Friday, June 27, 2014

An Anniversary Gift


Check out my little dragon Merida! She was recently part of a trade I made on Etsy. I love trading with other artists! Merida is needle felted, with felt wings and a Merino wool braid for hair. She is too cute!


Made by Certified Gemologist, Sandy Martinez

It was my parent's anniversary recently, so I was happy when I was able to trade for this classy birthstone necklace from GriffinsNestJewelry on Etsy - as a gift for my mom. This is a great gift - the seller was very helpful and it arrived quickly. I could tell from first glance that it was a high quality item! The stones are gorgeous and sparkly. They are set well, not loose or crooked. Absolutely perfect. And my mom loved it too! This is something she can where all the time - great for everyday wear and special occasions. It is very classy and not so gaudy that she is unable to wear it to her job. I give this piece of jewelry two thumbs up!

Even the little box it came in was perfect!
Check out our shops on Etsy:
My shop HERE
Her shop HERE

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Time For a Party - A Mario Party!!!


Look - baby Yoshi is hatching!! Now he is going to be late to the party for sure!

Yoshi is a needle felted miniature - 15% proceeds from his sale will be donated to the animal rescue of the month. Don't you want to adopt him? He promises to help you win Mario Kart - well he promises to try anyway! 

Who is your favorite Mario character?? Mine is a tie between Yoshi and Boo!

Don't forget to take the poll on the right side of the page - where you choose either Mario or Luigi to go on an adventure with!


Find Yoshi in my Etsy shop HERE

Woodland Creatures


Looking through my stock today, I realized I needed to have a "woodland creatures" photo shoot with these three little guys! And so I did.


All three are needle felted miniatures, finished with glass eyes and plastic noses. I made the little fox for a trade, so he is already spoken for. BUT the little rabbit and brown bear are still up for grabs! All proceeds from both of them go to animal rescues. What do you think of them?


View the bear on Etsy HERE
View the rabbit on Etsy HERE


Colors of Nature Review

Disclaimer: I received these items in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to post a positive review. These are my honest opinions. Your experiences may differ



Colors of Nature was kind enough to send me a sample of their paints to review on my page. I was delighted when it arrived - I know many of my followers are creative like me, so you can understand my excitement about new craft supplies! Colors of Nature makes professional quality, earth-friendly artists' paint. Their paint is certified vegan, petroleum free, cruelty free, AND made only from natural ingredients, like plants and minerals.




I love to paint! I may not be the best painter, but that does not hold me back! Due to the fact that their paints are only made from plants and minerals, the result is a more natural painting - one that reflects the true colors of nature. I thought this was great! There are several different browns - which are perfect for what I enjoy painting best - pet portraits. From the first brush stroke, I could tell that these are high quality paints! I found that these paints blend well and easily produce a beautiful image. They are also long lasting - a little truly does go a long way!

Overall, I give these cruelty free, earth friendly paints two thumbs up! A perfect score!!  


Get your own Baker's Dozen Watercolor Paint Kit HERE

Visit their website HERE

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Blue Green Organics Review

Disclaimer: I received these items in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to post a positive review. These are my honest opinions. Your experiences may differ




I recently received to review some samples from Blue Green Organics. I was sent one bottle of Organic Light Blue Agave Nectar and one bottle of Organic Raw Blue Agave Nectar. Agave nectar is a wonderful thing - it can be used just like real sugars, but its lower glycemic index means that it doesn't have the health risks that are connected to higher glycemic sweeteners. Their Blue Agave Nectar is USDA Organic, Non-GMO Project Verified, and all natural! It is even farmed in a sustainable manner.

I was very excited to try out this product, as it is comparable to honey (and who doesn't love honey?). This all natural sweetener did not disappoint. My entire family enjoyed these nectars. I prefer the raw version - I think that the taste is somewhat comparable to maple syrup. I used this nectar in my cereal, on peanut butter sandwiches, and on pancakes. I plan to use it in my tea even. There is no unpleasant after taste, and you can feel safe knowing it is GMO free.

Overall, I give these nectars 5/5 stars! 

