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Last chance to get Cats & Whiskers jewellery!

  Hi everyone!
I know it appears that I’ve been very quiet with the handmade side of LB&C, but there are things happening! More details to come on that, but for now, I will be removing all remaining Cats & Whiskers jewellery from my etsy store at the end of this week. This means you only have a few more days to buy these items, which are only $5 each. 

Get in while you can, because once they’re gone, they won’t be available at this price again, it at all!

Visit the sale section of my store today. 


Bits and bobs

Hi everyone!  Just a quick update to say hi and let you know how everything is going.

The last month for me has been crazy busy.  Work has been full on, plus Aaron and I have been planning an overseas holiday and settling into a new church.


But, I did finally manage to get my new logo sorted, and my etsy store reopened!  Only a small range of jewellery is available at the moment, but I’ll be working over the next few months to slowly add more stock when I can.  For now, enter the coupon ’10OFF’ at checkout to get 10% off your purchase. There’s also a giveaway happening on instagram that ends this evening.  Make sure you enter while you can!

I’m hoping to get some more sewing done over easter weekend.  Can’t wait!

Have a great week.

Friday Favourites

Today’s post is the start of a new feature – Friday Favourites.  Each week I’ll be posting my favourite links on the internet.  This week it’s NZ pet Instagram accounts.


Utterly divine. #clemandfrankie #clembear #frankie #bff #cuddles #catstagram #catsofinstagram

A photo posted by Clem&Frankie (@clemandfrankie) on

Clem & Frankie are two of the most gorgeous cats I’ve seen.  They love to snuggle and sleep together, and from their pictures appear to get up to lots of mischief!  They have very quickly become two of my favourite cats on the internet.


Shh. #fionarf #dogsofinstagram #englishbulldog A photo posted by Fiona RF the Bulldog (@fionarf) on

I’ve been a big fan of Fiona for a while, so was very glad to see recently she got her own Instagram account!  She’s an English Bulldog with lots of attitude and a tongue that seems to be always hanging out of her mouth. Her owners are pretty amazing people too.


Dori & Boo are a very gorgeous pair and the best of friends.  I was very stoked to find these two as Boo is another one of the Chihuahuas from the SPCA lot that Leroy and Betty were in and it makes me happy to see another Chihuahua from that lot having an awesome new life.


Dudley is a King Charles Cavalier Spaniel who has been the star of this account for a while. A few months ago, Wilson joined their family, and has made this already great account even better.

Koda the Spitz

Koda is a giant white ball of fluff.  He seems so happy in every picture and brightens up my day whenever I see one of his photos.


Peanut is a handsome little man owned by the awesome Wendy.  He recently was attacked by a large dog and I’m so glad to see he’s recovering well as he’s a big part of his family and brings a lot of people on the internet joy with his cute photos.


Monty and Milly are two gorgeous chihuahuas.  They are very photogenic and are definitely worth following.


Calling all guinea pig lovers. I need a fosterer who knows how to do my hair? #foster A photo posted by Wellington SPCA (@spcawgtn) on

The SPCA in Wellington has their own Instagram account!  It’s a great way to keep up with what they’re up to and to see gorgeous pictures of some of the animals available for adoption.

Who are your favourite NZ based pets on instagram?

Leroy & Betty

In May this year, a friend tweeted that there were several chihuahuas at the Wellington SPCA.  I used to have a chihuahua called Tommy, who unfortunately died young, and they’ve always been my favourite dog breed.


So when I saw this tweet, Aaron and I jumped straight in the car and headed to the SPCA.  I walked into the dog area and was in shock.  Rather than the several chihuahuas that I thought would be there, the SPCA had 60!  There were puppies, adult and elderly chihuahuas, and pretty much every colour and length of fur you could think of.

I was hooked.  I needed another chihuahua as part of our family.

We spent an hour there that afternoon, right until the SPCA closed for the day.  We then went back first thing on Sunday morning.  Overall, I think I spent 4-5 hours there that weekend.  During that time I got to know many of the dogs; we got to know their personality traits – which were playful, the bullies and the shy ones who wanted to escape the noise.

Both Aaron and I fell in love with one of the puppies – a wee girl with a stripe on her head.  The name the SPCA had given her was Ariche.  That evening, after much discussion (well, begging on my part), we decided to adopt her.


Monday during our lunch break we headed back to the SPCA to fill out the adoption papers.  When we arrived, my mum was there, holding a two year old boy chihuahua who had just arrived.  She made the very good point that it wouldn’t be fair to have just one dog as she would need company.

We got to know this little boy who was pretty shy and timid but seemed lovely.  Betty (we had chosen her name by that point) seemed to like him so we decided to apply to adopt both of them.


Later that week, we were able to take them home.  They have been part of our family for six months now and I’ve loved every moment of it.


A few months ago I managed to find out a bit more about their history.  I won’t go into too many details on here as it’s pretty horrible, but I will share a small amount.

These 60 odd chihuahuas (plus a pug and some griffons) lived in a house with one lady.  They were free to run around in the house.  None were desexed, so the numbers kept increasing.  Their waste was not cleaned up so they were living in it.

Betty has been fine over the last six months.  A bit timid at times but as she is still a puppy she recovered quickly from her previous life.  However, as Leroy was two years old when he left that environment, he has been a bit more work.  When we adopted him, he was underweight – because of his very shy nature I don’t think he managed to get to the food very often.  As he was used to going toilet anywhere and everywhere, the toilet training has been a bit of work, and he is still slow to warm to people.  He has a very lovely nature and loves to cuddle, and it makes me so happy to see him coming out of his shell.  A couple of months ago he started wagging his tail for the first time.  It’s still a very awkward wag but it makes me so happy to see it every time.


I’m so glad we adopted Leroy and Betty, and every day I become more and more happy we have them in our lives.  They’re the best of friends for each other and for us.

Places like HUHA and the SPCA do amazing work, so please support them if you can.


Welcome to Leroy, Betty & Co.!

As most of you are aware, until recently I ran a small handmade jewellery business called Cats & Whiskers. When we adopted our chihuahuas six months ago, my focus started to shift and I wanted to blog about and make more than just jewellery. And so, Leroy, Betty & Co. was born.

This space is going to be a place to blog about things I love – my dogs, creativity, reviews and anything else that’s on my mind.  It’s also a space to share updates on my handmade business where I’ll be making and selling a bunch of different things including jewellery and pet accessories.

I want this to be a place that evolves and changes and where I’m free to make and blog about what I want.  I think in the past I have limited myself to focusing on just one thing and that’s where I’ve gone wrong.

And so it begins.  Make sure you like Leroy, Betty & Co. on Facebook and follow on Twitter.  Also please subscribe using the options on the right sidebar.