DIY magic carpet cat hammock

I made a cosy  magic carpet hammock for our cat Ananas, right under our coffee table!

He was hesitant to crawl in on the first day, but now it’s definitely his go-to cosy place. Even when we have guests over, he loves sitting at the center of the group, yet sheltered underneath the table.

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How to make your own DIY magic carpet cat hammock

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Supplies
  • an old towel you can fold in half or into a third (like I did), make sure you use one that will look ok in your living room if you plan on hanging it in plain sight
  • some zpagetti yarn or other yarn that is strong enough to hold the whole thing (including your cat) up
  • a crochet hook
  • a pair of scissors (a knife is optional)
  • a big comb for making the tassels, but you could just as easily use your hands
  • elastic bands for tieing the tassels
  • a coffee table you can hang the hammock from
  • if you can’t attach the hammock to something underneath the table, you will have to put 4 sufficiently strong hooks into the bottom of your table or into the sides of its legs
Directions

Fold your towel and lay it out underneath your table. Make sure each corner of the folded towel is about 10 cm away from its closest table leg. If necessary, fold your towel differently or consider using a different towel. You could also cut off a strip of towel, but I wouldn’t recommend it, as the cut edge might fray when you wash your hammock or when the loose strings meet your cat’s claws.

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Once you’ve found the right ‘fold’, put holes through the corners of your folded towel using your knife or your scissors. Make sure to stay at least 3cm away from the edges of your folded towel.

Now, crochet through the holes to strengthen the corners of your hammock. I used this video tutorial to freshen up on my (limited) crocheting skills. I used ten slip stitches on each corner. Make sure they are tight enough not to show the towel through the crochet.
Leave 10cm on each end of the zpagetti to tie together and use to hang the tassels from.

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The tassels underneath give the hammock a magic carpet look. You could make the hammock without them if you feel like you don’t need it to be as bohemian.
I used a big toothed-comb and wound the zpagetti around about 5 and a half times at the length I had in mind. Then I tied one side of the wound up yarn to the loose ends of the crocheted corners and cut open the other side. I didn’t use zpaghetti to bind the tassels together and went for yellow rubber bands instead. Using yarn might have looked a bit sleeker, but I figured it wouldn’t be as cat proof or as colorful.

For tieing the hammock to the table, make 4 braids of yarn, each about 60cm long, with knots on the ends.

Wrestle the braids through the stitches of the crocheted corners, on the opposite side of the tassels.

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If there’s nothing underneath the table to tie your hammock to, attach 4 sturdy hooks to it.

Hang the hammock underneath your coffee table using square knots and you are done!

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To attract the interest of your cat, you might want to throw some toys or treats into the hammock, but make sure not to force him into it (confession – I tried, did not work). Ananas wasn’t that interested in the hammock on the first day, but we suddenly noticed him balled up in his hammock when we were watching television on the next *aawwws all over.

Enjoy your cat hammock, lots of love!

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NYE and no interwebs

First and foremost:
All the best to you and yours in this brand new year!

Also:
We’ve moved into the apartment!

Two weeks and three days ago to be exact. And it was quite the busy day with  parents, siblings and housemates helping out, driving back and forth with two family cars, loading and unloading and even picking up some online-bought second hand furniture in the outskirts of Brussels.
All of that with Tim’s broken elbow, lots of stairs and traffic jam galore. Our knackered parents drove back home at 11.30PM, leaving us with furniture and boxes all over the floor, but not before making sure the biggest pieces  had already been properly set up. Like the bed. That was awesome. So proud. So sleepy.

On moving day, we got ourselves a new second-hand Belgian designer sideboard which was near-impossible to fit into my father’s car and had turned out to be enormously heavy. But it now looks oh so b-e-a-u-tiful opposite the kitchen .
We found out that the corner-cabinets we spotted online (also second-hand) are almost an exact match for Tim’s beautiful mid-century modern (hand crafted way back when near our hometowns) cabinets. The wood of the corner piece is a bit lighter and instead of a base board, like the other ones, it has 4 pretty legs. Apart from that, the handles and details turned out to be matching exactly – bliss*.

The dining room table we had our eye on was quite damaged (which was not mentioned in the advert, nor visible in the pictures – not cool  bros), so we passed up on that one, which is a bit of a pity for the wasted time, but not spending that much money on a damaged table was certainly for the best.
By consequence and necessity, my desk is moonlighting in the kitchen with a couple of tip-up seats. It doesn’t seem to mind ^_^.

Since the move we haven’t had a proper internet connection – hence this late post, but that’s supposed to get sorted this Thursday (and not on the 29th as was planned – grmblgrdamnyouinternetprovider).

Ooh! We already had our first little houseparty on NYE! And the first reactions to the place were very positive – so yay! More prouds! I made some fresh hummus and guacamole and all night long we ate and drank it up cosily/sillily –  hope you too had a great start of 2015!

Gelukkig nieuwjaar Bonne année Happy new year 🎆

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*Never you mind that chipped nail polish! I was slaving in the kitchen and making the place look great all day, so myeah!
(also – that’s the Eames rocking chair in the back!)

Cheers babes and hunks, much love.

Online furniture shopping

On this beautiful lazy Sunday, sitting on our almost ex-couch in our almost ex-living room, Tim and I gently slipped into an online second hand shopping spree.

After a day of looking around, we’ve got our eyes on some gorgeous mid-century modern style furniture. So we sent out some emails and did some bidding on eBay.
As I write these words our living room is morphing in my mind. If we get the cherry wooden dining room table, my desk table won’t have to be temporarily repurposed, so where do we create a working space? And if we get the corner closet, do we need to leave another piece behind? Confusing and exciting, online shopping for second hand stuff is definately keeping this moving process interesting.

One of the pieces on eBay that we actually got our hands on was this beauty!
Although a replica, it’s designed after the Eames molded plastic rocker, so I am totally psyched. It’s being delivered to our new place after our move!

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It’s going to look great on our dark wooden floors, and what I love about this timeless design is just that. It’s timeless! It goes with the eclectic – bohemian? – airy style we have in mind right now.

Shopping online together was also a good experience. We’re getting to know the details about each other’s design related likes and dislikes. I’m most delighted to find that we’ve found a style we’re both happy with… Awesomesauce!

Tim’s slightly more into heavier pieces, like my street find we dragged into my room a year and a half ago (which I’m planning to revamp for the new place, maybe more later). But his purchase of a five-piece living room cupboard set last year was actually what sparked my love for the mid century modern – lighter stuff! So we’ve been growing towards each other in that sense.

Anyway, that’s where we’re at, very excited, very up for the move – now with extra seating!