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Visit their website HERE

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Purchase Blue Agave Nectar directly from Amazon
Raw: HERE

Light: HERE


De La Terre Skincare Review


Disclaimer: I received these items in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to post a positive review. These are my honest opinions. Your experiences may differ


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De La Terre Skincare was kind enough to send me some samples of their products to review on my page. Their products are 100% synthetic free, gluten free, vegan, eco-friendly, AND cruelty free! I received Herb Rich Clay, Herb Rich Serum, and Herb Rich Balm.

When I opened the Herb Rich clay, I must say that I certainly was not a fan of the scent it gave off. But that is just me - the scent is very natural and herbal, which may appeal to some people. I used it twice a week, as per the directions. The second time I used it, I mixed it with my cleanser (which was stated as an option in the directions) - I thought this made the product easier to keep moist (as you must leave it on for 5 minutes and prevent it from drying). Though I had my doubts, this product greatly surpassed my expectations! My skin felt smoother and healthier! This product is very nourishing.

I was also a little skeptical about the Herb Rich Serum - it is oil based, so I was afraid it would make me break out. I have used this product daily for almost a week now, and have not noticed any extra acne developing as a result. My skin feels much more hydrated.

I was super excited when I saw they included herb rich balm - I LOVE lip glosses! My lips like to peel, so this product was amazing! My lips are much smoother - this product has a great moisturizing effect. It is even great for cuts! The balm soothed my cut, and in the product description I see that it can even help quicken the healing process.



Visit De La Terre Skincare's website to order and check out what other products they have to offer:
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Check them out on Youtube:
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Dream Eyes Contacts Review




Disclaimer: I received these items in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to post a positive review. These are my honest opinions. Your experiences may differ

Here is the review that I have been most excited about doing....Dream Eyes Contact Lenses! These lenses are non-prescription - they are simply used to alter appearance. Dream Eyes was kind enough to send me one pair (my choice) of contact lenses. I chose Natural Aqua Color Contact Lenses. 

First of all - the packaging. They are packaged safely - they come in a small box inside a bubble wrap envelope. Shipping took about 10 days for them to arrive. They do not come with a contact lens case (I know some online places send you a complimentary one). But they are relatively cheap and easy to find, so that is no big deal.

I have never used contact lenses before - so I was a little worried about getting them in. It took me about an hour and a couple Youtube videos to get them in the first time - but I did it! At first I found them very uncomfortable - I mean, there IS something on my eye haha. But after a couple minutes I got used to them and now I hardly notice they are on!

The website said that they would have "bold" results on even dark eyes. I do not consider my eyes "dark" - they are hazel. Surely they are not as light as blue and green eyes - so they are more medium, if that makes sense. So I was a little disappointed with them. They do not look especially vibrant or bold. They are supposed to look natural - which they do, I was just hoping for more of a change. They give my eyes a more deep green hue, rather than aqua. So if you have blue or green eyes - these will probably be very vibrant on you!

I am still happy with a the change, perhaps it is better to have a more natural look anyway. I am just so glad that I was finally able to get some color contact lenses to try out. I was afraid that they would irritate my eyes - but they do not! Overall, I give these a 4 out of 5, due to a slight lack of "vibrance." Although - I think I will have to purchase another pair in a different color, because they are pretty fun!


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PureBites Pet Treat Review


Disclaimer: I received these items in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to post a positive review. These are my honest opinions. Your experiences may differ

PureBites was kind enough to send me both free cat AND dog treats to review on my page - and I must say, they were a hit! I received Freeze Dried Shrimp Cat Treats, Freeze Dried Chicken Breast Cat Treats, Freeze Dried Beef Liver Dog Treats, and Freeze Dried Bison Liver Treats.

PureBites treats are AWESOME - they are a healthy snack for your pet, high in protein and low in calories! The cat treats only have 1 calorie each, and the dog treats have under 10 calories each. PLUS they all have just 1 ingredient (which even I can pronounce!). The shrimp is just that, shrimp, the bison liver is just bison liver, and so on! These treats are fantastic.

