Today I’m sharing someone who I follow on Instagram and I love seeing her projects that she does in the homes she flips. That’s right Karen is a flipper amongst other things. It’s something that I always wanted to do so naturally I love seeing it when other people do it and I’m obsessed with flipping TV shows. Are you too?
So meet Karer from Year of Serendipity and her kitties:
Hello! I’m so excited that Julia asked me here today! I’m Karen and I blog over at Year of Serendipity about house flipping, design, and DIY (unless something else strikes my fancy). When I’m not up to my eyeballs in DIY projects, I can be found at home cuddling my kittens Daisy and Charlie (and maybe my Hubby).
5 years ago, the closest thing to a real pet I had ever had was a dog next door. First my sister was allergic, then came Hubby. My husband has pretty bad asthma, even though he grew up with 4 cats. By the time we got married, I was resigned to the fact that I would never have the furry companion I always wanted. A few weeks before our first wedding anniversary I was once again telling a friend that I couldn’t get a cat because I had Hubby. After I relayed this story to him, the dear man said “you want a cat? let’s get a cat this weekend.” With his asthma under control, we decided it was worth the risk. We started calling around to shelters that didn’t have a lengthy approval process since we wanted to go home with a cat that day. Hubby ended up talking to a wonderful woman named Eileen at a local humane society and after telling her about us and what we were looking for she said she had the perfect cat for us. Her name was Baby Daisy and she started purring like a motor boat the second Hubby picked her up. We were hooked. We didn’t even entertain the idea of another cat, Daisy picked us.
Daisy has my heart. She’s a petite little diva who is fully aware of her cuteness. She’s great with our 2 year old nephew and will just walk away if she’s done. No claws, no hissing, just a polite ‘excuse me’. What a lady.
She usually hangs out on the couch with us while we’re watching tv, but her favorite time to cuddle is after we’ve hit the snooze button or right when we’re trying to leave the house. If I’m ever late, it’s pretty safe to assume that it’s because I got Daisied. You try resisting this purring face.
Charlie came into the picture about 6 months after Miss Daisy.
With both Hubby and I at work all day, we knew Daisy needed a companion. When we bought our house, it was the perfect time. We moved in on Saturday and brought Charlie home on Sunday. He was another easy pick. I went sans Hubby to a rescue cat adoption day at a local pet shop. I had a list of cats I had seen online that I wanted to meet, but luckily for me, they were all adopted by the time I got there. I was introduced to Elf (that name had to go) and when I held him, he didn’t try to escape, he just burrowed into my arm. I melted. Apparently I’m easy to win over.
Charlie’s a lovable dufus. He came from a cat hoarder so he definitely has some lingering fears. While he loves people, he’s usually afraid of them and will watch from a distance. But this not so little guy (15 lbs!) wants to be a part of all of my DIY. If it fits, it sits. Even if it’s fabric that I’m in the middle of sewing. “Mom, can I help? Here, let me sit on it.”
He’s never met a bag he didn’t want to sit in and empty laundry baskets call to him like a beacon. He is the enforcer of bed time and will inform me of such. We most often referred to him as Bear- he’s big and fluffy and wants your attention. NOW.
Daisy and Charlie function a lot like siblings. While I never find them cuddling (much to my dismay) when we’re not around they’re generally in the same room and enjoy playing together. Even though he’s almost double her size, Daisy’s usually the boss. That’s my girl.
Like the crazy cat people we are and since Hubby really needed nothing for Christmas, I found an etsy artist to do a custom painting. I asked the artist to paint them as serious as you can make cats in clothes. Because what else do you get a man who doesn’t want gifts? An anthropomorphic cat painting naturally.
Now that I have my feline loves, I can’t imagine not having furry companions. It would be tough to top these 2, though…. I’m pretty sure we won the kitty lottery.
Thanks Julia for letting me tell Daisy and Charlie’s story and letting me wave my crazy cat lady flag high!
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One again adorable kitty cats aren’t they? Those faces and big eyes.
I love seeing the awesome before and after flips that Karen does. I mean look at this (click HERE to see more):
And her own kitchen remodel is pretty awesome too (click HERE):
And her house is just the cutest on the outside as well:
I’m sure now you want to visit her, so click HERE to do so 😉 !
One more thing, next week and the following I won’t have a pet post because I will be doing a little something different but after that the pet series will be back.
Have a great weekend my friends.