Saturday, May 12, 2012

My Guest Cats

Recurring readers may remember this old doll’s pram that served as a sleeping basket for Pepe. He lost interest in it after a while, then my poor late Oskar had it but finally it ended up outside by my yard door under the balcony. Just in case somebody had missed curfew and needed a warm place until the morning, but I don’t think it was ever necessary.

Now having my friend over with three cats locked up in the tiny spare room (to keep my cat happy) I was glad I kept it and dug it up hoping one of them would like it. And… success! Here are miss Polly and her mommy Fancy in front.

Fancy taking her chance…

and Polly all snuggled up. It’s a favourite!

Only the boy Funny Face prefers to crawl under the blanket. By the way all these including air bed come from the trash. Cover sheet handed down from another friend. All in all not a footprint made to provide my friend and her darlings with comfort.

I know any cardboard box will do for cats, but what else do you do to create pet beds without buying acrylic plush baskets from the pet shop?

Friday, May 04, 2012

A Fold-Up Table For Photography

Oh my, I haven’t posted in almost a year. Though I tried to keep it up after June I simply lost inspiration. Let’s explain a bit. First, 2011 has not been a great year for me. The positive result is I reconnected with a good old friend and got closer with another.

Second, we have not shopped on the curbs since last summer because really I don’t need any more stuff in my house. I’m done furnishing and I have a stock of yarn and craft materials for years to come. In fact I had boxes full of things I would never need that I stored to give away, but had not yet found a destination for.

So me and my friends mentioned above teamed up and started selling at flea markets and car boot sales. We have a lot of fun doing that and I can use the little bit of extra cash. And I’m so glad now I’m already rid of piles of books, clothes, bowls, dishes, picture frames, toys, table cloths, shoes, bags, sunglasses and more. Because two days ago another old friend came over from the USA to resettle in Amsterdam and has to live with me for a while.

Still occasionally I pick up things when they are right in front of my own door. There were some nice bowls and shoes that I can’t show because I sold them already.

Last month I found this old and weather-beaten fold-up table that I just needed for making photographs of my work. I just love that shabbiness and my background cloth hides that anyway.

As I can easily carry it to my window I have maximum profit of daylight coming in. When done I can fold it back up and put it out of the way. And the best thing about that is the surface won’t collect mess, so I’ll always have it ready for use!

So photographing my new little bag zipper hangers they came out pretty good.

But currently the table moved upstairs to the BF’s apartment so my guest has her own little private side table there.

Now I can’t wait until she finds her own apartment. Not to be rid of her but to start furnishing it. I still have a lot ready to get her started. And what fun to start scouring again to get her more. In the meantime I hope to get through all the stuff I haven’t showed here yet.

I'm all inspired again and I promise to be back soon.