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Weirdest place to sleep

Are you one of those people who can sleep anywhere? Where’s the weirdest place you’ve fallen asleep? Do you enjoy a good daytime nap? I have many pals who can nap sitting up, can grab some zzzs on a bus and who have even fallen asleep into their lunch (during our late-night student days). I’ve never really been one of those people. I’d like to nap while I’m on public transport and enjoy the benefits of not having to drive, but I worry that I will miss my stop and end up in Scotland! Even a sleep-deprived me would soldier on and not nap – I was more likely to cry from being over-tired than put my head down for forty winks during the day. But recently things have started to change…

cats can sleep anywhere - wheres the weirdest place you can sleep

Whether it’s due to getting a little older or having a more active lifestyle something is tiring me out. I don’t know what it is but one thing’s for sure; I’ve started to nod off in cars. I get a happy sleepy feeling when it’s warm and cosy – when someone else is driving, of course! I never really fall asleep though, because I like to keep a look out for traffic or hazards even when I’m not the driver. Even so, I’ve started to realise how my cats feel when they simply can’t stay awake any longer, their eyelids get heavy and their breathing slows down. It can be quite funny watching my cats fighting the urge to fall asleep and it’s the same with babies too. How nice it must be to just be able to sleep anytime, anywhere!

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I’ve just heard about a competition by Carpetright to win a £700 bed or a luxury glamping holiday with the family which you can enter by sharing photos of your friends or family sleeping in the strangest of places. Just tweet @Carpetright, tag Carpetright in a Facebook status or use @Carpetrightuk in your Instagram captions along with the hashtag #WeirdestPlaceToSleep. I’m pretty sure that no one will be posting photos of a sleepy me; unless my husband snaps a photo during the night – but I’m not sure that ‘in bed’ is a particularly strange place to snooze! Even so, I’m going to be making hot chocolate for all my friends and offering family a blanket to snuggle under when then come to visit in the hope of taking a sneaky photo to enter the competition – of course I would share the prize with them if I were to win, it’s only fair!

cats can sleep anywhere - wheres the weirdest place youve slept

Let me know if you can sleep in an unusual place and I look forward to seeing your photos for the competition! The competition closes on 3rd September 2014 so get your entries in now!


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Let sleeping dogs lie… and cats too!

Last week I introduced you to my cats, Cookie and Muffin in a blog post all about how they came to join our family. Well, this week I want to share more photos of the fluffy little critters because they’ve been very cheeky and have been hogging the bed all week long.

cats on bed

I’ve only really noticed how much the cats like to snuggle up on our bed during this week because it’s the summer holidays and we’ve been waking up a little later and are at home more. So I now realise just how keen Cookie and Muffin are for us to leave the house and go to work in the morning because they immediately take over the whole bed.

Firstly, they are becoming more and more persistent about waking us up in the morning. They have become accustomed to us waking at 6am and feeding them breakfast before 6:30, so that extra hour of sleep that we’ve been enjoying during the holidays has been bugging them. They’ve been coming into the bedroom, nudging us, purring loudly and even clawing at the duvet to pull the sheets off us so that we wake up. It’s likely that they are simply getting hungry but, in my mind, I think it’s because they want us out of the bed so that they can hop up and take over the comfortable duvet.

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cats stealing the bed

This week I’ve also found out about a competition that Carpetright are running to win an upgrade to a king-size bed for pet owners whose cats, dogs (or even rabbits!) have taken over their beds – and it’s the perfect opportunity for Cookie and Muffin to earn their keep! I’m going to enter the photo below into the competition by tweeting the pic and including the hashtag #PetStoleMyBed and keep my fingers crossed that they win the giveaway so that there will be room in the bed for all of us this summer!

cookie and muffin sleeping

Check out the competition details if you too have pet that has been hogging the bed! Here’s the link www.carpetright.co.uk/pet-stole-my-bed and the closing date is the 13th August so get tweeting your photos now!!


