DIY Wall Mounted Jewelry Storage Cabinet

Hello, my crafty peeps!

Since January is the month folks seem to organize, today the whim takes me to showing you a relatively inexpensive way to DIY a place to store your jewelry… handmade or store bought. I always liked the idea of wall mounted jewelry storage cabinets, but they tend to be pricey, running $200 and up. So, when I found some frames on clearance at the local craft store for less than $5, I decided to make my own.

And, yes, all except 3 of the necklaces and a few of the bracelets, rings and earrings were made by me.

Here’s what the back looked like before they were mounted…

Since the outer frame is an inch wider than the inner frame, the mounting brackets don’t show. A hinge was added to join the two frames:

However, the size and weight of the outer frame with jewelry on it required something to be devised to keep it from sagging. I went to the engineer in the family (dad) and he came up with an easy solution…

This roller door latch is perfect for holding it up and keeping it shut! Go dad!

And, yes, becuase this is the back of that frame, you can see the joint connection. I could fill it in and paint it, but it’s on the inside and only you and I are ever going to see it! lol! I ordered the ‘roller catch’ from an RV auto parts store as the ones at the hardware stores were too wide. (Two were less than $3) The shut latch:

For the inside, I used some Command wall hangers… press and stick = easy peasy! But for the outside, I wanted to use some door knobs I’d gotten from the clearance bin at the craft store and some drawer pulls I got from Lowes. More on that in a moment. I put a burlap matboard (on clearance 3 for $1) in the frame and we drilled holes to mount the hardware, leaving this ugly looking backing showing on the inside…

Enter some double sided tape and craft paper and, even though it’s only seen by you and me, it looks a whole lot better, don’t’cha think?!

The most expensive thing in making this were the drawer pulls that I got from Lowes… enabler alert: If you open a Lowe’s charge card, they give you a $30 discount off your first purchase. (No, I don’t work for Lowe’s!) So, my total hardware cost, including the hinges and brackets was about $30. Making the total cost for TWO jewelry storage cabinets about $60-70!! A far cry from $200 each!!

On this one I added the cabinet cup pulls turned upside down:

Yes, all of this jewelry was handmade by me, too, except for a couple of the bracelets.

I hope that gave you some ideas and you picked up some tips on how you can easily and affordably make your own jewelry storage cabinets.

I’m glad you stopped by today. I always love hearing from you!!

~D.Ann

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Orchids in Bloom!

Hello, sweet peeps!

Since most of you are in dreary, snowy winter mode right now, I thought I’d send you some Florida sunshine from my porch to perk you up. Once in a while the whim takes me to photographing flowers, but with this infernal headache (6 weeks now), I haven’t been able tolerate being out in the sun. It’s frustrating to be missing the best time to be outside in South Florida as you don’t sweat buckets the minute you step out the door. Grr! Ok, enough ranting, sorry!! So, since I had to bring in my orchids from the porch as the temps are to drop below 50 tonight, I took advantage of a mini photo shoot for you… Here are the orchids currently in bloom:

I don’t often have success with cattleya orchids, in fact this one is a little sickly, but it sure gave one stunner of a bloom! The ‘noses’ on the cattleyas make me smile… it’s like they’re surrounded with the daintiest of handkerchiefs!

Phalaenopsis orchids are the most common and I usually get them to re-bloom, from little miniature plants like this one:

To the large ones you find in the supermarket. Sometimes they put food coloring in the water to turn them brighter or unusual colors (like blue), but these are all natural.

I especially like the frilly, cupped shape of this one:

Something I didn’t know until recently… Don’t cut off the bloom stalks until they’re COMPLETELY dried up — they might bloom again! I though it was a fluke when my aunt and my cousin’s wife told me their re-bloomed on the same stalk, but I decided to start leaving mine alone just in case, and….

Yes!! I’m looking forward to these and the other 7 orchid plants with a total of 15 bloom stalks keeping me in bloom for the next several months. That’s another reason why I find orchids are such a value… You can usually get them to bloom again and the blooms usually last for weeks to months… the longest I ever saw one bloom was at my aunt’s in N Florida… she has an amazing pair of green thumbs… this picture is one that had been blooming for over 17 months at the time the picture was taken! Look at how the bloom stalk meanders round as it kept on blooming. I think that bloom stalk put out continuous flowers for nearly two years. Amazing!!

