Gift Show Treasure Found!

February 22, 2017

Yes, it is Gift Show time in the retail world! I traveled the short distance to the Los Angeles Wholesale Show as usual, hoping to find a new cat themed treasure to share with my customers.

Walking the isles, I will sometimes spot something out of the corner of my eye. Is that a cat design? Yes! So I stop and enter the booth area to see more.

This time it is a new line of baby onesies. This is an item that draws my interest as baby clothes are so darn cute! And it is a category I sometimes carry on my cat lover website, Georgia’s Gifts. This is a new company, started by a young entrepreneur and mom, Emily.  As often happens, she did not find the designs that she wanted for her new baby, so decided to design her own and the Baby Blastoff! fashion line was launched.

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Fun cat themed design- “Cat Me If You Can”

Here’s some of the things I love about these “baby bodysuits”:

  • Luxuriously Soft! Made from bamboo/cotton fabric.
  • Original artwork by owner and creator.
  • Vibrant and fun colors.
  • Certified to be free of chemicals & substances.
  • Extra length for better fit & reinforced closure.
  • And did I say SOFT?
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Product is proudly manufactured in Albuquerque, New Mexico

I can’t wait to receive these unique cat themed baby onesies, along with some fun, coordinating pants. Besides looking adorable when wearing one of these outfits, what a great gift for a baby shower or birthday!

Keep watch on my website for this new arrival. Or even better, sign up for our email newsletter & we’ll let YOU know! 

Georgia’s Gifts is your one-stop shopping site for all your cat lover gifts & decor!


 


Hero Cats Will Save The Day!

August 14, 2016

Wherever I go I’m always on the lookout for new, unique & fun cat themed items to feature on my website or write about on my cat blog. On my recent adventure at CatConLA 2016 I discovered something brand new for me- Hero Cats of Stellar City comic books!

Hero Cats Comic Book Cover

How could I resist super hero cats! As I browsed the table full of the comic editions with colorful action packed artwork, I learned the backstory of the Hero Cats:

“The world changed forever when Galaxy Man & Cosmic Girl arrived in Stellar city.  Villains soon followed, bringing with them minions, henchmen, and other assorted threats.  While these super threats were being handled by the ever vigilant Galaxy Man and Cosmic Girl, it became necessary for the Hero Cats to deal to pick up the slack.”

Let me introduce you to the pack! Each one has a special talent for fighting crime and aliens and when you read the comics, you’ll also learn about their own special stories that brought them to where they are today.

Hero Cats

Ace is the team’s ever brave leader.

Cassiopeia is the recent addition to the team. She is a truly clever tabby cat who is able to read human writing. 

Rocket is the fastest cat in the world and might be from outer space.

Belle can read the human mind. There’s no fooling this feline. 

Midnight has a passionate dislike of criminals and is able to jump to extraordinary heights.

Rocco is the mountain of muscle who never loses a fight. His heart is big and true.

Bandit is ever the charmer and is skilled at covert operations.

The comic is told by Cassiopeia, the smart orange tabby, as she joins the team and soon proves her value to their mission.

The books are written by Kyle Puttkammer who was in attendance at the show so I was able to get an autographed copy of my purchase. The fantastic artwork is a collaboration of Marcus Williams, Ryan Sellers, Omaka Schultz and Briana Higgins and the comic is published by Action Lab Entertainment. The team has worked on other comics, including a spin off of the adventures of Midnight Cat.

I fell in love with the cast of Hero Cat characters and found myself rooting for them during their daring  escapades. This is such a fun book to escape into for a fantasy of a world where cats have super powers. Being a new reader, I bought Volumn 1 which includes the first three issues of the comic books. I plan to add to my collection and hopefully own them all!

Learn more about this comic book series at www.herocatsonline.com


Whimsiclay Plush Cats- The End of An Era

December 7, 2015
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I remember when I first saw the adorable, whimsical, plush cats by Whimsiclay. Their smiling eyes and pom-tipped whiskers captured my heart right away! After almost 10 years, I still adore them just as much!

Back then I was strolling through a trade show, looking for a new product to showcase on my upcoming website, when they caught my eye. The booth that sponsored them was really highlighting plush fairies, which were big at that time. On a side table were the plush cats.

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Sweetie Cat has always been a top seller in all sizes.

I was familiar with the Whimsiclay ceramic cats, designed by artist Amy Lacombe. Many of the plush were patterned after some of the more popular figurine pieces. They were soft and colorful with a face that made you smile.  I knew right then that I had to have them to sell, first in my retail gift store and then later on my cat themed web site.

Through the years these plush cats, available in 2 sizes, plus a folding pillow, then cat slippers, have been consistent sellers.

One of my favorites was the sweet “Marsha” cat pillow, so perfect for a young girl’s room. This style sold out years ago.marshapillow

 

Here is colorful and fun Peppermint Cat. Other holiday cats include Rudy, Poinsettia and Winter Parfait.Sierra Exif JPEG

 

There have also been cats just for fun! Like Shanice in sunglasses, shown here. She also sometimes sports a red cap in place of the glasses.Sierra Exif JPEG

 

The plush line evolved into cat handbags and cat face slippers, such as Chili Cat slippers shown here.

