By Vita Forest
Visitors often note how tidy my apartment is. Part of it is aesthetic. But part of it is necessity – I have two curious cats. Take today, for example. Today I tried to craft with cats. I am attempting to make a little army of elves and fairies for my class. It is proving difficult.
HOW TO CRAFT WITH CATS
WHAT YOU NEED
Your usual equipment but also –
a food tent
takeaway food containers
- If you are painting, get a small-necked jar so the cats cannot fit their heads into it to drink the dirty water.
- Only put a tiny amount of paint on the palette and wash up any surplus immediately – paint may be tasty.
- Do not leave small pieces of felt on the table. (While washing the palette – see Step 2, Zadie pounced on a tiny mauve fairy cloak and chewed it into a mangled mess. Put all cut-out pieces straight into a takeaway food container and secure the lid.
- Leave all unpainted tiny wooden dolls in their thick envelope shoved inside a bowl and with the opening folded over. This prevents any possible fairy-napping. (Zadie is a well-known fairy-napper. Folk made last year had to be resettled in new accommodation once they returned from their adventure with the cats. Now they live on top of the dry goods on a high shelf in the kitchen).
- Once painted, place wooden dolls to dry under a food tent to avoid inquisitive paws. Note – curious cats may still attempt to push through the mesh and bite along the wire frame.
- Attempt to cut patterns out of large piece of felt on the table. Tussle with a cat while forming scallops with your scissors as she bats the edge of the material.
- Fight off cat claws as she tries another tactic and leaps up from below.
- Attempt to cut the felt by placing the material inside a plastic bag.
- Attempt to distract the cats by rolling a Christmas bell across the floor.
- Give up and write a blog post instead.