Flower pics and Sandhill Cranes

I’m finally back and I’m glad you’ve stopped back by, too!

I’m going to start this post with a visit to northern Florida last November. I didn’t get to post the videos of the Sandhill Cranes. They’re such nifty birds, although the locals might complain about them tearing up their yards as they look for food. It was fun to watch a couple sing and dance together. (It is said that the female makes two calls for every one the male makes… I’ll let you draw your own conclusions about that! Ha!)

(You can click on the white arrow in the middle of the pictures to go to the videos. Turn up the volume for this first one.)

I guess, after a while, they must get sore throats and just dance…

Zooming ahead 3 and a half months later, we see the results of their fooling around…

It’s so fun to see wildlife wandering the streets of quiet neighborhoods! If you stand still and don’t bother them, they might even get within a feet of you… but remember they are WILDlife!! I love that their red faces look like hearts when you look at them straight on…

Next are some of the many nifty plants at my aunt’s house. First up is the Turk’s Cap Cactus aka Melon Cactus. It gets loads of those nifty pink fruits (right now there’s only one on the left side).

Atop the brown woolly ‘cap’ the flowers burst forth swathed in white wool…

The Kaffir Lily (Clivia miniata) is a member of the Amaryllis family…

And with a great sense of humor, her ‘Shrek’s Ears’ (Crassula ovata ‘Gollum’) – a type of jade plant – are planted next to ‘Donkey’s Tail’ (aka burro’s tail – Sedum morganianum)! lol!

Jatropha (aka nettlespurge or physic nut) blooms…

It’s amazing how a heavy dew changes everything… even some ‘weeds’ in the yard…

My favorite is this dew drop laden Periwinkle…

For those of you who are getting another round of cold weather, hopefully this will tide you over until your spring flowers start blooming like crazy real soon.

Thanks for stopping by today to enjoy these lovely creations with me!

~D.Ann

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A Quick Trip to Sanibel Island, Florida

Hello everyone! Last week we had a wonderful surprise… some friends who have a timeshare over at Sanibel Island, FL, had their plans change at the last minute and, rather than let it sit empty the rest of the week, offered to let us to stay there a couple of days. Sanibel is one of our favorite spots to relax! So, despite our current health issues, we headed over for a mini vacation. Since many of you are stuck in the cold and snow, I thought you might want to turn up the heat, fix yourselves a warm cuppa and enjoy a brief break in the warm sun for a change. Here we go….

One would think being on the west coast of Florida means sunsets on the water, but we were on the south side of the island and actually had gorgeous SUNRISES.

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In the distance we can see Fort Myers Beach, Bonita Springs and, maybe a bit of Naples.

It’s fun to watch the skillful cast net fishermen. (If you want to watch, press the play button (the white arrow).):

To see the sunset, we have to go to some of the northern beaches, like here at Blind Pass Beach, which is just before crossing over to Captiva:

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If you watch carefully, you can often see dolphins playing in the gulf waters. Here’s a very short video. Press the ‘play’ button (the white arrow).

(Hint: look in the distance toward the left) To my cat loving friends: There are lots of cat’s paw shells on Sanibel and I usually find the most PAIRS (they’re bivalves) here at Blind Pass. Just sayin’. >^.^<

There’s plenty to do on the island. #1 for me is shelling. It’s addictive and no matter how many shells one has, there’s always one more pretty one that HAS to go home.

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Here are some of the shells you might find. And, yes, one of the rangers at the NWR said there ARE seahorses in the water.

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Of course you have to watch out for the live ones… it’s illegal to take them home!

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This guy looked like he was hoarding his own stash of shells, so I left him alone.

Tip: try finding a single tide day where low tide is just before dawn. The tide is stronger and brings in more shells and if you can get out just before dawn, you’ll be treated to nice shells AND a pretty sunrise.

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You can also do the regular things, like sit in the sun – or shade – and read…

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… or make sand castles or something out of the ordinary like an iguana…

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… or a seahorse.

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Another fun thing to do is drive through the JN Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge – I recommend doing this at low tide as all kinds of birds tend to come in then to feed. As of this writing, the fee is $5 per car and you can drive through as many times as you wish. (If you have the lifetime Senior Pass to the National Parks, you get in free.)

