As you probably know by now, I am a crazy cat lady in training. We have FIVE cats, plus a few strays that love to stop by for food. My two older cats, Tallulah & Tiger Lily are pretty content to just laze about in the sun, but my younger three are balls of energy that want to play all the time! They all have different styles of play- Cricket likes to sit up somewhere high, like on top of my bookcase, and catch toys as you throw them to her. BonoCat plays fetch. Jasper likes to chase things, but will also just pick up his favorite toys and carry them around for a while while growling. Basically, I live in a house of small furry crackheads.
Ellen from Hazen's Attic, a shop on Etsy, was awesome enough to send some of her homemade catnip sac toys for my cats to review! These little squares are filled with organic catnip that she grows herself! (Fun fact- the shop is named after her own cat, Hazen!)
I wasn't 100% sure how excited my cats would be about these. I mean, its just a plain square, right? Well, you know how your cats ignore the super fancy toys you bring home, but love simple things? That's totally the case here!
I let Jasper test a toy first, since he is our resident catniphead, and he went straight for it! For the next 10 minutes, he happily cuddled it, nibbled on it, rolled around on top of it, and judging by how wet it was when I picked it up so he'd take a break, drooled all over it.
BonoCat was my next tester. He's never had a catnip toy, but given how silly he is in general, I figured he'd be all over it and I was right!
I'm thinking we might need to try out the other cat toys from Hazen's Attic! She also makes larger catnip toys that make a crinkly noise, as well as other fun handmade items like drawstring wine bags and fabric decorated cork memo boards!
Ellen told me a little about how she got started making her beautiful wine bags:
"My wine bags began with a random idea popping into my head one day. I have always had an entepreneurial spirit, since painting rocks and making pins to sell at school when I was 8. I was big into making "yo-yos", the little floral fabric gathered flowers you see everywhere on my site, and the first set of Wine Sacs were made with those. I went to several local wine stores, and they started carrying them on consignment. I then came across a cuffed style in a fabric store, and I redesigned the pattern because theirs was way too big and sloppy on the bottle. I have been selling hundreds since then, especially at the Christmas season.I have a huge fabric stash, so I pull from that, but I love to go fabric shopping for the latest colors and patterns. I love theme fabrics, and it's fun to make a Wine Sac for someone who is a musician, or a dog lover for example. One of my customers has me fill her whole gift list with special theme sacs, so she can give them all a bottle of wine with a special touch...more personalized."
What can you expect to see in the future on Hazen's Attic?
"I am also a purse-nut. I have hundreds of patterns, and an overabundance of ideas that I wish I had the time to execute. My mind is like a non-stop photo gallery of ideas, and sometimes it is even hard to get to sleep at night.
Years ago, I started with a friend making wool-felted knitted bags, and lots of crazy scarves with all of the new novelty yarns. We sold them at craft fairs. I still love knitting and crocheting, but would like to do a line of fabric scarves next. I have new ideas for wine bags, and I hope to add them to the line in the Fall, along with new purses.
In the past, I have been employed as a jewelry designer, with a BFA from Rhode Island School of Design. Since most of the jewelry industry has dried up in the Providence area where I worked, I now only do a bit of freelance in that area. I have loads of jewelry making supplies, so one day, I will be adding jewelry to Hazen's Attic too. So many projects, so little time!"
The best part is she sent me an EXTRA catnip toy to give away to one of my readers!! How cool is that?
Entering is easy! Just check out Hazen's Attic on Etsy and tell me your favorite item! This must be done first for bonus entries to count!
1. Add Hazen's Attic to your favorite shops on Etsy
2. Tweet about this giveaway (and leave the link). You may do this up to three times for one entry each! Please just make the tweets on separate days so you don't drive your followers nuts!
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6. Blog about this giveaway with a link back to this post, and one to Hazen's Attic for 5 bonus entries! (leave the link and 5 comments!)
7. Make a purchase from Hazen's Attic during the contest period for 10 bonus entries!
Please be sure to leave a separate comment for EACH entry that you do, or it won't count! The giveaway will run until 11:59 PM on May 1. The winner will be chosen by random number generator and contacted by e-mail the next day. They have 48 hours to respond, or a new winner will be chosen.
This giveaway is open to US and Canada only.
Good luck & happy entering!