September 15, 2018

It's a Cat's Life - by NanaConnie

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It's a Cat's Life!  -  by NanaConnie


I have two sweet fur babies who allow me to share their home (as long as I keep their food and water dishes full and their litter box clean.)  They are both cuddly on crisp fall or cold winter nights, opting for the bed where I (try to) sleep because there's always a warm spot if only they can find the exact right spot (which means 'on top of me!')

They also follow me around the house, perhaps feeling the need to keep an eye on me, either for my protection or theirs.  I've never quite figured that out, but they do tend to be in whichever room I'm occupying at the moment, including long hours spent 'guarding' the craft room.

Above is Honey taking up residence on one of the two matching desks in the craft room.

Honey is the one who is first to detect my absence if I have left one room for another.  Generally, I get about 2 minutes before Honey comes looking for me.  Heaven forbid that I take more time than that in the bathroom.  Even taking a shower requires the attendance of one or both of the fur babies, usually with both of them perched on the closed lid of the throne, waiting for the shower water to stop running.  lol  According to their very loud complaints, it truly must be a federal crime to close the door when taking a shower.  Their presence is required!


The sound of the printer starting up
fascinates Honey and you'll find the white furball
 'stalking' the paper tray, waiting for the paper to arrive.
Pawing at the sheets of paper is often required!

 
Molly can usually be found on the crafting table
(no matter what project might also be there),
guarding the entire room with one, penetrating glance.

If I spend too much time crafting, without taking time out to pay attention to the feline "queens," this is what I find staring at me, with an occasional frustrated "meow" thrown in for good measure!


Ah, yes, I do adore the fur babies.  :-D  -NanaConnie




September 1, 2018

Challenge #18 Sponsored by Ike's Art

     Welcome to our 18th Challenge here at 2 Crafty Critter Crazies.  Please don't forget to check our rules. Thanks!

     OK, let's get right to what you all want to know - our winner of the prize offered by A Day for Daisies for our August, 2018 challenge is:


Vicki #171 
with this fab card
Vicki-WS-blogpostAug25-WesternPony

Congratulations!  Please email us at 2craftycrittercrazies(at)gmail(dot)com so that we can arrange to get your prize to you.

We've also chosen these as our
DT Favorites:

Lori - #84 Janet Hines

I love the beautiful background and the way the image is mounted onto the card, it really stands out. The ladybirds and flowers are colored perfectly and the sparkle on the wings is gorgeous!  Who doesn't love to see ladybirds in the summer!!

CarolG - #30 Jane Willis
A simple, stylish design with delicate touches and 
always great to use a new-to-you technique.

NanaConnie - #20 Janet
I love her fabulous coloring and the CAS design.
The embellies she added to the one corner are 
perfect for a "by the sea" theme.


Donna - #105 Birgit

Beautiful colors and my favorite style of windblown leaves
 with a darling furry friend peering from the bottom 
with the happiest of expressions!  Melts my heart.


Ine - # 28 Shani Thomas (Paperesse)
I really love the colours; they all match so well 
and are so bright.  The digi is also really cute.
Cheryl - 31 Didos
This is sooo cute, I love cute.  The layers are so perfect and 
the colouring and expressions on their faces
 are amazing.  It would make a good valentine too.


Lynn - #130 Heather Mills
I love the great mix of patterned paper, pop of blue, 
and that stunning fox.



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Now, the September Challenge!


 We're sponsored this month by Ike's Art.

Hi there – I am Ike……a nickname that I got many years ago due to my surname and, in my profession at that time, they just loved to give nicknames.  I live in Greece and have a passion for kitties.  I am a bit crazy or should I say I’m ‘zany.'   I have a very strange sense of humour and I must admit I spend a lot of time talking to myself !  Well, I get more sense out of me!  I reckon in a few years I shall be known as the “crazy cat lady.” 
I am an artist and have a strange mind when it comes to creating my art.  I either go completely true to life… right down to the last hair… or I go totally surreal.  I started my Blog a few years ago and now I run my CATS ONLY Challenge Blog and IKEs WORLD CHALLENGES, too.  Although I love crafting, my real passion is drawing, and I just love making digital images.
My Blog is Ikes World and is at http://suzy-ikesworld.blogspot.com 
My Cats Only Challenge Blog:http://showusyourpussies.blogspot.com/


Finally, here's a little inspiration from our team to encourage you.  

