Monthly Archives: December 2012

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Cat Hat Sales and Production are UP! Thanks Etsy!

Cat hats have officially gone viral thanks to Etsy featuring the planetary fascinator/ solar system kitty hat on their main facebook page! How exciting! Within a few hours of being featured, I had over 10,000 new views of my store, hundreds of new fans, and a few new orders to top everything off!

Here is a screen grab of Etsy’s page— over 3000 people “like” Notso!Planetary cat hat

With all this newfound attention, I had to get back to work producing a few new kitty hats! I had to make three solar system fascinators Β and one Princess Beatrice fascinator to catch up with my orders. Here are some pics of what Cat Hat Studio looked like in the process:

cat hat studio

In the above picture, I have just laid out all my supplies for making 4 hats (I actually ended up making 5; 3 planetary, 2 Princess Beatrice— to make sure my hats are back in stock for future orders). I think 5 is the maximum number I can work on at once without losing track of what I’m doing πŸ™‚

Below is the paint palette that is used for painting the planets of the planetary fascinator. I like to use bright colors so that that the hat looks festive and fun at any given moment.

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The below picture shows my fingers, mid- cat hat process. I wonder why I haven’t been trying to keep up with my manicures lately πŸ™‚

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Half-way through the process and more supplies (GLITTER!) are introduced to the equation below on my desk.

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3 completed planetary fascinators are photographed together above

3 boxes ready to be sent out are photographed together below

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Thanks Etsy for giving the Notso Kitty Shop a little extra attention! Who knows what cat hat will go viral next, but I’m sure looking forward to the next occasion! Now back to the studio to get to work on more hats!!

Home for the Holidays: Decorations

I’ve been making myself quite busy nesting lately. This is the first year I’ve actually attempted to decorate my home for the holidays— a feat that has not come without a bit of a learning curve. In any case I think the decorations came out pretty awesome so I took a few pics to preserve their memory. Hope you enjoy!

First we have my very first Christmas tree– a fake tree I purchased and adorned with crystals and feathers from the craft store along white and silver ornaments. I think it looks quite festive– I’m glad my cats have not taken it down yet (I knock on wood as I write that). Also visible in this pic: the boxwood branches and lights I decorated the stairway with.

Christmas tree

On the other side of the staircase are fake poinsettias I bought and placed in plain white Ikea planters. I never buy real poinsettias because of my cats— they eat everything that is plant material and real poinsettias are quite poisonous to them.

christmas stairway

Sticking with my white and feathers theme, here is the picture of the dining area of my kitchen. I made the wreath by wrapping battery-powered string lights and two large feather boas around a wreath-form I bought at the craft store. The feather trees I purchased at Target and wrapped them in another set of battery-powered string lights.

feather decorations

I made the monogramed wine cork wreath below from saved wine corks, cardboard, hot glue, and a little bit of ribbon.

wine cork monogram wreath

I finally got around to hanging up the multiple picture frames I’ve been hoarding in my living room. I think they as well as the couple of subtle holiday touches in the room (like the spray-painted pinecones on the coffee table) really bring the living room together.

living room

I sprinkled “snow” over almost every flat surface in the living room (much to the chagrin of my grinchy husband). Though it does make a bit of a mess sometimes, I still think it looks nice enough to make it worth the hassle.

holiday decor - snow

Though I normally use my oven only for storage of pans that I never use, I do get motivated to bake some goodies for the holidays every now and then. I also bought tons of amazing flowers in Downtown Crossing (Boston) the other day— more pics of those to come.

holiday cookies

Here is what $26 can buy you in flowers in Downtown Xing Boston— pretty impressive! I selected mostly white blooms and arranged them in vases and bottles I already had lying about my home. I added a couple of pieces of “holiday flair” I had picked up at the craft store as well.

My favorite flowers here are the ranunculus— the white and green blooms are just gorgeous! And for $3/bunch, how could that be a bad decision?

Well, that’s all the holiday decor for now. I didn’t hang holiday lights outside like I originally intended— it wasn’t until I got up on the ladder with a string of icicle lights that I remembered I was scared to be on a ladder at heights over 5 feet. So it goes! Alas, I’ll have something to aspire to in Christmas future— if we ever live through the pesky pending apocalypse πŸ™‚ Happy holidays everyone!

 

New Holiday Cat Photos : Notso & Fluffy

I’ve been taking a lot of pictures lately– my cats being the subject matter of most of them. In this post I’ll be sharing with you my recent Holiday Cat Portraits! Notso Fluffy and Fluffy have become quite the well-behaved models lately– if only Notso would stop trying to eat my fake Christmas tree πŸ™‚ I shot all of these pictures with my Nikon D3100 DSLR with a fixed focal length 35mm 1:1.8G lens. Β I shot most with maximum aperture to give the background that other-worldly feel that I so adore. Enjoy!

For the first few cat portraits I captured Notso and Fluffy’s reactions to the first snow. Neither was crazy about this development— they adore going outside, but not when there is any sort of precipitation. Notso made it further down the porch steps than Fluff did— but both were inside within three minutes.

Snow Cat Portrait - Notso Fluffy

Sniffing the snow

First Snow Cat Portrait

Fluffs was not so impressed.

First Snow Cat- Fluffer

Next we have our Holiday cat photos I took of Notso and Fluffy in front of our very first Christmas tree. I’ll post more pictures of my holiday decor later— it’s not complete yet, but well on it’s way to being fabulous! In the meantime here are the kitties in all their holiday glory πŸ™‚

Fluffy Cat Holiday Portrait

Christmas Cat Portrait

Next I managed to catch a few adorable pictures of Notso sleeping on one of my couch pillows. I think it’s so cute how he covers his face with his paws and completely zonks out.

Sleepy Cat Portrait

Sleepy Cat Portrait - Notso Fluffy

This next picture I took awhile ago, but I love it for Christmas because Fluffs looks like he is caroling! HA!

Caroling Cat

That’s all the holiday cat photos for now. Happy Holidays from Notso & Fluffy!

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