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″


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!


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


Retired Whimsiclay Ceramic Cats

October 16, 2011

To help my collectors of Whimsiclay ceramic cat figurines by Amy Lacombe, I have compiled a list of the recent retired pieces.  You can see the list on my website by clicking here.

I have also included the cats that are low in stock at the manufacturer and will be retired when they have sold out.  Some of the styles are on my site and some are not.  I have included them for your information.

You might have noticed several styles on my web site that are currently out of stock.  Many of these are due to production problems and unfortunately won’t be back in my inventory before the Christmas shopping season.  I’m hoping the company will work out their issues and next year will bring a batch of brand new cat styles plus a re-stocking of these out of stock styles.

Ceramic Punkin Cat Candy Dish

Retired Ceramic Cat, "Punkin Candy Dish". One of my favorites!


Whimsiclay Holiday Cats-Older Styles Are Hard To Beat!

October 4, 2011

To survive a manufacturing company must always have new styles coming out and also retire some pieces to keep the line in demand.  The Whimsiclay cats I sell on my website usually have new designs about twice a year ( although this year it’s been less).

The holiday cat figurines are always cute and sell well.  Several older styles and a few recent ones have been retired or in some cases, just out of stock for the rest of the year.  Luckily, a couple of my very favorites are still around and I think are hard to beat.  Check out Rudy and Sparkie, shown below. If you like them don’t put off purchasing from my website or anywhere else as this could their last season.

Rudy, ceramic Christmas cat

Rudy cat with reindeer cap and bells on his tail.

Sparkie, ceramic holiday cat

Sparkie, tangled up with Christmas lights.


Smiling Cats – Part II

May 29, 2011

Since the plush cats from Whimsiclay were selling so well, I decided to add the ceramic styles to my online inventory.  Soon they were outselling the plush! I was very glad I made that decision and I continued to increase the styles available including the cat ornaments and cat pins.

The cats designed by Amy Lacombe were better known in the early days as the cats from Annaco and then later from Willitts. The main draw was the smiling face along with the bendable whiskers. But these trademark whiskers also caused production problems and sometimes broke off during shipping.  This was one of the reasons Amy took back control of her creations and now the quality has greatly improved and there is little breakage.

Ceramic Cat "Kandy"

"Kandy" Ceramic Cat from Whimsiclay