Monthly Finds: August

August has been a great month, filled with so many lovely things I found and bought, all thanks to Etsy :D

Laptop Cover

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Starting off with the fact that I’m going to be attending university for the next four years of my life soon, I got myself this spiffy laptop cover that I loved because of it’s simple & unique pattern :) I’m also loving the button closure, as it gives it this “envelope” look. And it has an extra pocket in the front to hold any extra things you may be carrying like an agenda/journal, pencils or even an iPad in my case :P I got it from Bertie’s Closet and she has a big range of other cute designs like this one! Pay her shop a visit!

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Hoodie Phone Case

Splashing Koi is another Etsy seller than sells a multitude of those mini hoodies for when your phone gets a little chilly :P Don’t neglect it.
That tiny zipper is just so cute! Perfect gift for those who absolutely love hoodies :) Picture is from the store page!

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Pressed-Flower Necklace

Now this is one heck of a unique store! myFlowerVillage sells jewellery that contains real pressed flowers of all kinds. Way better than the average flower bouquet, because this one is guaranteed not to spoil and wither ;) I got this forget-me-not necklace for a friend dear to my heart <3 This picture was taken from the store page.

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This one awesome Needle Felting Kit

Now I know I haven’t been very “crafty” lately, but surely this new product that just arrived today will get me back on track very soon :3 My all new Needle Felting Kit that I ordered from SweetGorgeousThings! I’ve seen dozens of needle felted goods around the internet and fell in love with how intricate and realistic some of them look. I couldn’t afford not starting my own line of felted goodies, and I can’t have a better start than with this complete set that includes all these pretty wool colours, a set of needles and a foam pad! Expect tutorials soon~

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I used my weird boxed drawer that I thought would never come in handy to house all my balls of wool :) Yay!

If you don’t know what needle felting is, read this and look at the pictures below to get your creative juices flowing~ I took these pictures mostly from DeviantArtists’ accounts who are brilliant and deserve lots of good feedback on their work! Click on each picture to visit each artist’s page!


Needle felted himalayan cat by ~amber-rose-creations on deviantART


Felted Finn by ~FamiliarOddlings on deviantART


Needle Felted Chipmunk by ~HStiLeS on deviantART


Needle Felted Raccoons by ~HStiLeS on deviantART

As I mentioned in my previous post, I’ve also bought the LocoMotion cat toy for Tiny but there’s no need to repeat that :P

Thanks for reading and check back next month for another Monthly Find!

– Reem AlHashmi

DIY: DJ Cat Scratching Deck

Hello friends!

I’m back with an all new DIY tutorial :D So excited about this one because it turned out so great! To all the crafty cat owners out there, I’m going to be showing you how to make your own DJ Cat Scratching Deck from scratch! :) I’ve seen this one various times over the internet and wanted to get my hands on one for Tiny for so long but it was too expensive for a cardboard scratching post :( So I made my own, and now you can too! Let’s get started!

Materials you’ll need:

The good thing about this thing is that it is entirely made out of recycled materials that you can find around the house. If you can’t, you can easily substitute them with anything that’s available. Here’s what I used.

  1. One square cardboard box or box’s cover/lid (This is going to be the deck)
  2. Cardboard cut-outs (one large or multiple pieces of cardboard you can trim into pieces)
  3. Glue gun + lots of the glue sticks
  4. Cutting knife
  5. Bottle caps
  6. Pencil
  7. Pen cap
  8. Paint

So here’s how to do it:

  1. Draw a circle to approximate where the “CD” would go, and then a smaller circle marking where the needle would sit. You can use anything circular lying around to help you. I used my trash can.

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  2. Start cutting out your cardboard. Measure how much you want the CD to stand up and how long you want your cut-outs to be. The shorter (length) the better, since you’ll use them to shape a circle. Otherwise you’ll end up with a pentagon. Your measurements won’t necessarily be like mine since we’re not using the same boxes for the decks, but my CD stands at about 3.5 cm high and the lengths of them varied as I moved on. I’ll explain more in the next step. IMG_2031Make sure that the wiggly side of the cardboard (The one that looks like waves) is the one facing up like so, because that will be the scratching material for your cat :)IMG_2024
  3. Glue on your cut-outs. The more you glue and the deeper you fill in the circle, you’ll need to trim the lengths of them to avoid any gaps, or you can bend them a little, but avoid bending too much or you’ll ruin the “waves”.IMG_2033IMG_2038IMG_2040IMG_2044
  4. Time to assemble the needle. I’m not a DJ, so I don’t know what it’s called :P I stacked up some bottle caps, glued them together, then glued the tip of a pencil into the pen cap and stuck it on the bottle caps and the CD.IMG_2048
  5. Now the fun part begins: Painting! You’re practically done at this point. Just paint the CD corners black and play around with the rest. I wanted mine to look semi-realistic, so I kept the deck’s colors grey, but it’s all up to you.IMG_2063 IMG_2064 IMG_2065 IMG_2066
  6. Decorate it! You can use stickers, print-outs or even paint stuff on to make it look nice!
  7. And Tada! You have yourself a DJ Cat Scratching Deck :DIMG_2067
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Doesn’t it look just lovely? If you guys get to make your own, send me some of your creations, I’d love to see ‘em!
That’s all for today, stay tuned for more updates!

Until next time,

– Reem AlHashmi

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