Ivory Cat Tea Towels- Functional & Beautiful

January 25, 2014

As I’ve mentioned in a former blog, I’m always on the lookout for new cat kitchen tea towels.

Recently I found these beautiful cotton towels featuring the artwork of English artist Lesley Anne Ivory.

Tabby On Rug Cotton Tea Towel

Tabby On Rug Cotton Towel

I’ve seen her work before but I had forgotten how wonderful her cat art is!  She does exquisitely realistic cat images on highly detailed backgrounds, such as carpets, mosaics and more. For instance in the above art the tabby cat is on a colorful patchwork rug.  On the one below, the cat rests on a peacock designed rug.

Cat Cotton Tea Towel "Meow Meow"

Cotton Tea Towel “Meow Meow”

I wanted to learn more about the artist, so I started searching.  I found that Lesley Anne Ivory is a very private person! Here are a few facts I discovered about her:

Lesley was born in 1940 in Bedfordshire, England.  She studied at various art schools and earned the National Diploma in Design. She specializes in portraits of her own cats and those belonging to her family and friends.  She exhibits in London and New York and has illustrated successful cat books plus more than 40 children’s books. You can find her cat artwork on calendars, note cards and many other gift products. Below is one of only two photos I found of Lesley…

Photo of cat artist Lesle Anne Ivory

Artist Lesley Anne Ivory

You can find these cat kitchen towels, Tabby On Rug and Meow Meow, on my website.  They measure 19″ x 29″ and cost $10.50 each.  I plan to add more of her cat art on other products and hope you love her work as much as I do.  What item would you like to see illustrated with her cats?

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Cat Ceramic Tiles – The Most Innovative, Fun & Functional Gift!

November 9, 2013

Haven’t you, now or some time in your life, owned a ceramic tile? Maybe not a cat tile, but a tile?

Furry Cat Ceramic Tile, 8x8

“Furry Cat” Tile, 8″x8″

Cat ceramic tiles can be one of the most versatile items you can own or give as a gift to a cat lover. They are not just for floors! We have accumulated a list of some of the many fun and innovative ways to put these decorative tiles to use.  Read on…

DISPLAY- Place your tile on a plate stand to set on a counter or table to showcase the tile design. We are partial to showing cat designs of course.

TRIVETS- Being heat-resistant, tiles make the perfect barrier to protect your linens or table top from hot dishes.

COASTERS- 4″ x 4″ tiles are perfect for drink coasters. Mix and match fun and colorful designs to delight your guests.

4x4 ceramic cat tiles

Set of 4″x4″ Cartoon Cat Tiles

KITCHEN- Use as a sink or stove backsplash to protect your wall. Tiles can be mounted or you can also just set a couple of tiles behind your faucet or stove for a quick decorative look for a party, holiday or any day!

BATHROOM- Cat lovers can frame a shower or bath with cat tiles for a fun look. Or set in as accents pieces with other background tiles.

GARDEN/PATIO- Border your garden or patio with cat tiles for a totally unique look.  Embellish a fence with select tiles. Or set your potted plant or flowers on color coordinated tiles.

Black & White Cat w/Flowers 8x8 Ceramic Tile

Black & White Cat w/Flowers on 8″ x 8″ Tile

FRAMED ART- Put your favorite cat tile in a special frame & hang for wall decor.

FIREPLACE- Be different! Surround your fireplace with tiles, using cat images as special accents.

CANDLE PLATE- Again, being heat-resistant make tiles a good base for a candle. Make a colorful grouping.

CRAFT PROJECTS- Last but not least, think of the multitude of uses for tiles in a creative craft project. Use them whole, or if you happen to have some broken ones, make a mosaic! They are also good to use as a base to work on with clay or paints as they are stain resistant.

THE PERFECT CAT LOVER GIFT- We couldn’t end without mentioning our wonderful selection of cat tiles we offer on our website in various sizes. We invite you to check it out!

Now that you have started thinking about it, I bet you can come up with even more great ideas for cat ceramic tiles! We’d love to have a comment about a project you have done with your tiles.

Ceramic Cat Tile, What Mattters Most

“What Matters Most” Cat Tile,8″x8″


Sneak Peak of New Cat Lover Gifts Coming Soon!

July 26, 2013

Yes! It’s that time of year again - Gift Show time. Twice a year I travel to the LA Gift Show in my quest to find new fun and unique cat lover gifts & décor for my website.

It’s so exciting when I find something that I can’t wait to bring to my customers.  Some of my suppliers offered some great new cat designs on handbags, kitchen linens, ceramic tiles and accent pillows.  Plus, a brand new line I am proud to start carrying is a cat handbag design from Bungalow 360, a sociable responsible business. It will be available in a tote, wristlets, mini backpack, a hat and more!

 Here is a sneak peak of what’s to come….

