DIY Cat Repellant

Hello Lovely,

I am the proud owner of two 11 year old cats. Cats make the perfect pets for lazy people like me. Feed ‘em, give ‘em water and they take care of the rest. They don’t interrupt my TV shows, I don’t have to bathe them and they play with each other. As long as their litter tray is clean, they’re happy. But there are a few things about cats that aren’t so great. THEY SCRATCH EVERYTHING! On top of that, I can’t leave flowers lying around, or my male cat will eat them. I never understood why cats like to eat plants. After photographing a meal, I usually have to dispose of the plants otherwise I know I’ll find it half chewed or worse regurgitated, somewhere around the house. So when I found this DIY recipe for a cat repellant spray using items I already have at home, I couldn’t wait to try it.


Because cats are way more sensitive to smells than we are, they are less likely to mess with or chew on the leaves if they smell gross. so I made some repellant spray and hoped it would also work on furniture.



  • glass mist bottle

  • printable labels

  • printable square label paper

  • essential oils



  1. In your bottle, mix together 3/4 parts water with 15 drops of each essential oil. cats dislike eucalyptus, lavender, lemongrass, peppermint — just choose the ones you don’t mind the scent of yourself.

  2. Shake the bottle up and spray solution on the leaves of your plant and into the soil.

  3. You can spray your plants pretty liberally, and you can add more or less oil depending on what works for you and your cats.

So does this really work? I used essence of peppermint and this didn’t work at all. I sprayed some old placemats and it actually attracted my cat. He laid comfortably on it until I shooed him. And I never have a problem with them bothering my artificial plants. I was really hoping this would keep them off the furniture but all it really did was make the house smell minty.

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I’ll try this again with lavender or eucalyptus essential oil when I buy some later this month. If you try this, let me know how it works for you. Share your experience in the comment section below.

Blended Family Photoshoot

Happy New Year!

It's officially 2016! I have no idea what day it is any more and my vacation ends tomorrow. I don't know about you guys, but 2015 was pretty sweet for me (mostly thanks to the support from you guys). And it's support like that, that helped me with this latest project, which was very personal for me. I'm used to shooting random strangers or even close friends, but when it's family and potential family, it's an entirely different feeling. I want to share that experience with you.

Parenting is never easy, but when you have a blended family—with bio-kids and step-kids, your spouse’s ex, and other extended family members thrown into the mix—things can get very difficult very quickly.It can be extremely hard to find the right balance when you’re a stepparent or stepsister.  When I was first asked to photograph my potential new step-family, I had a lot of conflicting feelings but I never hesitated in saying yes to it. I've gotten to a point in my life where I want what's best for my dad and I know that I have to show him support. I wasn't so supportive of my mother re-marrying and while my dad isn't at that point yet, I knew it is best to lend my support from the beginning. Of course there were times when I wasn't sure if I should've been in the photos or not and the fact that I wasn't did leave me feeling a little misplaced. But I never dwelt on these feelings. My main goal was to make them happy and I'm so glad they liked the photos!

What I learned from this: Every family is different and everyone adjusts to new family members at their own pace. When working with younger people, they tend to have mood shifts, especially if they're still adjusting to a new parental figure. So some poses you may have had in mind won't necessarily work and you're going to have to shoot around the awkwardness without letting them know it affects you too. This may effect how well they take directions, which means you may have to physically step in and fix their pose. At the end of the day, it's about getting the shot. You want everyone to be happy and you want that to show as well. But don't be afraid to capture a frown because it could be used as a learning experience in the future.

New Years bring new things. For me, that could mean a new family. I'm really hoping it means the start and completion of my internship signalling the end of my post-graduate studies. And somehow closing the physical gap in my relationship. There's really no way of knowing what will happen. And I'm ready for it.

DIY Catnip Toy

I'm baaaaaaaack!!!!


And best of all, it's Friday!


I got back from vacation on Tuesday and it took me a few days to re-adjust. I don't wish to go into details about my trip but just know that I had a great time and I boyfriend and I really bonded. I got a good amount of shopping done, which was how I came to this project.


I was genuinely too lazy to buy cat toys for my cats. But I did manage to buy catnip for them from the Dollar Tree (my favourite store in the entire world). So yesterday, while I waited for my computer to install Windows 10 (which took about two hours to complete), I made these little bad boys (also while watching a marathon of the Daily Show). Is anyone else sad that this show is over? I was doing fine up until Stephen Colbert gave his speech and Jon Stewart gave his final speech. And when Bruce Springstein started playing, I was a puddle. I only started watching the show in 2011, after a college friend could not believe that I had never watched the show. And ever since then I was hooked. Between Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert, they were the only people who could get me to care about world events and current affairs.

(Let me move on before I start getting sappy again)

Okay, this project probably only took a total of 20 minutes, including prep time.

I used a fabric we had for a really long time, with the intent of making a pillow case out of, but just never got around to making it. I would suggest using a on old scrap piece of fabric that you probably should've thrown away but saved just for a project like this. A nice square size with two pieces of fabric should do the trick.

Start by making a simple satchet or casing. All you have to do is ensure that both right sides are facing together and everything lines up evenly (not that your cats will really notice). Still all the way around the four corners but leave an opening about a teaspoon size.

Turn the satchet inside out. Depending on the shape you went with, it should look something like this (ignore my chipping nail polish):

Then you can stuff your satchet with the catnip. I used my scoop that came with my coffee maker to gently scoop about two teaspoons of catnip into the satchet.

I didn't want it to be too full in case the cats somehow ripped it and it ended up all over the place.

At this point my nosey cat couldn't resist but "inspect" my project.

 He was so cute, eagerly sniffing around my sewing desk, but he had to wait.

And boy was he happy when I was done! I made two (one for each of my cats). Ichigo (my ginger cat, the male) played with it the most at first, and even though there were two, Rukia (my black and white female cat) wasn't too impressed.

She also ran away any time she saw the light from the camera. She's very antisocial like that.

But Ichi liked it and had a ball playing with it. Best of all, it only cost me $1 and approximately 20 minutes to make.

How do you treat your pets? Feel free to comment here or on Facebook. And don't forget to follow me on FacebookInstagram, Twitter, Tumblr, Pinterest and Bloglovin'. Whew, that was a mouthful!












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