Sunday, May 18, 2014

Thrifty Sunday Cats

My thrift hunting has uncovered a few awesome cat related things of late :)


First up this Siamese cat scarf. I saw this amazing bedspread made up on thrift store scarfs once that I'd love to try one day making :)

 Not completely sure I could part with this cat scarf for that project though!


Another cute cat to add to my cat ornament collection 
(my cat collection is still way too small for my liking but I am super picky!)

I also got this awesome mini Ghibli planter from a church fete, down the street.
Unfortunately the black cat, Jiji was missing his right side whiskers but for 50cents I'm not complaining too much. 

Any thoughts on how I can diy him so new whiskers? I was thinking of finding some super thin black wire and super-gluing them on. The original whiskers were a black rubber material but I thought the wire, if I could track it down, might be easier?!?

I'm still find it funny I found him at a church fete, I made up a little story about how one of the church goers had a Japanese exchange student stay with them and they gave them this gift (it's small - can fit in luggage) and the church people just had no idea about it :p the character is from a Studio Ghibli movie called Kikki's Delivery Service which is a really sweet animated film if you ever get the chance to watch it :)


Thrifted Finds - jiji planter

It had instructions on the back (in Japanese) so I just did a quick google search to help me out. It came with this little round disk and seeds (lemon balm) that you place inside the the teacup and then water until the round disk soaks up and expands. So far there hasn't been much action on the growing front but I'm still hopeful :) If those seeds don't work out I'm going to plant a cute little flower inside!


This Marie from The Aristocats needlework was another happy find. Sometimes Op Shops mark these at really high prices but this one was a nice $2 :)


 And lucky last the random teddy bear/cat vest :p

In all it's handmade glory - the ribbons were actually super long which makes me think it wasn't designed for a teddy bear. I ended up cutting them to fit gremlin and adding some sticky Velcro for the closures :) I also liked that they used a nice soft felt for the underside! (with a cat in mind??)


I guess we'll never know!

22 comments:

  1. Fantastic finds for you as of late! I'm swooning over that amazingly kitschy portrait of Marie, who was always my favorite as a kid. :) I even have a plush version of her!

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    1. Who can not love Marie! I kind of freaked when I saw it but it didn't have a price so I was really hoping it wasn't going to be expensive :)

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  2. oooh wonderful finds! I adore kikki's delivery service, it's one of my favourite studio ghibli films. And that aristocrats needlework is so great, the red is so vibrant and pretty! thanks for sharing, I love seeing your op shop purchases :-) I went on an op shopping trip this weekend and found a few things to send you in return for your awesome parcel! might take me a while to post them out though haha

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    1. Oh Emily you are way too kind! *gasp* I think kikki is one of my favourites too, it has a nice simple storyline and all the characters are really cute and the bakery and being a witch and jiji and the cute settings! he he

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  3. Love that scarf. Great finds.

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  4. Your cat scarf is awesome, and how interesting that people make bedspreads from scarfs. I bet they are really pretty.

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    1. the bedspread was super amazing, so I've always got an eye out for square scarfs for the project :)

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  5. Great finds!!! Love everything; the Marie needlework is an amazing find and for that crazy price! I think the wire would work good, because fimo or anything similar may be too hard to work with :S never tried a similar project, sorry!

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    1. yeah it's quite a specific project isn't it! he he he. I did think for a second "Marie would look so cute in a girls bedroom" lol I don't know if that's me being clucky or loving the artwork because I still like little girls things :P

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  6. that siamese scarf is heaven <3

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    1. I got happy eyes when I spotted it :)

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    1. normally I don't buy things that are over a few dollars from an op shop, I think this may have been 5 or 6 but I just couldn't resist it and now I'm glad I didn't!

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  8. Awesome finds!!! I love that scarf so much. I really quite jealous as I haven't been thrifting since Alex came along!

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    1. Ah Trishi Alexandra is the best excuse though! Hopefully when he is a little older you can convince him thrift store hunting is the best thing to do ever :)

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  9. such a great find. kiki's delivery service is one of my favorites! :) i have no idea how to diy whiskers but curious what you come up with!

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    1. I think I'll keep my eyes open for thin black wire, hoping I can get it that thin! kiki's delivery service is such a sweet movie :)

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  10. aah!! I love cats and that scarf is really to die for!

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