Full disclosure: No, I am not affiliated with the orchid industry or trying to sell anything! Lol! Just a huge fan of orchids!!

I hope that little bit of floral sunshine brightened your day! Have a lovely weekend!!

~D.Ann

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Sizzix Bird Crazy & Crazy Cat Anniversary Card

Hello! I’m happy you’re here!

Today’s crafting whim is back to papercrafting with this sweet anniversary card:

Aren’t they just the cutest couple?!!  I got the idea to make this sweet lady cat all dolled up from a post by Christi over at Art-Without-Anxiety — she put her cat in a Hero Arts Dress a while ago and it was DARLING! (ENABLER ALERT: In addition to great ideas, Christi has AMAZING giveaways on her blog — Art Without Anxiety! Click HERE to go to her blog and follow her. Check the end of this post to see  the fabulous box chocked full of crafty goodies she sent me, including the dress I used on my cat in this card!!… THANK YOU, Christi!!)

I popped up the beak and eyes (and made them shine with Glossy Accents) and added in some tulle (on her hat) and pearls for some 3d effects (like her ring and earring).

I like how the white pen adds some extra detail. The wing was scored and popped up, too. I like the lace embossing folder (new to me!) and lace edges for the background. The embossing stands out just a smidge more when you run Versamark over it.

I got excited about sending this card and filled out the inside before I remembered to take a picture. LOL!… here’s the inside lower right corner stamped with the mini versions, which are in reverse…

I think it’s sweet how he’s giving her a quick peck on the cheek!

Materials used:

  • Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Bird Crazy, Crazy Cats,Crazy Talk, Mini Bird Crazy and Mini Crazy Cats stamp sets
  • Sizzix Tim Holtz Bird Crazy and Crazy Cats die sets
  • Sizzix Tim Holtz Lace Texture Fades Embossing Folder (new to me)
  • Hero Arts MMH April 2017 Dress (new to me)
  • Tsukineko Memento dye inks – Tuxedo Black & London Fog
  • Tsukineko Versamark ink
  • Stampendous PEARLustre embossing powder – tanzanite
  • Copic Markers: C1, 5; BG13, 15; R22; RV02, Y13, 15; YG61; YR02, 04; V4,9,15,25
  • Sakura Gelly Roll pen – white 08
  • Ranger Inkssentials Glossy Accents
  • Core’dinatoins Cardstock: green, purple, white
  • Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue
  • Scotch adhesive runner & adhesive dots
  • Misc. Lace, faux pearls, tulle and vellum.

I’m playing along with the following challenges – click on any one for more information on how you can join the fun:

~D.Ann

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Don’t forget you might want to click HERE to go to her Christi’s blog and follow her. You’ll get some great crafting ideas and be able to watch for a chance to enter one of her fab giveaways. Just sayin’! : )

Men’s Beaded Tie Chains

Hello and welcome!

I’m pleased to present today’s crafting whim… beaded tie chains. In our family they’re called: ‘jibby-dabby dibby-dabbies’… Even when I lived at home, dad could never remember what they’re called and was always losing them… “Hon, have you seen my jibby-dabby dibby dabby?” And mom usually knew were to find it! So the name stuck. Dad likes to use tie chains, but they’re so boring. Either gold or silver and that’s pretty much it. S,o I decided to do some makeovers for him.

It’s easy to remove the chain from an inexpensive tie chain and then attach a string of beads to the base. I used Beadalon 7 strand .18″ satin silver wire with #1 crimp beads and  I chose some semiprecious ‘manly’ natural stone beads for him…

Hildy and Jo hematite beads are classy and go with most anything.

He has started wearing more purple, so I put together this set of Bead Gallery Amethyst Serpentine Jasper beads.

And here’s one I made a while back from Bead Gallery peacock and camouflage jasper stones.

