Cats Cotton Balls And Ideas

Cats are wise, lovable, mysterious, quiet, adorable, soft and the list goes on but these aren’t the only characteristics that they have. When I was writing my fist novel, I had twin cats named Optimus and Rodimus Prime. They both were faithful and loyal to the nightly gatherings at the computer where they tried to sneak and type when I wasn’t looking. It was quite frustrating then, but when I look back I can’t help but laugh at their sneaky, clever little ways that I can’t help but admire. I remember one occasion, I had a phone call, and when I finished I turned back to my computer to find two paws on my keyboard, one on each side while the two cats laid innocently behind my laptop. I looked at my screen to find an entire paragraph of letters and numbers and two very not-so-innocent green eyed Japanese Li’s staring back at me from either side. They recognized the tongue in cheek expression and both scattered quickly. It’s worth mentioning, my novel is dedicated to them. Below are the Twins.

Rodimus Prime on the left, Optimus Prime on right

Two days ago while removing nail polish from my finger nails with cotton balls I had an idea to make a snowy Christmas tree. I gathered all the supplies I would need and placed them neatly on my desk. I always place everything neatly when I began, but my cats rearrange everything when they make their entrance. This day was no exception! I no longer have Optimus and Rodimus, but I do have 10 rescue cats that we take care of and four of them are inside cats. In saying that, you must be asking yourself how do I get anything done? The answer is simple. I don’t! It doesn’t matter what I am doing, writing, doing arts or sitting quietly sipping on hot tea, one of the four from their elite circle comes for a visit, sometimes two at a time, they clear a space on my desk and make that space their own . Allow me to introduce you to them, Hemingway, Shakespeare, Lily and Grayboy.

our oldest cat, Hemingway
A brother and sister, Gray and Lily

And they all occupy the right side of my desk when they please.

I will do another blog about the cats later, but now I want to share a little bit of my creation. I explained above my idea of making a snowy tree from cotton balls, so after the cats each had their moment of glory, I was finally able to tackle my project. I won’t go into much detail of how and what, I just had a moment that lasted all day or two where I created four small Christmas trees to decorate the studio with. God only knows, it needs all kinds of love up here.

I started with the snowy cotton ball tree.

It may look like like a mound of marshmallows that’s delicious enough to eat, but the cotton balls really outweighed my expectations. I also used a candle holder, red sequins, silver glittered berries and silver flower petals all from my tree branch projects from previous blogs. But I did not stop here.

The above tree is made from pearls, lace flowers, some jute and jingles, bling trim all on printed Christmas music paper shaped into a cone. This made a really cute cone tree and gave me many different ideas to make more, in fact, I made two more cone trees that are made over candle holders like the cotton ball tree. One, very simplistic, yet elegant tree made from white paper doilies, pearls and topped with a small, gold glittered ball ornament and the other was also made from cotton balls, sequins and the printed Christmas music paper and a quilled, blue snowflake. It looks more like an upside down ice cream cone and I’m fine with that. Although I am not into whimsical that much, sometimes you just wind up with something totally different than what you had planned especially when you’re working as fast as you can to try and finish, you know, working against the clock!

After working on my Christmas delights and trying to entertain the cats that were determined to take over my projects, or perhaps my attention, I stepped back to snap a photo.

This blog is ode to the kitties that never cease to amaze me, make me smile and bring so much joy into my life…

Inspiration Of A Tree

For several weeks I have watched and observed the transformation of the trees I see every day. They have gone from summer greens to autumn’s vibrant hues and now, those leaves are dropping and scattering on the ground changing the landscape even more. I have a certain fascination for trees! No, I am not into witchery nor do I worship trees, but I hold in high regard the respect and admiration for our Father God who created them and appointed unto them such a large responsibility to our planet and environment. These amazingly efficient plants (the biggest plants on earth) provide oxygen, they clean the air, stabilize the soil and the Wildlife Federation make claims that the trees are the lungs of the earth as they absorb pollutants and also filter contaminants in the air. Let’s not forget the canopy they provide for the birds and shade we love to crouch under.

As I have studied and admired the trees, I became inspired to bring my studio to life with branch art. As those creative ideas began to flood my brain, I wasted no time implementing a plan.

We had a storm a few months ago that took down a couple of trees in the back yard along the tree-line. I will not cut branches from a perfectly good upright tree but I did find what I needed from those trees that had fallen over and from those same trees, I will be making more branch arts. Those dead trees aren’t useless after all.

I made a trip to Home Depot to purchase silver, metallic, spray paint and that was all I invested in my art. I already had fairy lights and the vase which I will be using for one of the projects.

I found some very nice branches with pine cones still attached and decided to use those. I fell in love with the silver, metallic paint, but I did not want to give the branches a foil look so I used a little allowing some of the natural wood to shine through just to give it a wintry effect. I added some floral pics I had painted and went heavy on the glitter to give character to my creation and threw in some gold, glittered ball ornaments. I had recently purchased a hurricane glass from the Dollar Tree, and I decorated the bottom part of the glass with diamond wrap and large crystal gems. This really gave “sass” to my project.

I also made a huge wall piece behind my desk on the brick wall. To this one, I also added fairy lights and a few hanging hearts that were spray painted as well. I haven’t made my mind up yet how to position the branch on the wall, but here is a photo all lit up.

I didn’t stop there, I also made a large branch piece to hang over my bed. I absolutely love the fairy lights at night as it gives a warm feel to the room, but my cats love it too and have broken a few pieces from the branch, so I will be making another to replace it.

I also decided to make a BOHO style hanging for another wall where I used one of the broken branches from the piece over my bed. I only used one piece of wood , some jute rope, yarn, pearls, beads, ball ornaments and a large metal heart I decorated with bling and a cross. I liked how it turned out, to me, it has a primitive feel to it.

But I wasn’t quite finished with my tree inspiration. I felt compelled to design and quill my own Fall tree. I had a beautiful copper plated frame in my supplies stashed away, and I used it to frame my art. I wanted my quilled tree to have a wind blown effect with a few fallen leaves below it. I could not help but hum to the tune of an old 1945 song called, Autumn Leaves as I worked on my piece. It took me a couple of days to complete it, but that old tune stayed right with me.

The photo above is the tree that has been my inspiration, and continues to inspire me. I suppose nature has a way of removing distractions and fills my heart with awe even if there is an old building behind it. I learn a lot from nature as it teaches that nothing is permanent and seasons come and go. Even in these difficult times we face each day, the beauty of the trees will still be there even when winter leaves then bare, and when spring makes her round, nature will spring forth with new life thus reminding us that life goes on….