Category Archives: Handmade Gift Items

Two New Seasonal Votives

Mariposa is pleased to introduce two new handmade votives for the holidays—and don’t worry about Mariposa’s nose, these votives come with an LED tealight, purrfectly safe for fluffy kitties with curious noses! They feature this month’s featured feline and nature artwork, “Stained Glass Cats” and “Solstice”, this time on a 3.25″ round glass votive. I […]

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Shop Small, Shop Handmade on Small Business Saturday

Shop Small, Shop Handmade! Small Business Saturday gifts for $20 and under inspired by cats, nature and wildlife. Visit Portraits of Animals for unique handmade gifts. Visit my Handmade Gift Gallery. Visit Books.

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Hot off the Worktable: Ornaments!

Today’s project as I work my way toward the holidays—ornaments! “Dusk in the Woods” and “Star of Wonder” are on thin 4″ polymer clay disks, one handpainted and one with an image transfer, ready with hanging hooks for decoration this holiday season. These are another idea I’ve been carrying around for quite some time, including […]

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Dusk in the Woods Votive

When I made the Star of Wonder votive yesterday I also had Dusk in the Woods in mind if the technique worked. It did, and I couldn’t wait to see Dusk in the Woods on a votive too. Dusk in the Woods is a nearly square painting to I had to decide how to crop […]

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Marketplace: “Star of Wonder” Holiday Gifts and Decorations ~ The Creative Cat

This glass votive is etched by hand and finished with a clear label I printed from my artwork “Star of Wonder”. It’s made from a purchased cube-shaped glass vase 3.25″ in each dimension and comes with an LED tea light. I posted this item on The Creative Cat and wanted to share it here as […]

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Leafy Coasters to Enjoy in Winter

So many leaves are gone—where did the color go? Keep a few handy with coasters made from real leaves. Though these coasters were inspired for a summer event, it was really autumn I had in mind. I’d always loved the white patina on terra cotta clay pieces and my little experiment in reproducing that look […]

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Framed Ailurobibliophile Prints

“Ailurobibliophile”, framed prints are screen printed on acid free heavy drawing paper, available framed or unframed. Frame is matte black 12 x 12 and varies in style. ABOUT THE ARTWORK About that word, “Ailurobibliophile”. Yes, I made it up. It popped up in my design consciousness about a decade ago when I was photographing my […]

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Ailurobibliophile Tote Bag in Four Colors

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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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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Autumn Color, Autumn Leaves, Coasters for the Season

Though these were inspired for a summer event, it was really autumn I had in mind. I’d always loved the white patina on terra cotta clay pieces and my little experiment in reproducing that look in polymer clay worked better than I’d hoped. Using real leaves from four principal trees found on the trail impressed […]

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