hammer. Joey and I purchased the strongest suitcase known to mankind. It was machined together to sustain extreme wear, so disassembling the top from the bottom of the suitcase was quite a feat. Luckily, Joey provided the “extreme muscle strength” from the materials list. He used the hammer and his brawn to break the top from the bottom.
  3. Discard the top half of the suitcase.
  4. Cover a pillow with the sham of your choice. I used a sham from our old ikea duvet cover.
  5. Place the pillow in the suitcase and tuck the corners in. We lucked out because our suitcase was the perfect size for the pillow we used. If this is not the case, you can make your own custom pillow.

Zuzu loves her new bed! She still tries to sleep in our bed at night, but during the day, I catch her lounging in her vintage suitcase palace.

I think this would work for a cat bed too, right?  Zuzu seems to love it and I’m pretty sure it’d look adorable in my office/craft area where Lalka snoozes under the craft table. What do you think?
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Clever Re-purposing

Check out this cool laundry center!

It used to be this:

Meet Lexi from

Sexy Lexi\
Lexi is a clever DIY’er and thinks outside of the box.  (Awe dachshunds!!!!)  Here are a few more of her creative projects…

Old suitcase
becomes a doxie’s princess bed…
This flea market find…
has a new life as a ribbon holder!
Lexi’s a new blogger.  I know she’d love a big welcome to blogging from the DIY blogging community.  Pop over, say ‘hi’ and meet Dottie & Hershey.  You can see more of Lexi’s creativity at 

Enjoy the weekend! Do you have DIY plans?

Every Dog Has It's Day (bed) & a Pet Parade!

This is just so cute!
I’m showing off this little pet bed for
Gail at My Repurposed Life.

Here is her post:

My friend Cathy and I repurposed a twin bed to make this dog bed. We call it a day bed because we assume that most of you cuddle up with your canine friends at night. There were two pieces to this bed. We left one piece whole, and the other piece we cut in half, and used those two pieces as the sides. We only had to add a board across the front.

With the seat removed, you can see how we constructed this day bed. We use wood glue and drywall screws for a good secure fit.

Cathy made a pillow case to cover our pillow, so that it could be removed easily for washing. The pound puppy is just a prop. Cathy’s son and daughter in law have this in their living room, in front of their picture window so their very old “Midnight” can look out the window.

We have made many benches, each one is different. The construction always depends on the type of bed used. This would be a good project for a beginner.

Thanks for sharing Gail! I love your blog full of before & after repurposed ideas!

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