Cheryl using "Rabbit #1 "

CarolG  Ike's Art "Whale"

Helen using "Maltese Dog #1"

Ine using "Luv Kitty"


 Lisa using "Daisy Cat"

Lori using " Whale"

Lynn using "Daisy Cat "

NanaConnie using "Whale"

Sadly, this is Teresa's last month with us.  
She is moving on to bigger and more focused
artistic opportunities which have presented themselves
in her life and we wish her well.
We're going to miss our wonderful co-founder.
     
You have until 8 p.m. (Pacific time) on September 25 to enter your project.

        If you have any problems with the Inlinkz, please leave us a comment or send an email and let us know.



August 15, 2018

Introducing Rambo

If you're looking for the Challenge this month, please scroll down to the next post.

Introducing Rambo
by Lynn


A short post to introduce you to our little dachshund named Rambo.  Nine years ago one of my very best friends called me to come over to her house to get my birthday present - however, my birthday was actually four months away!  Of course, I went anyway just to see what was going on.  I walked in and she was sitting there holding this tiny little guy that was about 8 or 9 weeks old. She handed him to me, said happy birthday early....... and my heart melted.   The problem was taking him home though, since Jim, my husband, had always said he would NOT allow a dog in the house; we didn't NEED a dog, and we weren't going to have one.  Ugh!  But it's rude to give back a birthday present, right?  So, I took this little guy home, named him Rambo, and fell in love.  Within about three days, Jim and Rambo were best friends and I got booted down from number one in the family to number two.  Figures! 



Being from Texas, what could be more appropriate than seeing Rambo in a cowboy hat!  I will tell you this, though - that hat stayed on him for approximately 3 seconds before he ducked his head, reached up with his paw, and pulled it off.  I'm still not sure if he thought he looked silly or just didn't like anything on his head.


This last picture was taken a while back.  Now he's a little heavier and going a little gray.   He's still full of energy at 9 years old - but slowing down some too.  He and Jim are still the best of friends and, of course, we couldn't love him more.  He's family! 




August 1, 2018

Challenge 17 with A Day for Daisies

     Welcome to our 17th Challenge here at 2 Crafty Critter Crazies.  Please do not forget to check our rules. Thanks!

       OK, let's get right to what you all want to know - our winner of the prize offered by Createful Heart for our July, 2018 challenge is:



#38 - KT Fit Kitty  
with this fabulous card

Congratulations!  Please email us at 2craftycrittercrazies(at)gmail(dot)com so that we can arrange to get your prize to you.

We've also chosen these as our
DT Favorites:

Lori - Crafty #3

I love hummingbirds and this one is colored beautifully!  
I love the paper that you used, too!  Just screams summer!!

CarolG - #77 Sharon R
I picked this 'Boy and his dog' because it is so quirky and street-arty, 
had great colouring and layering and was simply irresistible.

NanaConnie - #18 Twisted Witch - Lin
I love her coloring, the sparkle, and that delicate die cut
 she used to frame the beautiful mermaid.  The fish
embellishments are so perfect!
215 At Least Two Dies or Punches 01

Donna - Vicki and Mocca #141

Vicki wrote a beautiful tribute page to her dear fur-ever friend, Mocca, who recently passed away.  Vicki's photos, layouts, and written words express the richness our pets and critters the world over give to us.
Thank you, Vicki, for sharing Mocca with us.


Cheryl - Anet - 24

I'm a real fan of Paper Nest Dolls so this was great to see. Sooo cute and with a great big ice cream (perfect for this hot weather we are having in the UK right now.) Love the pastel tones and that little lad's hair has been coloured amazingly.

Teresa - Monique #105
OMGoodness, what is not to love? The textures, images, and composition of this card (inside and out) are just the beginning of what makes it a little work of art.  I love it.

https://moniqueschattefor.blogspot.com/2018/07/hallo-zonneschijn.html?showComment=1532005556010#c5613451339220694450 



Favorites Ladies, please take this badge and add it to your blog.  

    
Now, the August Challenge!


 We're sponsored this month by A Day for Daisies 
and we loved working with their images
which they generously gave to us.

Here's some inspiration from our team to encourage you.  
CarolG  using "Song-Bird "

Donna using "Water Talk"

Teresa using "Amy Hen"


     
You have until 8 p.m. (Pacific time) on August 25 to enter your project.

        If you have any problems with the Inlinkz, please leave us a comment or send an email and let us know.