  

 

Of course, he mixes them up with colors I never would have thought of… and they’re not too bad. : )

Well, there you have it… an idea to jazz up your guy’s tie chains.

Thanks for stopping by today!

~D.Ann

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DIY Backlit Photo Box

Hello, and welcome to the start of a new year of D.Ann’s Crafting Whims! It’s hard to believe it’s been since last year since we saw each other! : )

I’m going to start out with a project that may make you want to go snatch up some of those holiday lights that are on clearance right now. I’ve been wanting one of those backlit photo light boxes like We R Memory Keepers makes, but they only come in 8×8 and 5×7 for $30-$35. I wanted an 8×10 box for my dad to put some of his terrific flower pictures in. Looking around the web, that size runs $80-100+. Yikes!

So, when I was browsing through Hobby Lobby’s 90% off clearance section and saw this combo, I couldn’t resist the whim to try to do it myself:

On the left, an 8×10 shadow box photo frame on sale for $1.80 (marked down from $18) and a gaudy 8×8 backlit sign on sale for $2.50 (marked down from $25). So, all I had to do was transfer the guts of the backlit sign to the photo frame and I’d have my own DIY 8×10 backlit photo box for a whopping $4.30 (+ tax and photo paper)…. now THAT’s more in line with my budget!

The inside of the backlit sign was basically holiday lights poked through wood strips to hide the wiring. So all you would need is something similar to hold holiday lights and a switch box to wire them up to (or just leave the plug if you want)… unless you got some battery operated ones that come with a switch.

I took off the felt backing in my shadow box frame, cut out a hole for the switch, and covered the back with aluminum foil to better reflect the light. Note: the backlit sign came with a tester button that has its own little battery in it… I can take this apart and use it with Chibitronics lights on some cards (like THIS one I made a few weeks ago.)

Always love a two-fer! I printed up one of my water lily photos on some We R Memory Keepers Photo Lights printable backlit film to get them started until dad could choose what one he wanted to print and put in the backlit frame…

When I first closed it up I was unhappy to see that the print was so transparent that you could see the guts of the inside workings right through the picture. Argh!

Then I added a couple of pieces of vellum and that solved the problem. Whew!

Mom and dad really liked it and are leaving my water lily picture in it for now.

I scarfed another set of these from a different Hobby Lobby store’s clearance section and will be making one of these for me, too. The photo is pretty easy to switch out, so you could have one for each season, or just change it up whenever you feel like it. I think that it would be fairly easy to do from scratch using holiday lights. You’ll have to let me know if you try it!

Thanks for stopping by today. I always appreciate reading your encouraging comments! Let’s hope this is a better year for all of us!!

~D.Ann

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Giant Raspberry for 2017 – the Year in Review

As 2017 draws to a close, I feel like giving it a giant raspberry…

LOL! (for my foreign readers, a raspberry can also mean and expression of disapproval by sticking out one’s tongue and blowing out air to make a vibrating sound) Last week was the week of giant berries:

Now, ‘them’s the berries!!”

Just look at those berries compared to the normal sized berries in the middle! Amazing! And they were sweet, too!! A foretaste of paradise!

So, yeah, as most of you know health-wise, this was a bad year – not to mention the hurricane. It culminated with a severe migraine that started November 30 and has yet to go away over 4 weeks later. Ugh! The longest I’ve ever had one was my very first one which lasted 6 weeks. I’m hoping that I’m NOT going for a record! Needless to say, I got much less crafting done this year. I’ve been putting this post together in stages for several days now in those brief moments of semi-lucidity. ; )

Despite everything that was going on, I was able to make 86 posts this year. This blog had 2612 visitors (including you 63 faithful followers) from 57 countries who left 832 kind comments. Thank you all for your support!!

