ScrapHappy February 2021

After a hard day working from home, Flo looks forward to her dinner.
When we had lots of space, we had this double bowl holder in the kitchen which is raised so she and Stan didn’t have to strain their necks when enjoying their food.
Very good it was too but now we live in the dolls’ house, we don’t have the floor space for such a large feeding station.
We do, however, have a lovely big larder and I ordered some storage bins to go in at floor level in order to empty the 15kg and 10kg dog and cat food sacks into.  This is a necessary step as leaving the food in the sacks is apt to result in teeny teeth (cats) or larger teeth (dogs) tearing the paper, or plastic they’re not fussy, before digging into the contents in an attempt to bring forward the usual feeding times.
So, the bottom shelf in the larder had to come out to make room for the storage bins and we were left with a wide laminated shelf with nowhere to go.
Until I had a lightbulb moment 💡 and Mr. Tialys had a toolbox rummage.  He cut the shelf to fit one of the bottom kitchen drawers, cut two holes in it and a new dog feeder was born which can be closed when dinner is finished and forgotten about until the next meal.
Then at the end of a busy day and a hearty meal Flo can resume her evening duties as a cat cushion.


Scraphappy Day is organised by Kate & Gun for anybody who wants to make new things from scraps of any kind – doesn’t have to be fabric or yarn.  Here’s a list of participants – both regular and occasional – if you want to have a look at the sort of things you can do with scraps.

Contact Kate (first name on the list) if you want to join in.


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  1. #1 by Lynn on February 15, 2021 - 08:52

    What a brilliant idea you should patent it!!!

    • #2 by tialys on February 15, 2021 - 11:28

      To be fair, I think we might have spied something similar online at some point but can’t remember where.

  2. #3 by Janis on February 15, 2021 - 09:08

    Oh wow! This is crafty and the height is very ideal!

    • #4 by tialys on February 15, 2021 - 11:28

      Thank you – anything that saves space is welcome in the new house.

  3. #5 by Gillian Lodder on February 15, 2021 - 09:11

    So enjoying the posts Lynn. Hope you continue to have many more light bulb moments. xGill

    • #6 by tialys on February 15, 2021 - 11:27

      Hi Gill – I’m glad you’re enjoying my posts as I get back into the swing of blogging more regularly again.

  4. #7 by nanacathy2 on February 15, 2021 - 09:51

    Mr T is very clever, but oh what a lovely dog.

    • #8 by tialys on February 15, 2021 - 11:26

      She is very naughty but also very entertaining.

  5. #9 by Carol on February 15, 2021 - 12:42

    Excellent idea, especially as you can tidy away when they finish eating….. Gorgeous dogs, and very lucky Cat to have such a comfy cushion!

    • #10 by tialys on February 15, 2021 - 13:26

      Yes, no more dog bowls to trip over – although the old stand did serve a purpose by hiding a bit of missing skirting board in the kitchen 😉

  6. #11 by Moira on February 15, 2021 - 13:39

    What a great idea and reuse of the shelf that is no longer needed in the pantry.

    • #12 by tialys on February 15, 2021 - 15:07

      Better that than leave the unwanted shelf languishing in the garage for ages before finally taking it to the tip.

  7. #13 by kathyreeves on February 15, 2021 - 13:53

    Great space saver. Flo will keep her girlish figure, and be fortified for those very long work days!

    • #14 by tialys on February 15, 2021 - 15:11

      Just a shame nobody’s willing to pay her a decent salary so the husband could retire.😉

      • #15 by kathyreeves on February 15, 2021 - 16:24

        What is wrong with those people?!🤣

  8. #16 by Laurie Graves on February 15, 2021 - 14:26

    That is one excellent idea! Wicked good, as we would say in Maine. 😉 Also, love that last picture.

    • #17 by tialys on February 15, 2021 - 15:11

      She’s definitely a softy – in more ways than one.

  9. #18 by Quimper Hitty on February 15, 2021 - 15:27

    Very crafty solution, and lucky to have a handy husband to help! Apparently the dogs approve too, but I can see the cat is actually the monarch of the house!

    • #19 by tialys on February 15, 2021 - 15:30

      She definitely is – even though we have three other pretenders to the throne.

