Pokémon Go Inspired Cookies
It seems that everyone is obsessed with the new Pokémon Go game. Who would have thought that a simple game could change the world… but it has.
Each day you see more and more people wandering around looking at their phones, but now, instead of being isolating there is a sense of camaraderie and companionship in this solo activity.
It’s not just good for the humans who are getting out, exploring their towns and cities but good for our furry friends. Dogs seem to be the big winners in this with many going for long walks in parks and new areas searching for the rare Pokémon… with their humans trying to ‘catch ’em all’. Even in the real world animal shelters are benefiting from this craze, like this one shelter where Pokémon masters are paying to walk the shelter dogs.
Luckily, though, cat’s don’t have to miss out. If you have a cat that is leash trained your four legged feline can join you on Pokémon walks. If this is something that is interesting to you, subscribe to our newsletter and keep an eye out for our article on how to leash train your cat
next week! By the end, you really will be a Pokémon Master with your very own Meowth…
In the meantime, if your cat isn’t leash trained then you can do the second best thing and bake ’em all (see what I did there?)
These Pokémon cookies were so much harder to make than I thought. Normally, my wife helps me out with these posts and does the decorating and even though she walked me through her process and recipe, the results speak for themselves.
Take a look and let me know what you think. They still tasted amazing, so even if you can’t catch them all you can bake and craft ’em all.
Have you done any Pokémon crafts as part of this crazy phenomenon that is Pokémon Go?
Or better yet, share your Pokémon Go tips and let us know what your best Pokémon is.
Meow for now… Kristian
How To Make Neko Atsume Cookies With Pictures
I have been absolutely addicted to the cutest cat game Neko Atsume for months now. Every day, I wake up and feed my cats. I save up my gold fish to be able to buy them the special treats that they deserve and finally, after months of game play I have collected all the cats! I have them all… Lady Meow Meow? Check. Ms Fortune? Check. Joe DeMeowGio? Check!
I have seen some posts about making Neko Atsume cookies out there on the internet, but honestly, considering the amount of followers this game has I am surprised that there were not more Neko Atsume baked goods out there.
Luckily, I have a trusty cookie and royal icing recipe that I use for everything. The best thing to do is to use a sugar cookie recipe that you like and you know. A no-spread recipe is best because you want nice clean edges. If you are lucky enough to be planning ahead (unlike me) you will want to invest in a cat face cookie cutter. I did not and cut everything out by hand using a paper template. This is important because the Neko Atusme cats have a more oval face (rather than round) and the ears sit off the side rather than the top of the head. I have seen some Neko Atsume cookies on the internet and the faces were just the wrong shape which I didn’t like.
1 cup softened butter
1 cup granulated sugar
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/2 tsp almond extract
1 tsp salt
3 cups plain flour
- Cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
- Add egg, salt and extracts. Mix well.
- Add flour 1 cup at a time. Mix until it has all been incorporated. Dough shouldn’t be greasy to the touch.
- Roll out to 1/4 inch thickness (in between to pieces of greaseproof paper) and chill in the fridge for at least an hour.
- Cut out your shapes and bake at 190°C for 7 minutes.
- Cool completely before icing.
There are many royal icing recipes out there and not all recipes are created equal. I have previously posted about my favourite recipe which is the one from Sweetopia. This time, I didn’t have all the ingredients and was feeling lazy. I made a very simple recipe using egg whites, icing sugar and some water.
1 egg white, 250g icing sugar and 1-2 tsp water.
Mix the icing sugar and the egg white. Add a tsp of water and mix thoroughly.
You will need to portion out the icing to colour for the Neko Atsume cookies. I had the following colours:
- white (flooding consistency)
- black (thicker consistency)
- light grey
- light brown
- dark orange/brown
Decorating Your Cookies
You want to have your templates near you so that you can see how you are decorating your cookies. Choose which cats you want to copy. I did Snowball, Spots, Sunny, Pumpkin, Marshmallow, Misty and, of course Tubbs.
Snowball seems to be one of the easier cats to decorate. She is plain white.
- Outline the cookie with black icing.
- Flood with white icing, make sure there are no bubbles. Shake gently to evenly spread the icing.
- Once it has set, use a toothpick or tool to do dots for the eyes and the nose. This sits quite high up on the face. If you visually divide the cookie into thirds, the eyes are in the top third and the nose sits close to the middle.
