single crochet cat toy | EASY DIYs

Thursday, October 22, 2015

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #MyCatMyMuse #CollectiveBias

I spend the majority of my day home alone.  My son is in his senior year of high school and my significant other works 70+ hours a week outside of the home.  4 years ago, I decided I needed company during the day.  We set off for the Humane Society to adopt a cat.  When we went we had no idea that June was National Adopt a Cat Month, and our local shelter was offering 2 cats for the adoption fee of 1 cat.  This worked out well since the 3 of us couldn't decide between 2 beautiful kittens we had fallen in love with.  They were cage mates at the shelter and were already very close.  My girls are now 4 years old and are not only each other's best friends, but mine as well.

I love going to our local PetSmart and browsing for things to spoil my girls with.  It's fun to just walk around and see what's new and pick up some presents to surprise them with.  On a recent trip I came across Purina Muse® Natural Cat Food.  It is made exclusively available at PetSmart!  With Muse you don’t have to choose between natural nutrition and food that tastes great. Your cat can have both when you choose Muse.

I was very impressed so I purchased some for the girls.  Purina Muse® Natural Cat Food has no artificial flavors or preservatives.  It has 24-grain free varieties which is very important to me.  I prefer to give the girls grain free food. Purina Muse® Natural Cat Food is made with real fish or poultry and is 100% complete and balanced nutrition for cats.

This is the Grain Free Natural Chicken Recipe.  It's accented with spinach in a chicken broth + essential nutrients.  Look at how natural and delicious that looks!  It doesn't even look like cat food! Purina Muse® Natural Cat Food says, "Natural has never been so delicious. Put Muse to the test with our clean plate guarantee."

This is my girl Quorra starting to make a dent in it.  She's my strong willed dominant kitty.  She's very vocal and assertive.  She's also a chow hound.  She loves her food and is always the first to finish out of the two.

Igloo likes to take her time.  She eats with her eyes closed and enjoys every minute of her meal times.  She's a sweet and more passive cat.  The two girls go together like peanut butter and jelly though.

I told you she liked to eat!  Since I was taking photos and not monitoring them, Quorra stepped in to help Igloo lick her plate clean.  These girls are amazing and have huge personalities.  I love them dearly.  Be sure to use this coupon when you head off to PetSmart to purchase your own Purina Muse® Natural Cat Food.

For today's DIY I'm going to show you how to make an easy cat toy using a single crochet stitch!

You'll need yarn, shower curtain rings, and a crochet hook.  This is a super easy DIY and you can use whatever crochet hook you want.  I chose a large one today because I used 3 strands of yarn at once.  I wanted multiple colors in it and I wanted it to be a thicker one.  The shower curtain rings can be purchased at the dollar tree for a dollar a pack!

That's all there is to it!  It literally only take a couple of minutes and it's super affordable so you won't be upset when the cats lose it under the couch, haha!  If you are new to crocheting, there's a ton of tutorials on the internet to help you.  This is a basic beginner stitch and even a novice can make this toy.

Tell me about your favorite feline friends in the comments below!  I'd love to hear your stories!  Have they tried Purina Muse® Natural Cat Food yet?!

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glam up your bathroom | EASY DIYs

Thursday, October 8, 2015

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #CraftedExperience #CollectiveBias

I recently did a home decor post about how I love living seasonally.  In that post you see that I have an industrial style apartment.  I LOVE my apartment and love that it's unique.  With its exposed brick walls and built in metal artwork, it really is one of a kind.  However, sometimes a girl needs some "glam" in her life.  My bathroom is truly a space of serenity and glam.  When I'm having a horrible day, nothing is better than a long soak in the bath.  My bathroom is MY place for relaxation and recharging.  This is one of the rooms in my apartment that I spend the MOST time decorating and sprucing up.

Today I'm sharing with you some super easy and affordable DIYs to help you add a little glam to your day!


For the glam tiered counter organizer, you'll need 3 metal trays, 2 candle stick holders, and some awesome glue.  I prefer E6000 since it's great for nearly ALL surfaces.

Liberally add your glue to the bottom rim your first candle stick holder.  This glue dries clear, so you don't have to be perfect with it.  You want to make sure you have a good helping of it on there.

Place your glued candle stick holder base onto the center of your first metal tray.  You'll want to try your best to get it centered.  Press it firmly down.

Now liberally add your glue to the top rim of your candle stick holder.  Again, this doesn't have t be perfect.  Just make sure you get it all coated.

Place your second metal tray onto the top rim of the candle stick holder.  Press firmly to get good contact of the glue on the tray.

Repeat those steps until you have 2 candle stick holders and 3 metal trays stacked up and glued.  You'll want to let this sit for at least 24hrs and up to 72hrs [based on the glue's instructions].

Once it's cured, you've got a beautiful glam tiered shelf for your bathroom counter!  Super easy, and super cheap.  You can get these products anywhere, but I picked mine up at Wal-Mart!


For this project you'll need 2 glass vases and 2 candle stick holders.  You'll also need your handy dandy glue!

Just like the tiered shelf, you're going to apply your glue liberally to the top rim of the candle stick holders.

Then place your vases onto the glued rims of the candle stick holders.  Even easier than the tiered shelf, and makes such a beautiful statement piece for your bathroom counter.


For the whiteboard you'll want a pretty but non-expensive picture frame and scrapbook paper.  You'll need to cut down your scrapbook paper to fit the size of your picture frame.  I chose 5x7!

Now you have a pretty framed "whiteboard" that you can write notes or "to-buy" lists on!  You can either use dry-erase markers or a plain sharpie marker.  Dry-erase will come off easily with wiping.  If you choose a sharpie marker, you'll just need a paper towel dampened with alcohol to remove.

This DIY "whiteboard" is super handy to make reminders for when you use the last of something.  I like to use it to remind me to buy toilet paper!  Unfortunately, that's one of those items that you CAN'T do without!  So when you are on your last couple of rolls, use your glam DIY "whiteboard" to remind you to pick some up!

While at Wal-Mart, I picked up Quilted Northern Ultra Soft & Strong® Bath Tissue.  Quilted Northern is a 100 year old brand, and is a bath tissue that I trust to get the job done.  They've recently updated their packaging to a more modern look.  It's sewer and septic safe so you can flush confidently.  I love that it's strong and flexible!


One of my most favorite tips for easily adding glam to your bathroom is to use a glass or crystal decanter to hold your mouthwash in.  It's super chic and makes even oral hygiene feel glamorous!

Add a wine glass or martini glass to pour your mouthwash into, and you've got an oral hygiene glam party!

Lastly, I like to keep a recipe book stand in my bathroom so that while I'm getting ready in the morning, I can prop up my planner and take a look at the day ahead!  
[haha, you had to know my planner would make an appearance!]

What are your favorite tips for adding some "glam" to your bathroom?!  I'd love for you to share them!

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Friday, October 2, 2015

I haven't been able to make a new video for a few weeks because I've been so busy with my etsy shop [thank you all so much for that, btw!!!].  I'm hoping to film for week 40.  I've just been throwing stickers on my week and calling it done.  Definitely not anything "film worthy".  I'm hoping to have things organized and scheduled so that I can film a new video this week for week 40.  Thank you all so much for everything!

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