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Here’s a short video of the pelicans coming in… Press the ‘play’ button (the white arrow):

There are white pelicans, spoonbills, sandpipers, egrets, ibis and others. The ranger is talking about the anhinga (commonly known as snake birds) that are often see with their wings spread out. Be sure and look up often as you drive through the park and the island… there are numerous osprey nests and there is even a bald eagle in the area.

Near sunset in the park, you can see flocks and flocks of birds coming in to roost. Watch for the mullets who seem to be jumping for joy! lol!

At the visitors center, they have something fun for the artsy-craftsy folk (Well, I THINK it’s for US, tho there were a lot of KIDS there. hahaha). They have a table with raised etchings of various forms of wildlife and plants in the area and a pile of crayons and blank paper so you can make rubbings. I put several together on a page….

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I may have to try that with some of my embossing folders! : )

As you drive through the park, be sure to stop at the mangrove overlook. As you walk through you will see what look like brown ‘knots’ on the mangrove trees. Look closer!

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They’re crawling with crabs! You may also see what look like strings of pearls – those are actually spider egg sacks. The guide said each one may have some 50,000 inside. Yikes! I think they’re basilica orb weavers. When you get out to the water be sure to look down… you may spot some of those seahorses!

Traveler’s tip: be sure to spray yourself with insect repellent before getting out of your car in the park or going to the beach to protect yourself from no-see-ums… those tiny biting midges or sand fleas are so small and fast you won’t know they’re biting until it’s too late.

Ok, lets leave the creepy critters behind and take a look at some of the pretty and unusual plants on the island:

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This one’s called a Necklace Pod (Sophora tomentosa).

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Well, it’s about time for me to cast off. (See what I did there?!) Wink-wink!

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I hope you enjoyed your little trip to Sanibel Island! I’ll be back soon with some pictures from the Naples Botanical Garden to help you hold on until your spring flowers arrive!

Thanks for stopping by!

~D.Ann

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A Visit to Florida’s Flamingo Gardens

Since some of you are stuck inside with the winter storm, I thought I’d send you some colorful sunny warmth to brighten your day! There is even a puzzle and you might find a few good laughs along the way. So grab a hot cuppa and sit back and enjoy your visit….

We had a delightful time visiting Flamingo Gardens yesterday. The gardens were established 90 years ago (2017).

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They are also on the Reciprocal Admissions Program with the American Horticultural Society.

Hint: If you plan on visiting two or more botanical gardens in the US in a year, it is worth checking to see if they are one of the 300 in the Reciprocal Admissions Program, as  AHS membership gets you in free.

Of course the parks’ namesakes are a huge attraction…

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Here’s a video of my favorite part of the flamingo section… getting to feed them!  (Just click on the ‘play’ arrow in the middle.)

What a delightful experience to get to hand feed these beautiful birds! They’re very careful not to bite the hand that feeds them.

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Another favorite section for cat lovers like me is getting to see the Endangered Florida Panther. The National Wildlife Society estimates there are less than 100 left in the wild.

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I wish my camera would do better on long distance photos. I am glad to see she has a nice large area to roam with plenty of green (unlike one of the nearby zoos). A distant cousin playing nearby was happy to let me pet her and get my ‘fur therapy’ in for the day.

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Also for cat lovers are these cool T-shirts in the gift shop… Other than the three cats and the background pair of eyes, can you find the hidden cat images? The manufacturer says there are 10 cougars on this shirt. You can click on the picture to be taken to their answer page.

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Another prominent feature of the gardens are the many peacocks roaming free.

Here’s an artsy shot of those gorgeous colors for you…

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Here’s one of those gorgeous guys resting among the banana trees.

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Speaking of banana trees… Their blooms are gorgeous!

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Each one of those flowers inside the main pod can eventually become a banana. as each petal unfolds, it releases a new bunch.

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BANANA!!

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(If you want to do an instaminions pic, just click the photo)

There is also an amazing aviary where you can walk around with the injured and recuperating birds taken under Flamingo Gardens’ wing. (See what I did there?!) It’s so neat to get up close and personal with some of of my favorite waterfowl, like the spoonbill:

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And pelicans:

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One of these birds is not like the others. Can you guess which one? lol!

One could walk around the aviary for a long time looking for just the right shot of a beautiful bird…

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And THEN you come across this sign:

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Bwah-hahahaha! (Now go back and look at the previous picture… on the branch below the bird he’s trying to picture. Yep…. it happens!!! Hahahaha!)

