Massively Overcomitted

I don’t know why, but that always seems to be me at this time of year. It doesn’t seem to matter that I had all my Christmas shopping done by Thanksgiving just for the purpose of avoiding the last minute chaos. I didn’t count on being asked to work lots of extra shifts (I did end up working Saturday, after all), which has eaten into my getting stuff done time. Oh well, the best laid plans….
I had planned on making little etched treat jars for my brother’s cats and dog for Christmas. I saw a similar project on Pinterest, and it was just too cute not to do. I had bought all the supplies, but today I realized I’d better get cracking.  I think maybe I procrastinated on them because I was afraid they’d be really difficult to get right.

It turns out, they were so easy.  I think they probably took 5 minutes apiece, start to finish.  I cut my stencil out of sheet vinyl.  I actually found it was easiest to trace the design onto the vinyl, and then apply the vinyl to the jar before cutting out the shape.  It kept the inside and outside of the shape nicely aligned.

These are not the easiest thing to photograph, and the design is really subtle.

The little jar was from Dollar Tree (!) and the larger jar was from Michael’s (with a coupon, of course).

You’ll just have to trust me that in person, these are really cute (and you can see the design).  I will definitely be doing more projects with etching creme in the future – you can’t beat a 5 minute gift!  In fact, I was so happy with the way they turned out, that I went to the dollar store and grabbed another of the small jars to make a gift for Kona’s trainer.  Lots quicker than the homemade dog biscuits I (he) was going to give her!

 

Super Quick Cat Gift

If you’re anything like me, you may get a little carried away with gifts for the pet members of your family (let’s just say that Kona’s gonna need a bigger stocking).  Anyway, this year I decided to whip up a few handmade gifts for my animal neices and nephew.
I made this little toy for Pumpkin and Hobbes, the very energetic kitties who live with my brother and sister-and-law.  It was super easy to make and I think they’ll have fun with it.

 

First, I gathered a bunch of my scrap ribbon that was too short to be used for other projects (I knew I was saving those bits for some reason).  I cut the ends on a diagonal to help prevent fraying.

Next, I stacked them up with the widest ribbon on the bottom and sticking out about 2″ past the others.

I folded it over twice and sewed it in place.  Then I reinforced the tab with an X pattern.

Lastly, I took a lighter and held it just close enough to the end of each ribbon to melt the edge a bit, keeping it from fraying.

That’s it!  A cute little cat toy in two minutes!

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