Category Archives: Handmade Feline Gift Items

Votives Made from Repurposed Jars

I see things others might recycle or throw away as creative possibilities. I save jars and use a fair number around the house for storage and for projects in my studio and recycle the rest. For years I’ve considered ways to make votives with my artwork just like the ones I’ve received as gifts and […]

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Black and Light Vintage Cardboard Cigar Box Keepsake

One August afternoon a few years ago Giuseppe and Mr. Sunshine cuddled together for a nap on the drafting table in my studio, pure black against the sunlit white surface. The clear silhouettes inspired me to pull out the package of scratchboard paper I’d recently purchased because when you have all these black cats a […]

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Let the Sun Shine With Handpainted Trinket Dishes!

These little trinket dishes are 3.5″ in diameter and approximately 1/4″ to 1/2″ deep, made from natural white polymer clay. Each dish is formed and painted individually. When I first made polymer clay trinket dishes last year they were kind of lumpy until I worked out how to make the shape for “Curving Silhouette”, but […]

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Bella on a Dishtowel!

When I created the Bella! Tote Bag I also had the idea of adding Bella to as many other products as I could, including dishtowels. I had some on hand I’d bought for just this purpose so I stenciled her graceful silhouette onto the flour sack cotton. After debating the issue I decided I liked […]

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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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Hearts and Cats Picture Frames

I purchase unfinished frames and add color and black cat silhouettes in acrylic paint. Your photo fits in the heart-shaped opening. Frames are 5.5 x 8.5 and are displayed using dowel pegs in the back of the frame. I add a hanging hook as well just in case you’d like to hang it on the […]

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Colorful Handmade, Handpainted Trinket Dishes

These little trinket dishes are 3.5″ in diameter and approximately 1/4″ to 1/2″ deep, made from natural white polymer clay. Each dish is formed and painted individually. When I first made polymer clay trinket dishes last year they were kind of lumpy until I worked out how to make the shape for “Curving Silhouette”, but […]

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Felines and Flowers Vintage Cigar Box Keepsakes

I posted on Monday about my big weekend project with vintage cardboard cigar boxes as I had gotten the bulk of the work on them finished, anticipating the Mother’s Day Vendor and Craft Show this Saturday. I finished up all 13 and because readers expressed an interested I also managed to get them listed on […]

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Blooming With Gift Bags

Look what Mimi and I found when we went out into the back yard this morning. Our forsythia was covered with gift bags! This might have had something to do with our all-day project yesterday, which was to create these and more—over five dozen gift bags with feline art and photos. Whew! I thought I’d […]

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Fifth Anniversary of Two Cats After van Gogh

It’s the fifth anniversary of this piece of artwork. It’s hard to believe it’s been five years since I saw the exhibit “Van Gogh Up Close” and came home with a head full of ideas—and that evening sketched Giuseppe and Mr. Sunshine on the landing for my first “Cats After van Gogh” sketch, a theme […]

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