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Ok, so this barred owl is not impressed. There is a whole section in the park with a variety of birds of prey. There are also several displays of exotic birds, too..

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And, of course, there are plenty of plants and flowers. I only wish there were more name tags… I don’t know what this plant was.

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But the flowers at its base were pretty nifty:

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The shrimp plant is aptly named… (If you don’t know why, say, “Okay, Google, find “shrimp in the ocean.”)…

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Sometimes a little bit of sunlight can make all the difference in what you see:

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Visiting parks can be great for meeting people. I came across a really fun guy at the park:

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(Note: This blog claims no responsibility for bad puns!!)

Some plants just make for cool photographs…

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Beautiful ground orchids:

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Cattleya orchid:

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Well, I hope you had a fun visit to Flamingo Gardens! I sure did!! Hopefully, we’ll get to go again while the temperatures are more moderate. I won’t tell you it was pretty chilly at first in the low 60’s, but it warmed up quickly and was a lovely day… That’d just be cruel. : )

Stay warm, my friends, and have a lovely day!

~D.Ann

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Cat Lovers Mama Elephant Thank You Page Hugger Bookmark Card + Lil BUB Interview + Blog Candy

Hello there, friends and visitors! Welcome to Day 5 of the Cat Lovers Hop!

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If you haven’t checked it out yet, do make a little time to check out all the fab projects and amazing talent – just click HERE. There are nearly a hundred entries already!

For today’s interview, I am delighted to have the darling lil BUB with us today:

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This is her orchid impression. I think it’s a new family of orKITTYae… the FELINEopsis! Not to be confused with the CATTleyas. : )

For those of you who aren’t already one of her 1.4 million followers on Instagram, you can check out her story on her website by clicking HERE. She is a “perma-kitten”, which means she will stay kitten sized and maintain kitten-like features her entire life. (Personally, I’m a “perma-kid” which means I will stay a kid on the inside my entire life!) She is a published author, a talk show host, the star of an award winning documentary, created Lil BUB’s Big FUND for the ASPCA (the first national fund for special needs pets), and has helped raise over $300,000 for animals in need. A portion of every sale from her STORE full of BUB cuteness goes to this fund.

That’s one busy little kitty! We’re honored that she took the time from her busy schedule and chose to reply to one of the questions I sent her.

  • What is your favorite thing to do with paper?
    • Sleep on it.

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A true kitty, indeed!

Some of you may have the popular Weather Bug app on your phones. Did you know there’s a Weather BUB app?!! And it’s FREE! You can find it HERE.

In honor of lil BUB’s appearance today, I made this card with a removable Page Hugger bookmark on it:

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It’s not often I do a CAS card, but I really wanted the bookmark to be the star of the show.

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And, on the inside:

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Supplies used:

  • Mama Elephant Page Huggers stamps and dies
  • Mama Elephant stamps: Sunday Sentiments and Hello Friend Wishes
  • Memento dye inks: Tuxedo Black and London Fog
  • Copic Markers: E00, 31, 33, R32, RV04, W3, 5
  • Sakura Pigma Micron black 005 pen
  • Nuvo Crystal Drops: Gloss Apple Green
  • Core’dinations cardstock: black and white
  • Misc. card base and adhesives

I am entering this card in the following hops and challenges – click on any one for the details on how you can join the fun:

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Who’s ready for another blog candy giveaway?!!

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Up for grabs today is this Plaid Bucilla 4.25″ x 5″ cross stitch kit, an I love my cat key chain and some kitty sticky note page markers. Today it’s for continental USA peeps only, as the key chain is heavy.

If you would like to be in the running to win this blog candy, pay close attention to the rules: Continental USA addresses only: Leave ONE comment on this post before 11:59 pm Pacific, Sunday Oct. 30, 2016, using the phrase “PERMA-KITTEN” somewhere in your comment. If you don’t have the words “PERMA-KITTEN” in your comment, I’ll assume you’re not interested in the blog candy (and won’t be offended!).  Also, if you are (or become) a follower of this blog, you may make a SECOND comment telling me so for an additional entry. You may also receive an ADDITIONAL entry by becoming a follower of BUB’s AND my Instagram accounts (@iamlilbub and @d.ann.c). If you do follow both of our Instagram accounts, come back here and leave comment with your Instagram user name. Duplicate comments will be deleted. There you have it… you may have up to three chances to win. FYI: This particular giveaway is only open to peeps in the continental USA.

