We're The 'B' Team, oppurrating from a secret bunker somewhere in middle England ~ If mew have a purroblem, if no-purrdy else can help, and if mew find can us, then purrhaps mew can hire The 'B' Team. We also share a wide array of entertaining posts to amews mew each week, so drop by often to catch up on all the fun and remember, the wurld is way better with cats!
Furstly as I'm the one with the cash at our place, I've had to supply the goodies fur the give-away! MOL There is 1 x surprise goodie bag up fur grabs with a supurr selection of stuff... mew know how epic they are! And all mew need to do to enter is LEAVE A COMMENT below and we'll pick a winner out on next weeks Pet Peeves post!
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We hope mew all have a totally wild time, if mew need to chill we have allocated the Crystal Room as the zen-zone, so mew can have a snooze, take five or just crash out. Thanks so much fur coming Luffs mew all loads Parsley and The B Team
Thanks fur joining fur us fur Part V of our Crafting with Cats segment. Mew know we have so much fun making all this stuff, and we hope mew enjoy seeing it and/or making it too! MOL
If mew'd like to see our previous CWC posts click here and learn how to make Merlin's Wizard Hat. And if mew missed out on how to make our Supurr Hero's cape, click here. And fur the Magical Kitty lantern click here, plus the amazing Pom Pom Hammock click here.
All Crafting with Cats ideas and creations are of our own design and we share them fur purrrsonal/home use only.
So purrlease do not copy fur commercial/resale purrposes.
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This week we're making this!
The Observatory Cativity Centre
So mew can really be the centre of your own universe! MOL
What Mew Will Need:
Timber and wood screws
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Fabric + wadding + lining
Cord to hang planets, stars & hammock bed
Spheres for planets & sun
Non-toxic paint for planets
Glitter fur the sun & stars - gold & silver
Paint - if mew want to paint it. [We used white gloss]
Ribbon or trim
Optional flooring, we used some surplus laminate flooring
Optional cat/s fur snoopervising and general assistance Are mew ready? Of course mew are...
Furstly lets make the cube
We used 2" x 1" timber
Mew will need 16 x identical lengths, ours are 20"
Take four pieces of your timber and screw together to make the bottom square. Repeat fur the upper square. Attach the four uprights and then flip offur to attach the remanding square and mew should have something like this below.
Next take your remaining 4 identical lengths to make the top pyramid. Mew will need to cut the ends at an angle so it sits flush on top of the cube and that the top joins together properly, see arrows.
Now mew can attach the pyramid to the cube, as mew can see we pre-drilled holes in the bottom of the pyramid, as Dad said that made it easier to attach.
Now it should look like this below.
Wow that was easy and supurr quick too! MOL But seriously take your time putting it together, remember measure twice and cut once.
So now we move on to the really fun part; decorating.
We painted ours in white gloss as the P.A. insisted it needed to white, but mew guys can paint it any colour mew like.
Aftur the furst coat of undercoat, Dad drilled the holes to hang the planets and stars from the pyramid, how many is entirely up to mew; we put 4 in each and also a single hole in the uprights to hang the hammock from, see arrows.
Finish the painting and it should look like this
[We must apologize fur the skewiff photo, we think the P.A. had a bottle of wine in the craft room with her... nuff said! MOL]
Now while that dries let's move on to your own purrsonal planetarium, we made
10 x planets
6 x stars
1 x sun
We were incredibly lucky to find some paper mache spheres with a pre-made hole in at our local craft shop, but in hindsight mew could plastic Catmass baubles and repaint them.
We painted our spheres to kind of match the planets in our solar system, all went swimmingly well until the P.A. started to paint the earth, until see realized she'd painted it upside down! [Oops, too much wine! MOL] So we have an extra planet in our system called Catopia, it's only just been discovered through copious amounts of wine drinking. In fact its a miracle as no telescope was required whatsoeffur.
We did actually use a Catmass bauble fur the sun as we needed something bigger than the rest, we just cut the neck off it so it doesn't look like a bauble. We applied a non-toxic glue and covered it with gold glitter. Oh it's so shiny and twinkly!
Once your planets are dry mew can attach the cord. We used white cord, and applied hot glue into the holes and stuffed the cord in with a straw. Please make sure that if mew use the type of cord we did that mew put sellotape on the end to seal it tight, otherwise mew will neffur be able to push it through the holes on the frame.
Next we were also furry lucky to find some pre-cut 1" wooden stars on Amazon, we attached two together with a length of cord sandwiched between them and once dry covered them in the non-toxic glue and dipped them into silver glitter.
Now let's move onto the bed. We used some silver silk dupion that the P.A. had left offur from some curtains she made. Cut your fabric 20" square and as silk isn't the most robust of fabrics we cut 2 x lining fabric squares to add extra strength.
We sandwiched a piece of wadding between the layers and stitched the wrong-sides together [inside out], leaving one edge open enough to turn right-side facing out. Hand-stitch the last few inches and your hammock is ready. Unfortunately at this point we think the P.A. had one glass too many and forgot to take some pics of construction - we have severely reprimanded her fur this and have since locked the wine away!
