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1781  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 83 ENTRIES / Multi-use cat box on: February 10, 2013 11:31:04 AM

My local department store graciously donated this shoe box. It already had a hole cut out in the side, lined with metal and this gave me the idea that my kitties would not be able to keep themselves from sticking their paws into that hole. Thus came the inspiration to turn the challenge into a cat box. As it was built, more ideas came into my head and in the end the unit serves 3 purposes... play stations, snuggle bed, and scratching "post."

Begin.... one lidded box:

Here is the pre-existing hole that "started it all..."

Smokey supervises as I cut down cardboard for the scratching base...

The larger of the 2 scratching bases:

The smaller, also held together with Gorilla duct tape, keeping to the black fashion statement...

Dandi, testing the bases after they have been inserted into the box...

Out come the scratchers and in goes a simple toilet seat cover as a snugly...

Dandi the one who is ALWAYS squishing herself into tiny boxes approves:

Snuggly comes out and it is playtime!! This toybox is very personalized. One cat loves to chew on wood, hence the chopstick in the lid, one cat loves to chew on electronic accessory cords (has cost me a lot over the years, so I added an old computer microphone cord to the box), Smokey is addicted to my gold necklace because it is so snake-like, so I attached it to a string and it slowly glides into the box through that preexisting hole.  Also to play with... a feathery dreamcatcher, a skeleton key, and a cork which is on the other end of the gold necklace and serves not only as a pull-handle for that, but also one other thing for them to bat around. There is a plastic golf ball in there that rolls around and they stick their arms through the holes trying to catch it.

One hole is covered with plastic mesh from the top of a tangerine box and serves as 'the torture hole' where they can see movement inside but cannot reach through that particular hole to get at it.

I put a toilet paper tube in, also, thinking that one of these days, a long arm is gonna try to reach down in there.

Even when the lid is alone on the floor, Smokey starts to chew on the chopstick.

It is also something to just whack at...

Other features I neglected to photograph... I glued gridded rubbery shelf liner to the box bottom so it would not slide all over the floor as they play. I glued pretty ribbon at the edges of the lid. Stickers on the side spell out CAT BOX.

I guess that's just about it!!

Thanks for looking.
1782  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / Re: January ATCs on: February 10, 2013 07:34:55 AM
wow, that top one is cool!  With a woman as a tree!  And just enuf zentangle to make it interesting and not overwhelming. Also love the other 2, text is always so interesting as a background. Love the colorfulness, and of course the subject matter, as I adore cats and owls.  Nice job on everything
1783  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / Re: January ATCs on: February 10, 2013 07:31:31 AM
How did I miss that hiking gnome??  Did it go to someone?  Did they post it?  I love him!
1784  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 83 ENTRIES / Re: Seed storage shoe box! on: February 09, 2013 02:49:27 PM
MUST  do this!  My seeds are tucked willy-nilly in my pasta cupboard. And I adore the idea of the lid being a sieve...
1785  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 83 ENTRIES / Re: Photo Backdrop for Dolls on: February 09, 2013 02:47:40 PM
This is soooo wonderful. The wallpaper, the wee mousie... just awesome!
1786  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 83 ENTRIES / Re: Borrower's Box on: February 09, 2013 02:46:14 PM
Stunning! Congrats!
1787  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 83 ENTRIES / Re: Game Components Jewelry Box on: February 09, 2013 02:44:33 PM
Love it!  It's interesting AND gorgeous!
1788  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 83 ENTRIES / Re: Star light, star bright nite lite on: February 09, 2013 02:43:21 PM
This came out great! Brill idea!
1789  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Ongoing ATC Swap - February 2013 GALLERY! on: February 09, 2013 10:51:46 AM

Here is what I received from michelleandbean on my 'fave childhood stuffie' theme. Introducing, Bingy, the Drooper dog she got in '78. I think it is hillarious that she did 2 images showing the difference in wear and tear of love over the years...  look, ma, no eyebrows! (plus, the nose is hanging by a thread)
He is adorable. thank you, michelleandbean!!
1790  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: ONGOING ATC SWAP - FEBRUARY 2013 (Signups Open, Claiming Starts 2/1/13) on: February 09, 2013 09:42:35 AM
I claim PaperBeau for autumn.

6th claim, 0 sent out, 0 rec'd.

Hi, I am Meg, living in snowy upstate New York. I am a newlywed and crazy in love. I adore cats and really miss my cat rescue projects. (except I currently have one tucked away in the cellar waiting to be neutered and released.) I now live in an apartment where I can't have 20 foster cats...... wonder why....
I love to garden, volunteer, ski, ride my unicycle, make the world a better place.
I have a 24-year old daughter but feel 24 years old myself, even tho I have 6 months til my 50th birthday.

Here is my list

Cats, cats, and more cats, either tamed or wild (luv Scottish wild cats!)
A veggie garden scene
Pen and ink
Things that happened in 1963 (my birth year) Have had great success with this topic in past ATC trades
fallen down barns
giant work-type horses
your beloved childhood stuffed animal
something of your choice with a scent on it (no cloves or patchouli please)
something with moss on it
luna moths
a funny snowman (or snowwoman...)
interpret your favorite Perry Como song
One of these things is not like the other...
funny roadsigns
Things you should not put in a toaster.
why you would like to live under the sea...

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