Caturday Art: Can I Help You?

CArt 1-17-15We are once again late but still participating in the Caturday Art Blog Hop hosted by Athena and Marie.

Mom created this effect in Photoshop Elements by first making several duplicate layers of the original photo. One layer, with reduced opacity, has a mystery filter applied (mom can’t remember) and the layer behind it has the lighting effects filter applied to create the lighter spotlight area around me. The frame was made from another layer of the original photo with the middle cut out and then the layer was beveled. The mat is just a white layer with the middle cut out.

By the way, mom has come up with the brilliant idea of naming the layers with the filter that she used. Duh! Humans are so slow some times! She may have even … Continue reading

Sunday Selfies: Here’s Looking at You!

I actually took this week’s selfie last weekend but mom got so busy we missed both Caturday Art AND Sunday Selfies. I’m really trying to get her more organized but she always has so much to do. Since she is supposed to be semi-retired now and really taking care of herself, I hope she gets to slow down soon. This past week at least she has taken the time to ride Dancer several times. I know this really helps her relax. She always shows me the pictures and it sure is green out there!

Dancer and Sequoia

Anyway, here’s my selfie. Hope you like it.

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Caturday Art: Are You Scared?

What can I say about this one? Was I on the attack? In a nip frenzy? Or was I just stretching? Only mom and I know for sure.

Mom loved the photo but my eyes were out of focus which made it a purrfect candidate for Caturday Art.

Wild Christy copyIn Photoshop, mom applied the twirl filter to everything but my face then applied the watercolor filter. A simple blue frame finishes it off.

Have a great Caturday!

Just twirling,

Christy Paws

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Exercise in Frustration

I think mom is really frustrated with us right now, especially me. It all started like this.

A while back, when it was really cold and windy, our power went out. Without power we had no heat. Temperatures were in the 40s during the day and the 20s at night. Mom’s friend, Kelly, called the electric company and they said to expect an extended outage. Well, not knowing what that meant, mom ran right down to town to get a kerosene heater. Of course, while she was gone, the power came back on so she just left everything in the car, where it stayed until yesterday when she decided to unload the car.

The heater came in a very large, heavy duty box which mom thought we would love. She got the camera ready to do aExercise in Frustration - Christy in a box Continue reading

Waste Not, Want Not

C&O with chicken treatsWhen mom first started making us raw food*, she left all the skin on the chicken. After a few months of eating this delicious concoction, we all started getting a little fluffy, as mom called it. A review of the website that the recipe came from said to remove some of the skin from the chicken if that happened.

Back then, mom was making 30+ pounds of food at a time. So by the time she removed about a third of the skin, that was a lot of skin. She hated to see it go to waste but didn’t know what she could do with it. She thought about the dogs she had as pet sitting clients and wondered if she could … Continue reading

Catnip Dreams

toys in nipWe love our nip and I know we’re not alone there. We love to smell it, roll in it and eat it.

Mom stores some of our mousies and other small toys in the catnip jar. When she takes them out to give them to us, oh boy, do they smell good! They soak up all those odors and are just wonderful.

After we play with our own for a while, we have to check out each other’s toys. If someone is silly enough to toss their toy into my area, I may just claim it too.

I’m looking forward to the spring when my gardener (that would be mom, of course) plants and tends my catnip and silvervine farm. I will oversee the cultivation of my plantation from the comfort of … Continue reading