On October 31, 2016, I will use Mr. Random org to draw a winner from the comments that qualify and will try to announce it here on the blog some time before noon EASTERN time. Please come back and check to see if you’re the winner. The winner will have 72 hours to contact me with their snail-mail address or another winner will be chosen.

Well, my desk is getting full of scraps of paper from the craftnado that has hit this week. I might just follow lil BUB’s lead and lay my head down on the paper pile for a quick cat-nap.

Before I go, I want to thank you all for visiting and for your sweet and encouraging comments! They mean a lot to me!! I’ll be back as soon as I can.

~D.Ann

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pps: Enabler alert… perhaps you’ve seen these cute Post-It note holders at Office Depot or Staples… You can find them MUCH cheaper on Amazon…. just sayin’!:

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As Tigger would say: TTFN!

DIY Newton’s Nook Kitty Kiddy Games + Interview with Hobbes + Blog Candy!

Oh, I am so excited to share all the fun stuff in today’s post for the Cat Lovers Hop!

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I can’t believe it’s already half over! Are you having fun yet?!!! Can you tell I’m a ‘litter’ bit excited?!! You’d better grab a cuppa as this post will be MUCH longer than my average post. For those of you who persevere and make it all the way to the end, there may be some extra special blog candy waiting for you. (wink-wink!)

Many of you are familiar with one of our generous sponsors, Newton’s Nook and the famous cat for which they’re named. (If you’re not, you can read Newton’s story HERE.) Did you know there’s another feline in the family named Hobbes?! If you’re one of the nearly 3k followers of Newton’s Nook on Instagram, you’ll see pictures of them both, but a quick scroll through reveals Newton about 20x more often than Hobbes. Who can blame him – what with the company named after Newton and all. So I thought we needed to get to know Hobbes a little better and he graciously answered a few interview questions for us.

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  • If it’s not too personal, can I ask if you were named after Calvin’s best friend?
    • Yes I am! My owner, Jeff, loved Calvin and Hobbes cartoons and has all the books so when they adopted me he wanted to name me after his favorite cartoon tiger. 
      • I love how Calvin’s Hobbes always pretended to be a stuffed animal when other people were around, but went back to being a tiger with Calvin! lol! Believe it or not, I still have their books, too! I found these cartoons about Calvin’s crafting skills that might give crafters a chuckle: 20161026_130319
  • What’s it REALLY like living with Newton?
    • Newton is a great big brother. We like to snuggle and nap together when it’s cold outside. Although sometimes we do argue over who gets to sit in an open window or sunbeam!
  • Do you think Jen will ever do a Hobbes stamp?
    • I don’t think so. I’m too shy to be in the spotlight! But I have seen Jen color the kitty images to look like me on some of her cards! 
  • Do you have any crafts you enjoy getting your paws into?
    • Sometimes I like to chase bits of bakers twine when Jen is crafting! But mostly, I just like to keep her company and sit on the chair beside her while she creates or walk across her creations! 
  • What is your favorite thing to do with paper?
    • Chase it, of course!! Or sit on it!
  • Do people often send you and Newton cards or hand-made crafts? What are some of your favorites?
    • We do sometimes receive handmade cards from our fans and the whole family loves to see what everyone creates! Cards with cats colored to look like the card creators pets are my favorites! 

Thank you, Hobbes, for taking some prime sunbeam time to chat with us! You look so dapper in your bow tie!! (Bow ties are cool!) Here’s a parting truism from Calvin & Hobbes:

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Speaking of Calvin & Hobbes… If you’re a fan, you might enjoy checking out Disney artist Brian Keesinger’s Instagram account for some fun Little Hahn and Chewie mash-ups reminiscent of Bill Watterson’s work. (… like this one HERE… or THIS ONE… and THIS ONE… ok, I’ll leave you to find more that you like!  No… wait! One more just for the Cat Lovers Hop… the C.AT-AT — HERE.)

Well, now, back to the crafting. In honor of Hobbes visit, for today’s project I put together a couple of DIY kitty kiddy games. You know those little containers you get with take-out sauces or dressings in them?

