Monday, August 29, 2011

Monday MEWsings Picks features Peruvian Wool Cat Beds and Toys

Another Monday brings another feature from the Marvelous Meow lovers over at the Cat Avis Unite Team on Etsy. Often times I feature two or three shops at a time, but occasionally I find one whose story affects me in such a way that it would be unfair to include another shop with it. Today is a case in point.  Wraptcats is not just producing handmade for the sake of earning extra income. There is a memory and much love behind each product. Please be sure to click on the listings to visit Wraptcats. You will love what you see. I know I did! Her story:

I was fortunate enough to find my true companion in life. A friend through thick and thin. I didn't know we were going to be bound together the way we were, but she did. She insisted. 

I found Jesse and her siblings in my shed when they were 3 weeks old. Her mother had disappeared. So, I took them in. I raised them, and found good homes for her brother and sister. But Jesse stayed with me. She followed me everywhere. She even learned how to turn doorknobs and open doors so she was never left behind. Soon, if she wasn't by my side, I felt incomplete. She passed away on February 15th, 2010. She spent her last Valentine's Day with me, plus 19 other wonderful years. I miss her terribly. In order to honor her memory I started making cat beds. She loved sleeping on my wool sweaters. So, each time I make a cat bed, it is made with love and intention. Something that will last the lifetime of your pet with wishes of good health and happiness. 

For the love of Jesse.  >^,,^<

Peruvian Highland Wool Felted Bed 

Peruvian Highland Wool Felted Bed 

Shrimp Creole Organic Catnip Toy 

Felted Candy Corn Organic Catnip Toy

Southern Fried Chicken Leg with Organic Catnip 

I think you'll find that, not only this, but EVERYthing in WraptCats shop is 'finger-lickin' good! 

Saturday, August 20, 2011

An Unexpected 4 Legged Drop In

I cannot have cats where I live. So I content myself with making things for cats and that are cat-themed. But God must know how I feel at times, because twice in the last month I have had visitors. I have no screen on my back door so I often  leave it open for a breeze. Here is my interpretation of what happened several days ago. 


Hmmmm.....what is this? An open door? I must investigate. Oh - itch. Must scratch...ahhhhh.

Isn't this nice. A cozy cushy. Smells OK. Don't sense any other occupants of the fur nature. I'll make sure to give it quite a few rubs and leave some pretty black hairs.  

AhHA! There IS another cat here! Why....but wait.  It's only a fake. HA! Fooled me. I'll just check out the rest of this place. Not very big at all. Nice lady though. She gave me some good belly rubs and talked very respectfully as she held a funny silver thing in her face. 

I'm feeling a bit hungry. Nice pad, but no treats. Toodles my friend. I may be back. 
(Moseys into the yard where he immediately finds a plump grasshopper for a snack.)


I hope I get some more visitors! 

Monday, August 15, 2011

Monday MEWsings Picks from the Cat Avis Unite Team!

Over at the Cat Avis Unite Team on Etsy, we share our new listings with one another. After PURRusing this fine feline friend's shop this week, I decided I MUST show it off on Monday MEWsings! So meet Lilybellesjewels! You will love her jewelry and cute works of art, many of them cat themed after her dear kitty, Lily Belle.  But you will also see the following at the top her page, which is another reason why I wanted to highlight her shop. It is only a portion of the announcement which is well worth reading in its entirety. It ends with the quote. 

Welcome to our shop! Lily Belle and I would like to mention that 10% of all sales will be donated to Mt. Olive TNR Project, a tiny Flanders NJ based group that is doing amazing work on a very small budget, and a small circle of very dedicated volunteers who are making a huge difference in the lives 
of feral colonies in their area.

"The smallest feline is a masterpiece". 
-- Leonardo da Vinci

All of the pieces in this shop have been pronounced "the cats meow" by Lily Belle herself! Enjoy your PURRusings! 

Remember that your purchase helps improve the lives of kitties!

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Two Sweet Torties Need a Home!

Chriss, over at The Feral Cat Rescue Project in Oregon, has these two adorable kitties that need loving homes. She is such a sweet heart, that she is willing to drive quite a distance to give them a good home. PLEASE PLEASE take a look and PASS THIS ALONG through twitter, facebook, blogs.....

 She can be reached through comments on her blog, @Pagani on twitter, or contacted HERE

The following is taken from her blog.

All made-up, colorful and pretty ..and no place to go! Aww. Georgia, the four month old Tortie kitten seems like she's looking for love. She and her sister, Non-Georgia, are a pair of friendly, smart, and charming tortie kittens that were rescued.

Georgia (above) and her sister, Non-Georgia, are the cutest things to me! I love them and I think torties in general are adorable. But for some reason they can be hard to adopt out. Which is sad.  Personally, I think they are wonderful; they have that special tortie-attitude that is unique to this coloration. I want to have them for my own but I'm already maxed-out on cats. And they deserve some love.

Georgia and Non-Georgia aren't really box trained but you can work with them; they are very smart. They need a loving, safe home. I'd work with whomever adopted them for shots and spaying as they get old enough. I just want them to be well-cared for.

I hope someone will save them! Our rescued tortie from last year was not adopted and became a victim of coyote predation before the summer was over. I still haven't recovered from that one and I don't need more things to cry over.



