Off-Topic Tuesday: My Latest Obsession

It started with just one pen. Now there’s three.

Fluffy Pens

I would be more, but they keep falling prey to the kittens at work (my poor Easter Bunny lost his ears.)

Who knows what it is about these pens, but I can’t stop buying them. Look at all that cuteness! (And at least no one steals them from me.)

Video Friday: Mean Kitty Song


Starting Video Friday with an oldy but a goody – ‘The Mean Kitty Song.’

We practically have this memorised in my house nowadays, as it describes the newest member to our Kitty Family, Archie, to a tee!

Happy Weekend everybody!

Z&R

Project Monday: Kitten & Puppy Bookmark

Introducing Project Monday

Project Monday is the very exciting name I have given my posts about current projects. When do you get them? You guessed it, Mondays.

I have been experimenting with a range of crafts, from card making to cross stitch, which means there will hopefully be something for everyone in this segment! Soon, I’ll be announcing the craft challenges I have set myself, so you can have a go at them at home! If you want to get a sneak peak at what I’m working on, I post to my Instagram fairly regularly (check out the cat photos too!) Now, on to today’s post:

Puppy and Kitten Bookmarks

This week, we’re starting off with a very overdue birthday present for my two youngest sisters. Like me, they both love animals; Amy is studying to be a vet and Jessie is studying animal behaviour. They’re also avid readers, so when I spotted this pair of cross stitch bookmarks on holiday in Brugges, it seemed like perfect presents for them! I swapped out the colours of the paw prints on the pattern for their favourite colours to make them a little bit more personal.

A sephia tone puppy cross stitch bookmark posted as part of my Project Monday
Puppy getting started
A nearly finished puppy cross stitch bookmark in sephia tones
And the Puppy nearly finished

The kit has taken a little bit longer than expected – work always gets in the way! I’m hoping to get the second one finished today, before backing them in felt and giving them to my sisters.

A partly finished cross stitch kitten in sephia tones
Kitten Bookmark in Progress
A partly finished kitten bookmark posted as part of my Project Monday series
And the kitty again – nearly finished!

 

The kit is made by Vervaco. It proved a little difficult to find online, but I finally tracked it down for sale here.

When Zoe Met Roxy

I have wanted a cat of my own for years. My family has always had cats, but they were never properly mine, you know? And when I moved into student halls I faced my first catless years. It was horrendous. I’d taken for granted the puke on your pillow, the constant stench of kitty litter, the ‘playful’ bat to the nose.

Third year of university, and I finally moved out of halls. This meant only one thing to me: I could get a cat. Sure, I didn’t actually ask my landlord, but my uncle was his handyman and had assured me it would be fine.
So, to the internet I went (with my more experienced cat-buyer mum.) Within days, I’d found The One. A beautiful three year old, blue colour pointed Ragdoll, who was retiring from breeding and looking for a furever home. It was love at first sight.
My mum contacted her owner, who on paper said I was the perfect candidate but she wanted to meet me and see if Roxy likes me first. It’ll sound pathetic, but I was nervous the whole drive down. I’d joked to my mum that I should line my pockets with catnip, but didn’t want to end up with a whole lap of cats.
My nerves were still there when I sat down, waiting for her to bring Roxy in. And then there she was. And she came running over, and jumped into my lap.
Day We Met
 The day we met.
All she wanted was explore. All I wanted was a photo.
Three years later, I still couldn’t be happier that I found such a good furry friend. People say that cats are uncaring and aloof, but that’s never been the case with me and Roxy. We both fell in love at first sight.
Roxy is more than a pet to me; she’s a best friend, a confidante, a therapist (which I’ll talk about more later.)
Roxy Poser
Our most recent selfie – ever the poser
This whole post may sound sappy, but we really did pick each other, and she makes me happy everyday.

Z&R
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