Mondays Are Good For Hopping

Hi everyone! Sorry if I squeeze so many hops into one post, but I love to hop and don’t want to miss any. Today we are joining one that I have only hopped in once before. Create with Joy’s Inspire me Monday is filled with great recipes and craft ideas. I thought it would be a great place to share button art.

DSCF2425DSCF2070Β  Inspire Me Monday at Create With Joy

Some of these are on canvas, but I also used blank cards for some too. This is a fun way to make Halloween cards. I drew a ghost on the black cards with chalk and then covered it over with white buttons and some pearls. For the pumpkins, I traced a circle on a white card and glued orange buttons over it. I didn’t have green buttons so I used turquoise.


This photo of Joanie with my books of the week is for Comedy Plus’ Awww….Mondays and Book Date’s It’s Monday! What Are YOU Reading?

I actually read 2 books about cats this week. One was awful , A Cat Called Hope by Oliver Clarke. I thought it was a true rescue story, but it was fiction about a man who abuses his family and the cat. I am glad it wasn’t a true story, but I found the descriptions disturbing and I am sure similar things do happen.

Peter The White Cat of Trenarren by Alfred Lestie Rowe published in 1974 is a great book that the author wrote about a beloved cat he had back in the 1950’s. Finding books like this are why I go to book sales.

One more book worth telling you about doesn’t include a cat, but it really makes one think. Unfinished Business by Lee Kravitz is about the author trying to right any wrongs of his past. At the end of the book is a toolkit to help you identify and unfinished business you may have. I just finished the book and I plan to use the toolkit.

And last, but not least is P.S.Annie’s 19-Somethin. The question of the day is When did you have your first microwave in your home and were you afraid it would make you sick?I don’t remember the exact year we got a microwave, but I know it was the early 1980’s and I was not afraid of it.

Thank you for reading all this.





  1. Wow, that’s a lotta hopping to start your week! That button art of yours is cool. We love the red stripey socks one you did for Ann at Zoolatry. πŸ™‚

  2. Hippity hop!!
    That’s swell button art…
    They really pop!
    Nevermind the stems.
    They’re pretty like gems!
    Crocheting and Button delights;
    Your fingers sure dance.
    Its great to enhance
    Your mind with good books.
    We love all your cats,
    They sure have good looks!

    We love to hippity hop in your blog!!

  3. You really are a hopper! We continue to think your button art is BEYOND fabulously creative…..way to go…..and everyone will love getting a FUN card like that for any occasion. Mom keeps saying she’s going to give button art a whirl but has she???? NO!!!!!! Happy Monday!

    Hugs, Sammy

    1. Thank you, I am glad you like my button art. I have a lot of fun with it. It is hard to find buttons though so I have been doing small stuff. I think your Mom should try it, I am sure she could make a masterpiece. XO

  4. What fun hops you always participate in! I love love love your button art. I am very much so looking forward to Halloween, and your ghost button art really helped me get even more in the mood for it. That first book you mentioned does sound very disturbing to read, but the others sound great. And, you are always awww worthy, Joanie! Purrs to all of you!

    1. Thank you! I love Halloween too! I have so many decorations, but I can’t resist adding a few more every year even though I am trying to declutter. Joanie thanks you.

  5. I haven’t heard of A Cat Called Hope, but it doesn’t sound like something I’d like to read.

    Hope you have a great week!

  6. I love your button art and it really makes me want to try it! We weren’t allowed to have a microwave when we were growing up. And when we finally got one, I was told to stand far away from it when it was on!

  7. Joanie is a pretty girl. She poses well with all your books. Cats are always a huge Awww.

    Bullseye by James Patterson

    Tensions between America and Russia are the highest they’ve been since the Cold War. As the countries’ Presidents travel to the United Nations to iron out their differences, a fashionable husband and wife team of lethal assassins prowls the streets of Manhattan hunting their preyβ€”a professor hiding a scandalous secret. Their next target: the extremely popular President of the United States of America. So far it’s a great read.

    I was never afraid of the microwave either, and I think it was the 80s when I got my first one. They were so huge back then.

    Have a fabulous Awww Monday. Scritches to Joanie. ☺

  8. Finding a good, old cat book at resale shops or library book sales make me so happy! If I like it, it stays in my cat-book library. If I don’t, it goes into the donation pile (or I throw it away, if it’s really bad…) Funny, I didn’t read any books this weekend; guess there were distractions galore, like beautiful weather and purring kitties.

