by Janet Blue on June 20, 2014


I am featuring Astrid today for our Caturday Art submission so I can give an update on her. But first, here’s her arty photo.

Astrid Pencil CaturdayArt

I liked the original of this photo as Astrid was sitting on the colorful kitty pillow, and the photo had lots of various textures. I used my normal editing program, Picasa. I applied the pencil sketch filter and then applied saturation at 100 percent. That made her purple name tag really pop. It also made all the colors appear so much warmer.

Astridoriginal-001Here is the original photo. I always think Astrid is a great candidate for the Caturday Art experiments as her tortie furs can be altered in so many different ways.

As I have been reporting, ever since Astrid and Sampson (Kitty Cat Chronicles) became a couple, she has slowly been emerging from her scaredy-cat persona. She has spent as many as six hours lounging out on the catio napping and watching the birds and squirrels. Click here to see her up close and personal with a squirrel if you missed last week’s Caturday Art post.

She has been coming upstairs to the bedroom. I found her asleep on Mauricio’s blanket from his girlfriend, Allie (Friends Furever), when we returned from biking a few days ago. She remained there for most of the afternoon.

This morning, she came to the bedroom to let me know she wanted breakfast. But the best display of her newly found bravado occurred a few mornings ago when I woke up to her purring and burrowing under the covers next to me. My heart leapt to think that she felt confidant enough to join us in bed.

And tonight, she joined in a play session with six of her fursibs. I will tell you more about that in our Monday Meowsings post when I recap Calista Jo’s birthday celebration. But until then, Calista says, “Thank you for attending my Hello-Kitty-Palooza Birthday Pawty. I had a blast!”

For those who requested Hello Kitty memento photos, I have completed several. If you did not receive yours today, I will have it to you tomorrow.

We are participating in the Caturday Art Blog Hop held by Athena and Marie. To join or view the other submissions, please click on the badge at the left.

Cathy Keisha June 22, 2014 at 9:55 pm

That is a great art image and I’m glad Astrid is getting more and more confident.
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Penelope June 22, 2014 at 1:15 am

What a great picture! Astrid, yous is really rock’n! Way to go grrl and Keeps up the great work!
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Harvey Button June 22, 2014 at 12:18 am

This is a very late catch up for Wordless Wednesday. Mum thinks your gorgeous image looks like a tapestry from the olden days! Well done!
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The Island Cats June 21, 2014 at 8:14 pm

That’s a very cool pic of Astrid. We’re glad she’s coming out of her shell more.
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Sherri-Ellen T-D June 21, 2014 at 8:14 pm

Apawz Apawz fer Astrid!! yer comin out of yer kitteh furshell bunderfully!!!
Sampson must bee givin ya strength n currage to try al sortz of new fingz!!
Ya eben bin snugglin wif Aunti Janet?? Pawsum gurlfurend!!!!!!
Much lub Nylablue 🙂 n Mumm too 🙂
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Caren Gittleman June 21, 2014 at 5:28 pm

Astrid we love the photo and we love that you are becoming more and more confident! xoxo
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LP June 21, 2014 at 2:10 pm

We love the warmness of your art photo today. Astrid is a compelling subject! And we are thrilled she is understanding what a wonderful family she has and that relishes Sampson’s attention . There is nothing nicer than waking up to a cat snuggled against you in the morning! 🙂

the critters in the cottage xo
P.S. Leo sends Lily Olivia a special nose kiss on this, the first day of Summer.

Angel Abby Grace June 21, 2014 at 11:55 am

Astrid you are such a pretty girl and we love the CATurday ART photo. It is beautiful and we are so glad you are growing more confident each day!
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Maxwell, Faraday & Allie June 21, 2014 at 11:45 am

That is so exciting to hear about Astrid coming out of her shell!!!!
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Raven June 21, 2014 at 11:39 am

Your Caturday art version of the photo is lovely. You can still see the colorful details in Astrid’s fur. And a big “yay” for Astrid feeling more confident and coming out of her shell.
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Brian June 21, 2014 at 9:02 am

That is a terrific photo! We are just thrilled to hear that sweet Astrid is taking so many paw steps forward!
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Kitty Cat Chronicles June 21, 2014 at 8:50 am

Love the photo! And of course, Sampson can’t take his eyes off the screen. He is so happy to hear that Astrid is doing so well and coming out of her shell. It makes him feel so special knowing that he may have something to do with it. He is very proud of her. He sends kisses, hugs, purrs, nuzzles, snuggles, and paw pats.

