Custom Orders for Valentine’s Day 2015

Hello!

Just a little note to say that all custom orders for Valentine’s Day 2015 will close as follows:

Singapore & Malaysia

Orders close on: 6 February 2015

Shipped by: 11 Februry 2015

International (only available with expedited shipping. Surcharge applies for shipping.)

Orders close on: 4 February 2015

Shipped by: 9 February 2015

Thank you! Have a great day ^^

Debbie

Mew Review III : Supplementary Warfare & Cat Idea

Okay so even I admit that the title of this review is kinda overly dramatic, but I am sure most pet parents would be familiar with the act of waging war. That is, the war that takes place at mealtime whenever our furkids refuse to eat!

The Honest Kitchen Invigor vs. Vibrant Pets Frisky Feline 

Late in November, our meows had the privilege of trying out a sachet of Vibrant Pets Frisky Feline. They were already using Invigor from The Honest Kitchen‘s range of herbal supplements, so when Nekojam.com kindly offered to send us a sachet of Frisky Feline, I was enthusiastic to let my meows give it a go. I will not republish any ingredient lists here, so please visit the official sites for all that, if you are interested.

To start off, here’s a little bit of background to my cats and their preferences, just to give this review a better perspective. I just thought I might state that my cats are probably not the fussiest of felines, but they too, have preferences like most average meows. On a scale of one to ten, with ten being most fussy and one not at all, I would rate Dyllis a 7.5 and Dexter a 4.5.

For most part, Dyllis and Dexter are like day and night – they typically have opposing preferences which can be as much of a good thing as a bad (ie. not fighting over the same toy = good; whilst not being able to find a single kind of cat litter they can both agree on, so that I can save money buying in bulk = bad!).

Like pretty much everything else, Dyllis and Dexter like different types of food, for example, Dyllis loves tuna and Dexter loves pork.

Dyllis is usually harder to please in general, where food is concerned, and if the wet food served isn’t to her liking, she would rather starve herself and subsist solely on kibble (don’t get me started on the harms of a mostly kibble diet). Dexter is not as difficult to please, but some brands (this includes the expensive, renown brands too) set off his sensitive tummy and we all suffer for it (read: wet stools). Thus it had been quite a challenge to create a diet they would both be willing to eat regularly and one that does not trigger Dexter off.

It is generally difficult to have them both agree on one type of food. So when they both dislike something, I have to admit it is pretty worrisome, especially when it is supposedly healthy 😛

In looking for dietary supplements, I decided at first to go with Invigor because our meows were already on THK – Prowl (raw-dehydrated food) once a day, and were doing very well. THK is a brand that I have grown to trust a great deal.

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Our tin of Invigor did not disappoint. Upon opening the tin, one is met with a natural, fresh, herbaceous scent. It is a very fine powder that resembles green, dust particles.

Both meows accepted it without fuss from the very first day I introduced it into their morning meal, along with Prowl. I started out with less than half the indicated dosage, because I obviously did not want to risk Dexter getting sick.

However, from the time I began adding Invigor to their food, I noticed that they started eating voraciously – as though they were insatiable! It was a bit scary, they were begging for food non-stop, even after their usual portioned-meals. Dyllis suddenly was a different cat altogether, it was as though the mechanics in her tummy were switched on and she started eating proper portions. Prior to this, she ate like a model watching her figure, if at all. Dexter always ate with gusto, so going on Invigor just made him eat even more.

They are both young cats, but I doubt over-eating at any life stage is healthy. It was hard to keep to the fixed meals, though I did increase their portions slightly. If only to prevent them from becoming manic eating machines, I never got to the point where I had any desire to raise their dosage to match what was indicated on the packaging, as long as I made sure to include it in their morning meals dutifully.

I had hoped to enjoy the same smooth transition with the Vibrant Pets Frisky Feline.

The product is a wheat-coloured powder, but not nearly as finely ground as that of the Invigor. There was quite a noticeable scent from the yeast, but this was not as obvious when taken out of the container, in small quantities.

