Hill’s® Ideal Balance® Crafted™ cat foods were inspired by the things that cat owners love about food. Since we love foods that are artfully crafted, they slow cook their cat foods in small batches. They prepare each batch of cat food with care in a homemade style, with the intent of making cat food the way that you would in your own kitchen. The Hill’s Ideal Balance Crafted philosophy is lending inspiration to several people to go back to their roots. Today, I would like to show you a few of the things Hill’s Ideal Balance Crafted has inspired me to do.
Back to Basics- Family Night
My husband and I are very busy people. Sometimes it seems like we are always hurrying past one another. Since Hill’s Ideal Balance Crafted brings to mind an image of home and family, we decided to put aside our busy schedules and have a family night with our kitties. We cooked dinner at home – a simple stir fry from scratch. Cinco and Manna had a delicious meal of their own. Afterward, we popped in a DVD and watched a movie together (Child 44 starring Tom Hardy) as a family. Cinco came and sat in my lap and Manna sat in Dave’s lap.
It was really nice to have my whole family together on the couch. Cinco and Manna fell asleep and purred away. Dave and I munched on air-popped popcorn that could have used a little more butter. Of course, neither one of use wanted to move the cats to put more butter on the popcorn. I really enjoyed the movie anyway.
Finding Inspiration with Hill’s Ideal Balance Crafted
Hill’s Ideal Balance Crafted has inspired some really interesting homemade crafts too! Steve Ramsey of Wood Working for Mere Mortals created a very clever cat tree and has posted all of the plans so that everyone can make one of these cat trees for themselves or their favorite rescue! Check out the video below. His cat is so cute (the best part of the video if you ask me)!
A Homemade Treasure
I love doing crafts, so I decided to do a craft too! My wood working skills are not that (to put it gently), so I decided to do something where I was less likely to lose a finger. I chose to make a homemade, cat-inspired sleep mask from scratch out of craft materials I had around the apartment. All I used was different colors of felt, fabric glue, embroidery thread, a needle, ribbon, scissors, and stick on velcro circles. I did all of the sewing by hand because I’ve never touched a sewing machine.
This was a really fun project! It felt really good to make something again. The cats helped me create the sleep mask from the very first step. When I drew out my pattern, I used their faces as a guide for how to make the markings. I would have made the sleep mask brown or gray like their faces, but I didn’t have those colors available. Orange was an homage to Garfield the cat. Originally I was going to embroider “Playful Kitty” across the front of the mask, but I decided that it didn’t need that in the end.
I created my sleep mask to be dual purpose. Not only is it dark enough with it’s black backing to darken out the light during naps, but it has a pouch in it that can hold a heating or cooling packet. Since I am highly prone to migraines that start behind my eyes, being able to place an ice pack in this mask will be very helpful to me. It turned out to be very comfortable too!
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Have you been inspired to do anything homemade style lately?