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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I’m A Pet Adoption Wimp

June 28, 2014

Today on a hot California Saturday there was a “Mega Adoption Event” in Yucaipa.  It’s a wonderful event sponsored by local adoption, rescue and shelter agencies to try to adopt the numerous rescue animals, plus offering low cost microchips and vaccines for your pets. Having a free day I decided to go ahead and go.

Mega Pet Adoption Event, June 28 & 29, Yucaipa, CA

Mega Pet Adoption Event, June 28 & 29, Yucaipa, CA

My hubby is always a little nervous when I go to these things because I might cave and bring home a new member of the family. He is afraid to upset the balance we have with our sweet Russian Blue who is now the queen of the household since her “sister” cat passed away 2 years ago.

A group of kittens ready for adoption

A group of kittens ready for adoption

 

A few older cats wait patiently for their forever home

A few older cats wait patiently for their forever home

And I have to admit, as much as I love to see the kitties, it also tears at my heartstrings. I want to take them all home!  Even when we go buy supplies at Pet Smart I can only look at the cats for adoptions for a short time as I get very depressed. What a wimp!

 

2 cuties for adoption

2 cuties for adoption

At this event the dogs out-numbered the cats about 4 to 1.  I have to admit some were certainly adorable! Of all the animals there, I think it would be very hard to pick just one.  You would have to find the one that looked you in the eye and made you fall in love!

I adore cats and support TNR, but being so wimpy, I have to help the cat community in other ways, such as donations or spreading information on social media. Plus I have a website that offers gifts and décor for cat lovers.  Are there others out there that feel like I do?  I’m here to testify! Will you join me?

 

 

 


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!


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)

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“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!


Continuing Search for New Cat Lover Gifts, Part 1

January 29, 2013

It’s January, which is the month for wholesale gift shows.  I just got back from the Los Angeles Gift & Home show where I always scour the showrooms and booths for something new for my cat lover customers.

This time I found a few items that perked up my interest.  A popular type of jewelry around the show was embellished dog tag style necklaces.  At one booth I saw some adorable cat & charm tags that made me stop and take a good look.  Each tag is decorated with cats, vintage & modern charms, genuine Swarovski crystals, and glitter. Being handmade, no two are exactly the same.  Each pendant comes on a 24″ ball chain.  The look is fun and sparkly!

Embellished Dog Tag Jewelry Cat Pendants

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One note about these pendants – if you happen to want a cat with a certain theme, such as ballet, sports, etc, this can be requested.  Another thing I like about this jewelry line is that it is made by a small company, owned and operated by a husband & wife team who also own a jewelry store in Southern California.  I like to support entrepreneurs, especially local ones.

These pendants will be on the website soon (in time for Valentine’s Day ordering, of course!).

I’ll talk about another great find in my next blog.  As a reminder, do you have something you would like to see on my website? I welcome all requests,  just comment here, send me an email at info@georgiasgifts.com or post on my facebook page.


Tales of Cat Tails

August 29, 2012

Our cats have very distinct ways of communicating with us.  There are the variety of “meows” ranging from a soft sweet mew sound to an annoying “feed me now” MEOWWWW!

And of course their eyes send us subtle messages.  The slow closing and opening eyes which seems to show contentment; the wide-eyed stare when watching prey (even if it’s a feather on a long stick); or a loving look which melts your heart.

But the cat’s most expressive method is it’s tail- the perfect barometer of its mood.  Before I elaborate on that, I’ll tell you about my internet research on cat tails.  After wading through a mix of “cat’s tails” and “cattails” there seemed to be a lot of mis-information about the anatomy of cat tails.  To set the record straight, here is a short lesson from a medical center:

The tail consists of a varying number of vertebrae (called “caudal” vertebrae), voluntary muscle, and ligaments and tendon to hold it all together. The tail attaches to the body at an area called “the tail head.” The first caudal vertebra attaches to a special backbone called “the sacrum” which connects the tail and lower back (“lumbar”) vertebrae. Injuries to the tail can cause serious nerve damage.

The number of vertebrae is 19-28, and varies from cat to cat. (Our tailbone has only 4, in case you are interested).

Now that that’s out-of-the-way we can talk about the fun stuff, the wonderful and delightful way a cat really tells us what is going on. I’m sure you have all witnessed most of these.

The Erect Tail- My cat will meet me at the door with a straight up tail which I think means she is content and glad to see me. (Plus she knows a treat will soon be coming). A slight curve at the tip lets me know she is in a playful mood.Question mark tail on cat shows contentment

The Curl– Sometimes, walking between my legs, my cat will let her tail curl gently around my leg or foot. I take this as a loving touch letting me know that she approves of me, at the moment anyway.

The Wagging Tail–  This lets you know your cat is not really sleeping but is content and partially alert.

The Swish–  A very focused cat, watching birds out the window or about to pounce on a toy.

The Whip– “I’m annoyed” is the definite message. And if my cat almost beats her tail back & forth I know she has had enough!

The Bristle– If your cat’s tail suddenly looks like a fat caterpillar you know it’s frightened or feels threatened.

Do you have some more to add to this list? I bet your cat has some special moves all it own and I’d love for you to share them! Cat cartoon with twitching tail