Friday, June 24, 2016

A Momentous Occasion.......

Photo courtesy of Pinterest
A CRAZY COUPLE IS CELEBRATING
A MOST MOMENTOUS OCCASION!!!!!
I can't figure out
which one of them
deserves a medal.....
It's a TIE!!!
HAPPY 10TH ANNIVERSARY
MOM AND DAD!!!!
LOVE, CODY

Mom wanted me to share
 the song that was sung
at their wedding,
that is special in their relationship


Wednesday, June 22, 2016

4 Paws Pottery, "Pottery Inspired by Our Love of Pets" Unique Hand-Crafted Ceramics

4 Paws Pottery makes  
 lead free, and microwave/dishwasher safe ceramic items for pets and pet lovers. They can also personalize their products with the names of your pets!!  You can find their full collection of pet ornaments, and their stamp gallery, at their website: www.4pawspottery.com!
TRUE CONFESSION !! I have a major "thing" for hand-crafted ceramics. Looking back, I think it started as a child. Growing up in an artistic household, my parents had a love of hand-crafted items. From paintings, to drawings, to hand-crafted furniture, warm, cozy items filled our home. Our family had a deep appreciation for the time that is invested in any item that is handmade. In my mind, items that are hand-crafted are unique items that are to be cherished.

As I grew older attending art fairs throughout the year became one of my favorite hobbies. When I lived in Cleveland, a "must-attend" fair was the Boston Mills Art Fair that took place every July 4th weekend. I would grab a friend and head out, often returning with hand-crafted ceramic pie plates, casserole dishes and more, that to me, were much too pretty to use for how they were intended to be used.

As a blogger, when looking for items for Cody and Dakota, I also gravitate to hand-crafted. Truth be told, I am not a fan of cat or dog bowls that are stainless steel, or that have sleek modern lines. I am drawn to WARMTH. I am drawn to ceramics that are  hand-crafted with love, that can be personalized and  that make me feel all warm and fuzzy. Those are just some of the reasons that I LOVE the hand-crafted items made by 4 Paws Pottery.



My Angel Bobo had his own bowl, and Cody did too, until a few months ago when Cody's accidentally broke. I was beside myself. Then I remembered having lusted after the bowls I had seen on a number of blogs that were made by 4 Paws Pottery I jumped online, popped into their Etsy shop, introduced myself and asked if there was any way that I could review their bowls. I am honored that Candice, the owner/creator of 4 Paws Pottery, granted my wish! The bowl that is pictured above and below is Cody's ADORABLE new bowl! (Stop by Dakota's blog on Monday, June 27th to see HIS special bowl!)





You will notice that the bowl is wide enough to not cause any whisker stress. There are a number of colors and styles to choose from. You can have the bowl personalized. It is a nice, sturdy, weight. I keep mine in a safe place because I don't want any accidents to happen!
If you look at the color of the bowl and the pattern, the way the color is set is something that is unique and special (to me). That is how hand-crafted pottery SHOULD look. It's one-of-a-kind and special.

CREATING THESE PIECES IS A  LONG PROCESS!!!

The process begins with freshly pugged stoneware clay that is thrown into shape on a flat disk called a batt. Using water, Candice uses her  hands, and kicking  wheel where she can bend the clay into a bowl, a jar, or even flatten it into a plate or jar lid. Freshly formed pottery is very wet and takes about 2 to 3 days to dry out for trimming. 

When ready for trimming she uses a cheese wire to cut the piece from the batt, and then it goes back on her wheel. She trims all the excess clay away from the piece to make sure everything looks clean and smooth. She waits about an hour after each piece is trimmed to let it dry out a bit and then it heads for painting! 

After painting it dries for a few more days, and when dry it goes to the kiln! The first firing is the bisque which is a 3 day process. Then she does the final glass glaze which takes several hours, followed by loading the kiln for the final firing. This firing also takes 3 days.


Visit 4 Paws Pottery on Facebook!!! 


Hand-crafted items are special, pride in craftsmanship isn't always present in our modern world, with the items at 4 Paws Pottery you can be certain that love, care, time, talent and great thought are put into each and every item!

4 Paws Pottery can be found on Etsy and their main website. There you be able to find:
Bowls, plates, slow feeder bowls, treat jars, and more! You can get items for cats, dogs and small animals!

$10 OFF ANY PURCHASE OF $25 OR MORE
 FROM NOW THROUGH OCTOBER 31ST 2016
 BY VISITING 4 PAWS POTTERY ON ETSY 
AND  USING  COUPON CODE:  CODY2016 


I could not be happier with my bowls and I am certain you will be too! 