I was thrilled to have the honor of being a guest designer for the CropStop blog a couple of times this year:

    

I was also delighted to be invited to be a guest designer for the MarkerPOP! challenge blog with this card:

It was exciting to see few of my cards received special recognition:

 

for this card:

for this card on Instagram:

and 

for this fun card:

These were the most visited blog posts this past year (in order and not necessarily posted this year – interesting!) – if you missed any of them, just click on the picture to be taken to the original post:

        

These were this year’s posts that elicited the most comments, in order (click on any picture if you want to go see the original post for more details):

       

Here are the top nine from Instagram (the ones that got the most ‘likes):

  

  

  

Thanks to the 210 followers and others who left over 3000 ‘likes’ on my 103 Instagram posts!

Let’s hope that 2018 is a better year for us all! I hope to catch up on several things that I didn’t get to post this year, including a DIY photo light box and some beaded tie chains. Plus, I have some craft storage ideas, including a DIY jewelry case. I’m hoping my health will let me be a little more regular in posting and in crafting wherever the whim takes me! Thanks for accompanying me on this journey!! See you next year.

~D.Ann

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Sparkling Mixed Media Coffee/Tea Calendar

Hi, all!

It’s been a rough few weeks with a nasty relapse, but I’m back briefly to post this sparkling mixed media coffee/tea calendar that I made as a gift for a friend. (and for the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge and the December Stamplorations Mixed Media Challenge)

As you probably know, it’s also time for the winter Coffee Lovers Hop. Winter in Florida doesn’t mean snow, it just means different flowers and perhaps a few more hot beverages, but there are enough warm days for a nice cold frap, too! There is the RARE frost this far south, so I really frosted everything up on this.

That frosting goes well with MarkerPoP’s day 10 theme: Sparkle. I love the various sparkling products used, like the Stickles on the cups and feathers, the Extreme Peacock embossing powder on the feathers and the copper glitter paste on the stenciled background. The flowers have Flower Soft centers

That fab musicalbutterfly just sparkles and shines! You can’t hardly tell in the pics, but a layer of Glossy Accents over the fraps looks just like the plastic cups they come in.

Even the whipped topping on the fraps have some frosty sparkle in them!

Materials used:

  • Stamplorations stamps: Coffee & Dog Roses, Trendy Feathers, Trendy Feathes 2, Trendy Butterflies, Tea Cup Row, Always Time for Tea
  • Stamplorations ARTplorations stencil: Swirly Blooms
  • DoCrafts 2018 calendar tabs
  • KaiserCraft Bracket Album (just one ‘page’)
  • Plaid Apple Barrel Jet Black acrylic paint
  • Tsukineko Memento dye inks: Bamboo Leaves, Tuxedo Black
  • Core’dinations paper: white, lilac, gray
  • Tsukineko Versamark ink
  • Recollections gold detail embossing powder
  • Judikins Extreme Peacock Embossing Powder
  • Copic Markers:B24; G24, 99; R20; V04, 09, 15, 17; Y15, 17, 35; YG61, 63, 67
  • Sakura Gelly Roll pen – white 08
  • BoBunny glitter paste: Copper
  • Ranger Inkssentials Glossy Accents
  • Ranger Stickles: Lavender, Rose Gold, Seafoam, Star Dust, Turquoise
  • Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Stickles: Dusty Concord
  • Ranger Ice Stickles: Silver Ice
  • Nuvo Crystal Drops: Copper Penny, Gloss Dandelion Yellow, Gloss White
  • Flower Soft: Daffodil (the flower centers)
  • Misc. Vellum
  • Recollections Floral Embellishments
  • Simply Defined ‘Stay Put’ liquid adhesive
  • Scotch adhesive dots – medium

I’m playing along with the following challenges and hops. Click on any of them for more information on how you can join the fun:

 

 

 

I have a couple of additional projects that I already made for the Coffee Lovers Hop… If I can manage to get them posted, you’ll be hearing from me again real soon, so stay tuned!

I’m glad you stopped by today and, as always, I appreciate your comments!

~D.Ann

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Doctor Who Inspired Food, Fun and Snacks

Hello, hello! I know I usually focus on papercrafts, with a few other crafts here and there, but today the whim is taking me off to share with you some food ‘crafts’. Now, I’m not fond of scrolling through my Instagram feed and being subjected to pictures of what someone is having for lunch, so if you’re not a foodie, or a Dr. Who fan, I don’t mind if you skip this entry.

