Category: Art & Crafts

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

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

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

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

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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MCM Kitteh Art You Can Afford!

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!

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!

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

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

$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

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

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

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

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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3 Lovely Cat Pendants for Mid-Summer Contemplations

3 Lovely Cat Pendants for Mid-Summer Contemplations

Well, at least SOMEONE in Greece is working these days. Myrto – Michalis of Kiss the Frog Studio creates eye-catching jewelry that’s sure to warm any cat lover’s heart. Based in Athens, Kiss the Frog may just be responsible for generating 20% of the Greek economy at this point (I say with tongue firmly planted […]

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“Cats in Hats” a Viral Sensation

“Cats in Hats” a Viral Sensation

A book released last month which provides a bunch of patterns for crocheted cat hats has become a viral sensation. “Cats in Hats: 30 Knit and Crochet Hat Patterns for Your Kitty” started as a lark for author Sara Thomas, to honor her grandmother, who taught her how to knit. Thomas’ Etsy shop, ScooterKnits, was […]

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Cat Keister Coasters Keep Fur-niture Ring-free!

Cat Keister Coasters Keep Fur-niture Ring-free!

Recently, I had some minor knee surgery, as as a recuperation gift, Gleek’s mom sent me a Cat Keister Coaster. It purr-vided an uproarious laugh just when I was feeling like I’d been knee-capped and understood how House became a Vicodin addict. I think it was the turning point on my road to recovery (that, […]

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7 Sweet Cat Gifts for Spring or Mom or You!

7 Sweet Cat Gifts for Spring or Mom or You!

This week we’re featuring fun cat wearables from Miss Ella‘s on Etsy. Miss Ella’s original illustrations grace everything from cards to prints to pins and magnets… and more! And not just cats — there’s even a capybara! Click any photo below for purchase information I am in love with these Crazy Cat Lady Patches. For only […]

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Quirky Custom Cat Portraits for Less than $30

Quirky Custom Cat Portraits for Less than $30

Lili Di Prima is a graphic designer and portrait artist who lives in Sicily in a home by the sea. She has loved to draw since she was old enough to hold a crayon. Her drawings might be classified as “quirky modern primitive.” I just made the term up, but I think it’s apt. Lili not […]

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Cat Christmas Cards – with Hand-Drawn Illustrations

Cat Christmas Cards – with Hand-Drawn Illustrations

  I love these charming cat Christmas cards featuring kittehs in merry sweaters — rich in detail and purrsonality. Created by an artist in Scotland, there’s still time for them to arrive in time to send out before the holiday. Here are the details: Grumpy Henry was the first one of them – his family forced him […]

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Get Your Caffeine on with these Cute Custom Cat Mugs!

Get Your Caffeine on with these Cute Custom Cat Mugs!

Nothing better than seeing a kitteh first thing in the morning to start your day right. We saw these fabulous coffee mugs on Etsy and immediately thought, "MUST. HAVE."  But they get even better. You can get them customized with whatever you want on the back. We're leaning toward "Mr Tasty Face" and "The Food […]

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