Today is a special crafty appearance by my very talented sister who makes these customised fairy lights/night lights.
You can do them for any occasion and in any colour/theme you want.
This time, we have done them for Halloween but it would be just as easy to do them for Christmas, Thanksgiving, birthdays or even just for fun.
What you’ll need:
clean, dry glass jar & lid
How to do it:
Make sure your glass jar has been cleaned and dried
Squeeze out the colour paint you want and use a paper towel (or sponge will work) to dab an even coat of paint inside the jar. In the video we use tongs to hold the paper towel because the jar was too small to fit a hand inside.
Put in the oven at low temperature to really dry out the paint. 30 mins will do.
Cut out the shapes you would like to use. Silhouettes work really well. Don’t worry about being 100% precise as you can use a black marker to fill in any white gaps.
Use the spray paint to paint the lid of your jar (do this outside in a well ventilated space!!)
Spread a thin layer of glue on the picture you want to attach (make sure you do this on the black side) and use tweezers/tongs to place the image. Don’t move it around too much as you don’t want the paint to move.
Put your LED ‘candle’ inside and watch the magic happen.
We love seeing you make these projects.. so share your stories and photos on our Facebook Page
Cats sneezing can look so cute! Cats often look so bewildered after they have sneezed, as if they didn’t know where that sneeze came from. Cat sneezing is not so mysterious – in fact, cats sneeze for many of the same reasons that humans do.
Why do cats sneeze?
Cats generally sneeze if they have got something ticklish up their nose. We all know the feeling! If your cat is an outside cat, for example, it may inhale small specks of grass or pollen that trigger its sneeze reflex. This is nothing to worry about: it is just your cat’s body clearing that annoying little speck of whatever it is out of their nasal passage. The mucous membranes in cats’ noses are very sensitive to foreign bodies, just like human noses are, and so even a tiny little dust mote can cause your cat to sneeze.
Cats with allergies
There are some times when your cat’s sneezing behavior indicates a problem that requires treatment. One key example is if your cat is sneezing due to an allergy. Cats can develop hayfever just like humans can, and the main symptoms of this ailment include sneezing, running eyes and itching around the eye area. An isolated sneeze or two is not anything to worry about, but if your cat sneezes a lot and their eyes seem red and sore too then it is best to head down for a checkup with your vet. Cat hayfever can be treated with medication so those sneezes should clear up asap!
Cats can also develop other allergies, for instance to certain foods, cleaning products or fabrics. As a general rule, if your cat seems to sneeze a lot, and if they also seem to have irritated eyes or an irritated nasal area, their sneezing may be due to an allergy or to an infection in the nose.
Irritants to watch out for
Even ingesting a small amount of household chemical cleaning products can really irritate the delicate membranes in your cat’s eyes, nose and mouth. So, make sure to keep household cleaners, laundry products and dishwasher tablets well and truly out of their reach!
What to do if your cat’s nose seems irritated.
If your cat has something stuck in their nose, it may be possible to gently remove it with tweezers. However, do not attempt to remove anything that is deeply embedded in a cat’s nose yourself – it is best to ask the vet. You can also rinse your cat’s eyes and nose gently with some clean water on a cotton pad or cotton swap: this is a great way of washing away specks of pollen or other irritants.
Cat sneezing – usually nothing to worry about.
Why do cats sneeze? Usually for the harmless reason that something small has landed in their nose and needs to be expelled! Cat sneezing is usually nothing at all to worry about. However, if your kitty sneezes excessively or if they have a snotty or bloody discharge, then it is best to get them straight down to that veterinary surgery.
The foster kittens we had this week were so small they needed to be bottle fed. This has been our first experience with kittens this small. They were only with us short term (while their longer term foster mum was away on more training).
It was so rewarding but with so many things going on at SoPurrfect it was also really stressful.
Instead of taking a photo we took a short video and hope this is still okay…
In other news… you may have seen that we are holding a cat photo competition and we encourage you all to enter!
Today is a special day… a couple of days ago we launched our first Photo Contest and we are so excited!
We would love to see all you creative cat lovers enter this Photo Contest. It’s easy… 1. snap a photo of your cat (or kitten) 2. go to Facebook (on your computer… doesn’t work on phones 🙁 ) 3. Upload your photo
We are sharing this artwork as part of encouraging people to enter the contest. Let us know what you think!
5 Reasons You Should Not Share Your Bed With Your Cat
Many of us love allowing our cats to sleep in bed with us. They provide warmth, company and someone to share all those films with on your day off. However, it is worth asking yourself the following question: ‘should I let my cat sleep in my bed?’ There are a couple of reasons why some people may find it better not to sleep in bed with their cats. So, let’s take a look at them.
Reason 1: Sleeping with your cat can raise your risk of infection
Of course, we engage with our cats on a daily basis by stroking them and maybe letting them lick our faces in gratitude after a tasty treat. However, sleeping with a cat puts us in close quarters with them for a much longer period of time and this can raise our risk of catching any bugs that they may be carrying in their mouths or stomachs. From parasitic infections to fleas to salmonella – there are several things that we can catch as a result of sleeping with our cats.
This consideration is most important for people who have compromised or weakened immune systems. This could be due to a long term condition such as cancer, or it could simply be due to the fact that you are suffering from a bout of bad flu and feeling generally susceptible to bugs. In cases like these, it is a good idea to give your kitty a comfy basket to sleep in instead of your bed!
Reason 2: Cats make your asthma and allergies worse!
Even if you do not have a weakened immune system and do not catch parasitic infections from your cat. However another thing to bear in mind is allergies. if you suffer from this condition, it is worth remembering that if your cat goes outside they can bring pollen indoors on their fur – and if you have hay fever, this is the last thing that you want floating around your bedroom. You can install a HEPA filter in your sleeping area to clear the air and give your nose a few hours a day to recover as well.
Reason 3: Cats can disturb your sleep
If your cat purrs or snores during the night, that can keep you up too! Cats often treadle (or ‘knead’ your bedclothes or your arm with their claws) when they are happy, and this is guaranteed to wake you up. Chances are, your kitty will love the warmth and companionship of being in bed with you and they will purr and knead as they relax before jumping up after just a few hours to race around the room and jump onto your face when you are just dropping off to sleep.
Reason 4: Cats are nocturnal, you are not!
Cats are what is known as ‘crepuscular’ beings. Crepuscular means that, though not strictly nocturnal, they wake up at night and in the early morning, and sleep a little at night and a lot during the day. As a result, if you let your cat sleep on your bed, you can expect it to be wide awake and raring to go when you are trying to get your forty winks. particularly when they are running around at 2am during the ‘witching hour’.
Reason 5: What about your spouse?
What about your husband or wife? Do they want the kitty in the bedroom and how do they feel about it? Will it have an impact on your marriage or relationship, not everyone likes to have a kitten in every part of their life.
What can I do?
We get it: sleeping in bed with your cat is so tempting! If you are healthy and well rested, you could always keep it for weekends. Have a good night’s sleep on Friday night, then invite your cat to come and share a lie in with you as you read the morning news. This is what our morning routine looks like every day! We make sure they are kept out of the bedroom at night and they get let in the morning for cuddles, snuggles and belly rubs. Just be prepared for a 6am wake up call with the cat scratching at the door wanting to be let in!
What do you do at your house? Do you let the cat in the bedroom?