Ripley has got to be the best cat that my family has ever had. We got him in 1992 from Winnebago County Animal Control, and he was estimated to already be a couple of years old. We had discovered that we had a field mouse problem in our new house, and we needed a mouser. In the spring and summer he’d go out in the morning and come home at night. We did that for a few years until Ripley became too good of a “provider” for our family. Every day we’d open the door and there’d be a dead and decapitated animal on our door step. He was just trying to take care of us by providing meals for us. This became too much for my mom when my dad was traveling a lot, so he then became an indoor cat. He seemed to be okay with being indoors all day so long as he had a comfy spot to look outside.
I think it was in November of 2006 that he had to be put down. He was very sick and couldn’t keep his food down anymore. He had spent 14 great years with my family, and probably lived about 16 years total. It was a sad, sad day when he wasn’t in our lives anymore.
I made this Remembrance Shrine to Ripley for my son Logan, who had a special bond with Rippers, as he was sometimes known. I kept it somewhat simple, considering he IS a 20 year old boy, but I couldn’t stay completely away from the glitter.
Materials used: cigar box, wooden balls for feet, paint, Melody Ross paper, glittered black card stock, blue rick rack, Crafty Chica glue and blue glitter, black chunky glitter, Jim Holtz idea-ology token, and Me & My Big Ideas embellishments.
Today was craftily productive for me. I can tell not only by my finished projects, but also because I’m covered in glitter from head to toe, and my hands have bits of glue all over them.
The first project was inspired by mine and Todd’s initials. We jokingly call ourselves “T-n-A.” I bought the styrofoam letters at Michael’s months ago (they were $1 each). Two weeks ago we went to IKEA and found small shadow boxes for only $2.99 each. I covered all three letters in blue paint, then slathered them in glue. I added Crafty Chica Bollywood Blue glitter to Todd’s “T”, tiny stars to the “N”, and Crafty Chica Glamour Queen Green glitter to my “A.” I then added some stars to the T and the A, too. Todd found some cool black glittered paper at Michael’s, which I cut to fit the shadow box. I mounted each letter off of the glitter paper by hot gluing tiny spools to the backs of the letters and placing them in the middle of each square of paper.
My next project today was a Remembrance Shrine to Annabelle. You may remember that we had to put our family pet, Annabelle, down on January 18, 2010. She was 15 1/2 years old, and had given my family all those years of love and loyalty. I wanted to create a visual reminder of how special she was and still is in our hearts. I created this shrine as a surprise for my parents and Logan for when they get back from their cruise this Friday.
The last thing I created today was a Good Luck Shrine. I’m not sure what I’m going to do with it…if I’ll keep it for myself or give it to someone. We can all use a little good luck!
Well, as per usual, neither Todd nor I could wait to give each other the Valentine’s Day presents we crafted for each other. I know I speak for Todd when I say that it was exciting to get a present that wasn’t something that was mass produced, and it wasn’t something that anyone else would receive.
I made Todd a Love Shrine made with my favorite picture of the both of us together. You may see it and think, “What the heck?!”, but this picture totally encapsulates Todd and I. We were out one night and, really, poking a little fun at someone we know. Neither of us knew that the other was going to make a goofy face when the camera was snapped, and that’s a part of the reason that it’s so perfect – it’s totally us.
Todd thinks he may have gotten the idea for his project from a photo he saw on Flickr, although he’s not positive, and in that picture he saw, the stitcher had used actual profiles. He perused every photo we have in iPhoto, but could not find one profile picture of me! He thought about asking me to let him take a profile picture of me, but thought that would give away the general idea of his gift. Instead, he found these absolutely adorable profiles on a royalty free site.