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This does seem like the “end of an era” and I am saddened to see them go. I am happy to let you know that I was able to stock up on some of the styles so you will be able to get them for a while on our site. The plush kitties make special gifts for a cat lover, especially at the holiday season.

So if you own one of these cuties, hang on to it!

 

 

 

 


CatConLA is Coming! 8 Days & Counting!

May 29, 2015

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It’s BIG! It’s NEW It’s going to be AMAZING!  I can’t believe the very first CatConLA is just a short drive away in downtown Los Angeles!

Being featured as “comic-con for cat people” the event promises a unique experience of art & design, merchandise, and seminars. Not to mention the guests speakers including Simon Tofield (Simon’s Cat), Ben Huh (ICANHASCHEEZBURGER) and Angie Bailey (CatLadyLand), plus, drum roll here, Mike Bridavsky and Lil Bub!

Lil BUB, from internet photo

Lil BUB, from internet photo

I want to inject here that I mentioned these seemingly well-known people to some of my co-workers  at my part-time job and was greeted with blank stares. How could they not know about Simon’s Cat videos or sweet Lil Bub? Or the hilarious CHEEZBURGER photos?

CatConLA also is partnered with a good cause- FixNation, whose mission is to reduce the number of homeless cats with TNR management. Part of the proceeds of the event will be donated to this non-profit organization. There will also be on-site cat adoptions available at a super low cost by Best Friends Animal Society.

Cat shows are not like your ordinary pet shows. Of course there are the judging shows for all animals. But dog events might feature sporting (Frisbees), training (police dogs), agility & obstacle courses and more. Equestrian events can include racing, dressage or exciting rodeos. Cat shows, on the other hand, are a little “edgier”.  Not so much emphasis on their physical abilities but on their ability to make us revere them!

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What do I expect out of CatConLA?  Of course, I’ll be on the lookout for some new, unique product for my cat lover website, georgiasgifts.com as usual. And with the huge array of vendors with cat themed merchandise & clothes my personal budget will certainly be strained!  But I will also get to attend some great seminars with some popular cat experts, view creative art pieces of all types, and just enjoy a general happy atmosphere of cat people letting their true love of cats show in public. (I expect to see many dressed in their best cat gear & makeup).

I’ll follow-up after my trip to the event with my experience. Are you going to #CatConLA?  Would love to hear from you now & after also. Now, I just have to decide which cat shirt should I wear? Umm….


Say “Aloha” To New Tiki Cat Merchandise Coming Soon to Georgia’s Gifts!

February 5, 2015

January is a favorite time of my year because of the wholesale gift shows that give me a chance to discover some new cat lover goodies. And this time I found something brand new to bring to you!

Tiki Cat Art

Being a fan of cats and also Hawaii, I fell in love with the Tiki Cat art by Brad “Tiki Shark” Parker. His unique style is a result of a comic book illustration background combined with idealized Polynesian and Tiki culture art. Tiki art is referred to “low brow” art (as opposed to “fine” art) because it references pop culture. Low brow art has grown in popularity on the West Coast art scene in recent years.

Of course, my favorite of Parker’s artwork is this stylized cat playing the ukulele against a vividly colored sunset and with a tropical drink nearby.

 

To carry out the beach scene, you’ll soon be able to purchase beach towels along with “slippers”, the Hawaii term for flip-flops, on my website. Other fun items will include Tiki Cat mugs and magnets.

This is definitely a new look to add to my selection of cat lover gifts and décor for my customers. I am so excited to bring the artwork of Brad Parker to you and hope you love it as much as I do!  Mahalo and Aloha

 


Wacky, Whimsical and A Little Bit Wonderful Cat Ornaments

July 31, 2014

On my ongoing search for unique and fun cat themed items for my website, I recently discovered these delightful, eco-friendly cat ornaments.  And I love that they are designed and created by an artist following her dream.

Jeanne Stern is an artist living in north Georgia. She specializes in folk and decorative art, inspired by the plants and animals she observes in the woods, lakes, rivers and farmland near her residence. I, of course, immediately focused on her wonderful cat designs.

Each one is handcrafted from reclaimed wood and recycled components, helping to save our landfills.  They are a substantial size at 3 1/2″ x 4″ x 5/8″ with a cotton cord for hanging.  Although they are called “ornaments” they are perfect for any decorative idea. Hang on a hook in any room for a touch of whimsy, hang near your cat’s bed or feeding area or on a door knob into the cat’s area. Another idea is to add it to a gift basket or on a present for a cat lover. It will make a great keepsake!

Cat Ornament, Black

Black Cat Ornament

 

Orange Cat Ornament

Orange Cat Ornament

These ornaments will be available in 4 colors:  Black, Grey, Orange and Yellow.  Remember, being handcrafted, each one will be slightly different with its own personality.  What a unique gift to give to a cat lover! You’ll want to stock up for birthdays, holidays and “just because” days.

Arriving soon at Georgia’s Gifts!  If you are interested in another color, please let me know and a custom order can be done. Let me know what you love about these new cat ornaments.

 

 

 

 


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?