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On the first day I tried out the Frisky Feline, however, I must fess up to say that even at a quarter of the recommended dosage, my cats completely ignored their meal. No amount of coaxing could get them to eat anything. Even Dexter, who would usually humour me. In the past if I tried to feed him by hand, we could possibly work our way through at least half a plate of food. No such luck this time. I couldn’t even get into Dexter’s good books!

The next morning (the meows get Nutripe Fit in the evenings and some kibble overnight), I decided to reduce the (already reduced) dosage of Frisky Feline. At best, this was about one-sixth of the teaspoon. I still did not have any real luck, though this time Dexter was game enough to eat a few mouthfuls. We regretfully wasted everything else.

At some point, during that first week on Frisky Feline, I checked out their main site for more details and noticed that they wrote: “Our formula is blended so the most finiky cat will like it and requires no refrigeration.”

Something must be weird about my meows then, so I thought. I kept trying over the next few days, and got pretty much nowhere. Our regular feedings of Prowl (and tuna toppings) in the mornings and Nutripe Fit in the evenings, got completely ignored.

Fast forward a few days, I texted Debrah from Nekojam.com and told her I was getting nowhere with this review because my meows wouldn’t cooperate. Thankfully she was very understanding, being a cat slave owner herself. With her encouragement, I decided to pause the additions of all supplements for a few days – and let them have their usual foods.

Unfortunately for me, they still refused to eat. I became quite jaded too – I mean, it was hard work establishing a workable diet and I was kinda worried that the raw-dehy was being rejected alongside everything else, in favour of kibble. Thankfully Debrah had earlier recommended the Schesir range of cat food and we had ordered some to try it on the meows, which arrived in the nick of time. It literally saved the meows as they had rejected ALL their usual wet food! By all, I mean every wet meal excluding their kibble.

Slowly I had to turn their diet around once again, because I really do not want them weaned off the raw-dehy, for longterm health reasons. The Schesir helped us out quite a bit in this transitionary period. Some days were particularly difficult, and it seemed that all Dyllis would eat was tuna and kibble, but I was unrelenting. It did take a fairly long time, considering that  it is already end- January, to get both meows back on a proper diet.

Today, we are nowhere back to the same amount of raw-dehy they were once happy to eat, but gradually, I am putting more of it back into their meals. I can see a little ray of hope now. They are eating both supplements, the Honest Kitchen’s Invigor and Vibrant Pet’s Frisky Feline, daily, with Prowl and Schesir Tuna and Salmon in the mornings and a rotation of Nutripe Fit Venison and Lamb, and Schesir Tuna and Seabream or Schesir Chicken and Ham. [In related news.. Nekojam is now having a Buy 6 get 1 free Schesir promo, so you might want to order up some for your meows ^^] In spite of such a stressful, lengthy transition, my heart rests a little better to know that they have access to a good range of necessary vitamins and nutrients, required to grow strong and healthy.

To conclude, the kitty verdict seems to unanimously favour Invigor, though with lots of patience and a longer transition period, the Frisky Feline was eventually accepted too.

Since I’ve been at least partially swayed by the kitty vote, I would also recommend the Honest Kitchen’s Invigor, if there has to be a toss-up. However, if your cat is not fussy at all, or if you would prefer a supplement with yeast and a wider range of nutrients, you might want to try out the Vibrant Pets Frisky Feline. Though, it might be helpful to know that our experience was that the Frisky Feline is best fed with tuna or strong(er) smelling foods.

Stockist: Nekojam.com

The Honest Kitchen – Invigor retails at SGD36.00 for 156grams

Vibrant Pets  – Frisky Feline retails at SGD68.90 for 204grams

Cat Idea

Last December, Nekojam.com had a 15% discount for the Cat Idea range of products in their shop. The timing was good as I managed to snag some Christmas gifts for my meows 🙂 I ordered them a Cat Idea bed, a grooming spray and two brushes, a slicker brush and a steel pin brush.

What really stood out from this order is the slicker brush. It is by far the best item I bought from Cat Idea so far, even though I later found the cat bed (see below) was actually pretty well made too. Each Cat Idea brush comes in an array of 4 yummy colours and we chose them in the favourite colours for each meow 😛 Yellow for Dyllis and teal blue-green for Dexter.

