Month: January 2015

Wee updates

The last week or so has been a wee bit hectic for me! I’m currently doing a huge clear out at home (& have started listing stuff on trademe, check out the listings if you are interested), plus I had a wedding in the weekend, booked a holiday for May and have had family staying. With everything going on, I haven’t been able to keep everyone up to date with the latest Leroy, Betty & Co. updates, and even didn’t get a chance to post my Friday Favourites last week.

Some of you may have seen that I’ve started testing out making dog collars! Here’s a photo of Betty modelling one of the test collars.

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These will be available in the etsy store in different colours and sizes after the store launch.

I’ve also been buying some awesome new items for jewellery that I will be making and selling. While I’ll be making some of the favourites I made while running Cats & Whiskers jewellery, most pieces will be new styles. If there is something particular you would love to see again, please let me know in the comments below. I’m really excited with some of the materials I’ve found for new pieces so can’t wait to post some pictures of finished products.

I’m still deciding on a launch date for the etsy store. At this point I’m thinking it will be early March, but this depends on how much stock I’ve been able to make before then. Dog sweaters will not be available as soon as the store opens – I am hoping to have a few for sale closer to winter.

Have a great week everyone. If you are in Wellington, make sure you get out to enjoy the amazing weather we are having at the moment!

Friday Favourites: Cats on YouTube

For Friday Favourites this week, I’m featuring some of my favourite cat videos on YouTube.  I haven’t featured Maru, Keyboard Cat or any of the other regulars, but these cats are all equally as awesome.

First up is an overly cautious cat getting surprised.

Kitten Riding a Tortoise.  This is an older video but a classic.  I love how the kitten just happily sits there as if this is a very normal thing to do.

Mr Bouncy Cat.  I have watched this video so many times and I still laugh.

Vinyl Cat.  The best part of this video is the last 15 or so seconds.

A cat eating watermelon.  So flipping cute!

And finally, this is easily one of my favourite videos on the internet.  A build up to a cat jumping that doesn’t quite go to plan.

What are some of your favourite cat videos on YouTube?  Please share them in the comments below.

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.

ClemandFrankie

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

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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.

FionaRF

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_and_Boo

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.

DudleywithWilson

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.

PeanutWings

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.

MontyandMilly

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

SPCAWGTN

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?

2015

My start to 2015 has been a little bit slow. I had a very enjoyable Christmas and New Years, and while I had hoped to spend some of my break working on and planning for this blog and for my etsy store, I haven’t been able to. I hit a creative wall and I’m hoping to kick start my brain this week.

While I didn’t get much done, I did start a couple of things. I have started ordering materials for jewellery. Last night I finished my first trial dog bow tie (with some success). I also briefly started planning what I’ll be writing about on here during the year.

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Some of the things I plan to write about are:
– my handmade business and upcoming markets I’ll be at
– interviews with local business owners
– attempts at recreating pet related crafts with instructions found online
– continuing reviews of eateries, and
– general ramblings – some pet related, some not.

If all goes to plan, I’m hoping for a launch date of 1 March for my etsy store. There will be giveaways leading up to the launch so make sure you’re subscribed to this blog!

In the meantime, last week I discovered my new favourite pet on Instagram – Princess Monster Truck. With her massive eyes and ridiculously cute underbite, she’s definitely worth following.

Kim