24.8.10

a bed for pony


Even though I quickly discovered that Pony loves sleeping right on the floor, I wanted her to have her own bed. I couldn't find one that I liked that was in my price range, though. Maybe I'm picky, but I never like the materials used for pet beds. Also, as we learned with Oreo, sometimes cats ignore the pretty things you buy for them, because cats are funny. I decided to make my own.


I happened to have some materials in my sewing room that would be suitable: Italian faux fur that I had left over from my stole-making days, water-repellant and highly durable sailboat canvas that I had picked up once on sale (?!), and a large bag of polyfill. I bought this Simplicity pattern for $4, and I chose the simple, flower-like drawstring bed. I worked on it over a couple of nights, for a total of less than four hours. The construction was really simple (I changed it a bit, though, and reversed the top and bottom pieces) and soon enough Pony had a new bed. I felt so useful! If only she would actually sleep in it!



This weekend while out thrifting I managed to find a few more of these milk glass bowls that I love. We have a few that we use as Oreo's food bowls, so I was pretty happy to find four more to bring home. I also cut up some peach-coloured vinyl to use as placemats: one for Pony, and one for Oreo. It's probably pretty obvious that I'm not doing much these days besides hanging out with cats.







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Jane Flanagan: Ha! I guess we have similar hair. Thank you!


becka: I have a couple of capes already, but for some reason I have decided that I must have a cloak! I think they're classic. They can be difficult to wear -- not everyone reads fashion blogs, you know?  It takes a bit of nerve.


Kate: Yeah, for sure! Sometimes they have some really cheesy stuff but I always seem to love what they have in the fall.


Siubhan: Oh! I hope you find it! I'm curious now.

andrea: It wasn't so long ago that we didn't have it at all! It's funny to think about that.

Nedda Ebo: Thanks! You're probably right.

tara-lynn: I console myself by reminding myself of the fact that the second I own something, I usually feel so guilty that I don't even enjoy it.

Jane: Oh, neat. Yeah, I do love anything camel-coloured!


Lexie, Little Boat: That sounds so nice! I'm sure you'll get yourself something lovely.
 
Stephanie: Haha! Aw, that's too bad. I do love wearing a little bit of extra clothing in cooler weather.


danica: Haha, thanks!

Ella: Well, when I'm freezing in the winter I always think of how lucky California is not to be freezing! 60 degrees sounds pretty great.


Mademoiselle Robot: Oh, thanks! I saw it! Lucky you to have the Zara one!

alice: I'm sure yours will be beautiful! I know you're right, that I could make one, but after spending some time last year trying to find the right materials, I got discouraged. I would want to use leather for the trim, but I didn't know where to look for it!

lavelle: I'm glad you like it!

erica-knits: As I told Alice above, I got discouraged last year when I was trying to find materials. Plus sometimes it just gets annoying to spend $60 on materials or whatever when you know that you could find something on sale for less! It's more of a time issue, sometimes. I'm looking forward to peeking in Zara in a few months!

35 comments:

  1. this post makes me all warm & fuzzy inside.

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  2. well, what could be better than hanging out with a fluffy baby?

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  3. i absolutely love this post. i actually attempted a kitty bed recently, which ended up more like an oval pillow. my cat only ever leans against it to nap. but this one! swoon-worthy! & i really enjoy the fabric you chose. plus those milk dishes & that peach vinyl are perfection.

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  4. i love it! I made gingie a little bed/pillow for her favorite chair, and luckily she likes it and sleeps on it. I love the milk glass bowls and the vinyl placemat. I need a placemat and I'll have to keep an eye out to replace her metal bowls. With that kitty, I don't know how you can't just sit and play with her all day. those eyes!

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  5. I love this cat bed anabela! I think Mea would love it. Maybe I should try making it for her. She is lacking a basket at the moment.
    I love the colours you chose for the bed. Very elegant.
    I also love that you feed the cats from milk glass bowls.

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  6. Ooh...are you planning on making stoles again? They are lovely! What sweet, loved kitties! :) Isn't finding the right bed for kitties so tricky? Just like kids who often rather play with the box rather than the toy. :)

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  7. Pony is so adorable! I adopted my Björn when he was 3, so I never got to see him all teeny tiny and fluffy! It's nice that you're documenting Pony's journey, it'll be so nice to look back at years from now!

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  8. these photos are killing me! Pony in the mirror!! I use vinyl placemats for my cats too (although recently I gave up ...) - this inspires me to make a new one.

    And the bed! Maeby will sleep next to her bed on the couch some of the time, and in the bed some of the time ... I don't understand my picky cats! I love this bed, it's so sweet and if you keep putting her in it I bet one day she'll start using it. Sprinkling cat-nip in a new bed has worked for me in the past.

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  9. The photo of Pony plunked into the bed made me laugh. She's all, "what the?" One day she will learn to love luxury.

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  10. you are such a good kitty-mom! and that cat bed is very impressive!

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  11. omg Pony is so lucky to have such a crafty owner! That bed looks sooo comfy!

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  12. ...and I think you should consider selling pony beds ;)

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  13. oh. my. god. this is just too much. TOO MUCH.

    cuteness, that is...I'm dying!

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  14. Oh. My. Goodness. That photo of pony looking in the mirror is making me go all mushy. It's almost too adorable!

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  15. That is an awesome kitty bed. Pony looks right at home in it.

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  16. Oh man, the one with the mirror? Priceless. Really, really, really awesome picture. :)

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  17. So cute, I mentioned to my mom your milk glass bowls and she freaked! She's obsessed with milk glass and wished she'd thought of it. It is the best idea ever, srsly. If ever I want my cat to use something I have to cover it in catnip. They are heartbreaking little babies, those cats! Haha.

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  18. I love that mirror pic, too. You know what I realized? Pony looks just like the Dunce Cat Gocco print you gave me!

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  19. I bought elvis a huge dog bed the other week....so far the cat sleeps on it.

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  20. and aren't cats a great company ???? Wow love the bed you did a great job, wish I could have one of those for myself :) :)

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  21. It's just the sweetest bed for the sweetest kitty. Hope Pony loves it as much as I do!

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  22. cuteness overload. she is so darn sweet and you are so darn creative. i love her personalized placemat and comfy bed!

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  23. these are amazing. you should definitely do custom orders ;) i'd totally buy one!

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  24. i'm not much of a cat person, but looking at all these pictures of adorable cats on your blog, i think i may convert :) hehe

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  25. pony is so sweet!

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  26. I almost bought a bed exactly like that (only the colors weren't as nice as yours) but it was $70! Egch. Harlow loves to curl up in the corners of chairs/beds/whatevers so I thought it'd be perfect for her. You should sell them on Etsy. ;)

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  27. This is a lovely bed, I hope Pony uses it. :) I made my cat a bed once from a pile of fabric that she'd already taken over. Go with what they love, I say!

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  28. omg your cat is adorable! and I can't believe you made teh bed. We never bothered with my cat, he seriously had to sleep under the covers in the bed, and refused to go to bed on his own. I think secretly he wasn't actually a cat :)

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  29. Sigh! Sooo cute.

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  30. Anonymous26.8.10

    How did you learn to sew?

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  31. oh she is a typical girl! <3

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  32. oh my gosh little pony is such a darling!!

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  33. No, you're not picky--pet beds are usually hideous or hideously expensive. It's a conundrum, but one you've solved beautifully!

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  34. maybe she's a bit young for horse, he's nearly two. http://www.flickr.com/photos/greatestfriend/4186044558/

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  35. eep Amazing! I just stumbled across your blog and your photos are so beautiful :)

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