Marshmallow uses a light grey and white icing.
- Start by outlining the cookie in black icing (thicker than flood consistency).
- Use the light grey to do Marshmallows markings. The grey nose is circular and only sits on the bottom third. Fill the ears with the grey as well.
- Use the white icing to flood the remaining cookie. Shake gently to fill any gaps and make sure there are no bubbles.
- Use the same dimensions for the eyes as you did for Snowball.
Tubbs has a unique shape, I printed out his picture from online and used that as a template for cutting out my Tubbs shaped cookie.
For Tubbs, I flooded his body with white icing first and then, once that had set outlined it with the black icing. I think this worked better because it allowed me to outline some of the details such as the hands and creases on his body.
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Meow for now… Yulia
Easy How To Cute DIY Cat Toe Shoes
Cap toe shoes are a big trend this year and the Internet loves cats. What do you get when you combine the two? Cat toe shoes.
These are so cute, easy to make and very versatile. You can make these with ballet flats or slip-on shoes like I did here, whatever takes your fancy.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- A pair of flats or slip-on shoes (preferably with a round-toe)
- Navy and white fabric paint (or whatever colour you want)
- Painter’s tape
- Large and small paint brushes
Use the painter’s tape to tape off the rim of the flats and remember to press down firmly. You don’t want the paint to seep through.
Use a pencil to draw on the outline of your cat. If you don’t feel confident doing this, use painters tape to tape off the top of the shoes as well as the rim.
Grab your paintbrush and start painting! I did two coats of navy fabric paint. Depending on how deep you want the color to be and the base colour of your shoes, one or two coats should work just fine.
Carefully remove the tape (from the rim, as well as the top if that is what you did) and paint small triangles for the ears.
Use a bobby pin or your small paintbrush to dot the eyes on the face of the cat. Use the small brush and lightly make short strokes for the whiskers. Don’t worry if you mess up, you can always paint over and try again. You can also use white paint marker for finer strokes.
Let me know what you guys think in the comments below, or feel free to pop by my other posts for more DIYs.
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Meow for now… Kristian
How to Restore Your Cat’s Favorite Furniture
Our cats love to scratch. As such we bought them a big (and expensive) cat tree so that our (more expensive) furniture would be saved from their claws. It has served us well. We have gotten years of use out of it, even with lots of small foster kittens running around and sharpening their claws on it as well.
Once an active cat has taken to a scratching post, they can tear it to shreds in a few months. Repairing it is an economical way of keeping your cat happily scratching the post instead of your furniture. This is a guide about repairing a sisal wrapped cat scratching post. Once you have repaired your cat scratching post it will look new, clean and wonderful.
However, with time everything fades and begins to look old, dated and just downright ugly. When we bought ours it was a neutral coloured brown but very quickly it began to ‘shed’ with so many small pieces of that cursed fabric everywhere around our house. The minute I would finish vacuuming it would be back , and sometimes even more… It was a never ending struggle.
Here is what our scratching post looked like before we repaired and restored our scratching post. Old. Tired. Dated. Worn Out. Ugly.
Our friends had a struggle that was even worse… their cats were rough! Their scratching post (which was bigger, better and more expensive than ours) lasted only about 6 months before the adorable monsters destroyed the fabric, carpet and sisal rope. They had to throw it out.
Even if you are already very handy and made your own scratching post it will need to be replaced or repaired at some point. When you are finished with repairing your guide it will look clean. Shiny. New. Wonderful. Check out what ours looks like.
So, without further ado, I introduce to you the easy DIY guide on how to restore your cat’s favorite furniture. Please, contact us and let us know how YOUR restoration and repair goes. We love to see photos and hear stories of other people’s experiences and seeing how you are able to make your cat scratching post fit into your home. Cat Furniture Repair Guide Find Out More
Meow for now… Kristian
DIY Tutorial: How To Make A No-Sew Bow Tie
Sometimes you just want you cat to look handsome and dapper. In those instances you may not have a lot of time and you just want an easy to do, fun to make No-Sew Bow Tie. It may be a special event or maybe you just want them to feel fancy sitting on the couch at home getting some extra special treats. Either way, bow ties are the easiest (at least if you use our instructions) way to use small pieces of fabric to make these amazing bow ties. DIY Tutorial: How To Make A No-Sew Bow Tie
You don’t need to spend a lot of money (or any money) and use up some scrap materials from other projects, or even your old clothes that you are about to throw out.
