Saturday, July 7, 2018

Caturday Art

As you've probably noticed over the past couple of weeks, I've been feeling a bit fanciful and bookish during my doodle sessions. That's why today's doodle is yet another one in that realm of things.


I think doodles like that one up there are my absolute favorite to create. I hope to create more like it very soon, but I now have a new series of doodles starting tomorrow. The reason for this shift in doodles is that I'll be participating in an art fair in a couple of weeks. This art fair will be benefiting the American Legion, an organization for United States war veterans. There's also something else extra fun about this particular art fair. And what's that, you ask? It's theme is Christmas in July!

So, all of that being said, we will be having a number of patriotic doodles coming up, as well as those fitting the theme of Christmas in July. We hope you don't mind seeing some weird and random doodles to match those concepts. There will be lots of red, white, and blue, and of course red and green, and probably some Santa hats strangely worn in some blisteringly hot July weather, and how about some beachy sand versions of snowkitties? This is going to strange, that's what I'm thinking. We hope you all don't mind.

Well, I should probably stop rambling now. We can't forget to remind you all to visit Athena, our host for the Caturday Art blog hop!


Happy Caturday, friends!




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Our Tip of the Day:

Over the past couple of days, we've talked about the option of having cat grass available for your kitty to snack on or play in, or even using artificial grass to give your kitty a mock grassy area for napping or playing. Today, we're yet again expanding on this idea by suggesting that, if possible, you can start a cat garden for your kitty's enjoyment. This can be outdoor or indoor, of course assuming that your kitty does not put itself in any danger by having access to a large quantity of pet-friendly plants.

So, what could you put in a cat garden? First, of course, you could have cat grass and catnip. Also don't forget about valerian, which is a great alternative to catnip. Another option is cat thyme, which is known to make cats feel more content than plants such as catnip. Keep in mind, though, that some people find the odor of cat thyme to be rather unappealing. The traditional thyme herb is also non-toxic to cats, if you're looking to give your kitty even more variety. You can plant these goodies in separate pots throughout your kitty's favorite room, or you can plant them all together in one large pot, to give your kitty his or her own little jungle. An added bonus is that, if you have other plants in the home that are pet-friendly but which you'd like to keep safe from curious paws and teeth, offering a cat garden can help distract your kitty from these other plants.

It is worth mentioning that some sites online will mention adding other plants or herbs to a cat garden for more variety. If you are looking up such information online, always be cautious and careful to double check the safety of any plant you place in a garden for your cat. For example, lemon grass and chamomile are sometimes indicated as safe for pets, but such plants have been known to cause issues such as upset stomach and vomiting. Another example is parsley, which is typically harmless in small amounts, but which can lead to sensitivity to the sun and sunburn if consumed in large quantities. When in doubt, of course consult a veterinarian regarding safe plants, or visit the ASPCA's list of toxic and non-toxic plants.

15 comments:

Cleo said...

Christmas in July, huh? That sounds good right about now. Dad says he wishes he had your doodling talent, and says he always enjoys your wonderful, whimsical artwork. Enjoy your weekend.

Marg said...

Look at that a tree and more growing right in the middle of that book. Well done. Have a magical day.

Kitties Blue said...

Thanks for the good tips. Our catnip bit the dust this year for some reason. Mom loves today's doddle. She says it reminds her of the book, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. We like your doodles no matter what they represent. XOCK, angel Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, angel Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth, Calista Jo, Cooper Murphy and Sawyer

messymimi said...

Your doodles are fun, and they are your art, a creation from a part of you. No rules! You get to create what you love, and i enjoy seeing them, no matter the theme.

meowmeowmans said...

Is that book in your doodle "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn?" Or maybe "Book-lyn?" MOL. Anyway, we are looking forward to seeing your patriotic and Christmas in July creations. We know they will be awesome!

Marie Symeou said...

So lovely!

Purrs xx
Athena and Marie

The Swiss Cats said...

Lovely doodle ! We're looking forward to seeing your next doodles ! Purrs

The Island Cats said...

We love your doodles no matter what they are of.

Melissa, Mudpie and Angel Truffles (Mochas, Mysteries and Meows) said...

Christmas in July?!?!?! Oh, you know we'll love it!

pilch92 15andmeowing said...

That is a great drawing and I look forward to the patriotic and Christmas in July ones. Great tips too.

Marv Marvelous said...

We love ALL your doodles! The fanciful ones have really struck a cord with my Mom! And we can't wait to see the new ones!
Purrs
Marv

Cathy Keisha said...

Your drawing reminds me of those kid's books with the pop-up pages. Very whimsical.

Alasandra, The Cats and Dogs said...

WE love your doodles, no matter what the subject matter. We hope Mommy will buy another cat nip plant. Although we do tend to rip them out of the ground after awhile.

Roby Sweet said...

Your art looks just like a pop-up book. What fun! Webster would love to have his own little garden. I'll have to set one up for him. thanks for the tip :)

Eastside Cats said...

A few years ago, my friends and I were visiting the area of Cleveland, Ohio where they filled part of "A Christmas Story"...and it was 7/25! Weird place to vacation, some would say, but it was a riot because it's a funny movie, and now even more special 'cause I was THERE!