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Making large wall-art using A2 poster

I recently bought some frames at a bargain price from The Range and wanted to make my own unique artwork for my bedroom. The frames were very large carved wooden frames in a lovely dark wood that I thought would go perfectly with my bed frame. I loved the frames, but they weren’t being sold in the empty-frames section -  they were discounted in the ‘wall art’ section. The frames were the surround for an art print of a paris scene, but that wasn’t why I was buying them – it was simply for the frames. It’s a great idea to look in the wall art department when you’re looking for frames, because you can often get frames at a cheaper price, as long as you don’t mind taking out the existing artwork. I got a slightly odd look at the checkout as I bought two of the same artwork, but of course, I was already brewing up ideas for new artwork for my wooden frames!

I encountered a couple of hurdles when using my new frames. First of all, the artwork had been glued in to the mount surround, so rather than just slipping out the print and adding my own images as I had anticipated doing, I had to actually cut the image out of the mount so that I could use it as a surround for my new photos. The second hurdle was that the aperture of the mount was just that bit-too-big to house the image that I had planned to print out using my home printer – A4 and A3 were both slightly too small and would leave a gap around the image.  After a quick look online, I found out that I could get A2 poster prints of my images, and this would be plenty big enough for me to trim off the edges and would fit the frame perfectly.

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So I chose a couple of images of my pet cats. I know it’s a little cheesy, but these are the very first photos that I saw of my cats when I was browsing the Animal Care website years ago to find a cat to adopt. These two cats had to be rehomed as a pair, and when I first saw the photo of my little black cat I was smitten – and when I saw her tortoiseshell sister I was sold. I have loved these cats for the past five years since they came to live with me back in August 2008, so these photos are very special to me, because they are the first glimpse I ever had of my furry friends. So I sent these lovely photos to be printed (I also found out that I can get business cards printing with printed.com but that’s another story!) and they soon arrived and I set to work putting them in the frames. Obviously, I was going to lose part of the print because the frames are square and the posters were A2 but I centred the cats in the frames and snipped off the excess at the edges.

I love my new massive artwork, and I hope you’ll agree that they look pretty good in the dark-wood frames. I probably wouldn’t have been able to afford this size of frame normally, so it was well worth me hunting in the artwork section of The Range to find large frames at a good price – let me know if you find any bargains this way too! 

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A special prize from Joanie’s Gifts for July’s Inspiration Challenge

If you’re a long-term follower of my blog, you’ll know how much I love lucky cats and oriental design, so it’ll come as no surprise that I’ve chosen my collection of lucky animals as the starting point for July’s Inspiration Challenge. And I’m delighted to say that the lovely Joanie from Joanie’s Gifts shop has offered a prize for this month’s challenge!

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Joanie owns a fabulous online gift shop which retails very reasonably priced handmade treats, fashion accessories and interior design items. Whether you’re looking for a wedding present, birthday gift or something unique for yourself, you’ll be sure to find something amazing in her shop – I’ve personally never failed to find what I’m looking for on her site – from greetings cards to jewellery!

And most appropriately Joanie specialises in oriental gifts and, in fact,  my tiny little lucky cat above came from Joanie’s Gifts! She has very kindly offered to give a prize of a small lucky cat and a lucky cat purse to one lucky contributor to this month’s Inspiration Challenge! All contributions will be put into a draw and the winner will be chosen at random on the 1st August 2013. So check out what we made last month, and have a think about what YOU could make this month!

Anyone can join in – just tweet me with your progress and send me your projects by email to cassie@cassiefairy.co.uk or on Twitter to @CassiefairyTutu by the end of July 2013. It doesn’t have to be a perfectly crafted item - it’s just for fun, a chance to try something new and a good excuse to get creative over the summer holidays - plus you might win Joanie’s lovely prize!

It would be great to hear your suggestions for August’s Inspiration Challenge theme so please email with your ideas or photos for next month. Happy making!

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My Maneki Neko obession – The ultimate must-have fabric…

Can you believe your eyes..? That’s right… Maneki Neko print fabric! Have all my Christmases come at once?! I can tell you right now that I NEED this lucky cat fabric. The only thing stopping me is that it is a fairly small piece (you can tell by the tape-measure at the sides), and is fairly highly priced… and would it really go with my retro-inspired living room design?  I’m going to umm and ahh over it for a while and figure out what I could use it for – any ideas, anyone? leave me a comment below :)