Can’t wait to hear about the play session from yesterday!

Love from all of us!

Ellen Pilch June 21, 2014 at 8:46 am

Glad Astrid is getting more comfortable. We have a Tortie too named Penny.

Leia & Toby June 21, 2014 at 8:29 am

We are so glad to hear Astrid is becoming more comfortable. To watch someone you love bloom is a most wonderful thing.
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Bev Green June 21, 2014 at 8:11 am

How precious it is when they show that trust in you…such a seemingly small thing but so very big and brave!! Bravo Astrid and so happy she had that lovely time with you 🙂 hugs Fozziemum xx
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The Florida Furkids June 21, 2014 at 7:23 am

How nice that Astrid is getting braver! That’s a wonderful photo too!!

The Florida Furkids with special smoochies to Mau from Allie
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Katie isabella June 21, 2014 at 6:46 am

Astrid, my mommy has a VERY soft spot for Torties since her Admiral was one and you are just gorgeous. She and I are both glad you have learned to enjoy the lovins and joy of having a wonderful set of pawrents.

Cat Scout Charles June 21, 2014 at 6:32 am

Hi Kitties Blue…. Charles waves,,,,,,,,The photo of Astrid really shows what a beautiful kitty she is. As I was saying to Sammy the other day. You’re never to old to try new things. Pawsome news Astrid is widening her comfort zone,
C S Charles

Whisppy June 21, 2014 at 6:13 am

Good job, Astrid! It took me a little while but now I make sure to greet Mommy every morning with a hug and a good long purrrrrrrrrr. 🙂

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Sammy June 21, 2014 at 6:02 am

What wonderful news about Astrid’s expanded “comfort range” with her sibs and humans! That’s one of many things I love about cats – they seem to constantly adjust and experiment with things……After 14 years of being afraid of strangers, Sam has begun coming out of hiding and showing himself – just another example of how they “evolve” and I love that about them. I know it was a special moment to find her up on the bed with you – those are the things we’ll ALWAYS remember!

Hugs, Pam
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Molly The Wally June 21, 2014 at 5:35 am

We are so pleased Astrid is getting so much more confident. How nice. Have a super Saturday.
Best wishes Molly.
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Athena June 21, 2014 at 4:48 am

Love the photo, and how great that Astrid is growing more confident!

Purrs xx
Athena and Marie
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speedyrabbit June 21, 2014 at 3:01 am

I love this photo Janet,and I love the Astrid has been so confident,xx Rachel
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Lone Star Cats June 21, 2014 at 2:48 am

Dat’s great Astrid is making progress!
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Flynn June 21, 2014 at 2:46 am

That is lovely artwork of Astrid and very good to hear she is getting braver.
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Spitty the Kitty June 21, 2014 at 1:20 am

Wow! I was so gobsmacked by Astrid’s photo I could hardly pay attention to all the words but the Human says that is fantastic progress! She says that is wonderful and she would be thrilled if I ever got on the bed and snuggled (Spitty don’t play that!) XOXOXOXO And Happy Belated Birfday to Calista-Jo!
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Katnip Lounge June 21, 2014 at 1:19 am

HURRAH for Astrid! Now if only OUR tortie could find her courage.
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Sparkle June 21, 2014 at 12:56 am

Wow, there is LOTS of progress on Astrid’s behalf! That’s awesome. And I love her art today too.
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Deztinee High June 21, 2014 at 12:28 am

WOW Astrid looks bootyful. Dat’s a pawsum foto. Meez had a wunnewful time at Calista Jo’s pawty. Fanks.

Luv and Hugs and Kitty Kisses

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Clooney June 21, 2014 at 12:10 am

We love the art photo of Astrid and we love how she is coming out of her shell, how wonderful. Happy Caturday and first day of summer to you all!
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Melissa June 21, 2014 at 12:03 am

LOVE!!! You know me and torties and your artwork just makes those tortie colors POP!
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prancer pie June 20, 2014 at 11:54 pm

Awww, Astrid is doing great! What a wonderful way to wake up.

Have a wonderful weekend, sweet furriends.
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