Not only are they good for your pet, but if your pets are anything like mine, they will love them! I have 5 cats, and all of them LOVED the chicken breast treat. The treats are great because they are not as hard as actual dry cat food - they are more crunchy like potato chips, pork rinds etc. Only 1 of my cats did not care for the shrimp treats, but he has always been a picky eater. In the video, you can see that Artemis absolutely adored them! Shrimp is his favorite food - he loves it when I bring home Chinese, so these are definitely his favorite treat.

Now the beef liver dog treats were also a huge hit here - ALL of my dogs gobbled them right up! These are medium sized treats (some about the size of a quarter or larger), but if you have a small dog they are also great because they break apart into smaller pieces easily. Only about half of my dogs would eat the bison liver treats - but the ones that did eat them absolutely loved them! So if you know your dog is partial to bison meat, then this treat may be a good buy for you. Even my cats loved the liver dog treats (bison and beef, but again, more so the beef). Perhaps my pets just aren't fancy enough to fully appreciate bison 

Overall, I give these pet treats 4.5 stars out of 5 (losing points only because the bison flavor may not be for everyone). Watch this video to see why my pets give PureBites pet treats 2 paws up:


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You can check out PureBites at their website:http://www.purebites.com/

Find them at retailers like Petco, Petsmart, and Amazon.com!

They even have a Facebook page:https://www.facebook.com/PureBites

And a Twitter Account: https://twitter.com/PureBites

Raw Food Central Review



Disclaimer: I received these items in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to post a positive review. These are my honest opinions. Your experiences may differ


Raw Food Central sent me some of their snack foods to review - Snack Mix, Onion Rings, Kale Chips, and Flax Crackers. Their snacks are organic, vegan, kosher, gluten free, and GMO free! And believe it or not, healthy snacks CAN taste good! Raw Food Central did not disappoint.

My favorite part about the Snack Mix was the peas - they had great flavor. So did the kale -seasoned to perfection! They are low calorie/low carb AND each serving has 33% of your Vitamin A. Here is one midnight snack you won't have to feel guilty over.

The Onion Rings - "never fried, never baked." Sadly, I was not a fan. Not surprising, as I have never been a fan of onions or onion rings. My brother loved them though! Here is a great treat for anyone who loves the taste of sweet onion - a great alternative to croutons on a healthy salad.

Now the Kale Chips - those were my mom's favorite! She loved how they are low carb AND have a great flavor. Actually, she enjoyed all these snacks - it is hard when you are on a low carb diet to find a variety of tasty low carb treats - so Raw Food Central is great for her. PLUS the Kale Chips are a great source of protein, calcium, and Vitamin A!

I thought that I would like the Flax Crackers the least - but I was so wrong! They are seasoned with Italian Seasonings and Celtic Sea Salt - so they pack a flavorful punch! And boy do I love the taste of garlic...I think I even prefer these to potato chips. They are a great source of protein, Vitamin C, and Iron. Perfect for dipping in guacamole, hummus, salsa, or my favorite - spinach dip! And so crunchy!



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Check out their website to see what other products they offer and if they have a store near you. Soon you will be able to purchase these snacks straight from their website - my family is addicted, so we will certainly be purchasing when this feature is available.

Visit their website HERE

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Doggie Couture Shop Review


Disclaimer: I received these items in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to post a positive review. These are my honest opinions. Your experiences may differ

I was given this wonderful blanket to review by Doggie Couture Shop. Doggie Couture Shop is devoted to offering excellent customer service and a wide variety in dog fashion and accessories - they even offer a small selection of cat products for the cat lovers out there. I was definitely impressed by the fast and polite customer service I received when approaching them via email. The shipping was super fast too!

I chose to review "Mookie the Monkey My Pet Dog Blankie" because my cats LOVE soft blankets. They love to snuggle under them and knead them. When I opened my package, I was not disappointed! This blanket is absolutely adorable and so soft. It doubles as an adorable monkey plush! That is what makes this blankie perfect for pets AND children. The blanket measures approximately 25 inches by 40 inches - so it is just the right size for my kitties, a small dog, or a toddler. I thought I would have trouble rolling it back up into a monkey, but I was wrong - it is very fast and easy! I give this product 5 out of 5 stars - and my cats give it two paws up!!

