Category: Chit chat

Caturday: Cats and Renos

We’re currently in the second weekend of doing a kitchen renovation. Last week there was a mix of old cabinets and new pieces in my kitchen and the cats were a little confused and stressed out. They dutifully took advantage of the situation though.The braver of our cats wore herself out climbing in and out of every box, shelf, wrapping paper, and nook. Chasing every dropped screw and discovered toy. Slinking into every uncovered vent and duct she could find. Good thing cats have a few extra lives and a lot of luck.

After a cursory inspection, the less brave of our cats went back to the quiet bedroom and hid.

Week 9: Tulip Variations

If you make polymer clay canes and you’ve made rose canes and variants on the multi-petal canes like chrysanthemums or dahlias you’re familiar with the very cool effect that Skinner blend shading can give your canes. Those canes are made with two colours of clay, generally, and all detail is arrived at with careful placement of the shaded blocks, like you do with painting. It’s sort of an art form to make complex, effective designs with the simplest of combinations and materials.

Backing up in time a bit, I’ve made tulip canes a few times and they were clearly tulips. They weren’t great and they relied on “outline” or drawn elements to establish that yes, these were tulips. The shading was there but not used for definition.

I decided to tweak that a bit this week and, starting with the crocus, did a “drawn” or outlined flower to get the shape right. Then I, using roughly the same design, went with tulips using just the shaded blocks to get the definition and it worked! I got tulips out of it.

My mildly clay nerd week for you.

The Cat Likes Treats, Too

We figured out how to make our sober, adult calico look just like a kitten. Pour yourself a glass of milk to go with the freshly baked cookies. Voila! Instant kitten, complete with squeaks.

The other cat doesn’t consider a teaspoon of milk to be a treat. Totally different creatures.