Category: Art & Crafts

10 Cat Quilts Take Bite from Winter’s Chill
[ 0 ] March 1, 2017 |

10 Cat Quilts Take Bite from Winter’s Chill

On my bucket list: making cat art quilts. Unfortunately, it will remain a bucket list item for my foreseeable future, because life gets in the way of dreams, and the closest I’ll get to a cat art quilt in a long while is looking longingly at one on Etsy. Here are ten of my faves. […]

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Letterpress Cards are the Cat’s Meow
[ 1 ] February 25, 2017 |

Letterpress Cards are the Cat’s Meow

I’m a letterpress addict. Letterpress is a technique of relief printing that uses a printing press in a process by which many copies are produced by repeated direct impression of an inked, raised surface against the paper surface. In an electronic world, it is sadly a lost art. Mejiro Graphics is keeping letterpress–and cats!– alive […]

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Act Fast! Still Time to Buy a OOAK Cat Valentine!
[ 0 ] February 7, 2017 |

Act Fast! Still Time to Buy a OOAK Cat Valentine!

We get it. We know you’re sad that Skeezix the Cat Valentines are not available for purchase. But don’t despair… and don’t wait until the last minute when your only choice for a Valentine’s Card will be on the chewing tobacco rack at your corner 7-11. Here are 20 hand-crafted cards that will surprise and delight their […]

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12 Va-Va-Va-Voomy Valentine Ideas for Cat Lovers
[ 1 ] January 25, 2017 |

12 Va-Va-Va-Voomy Valentine Ideas for Cat Lovers

With all the vitriol in the air this week, it’s time we focused on something sweeter — like Valentine’s Day. Yep, it’s just around the corner. Here are a dozen hand-crafted card and gift ideas for you, your SO and your kitty to get yourself focused on a kinder, gentler February. Sweetheart Sweater $29.14 Jamie […]

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Paper Cat Sculpture is the Cat’s Meow!
[ 3 ] January 18, 2017 |

Paper Cat Sculpture is the Cat’s Meow!

I’m fascinated with paper art, especially the amazing things that can now be done with laser cutting and 3D design. And I’ve always get excited by stationery stores and pop-up books. So I was enchanted by the CNN video below about LovePop Cards, a company said to be revolutionizing the greeting card business with its […]

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Feeling Crafty? PURRform Paper Magic!
[ 5 ] January 4, 2017 |

Feeling Crafty? PURRform Paper Magic!

If your New Years Resolutions included feeding your creative soul, you might want to tackle this cat art project: Life size paper cat sculptures that emerge from your walls. I know what you’re thinking: NO WAY! That’s like a serious art project, not something some mommy blogger put together with spit and scotch tape and […]

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Forget the Mall on Black Friday. We’ve Got This.
[ 2 ] November 25, 2016 |

Forget the Mall on Black Friday. We’ve Got This.

I usually spend most of Black Friday wondering in which of the seven circles of hell does the Black Friday Walmart Stampede live? My life took a signficant turn for the better with Amazon Fresh. No longer do I have to grow old in the interminable lines at Safeway, only to be subjected to the […]

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10 Cat Bling Pins You Can’t Live Without
[ 0 ] October 29, 2016 |

10 Cat Bling Pins You Can’t Live Without

Santa Claus in comin’ to town in a couple of months and here are ten pieces of cat bling you must put on your wishlist. The best part? Most of them are $10 or less. Click any photo to go to the product page. (Prices subject to change without notice.) This cat is proud of […]

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Feline Fontaholics, Take Note!
[ 10 ] September 29, 2016 |

Feline Fontaholics, Take Note!

If, like me, you’re a fontaholic, and you’re into those pawpular cutting and crafting programs, run don’t walk to Print Shapes’ Etsy Shop. For less than $3, you can buy an instant-download zip file containing SVG, DXF, EPS, and PDF files of one of the cutest cat font EVAH! Wish they had this as a TTF! Click […]

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10 Ceramic Cats Anyone Can Afford – And a Hedgehog, Too!
[ 0 ] September 23, 2016 |

10 Ceramic Cats Anyone Can Afford – And a Hedgehog, Too!

If you’re looking for a gift for your favorite cat lover and have less than $20 to spend, run–don’t walk–to the Barruntando Shop on Etsy. Barruntando was formed by a group of women from different parts of Spain with a common hobby: ceramics. They came together to create “happy and carefree designs” handcrafted with raw materials and traditional techniques. […]

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Did You Know… Mainzer Cats Were Not Drawn by Mainzer
[ 6 ] September 15, 2016 |