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The lids can be easily up-cycled to make these fun little games. (I also use the cups to mix and briefly store paints.)

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I tried my hand a coloring one for Hobbes and one for Newton. My apologies to both of you as I’m not the greatest color-er. I’ll have better pics here in a minute… meanwhile, here’s a quick video of one in action:

I used some fall-colored cat paper and, since there was an outer ring, I poured in some fall-colored beads for a shaker effect, too. – Hey! You could add a handle and make a baby rattle and if you see your baby master the game, you’ll know you have a genius! Just kidding! lol!! They probably present a choking hazard, so best not to give to anyone under 5 – and no kitties, either, ok?!

20161026_125333 I’ve long looked at the basket of the hot air balloon in Newton Dreams of Paris and thought it looked like a Rubik’s cube, so I turned it into one. I’m sure Hobbes is smart enough to sort that out once he wakes up!!

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And, of course, the nerd in me HAD to put Newton’s game on a Newton’s Cradle for the photo! (for the non-nerds among us, this is a device named after Sir Isaac Newton that demonstrates conservation of momentum and energy.) If this was for the coffee hop, I’d’ve put grounds and brown beads in the shaker part. : )

Tips and lessons learned:

  • Punch the holes  in the game board BEFORE you put the backing paper on! Can you guess how I know?!!
  • Using cardstock to cover the cardboard on both sides adds strength to the base.
  • I used E6000 adhesive for the outer edge of the lid as it was so thin I needed something to sit on the edge without running down the side. Plus it doesn’t dry too quickly, allowing me to take a flat toothpick and drag it along the edge at my slow pace and then put the Krazy glue on the inner part and still have it sticky when I was done. Also, it is strong enough that I regularly use it on jewelry, so I knew it would hold well. Once dry, I noticed that I’d missed a couple of spots, but that was easily  remedied by putting some E6000 right up against the edge. Alternately, you could run a bead of decorative hot glue around the edge.
  • I used Krazy glue on the inner flat ring as it would spread easily and not leave streaks when dry. After using the glues, I could relate a bit to this Calvin & Hobbes comic… 20161026_131549(I think glue has a life of its own as it always manages to get somewhere that I didn’t put it!!)
  • Check that your beads will move around freely once the backing is on BEFORE you glue the top down. : ) Can you guess how I know?!!
  • I pricked the holes with a paper piercer, then enlarged them a bit with that tool with a round ball that you use to shape flowers (senior moment) and finally smoothed it out and widened it a bit more with a ball point pen.
  • Turn the plastic lid upside down and fill it with your beads, put the glue on the edges and lay your backing on top of the lid without turning it over until it dries. Place a paperweight on top to hold it down for a tight seal. This will keep your beads from sticking to any excess glue. Can you guess how I know?!!  There was, indeed,  a little bit of trial and error with these, but I like how they turned out.

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Materials used:

  • Newton’s Nook stamp sets: Newton Loves Coffee & Newton Dreams of Paris
  • Memento Tuxedo Black dye ink
  • Core’dinations white cardstock
  • American Crafts The Color of Memories cat paper
  • Copic markers
    • Hobbes: C3; E00, 02, 11, 23, 25, 29, 31, 33, G9, R89, RV29, Y13, YR07
    • Newton: C1, #00, 02c G09, YR21, 24
  • Sakura Pigma Micron 005 black pen
  • SMS Simply Defined “Stacey Tape”
  • E6000 Industrial Strength Adhesive
  • Krazy glue
  • Misc. Cereal box for cardboard, take-out dressing lids, beads.

I am entering these projects (Hobbes from this blog post and Newton from Instagram in some cases) in the following hops and challenges. You can :

Whew! Congrats!! You’ve made it all the way to the end of this post. Now what?!!

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Hobbes whispered something to Jen after his interview and she generously offered to donate a surprise stamp set of the mischievous Newton as blog candy for someone today! AND she said it was open to anyone – international or USA! Woot-woot! Want to see which set she is offering? You can see it by clicking HERE, and while you’re there, you might want to go check out the other fab and fun goodies in her store, ok?!!

