Caturday: DIY Cat Castle from Recycled Boxes

cat castle

A while back, in the hours before a particularly important job interview, I decided to build a little surprise for our kittens.

Using a little Pinspiration – such as this foolish Cat Cardboardings Board – I took box cutter to board and carved out the castle in just under an hour. It features a windowed dungeon and small turret-inspired nesting box – positioned on top of an extra piece of foam that we’d used during our move.

The results – see for yourself. The girls actually spend a surprising amount in the castle, so much so that we can’t bear to recycle it. It’s just one more sign that cats are slowly taking over our lives. ;)

Someone's rediscovered the box fort #catsofinstagram #caturday

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Oh cats. #catcastle #catsofinstagram

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Do you have any “cat-cardboardings” in your home?

Pinworthy Soy Candle Inspiration

Pinterest win! #candle #pinterest

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After making soy candles for wedding favours, I find myself addicted to candle-making. It’s quick, easy, and satisfying – the perfect craft for a winters eve. And your creating decor that serves a double purpose of providing light and (potentially) scents in your space – win win!

I have yet to try scenting my candles, but I have tried a couple different colours and styles. The first, as pictured above, is a tri-coloured pour that resembles a creamsicle. These yummy-looking candles were surprisingly easy to make, requiring just an hour between pours.

Craft night success!

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Made this adorable candle with a little leftover wax from our wedding favours. #crafty #diy

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The second candle is simple teal wax poured into a mini-mason jar. It looks surprisingly sweet – and burned particularly bright. Soy candles are great because you can really use any type of heat-resistant dish – old candle holders, jars, or tea cups.

Looking for more great soy candle making ideas – check out this fantastic soy candle making board on Pinterest.

Date Night Idea Sticks

date ideas popsicle sticks

date night idea sticks

I recently received two sets of date night idea sticks - these are date night ideas that are written onto popsicle sticks. The first, from my bachelorette, and the second as an incredibly thoughtful wedding gift.

The idea is a popular one on Pinterest  – as can be seen on this fantastic date night idea board - and in practice these make entertaining gifts. The mixture of regular and couple-specific ideas makes me grin. It’s wonderful to think of all the ways to spend time with your spouse.

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DIY Stamped Cards for Every Occasion

As I mentioned in this post on DIY Gift Tags, I recently purchased a set of stamps to create my own Thank You cards. I wanted to create something unique to thank my wedding guests rather than purchasing something without character. As it turns out, stamped cards are easy and fun to make for any occasion – including the upcoming Valentines Day.

thank you card supplies all

DIY cards are fun and easy to make.

Supplies:

  • Blank cards – I buy mine from Winners at 8$ for 50, but these are available at Micheals as well.
  • Scrapbook paper – I got this package on clearance for 3$
  • Stamp and ink pad for your message. Or you could use calligraphy instead – your pick.
  • Glue stick – I tried this originally with hot glue, but the stick works much better.
handmade cards

Step 1 – Cut a piece of paper in a banner shape.

stamped handmade cards

Step 2 – stamp your banner and allow to dry.

handmade thank you card wedding

Step 3 – Glue banner to the card and allow to dry. Voila!

stamp cleaning

Step 4 – clean your rubber stamp by blotting on a damp paper towel

These cards are perfect for customization – add flowers or decals to your hearts content! Write your own heart-felt sentiments on the inside and share them with your loved ones. I promise you, you’ll never buy a store bought card again.

DIY Wedding Save the Date Postcard

wedding save the date postcard
Check out my sweet save the date post cards!

I wish I could take credit for designing these, but I’m happy to share these super sweet free printables from the Wedding Chicks. Just enter your info, choose your favourite colour, and voila – super cute postcards.

We had these printed on glossy Vista Print postcards and they turned out great. I designed the postcard side below:

wedding notice

Caturday DIY – Cat Scratching Post from Recycled Cardboard

Happy Caturday folks!

If you’re still reading this, I’m going to assume that you’re a cat fanatic like myself. :)

Cats love to scratch things. It’s in their genetic-makeup. To deny them this pleasure… well you know what that’s like! The best thing that you can do for your feline friends is provide them with something scratchable – something that they just can’t resist sinking their claws into. It may not save your furniture completely, but the right scratching post will definitely distract them.

DIY cat scratching post

DIY cat scratching post

After moving into our new diggs, Scott and I had an abundance of cardboard boxes. So many, in fact, that our cat-programmed brains couldn’t help but wonder if we could somehow reuse these. That’s when I saw posts about the upcoming (at that time) sky scratcher. I was inspired to put our boxes to good use, so we grabbed a couple scraps of wood and started cutting. We didn’t officially finish the project until this November… so a year and a half of cutting to build it just shy of two feet high.

Check out a similar DIY featured on Maison Kuotidien for instructions on how to make your own.

Our cats can hardly walk past our “cat-scraper” without taking a couple swipes. They love the sound of a string toy passing just close enough to the cardboard to rattle the fibers before slipping out of site. It’s honestly one of the most functional DIY projects we’ve ever taken on and has been in use since April 2013. With the exception of a few loose peices, the tower is in great shape. We expect it to last for years to come!

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The view from above

East Coast Family Recipe: Lady Ashburnham Pickles

Upon browsing though an old memory stick, I found the following photo-set from some pickles that I made a couple years ago. My absolute favourite recipe – Lady Ashburnhams – is an easy and tasty Maritime treat. These sweet pickles pair perfectly with mashed potatoes and any roasted Sunday meal.

The recipe is simple and complete over two days.

Lady Ashburnham Pickles

Day One

  • 6 large cucumbers (peeled, seeds removed, chopped into ~1 cm cubes)
  • 1/4 cup coarse salt
  • 4 cups onions (chopped)

Day 2

  • 1 red pepper (chopped)
  • 2 1/2 cups vinegar
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3 tbsp flour
  • 1 tbsp dry mustard
  • 1 tbsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp mustard seed
  • 1 tsp celery seed

Chop cucumbers and onions into small cubes, no larger than 1 cm in size. Add salt and let stand over night. Rinse cucumber mixture and add vinegar, sugar, flour, peppers, and spices to a large pot. Cook over low heat while stirring frequently for 45 minutes, until thickened. Bottle in sterilized bottles and wait for covers to pop. Put any unpopped bottles into the fridge and consume first.