September 15, 2019

DIY Cat Tree

DIY Cat Tree


DIY Cat Tree


Back in July, I adopted the cutest little demigorgan... oh wait, I mean Kitten! Although, between you and me, I am not 100% convinced she's not from the upside-down (Throwing in that Strangers Things Reference). Her name is Apple Blossom, and she has been the best companion so far.  I am so happy I adopted her. (Side Note: She did just send me to the ER Last night but it's casual. She's still cute!)

I spend most of my day at my job, so she is all by herself at my apartment.  She's a tiny little thing, and can't see very well out the window without standing up on her hind legs.  I wanted to buy her a cat tree so she'd have somewhere to sit and look out the window.  However, getting a kitten can be a hefty chunk of change up front.  To top that, most cat trees are around $90. Y'all, I am on a budget and $90 is a lot of money to me!  So what does someone who runs a DIY blog do when met with a predicament where they want to save money? Well, DIY their own cat tree obviously!

My cat tree for Apple only cost me a grand total of $20! She loves it too! If you have a little kitten but don't want to spend a ton of money on a cat tree then read on to find out how to make your own!

Materials Needed:

1 Big Crate
1 Small Crate
Fabric
Pillow Stuffing
2 Cans
Rope
Place Mats
Fake Foliage or Other Cat Toys

DIY Cat Tree

1. First, take both of your wooden crates and paint them.  I did about two coats of white paint, which didn't fully cover them but I wanted some of the wood texture to come out. 

DIY Cat Tree

2. While your crates dry, take your cans and begin wrapping them in rope.  I used the hot glue gun to secure it to the can. After they were wrapped, I placed catnip into the cans.  Gotta get the kitty interested!

DIY Cat Tree

DIY Cat Tree


3. Once your crates are dry, hot glue your placemats to the back of the crate.  Next glue the wrapped cans easily spaced on the top of the large crate.  You will then attach the small crate on top of the cans.  Make sure this is very secure. You don't want your Kitty falling! 

DIY Cat Tree

DIY Cat Tree

DIY Cat Tree


4. I bought little tassel fake foliage as toys for Apple to play with.  Whatever type of little toy you decided, just glue it the top portion of your large crate so that it dangles down for your kitty to play with. Not included in the steps, but most likely will happen is your kitty playing in the supplies! 

DIY Cat Tree

DIY Cat Tree



' Next, make a pillow out of the fabric you bought.  I used my small crate to measure out how much fabric I needed.  I hot glued the pillow inside out in order to get clean edges. Make sure to leave one side open though so you can still stuff it.  Once it is hot glued, flip the pillow right side in and then put the stuffing into the pillow and glue the last side. Place the pillow in the top crate.

DIY Cat Tree

DIY Cat Tree

DIY Cat Tree

DIY Cat Tree


Now your kitty had a personalized DIY cat tree, and you didn't break the bank! Please feel free to share the pictures of your kitten enjoying the cat tree!

DIY Cat Tree

DIY Cat Tree

DIY Cat Tree

DIY Cat Tree

DIY Cat Tree

DIY Cat Tree


August 14, 2019

DIY WiFi Password Box

DIY WIFI Password


Is it just me, or does anyone else get bothered by electric cords that have no order? They stress me out to no end! Honestly, my apartment has to be perfectly neat, or I can't function (my car's back seat is another story...).  With that being said, after I got my WiFi all hooked up, the cords just hanging out in my living room was quite an eyesore! So I DIYed a way to not only hide the router and modem but also share my WiFi Password with guests! Did I mentioned this only cost me 50 Cents. Y'all I love Scrap Denton, I can get all my craft supplies for cheap.  I totally recommend checking your local thrift shop for supplies!  If you want to make something similar check out how below!

Materials Needed:
Large Wooden Box
White Paint
Rope
Faux Grass
Sticker Letters

DIY WIFI Password


1.) To begin, paint your box white all over.  This took me roughly 3 coats.

DIY WIFI Password


2.) 
Finally, using your stickers, put your wifi password onto the front of the box.  I did not come up with this password, but to be honest I'm too lazy to change it. 

DIY WIFI Password

3.) Next,  begin wrapping the bottom of the box with the rope until roughly 1/3rd of the box is wrapped.

DIY WIFI Password


4.) Take your faux grass and hot glue it into the rope to make it look like its been growing from the rope itself.

DIY WIFI Password

Now place your modem and router into the box and wha-la! Your wires are hidden and your friends don't have to keep asking for the WiFi password.

