Where does the magic happen for the Notso Kitty Shop? Well at Cat Hat Studios of course! I must admit I’ve been somewhat lax in my kitty fascinator production as of late— with the holidays upon us I’ve been distracted with other activities. I have had to make two Princess Beatrice Cat Fascinators (one to fill an order, one to re-stock the store) last week, but I haven’t been diving in to new adventures in cat hats like I have wanted yet. Such is life I guess!
My cats have certainly noticed the lack of cat hats lately. I caught my cat Fluffy hanging out in my workshop, eagerly anticipating his next cat hat!!! He ate the ribbons off of the presents I had recently wrapped— as if to protest me paying attention to them instead of cat hats! Poor Fluffer… So in the meantime I decided to let Fluffy give you a tour of Cat Hat Studios to keep him occupied.
Above is an overview of what Cat Hat Studios looks like. Some parts are not to scale— but one thing is very accurate: Fluffy most times is seated (or sleeping) in the barstool that has been placed next to the desk. That is his central command post— where he can keep an eye on the happenings in Cat Hat Studios— and also see who is coming up the stairs.
Above is one of Fluffy’s typical stances: Watchful, curious, and interested in what Cat Hat Studios has in store for him. It is most essential that this studio be one where cats want to hang out– for inspirational purposes. Also it’s best to have cats in close reach for easy try-on’s of cat hats in progress.
Anything can wind up on the “Cat Hat Inspiration Board” which sits in the corner of the studio. Not only cat hat inspiration winds up there, but home decor, random pictures of cats, style and other notes and fun things I find wind up there as well. Kind of a clearing house for things that catch my eye.
Above are some cat hat supplies. You can see the diversity in cat hat construction techniques in this photo: wire cutters, gorilla glue, ribbons, thread, pins, ETC, ETC, ET CETERA! Note the Maneki Neko, for added inspiration 🙂 I try to keep things neat (other than what is on my desk) so I invested in a few cat hat supply cabinets
Despite my cats protests, I am a little psychotic with my label-maker when it comes to trying to organize. Everyone has their things…. psychotic labeling happens to be one of mine 🙂
Though crafty-type supplies make up the majority of the cat hat supplies, it should be noted that cat treats are just as important to keep stocked in the studio. Below is another photo of my diverse supplies.
Decor in the Notso Kitty Shop studio varies, but most is cat-themed. I loved this tin retro sign I found recently at a shop selling pub-themed decor. How appropriate!
When my cats are tired of modeling cat hats, sometimes I give them a reprieve and use a stuffed or wooden model. My stuffed cat “Siami”, a present from my cousin Sean when I was just a kid, makes the perfect cat hat model stand-in. Also I use a wooden cat model that was carved by my mom (cat crafts run in the family).
This next picture is the other place where I typically find Fluffy: Right in the middle of the studio desk. What is it with cats and their ability to stand in the middle of what you were about to work on?
That concludes today’s tour of Cat Hat Studios. Fluffy hopes you have found it enlightening….. Now back to work on more CAT HATS!!!