This Siamese cat is feeling snug wrapped in a crazy-quilt blanket. He safely made the trip from Pennsylvania to Virginia to be with his new owner, Julie. She has a soft spot for Siamese cats, volunteering with Siamese Rescue. While everything ended up great, this order started with an inventory glitch on my part. The original one that Julie saw in my shop (below, posing with my Emily) was no longer in my stock, but she was kind enough to let me make this one just for her.
My mother gave me a bunch of adorably tiny terra cotta pots. I’m experimenting on how to use them for little story vignettes. I thought I would do a simple kitty sitting in quiet contemplation to warm up my creative juices before moving into more complicated scenes.
Simply Sweet Sitting Kitty
“Sitting Kitty” is the result of this creative playtime. My artist guild (the Polymer Clay Artist Guild of Etsy) is exploring the idea of minimalism this month. It really isn’t a style that comes naturally to me. I’m a detail girl, but for this piece, I tried to restrain my nature and think about the bare essence that the scene required.
Because this piece is a prototype of sorts I decided to list it in my Etsy shop as a “sample sale.” I’ve been having these sales once in a while. It is a win-win.
I get to create a small scale prototypes for more elaborate designs that I will be releasing down the road and you can add affordable starter art to your collection. They are my way of playing with new ideas and include the same sweet craftsmanship that you find in all of my pieces.
No beach house is complete without a whimsical one-of-a-kind cat mermaid ornament!
Maybe she’s a “mer-cat” or maybe she’s a “cat-fish,” but this little glamour puss has big mermaid aspirations. She’d make a great gift for a water-loving cat parent or even a little luxury for yourself.
Making of a Cat Mermaid Ornament
I sculpted this sweet little orange kitty using a custom blend of translucent clay tinted with inks. She has a warm, waxy sheen that begs to be touched. She was created from my imagination so no mold exists. That makes her pretty special. I could make something similar, but never identical to her.
Fun cat fact: only about 20% of orange cats are females. My orange baby is a male with a sensitive soul named Henry.
Life with Cats
My cats are always hanging around when I’m working which normally results in one of them stealing something from my project table. Such is life with cats. This morning, I thought that their knack for stealing things might actually be helpful.
The June 3 deadline for the Songbird Bird House Ornament Giveaway for my newsletter subscribers has passed so it was time to pick a winner.
“How cute would it be to have one of my cats pick the winner,” I thought to myself as I wrote everyone’s name on a folded sheet of paper. They LOVE to steal little bits of paper scrap.
This was going to be the most precious drawing ever. I stirred the tiny paper bits around in a bowl and then dumped the whole lot on the floor. The game had begun. The participants gathered.
Lucy, Henry, and Benjamin formed a circle around the entries. Then CRICKETS. No one seemed all that interested in my little idea. Eventually Henry sniffed the papers. In a promising move, Benjamin reached out and touched them before rolling over to lick himself. The game ended with everyone walking away, no winner selected.
So I did this the old-fashioned way. I put the papers back in the bowl, closed my eyes, and grabbed one.
And the winner is…
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Photographing Cats: New Angles
This shot of Benjamin is a keeper! Photographing cats, particularly black cats, can be challenging and often you get more butts that faces. Over time even the good shots you get can tend to look repetitive. I have a whole series of “cat in box” and “cat at windowsill.” New angles mean new opportunities.
This shot looks a little fresher because of how I shot it. If I rub my hands quickly on the wall, Benjamin will stand on his hind legs and try to grab my hands. This time I leaned in and held my camera in my right hand pressed against the wall pointed down at him as I began teasing him with the other hand. This is the moment right before he jumped. Love those beautiful eyes!
I think the expression on his face and the tilt of his head will translate well into one of my future polymer piece. What do you think?
My husband and I enjoy torturing our cats by posing them for Christmas portraits. Sometimes we use the festive photos for our Christmas cards, but mostly we just want to extend the torture to our friends on Facebook who have to look at them.
It takes an incredible amount of patience to capture successful cat Christmas pictures. Below are my secrets to taking pet photos at the holidays.
6 Tips to Successful Cat Christmas Photos
1. Numb your nerves (and hands) with a glass of wine, but not too much that you can’t focus the shot.
2. Find the best way to try to contain your cat and get a pretty shot with out background clutter. The couch works well. This year, I used a Christmas rug on the back as a backdrop.
3. Place the cat in the shot. Biting may take place (as seen in the photo above).
4. Hold your cat in place until he or she tires of the struggle and gives up.
5. If you are lucky, and your cat is lazy, you may start taking photos. If not, your cat has probably walked away. Repeat step 4 as many times as needed.
6. Take about 100 photos to get one where your cat does not look royally pissed.
I would like to offer a special thank you to my cat Lucy (A.K.A. Lucifer) for helping me to illustrate this post.