Monthly Archives: September 2012


More Cat Hats: Some Halloween Looks & The Return of the Planetary Fascinator

Well hello there! This marks the third week in a row where I have devoted my (somewhat) regular weekly blog post to the new cat hats I’ve been working on. What will be coming to the Notso Kitty Shop soon? Keep scrolling to find out!

Halloween Cat Hats

It’s almost Halloween which happens to be my favorite holiday! My cats were in need of a few looks for this special occasion; behold the cute felt jack o’ lantern cat hat I came up with. I think Fluffy looks sophisticated and festive at the same time!

Halloween Cat Hat

I’m also working on some other Halloween kitty looks. Here’s a sneak peak at what’s in my workshopcat hat workshop

The Return of the Planetary Fascinator – Solar System Cat Hats

Today marks the long-awaited return of the Planetary Fascinator/ Solar System Cat Hat to the Notso Kitty Shop. It was this time last year that I first made this hat and posted it on Notso Kitty. My how time has just flown by! I had sold the original back in May and even created a planetary fascinator for a human in August, but it took me awhile to make a third version.  I took some new pictures of Notso posing wearing the new model– I think they came out pretty swell. If nothing else, at least my photo-taking abilities seem to have improved over the course of the year 🙂

Planetary Cat Hat

Solar System Cat Hat

Well, that’s all for this week’s kitty fun. Keep tuning in to Notso Kitty for more updates— more new looks and accessories are coming soon!

Kitty Bling Glasses for Cats

Every now and then I get on a “my cat must wear glasses” kick. I know that this is not a compulsion that occurs in most normal people, but alas I feel it wrong to deny myself (or my cat) of his right to wear fabulous shades! The Elton John look I created last week came out so fabulously that I just had to make some more bling-y glasses for cats for the Notso Kitty Shop! Watch for them appearing in the store soon.Cat Glasses

Elton John Cat Glasses

Notso was kind enough to show off his new looks in a modeling session this past afternoon. For the first look, I modeled the cat glasses off of Elton John’s 2010 Grammy look once again. Fabulous!

Glasses for Cats

Lady Gaga Cat Glasses

Next we have some more inspiration that was derived from the 2010 Grammy’s– this time I made some pink bling shades that approximate Lady Gaga’s Armani version she wore during her duet with Elton. Splendid!

Bling Shades for cats

Holiday Cat Glasses

Last, but not least, I made some holiday bling shades. The Notso Kitty Shop was in need for some new holiday kitty looks for this year— I think these fit the bill perfectly!

Christmas Glasses for Cats

Well, that’s all for now. I hope you have enjoyed my little foray into bling glasses for cats. Who knows what kind of kitty look I’ll come up with next. You’ll just have to visit the Notso Kitty Shop to find out 🙂

Getting Back into the World of Cat Hats

It has been a busy weekend for me so far in terms of the world of cat hats and creativity.  I finally worked on (and finished) my new Elton John kitty look that was constructed upon special request for one of my Etsy fans. I also managed to create some new packaging, take a few stellar Notso photos, and begin work on another planetary fascinator! I think it’s safe to say I might have finally gotten my “cat hat groove” back! I had been in a cat hat rut for the past 4 months or so— it’s about time I snapped out of it!

Here we have the results of my Elton John design; based upon his look at the 2010 Grammy’s:

Elton John Cat Costume

Elton John Cat Costume

Now I may be biased, but I think this costume came out really good! I also liked the photos that Notso was patient enough to pose for. So much so that I was inspired to make some new kitty-look packaging! I used a recycled Birchbox and a photo of Notso to create this new look— I think it looks quite cute!

Notso Kitty PackagingNotso KittyNotso Kitty

Lest you worry this “cat hat groove” is only a temporary thing– here is a picture of some more cat hats that I have started in the studio. The blue tool visible in the first photograph is my new styrofoam cutter– it makes cutting styrofoam so much easier (and more professional looking). Methods for construction of cat hats improvements abound!

I have given you a sneak preview of some cat hats that will soon be populating the Notso Kitty Shop! If you enjoyed, you can check out more kitty fun over in my store. Watch for more new items coming soon!


Tracy Anderson Trampoline Workout Review

My husband has started to sour on my obsession with all things Tracy Anderson. First he rejected my request to borrow $4K out of our shared funds to attend her “cleanse week” in Maui. “What is this Tracy? A cult?” was his exact response. That same day I decided to buy my new trampoline at Dick’s Sporting Goods to participate in Tracy Anderson’s mini Trampoline Workout that came in the mail the day prior. I hadn’t been expecting a trampoline workout to be part of Tracy’s Continuity program, but alas it arrived in the mail as a part of my once-every-three-month DVD deliveries. This was the Continuity program that I swore I would quit months ago— Sigh…. Tracy is like my version of crack. But anyhoo— Todd’s response to the trampoline was not much  better than that of my request to attend “Tracy Camp” (as I have dubbed it). “Should I call the ambulance now?”

I admit I’m not the most coordinated girl. I tend to fall over once every few months in public, sober, having tripped over nothing. I blame vertigo or something. I am IN NO WAY QUALIFIED to own a trampoline. Yet I wanted one because “Tracy said” — fast becoming Todd’s two least favorite words. He was right to tell me to beware the trampoline– I was way over my head. But I decided to give it a whirl anyways….. Why? Because “Tracy said”.

So how was the workout? Yipes! Perhaps an illustration is more in order for this particular catastrophe:

Tracy Anderson Trampoline Workout


The Tracy Anderson trampoline Workout is a bit nuts for those like me that lack all coordination. I fall off the trampoline an average of twice-per-workout– which I consider not so bad given the absence of gracefulness in my life. However I will say that the trampoline workout provides a nice break from high impact dance cardio– even when I’m falling off the damn thing at least I’m giving my joints a break from stomping on the floor. After a few days of using the trampoline as an alternative to high impact aerobics, my feet (that I think were suffering from multiple stress fractures) felt so much better! So even though I might look like a fool on my trampoline, I think I’m going to stick with it— at least for a few days a week.

Some further details: the trampoline I bought has a jumping surface area of 40″— this seems to be the standard for mini-trampolines and is adequate for the workout purposes. If you aren’t sure you want to buy Tracy’s trampoline workout, you can try it out for free by watching an unedited version that she posted on the Youtube here. I mentioned that I bought my trampoline at Dick’s Sporting Goods—- you can find them at sporting goods stores or at Tracy’s website (warning: $20 shipping).

I hope you have enjoyed my review of yet another Tracy Anderson product. One of these days I may be able to quit my obsession with Tracy…. not today though 🙂

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