Category Archives: animal-inspired merchandise

Bella! Handprinted and Embellished Tote Bag

O.M.Geeeee! It’s Bella! On a bag with green button eyes just like her big round eyes! This new idea couldn’t wait any longer, Bella, in silhouette, at the bottom of a bag and with just big blue-green eyes that are two-hole buttons sewn on with black thread. I had intended to work it out for […]

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Mother’s Day Gifts and Ideas

Felines and flowers seem to be my specialty, and don’t they both work well for Mother’s Day? I offer their inspirations all the time, but Mother’s Day is one of those special days when a love of animals and an enjoyment of flowers are what is first on the list. I do have a lot […]

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Keepsakes Made from Vintage Cardboard Cigar Boxes

A month ago I posted a photo of my fine felines sitting atop a box of something that was soon to be another project, as soon as they processed the contents by sleeping on them. They handed those contents over to me I set aside this past weekend to get it done. More cigar box […]

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A Spring “Awakening”

When I created this 16″ round linoleum block print in 2004, I’d intended for it to be versatile. Beginning with my Tortie Girls block prints a few years previous I’d worked out the mechanics of printing on rice paper that could be hand-tinted to add color in various media, from dustings of pastel to watercolors […]

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Mewsette is on the Afghan, and a Whole Lot of Other Things!

Mewsette nearly blends in with the afghan. Even though I sketched her there in February, the bright colors and warm feelings always seem to belong with the winter holidays. I’ll admit, this took a little longer than the usual 15 minutes maximum. I’d been holding off the sketches with this afghan just because I knew […]

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December Feline Featured Artwork and Desktop Calendar: “Afternoon Nap”

A Portrait of an Old Cat: Afternoon Nap ~~~ An old cat, a gentleman, he has found a quiet spot, upstairs in the afternoon, and has so perfectly placed himself a little off-center on the expanse of white bedspread, illuminated by stark winter light through the window. (Stanley finds all the best places.) ~~~ Doesn’t […]

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“An Old Memory”, a Found Photo

I took the photo in 1983, just a few months after I got my first camera and I was only shooting black and white so I could learn how to use the camera. Even though it was black and white film, it was processed in a one-hour development machine intended for color and the black […]

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Handmade Feline Gift Bags for the Holidays and Anytime

From the first time I received a gift bag with feline artwork on it, I could picture my art on a gift bag. I’ve tried a few different methods and finally found one that works well: printing my art to size on a commercial-grade label and buffing it permanently onto the bag. The art can […]

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Stars of Wonder, Serious and Silly

We don’t really celebrate any one tradition for the winter holidays, but we enjoy sharing traditions of all our friends. I had created the six-pointed star as part of an invitation I designed for a non-denominational holiday musical celebration a few years ago. It could have been that, while I worked on that design on […]

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Cube-shaped Keepsake Boxes Feature Five Paintings Per Box

When I buy these keepsake boxes to bring home and paint and decorate I buy whatever is in the store, and I like to work with shapes and sizes I haven’t used before. Each box is individually hand decorated and unique. Sometimes I’ll make a popular box to have on hand all the time, but […]

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