Buy Mookie the Monkey HERE

Visit Doggie Couture Shop HERE

Like them on Facebook HERE

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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Wellinhand Action Remedies Review

Disclaimer: I received these items in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to post a positive review. These are my honest opinions. Your experiences may differ

Wellinhand is Leaping Bunny Certified!! If you are interested in cruelty free products, be sure to look for this logo.
Wellinhand Action Remedies creates certified vegan and cruelty free products. They were kind enough to send me some samples of their products to review. Wellinhand was a dream to work with! They have awesome customer service and their products really do work!

The therapy oil contains olive oil (just one of several great ingredients, including calendula). Olive oil is amazing and using it promotes good health! You can use this product on sensitive skin, newborns, and even on your pets! There are an endless amount of uses for this product - on burns, for inflammation, on bug bites, for arthritis pains, for stress, and even for diabetics' fingers (just to name a few!). I have personally used this product as a shaving oil, for insomnia/stress, to help with my tendinitis, and on bug bites. I must say this is a great product - it has worked nearly perfect each time I used it. I cannot decide which purpose I like it best for - it is a tie between the aromatherapy helping with my stress and using it for my tendinitis (this product is non-greasy, unlike some other tendinitis remedies I have used). Luckily, I can use Wellinhand's Therapy Oil to serve both purposes at one time! This product has an herbal scent - but not at all offensive or overpowering. This therapy oil is even gluten-free. I give this product a 5/5!

Buy the Therapy Oil HERE
Buy the Bug-a-Boo HERE
Now on to Bug-a-Boo - this bug spray scares those pesky insects away naturally!! Among the ingredients are apple cider vinegar, lavender, and witch hazel. This bug spray contains ABSOLUTELY NO CHEMICALS. How awesome is that??? This product is safe for use on children, adults, pets, and plants! A product like this (that actually works) is hard to find - and this product WORKS. I have used this while gardening, on nature walks, and even to spray in my windows during the evening to keep the bugs out of my home! My cats sleep in windows, so I can spray this bug spray in them without having to worry. When I have used this product I have received very few new bites. I chose the vanilla rosemary scented one - in my opinion it smells like a cinnamon roll! I recommend Wellinhand's Bug-a-Boo 100%! So of course, 5/5 on this one too!

Please visit their website HERE
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*GIVEAWAY* Newman's Own Organics

I am happy to share with you a giveaway for Newman's Own Organics hosted by Second Hand Goddess. Read her review on these products HERE


Misty Noble - Product Reviewer

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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

NekoFont - Calling All Cat Lovers!!

"RaeosunshinePets" in NekoFont
Oh my goodness!! This is SO FUN. If you haven't heard of "NekoFont" and you love cats, then you are missing out! NekoFont is made using just two kitties - Maizo and Mondo. The only characters they were unable to create with just these two cats are "#" and "B." Cuteness overload.

"Meow!" in NekoFont

To learn more about NekoFont, check out this article on Buzzfeed HERE
To create your own NekoFont creations, visit their website HERE

Monday, June 23, 2014

Lotus Brands Product Reviews - CRUELTY FREE


Lotus Brands sent me several awesome products to review!! Being an animal lover and someone who cares about the environment, I really appreciate the fact that their products are Certified Leaping Bunny! This means absolutely NO ANIMAL TESTING. 

Disclaimer: I received these items in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to post a positive review. These are my honest opinions. Your experiences may differ

Find this product HERE

They sent me Original Mint Toothpowder from their Eco-Dent Line. I was a little unsure about using this product, as I have never used toothpowder before, but the results pleasantly surprised me. This toothpowder leaves my teeth and gums feeling clean and healthy! It easily gets rid of plaque buildup and I feel like I even prefer the powder to the paste now! The flavor is not my favorite, but then again I cannot remember liking the taste of any toothpaste before - so that is average for me. I am at least thankful that the mint flavor is not overpowering and offensive! I give this product a 4/5 - losing 1 point for flavor.


Find the shampoo HERE
Find the conditioner HERE
Find the lotion HERE

I was also sent Rosemary Mint Tea Tree shampoo and conditioner, along with Sweet Lavender Lotion. These products were my favorite! All three smell heavenly. 