DIY WIFI Password

August 12, 2019

How to Spend a Cheap Day in Austin


Austin Texas


Howdy! Growing up in East Texas, Austin was actually a pretty far drive to make without a reason to make it. The only times I ever went to Austin was for UIL State Twirling competition in high school.  In college, not only were a lot of my friends from Austin, but our campus was only around 2 hours, give or take, from the city.   Still, I didn't go very often.  Before finally moving out of my house in College Station and moving to Denton, my boyfriend and I took a day trip to Austin.  It was a well-deserved daycation!  Since I didn't grow up in Austin, I was looking up a bunch of things to do on Pinterest.  Now here I am, adding another post to Pinterest! (shameless plug, but follow my Pinterest account) 

I hope to get to explore Austin more in the future, but for the time being, these are my "Michelle tested and approved" things to do when spending a day in Austin! Oh, I almost forgot, this is also how to spend a day in Austin on a budget.  Don't worry, I wouldn't try and kill your bank account! 

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1.) Touring the Texas Capitol: It's true! Everything is bigger in Texas! That includes the dome on our state capital! It is 15 feet taller than the United States Capitol building! You can tour the inside of the capital for free, and it shows a lot of our nation's history! Plus the grounds are really pretty!

Texas State Capital

Texas State Capitol

Texas State Capitol


2.) Tour Texas University (The University of Texas, but us Aggies refuse to call it by it's real name, after all, it isn't the only University in Texas):  Dare I admit it? Their campus is pretty nice, and they have a turtle pond!! Worth the entire trip really to hang out with Turtles. (A&M, why don't we have a turtle pond?)

University of Texas

University of Texas

University of Texas


3.) Kerbey Lane: This dinner is easily one of the most delicious places! But fair warning, it can get pretty packed! They have all your classic diner food, but even offer vegan versions!

Kerby Lane


4.) Voodoo Donut:  I have wanted to go to the voodoo donut since I watched a Travel Channel show about the Seattle location, and that was when I was easily 12.  Now they have one in Austin, and I had to go!! I mean part of my family is from New Orleans after all. I got me the classic, voodoo doll donut! He was very sweet. Take that in mind if you purchase one.

voodoo donut austin

voodoo donut austin


5.)Blue Cat Cafe:  Do you love cats? Do you love Coffee? Did you read my previous post about a cat cafe in Brussels? (shameless self plugging) Well, we actually went to the Blue Cat Cafe in 2018, and it was so cute!! The kitties were adorable! I'm a sucker for cats (currently have a little one purring on my lap as we speak!)  

Blue Cat Cafe

Blue Cat Cafe

Blue Cat Cafe


6.)Wall Murals:  There are a ton of posts out there with the locations of all the wall murals in Austin.  Unfortunately, that is not this post.  But I do suggest looking them up and going to take pictures of the fun art! Perfect for that Instagram feed! 

Austin Wall Murals

Austin Wall Murals

Austin Wall Murals


7.)McKinney Falls State Park:  Do you love Nature?  Do you love water? Well, then you should totally check out Mckinney Falls State Park! There are two waterfalls, and several areas to go swimming at.  It is also a nice hike.  There is an entrance fee on this, but if you read my post about our deteriorating infrastructure of state and national parks, then you probably won't mind paying!

McKenny Falls State Park


Mckinney Falls State Park

Mckinney Falls State Park

Mckinney Falls State Park

Mckinney Falls State Park



8.) Barton Creek Greenbelt: This is another nice place to hike, swim, or ride your bike.  It is a green belt that is much closer to the city than McKinney Falls is, so less of a drive, but still very nice!

Barton Creek Greenbelt



9.) 360 Overlook:  I can not emphasis this destination enough! It was amazingly beautiful! It is a hike up a hill where you overlook highway 360.  You can see the city in the background, with gorgeous nature all around you.   Also, if you are like me an enjoy, looking at fancy houses, the drive to the overlook is filled with ritzy neighborhoods.  

360 Overlook

360 Overlook

360 Overlook


10.) Bat Bridge:  Finally, before you head home for the day, stop over to the Congress Avenue Bridge. When dusk hits, bats come flying in a mass out from under the bridge.  Now, I say this, and of course, not a single bat decided to fly while we were waiting.  But we did see some bat dancers in a building. 

Austin Bat Bridge


I hope my brief summary of what all you should check out when spending a cheap, budget-friendly day in Austin helps you out!  Please let me know if you're from Austin, and what other things I should check out next time I go to Austin!