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The slicker brush comes with a built-in metal rake that really comes in handy when I brush Dexter. Being a very poufy boy, Dexter requires twice a day brushing. Let’s just say that our two existing slicker brushes needed some backup 😛 One of these is a Ferplast slicker that sees Dexter running over excitedly whenever someone picks it up. He absolutely loves this old brush and I’d put up a picture of it here if it weren’t already so tatty looking. The metal wires on this brush pick up his loose fur very well, but over time, they have bent over in all directions. I had bought quite a number of brushes but none of them could win him over 😛

That has changed! Once this new slicker arrived, Dexter switched favourites pretty quickly. Even Dyllis’ new steel pin brush does not tempt him the least bit at all, when both brushes are offered! In case anyone is wondering, Dyllis however, still has not warmed up to any brush in particular. This is typical of her – she usually hates being brushed 😛

Here’s a close-up of the heads of both brushes..

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Cat Idea – Steel pin-head brush in Yellow

Cat Idea – Slicker brush with in built rake in teal / Tiffany blue

The Cat Idea Americano Cat Pod, is truly a dream – it comes in a dust bag and the middle cushion is removable, with a washable cover. It is evenly and generously padded on all sides, unlike some other cat beds we’ve seen. Both sides of the middle cushion is printed on, too. What I like especially is that the entire bed is clad in material that is thick and the stitches are neat and sturdy.

Here are some photos, with the bed placed on our home-made cat tree, which is a actually just a humble Ikea-hack 🙂

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To conclude my thoughts on Cat Idea, if you had to get only one item from the entire Cat Idea range, I strongly recommend the brushes. In particular, the slicker, of course! It is an absolute must-have if your furkid has medium to long fur.

As for the kitty verdict, Dexter helps deliver his verdict on the brush 😛 This is him, waiting to claim his brushing session because he saw me pick up his new slicker brush ^^

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Dexter: I see you have my brush… I’m here!!

Dexter: Ready and waiting….

Anyway, before I close this awfully lengthy review…… you probably need not stick to just getting one itemfrom Cat Idea after all!! Nekojam.com is currently running a Cat Idea promo from now until 19 February 2015 which allows you to put together a hamper of goodies from Cat Idea at $30 off the usual price 🙂 Wheee ^^

Click the image below to obtain the discount code from Nekojam.com 🙂

Cat Idea Promotion on Nekojam.com

Stockists: Nekojam.com

Pricelist: _http://nekojam.com/brand/catidea/

[Images that do not belong to hesedetang * have been used with permission from Nekojam.com]

Zentangles – Diva Challenge Wk 200 & Zenuari 2nd Week

How are we halfway into January 2015? Well I am still kinda in a post Christmas haze…! There’s much to do and tangle and I certainly hope I get out of my sloth mode really soon xD

Zenuari Challenge Week 2 Compilation

Do join us if a daily challenge is your thing. Here is the link to Anoeska’s Zenuari blog entry 🙂

Here is my compilation of my second week at Zenuari ^^ [clicking on the images will take you to Flickr]

Day 8 – Background Wash

I struggled with this one, for quite a long time. I don’t really paint anything except my own nails, so I did play with the idea of using nail polish for my background wash. I actually attempted to do so on a few tiles but I ruined them once my Microns hit the painted surface xD Eventually I used a colour pen, which was supposedly yellow 😛 It came out bright orange, oh well.

Anyway here it is.. I cheated – I tweaked it down a notch using my photo editor xD I tangled up Cockles & Mussels into my ING and embellished with Mooka & Kelp. Pretty ordinary, save for the garish hues.

Zenuari Challenge Day 8 - Background Wash  Zenuari Challenge Day 8 - Background Wash

Day 9 – Winter

The last time I’d experienced a proper Winter with ice and snow was in South Korea, in 2011. As much as I love Winter, the cold, and snowflakes, I live in the tropics and it was kinda difficult to think about Winter for this challenge because the days are bright and blustery here.

