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Cover Art Weekend Blog Hop …. 19/11/2011


This is a fun meme for the weekends, count Friday and Monday as part of your weekend and have even more fun!

“This is a weekly meme, where you can get to display all those beautiful, funny, crazy and even those that make you think book covers you come across each week. I don’t know about the rest of you, but I love looking at different book covers. You may not be able to judge a book by its cover, but they are sure fun to look at.”

The Blog Hop is hosted by Yvonne, over at ‘Socrates’ Book Review Blog‘ and the rules for taking part are pretty simple:

1. Cross to ‘Socrates’ Book Review Blog’. Take the button at the top of her post and post it on your blog.

2. Chose a book cover of your choice and post it. (You can post as many covers as you’d like.)

3. Sign up with Mr. Linky at the bottom of the page. Please use the url that links directly to your cover art post.

4. Visit other blogs on the list to see what covers they are featuring this week.


As you probably all know by now, I have a completely irrational fear of cats, which I believe is a condition called Ailurophobia .

Just the sight of a cat picture or cat fur, can send me into mushy, frozen heap, unable to move or sometimes even to breathe and that’s without even coming across the real thing!

This cover I found pretty disturbing, but not half as much as the terrifying synopsis, or the (for me) horrendous and cringeworthy, blow by blow review of the book by Nikki, over at ‘Notes Of Life’.

The thought of actually touching all that cat fur and making something with it that would mean it would become a permanent reminder of the cat is horrifying, although obviously the author and several of you out there in ‘blogland’ who left comments on Nikki’s site, can see something esoteric in the whole process and concept……




“Are your favorite sweaters covered with cat hair?

Are there fur balls piled up in every corner of your home?

And do you love to make quirky and one-of-a-kind crafting projects?

If so, it’s time to throw away your lint roller and curl up with your kitty! “Crafting with Cat Hair” shows readers how to transform stray clumps of fur into soft and adorable handicrafts.

From kitty tote bags and finger puppets to fluffy cat toys, picture frames, and more, these projects are cat-friendly, eco-friendly, and require no special equipment or training.

You can make most of these projects in under an hour-with a little help, of course, from your feline friends! “


Off to rest in a darkened room after writing this post, have a great weekend everyone!


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  • Although I don’t have such a fear, obviously, but there’s something kind of creepy about making things out of cat hair, I think.

    Thanks for participating this week!

    • Hi Yvonne,

      I had thought, from the fact that your blogs are full of cat pics. and images, that this book would be right up your street. I could just visualise you sat there knitting your cat’s fur into a pair of warm winter mittens!

      Seriously, I am so glad that someone else finds this book as strange and spooky as me! It really is the stuff of nightmares.

      Have a great week

  • Oh gosh, no I didn’t know that about you. I don’t have an irrational fear but am allergic so I have to keep away from them too. And the idea of making something from cat hair???? Nooo, nooo, nooo…

    • Hi Cath,

      My mother always had the same fear and now both myself and my brother are the same, so I guess it is some kind of inherited phobia. I would cross the street to avoid having to walk past a cat and the thought that one would ‘shimmy’ around my legs, or worse still, jump up on me if I was seated, sends the shivers down my spine.

      Being allergic to furry animals is not particularly good either, I shouldn’t think, as they tend to sense that you are backing away from them, causing them to make even more of a beeline for you.

      I suppose one could argue that I do knit with sheeps, goats and alpaca wool, so what’s the difference …. my answer …. I have no idea, it just is!

      Hope that you are enjoying a relaxing Sunday and thanks for stopping by …. I am really enjoying following your armchair travels across America.

      • Yes, it does sound like an inherited thing. People might think that odd but I suspect you can inherit almost anything. My grandson has no contact whatsoever with his father but seems to have inherited *somehow* a love and curiosity about everything that lives in the sea. I wouldn’t have believed it if I hadn’t seen it with my own eyes.

        It is rather a nuisance being allergic. When I go to stay with people and they have cats or dogs (which they invariably seem to) I have to be very careful indeed. I seem to be particularly susceptible to black labs. I wondered why and when I looked into it found they have some kind of oil that keeps them water-proof in the water and this can be an irritant in humans. Amazing what you learn!

        My own dislike is spiders, which is very common of course, and not keen on snakes either.

        Glad you’re enjoying my travels, it seems I’m enjoying the easier reads at the moment, crime and children’s books. At some stage I’ll have to look at something more serious but am not in the mood at the moment. Maybe in the new year when things with my daughter have settled down.

