Category Archives: Gift Items

Feline Vintage Cigar Box Keepsakes

I had another stash of vintage cigar boxes in reserve and decided it was time to make some new keepsakes from them. Because I was preparing for Hearts and Paws last weekend, the first group of keepsakes were all feline designs and those are the ones I feature here. I’m working on the flower designs […]

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New Feline Tile Designs

Working from the tiles I made several months ago, I’ve made new feline tile designs in new sizes, shapes and styles featuring some of my favorite feline artwork for you to enjoy, to use to set down your iced tea or coffee, protect and decorate a countertop or hang on a wall like small paintings. […]

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A New Display, and New Things

With all the new gift items I’ve been making I needed to modify my vendor display. I tried out a new layout this past weekend at the Hearts & Paws Pet Fair that included two sets of shelves and it just about perfectly fit all the small things I had to display. I had decided […]

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Sitting Pretty Kitty Magnets and Pins

Here they are, finally! “Sitting Pretty” kitty refrigerator magnets and pins! These magnets and pins are made with a “cookie cutter” die I made myself designed from a sketch titled “Kitty in PInk”. Each one is cut from rolled polymer clay and baked, then hand-painted. Designs come in black, white, gray, tortie, black tabby and […]

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Getting Ready for Hearts and Paws This Saturday, June 22

I’ve been pretty busy making things lately! Hearts and Paws (information below) is coming up, so I’m stocking up for that and for my loosely-planned Open House next month. That means I’m making way more things than usual and it takes whole days. So when I have several things to make for events and to […]

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Cats After van Gogh Keepsake Box Set

Cats After van Gogh is one of the most popular design sets I have, and I am proud of that. It’s a style I developed entirely from seeing the internationally touring exhibit “Van Gogh Up Close”, bringing my cats into a new style of creative expression. More on that below. They tend to be popular […]

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Butterflies Votive or Accent Lamp

I etched the inside of the jar to better diffuse the light from the candle, then printed the design on a purchased clear vinyl label and burnished it onto the vase. The curved glass areas are painted with forest green permanent alcohol ink. The art can be clearly seen on the matte finish label even […]

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The Artist’s Life: The Importance of My Own Designs

I spent the weekend on art projects getting ready for the upcoming Hearts & Paws Pet Care and Adoption Fair on June 22, and, of course, restocking the shelves here on Portraits of Animals. As I move forward with creating unique handmade goods, though there are millions of pieces of artwork out there to choose […]

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Decorate Your Table With a Tortie Tablecloth

Handmade of unbleached cotton muslin, this little accent tablecloth is 36″ x 36″ and has the same image, “The Roundest Eyes”, printed and hand-tinted four times, one on each corner. It is signed and dated below the design and has my handwritten “label” reading “handmade, hand-printed, hand-painted” and the year. Washing instructions are included on […]

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Feline and Flower Votives in Summery Colors

This time I worked out a few different designs and styles with smaller jars than last time, and all in summery colors. All are etched on the inside with the design adhered on the outside and also have embellishments painted on the outside too, but this time I tried out frosted clear labels instead of […]

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