July 14, 2018

Cat-topia

Cat-topia
By Lisa M Furbush

I always joked that one day I would be the crazy cat lady… little did I know that it would come true and my fiancé, Sean, would join in the fun.

I have always loved cats (and dogs!).  When I was little we had Muffin and Pandy. They were indoor/outdoor cats and very independent.  Pandy lived to 18 years old and Muffin...well he had 9 lives.  I have no idea how old he was when he crossed the bridge.
Me at Halloween (as a mouse!) with Muffin
When Pandy passed, we picked up twins, Ping and Pong (super cute!!!) to learn hunting and cat stuff from Muffin. They were the best little friends a girl could have! 
Me doing homework with Ping.  He loved to do paperwork.
 At the same time, my grandma also adopted a sister of Ping and Pong’s and her name was Meetoo.  When my grandma passed, Meetoo and Puffy (her second cat) moved in with my parents and me.  We had five cats for quite a while!  Unfortunately, Muffin, Ping, and Pong passed and Puffy and Meetoo reigned the house.  Meetoo managed to  outlive them all and moved with me when I bought my first home.  Here is her picture on her 18thbirthday.  It was a very sad Christmas when Meetoo passed at age 19.

Meetoo on her 18th Birthday.  There are no words to express how much I loved her!
Ping, Pong, and Meetoo were in my life for so long – I didn’t know if my heart could love another fuzzball.  Well, as fate would have it, a friend realized how broken hearted I was and literally showed up on my doorstep with Luna the summer after Meetoo's passing.  It was love at first sight.  She is one of the most unique cats I have ever met.  She acts more like a dog than a cat.  She will fetch, she will talk, she waits by the door for your return. She is a wonderful companion and I am so grateful we found our way to each other.

Ms. Luna
Yes, we got her a stroller!
Such a princess.

Now, my fiancé and I had our own places.  He always had dogs but two little cats appeared at his work office and he started caring for them.  He built them a shelter, brought them blankets, and fed them…and fed them….and fed them…. constantly.  We named them MJ and Stella.  MJ clearly knew how to be a cat; Stella, not so much.  It was impossible to touch her.  When winter came around, in CT, one of them started wheezing.   He managed to catch both of them and we brought them to the vet.  We essentially were told that if we left them outside they wouldn’t last the winter.  So, Sean adopted two cats and brought them home!  We had them fixed (or so I thought) and they lived happily ever after in a beautiful home where they were fed off our plates and enjoyed steak, salmon, pork, basically any carnivorous product.  Our little garbage disposals.  Stella is almost better than a dog, but she will not lick the floor.

MJ and Stella - inseparable.
In 2016 we decided to merge households… in Georgia.  I had accepted a dream job offer and Luna and I left Connecticut.  In 2016, Sean, MJ, and Stella made the journey down the east coast.

The merge of Luna, (now 10 years old), MJ (probably 8), and Stella (probably 4), continues to this day. Now, I had never ‘lived’ with Stella, and noticed that she didn’t act quite right.  Sporadically, you’d watch her screaming at the top of her lungs, looking for some love from MJ, and marking certain areas of the house.  NO ONE wants to live with that craziness.  I brought her to a local Georgia vet and thank God, I did.  Unbeknownst to me, when Stella was originally fixed, the 80 year old vet my fiancé used, only found ONE ovary… well that certainly explained a lot.  My new GA vet, for a few pennies, 78,100 pennies to be exact, did an exploratory surgery, and found the withered nonfunctioning ovary and removed it. He also found… or didn’t find a kidney. She’s a wee bit of a freak of nature. While I still cannot pet her, hold her, or sit in the same room as her, she’s a beautiful, long legged, carnivorous, feline with an incredible personality.
Stella after her second fixin'.  :)
Last summer, while Sean was hanging out on our back patio, a pipsqueak cat appeared.  He had no tail, was all cut up, hungry, and looking for affection.  Needless to say, he adopted us.  He wasn’t interested in coming inside so we made him little tents all over the patio for him to rest and stay dry.  This eventually led to his name, Scout, because like all good boy scouts, they know how to set up tents and camp.  



Scout is now a 4thdependent in our household, has had his medical ‘tail’ of woes, and has now become fond of coming in for breakfast and dinner and a little loving.
I don't think he's afraid of coming inside.... Scout.
It’s quite a crew and there is never a dull moment.  Sean is looking forward to moving and adding a puppy to the mix.  I can’t begin to imagine the nuttiness that will ensue. 

I hope you are all having a crafty happy summer!

xoxo


Lisa