A Valentine for your Cat: Heart-Shaped Catnip Mouse

If you’re anything like me, Valentine’s day sparks a desire to share some sweetness with all the loves of your life – human and feline.

As my own cat counterpart is in need of some new toys, I figured the upcoming holiday would be the perfect excuse to whip up a catnip-filled, heart-shaped mouse pounce toys. This cute little mouse is really simple and quick to make, all you need is a few materials and about 30 minutes to spare.

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3 Pom Pom DIYs to Try

Have you noticed the sudden surge in pom-poms lately? I’ve seen the trend turning up on purses, jewelry, hair accessories, and fashion for some time now, and figured it high time I share a few DIY’s to get the look for a whole lot less.

pom-pom diy

Let me start off by saying that styling yourself with pom-poms may solicit some side-eyes from passers-by, so you have to be comfortable with the fact that, if you sport any of the DIY’s below, it will appear like you were accessorized by a kindergartner. The trick is to own it.

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Cat Food Plant Holders

You read that right. These adorable tiny planters are actually up-cycled cat food tins. See how the cuteness came together…

Cat Food Planters

I love being able to find ways to use old containers or rubbish that I’d normally just throw away. There’s such a sense of accomplishment when creating something cute and useful out of something you already have on hand. With his monstrous appetite, I go through quite a lot of El Guapo the Cat’s tinned wet-food. For years, I’ve chucked the used cans in the trash, not giving them a second thought. But a few weeks ago, after rinsing out a finished can, I realized they are kind of a perfect size for a mini plant holder – ideal for air-plants!
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DIY: Easy Clothes-Pin Earbud Organizer

This may be the simplest, quickest, and most useful DIY I have ever shared.  Oh, and it’s also incredibly inexpensive.  Win, win and win some more!

If you’re anything like Moondoggie, you like to have several pairs of earbuds scattered all around the house for easy access when you’re say running out the door to catch the bus, or heading out for a stroll to Trader Joes and you want to listen to an audiobook or podcast.  The problem of course becomes that as earbuds are strewn on tables and hastily thrown into bags they inevitably become totally tangled.  Now I know there are a bunch of products out there these days that guard against this issue, but I never really felt like the problem was worth the price.  Enter the ever-handy clothespin.  
By simply hot-gluing two regular sized clothes-pins together, you can create a neat and tidy coil for your earbuds (and other wires come to think of it.) Then you can toss these perfectly contained spools into purses, bags, and drawers without any fear of knotting up the cord.   If you don’t already have random extra clothes-pins in your craft supplies (I always seem to have them, and I’m not entirely sure why) you can buy a  pack of 100 for a mere $13.  That should last you a while!  Then all you need is a glue gun loaded up with a glue stick and you’re ready to craft!

If you’re feeling fancy, you could paint your clothes-pins, or add some washi tape to give it a but more gusto, but I didn’t feel the need.  This DIY is all about function!

Happy Crafting!  

I absolutely love making holiday themed crafts this time of year and here is a simple tutorial on how to make an adorable craft that works as a perfect gift or even a present topper!

First you’ll need to gather some supplies.  Here’s what you need:

-Half a clear ball ornament (you can buy plastic ones at Michaels that open up like an Easter egg)
-Scissors
-Pencil
-Holiday paper
-Cardboard
-Miniature Christmas Trees (can be found at most craft stores with the miniature displays)
-Fake Snow
-Wire Clippers
-Holiday Stickers (I used Snowmen and Santa Claus stickers bought at Michaels)
-Glue gun
-Tinsel or other kind of holiday trim


Start by tracing your ornament onto the cardboard and your background paper.  Cut out the circles making two of the paper ones.  Glue or tape 1 of the paper circles on the cardboard.  This will be the front of your snow scene.

Using your wire clippers, trim off the base from your miniature tree.  Then take the scissors and cut off a portion of the tree in back so it can lay flat on your paper circle.  Use hot glue to secure it to the paper.

Go ahead and add any other embellishments to your snow scene.  I included a snowman sticker and a chipboard snowflake.

Now pour a bit of snow into the plastic ornament half.  Line your circular snow scene with hot glue, then very carefully, sandwich the half ornament ball onto the cardboard circle.  Be sure to line it up so that the ornament loop is at the top of your scene and try not to lose any of the snow!

Finally,  cut your tinsel or trim to line the outside of the ornament.  Attach with hot glue then attach your second paper circle to the back of the ornament.  This should completely cover the cardboard and any raw edges of your trim.

Add a loop of bakers twine or ribbon and you’re ready to hang your snow dome ornament on a tree or attach to a gift.  Happy Holiday Crafting everyone!