I was so excited to try the hair products with tea tree oil in them - tea tree oil is amazing! For example, it moisturizes both your hair and scalp, removes dead skin, and helps control excess oil. The scent is pretty strong for both the shampoo and conditioner - but I don't mind because I absolutely love the smell of mint and tea tree oil! These products left my hair smooth and shiny and smelling wonderful! I would definitely use this product again - especially because it is cruelty free! It seems to be a difficult task, finding cruelty free hair products.

The sweet lavender lotion is now my favorite lotion! It smells absolutely amazing! I think it smells most like a chai tea latte (my favorite beverage!) but my boyfriend insists that it smells like Froot Loops (that is great too - I mean, who doesn't love Froot Loops??). So this definitely has a sweet scent. It leaves my skin feeling smooth and moisturized. I cannot tell you how many times I have purchased a lotion that smelled amazing, but didn't actually do its job AKA moisturize!!

All three of these products receive 5/5 from me!

Find this product HERE
Here is another great smelling product - from Lotus Brand's Ancient Secrets Line. When I opened my package, the scent of patchouli filled the air! I instantly fell in love. These bath salts are 100% natural. AND they won't wreck your whirpool, hot tub etc. Which is great if you own one of those!! I just have a normal old tub - but I must say, this was the most relaxing bath I have ever taken. I give this product 5/5!

Check out Lotus Brands' Facebook page
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Visit Beauty Without Cruelty & check out their Facebook page
Browse their catalog

What Does the Fox Say?


Check out my little Foxie Loxie!! Needle felted for a trade on Etsy :)

This little fox was so fun to make! For this project I used a more coarse wool for the body (I prefer coarser fibers - from my experiences, they seem to felt faster) and for the tail and sideburns I used a more fine wool. The face was finished with a plastic nose and a pair of glass eyes. I love using glass eyes - they make my miniatures come alive!


We have an enormous maple tree in the backyard and that is where I chose to pose this little guy for a photo shoot. Before I send this mini out, it will be attached to a ribbon. My miniatures look great sitting in a display case, but they also are wonderful hanging from your rear view mirror or even from your Christmas tree! And you know, Christmas in July is coming up here soon ;)

Find this in the Etsy shop SleepingFoxBitchery

This "Little Sh*t Pet Silhouette Hand-embroidered wall art" is what I will be receiving in return. Well, not the exact one in the pic, but a customized one for my tuxedo kitty Artemis! When I saw this item, I knew I HAD to have it. Because, well...Arty is a "little sh*t!" Haha! I am so excited to see how this turns out and I will post about it again later, when I receive mine.

In the meantime, check out our shops on Etsy!


WIN this Plush Kitty


This adorable kitten plush was donated to the raffle for the kitties by Rossane from Ecofroggy Craftworks.

Please show her our appreciation by sending a "like" over to her FB page here: 
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Ecofroggy-craftworks/185830551431204
or by visiting her shop here: 
https://www.etsy.com/shop/ecofroggy?ref=pr_shop_more

you are entered to win if you do any of the following:

1) Donate funds
2) purchase charity listings from my shop (https://www.etsy.com/shop/RaeosunshinePets?section_id=14458956&ref=shopsection_leftnav_1), 15% donated from non-charity listings
3) Purchase something from their Cafepress shop (http://www.cafepress.com/catshelterfelix)
4) send me donations for a care package (i.e. toys, blankets, treats, food bowls, etc.)


You can send money to their bank account here (please let me know if you donate):

Bank Account Number
Felix - Felinolosko drustvo
SWIFT/BIC: VBUBRS22 (Vojvodjanska banka a.d. Novi Sad)
IBAN: RS35355000320003120311

or send money with Paypal or credit card etc through youcaring.com: http://www.youcaring.com/pet-expenses/help-the-feline-residents-of-cat-shelter-felix/161828

Trecac Needs You!!!