I ended up drawing a mini-dala using Fife as the beginning of my snowflake. This was probably not the best choice, because my snowflake looks too much like a flower xD

Zenuari Challenge Day 9 - Winter

Day 10 – Blind String

I love blind string challenges and this one was no exception ^^

Flux and Sand Swirl literally flowed out of my pen as I did this one. However, I spent a LONG time trying to think of how to fill up the oval space, and almost wanted to use Meringue to do so 😛 But I left it in the end because I thought it looked quite cute just like that, with the empty, airy, centre 🙂

Zenuari Challenge Day 10 - Bind String

Zenuari Challenge Day 10 - Bind String

Day 11 –  Zendala Sunday

Whilst catching up with my aunt and cousin sometime last week, we chanced upon a craft shop clearance corner. I found a few pieces of very pretty scrapbooking paper which I thought would make great tangle surfaces.

Although not as tempting as the Shikishi board I played with last week, this piece certainly had its own charm. I tangled a large ‘dala with a Cross in the centre, using a teal coloured pen.

The colours weren’t exactly what I had in my mind, so I again, tweaked the colours with editing software. And voila ^^ I am very pleased!

Zenuari Challenge Day 11 - Zendala Sunday

Zenuari Challenge Day 11 - Zendala Sunday

Day 12 – Biggify

Since I usually draw my Sand Swirls tiny, I picked this to use, large.

Zenuari Challenge Day 12 - Biggify

I should have used my Blind String tile from above for a better size comparison photo 😛 It would have been nice to see tiny and large Sand Swirls side by side 😛 Oh well. Zenuari Challenge Day 12 - Biggify

Day 13 – Use tangles that start with your initials

I picked Dust Bunnies & Lily Padz for this one – and my, they make a cute couple! Don’t they?

Zenuari Challenge Day 13 - Initialise

Tangled on old book paper, mounted on a postcard blank.

Zenuari Challenge Day 13 - Initialise

Day 14 – Circles

This is actually tomorrow’s challenge 😛 I figured I’d not be able to get to it in time anyway, so I decided to do the challenge and upload it together with this post ^^

What better than to marry Printemps and Cruffle? I couldn’t leave out Tipple, so I tangled some in as well ^^

Zenuari Challenge Day 14 - Circles

Diva Challenge Wk 200 – Bi-Zen-tennial Celebration

It’s the 200th challenge over at the Diva’s! Wow 🙂 I cannot help but feel a sense of awe at some tanglers who have completed ALL 200 challenges! It is quite an acheivement to celebrate, indeed!

For this challenge we were to pick our “mac-&cheese” tangle, in other words, our ‘go-to’ or most-often-used tangle, and feature it in a monotangle. Somewhere on the tile, the number 200 must be visible.

I picked Trentwith – it was a toss up between Trentwith, Mooka and Sanibelle 😛 I added a few spots of colour, just for fun.

Diva Challenge Wk 200 - Bi-zen-tennial

Diva Challenge Wk 200 - Bi-zen-tennial

And with this, I shall sign off to visit other entries ^^

Till next week!

P.S. Thanks for all the visits and comments. They are always much appreciated ❤

P.P.S If you should require a response from me, or have any questions, I may be contacted at hesedetang[at]gmail.com 🙂 Have a great week!

Open for Commission & MAAD Pyjamas!!

Hello !!

I am happy to announce that my little shop is once again open to take commissions and bespoke requests. Simply fill up this form or write to me at hesedetang[at]gmail.com 🙂

Do feel free to browse at Facebook.com/hesedetang as well for customisation ideas ^^

On another note, my shop is scheduled to return to our monthly booth at MAAD Pyjamas on Friday, 6 February 2015, 5pm – midnight 🙂

Have a great week!

debbie a.k.a hesedetang *

Zentangles – Diva Challenge Wk 199 & Zenuari 1st Week

Greetings, this is my first ZT-related post this year. I hope everyone is well 🙂

Although we’re only just a week into 2015, this year looks set to be a year of busy. My schedule has been penciled into, as far as mid-April already!

