by Janet Blue on July 22, 2017

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

McGuffy's Reader July 24, 2017 at 6:24 pm

Happy, happy, happy! You guys are special to so many. You make the world a better place. Thank you!
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Kitty Cat Chronicles July 23, 2017 at 7:14 pm

Astrid, you magical! What a neat photo! Your mom always comes up with the coolest Caturday Art. I hope that you get all of those extra treats and that Misty May leaves you alone. Tell her she’s going to have to deal with me!!! Sending all my love.
Your Sampy
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Athena July 23, 2017 at 7:17 am

So beautiful!

Purrs xx
Athena and Marie

Little Binky and Granny July 23, 2017 at 3:24 am

That’s some lovely magical artwork, Astrid. We also love your window art. You look purrfect in both pictures 🙂 Pawkisses for a Happy Day 🙂 <3
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jansfunnyfarm July 22, 2017 at 11:53 pm

What a colorful work of art you created. Love it. And what a sweet card from your friends.

Canadian Cats July 22, 2017 at 9:32 pm

You are gorgeous Astrid. A great Work of art.
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Brian Frum July 22, 2017 at 8:55 pm

That really is seriously pretty!
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Cathy Keisha July 22, 2017 at 8:33 pm

You don’t say. Misty May is a bully. Tell me more. I think I like you doing the fill-ins.
Tell your mom she was right. I aced the heat but TW had a headache, nausea and her heart was racing. She doesn’t know how her mom lived 86 years without a/c.
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The Island Cats July 22, 2017 at 6:05 pm

We love your art, Astrid. And just give Misty May a big whap…hopefully she’ll stay away from you.
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Memories of Eric and Flynn July 22, 2017 at 5:50 pm

That is very pretty art, Astrid.

Eastside Cats July 22, 2017 at 2:53 pm

That’s pretty stained glass, and excellent art!
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The Swiss Cats July 22, 2017 at 2:35 pm

Very cool art ! Purrs
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meowmeowmans July 22, 2017 at 10:29 am

Astrid, this really is some magical artwork that Mom did of you. There’s something very soothing about the tones and composition of the finished piece. 🙂
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The Menagerie Mom July 22, 2017 at 10:21 am

Astrid, your art is the most purrfect kind of magical there is. You are so pretty! And please tell your mom that the stained glass piece in the window is gorgeous. You did a fantastic job on the fill-ins as well. We were hoping that you and Misty May might become friends again, but we haven’t lost hope in that yet! Purrs!

Ellen Pilch July 22, 2017 at 9:44 am

I love you art Astrid and thank you for telling us how it was done. Not sure I would be that ambitious with so many effects, but it is good to know. Thank you for participating in the fill-ins. I really think Misty May needs a calming collar, it has done wonders for Sammy to stop bullying Brody. I hope you get some treats for all your hard work. XO

Stephanie B July 22, 2017 at 8:33 am

Love this art!!!

Annabelle July 22, 2017 at 8:28 am

Astrid you look heavenly in your artwork. Great job!!!

Linda Arthur Tejera July 22, 2017 at 7:54 am

Beautiful artwork! The shades of blue are so relaxing! And wonderful answers to the questions! Happy weekend! 🙂
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Teddy July 22, 2017 at 5:14 am

Oh that artwork with Astrid is gorgeous!! Very mystical looking…….my Mom adores stained glass and if we had the right spots for some we’d have it for sure. We hope your blogaversary was fabulous. Now we’re all excited about Mau and Allie’s first wedding anniversary tomorrow! Angel Sammy was honored to be Mau’s best man….

Love, Teddy
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Pipo/Angel-Minko/MrJackFreckles July 22, 2017 at 3:49 am

You look furry pretty by your stained glass window art…and now the whole thing is even lovlier!
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Summer July 22, 2017 at 2:19 am

That is very cool art!
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