You know, of course, that my beady little eyes are always hunting for any cute rat-themed merchandise 🙂 Well, recently I’ve added two great finds to my ratty collection, which have helped me reach my Goal #53 (that’s in addition to my beautiful rat teapot and Cheddar soft toy). I don’t foresee an end to this collection, but I think I can happily cross off the goal from my list now.
First, I discovered that despite what I think of Halloween, the supposedly scary day can be useful for bring ratties onto the shelves! I unearthed this black plastic rat in the shops as a leftover from Halloween:
It’s really quite pathetic how they tried to make him all beastly, as though you’d ever find a real black rat with red eyes!
I took pity on the poor critter and brought him home. After a good coat of gesso to prime him nicely…
… I painted him to look like Mishka!
What a difference! It just goes to show: put a fancy coat and a cute face on a rat, and suddenly it’s no longer a horrible scary monster 😉
I still have a bit of work to do to finish off the details on his face and tail, but I have already painted a white spot on the back of his head, just like Mishka’s:
(I call that Mishka’s ‘kissy spot’ because when he hangs his head over a ledge or comes within my reach, that’s the spot I kiss to bits!)
I named this plastic rat Loki, because he was meant to be the dark bad guy, but throw in a bit of shape shifting he’s actually just funny! lol
The other item I snatched up was this wonderful metal coat hook:
Isn’t that perfect?! I found it at Kamers vol geskenke in Pretoria, but you could swear it was made for me.
The whole contraption fits over a standard door, with the ratties’ tails forming the hooks:
Call me simple, but this stuff just makes me really, really happy! 😀