If you would like to be in the running to win this Newton’s Nook blog candy, pay close attention to the rules:  Leave ONE comment on this post before 11:59 pm Pacific, Sunday Oct. 30, 2016, using the phrase “CALVIN & HOBBES” somewhere in your comment. If you don’t have the words “CALVIN & HOBBES” in your comment, I’ll assume you’re not interested in the blog candy (and won’t be offended!).  Also, if you are (or become) a follower of this blog, you may make a SECOND comment telling me so for an additional entry. You may also receive an ADDITIONAL entry by becoming a follower of Newton’s Nook’s AND my Instagram accounts (@newtonsnook and @d.ann.c). If you do follow both of our Instagram accounts, come back here and leave comment with your Instagram user name. Duplicate comments will be deleted. There you have it… you may have up to three chances to win. FYI: This particular giveaway is only open to anyone world-wide.

On October 31, 2016, I will use Mr. Random org to draw a winner from the comments that qualify and will try to announce it here on the blog some time before noon EASTERN time. Please come back and check to see if you’re the winner. The winner will have 72 hours to contact me with their snail-mail address or another winner will be chosen. I will then forward your address to Jen who will send your prize directly to you.

Phew! It took me a green tea frap and a pumpkin spice latte just to get through it all! I promise the rest of my posts for this hop will be MUCH shorter…. Like if this post was comparable a Main Coon cat’s tail, the rest should be like Manx tails, ok?! lol!! Thanks to you all for your patience and for your kind words of encouragement in the comments. They mean a lot to me!

I’ll be back again real soon… do try and stop back by!!

~D.Ann

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Cat Lovers Hop Day 1 – Pink & Main Graphic 45 Cat’s Meow Hexagon Card + Sam Has Eyebrows interview + Blog Candy!

Meow! (That’s ‘Hello’ in Cat.) Welcome regular peeps and visitors!  It’s finally here…The much anticipated second annual Cat Lovers Hop! Meow! (That’s ‘Yay!’ in Cat)

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You can read all the details about the hop  HERE. There are lots of terrific prizes to be had for participants worldwide, so come join the fun!! And, a special heads-up… at the end of this post you might even find a little blog candy!

For this year’s hop, I thought it would be fun to briefly interview some famous cats – those of Internet fame and from within our crafting circle, too. I actually had some of these famous felines reply to my interview request, so I hope you will enjoy the added kitty fun! I specifically kept them brief so as not to detain you too long… and, well, you know how cat’s attention spans are! >^.^<

Today’s interview is with Sam, the famous cat with natural ‘eyebrows’… He looks permanently purrplexed to me! : )

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You can check out his website here: http://www.samhaseyebrows.nyc/ – he even has a store you can visit. Perhaps you’re already one of Sam’s 211k Instagram followers, so I asked Sam a few questions that purrrtain to our craft interests:

  • What crafts have you tried your paws at or would like to try?
    • I tried finger painting once- it started on posters and ended all over the wood floors. 
  • What is your favorite thing to do with paper?
    • Crumple it up and chase it! 
  • Do people often send you cards or hand-made crafts? Can you tell us some of your favorites?
    • No, but a lot of fans post their art on Instagram for me to see! My favorite one is a painting on a tree that was done by a group of kids in China. 

Thanks so much, Sam, for taking a few minutes from your busy schedule to chat briefly with us and for dressing up so handsomely for this interview! Have a furrociously fun day!

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Now you can go take off that uncomfortable tie and take a nap!                                        p.s. Bow ties are cool – just sayin’! : )

In honor of Sam’s visit to the blog today, I included a likeness of him on my first card for the hop. Sam, you are, indeed, the cat’s meow!:

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Unfortunately, I found that sweet stamp at a garage sale and it has no identifying markings on it. Sorry! Pink & Main also has a challenge going on right now with the theme of fall – Gotta love those beautiful fall colors in the Graphic 45 Raining Cats & Dogs papers and the copper embossing and dots! (Thanks, G45 for sponsoring the Cat Lovers Hop!) I thought the two doilies on that die looked a bit like a rug, don’t you?

I’ve also started doing a little bit of decoration on the inside of my cards.