        • Hi Cath,

          I know what you mean about ‘inherited traits’. Both of my nieces have inherited many likes and dislikes from their mother, without any coercion or suggestion from her. It really is most strange and seemingly completely unexplainable, although the youngest niece, who took A level psychology, would probably have an explanation or theory, if I actually took the time to ask her. There is always someone out there, with a theory about just about anything, such as your allergy to black labs. which seems very bizarre.

          I am okay with most dogs, but it seems that my phobia extends to all very furry animals, where you can feel the bones, such as rabbits, guinea pigs etc., although with cats it really is abnormally bad. We don’t tend to visit friends with cats, unless they agree to shut them out of the room when we are there, as they seem to sense my fear and make a bee-line for me. The worst offenders are pubs where they allow cats to roam around the bar and restaurant areas, then it can become quite embarassing when I suddenly freeze, or freak out!

          I should imagine that you have more important things on you mind than serious reading, right now, especially as the operation date gets closer. I am sure that everything will be fine and by Christmas all the worry will be a dim and distant memory.

          If you can find enough good fiction books to take you on your travels across the states, why delve into anything too deep and technical? I always find it amazing that many fiction books contain so much good quality supporting information about a location or lifestyle, some of the authors are meticulous in their research and are a joy to read.

          I am finding that I seem to be doing less and less reading and more and more blogging in my spare time, so at some point I shall have to seriously think about redressing the problem, as there just are not enough hours in the day!!

  • I find it so funny that this cute book cover should disturb and terrify anyone! Still, we can’t help our irrational fears (I can’t bare to seean image of a spider, let alone the real thing!).

    My brother is allergic to cats (not that that ever stopped us having cats when we were children – and my brother wouldn’t have had it any other way). My one cat seems to be in tune with my brother, because rather than jumping onto his lap, he’ll go and sit next to him instead!

    • Hi Nikki,

      Ah! Now spiders are a different thing altogether, they don’t bother me at all. Hubbie isn’t too keen, so I will always get the call to action when there are any ‘creepy crawlies’ in the vicinity, whether it be spiders, wood lice, earwigs or anything else much smaller than himself.

      We never really had pets when we were children, apart from the odd tortoise and budgerigar, so I guess that we never really got used to having animals around the place.

      Aw Shucks! now I feel like a real pariah, with you all ganging up on me ….. LOL

      Have a great Sunday

  • Personally, I’m a cat and dog lover, I have both living with me. I often say, “I can’t understand why Miss Molly (my cat) isn’t bald as much hair as I comb from her each day” and yes, most of my clothes have cat hair somewhere on them. She is a white cat, therefore, the white hairs stands out on all my dark clothes. I know what you are thinking…YUCK!!!! I like the idea of making things out of the cat hair. May have to see if the library has this book, and give it a look, see.

    • Hi Gigi Ann,

      Oh Dear! Given how creative and adept you are with your needles, I can see the cogs turning in your mind, wondering what to try making first.

      I just can’t believe that someone actually came up with the idea for a book like this one and as for the concept of making your cat a toy out of its own fur ….. that’s just so weird and creepy.

      I shall have to brave all and take a look at your post, should you ever put up pictures of your feline creations!!

      Thanks for joining in this conversation and adding to the fun, although I don’t think I shall be featuring a cat book again any time soon, so make the most of the laugh at my expense!! … LOL.

      Have a fantastic week, getting loads more done to your blanket.

  • I had seen Nikki-ann’s review of this book….I LOVE Cats but I’m not sure I would nake a lot of things out of their fur….Although, my Cat “Sweetie” has the softest fur I have ever felt—-I’m sorry that Cats scare you so much—They are, to me, the most interesting Animals around. Surprising on so many levels—and very very smart……Now Spiders are a different thing for me….Isn’t it interesting how we all have our “things” that bother us or don’t….!

    • Hi Naomi,

      It is good to know that we are not all the same, the world would be a very boring place if we were, although I do seem to be in something of the minority with my cat phobia.

      Nikki certainly started something off with her review of the book, didn’t she?

      I thought that the cover image was particularly appropriate for this meme … certainly a little quirky, and in this case goes to prove that you definitely CAN sometimes judge a book by it’s cover.

      Thank you for stopping by and I hope that you have a lovely week.

    • Hi LindyLou,

      I can’t come to terms with the very thought of collecting up all that cat hair and trying to make it into anything resembling a craft product, let alone giving it to someone as a gift!!!

      We do it as second nature with many other animals fur or wool, so why it should seem so abhorent with cat fur, who knows!!

      Thanks for stopping by and for the ‘follow’ on Twitter, have a great week.

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