I harbour a lot of hopes and anticipation for this year and I believe that it will be a year of restoration and new beginnings in my life. I am sensing the reversal of the tides in my life, and I am very pleased to count my participation in the upcoming CZT Training #18 as one of the few blessings strewn across my path.

I am so pleased that some of you who are attending CZT #18 have reached out to me in friendship – Thank you! – it makes the adventure (I am travelling solo across the globe to be there) less daunting, as I look forward to putting faces behind the names.

This January, I will also be attending my first ZT 101 class.

Sometime around late December, I contacted newly-minted Singapore CZT Mabel Yap and found that we just ‘clicked’. I had, much earlier in the year, contacted the first two Singaporean CZTs (Mabel is the third) about classes and did not receive any response. No matter, really, all is well 🙂 Mabel was completely warm and encouraging and to my delight, she invited me to attend her first ever class, which she was organising for friends-only! I am beyond excited 😛

I should stop my gushing here, but I am deeply encouraged, by what I see as ‘progress’, and equally elated that things are looking up after so long  2015 is looking set to be one exciting year ^^

Zenuari Challenge Week 1 Compilation

Last year through Swapbot, I met two lovely ladies, Anoeska and Aly from the Netherlands, who simply LOVE to tangle. Across the many swaps and miles between us, we have struck up a firm friendship, which I appreciate because I have no immediate friends here in my circle that like tangling, if at all.

Anoeska has issued a challenge she ingeniously calls Zenuari which is a daily challenge for the month of January 2015. I nearly missed this challenge due to my post-Christmas food coma recovery period, and Aly was very sweet to tag me over Instagram and this caught my attention even though I was certainly quite out of it 😛

Do join us if it catches your fancy! Here is the link to Anoeska’s Zenuari blog entry 🙂

Here is a small compilation of my first week at Zenuari ^^ [clicking on the images will take you to Flickr]

Day 1 – 2015

I was so excited that I had been given a shiny new Intuos Pen and Touch Tablet for Christmas, I decided to use it to kick off the Zenuari challenge 😛 I don’t know if I regret the decision xD My digital tangles leave a lot wanting xD But here it is nonetheless xD
Zenuari Challenge Day 1 - 2015

Day 2 – Stars

I’d wanted sparkly, so I used some old nail polish to create the back drop for my star, not realising that the miniscule sparkles would not show up on camera xD So here the background looks kinda dull xD I also cheated for my string – I could not, for the life of me manage to draw a decent looking star! I had to resort to using a cookie cutter instead, but who cares, it works! 😛

Zenuari Challenge Day 2 - Stars

Zenuari Challenge Day 2 - Stars
Day 3 – Official tangles only

Feeling ambitious, and a bit overly confident, I decided to try out my largest ever ZIA attempt. For me, it is a major feat because of its sheer size. I was drawn to tangling mainly because of the small tile sizes, and I was happy and content, for the longest time to stick to 3″ and 3.5″ square tiles. Even when I ventured on to create ZIA postcards, I still stuck to the official tile size as a guide 😛 Enter the gorgeous, archival quality Shikishi board! My, I couldn’t wait to start on it, the moment I laid my eyes on it 😛

Traditionally, Chinese and Japanese calligraphers mounted their works on boards such as these for posterity. These boards were sturdy, beautifully hand-crafted and painstakingly gold-leafed. I am sure modern processes have replaced the hand-crafted ones with machines, but there is no doubt about it – the paper is still very heavy weight, and utterly beautiful.

We can still purchase these boards locally in Singapore, through the Japanese bookstore Kinokuniya and its stationary arm, A’n’BC. I got mine, measuring 9 1/2″ x 10 1/2″ (24.2cm x 27.2cm), approx 2mm thick, with gold leaf bordering, at SGD2.10 a board (which I consider a steal). The Shikishi boards come in different sizes, but they were not available that particular day (nor did it make any difference to me, for I was already infatuated.)