Thursday, August 11, 2011

PUPkins, CATkins and Polly Fillmore!

Ideas are funny. Where do they come from? How do they get into your head? Do we look for them or do they just happen? If you are like me, you have waaaaay more ideas than time, and sometimes ability, allows.   It is a rare day indeed if  I can't think of anything to do! These are some of the ideas that came into being this past week. 

First, we had CATkins!

THEN...we had PUPkins! After making the CATkins (whose name I changed to go better with pupkins), I decided fair is fair, and a puppy version needed to be made. 

A chubby pumpkin body quilted to fleece, a plush head, a little tail and feet and TADA! A PUPkin is born! 

Both Catkins and PUPkins are about 12" wide and 8" tall with a zipper back. Perfect for sleepovers, is what I thought! Though I may carry one myself , just because I am not a big purse fan. This would be more my style.

Having gotten into the quilting mode, I made a little cell phone case, camera case, cosmetic bag or whatever you prefer to call them. It is made from a blouse I had from India and didn't wear because it was too big for me. I like this much better! It has a 5" zipper in the back and hooks onto your belt loop, purse, gym bag....

And then I added a couple of skirts to my cat clothing shop. I am really trying to use up some fabric and not buy more. But alas, I must confess, I bought this a few weeks ago because it was on sale. Bad bad. 

And this is the opposite of the above. 
Here's the best part. Do you know 'who' is modeling? You'll never ever guess. When I came to Montana for the summer, I didn't bring everything since I drive a '94 Corolla, and there really isn't much room in there! So I left my lovely half bodied, hollow gal at home. I was just hanging clothes up and taking pictures, but really was not happy with they way they looked. So, as they say, Necessity is the Mother of Invention - 
close your eyes
Here she is!


Isn't she lovely? She is extremely agreeable and allows me to squeeze her and shape her into various sizes. She is made from what I have left of  the pillow polyfil I use for my plushies. She hangs from a floor lamp which I place on a chair. She is deaf and dumb, but always seems to understand. 
So there you have it! My secret is out! If you wish to borrow Polly for your own photo shoots - well....too bad! I'm not sharing! Get your own!
Have a happy Thursday!

Monday, August 8, 2011

Monday MEWSings from the Cat Avis Unite Team

Mondays sure do come quickly! At least I have a few things to look forward to, THIS being one of them! Today I am featuring two shops from the Cat Avis Unite team on Etsy.   The requirements to be on this team are few. In fact, there's only one! At some point in time you have had a cat as an avatar in your shop! Many of us keep our kitty avis up all the time. And if you are like MABJewelry, the captain, your avi will often sport interesting hair styles from Donald Trump to Farrah Fawcett! Such a fun team! Hope you enjoy my picks today from TheCheekyGirl and CelticCatPhotos! 


Happy Monday all you kitty lovers out there!

Sunday, August 7, 2011

PumpCATS anyone? A cat-lovers handbag!

I admit to having waaay too much fun making these! Confession time. I talk to my creations! Do you do that in the process of making things? "You are so cute! OH - I suppose I should give you a tail. Do you want yellow eyes?" LOL! Anyway, by the time I am finished with many of my projects, they are not just items. They are kitties with purrsonality! And these are no exception. They are both chubby, happy kitties that are sure to draw the same attention a real cat would!  What do you think? 
They are in my Catcalls shop. 

Saturday, August 6, 2011


Adding a little fun to your Saturday! 
TVC defines and illustrates all those crazy captcha, or verification words, you must type in before commenting! 

These can all be found in  The Verification Cat shop! 

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Where Did "Dog Days" Come From?

Have you ever wondered where the term "Dog days of summer" came from? 

In ancient times, the Chinese, Native Americans, and Europeans all drew pictures in the sky by connecting the stars. Not all came up with same pictures, but all did connect stars and named their "star art", as I call it. Today we call these 'constellations',  and the European pictures were adopted as the preferred star art.  The brightest of the stars in Canis Major (the big dog) is Sirius, which also happens to be the brightest star in the night sky. The ancient Romans thought that the earth received heat from it. In the summer, Sirius, the “dog star,” rises and sets with the sun. During late July Sirius is in conjunction with the sun, and the ancients believed that its heat added to the heat of the sun, creating a stretch of hot and sultry weather. They named this period of time, from 20 days before the conjunction to 20 days after, “dog days” after the dog star. The constellations today are not in exactly the same place in the sky as they were in ancient Rome, but  the time period for dog days occurs at about the same time, which is now designated between July 3 and August 11.
As we celebrate (or dread!) the Dog Days of summer, here are some great Etsy shops to help us enjoy them! 

This is my grand dog from a year ago in Chicago! 

Monday, August 1, 2011

Monday MEWsings picks from the Cat Avis Unite Team!

It's Monday! Which means it's time for some more fabulous finds from the Cat Avis Unite Team! PURRsonally, I could spend hours going through all the shops from this team. Not all have cat related items, but all DO have cats or at least a love for cats. So stop in and have a peek at these fine shops for today. I know you'll be aMEWsed! 

Click on the pictures to take you to the listings. 






Remember to give your kitties a hug today!