A while back I snagged a free Kindle copy of Dining with the Doctor. Besides fun recipe ideas, the author has a great sense of humor! A friend of mine who is a total Whovian just finished a round of chemo for a brain tumor, so to celebrate and cheer her up, I made several plates of Doctor Who inspired food, fun, and snacks to take over to her. If you’re a Dr. Who fan, you will recognize many of the references. Allons-y!

So I started off with a plate of fish fingers and custard (actually, honey mustard sauce) a a bow tie napkin because, well, ‘bow ties are cool!’ There’s Emilia Pond’s apple with the happy face, and a real felt fez filled with loose-leaf teas and a TARDIS infuser. Geronimo!

This one wasn’t from the Dining with the Doctor book. Cassandra is a flat bread pizza with plenty of cheese, black olive eyes and roasted bell pepper lips with and aluminum foil frame to stretch her out. Moisturize me!

Ahh… the Slitheen! My green pear turned yellow before I got to this, but you get the idea. I used date pieces for the eyes. Another item not found in the book: my take on the famous Indiana 15 bean soup my aunt makes. On the lid I called it ‘Slitheen soup’ and said ‘you’ll know why in the morning!’ lol! ALTHOUGH… this soup doesn’t seem to give off much gas. Perhaps because of how it’s made.

15 Bean Slitheen Soup:

Start with a bag of 15 bean soup dried beans (ours are actually from Indiana), plus 1/2 – 2/3 cup each of dried lima beans and dried pinto beans (just because those are family favorites). Bring a pot of 8 cups of water to boil, dump in the beans and let sit over night. Drain and repeat in the morning.

In another pot, bring to boil, then simmer 4 cups of water, 1 cube of vegetable bullion, one 14.5 oz can of diced tomatoes, 1 clove of garlic minced, 1 onion sliced, 1/2 lb of baby carrots and 4 or 5 stalks of  celery chopped. When the veggies are tender, let cool, then put in the blender and blend until smooth.

After the second soaking of the beans, rinse and add them to the blended veggie mixture. If the mixture doesn’t cover the beans, add water to cover. Cut up 1/2 pound or less ham into small chunks and add. Bring to a boil, and let simmer about an hour. Just before serving, add the flavor packet included in the soup bean bag.

A Vashta Nerada detection kit with a fried chicken leg… Count the shadows!!

This one is a no-brainer. Strax and the others just happen look like potato heads! Add some walnut eyes, almond nose and roasted bell pepper mouth and they’re ready to be obliterated! Sontar-Ha!

Hello, Sweetie! River Song’s trademark hair looks great as angel hair pasta! There is no hallucinogenic lipstick on those roasted bell pepper lips, tho!

Pretzel buns with meatballs make nice little Dalek spaceships…. Exterminate!

Love you Oodles! Hummus, roasted bell peppers, string cheese and boiled eggs make a great Ood appetizer plate… just make sure the eyes don’t turn red!

Here we have the Doctor’s favorite disarming charm, the Master’s drums constantly beating, Souflle girl/Clara’s password… Run You Crazy Boy and Remember Me!

And, we finish off with dessert… Some fake Jammie Dodgers (Pepperidge Farms Apricot Raspberry thumbprint cookies), Cybermen (strawberries dipped in chocolate, decorated and sprayed in silver), the crack in the universe caused by the exploding TARDIS in a piece of pumpkin pie, and an exploding jello TARDIS.

Yeah, that was a clever cover-up… the jello wouldn’t come out of the mold and broke apart. To salvage it, I printed a copy of Van Gogh’s exploding TARDIS, covered it with plastic wrap and put the ‘ruined’ jello TARDIS on top.

My friend had a blast uncovering each plate and had several meals and snacks on hand afterward. I hope you enjoyed this little whimsical diversion, too!

Before I go, let me share with you a fruit that has an out-of-this-world quality to it that some of you may not have seen before…

What a GORGEOUS color!! This is what’s commonly called Dragon Fruit (Pitahaya)… It’s easy to see why!

