Astrid is joining you today as the subject of our Caturday Art. She also will be completing this week’s Friendly Fill-Ins. We postponed them from yesterday to celebrate our fifth blogoversary.

Caturday Art


Astrid's magical, ethereal art.


Mom created our art today using the faded-out photo below as the starting point. I was enjoying a sunbath in one of my favorite places—the window on the staircase landing. We have some form of stained glass hanging in most of our windows. Sometimes I like to be in front and sometimes behind.


The basis for Astrid's Caturday Art.


We always like to tell you how we create our art so you can try something similar if you like. Mom started in Picasa. She first applied the Heat Map filter and then the HDR one. From there she went to PicMonkey and added the Space overlay in the hardlight mode and then the Clouds overlay. (She can’t remember the setting on that one.) The inner border, which looks like splotchy snowflakes, was added with piZap. She framed it up using Picasa. I like it. Do you? I think I look magical and ethereal. I hope my husband Sampy (Kitty Cat Chronicles) likes it.

This is our entry in Athena Cat Goddess Wise Kitty’s Caturday Art blog hop. To submit your own art and/or see the art of the other participants, click on her badge.

Friendly Fill-Ins: Week #63

This is fun: Not only am I the subject of our art, but I also get to do the fill-ins. This hop is hosted each week by Mom Annie from McGuffey’s Reader and Mom Ellen from 15AndMeowing. This is a blog hop as well, and you can enter by clicking on the Fill-Ins badge, which will take you to Annie’s blog. My completions are in teal italics.

1. My favorite thing on my daily to-do list is to wake Mom up by kneading, burrowing, nuzzling and snuggling her. I actually do not do this daily as it would not be a surprise if I did. She loves it, except for the fact that I try to pull the covers off of her with my claws. Fun times!

2. My least favorite thing on my daily to-do list is to deal with Misty May bullying me. MOUSES! She is a big pain in my backside.

3. I could really do without Misty May (obviously) and also this unending heat and humidity. Even in the early morning it is too hot for bird and squirrel watching on the catio. We all have been napping in the house more than usual.

4. I would love to have more treats! Duh!

Blogoversary and Giveaway

Dearest friends, Teddy and Angel Sammy (Two Spoiled Cats), sent us a really pretty and sweet card for our blogoversary. I want to share it with you before I write about our giveaway. They are such wonderful friends. Mom and all Kitties Blue appreciate their thinking of us.



We love you too!

If you missed our fifth blogoversary yesterday, you may not know that we are having a giveaway for some BlogPaws Conference swag. NEWS FLASH: And since yesterday Mom has decided to add some special The Cat on My Head loot. One item is brand new to our collection, and the winner will be the first person to receive it. If you haven’t already, leave a comment on yesterday’s post for the opportunity to win. You must leave your comment prior to Monday, July 24, at 5 P.M. ET. The winner will be selected using and announced the following day.

Special Sunday Selfies Hop

Tomorrow is that day of the week when you dust off your best smile and join us for our Sunday Selfies blog hop. This will be an extra special hop, as we will be celebrating Mau and Allie’s first wedding anniversary. We’ll be partying all day and having a comment-a-thon. Mom will give one green paper for every comment left on our blog (with no cap on the amount) to the shelter or rescue selected by the commenter whose name is selected by We’ll have more details on that tomorrow. Allie will be having a special giveaway on her blog (Friends Furever), so you’ll want to make certain you visit both blogs tomorrow.

That’s it for me. Time to run off and get my beauty sleep so I can wake Mom up nice and early.

Purrs and paw-pats, Astrid