  10. #20 by claire93 on February 15, 2021 - 16:27

    awww, look at Flo, checking out her fan mail! or is she paybe watching Olive & Mabel videos?
    What a brilliant solution for the dog bowls!

    • #21 by tialys on February 15, 2021 - 17:12

      I had to Google Olive and Mabel thinking you meant a children’s book but, as soon as I saw the photo, I recognised them. I wish I’d thought of it first as I used to make my girls laugh when I would ‘do the thoughts of the dogs’ but, then again, I haven’t got a professional commentator’s voice which is what really makes it funny.

  11. #22 by CurlsnSkirls on February 15, 2021 - 16:50

    Oh, thank you for that image: dogs as cat cushions!
    😻 Cat Power 😻

  12. #25 by katechiconi on February 15, 2021 - 21:40

    Really good, imaginative solution, and what a good job you were able to spare a drawer for the purpose. Mouse needs raised bowls too on account of the length of his legs but my solution is much more Heath Robinson. His Go Slow food bowl stands on an upturned bucket and his water bowl fits neatly into the top of an old waste paper basket. I’m constantly look at them and wishing for something a bit more aesthetic. Not short of space, just short of style… I know what you mean about the bags of food though: we buy his in 25kg sacks, which fit neatly and exactly into an 81L storage tub, which in turn feats neatly under one of our under-counter cupboards. Flo really is a very beautiful girl, and Cat looks like she’s got a nice warm furry hot water bottle tucked against her back.

    • #26 by tialys on February 17, 2021 - 13:16

      I think the raised bowls would be even more important for tall dogs like Mouse but, if he’s anything like our two, he’ll only be there for 20 seconds anyway before the food is gone. Your solutions sound fine – whatever works!

      • #27 by katechiconi on February 17, 2021 - 21:34

        You/re right about the speed… I’ve had to split his meals across two bowls, otherwise it gets inhaled without really touching the sides, and as greyhounds are a bit susceptible to bloat I have to try and slow the process as much as possible.

  13. #28 by onesmallstitch on February 15, 2021 - 22:40

    Brilliant idea and Flo looks like a very comfy cushion but kitty looks like she rules the roost.

  14. #29 by anne54 on February 15, 2021 - 22:42

    This is a brilliant solution. Well done Mr T…and to you for supervising!

    • #30 by tialys on February 17, 2021 - 13:12

      I am a very good supervisor 😉

  15. #31 by Kellie on February 16, 2021 - 08:27

    What a great idea I love it 👌

  16. #33 by sew2pro on February 16, 2021 - 19:53

    Brilliant and so neat. I love how you go above and beyond for the fur babies. I used to live with three wolfhounds and their owner, my landlady, who built them a shelf for their food bowls, claiming it was easier for their food to go down if they eat from this height. I liked this idea but completely forgot about it till last week, 25 years later, when I noticed my old puss was kind of trying to catch biscuits in his mouth, off the floor, when eating. So I made a makeshift shelf out of a packing box, which he seems to like. I did google online to discover there’s a name for these: “elevated food shelf”. How posh is that!!

    • #34 by tialys on February 17, 2021 - 13:11

      Very posh! I suppose it makes sense that dogs and cats would prefer a slightly raised eating surface – especially very tall dogs as the neck strain could be quite severe. Having said all that, our dogs eat their meal in about 20 seconds flat so any strain wouldn’t have to be endured for long.

  17. #35 by Born To Organize on February 17, 2021 - 04:37

    What a great idea! It’s beautifully executed as well.

    • #36 by tialys on February 17, 2021 - 13:08

      I’ll pass on your compliment Alys x

  18. #37 by magpiesue on March 2, 2021 - 19:25

    Poor Flo. She looks so resigned, and the cat looks so triumphant. Meanwhile, that was a brilliant idea you and Mr. T came up with for repurposing the kitchen drawer. Treats all around!

    • #38 by tialys on March 3, 2021 - 09:49

      It’s so weird. The cats treat the dogs as their playthings when inside but outside is a different matter. If one of the cats runs they seem to suddenly become prey. Luckily they are good, fast runners and climbers.

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