Category: Art & Crafts

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!
[ 12 ] 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
[ 7 ] 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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Free Feline Fun this Weekend at Cat Art Show LA: The Sequel
[ 2 ] March 25, 2016 |

Free Feline Fun this Weekend at Cat Art Show LA: The Sequel

So maybe you’re just not that into hard boiled eggs and peeps and are looking for an excuse to get away from Aunt Myrtle’s famous jello-pea salad that she has served every Easter since 1962. It’s just not becoming for an adult to mouth said peas and then chuck them into a napkin for the […]

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$15 You-As-A-Cat Portraits on Fivver
[ 0 ] February 24, 2016 |

$15 You-As-A-Cat Portraits on Fivver

Cat Lady Kleemmy will create a portrait of you as you would look like as a cat, for just $15. Yep, $15. It’s just one of those gems you stumble across on Fivver–a totally don’t-need-but-must-have-right-now delight that will take your Facebook profile photo to a whole new level. She also does ugly sweater cat portraits: […]

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Cat and Guitars Art Show is a Media Darling
[ 2 ] January 7, 2016 |

Cat and Guitars Art Show is a Media Darling

We don’t own a guitar, but Mr TF has a violin, the playing of which scares the bejeebers out of the cats. Even more than the accordion or bagpipes ever did. So it surprised me to learn that cats-and-guitars is “a thing.” The discovery was made by renowned cat style maven Kate Benjamin and her now-hubby, […]

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4 Fantastical Mancat Mancaves for Autumn
[ 1 ] September 23, 2015 |

4 Fantastical Mancat Mancaves for Autumn

There’s brrrrrr coming, and you’d better be ready! Today we’ve got 4 whimsical cat caves to keep you toasty, each hand crafted of natural wool by Yuliya Kosata of the Felt Field shop on Etsy. This one-of-a-kind pumpkiny cat cave is crafted of felted wool in Autumn colors. Purrsonally, I think it would be purrfect […]

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Throwback Thursday: 13 Vintage MCM Cat Tchotchkes
[ 1 ] July 30, 2015 |

Throwback Thursday: 13 Vintage MCM Cat Tchotchkes

I can never get enough of mid-century modern style. Add cats, and the combo is hard to resist. Here are 13 throwbacks that I defy you to ignore. Above, this darling mod century cat-shaped pencil holder from Japan is in the shape of a simplified cat. It is made of solid wood, with the base that […]

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8 Cat Planters Worth Growing a Green Thumb For
[ 0 ] July 24, 2015 |

8 Cat Planters Worth Growing a Green Thumb For

Even if you’re cursed with a black thumb, you’ll lust after these cute cat planters. Some handcrafted, some kitsy-vintage, they’re all purrfect vessels in which to cultivate your catnip crops. Plants pictured are not included, so you can pick your own greenery to kill. First up: the “Nerd Cat Planter” is handpainted by an Dona […]

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