Catgoods For Thanksgiving

Inside, the house had been readied for the rasher of Fairegarden clan members to arrive with hungry bellies and peals of hearty laughter.

Outside, the garden had kicked into winter interest mode…

…With leaves and berries boldly on display… Above: Eastern Wahoo, Euonymus atropurpureus.

…Although some are Fading Faire. Above: Heuchera ‘Faire Piecrust’, a seedling that sprouted serendipitously.

This year’s gifts for the family were spawned when there was a little leftover leaf casting mix during the manufacture of juice box shaped blocks for lining an unruly flower bed under the garage deck. (For previous Thanksgiving gifts and a how to for other cement crafts, click here-How To Make Leaf Castings.)

With the shape outlined in modeling clay that had been warmed by handling then rolled into a snake and flattened, this one made by little six year old offspring of offspring Semi, LTB during a babysitting extravaganza this fall, the extra leaf casting mix from the block project was scooped into the form. A large nail made the facial features, and later a hole in the forehead for hanging, marbles were inserted for the eyes, then it was allowed to dry and cure. Using the clay is the way to go with free form cement work.

After the rough edges were filed to clean them up a bit, the Catgoods, the official name of these plaques, were painted using the little bottles of craft paint and given a thick coat of polyurethene to enable them to withstand many years of exposure to outdoor elements. LTB was a prime helper with the painting colors chosen, not to mention deft brushwork. I would never have thought to use these color combinations, but love the results.

And there you have the Catgood family. They are a happy, carefree lot. Do not fear them, for all are friendly and smiling, see? They will bring good luck and karma to any home or garden in which they reside, for they were made with all the love we possess for our dear family. It will be interesting to see which goes home with whom, for all are different, both the Catgoods and the Fairegarden family members. LTB took his home and painted it there, earlier this fall. As for the name Catgood, it was a fortuitous typo I once made on a social media site. There was one more cement item made in addition to the Catgoods…

…For the owners of a certain ice cream shop. The top is a hypertufa ball, the cone is leaf casting mix poured into an old Easter basket.

May the love and gratitude of the holidays just passed and those yet to come be spread to you and yours. Happy Thanksgiving!


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16 Responses to Catgoods For Thanksgiving

  1. Lisa at Greenbow says:

    You are such a creative soul Frances. Love these kitties. Anyone would be proud to have one of these in their garden. I hope you and yours are full of turkey and all the fixins.

    You are so sweet, dear Lisa, thank you. Our big day is always the day after Thanksgiving, after everyone has spent quality time with the inlaws, they then travel here. We hope to do some hands on cement projects with them today, too, if the temps warm up enough. I hope your holidays are wonderful!

  2. What a heartwarming post, Frances. I’m glad your family was able to come together for a joyful Thanksgiving. And these cats? Would be an honour to own and cherish. The DeLong-Huntley clan of living fur balls approve of them. Happy and peaceful Thanksgiving weekend to you, dear lady.

    Thank you, dear Jodi. I do hope your fur balls are taking good care of you while you heal. Our thoughts are with you. You certainly have some cutie pies up there! Our family will all be assembled here soon, when the rest of them arrive this morning. I am happiest when all are together.

  3. gardening says:

    it looks like you’ve created a really magical space. Very inspirational!

    Thank you, inspirational is a high compliment!

  4. Linda says:

    Just gorgeous! Meow!!

    Thanks Linda. Meow to you.

  5. Layanee says:

    What fun for you and LTB, not to mention the recipients. Great job.

    Thanks Layanee. Great fun was had by all.

  6. Robin Ripley says:

    What fun! I love the way you throw yourself into the holiday.

    Thanks Robin. Thanksgiving is when we can all be together, usually, which makes it a favorite time of year.

  7. Alison says:

    I love your Catgoods, Frances! Your work with cement and hypertufa is inspirational, I have been gathering together materials lately to give it a try. I think I will have to do mine inside the garage, though.

    Thanks Alison, for those kind words. They were not difficult to make, there is no right or wrong way. Just using up some extra cement mix, do give it a try!

  8. These are just delightful. Happy Thanksgiving to the whole Faire family!

    Thanks Helen. We did indeed have a wonderful family affaire!

  9. Kathleen says:

    I love it! I bet they will too. It’s always interesting to see what you’re making Frances. Happy Thanksgiving!

    Thanks Kathleen, for following closely enough to know the methods here! I hope your Thanksgiving was wonderful.

  10. Lola says:

    Very loving products. The colors are great. I hope all had a wonderful day enjoying good company & good food.

    Thanks Lola. The colors were remarked upon, the credit going to LTB. The day was wonderful, for sure.

  11. Carol says:

    Crafty, crafty, crafty. Those turned out great. I hope you all had a marvelous Thanksgiving feast.

    Thanks Carol. We did have a wonderful get together with more than enough good food. I do not need to cook again for some time. I hope you had a lovely Thanksgiving yourself!

  12. You have so much skill, talent and imagination! Great Catgoods!

    You are too kind, Freda, thank you.

  13. Becky says:

    Such lovely cats for a garden and they won’t leave any unwanted surprise presents in your garden soil for you to find later! The whole project looks like great fun!

    Thanks Becky. These catgoods should prove to be guardians of the garden, all good, all the time.

  14. Frances, those are wonderful creative gifts. I am sure everyone you give to treasures them.


    Thanks Eileen, you are sweet to say so.

  15. Lisa says:

    The Catgood family gifts are amazing! I’m sure everyone appreciated them…and I hope all of you had a wonderful Thanksgiving.

    Thanks Lisa. Thanksgiving went especially well since the weather cooperated. We were able to have some more fun with cement, in fact. I hope your own feast went well, too.

  16. Rose says:

    Love all the kitties! Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving, Frances!

    Thanks Rose. We did have a great time together. I hope you had the same joyful holiday.

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