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!

 

 

 

 

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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!


Miniature Cat Figurines-Simply Adorable!

June 12, 2012

The first day I saw this line of tiny porcelain cat figurines I fell in love with them.  There’s a certain charm in their poses and expressions that will capture you.  And being so tiny, they are easy and fun to collect or to give as gifts. Let me tell you about these little darlings…

These miniatures are manufactured in Chiang Mai, Thailand, known as “Rose of the North” and a major center for fine porcelain.

The figurines are hand-painted by talented artists in the Thailand factory.

Every piece is high-fired and the rigorous quality control of the company guarantees the colors, the perfect shape and the sharpness of every detail. There is much experience and skill needed to produce the details of these fine figurines.

Miniature calico cat figurine

Playful Calico Miniature Porcelain Cat

The factory produces all kinds of animals but of course my focus is on the delightful cats and kittens.  Some are in typical cat poses and some are joined with books or musical instruments. Their sizes range from 1 1/2 inches to 2 1/2 inches tall.

Miniature cat with piano

Miniature Porcelain Cat with Piano.

Although these are called miniatures, some go even smaller!  Named “Little Critters”  these minis are about 1 to 1 1/2 inches and still have all the delicate details of the larger minis.

Russian Blue Little Critter Miniature Cat

Russian Blue Miniature Little Critter Cat, “Silver”

Little Critter Porcelain Miniature Spirit

Marble Bengal Little Critter Porcelain Miniature “Spirit”.

If you like these figurines please visit my website  www.georgiasgifts.com and see all the different mini cats.  I’m also on the search for more styles and I’m checking into other companies manufacturing porcelain figures in Thailand as some of the finest work is done there. I’d love to hear your comments on these cats!


Ceramic or Porcelain- Can You Tell The Difference?

June 3, 2012

I’ve always been a little confused about the difference in the terms “ceramic” and “porcelain”.  It seems to be an interchangeable (or sometimes combined) word for figurines although most people perceive porcelain as being higher quality. After much researching I’ve discovered various differences between them. Without getting into the technical and scientific facts of the types of clays, firing temperatures, etc., here are a few easy ways to determine the type of ceramic….

  • The category “ceramic” includes pottery, bone china, earthenware and porcelain.
  • Porcelain originated in China and derives its current name from porcellana, an old italian word for “cowrie shell” because of its resemblance to the translucent surface of the shell
  • Porcelain is made with light colors of clay minerals and fired at a high temperature giving it a glossy, glass like quality.
  • Tap a porcelain figure and you’ll hear a bell-like ring while the ceramic figure will make a dull sound.
  • The surface of porcelain is fine and smooth, not grainy like other types of ceramics.
  • Ceramic is very opaque, while porcelain is translucent. Hold your figurine up to a light and move your finger behind the item. You should be able to see a slight shadow of your finger if it is porcelain.

In reading this it sounds like porcelain figurines are much more desirable than ceramics.  But in fact, the important thing to remember is to purchase what YOU like and will enjoy viewing and collecting during the years.  That is the true value of a figurine.

Check out the pictures below. Tell me which one you think is porcelain and which is ceramic. (clicking on the pictures will take you to my website where you will find out the answer).

Miniature Orange Tabby Cat

Whimsiclay ‘Birthday Wishes” Cat