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511  Multi-use cat box in CHALLENGE 83 ENTRIES by blupaisan 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.
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512  Re: Ongoing ATC Swap - February 2013 GALLERY! in The Swap Gallery by blupaisan 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!!
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513  Re: Ongoing ATC Swap - January 2013 Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by blupaisan on: February 08, 2013 03:26:58 PM

Here is my "moss' themed card from  Oath Keeper. For some reason, this card totally mesmerizes me!  I love it.  It might be its obscurity... It is a little moss covered shrine floating away in the water.  I just love it!!
Thank you so much, Oath Keeper. You must tell me if you had some inspiration for this subject matter...  I just made my first ever moss aquarium. The wee bits of moss call to me on the card...
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514  Re: Ongoing ATC Swap - February 2013 GALLERY! in The Swap Gallery by blupaisan on: February 08, 2013 03:18:51 PM
well, here's a gorgeous piece of artwork that SunnyDawn made for me, on my doorways theme...
French doors opening onto an ocean view... Wanna be there!!

All elements are wonderful, but the ironwork really makes it special.
Thank you SunnyDawn!!
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515  Re: Ongoing ATC Swap - January 2013 Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by blupaisan on: February 05, 2013 05:01:31 PM
Well, one of my recipients has gone MIA, so here is what I sent her. She had a mystical creatures theme...  This is a Water Leaper, from Wales.

Here is the info I found on a certain creatures website...
Llamhigyn Y Dwr, commonly referred to as a water leaper, is a Welsh monster of ponds, swamps and lakes. It is said to have the limbless body of a frog, a long lizard tail and wings resembling those of a bat. Its nickname comes from the way it uses its wings to leap out the water and glide forth. The Water Leaper is carnivorous, making it a pest among fisherman communities. It reeks havoc by snapping fishing lines, eating livestock and sometimes attacking humans.
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516  Re: We want to see!!!! Completed Projects Links! in REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING by blupaisan on: February 04, 2013 07:56:29 AM
Well, it wasn't too swift of me to not take 'before' pics, but I did not originally have the intention of posting this....
I inherited a cat bank, bright purple with jazzy painting all over it. Not to my taste. I just started volunteering for my local animal shelter, who, of course always needs money. I figured the bank just showed up in my life for a reason! I thought if I made it cute enuf, more folks would put in their quarters and dimes. I hung info on our rescue group around the kitty's neck. The whiskers are real!!  I have been doing cat rescue for 20 years and now have a collection of over 1000 whiskers which I would find in the sofa, on my bed, and on the floor....

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517  when was the last alterred matchbox swap? in New Swap Theme Ideas by blupaisan on: February 02, 2013 05:20:22 AM

Is it time for another?  With the lousy economy, it is a nice small package to mail out.... not much postage cost.
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518  shamelessly showing off personal swap cards in Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) by blupaisan on: January 31, 2013 10:15:34 AM
I have 5 cards to show that were so much fun to do for a personal swap....

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519  Re: Personal/Private Swap Gallery, 2013 in The Swap Gallery by blupaisan on: January 31, 2013 09:59:28 AM
Swapped cards with Kitty Herman. Have not seen a post, so thought I'd show what I did...

A 4x6 based on her theme Hello Kitty as...

And 5 ATCs...

on her gnome theme, a wee house whose door opens...

(annoying habits theme)

giraffe theme

Dr Who theme.  My hubby took some time to understand this one...

I guess I failed to take a pic of the last one, a vertical letter B for her daughter.
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520  Re: Ongoing ATC Swap - January 2013 Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by blupaisan on: January 30, 2013 02:27:13 PM

Oath Keeper made this adorable card for me on fave childhood stuffies.  Named Tear-Tear, accompanied by Blankie. They were inseperable.
Thanks so much, OK.  This is one of my fave subject matters....
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