Get some more of the cord and attach it to the underside corners bed, we used hot glue fur this.
Attach the suns cord with hot glue under the top centre, then the planets and stars by poking cord through the holes in the pyramid and adjust lengths to suit and tie off, we did put a little bit of glue on the knots fur added security.
Attach hammock to the uprights and tie off.
Finally as some screws were still visible we added a 1" wide grosgrain ribbon trim top and bottom. And if mew wanted a solid base like ours mew can add that too, but if mew don't want to, it wurks just fine without.
So now mew should have something that looks like this:
How cool is that? Epically cool
What we really love about this pawesome cativity centre is that if mew get bored of planets, mew could hang:
Fish = The Aquarium
Mice = The Nest
Bees = The Hive
Spiders = The Web
Butterflies = The Cocoon
Tabbies of Troute Towne look away now
Burds = The Aviary
Or a combo of all the above
and mew can remove the bed fur washing or even replace it if wears out. There are so many ways to dress this purrticular item and it'll last fur ages, fur future kitty generations too.
Smooch was furst to get his booty in it and as mew can see he wasn't going to share with anypurrdy not even me, and mew can see how miffed I was below! MOL
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And that furriends furry sadly brings us to the end of our fifth Crafting With Cats post, we do hope mew liked it and if mew decide to make your furry own Observatory we'd love to see it.
Feel free to post your pawesome crafty pics on our Facebook page at:
So what's been happening this week I hear mew ask... well mew know that we asked on last Fridays post about anyone being interested in being part ofSir Snowy's2018 Charity Kitty Calendar, well we had one interested - thank mew furry much ATCAD, so the P.A. asked in one of the kitty FB groups if it was ok to post there fur kitty models, admin said yes, so she posted on Wednesday teatime. The P.A. thought that maybe about five or six would respond, do mew know how many comments with beautiful kitty pictures were on that thread 24 hours later? 629
Like OMC, how many, talk about an avalanche response it was beyond amazing, incredible and epically epic. So anyhoo, Sir Snowy has more models that mew could effur imagine and is now deciding on making a calendar/coffee table book to feature all the new recruits, and if that wasn't fabulous enough, he also got 206 new followers in 27 minutes and the most beautiful comments effur on his twitter-feed. We are beyond thrilled fur him WAY TO GO SIR SNOWY WOOOOOOO HOOOOOO DUDE! And in other news Pandora decided to finally join in on #TiaraTuesday on Twitter and this is what she posted:
Who knew we had royalty among us.
We think she needs to be in that show, Game of Thrones, she'd be purrfect! MOL
Queen of Cats
"I vould make a most excellent queen!" Pandora said in her odd little foreign accent. "Plus red looks fabulous on me dahlings!"
Alrighty then.... and moving on....
I decided to go on Frog Watch
I didn't have to wait long... Mr Froggy our foreign exchange student from The Resistance has made himself right at home! MOL
And it would appear we have found out who really caused the 'Catnip Cropper!' Although Fudge said, "Basil, I can't watch that little green dude 24/7!" I replied, "Try harder Fudge, that's our primo nip he's wrecking!" MOL And finally last night we had four emails come through our contact form from someone called Sophie Morgan saying please call me and then a UK phone number - like seriously, mew think we're going to call mew after an email like that, so mew can get our phone number then spam the flip out of it or use it in some telephone scam - WE DON'T THINK SO SOPHIE!
And if mew missed anything during the last week, here's the latest links fur your purrusal:
We'll be back tomorrow with our monthly Crafting with Cats post and show mew how to make The Observatory and again with our usual Selfie Selection on Sunday, so hope mew can join us then. In the meantime we wish mew all an epically epic weekend and don't furget to add your links to the Pet Parade hop below!
This week, it was Smoochie's turn to gripe, mew know that eclipse thing that happened on Monday, of course mew do. Well Smooch got in his Observatory at precisely 7.30 PM GMT to watch the once in a lifetime event...
Fudge went to see what was happening. "Smooch," said Fudge. "What's this eclipse thing?" "Well," Smooch replied. "Mew see that big yellow sparkly ball hanging at the top of the Observatory?" Fudge nodded. "Appurrently in a few minutes, the moon is going to block that big yellow sparkly ball out as it passes it front of it!" Smooch explained. "WOW!" Fudge breathed in awe. "And we get front row seats?" "Indeedy we do!" Smooch grinned.
They waited and waited and waited and they waited some more... Finally Smooch said to the P.A. "Did mew know the universe is broken?"
The P.A. looked at him and replied. "What do you mean the universe is broken?"
"Well," Smooch said and pointed up at the glittering sun and the little moon. "The moon didn't eclipse it, so it's obvious that the universe is broken!"
Trying not the laugh the P.A. said, "Smooch the eclipse is happening outside, not in your Observatory dude!"
The room went furry quiet and then Smooch screamed,
"Don't worry little dude," the P.A. said gently. "You wouldn't have been able to see from here anyway, but I can show you this!"
Smooch watched it and then said, "Basil why weren't we on the space station?" We have no wurds fur that! MOL
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What's been your biggest pet peeve this week? ...feel free to leave your peeves in the comment form, all are welcome!