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LulaBelle’s “Bed”

LulaBelle aka Kiko loves many things about the holidays – knocking ornaments off the tree, shredding wrapping paper, harassing relatives, etc. Her very favorite thing about Christmas is a basket that I bought when she was kitten. There’s nothing particularly noteworthy about this basket, but she adores it. The day that I brought the basket home, before I could even take it out of the shopping bag, I found Kiko laying in it. Yes, snuggled up inside of the basket inside a plastic bag. That’s my cat!

LulaBelle's Bed | LulaBelle Handicrafts

When I brought the holiday decorations down from the attic this year, I caught her nosing around the tubs. I opened the one with the basket and left the room, not giving it a second thought. When I came back into the living room, Kiko was trying to worm her way into the basket. I tried my best to keep her out of the basket once the house was decorated, and I failed miserably. Anytime that I couldn’t find Kiko and called her name, I would see two, black ears emerge from the basket. Eventually I gave just gave in. I figured if it made her that happy, I should let her enjoy the basket. Plus it has a canvas liner, so I could wash all her beautiful, black hair off at the end of the holiday season.

LulaBelle's Bed | LulaBelle Handicrafts

With the holidays winding down, I was itching to pack away the decorations and return my living room to its normal setup. My boyfriend tried to convince me to leave the basket out for Kiko. I love her, but the last thing that our living room needs permanently adorning it is a Christmas basket. So began the quest for a Kiko-sized basket with a washable liner. Eventually we found one at Home Goods.

LulaBelle's Bed | LulaBelle Handicrafts

I’m hopeful that this basket will keep Kiko happy until the Christmas basket returns next November. To entice her, I added some ribbons to one handle of the basket. A little bribery never hurts. Happy pet parenting!

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Ornament-Filled Mason Jars

Our first Christmas with Kiko aka LulaBelle, we attempted to put up our tree. She, being the curious cat that she is, took great interest in the tree, specifically the things hanging on it. We tried all sorts of tricks to keep her away from it: double-sided tape, citrus sprays, etc. Nothing stopped her from attacking the tree. Knowing that my ornaments didn’t stand a chance of staying on the tree or in one piece, we took the tree down after a few days.

Last year we had another kitten in the house, so we didn’t even bring the Christmas tree down from the attic. I was bound and determined to enjoy at least some of my ornaments and came up with a clever way of displaying them that was kitty-proof. I bought wide mouth half-gallon and quart mason jars, filled them with ornaments, and closed them with lids and bands. The result was precious. The cats checked the jars out, but they quickly became disinterested in them. When Christmas was over, I stored the jars with the ornaments still in them. Christmas decorations don’t get much easier than that!

Ornament-Filled Mason Jars

I found my mason jars at a craft store. If you have a difficult time locating them, check out the Ball Fresh Preserving Store. They have every size imaginable. For the ornaments, choose colors and patterns that match your Christmas decor. These jars look great on a mantle. They would also make for fabulous centerpieces for a Christmas party.

This year we’re hoping to give the Christmas tree another go. Keep your fingers crossed that it works this time! If not, I’ll always have these ornament-filled mason jars for me to enjoy and Kiko to sniff…

Kiko with the Ornament-Filled Mason Jars