Wacky, Whimsical and A Little Bit Wonderful Cat Ornaments

July 31, 2014

On my ongoing search for unique and fun cat themed items for my website, I recently discovered these delightful, eco-friendly cat ornaments.  And I love that they are designed and created by an artist following her dream.

Jeanne Stern is an artist living in north Georgia. She specializes in folk and decorative art, inspired by the plants and animals she observes in the woods, lakes, rivers and farmland near her residence. I, of course, immediately focused on her wonderful cat designs.

Each one is handcrafted from reclaimed wood and recycled components, helping to save our landfills.  They are a substantial size at 3 1/2″ x 4″ x 5/8″ with a cotton cord for hanging.  Although they are called “ornaments” they are perfect for any decorative idea. Hang on a hook in any room for a touch of whimsy, hang near your cat’s bed or feeding area or on a door knob into the cat’s area. Another idea is to add it to a gift basket or on a present for a cat lover. It will make a great keepsake!

Cat Ornament, Black

Black Cat Ornament


Orange Cat Ornament

Orange Cat Ornament

These ornaments will be available in 4 colors:  Black, Grey, Orange and Yellow.  Remember, being handcrafted, each one will be slightly different with its own personality.  What a unique gift to give to a cat lover! You’ll want to stock up for birthdays, holidays and “just because” days.

Arriving soon at Georgia’s Gifts!  If you are interested in another color, please let me know and a custom order can be done. Let me know what you love about these new cat ornaments.





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, georgiasgifts.com 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!

Do You Remember Orangey The Cat?

April 27, 2013

A few nights ago I watched the 1957 movie The Incredible Shrinking Man which is one of my old-time favorites.  If you have not seen it, there is a scene where the shrinking man is small enough to live in a doll house.  This works out okay until his cat gets left inside the large house with everyone else out for the evening. I think you can guess what happens next. (Don’t worry, after a great “cat & mouse” battle the man gets away).

Orangey looking fierce in The Incredible Shrinking Man

Orangey looking fierce in The Incredible Shrinking Man

I started wondering about the cat in the movie and decided to do some research. Turns out this orange tabby is an award-winning feline actor!  He is the only double-winner of the Patsy Award, the animal kingdom’s equivalent of the Oscar. (PATSY stands for Picture Animal Top Star of the Year).  Orangey won his first award for his debut in the 1951 movie Rhubard, playing a baseball team-owning cat.

Movie poster for Rhubarb featuring Orangey the Cat.

Movie poster for Rhubarb featuring Orangey the Cat.

Orangey won his second Patsy ten years later playing “Cat” in Breakfast at Tiffany’s.  His role was a homeless feline who visits Holly Golightly (played by Audrey Hepburn).  Here is a great You Tube video by Alex DeCosta showing all the clips from the movie that feature Orangey the Cat. It might be hard to believe but I had not seen this movie so the ending clips with “Cat” and Holly in the rain brought on some tears.

Scene from Breakfast at Tiffany's with Orangey the Cat.

Scene from Breakfast at Tiffany’s with Orangey.

Orangey was trained by the famous animal trainer Frank Inn, known for many famous critter actors including Arnold the Pig on Green Acres and Higgins the Dog on Petticoat Junction.  As a single cat can only master a few tricks, Frank trained a crew of look-alikes to work as a group under the Orangey name. This is a common procedure for cat actors.

In his 15 year career Orangey the Cat also appeared in Gigot, Village of the Giants and had a recurring role as “Minerva the Cat” in the TV series, Our Miss Brooks.  You’ll now find Orangey properly memorialized at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Hollywood Hills with other successful actors.

Next time I see Orangey in a movie I’ll definitely pay more attention to this veteran actor! Which is your favorite role by Orangey the Cat? We’d love to hear your comments.

Do You Have a Favorite Cat Breed?

May 28, 2011

I’m not sure I can pick a favorite but for 20 years we had a beautiful grey tabby which was the love of our lives.  He was a smart, loveable and playful cat who would “shake” hands (or paws) with us. On his passing we felt a big hole in our day-to-day routine.  Getting his ashes returned to us in a small cedar box was actually a great comfort.

After nearly a year we finally decided we were ready to introduce a new cat into our lives. But this time we decided on two – so we could go on a trip without so much worry about our poor lonesome kitty left at home alone.  So we went down to Pet Smart on adoption day to find our new family additions.

After a couple of hours (I have a hard time making up my mind) we chose 2 completely different kitties to bring home.  A Russian Blue so sweet and playful she melted my husband’s heart and a tiny, confused little orange tabby that captured me.

Sammi & Dessa as kittens

Our sweet new babies!

Raising these small creatures was so different from our last years with our mature cat!  First of all, they were so little! Now we had to worry about them getting caught under a chair or tripping on them. And I remember rushing one to the cat ER on the weekend because of breathing problems. But at the same time, they were so adorable to watch as they explored their new world and grew from cute kittens to playful cats and then to adulthood.  Not sure I would want to do it again, but I’m glad I had the experience.

Sammi and Dessa Cats

They still like to cuddle!