Teal Cat Project

The Teal Cat ProjectWe first heard about The Teal Cat Project, founded by Isa Chandra Moskowitz: one of our favorite vegan authors, back in August. At the time they had just launched their first campaign, for $25 (plus shipping) you got a unique and stylish teal cat. The money goes directly towards their affiliated kitty cat rescue programs. Each cat is up-cycled with teal paint, and outfitted with a numbered tag for authenticity. Our number is 65. They are currently all sold out of the up-cycled ceramic teal cats, but have new Teal Cat Plush Dolls, made from recycled fabrics and hand-sewn by Panda With Cookie.

NoahGreyWe are grateful to have our two rescue kitties living with us, but there are many more kitties out there that are not as fortunate. Projects like this really make a difference in the lives of animals, so please stop by and check out The Teal Cat Project.

Noah and Grey warming up to their new teal friend.

Noah and Grey with Teal Cat

Build a kitty clubhouse

Building a clubhouse for your kitties is easy and cheap. All you need is a hand full of supplies and a sturdy box. It is rather amusing when you catch them looking out the kitty head windows … haha.
 Noah and Grey

Tip: For the tutorial below I used a reinforced paper tape, but I would recommend a kraft paper tape, because it is easier to work with and results in a smoother finish.

supplies

Supplies:

  • Kraft paper tape
  • Scissors
  • Sponge
  • Water tray
  • Box cutter
  • Puddy knife

Step 1:
Cut out doors and windows with box cutter.
kitty clubhouse - step 1

Step 2:

Cut the paper tape with the scissors into small strips. Wet the strips and wrap them around the edges of the cut out windows and doors to reinforce the openings. Press firmly and use the puddy knife to help adhere them to the box.
kitty clubhouse - step 2

I added a second floor to the box with an opening to allow the kitties to go up and down. I also reinforced the bottom of the box to be able to hold up if both kitties were in the box at the same time (not very likely though!)
kitty clubhouse - step 2

Step 3:

Cover the rest of the box with the paper tape, continuing to wet the strips and running the puddy knife firmly over the strips.
kitty clubhouse - step 3

Step 4:

Let the box dry and then it is ready for your feline friend!
kitty clubhouse - step 4

Check out the kitties in action:

Sunday Brunch in Park Slope at Sun In Bloom

Sun In Bloom - Brooklyn, NYOn our quest for the best vegan pancakes in NYC. We came across a small eatery here in Park Slope, Sun In Bloom, and little did we know that it would become our Sunday brunch ritual. Not only did it take the prize for “Best Vegan Pancakes in NYC”, the pancakes are also gluten free. What more could you ask for? How about fresh fair trade/organic coffee, 100% organic cold pressed Norwalk juices, gluten free chocolate chip cookie sandwiches, raw desserts and a vegan BLT that must be eaten to be believed.

Sun In Bloom’s atmosphere is cozy and sunlit, with great tunes always playing in the background. The staff are friendly and helpful. It’s not the place to go if you are in a rush, they stay busy and there can be a wait … but it is well worth it.

Sun In Bloom – 460 Bergen Street, Brooklyn, NY 11217 (718-622-4303)

Here are some photos of what awaits:

Fresh squeezed
strawberry lemonade


Vegan BLT with shitake “bacon”

Gluten free vegan pancakes