Category Archives: animal-inspired merchandise

Hand-printed Valentines Inspired by Candy Hearts ~ The Creative Cat

I usually print these little linocuts in earth tones or “tabby colors”, but I’ve been itching to use brights and pastels and all sorts of combinations with them. I decided they made cute valentines and that’s a great reason to create hand-printed cards in magenta on pink, violet, magenta and red card stock, embellished with […]

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January Feline Featured Artwork and Desktop Calendar: Winter Cats

Cats are usually simply happy wherever they are because if they aren’t, they leave and find a place where they can be simply happy. Looking at Mr. Sunshine’s graceful curve and watching the fluid motion of his bath I decided only watercolor would do. He and Jelly Bean were so cozy on the table by […]

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Marketplace: Art and Photo Tiles ~ The Creative Cat

I finally produced tiles that are consistently sturdy with complete and colorful prints. It took me the entire year to figure it out, but it was worth all the time. Read about the genesis of my polymer clay tiles. You’ll see a lot of them in the coming year now that I’ve finally figured out […]

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Featured Artwork: “Window Kitty, Snowy Night” Seasonal Card ~ The Creative Cat

I designed this linoleum block print for my holiday card in 2001. The design is based on the actual scene that met me many snowy nights when I came home from my day job and seeing one of my kitties in silhouette, Sally for many years, then Sophie, then Kelly, sitting on the windowsill at […]

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“An Old Memory” for the Holidays

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. Some cat’s paw had taken down one of my cut paper snowflakes as he sat to look out the window. What a […]

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Working Out the Details

I thought I’d be happily printing tote bags with my homemade printing screen today. Alas, I am not, but all is not lost. When things don’t work out as you plan, you can either drop it, or work it out, and I’ve made both decisions plenty of times in my years of creating things, both […]

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October Featured Artwork and Desktop Calendar: “Allegro Moderato”

Some paintings wait decades to be painted, and when they have their chance they press on until they are fully realized. This was one of those paintings, one that monopolized the last four days of my life. I am not complaining in the least. My orange boy Allegro came to me in 1986 and left […]

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Bella! Accessory Bags

I wasn’t sure the design would fit when I bought these, but she fit so well it was meant to be. I found sets of these white cotton accessory bags on clearance—a good price for me to experiment with. This is the largest bag, 8.5″ x 5.5″, the other two are smaller and smaller yet […]

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Are You An Ailurobibliophile?

I’m working out a design I’ve had in mind for a while—since just about a year ago to be exact! This was to be September 2017’s new introduction, starting with a tote bag then possibly moving to other things, and the concept would lead to a line of items with this design and others, using […]

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I Will Always Walk With You Animal Sympathy Card

Text reads: I will always walk with you. If you live with and rescue a lot of cats, you end up with a fair number of losses. I received sympathy cards from many people, and we all remarked on the lack of animal-themed, especially cat-themed, sympathy cards. For years I’d dreamed of creating my own […]

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