  9. Those were great reviews on the books. Thanks for that. We also like your button art a lot. Well done. Have a great day.

  10. Unfinished Business does sound like it would be a very interesting book to read. Book sales are great! There are lots of treasures in the Friends of the Library department of our library that are available for next to nothing. πŸ™‚

    Thank you for joining in the 19-Somethin’ challenge. Have a blessed day!

    1. I love book sales, going to them is one of the few things that will get me out of the house away from my kitties. Hope you have a blessed day too.

  11. I am glad you flagged us off the one cat book. Who wants to read about that? I remember when we first sold microwaves. It would take two good sized men to deliver them. I think they had a lot of lead to them.

    Have a great week.

  12. guys…yur mom did a total lee awesum job on her cardz !!! they iz sooper kewl…we noe herz havin lotz oh fun two coz her fave oh rite iz howl o ween !! β™₯β™₯β™₯☺☺☺

  13. I love your button art! The books sound great too, except the first one. Life has enough cruelty that we don’t have to read about it being imagined. UGH!

  14. MeOW awnty Ellen, we don’t know how you visit all those in da hops./ We hopped with Create With Joy once and couldn’t even make it through half da entries in a week. We’s not done it again. MOL Mommy ‘members their furst microwave and ‘members it cost over $600.00. OMC But it worked fur most of her life. She actually ended up with it as an adult and just furinally sold it a couple years ago cuz it was too heavy fur her to move ’round. And all she does in a mocrowave is warm up stuffs. We now have one dat costs less than $30.00. MOL Here’s to a great day.

    Luv ya’

    Dezi and Raena

    1. WOW- that lasted a long time. I don’t make it to all on that hop and I am lucky if pone visits me :)XO

  15. Great post!! Love your button art!! So creative! Too bad about the one book but we’re glad the 2nd book you read was great! I think I’m going to get mom to join the Inspire Me Monday blog hop!! Kisses to my sweet Penny!!

    1. Thank you, I am glad you like the button art. I think your Mom should join the inspire me Monday hop, she is very creative. XO Penny just posed for a photo for tomorrow.

  16. We love the button art!
    Mum is currently reading Depraved Heart by Patricia Cornwell and Through Black Spruce by Joseph Boyden.
    They keep mum in one spot and Julie likes to sit in her lap πŸ™‚
    Mum has the same answer as you for the microwave πŸ˜‰
    Purrs Georgia and Julie,
    Treasure and JJ

  17. So much kewl stuff goin on there!! Wee ADOOR thee button art Lady Ellen!! Yur so creative!! An thee books sound innterestinn…
    LadyMum finished thee ‘Slaughter/Slough’ book an it was sure a grippin story!! Now she eiss readin ‘Thee Gone Dead Train’ by Lisa Turner,,,,shee iss American riter…Thee story iss a crime drama (there iss a theme here) an it iss set inn Memphis an there iss Santeria reeligion inn it….LadyMum knows lotss about thee Yoruba tradishun so shee iss enjoyin thee book an so far shee sayss it iss accurate about thee reeligion! Mee wudnerss how shee finds such u-neek books???? πŸ˜‰ Mew mew mew…..
    ***paw kissesss*** to Purrincess Phoebe xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
    **nose bumpsss** to efurryone else xxxxxxxxxxxxx
    Siddhartha Henry =^,.^=

    1. I have never heard of that religion, your Mum does find lots of unique books, but that is a good thing. XO and paw kisses my sweet boy. Mom thanks you for complimenting her button art.

    1. Thank you πŸ™‚ I have to work in the dining room which is the only cat free zone πŸ™‚

  18. Our dad still tells our mom not to stand by the microwave when it is cooking. Mom got a blue frame to display our blue button cat, but we haven’t shown it on the blog yet. We’ll need to do that soon! Thanks for the warning about that one book. Mom will stay clear of it. XOCK, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Jo

    1. Our Dad tells mom the same thing πŸ™‚ Glad you found a frame for your blue kitty πŸ™‚ XO

    1. I am glad you are enjoying the recipes. I can’t believe zucchini season is almost over- that is all I will miss about summer.XO

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