At SoPurrfect we love to Reuse, Re-purpose and Recycle.
This no-sew bow tie came about after finding so many great bow-tie DIYs. Unfortunately, they were all for dogs (so much too big for a cat) and required a sewing machine (and who has time for that!). When you are making one for a cat (or kitten) they turn out much smaller and it is much harder and way more fiddly to sew.
This bow tie will take you 10 minutes and uses a hot glue gun. Easy peasy.
Cut out your fabric pieces. DIY Tutorial: How To Make A No-Sew Bow Tie
For an adult cat you will need a large rectangle (22cm x 11.5cm) for the bow tie, a long strip (28cm, 3.5cm) for the collar. You will need ribbon or an additional piece of fabric (5cm x 6cm) for the centre of the bow tie.
For a kitten you will need a large rectangle (14.5cm x 11.5cm) for the bow tie, a long strip (23cm, 3cm) for the collar. You will need ribbon or an additional piece of fabric (6cm x 3.5cm) for the centre of the bow tie.
Fold this lengthwise into the middle and for ease of folding secure it with a drop of hot glue.
Fold each end into the centre and again secure with a drop of hot glue. You don’t need much at this stage.
Fold your (now) small rectangle into an ‘M’ shape and secure it with hot glue (front and back). This makes your bow tie shape.
Cut out your long rectangle neck piece. Fold into thirds and iron. If you want you can also run a line of hot glue down the seam to prevent your cat from ripping into the collar of the bow tie.
Hot glue the bow tie to the neck collar. Use another piece of fabric or ribbon to wrap around the bow tie (firmly) and glue it together.
Glue some velcro onto the ends of your collar so that you can fasten it easily onto your cat.
Watch your cat enjoy this present.
It is such a simple process you will make dozens of these and your cat will always have a suitable bow tie for the holidays. When it comes time for Christmas – use special Christmas fabric. Birthday? No problems. We accept no responsibility if you go overboard and make so many that your cat has enough for every day of the year!
Have you tried any of our other DIY project? Such as the 10 minute cat tent.
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And now I really want to hear from you the answer to this question… Does you cat like wearing bow ties?
Meow for now… Kristian
FREE Printable Mother’s Day Cards To Celebrate Mom
If you have been worried about finding the purrfect card for your mum don’t worry, here at SoPurrfect we have you covered!
We have thought about all the different and unique mum’s out there and have made 3 different cards for each and every mum! We love them all and every mum is special and deserves her very own card.
Our cards can be printed, folded and given right away. Or, you can make it even more special by customising it with a picture of your family (including any furry family members!).
1. The Fashionista Mum
The Fashionista Mum is so cool and hip. Frankly, she looks amazing… all the time! She’s always wearing shades and looks effortlessly cool. Whenever you see her you think to yourself… how does she do it?
For this mum, you’ll need a card that is extraordinary. Nothing average will do. Which is why this card is purrfect for this fashion forward mum.
Her kitten is always with her in a special designer carry bag, just for her. She even has a regular spa day at the hippest grooming salon in town.
2. The Running Late Mum
She’s always rushing around and doing a hundred things as she speeds past you. She’s ALWAYS on every school trip, she volunteers to help in the library each week. You don’t know how she finds the time to do all these activities and commitments.
This mum is committed to making sure her child get’s as many activities and projects as possible… but that means she’s always running 10 minutes late because her schedule is packed tight!
Her cat is very independent and know just the right time to beg for a treat… as soon as mum is in the door and before she’s left again!
3. The Free Spirit Mum
This is one relaxed mum. She drives up to the gates, with seconds to spare before the bell and lets the kids climb out themselves. She’s always wearing re-usable fabrics and her kids come with lunchboxes full of raw, organic food that they grow in their backyard.
This family has one cool cat. This cat loves to sit in the sun while the family weed the garden and this cat is never out of catnip because this mum always makes sure there is a crop of it in her garden!
At the end of the day whichever mum you have she’s FANTASTIC and this Mother’s Day make sure she knows it with a special CAT-tastic card just for her.
Let us know which is your favourite card and why!
You can also check our our Mother’s Day hat or other DIY projects
Happy Mother’s Day
Meow for now… Kristian