Photo Credit: Cat Shelter Felix - Learn more about Trecac HERE

Wow - such a gorgeous tabby cat!! Trecac is a resident at Cat Shelter Felix/ Azil za mačke Felix, our rescue of the month. Cat Shelter Felix is a cat sanctuary located in Serbia. All of these kitties are ex-strays and will live out the rest of their lives in this one of a kind cage-free haven. Please visit their website HERE to learn more about Cat Shelter Felix and its residents. When you support these cats, you not only become a hero to them, but you also are entered to win some great prizes! To help, do any of the following:

1) Donate funds here:  www.youcaring.com or via Paypal to savage1@shaw.ca
2) purchase charity listings from my shop here: RaeosunshinePets on Etsy
*15% donated from non-charity listings
3) Purchase something from their Cafepress shop here: Cat Shelter Felix on Cafepress
4) send me donations for a care package (i.e. toys, blankets, treats, food bowls, etc.)

**Please let me know if you make a donation or purchase from their shop**

Here are just a couple of the prizes you could win:


Grumpy Cat inspired hand-painted seashell magnet

A handmade cat plush created & donated by Ecofroggy Craftworks


Visit my Facebook page here to learn more about this fundraiser & see more prizes!


Pet Portrait Giveaway


YOU could WIN a custom watercolor pet portrait!! Visit my Facebook page to see the original post and all the rules etc.

Here are just a few ways you can enter:

Following my shop on Instagram @raeosunshinepets
Following my shop on Twitter
Following my blog on Tumblr
Favoriting my shop on Etsy
Donating funds or purchasing a charity listing in my shop

This month proceeds from the fundraiser will be donated to Cat Shelter Felix/ Azil za mačke Felix - a cat sanctuary in Serbia.

Please visit their website HERE

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Barbara's Cookie Pies - Apple Caramel


Barbara's Cookie Pies was kind enough to send me another cookie pie to review - this time Apple Caramel!

I was very excited to review this pie - I love caramel apples! I was not disappointed. Barbara's signature butter cookie crust is THE BEST crust I have ever had! It has a light sweet flavor that adds to the taste of the whole dish. The combination of dried apple slices, caramel, and pecans makes this a sweet treat anyone would love - better than any pie I have ever bought at the grocery store! This definitely has a "homemade" taste to it. As you can see, even my cat wanted a taste.

Barbara's Apple Caramel Cookie Pie would make a great gift - perfect for a graduation or birthday present. This pie tastes like heaven when it is warmed up and served with ice cream. I give this product an A+


Disclaimer: I received these items in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to post a positive review. These are my honest opinions. Your experiences may differ

Visit Barbara's Cookie Pies Website
Check out her Blog
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Great Prizes to WIN!



Just look at those eyes! So adorable. Juhu-hu is a resident at Cat Shelter Felix/ Azil za mačke Felix, our rescue of the month. When you support these cats, you not only become a hero to them, you also are entered to win some great prizes! To help, do any of the following:

1) Make a donation at www.youcaring.com or directly to the paypal email savage1@shaw.ca
2) purchase charity listings from my shop here: RaeosunshinePets on Etsy
*15% donated from non-charity listings
3) Purchase something from their Cafepress shop here: Cat Shelter Felix on Cafepress
4) send me donations for a care package (i.e. toys, blankets, treats, food bowls, etc.)

**Please let me know if you make a donation or purchase from their shop**


Visit my Facebook page here to see all the great prizes up for grabs

photo credit: Cat Shelter Felix
Visit this link to learn more about Juhu-hu: Cat Shelter Felix's Blog

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Noah

One of my favorite Bible pendants so far - where Noah sends out the dove! Check out my Etsy shop to see what other verses I made into pendants. 15% donated to the animal rescue of the month

Friday, June 20, 2014

My first infinity scarf!

Here it is...my very first infinity scarf. Look for these in my Etsy shop soon :)

What kinds of prints do you like best?

Jiji Goes Undercover

Inspired by the young witch's little friend in Kiki's Delivery Service, this needle felted cat is now available in my shop! Every Studio Ghibli fan NEEDS one of these miniatures ;) Perfect for display or even cosplay.
Check out the listing here:
https://www.etsy.com/listing/112441381/kikis-delivery-service-cat-jiji-in?ref=shop_home_active_1