CERAMIC TILES- Artists Claudia Sanchez and Ping continue to create colorful new cat images that we adore. Shown below is a stunning yellow cat among vibrant marigolds by Ping.  We also restocked many of our popular cat tiles in various sizes.

Ceramic Cat Tile, Yellow Cat with Marigold Flowers, 8x8

Yellow Cat w/ Marigold Flowers. 8″x8″

KITCHEN LINENS- It’s always fun to change the towels and potholders to give your kitchen a fresh new look. Our newest cat design is called Catwalk with matching towels, pot mitts and apron.  But we also could not resist the apron shown below with its whimsical artwork. Fun to wear or give as a gift! (Listen up husbands).

Cotton Apron with Cat Design & "Yummy Mummy" words.

“Yummy Mummy” Cotton Apron

TAPESTRY PILLOWS- This new throw pillow is perfect for a young girl’s room. Team it up with a small matching quilt to cozy up with on a chilly evening.  We also reordered the popular Cat Nap pillow and a few other fun tapestry décor pieces.

Tapestry Pillow "Sugar and Spice"

Sugar and Spice Tapestry Accent Pillow

This is just a little taste of our new products coming in soon. Check in often on our website, georgiasgifts.com or better yet, sign up for our email newsletter to be the first to see the new stuff plus get special promotions only available to our list.

We also have a new page, Your Feedback.  Your input will help us improve and give you the best selection and service we can.  We want to hear what you have to say!


A Story of Life As Told By Enzo, The Dog.

July 3, 2013

Don’t you love it when you read a book that totally captures you and you have trouble putting it down? This is the joy of reading.

Book cover for The Art of Racing in The Rain

I just finished the book, The Art of Racing in The Rain by Garth Stein. As this book was published in 2009 I’m a little “late to the game” as they say, but I believe this is a timeless novel. What makes it special is that it is narrated through the eyes of Enzo, a dog.

Yes, you all know I’m a cat person, but no one can help but fall in love with Enzo. With his humor and love he leads us through the life and dreams of his owner, Denny, making us both laugh and cry with his heartwarming insight.

Being a TV & video watching dog, he once viewed a documentary from Mongolia that said when a dog is finished with his lifetimes as a dog, his next incarnation will be as a man. So Enzo is trying to learn and remember as much as he can as he believes he will become a man in his next life and he wants to be ready.  Along the way he offers us many wise lessons that he has learned, such as “That which you manifest is before you”.  This is to remind us to take charge of our life and not to feel like we are a victim of circumstance or fate.

Denny is a race car driver and there are many references about racing, but it is woven into the storyline, never becoming a distraction. There seems to be a long coming movie in the works for 2014 starring Patrick Dempsey. He is a good choice for the main character and I hope the producers do justice to the book and not make it a Disney type movie.

This is such a wonderful book and I highly recommend reading it. (warning, you will need tissues at times, especially at the end).  It will affect you on many levels, least of all touching on our secret longing for our pets to have the ability to talk to us!


Feline Philately

May 29, 2013

Cat Stamps from Nicaraqua

feline [fee-lahyn] noun 1. an animal of the cat family  adjective 1. belonging or pertaining to the cat family, Felidae. 2. catlike; characteristic of animals of the cat family: a feline tread. 3. sly, stealthy, or treacherous ( I don’t care for this one)

philately [fi-lat-e-li] noun 1. the collecting of stamps and other postal matter as a hobby or an investment. 2. the study of postage stamps, revenue stamps, stamped envelopes, postmarks, postal cards, covers, and similar material relating to postal or fiscal history.

In the last few months I’ve become a sort of “feline design philatelist”. My new hobby is in the beginner stages, mainly just seeing cat stamps that I like and collecting them. Then of course I realized I needed a place to put them and had to learn about albums and pages sizes and page protectors…and so on. Right now I’m content with the basics, one page size and a protective cover. But as I’m learning more I know that will soon change.

Cat Stamps from Guyana

I have been amazed at the quantity of feline stamps! So many values, sizes and designs from so many countries. And as you see in the above description #2 for philately, there are also many more types of postal material besides stamps. There are even cat stamp organizations such as Cats On Stamps. This could involve much more time & study than I ever imagined.

For the mean time I think I’ll just enjoy my new interest. To me these stamps are mini works of art and I’ll display them in a pretty album for browsing.

Below is one of my favorite finds so far. I love the colors and the backgrounds for each cat.

Cat Stamps from Kyrgyzstan

Are you a cat stamp collector? I’d love to hear your comments and suggestions for my collection!


Cats Get Cake Top Honors!

May 17, 2013
Miniature Porcelain Cats as Cake Topper for Wedding

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.

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

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!


Do You Remember Orangey The Cat?

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

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.

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 the Cat.

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.


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