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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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New Cat Lover Gifts are Coming!

August 14, 2012

Every January & July I visit the LA Gift Show to search for new and whimsical cat gifts to sell on my website, georgiasgifts.com. I try to find things that are brand new or that one won’t see in every other gift store they visit, either online or in person.

Happily I found a couple of things this past July that I can’t wait to get in to show my customers!

Christmas Cats Flour Sack Kitchen Towel

Chistmas Cats Towel

I love cat kitchen towels and ran across this small company from California that specializes in flour sack towels and has a nice inventory of cat styles. I have already gotten my first shipment in and have them on my site under cat kitchen decor. They join my other assorted flour sack, linen and cotton cat towel styles.

Black Cat Slippers from Aroma Home

Black Cat Slippers

Calling all black cat lovers! Cat slippers are always popular and fun and I found the most adorable black cat slippers from Aroma Home. These are soft and comfy with cute pink noses & ears, so hard to resist!  Other cute cat items coming from this company include cat sock slippers and cat screen wipes.

"Advice from a Cat" Pillow from Manual Woodworkers

“Advice From a Cat” Pillow

You may be familiar with the cat “word pillows” from Manual Woodworkers as they are eternally popular.  This fall you’ll find some brand new pillows you will want to have for your own collection or to give as the perfect holiday gift for a cat lover. I don’t have photos yet for the new styles, but shown here is a favorite I will be adding to my site.

For the Laurel Burch cat lovers, I’ll have the newest fall handbags & scarves coming in, probably early in September.  Also some beautiful glass cat products from the Joan Baker company. You’ll see new cat vases, suncatchers and candle holders.

I hope you will be as excited about these new items as I am!  If you have some ideas or requests for something you would like me to add to my site, please comment below, ask on facebook or send me an email. I’m always open to new ideas!


Hello Kitty “Ambassador of Cute”

February 20, 2012

I had no idea how impressive Hello Kitty (aka Kitty White) is on the global front!  A few years ago the Japanese tourism ministry appointed Hello Kitty to represent the country in China and Hong Kong.  Officials hoped that tapping into this fan base would bring more travelers to Japan and tourism has definitely grown since then.

Hello Kitty plane at EVA airline.

Now EVA airlines (based in Taipei) has introduced three new planes with Hello Kitty designs inside & out. Shown here is the Apple plane. Apples are a main theme in the Hello Kitty world.

Flight attendant on EVA airline Hello Kitty plane.At check-in you get Hello Kitty boarding passes and bag stickers. During the flight are various themed goodies and the flight attendants are decked out with Hello Kitty aprons. If you are an extreme fan, there’s even a website for the airlines in chinese-language.

Usually this is not my style of cat art, but I really like Hello Kitty!  I do have to admit that I didn’t care too much for it when I was younger, but have become attached to it as I “matured”.  (Not sure what that means about me.)  I find the colors and the Japanese design influence very appealing. I’m not really a collector, but I do have a few pieces of jewelry and trinkets with the motif.

There are a multitude of products out there but one of my favorite Hello Kitty items are the plush designs by TY.  Are you a collector? What are your favorites? Don’t be afraid to admit it, I did!

Hello Kitty Plush by Ty Products


Smiling Cats – Part I

May 23, 2011

After some trial and error during the years, my website, georgiasgifts.com,  has developed into selling cat themed items.  This combines 2 of my favorite things, cats and retail (more about that another time).

While visiting the Los Angeles gift show I stumbled on that “unique” cat item I was searching for to feature on my site. The item was Whimsiclay Cats  – smiling cats with bendable whiskers – designed by artist Amy Lacombe.  Because of the ease of shipping I decided to start out with the plush cats only. (Whimsiclay also has ceramic cats).  As these plush kitties are not found everywhere in all kinds of shops,  they started selling very well.  I soon followed them up with the plush “cat pillows” and slippers which also were a big hit.

Whimsiclay Plush Cats

Whimsiclay Plush Cats & Slippers