Back at home, I became a little intimidated by the thought of tangling directly onto the beautiful, unblemished surface of the board (people actually do so, just google) and so I started off on Kraft paper where I drew leaves into my string.

Since we were to use only official tangles, I took it to mean official, Zentangle-HQ-issued tangles. I used 17 tangles in all, learning some of them for the very first time.

In all, it took me a couple of days to fill my string, after which I mounted the kraft paper onto the Shikishi ^^

Zenuari Challenge Day 3 - Official Tangles Only

Zenuari Challenge Day 3 - Official Tangles Only

I know this isn’t really LARGE and I am sure lots and lots of people have tangled up even larger pieces, but it is a major feat for me 🙂 I am ecstatic to have managed to pull it off!

Below is my shikishi board pictured with official Zentangle and Bijou tiles for a quick size comparison.

Zenuari Challenge Day 3 - Official Tangles Only

Achievement unlocked!

Day 4 –  No strings

After the mental (over)assertion that was Day 3’s challenge, I decided to stick to smaller tiles this time 😛 Groovy is a tangle I haven’t played with for awhile, so here it is without any strings, Flux, and some shading. I also used one of my tortillions for the first time, but I cannot seem to get the hang of it 😛

Zenuari Challenge Day 4 - No Strings

Day 5 – Black out

Coming in handy is this heavy weight chipboard ATC blank which arrived to me in three colours, white, kraft and black. I’d found uses for the white and kraft ones, but had not tried out the black, till this piece 🙂

My Sakura Gelly Roll proved a cantankerous companion, even though I was using it the way ZT HQ had suggested, hence some lines were more heavily weighted than others 😛

Zenuari Challenge Day 5 - Blackout
Day 6 – Word

For Day 6, we were to pick a word and feature it in our tangle. I decided to go with “Zenuari” – what is more appropriate than that? It is cute, unique and well, better sounding than say, Zen-bruari? xD

Out came my calligraphy pen for this one ^^
Zenuari Challenge Day 6 - Word
Day 7 – Duotangle

Today’s challenge was done in real time.

I think my brain must have outran my own over-ambition, or quite equally possibly, it is just my brain has run away altogether – I blame the flu bug I caught!! – so I am back to tangling on a Bijou tile 😛

I enjoy Huggins more now, than I ever did before. Not too sure why, but Huggins seems to be the only grid based tangle I can manage to pull off without pulling out my hair 😛 Inapod was another tangle I hadn’t played with in a few months, so I decided to use it here 🙂

Zenuari Challenge Day 7 - Duotangle

More tortillion practice is required of me, I think.

Diva Challenge Wk 199 – UMT Hitch

For the challenge, I tried out Hitch for the first time.

As usual for me and most UMT challenges, I just simply could not get it to ‘look pretty’. It is a shame, I checked out some challenge entries before trying my hand at it, and they were just altogether lovely.

In the end, I decided to abandon the linear versions I was trying to accomplish and did a semi-grid, which turned out prettier than all my previous attempts. By which time, too, I was quite exhausted mentally and I just wanted to put down my Micron 😛 and so I kept it ultra plain and simple, for a change, which unexpectedly left me feeling quite satisfied.

Here’s Hitch with Rain and Beadlines, very simple and airy 🙂 I am charmed by how Hitch looks like a Celtic cross and also a dreamcatcher, at the same time.

I may or may not add to it later, but for now, I am all for it’s delicate, breezy look…..

Diva Challenge Week 199 - UMT Hitch

Other ZIA inspired pieces..

Here are some other pieces I’ve created recently.. whilst I run off to visit challenge entries ^^

Zentangle Inspired Art Postcard

 

ZIA Postcard with Swedish old book paper – for my bestie ^^

Zentangle Inspired Art Postcard

 

ZIA Postcard with old book paper, for sale on Carousell

Zentangle Inspired Art

 Tangling over Christmas in my upcycled journal 🙂

Zentangle Inspired Art

P.S. Thanks for all the visits and comments. They are always much appreciated ❤

P.P.S If you should require a response from me, or have any questions, I may be contacted at hesedetang[at]gmail.com 🙂 Have a great week!