CatConLA is Coming! 8 Days & Counting!

May 29, 2015


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!


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, 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….

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?

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, 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!

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!

Continuing Search for Cat Lover Gifts, Part III

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.

Ceramic cat tile, Katana Cat

Katana Cat

Coffee Cat

Coffee Cat

Cat with Blossom

Cat with Blossom

This next tile is a delightful & whimsical tile showing two “best friends” enjoying the evening sky.

Best Friend in the Moonlight

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

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!

Continuing Search for New Cat Lover Gifts, Part II

February 23, 2013

In part I of my search I talked about some great new decorated cat tag pendants.  Today I’ll tell you about one new product line I now have on my website, plus a new style on a regular line.

I was very excited to find a whimsical and heartwarming group of cat frames , cat mugs and message stones. Unfortunately, as sometimes happens in the world of retail, the mugs were out of stock for a couple of months.  I loved the mugs, but the frames are still outstanding and hold their own. There are several styles, and I’ll show you a couple here, but my favorite is the one that says, “Best. Cat. Ever.”  Of course, if you have several cats, you might have to get several frames, because aren’t all your cats the Best Ever?

Cat Frame with words "Best.Cat.Ever"

“Best.Cat.Ever” Cat Frame (click for larger view)

Who Rescued Who Cat Framee

“Who Rescued Who? Cat Frame (click for larger view)

This frame will warm your heart!  If you have a rescue pet, sometimes you  wonder, who rescued who?  They come into your life and fill your heart with love and joy.  Give them a place of honor with this photo frame.

Do you love Calico kitties? See our new design of a magnetic mailbox cover along with a matching standard flag and garden flag. This attractive cat art by Susan Bourdet will capture your heart. Team it with a flag to decorate your porch, yard or garden.

Calico Kitties Mailbox Coverr

Calico Kitties Mailbox Cover (click for larger view)

Next, check out these new bold and colorful garden size flags with quotes. The striking art is by Ginger Oliphant.

Cat Garden Flag- Beauty IsCat Garden Flag- Nine LivesCat Garden Flag- I Will Try

I hope you like these new additions to our website! We have more items coming, such as new Claudia Sanchez ceramic tiles (Part III) and some restocking of the popular Laurel Burch cat handbags and scarves.

And as always, we welcome any comments on these products and suggestions on new ones. Let us know what YOU want!