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Supplies used:

  • Pink & Main Nested & Scalloped Hexagon dies
  • Pink & Main Grandma’s Lace stamp set
  • Misc. Cat stamp (I’ve been told it’s from All Night Media)
  • Justrite Vintage Labels 7 die
  • Graphic 45 Raining Cats and Dogs papers and ephemera
  • Core’dinations cream paper
  • Tsukineko Versamark ink
  • Hampton Art Copper embossing powder
  • Memento Tuxedo Black dye ink
  • Tonic Studios Copper Penny Nuvo Crystal Drops
  • Copic marker R20, YR21
  • Sakura Pigma Micron 005 black pen
  • Sanford Uniball Gel Impact pen – gold
  • Tombow Xtreme adhesive

I’m entering this card in the following hops and challenges – you can click on any one of them for more information in case you’d care to join the fun:

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  • ***** Edited to add: giveaway now closed*****

For those of you intrepid readers who are still with me, how ’bout some blog candy?!!

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I have this Doreamon sticky note set. (Doreamon is a blue robotic cat from 22nd century a Japanese manja series. Yes, I had to look it up as I have no idea where I got it from.) There are also some Simply Stamps foam cat stamps (unused) made by Plaid. They are large, so I put a ruler in the pic for you to see the size (ruler not included!). For those of you with allergy concerns, this is a pet-free/smoke free home. Pet free is not by choice, let me tell you!!

If you would like to be in the running to win this blog candy, pay close attention to the rules: Leave ONE comment on this post before 11:59 pm Pacific, Sunday Oct. 30, 2016, using the word EYEBROWS somewhere in your comment. If you don’t have the word EYEBROWS in your comment, I’ll assume you’re not interested in the blog candy (and won’t be offended!).  Also, if you are (or become) a follower of this blog, you may make a SECOND comment telling me so for an additional entry. You may also receive an ADDITIONAL entry by becoming a follower of Sam’s AND my Instagram accounts (@samhaseyebrows and @d.ann.c). If you do follow both of our Instagram accounts, come back here and leave comment with your Instagram user name. Duplicate comments will be deleted. There you have it… you may have up to three chances to win. FYI: This particular giveaway is open to International peeps, too.

On October 31, 2016, I will use Mr. Random org to draw a winner from the comments that qualify and will try to announce it here on the blog some time before noon EASTERN time. Please come back and check to see if you’re the winner. The winner will have 72 hours to contact me with their snail-mail address or another winner will be chosen.

Akkk! What’s with these lines? Where did they come from?!! How do I get rid of them?!!! They’re taunting me like a ball of string that’s been flattened out into lines. lol!

Well, it’s time for me to say Meow! (That’s ‘Goodbye‘ in Cat…. the CAT dictionary is pretty thin. lol.) Thanks so much for stopping by today! I look forward to seeing you at least once a day this week… sometimes twice (that’s the advantage of having a year to prepare!). There will be more interviews, so please come back soon!

~D.Ann

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pps… a quick look at the Cat Stash

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Meet Charlie, the Maine Coon Cat

I thought I’d switch up to something different today… Let’s meet my friend’s Maine Coon cat, Charlie! I spent a couple of days visiting Charlie recently, and this adorable young kitty just kept posing for pictures like a runway diva, so I thought I’d share some with you.

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Maine Coon cats are known for being social and outgoing – Charlie loves to be where his peeps are!

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He also loves to hang out on his kitty tree for quick catnaps.

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No matter how quietly you sneak up on him, he always seems to sense you’re close and open his eyes with a mischievous ‘I’m ready to play now, are you?!’ look.

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Well, almost always. : )

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Charlie loves to play with his stuffed animals and will drag them across the house in his mouth. (He chose not to show that off when I visited tho.)

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One of the identifying characteristics of Maine Coon Cats are the Lynx-like tufts of hair on the tips of their ears. Males weigh, on the average, 13-18 pounds – around twice the size of the average 8 pound cat. Verismo Leonetti Reserve Red holds the 2006 Guinness World Record for length. He was measures at 48 inches from the tip of his nose to the end of his tail and weighed in at a healthy (for his frame) 35 pounds. From 20010 to 2013, a cat named Stewie beat this record length, measuring 48.5 inches!

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They don’t reach their full size until they’re about three, so Charlie has a couple of years to grow yet. Love that long, fluffy feather-duster tail!

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Well, it’s been fun visiting with Charlie, but it looks like he’s ready for another catnap and so am I!

Raise you hand/paw if you think Charlie’s a pretty nifty guy!

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(Some day I’ll learn how to change the resolution without losing the quality of the pic. Sorry.)

Thanks for getting a little fur therapy with us today! >^.^<

-D.Ann

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