In full disclosure: I received no compensation for this review. I received a custom made bowl for Cody and one for Dakota in exchange for my always honest review!
 


Sunday, June 19, 2016

Father's Day, Garfield The Cat Day, International Box Day?...YOU Decide!

HAPPY FATHER'S DAY 
TO THE BEST 
"CAT DADDY" EVER!!!
LOVE FROM CODY!!!!

PS: Happy Garfield The Cat Day too!!!!

PSS:Thank you to Lexy
from Lola The Rescued Cat
and CK (Stunning Keisha)
for posting on their blog
that indeed, the day DOES exist,
but it is a Blogosphere created holiday,
which explains why it isn't listed online
other than last year when the CATalyst Council created it,
and it was assigned the date of JUNE 19TH.
Mom is such a stickler about details/facts...
comes from her newspaper background
of having to verify EVERYTHING!
SHEESH!!!
Love, Cody


Saturday, June 18, 2016

We LOVE Our Vet! #ThankAVeterinarian Veterinarian Appreciation Day™

Hi all it's Cody! Today is a special day!! Today is the day I get to say "Thank You" to my Veterinarian, better known as "Dr.Smiley!"

Yeah, yeah, I know what you are thinking, "How in the world is this guy actually THANKING the Vet for the torture that they put us through?"

A Veterinarian's work is super hard, especially for MY Vet. Above all else, he has to put up with my babbling Mom. I know "Dr.Smiley" is thrilled when my Dad takes Dakota to the Vet and Mom doesn't come, because when I go to the Vet, Mom is there EVERY TIME and NEVER stops talking!

Don't get me wrong my furiends, I don't like being poked and jabbed either, but when I am home and stop to think about it, I know it is all for my own good. Dakota seems to LOVE going to the Vet as evidenced by the photo below (it's an old one, I don't use that carrier anymore, I have a nice new one!).

 I guess what Dakota loves about Dr.Smiley is the fact that he is kind, compassionate and caring, I have to admit, I love that about him too. Even if I don't look like I do!

He always gives my Mom good and honest advice.  There are MANY, MANY times that he has gone above and beyond, returning Mom's frantic calls,  even when he was on vacation.

I don't adore going to the Vet the way Dakota does, but I know it is for my own good, so, I want to take a moment and say THANK YOU "Dr.Smiley" WE LOVE YOU!!!



If you aren't as lucky to have a fabulous Veterinarian as we are, check out the  Four Tips To Find The Perfect Veterinarian . 

Love, Cody


















Thursday, June 16, 2016

Black Cats Tell All:"The First Anthology of Myth-Busting, TRUE Stories by 22 Amazing, Black Cats" #catwisdom101 #blackcatbook


Photo Courtesy of Kickstarter Black Cats Tell All
It is our pleasure today to present to you, an incredibly special Kickstarter Campaign that was created by our friend Layla Morgan Wilde of Cat Wisdom 101.

Courtesy of the Black Cats Tell All Kickstarter Campaign




 From the Black Cats Tell All campaign:

Our goal is to change perceptions about black cats, one story at a time. 

By pledging to this campaign, you will make a difference in the lives of black cats.

What do you think of when you think black cats?

Myths and superstitions about black cats date back to the Dark Ages and being discriminated against for simply being black. Black cats are the least likely to be adopted and Layla is  inviting you to help her change that by supporting Black Cats Tell All :True Tales By 22 Amazing Cats, a deluxe, limited first edition book and non-profit project.

This is the first anthology of positive stories about black cats and narrated by the fearless felines to debunk the superstitions. They feel it’s time to tell the world the truth. These 22 real, black cats share nothing in common except the color of their fur and a yen to pen their stories. 

They reveal how wildly entertaining and fabulous black cats are to live with. Some reveal a secret life from the fanciful and mind-boggling, to every day hilarious and heart-warming antics. Their not so secret goal is to raise black cat awareness and increase their dismal rates of adoption.




An anthology of true black cat stories narrated by real cats

Good stories, inspiring stories, stories to restore wonder and re-brand black cats as adorable adoptables.

 It's time to shed positive light on black cats and change cultural history.
That’s where you come in.

 By pledging to this campaign, you will make a difference in the lives of black cats.

TO LEARN MORE VISIT THE KICKSTARTER CAMPAIGN HERE


Photo Courtesy of the Black Cats Tell All Kickstarter Campaign










 
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