May 17, 2013
Miniature Porcelain Cats as Cake Topper for Wedding
I recently learned that some of our beautiful porcelain miniature kitties we carry received top honors as a wedding cake topper for one of our customers. What higher praise is that!
Seven separate cakes with one that showcased the cats.
The very unique wedding cake was one in a grouping of seven cakes elegantly arranged in a metal stand. The bride and her father actually made the cakes themselves.
It was so kind for the new couple to share these photos with us. And they also relayed this story to us which is bittersweet. “The four kitties represented the cats we had between us. Sadly, in the last nine months, three of them have gone over the rainbow bridge (the orange one most recently). The tuxedo cat is still with us and doing well in her new home.”
We wish the couple many happy years ahead and many more cats to love!
Cutting the “Cat Cake”
Do you have a special life story about a cat product you’d like to share? It can be one from our website, Georgia’s Gifts, or not related to it at all. We just love the stories- cat lovers are a community!
April 27, 2013
A few nights ago I watched the 1957 movie The Incredible Shrinking Man which is one of my old-time favorites. If you have not seen it, there is a scene where the shrinking man is small enough to live in a doll house. This works out okay until his cat gets left inside the large house with everyone else out for the evening. I think you can guess what happens next. (Don’t worry, after a great “cat & mouse” battle the man gets away).
Orangey looking fierce in The Incredible Shrinking Man
I started wondering about the cat in the movie and decided to do some research. Turns out this orange tabby is an award-winning feline actor! He is the only double-winner of the Patsy Award, the animal kingdom’s equivalent of the Oscar. (PATSY stands for Picture Animal Top Star of the Year). Orangey won his first award for his debut in the 1951 movie Rhubard, playing a baseball team-owning cat.
Movie poster for Rhubarb featuring Orangey the Cat.
Orangey won his second Patsy ten years later playing “Cat” in Breakfast at Tiffany’s. His role was a homeless feline who visits Holly Golightly (played by Audrey Hepburn). Here is a great You Tube video by Alex DeCosta showing all the clips from the movie that feature Orangey the Cat. It might be hard to believe but I had not seen this movie so the ending clips with “Cat” and Holly in the rain brought on some tears.
Scene from Breakfast at Tiffany’s with Orangey.
Orangey was trained by the famous animal trainer Frank Inn, known for many famous critter actors including Arnold the Pig on Green Acres and Higgins the Dog on Petticoat Junction. As a single cat can only master a few tricks, Frank trained a crew of look-alikes to work as a group under the Orangey name. This is a common procedure for cat actors.
In his 15 year career Orangey the Cat also appeared in Gigot, Village of the Giants and had a recurring role as “Minerva the Cat” in the TV series, Our Miss Brooks. You’ll now find Orangey properly memorialized at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Hollywood Hills with other successful actors.
Next time I see Orangey in a movie I’ll definitely pay more attention to this veteran actor! Which is your favorite role by Orangey the Cat? We’d love to hear your comments.
March 27, 2013
All of a sudden I’m seeing little tufts of grey hair here & there on the carpet. Following them like a trail of crumbs from Hansel & Gretel they lead me to my Dessa’s favorite sleeping places. Now I know! It’s spring and the time for cats to shed their winter coat.
Shedding is normal and healthy for cats. It helps them get rid of dead and loose hair which can irritate their skin. Being a Russian Blue our cat has a thick, dense double coat of fur. She has a lot of fur to shed! (This can also mean a lot of hairballs).
We know it’s time to step up the brushing and grooming to help her out. Some cats love this attention and Dessa tolerates it fairly well when she is in a mellow mood. It’s also a good “bonding” time but when she has had enough she definitely lets us know! After a brushing her coat feels so soft and sleek when you stroke her. And I bet she feels refreshed.
A thick pile of cat fur. A couple of days brushing.
“This smells familiar!”
Some people make good use of this fur. They might spin it into a soft yarn for knitting or crocheting. Or transform it into handicrafts as seen in the book, Crafting with Cat Hair. We use the fur and hair from other animals for miscellaneous things so is this so different? It’s your call!
There’s no items made of cat hair/fur at Georgia’s Gifts, but we have whimsical gifts & decor for cat lovers everywhere. We invite you to check us out!
March 8, 2013
If you like cat tiles you might be familiar with the artist Claudia Sanchez. She does beautiful cat art that is converted onto ceramic tiles. I have carried her vivid colored cat tiles for several years. Recently she changed manufacturers and came out with new 8″ x 8″ designs which I found on my last trip to the LA gift show. They are very unique with a black background that makes the image stand out. Here are a few of them that I have featured on my website.
Cat with Blossom
This next tile is a delightful & whimsical tile showing two “best friends” enjoying the evening sky.
Best Friend in the Moonlight
In addition to the 8″ x 8″ tiles, I have coaster size tiles, 4″ x 4″. These make a beautiful set to own or to give as a gift. They can also be purchased individually if you happen to fall in love with one of them! Here is a grouping of the cat faces that Claudia is known for. (Clicking on the group will take you to the first style on my website)
Cat Faces Coaster Tiles
I hope you enjoy viewing these beautiful tiles. They are very versatile -use as wall, counter or desk art, a backsplash in your kitchen, decoration on your bath or patio wall, or as a trivet. Are you ready to start your collection today? Visit Georgia’s Gifts to see these designs and many more tiles and other cat lover gifts!
February 1, 2013
This is not a fun topic, but it is reality. This week driving to work I came across a dead cat in the road. In the past I have stopped and pulled a cat’s body to the curb so it would not get run over again and possibly the owner could find it. This time I did not have the heart to do it and drove on after looking to make sure that it was indeed a casualty. But it has been weighing on my mind ever since.
I know everyone has seen cats in the road. What should you do? Should you call animal control? Knock on doors to try & find the owner? Take it to a vet? I do think if it was still alive I would do this, IF it would let me near.
I go through a lot of emotions when I find a cat like this. My first reaction is a deep sadness for the poor cat. I say a little prayer for his soul and hope that he went instantly. Next I feel anger that the owner let the cat outdoors. I am a definitely advocate for keeping your pet indoors. How many thousands of cats have to die by cars, coyotes, snakes, poison and more before people see the good sense of this?
I’m planning to make sure I stop next time there is a poor kitty in the road. But I would like to hear from you. What would you do? Tell me your stories. And go give your kitty a kiss and scratch and be glad it is safe and sound with you, INDOORS.
Me and our lovely Dessa.
January 29, 2013
It’s January, which is the month for wholesale gift shows. I just got back from the Los Angeles Gift & Home show where I always scour the showrooms and booths for something new for my cat lover customers.
This time I found a few items that perked up my interest. A popular type of jewelry around the show was embellished dog tag style necklaces. At one booth I saw some adorable cat & charm tags that made me stop and take a good look. Each tag is decorated with cats, vintage & modern charms, genuine Swarovski crystals, and glitter. Being handmade, no two are exactly the same. Each pendant comes on a 24″ ball chain. The look is fun and sparkly!
One note about these pendants - if you happen to want a cat with a certain theme, such as ballet, sports, etc, this can be requested. Another thing I like about this jewelry line is that it is made by a small company, owned and operated by a husband & wife team who also own a jewelry store in Southern California. I like to support entrepreneurs, especially local ones.
These pendants will be on the website soon (in time for Valentine’s Day ordering, of course!).
I’ll talk about another great find in my next blog. As a reminder, do you have something you would like to see on my website? I welcome all requests, just comment here, send me an email at email@example.com or post on my facebook page.