Did You Know… Mainzer Cats Were Not Drawn by Mainzer

Last week, I told you the background behind the sad life of Louis Wain, a prominent turn-of-the-century artist whose cats captivated Edwardian England. As his style evolved, his cats began wearing clothes, no doubt influencing the art depicted on what are popularly known as Mainzer Cat postcards. What gets lost in the shuffle is the […]

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Wain’s Genius–and Love for Cats–Never Waned
[ 2 ] September 2, 2016 |

Wain’s Genius–and Love for Cats–Never Waned

There was a time at the turn of the 20th century when England’s most reproduced artist was a Cat Artist. Between 1895 and 1905, over forty books illustrated by Louis Wain were published, along with postcards, miniatures and related keepsakes. Like another cat artist, Eugen Hartung (Mainzer cats), Wain depicts a world in which cats rule […]

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Has Zazzle Lost its Dazzle? Here’s a Pawsome Alternative with 30% Off
[ 4 ] August 15, 2016 |

Has Zazzle Lost its Dazzle? Here’s a Pawsome Alternative with 30% Off

If you’ve ever run a Zazzle store or purchased from Zazzle, you know it can be a spendy proposition. I recently found an alternative that has left my wallet singing with joy. Even better, it offers you the option of designing custom printed shoes in a wide variety of styles. (I loved this option on Zazzle, but they discontinued it […]

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Cat-Inspired Exhibit at Worcester Art Museum
[ 2 ] July 15, 2016 |

Cat-Inspired Exhibit at Worcester Art Museum

There’s something for every cat lover in Worcester MA this summer. “Meow: A Cat-Inspired Exhibition” in running at the Worcester Art Museum through Sept. 4. Adam Rozan, director of audience engagement, and museum director Matthias Waschek said that the exhibit is part of a push to reengage the community with the museum. So far, it’s been a roaring […]

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Matouenpeluche: French for Cute Cat Prints
[ 3 ] July 9, 2016 |

Matouenpeluche: French for Cute Cat Prints

Matou en Peluche means “Plush Tomcat” and under this banner Sam Battersby produces original drawings, cards, posters, prints and badges, mostly with felines front and center. (Click any image below for purchase info.) He’s a genius at capturing catitude, and his prints are so affordable you’ll be tempted to buy out the store! Just $6.50 […]

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5 Reasons You’ll Fall in Love with Cat Hoop Art
[ 0 ] June 1, 2016 |

5 Reasons You’ll Fall in Love with Cat Hoop Art

Kids today! Probably wouldn’t know an embroidery hoop from a garter belt. But seeing one immediately transports me to 7th grade summer school, when one of our home ec projects was learning to embroider a flour-sack kitchen towel. My fingertips were pincushions as I mastered French knots and the lazy Daisy stitch. 90% of my lifetime […]

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Paper Cat Dolls — Articulated Collage
[ 3 ] May 19, 2016 |

Paper Cat Dolls — Articulated Collage

If you ever spent hours of your girlhood playing with paper dolls, this art might be right up your alley. Hand painted, with heat laminated decorative paper and embellishments, all of the appendages are movable, providing an endless number of configurations. Each hngs by a wire hanger on the back that is flexible, so you […]

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MCM Kitteh Art You Can Afford!
[ 1 ] May 14, 2016 |

MCM Kitteh Art You Can Afford!

I’m a fiend for anything mid-century modern. I went ga-ga over the cat print in Pete Campbell’s NYC apartment on Mad Men. So I was excited to see this collection of MCM cat art by Texas artist Donna Mibus, and over the moon to see that a 16X20″ canvas print is only $75. Original canvas […]

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I Dare You Not to Sqwee!
[ 1 ] April 27, 2016 |

I Dare You Not to Sqwee!

OK, I admit it: It doesn’t take much to make me go SQWEE! But I sqweed all over these adorable cat items from Tanmade on Etsy. They are inexpensive and oh-so sqweelicious. The brooches are what first caught my eye. With an eagle-eye for detail, each is a little handmade work of art sure to […]

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Watercolor Cat Portraits: Rachel Parker Nails It!
[ 3 ] April 22, 2016 |

Watercolor Cat Portraits: Rachel Parker Nails It!

Watercolor is a tough medium to master. It’s unforgiving; you can’t just paint over mistakes. When you apply the water it will not always go precisely where you like. For me, whose favorite medium is India ink scratched onto paper with a crow quill pen, watercolor seemed like a wild horse running away with me. Which […]

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