It comes from a cactus…. here’s a picture of it a few weeks ago in my friend Mary’s garden:

When mature, you just wash it and slice it in half and scoop out the sweet, light flavored flesh inside. If you’ve ever had a kiwi, the edible part is a similar consistency, but the flesh of  the dragon fruit is much thicker and prettier.

I hope you enjoyed today’s break in the routine. I hope to be back next week at the latest for the winter Coffee Lovers Hop. See you soon!

Thanks for dropping by,

~D.Ann

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Ellen Hutson Otterly Awesome Wobble Cuddle Party Anniversary Card

Surprise! I’m back again!! What a truly crazy month. I was finally able to get this anniversary card together with one of my favorite Essentials by Ellen Stamp sets: Otterly Awesome for Ellen Hutson’s 11th Anniversary Blog Hop.

Aren’t they just the CUTEST?!! I really like that 3d embossed background for them, too!

Here they are in action… just click on the arrow or picture below to play the short video:

A close-up view of the cute otters. rather than fussy cut around their whiskers, I just used a Copic marker as close to the background color as I could find. As mom is fond of saying, ‘it’ll never be noticed on a galloping horse’ – or wobbling cuddly otters, either!! They are, indeed, an otterly adorable couple!!

Materials used:

  • Essentials by Ellen Otterly Adorable stamp set
  • Spellbinders 3d embossing folder: Shell Beauty
  • Core ‘dinations Gemstones – turquoise
  • Core’dinations cardstock: black & white
  • Recollections 110# paper – Ballerina pink
  • Core’dinations sanding block
  • Tsukineko Memento dye inks: Tuxedo Black & Rich Cocoa
  • Copic Markers: BG15; E04, 11, 13, 23, 31, 33, 51; R32, 39; RV02; YR31
  • Ranger Inkssentials Glossy Accents
  • Tombow foam tape & black sharpie marker
  • Action Wobble Spring
  • Scotch adhesive runner
  • Simply Defined ‘Stay Put’ adhesive

I am playing along with the following hops and challenges… click on any one for more information on how you can join the fun:

I have some other fun things cooking… I hope to have some more posts for you soon, so stay tuned.

Thank you for stopping by today!

~D.Ann

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2017 Cat Lovers Hop Blog Candy Giveaway Winners and Puzzle Answers

Well, the tuna can is opening and I see you’re all gathering around to see if you’re going to like what comes out! lol!

It was another fabulous hop and I am already counting the days until next year’s hop!!

Let’s start out with the answers to the puzzles (and hints):

*** Congrats to the one smart cat who got every answer correct!! ***

#1.  The instructions were to “find all the words that contain the letters C-A-T in order. Words can run up, down, across, backwards and vertically, but always in a straight line. Now, not including the words CAT or CATS, how many different words did you find that have ‘CAT’ in them? (With no exact duplicates.)”

Earlier in the week I mistakenly hinted there were 24 words with CAT in them (just like there were 24 hop sponsors). Sorry! Too many rough drafts and I lost one of the words. lol! Therefore, I accepted both 24 and 25 as correct answers to #1 (plus one word is archaic, anyway, as you’re about to find out, not to mention an old English word that only one person found (it wasn’t me!)).

Here is the correct list of 25 words that contain the letters C-A-T in order:

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Oh, and one smarty pants found an Italian word – PACATA, which means calm, but we’re sticking to English words only. And another well read individual wondered about CATEL (an olde English word from Chaucer, meaning property)… I would have allowed it, if it would have gotten her the right answer for #1. I vaguely remember trudging through Chaucer, but a quick search found this good quote using CATEL:

For loss of catel may recovered be,
But loss of tyme shendeth us,” quod he.

Chaucer

Let us not shamefully lose any more time then… Onward!… to the hints!

Yes, CATSUP is another way to spell ketchup in English!

I’m sure you caught my hint that a bunch of cows (CATTLE) and a type of orchid CATTLEYA have several letters in common – and they ARE smack dab in the middle of the puzzle. : )   ( I really want to find a Cattleya that looks like a cow now!)

