Day 69: Candle Light Kitty

I think when I work with water, fire or plant life, it adds beauty beyond what I could possibly create on my own. And my fascination with candles made me happy to see this suggestion from Noah Scalin: make something that lights up.  This is black cardboard taped around a jar with a little votive candle in it.  I made the holes with embroidery needle, then enlarged them with a wooden kabob stick. I made many irregular and tearing holes in the paper before I figured out how to make them even, without ripping the paper. You can see some irregular holes on the bottom kitty.  And as my dear college friend and I like to say, “Good enough!”

And speaking of “good enough,” which is my phrase to combat my tendency to seek irrational and impossible perfection, here’s a quote from Salvador Dali that makes me laugh: “Have no fear of perfection. You’ll never reach it.”  Saw it on this awesome post of great artist’s quotes by chicquero which I recommend checking out.And on the chihuahua front, Bambi the foster puppy is running around and causing trouble (ie playing with cat toys) when given the opportunity. He’ll be a lovely dog for someone when he’s gained some weight. (FWIW – I do not decide his future home. The rescue group who owns him will take care of that part of things, which is a relief.) I put another photo of him up on my Twitter feed if you are obsessed enough to want to check it out – LOL!!

Have a great day peeps!

  1. Cindy said:

    I checked out your pic of Bambi and now know where the name came from…very cute!

    • He does have a big head and tiny long legs like a deer. I was joking with some people at work, he could also be called “Big Head Todd.” Mostly I just call him “little monkey.” As in, “Come here you little monkey,” or “Here’s your breakfast little monkey,” or “You just pooed all over my car little monkey.” (That last bit is true, sadly. Lol! Luckily small dog = small poo!) Thanks for checking out his picture too! :)

  2. Noah said:

    Love the results and the quote!

  3. LilaLena said:

    Honestly, they took my breath away. :) Such a great idea and such a beautiful realisation!
    And YES! Go Imperfectionsim! I’ve read the Dalí quote before, but it was so good to be reminded of it – just what I needed right now. Thank you!

  4. Hi Lena! Thanks for visiting the cats here. And happy to remind you of how awesome Imperfectionism is! LOL!

  5. Joyart said:

    These are really wonderful. I love the way the light shines through brightly in some places…Delightful!

  6. touchmonkey said:

    This is awesome. I love the first one that’s playing. Did you do one on the one side and the other on the other? I could see these cans made out of tin and sold as sleeves for candles. Very pretty….

    • Yep, they are two sides of the same votive. This was actually inspired by those old punched tin votives. I just couldn’t figure out how to safely and quickly make one of them. Good eye! And thanks!

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