Another hint was not to forget to look for words within words and you might have caught that complicated gave you 3 words (COMPLICATE, COMPLICATED AND CATE- if you hadn’t used it elsewhere as I did below in vindiCATE).

Speaking of CATE, although you can only use it once… CATE, which means ‘a dainty or choice food, a delicacy’ is in there 6 times. If you’re like me, you’ve added a new word to your vocabulary of archaic words.

Perhaps you got the hint that words like DELICATE and CATER were backwards.

You couldn’t’ve missed the hint that 7 words crossed the T in the exact middle of the puzzle. (CATASTROPHE, SCAT, SCATHE, SCATHED, CATATONIC, CATTLE & CATTLEYA)

I  highlighted the words in the puzzle in case you’re interested in finding them all, although I know a few of you who would rather never see this puzzle again. lol!

Now I need to go and PACATA-ly eat a few chocolate CATES!

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#2. Instructions: “Take the leftover/unused letters and unscramble them to fill in the blanks:   __  __  __  __  __    the    __  __  __       __  __  __  __  __  __       __  __  __ !”

The clue to #2 was:  “I bet you can guess the last three words quite easily… wink-wink” And I sneakily hid another clue in one of my last Instagram posts for the hop: the first word of #2 is the same as one of the words you found in #1

The leftover letters were CVE SH OO APHC TR LATC

and they spelled out…

CATCH the CAT LOVERS HOP!

Most of you got that right – even if you didn’t get # 1 right… amazing!

#3. And the bonus words with the letters C-A-T in reverse order in them were:

TACIT, TACO and TACT

Since I am one lazy cat who is quite ready for a nap, I’ll let you go back and find those on your own if you missed any.

Speaking of tacos….. here is Sam (interviewed for last year’s hop HERE), doing his impression of a TACO:

In honor of #NationalTacoDay, here’s Sam doing his best impression. #iknowguacisextra #🌮

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Of a total of 8 possible entries per person, the average from all who replied was 6, so you all did quite well! A big round of apPAWse to each of you!!

Now, I’m sure your tails are impatiently flipping back and forth and you’re going bananas waiting to pounce on the next announcement:

I grouped the entries into USA (39 total) and international (5 total), assigned numbers to each correct answer and bonus entry, in the order they were received, and then asked Random.org to draw a random number for each group.

For the USA prize     the winner is:

MICHELE H. of CRIMSON OWL CREATIONS

For the International prize    the winner is:

FIT KITTY!

And, a surprise third prize (yet to be determined) goes to the one person who got all the answers – and who just happens to have been our hardworking hostess who put in MANY long hours behind the scenes to bring us this fun event… Congrats to:

JANIS of HER PEACEFUL GARDEN

Congrats,   MICHELE, FIT KITTY and JANIS!! You each have 72 hours to claim your new CATEL by contacting me with your snail-mail info at d.annscraftingwhims (at) gmail (dot com) or I will draw a different winner. (That’s by 11am EASTERN time on Thursday, November 2, 2017.)

Thank you all for your kind comments and support! I wish I had gifts for you all!  Next year I may make a category for the funniest comment as several of you gave me some good chuckles, too… thanks! Let’s hope for better kitty themed results while I’m perusing the clearance bins this year for next years prize(s)!! That helps me stay in budget and still occasionally add in some extra fun for my loyal followers.

Upcoming events: In January I have some posts planned on craft storage… something I have to work on in my studio apartment! In March, there will likely be another Coffee Lovers Hop and my 3rd blog anniversary falls then. Since I wasn’t well enough to celebrate this year, I hope to do something special come March. I also feel that my whims are going to take me into some other cool crafts very soon. Plus, I have some cool travel and nature posts from the past year or so that I haven’t been able to post yet. So, do come back often and, if you don’t want to miss anything, feel free to subscribe to my blog, follow me on Instagram, or follow me on Pinterest. Thank you.

Until we meet again for a week of crafty fur therapy, y’all take care!

– D.Ann

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If you’re still here reading, I guess I must’ve trained you to look for one final treat, eh?!

There! Now, off you go to clean up the craftermath from the hop!