Dear Readers, It has been a long time since I have paid much attention to this blog. Why you ask? I’ve been too busy making CAT HATS lately!!! Orders have been coming in left and right as people prepare their kitties for Halloween— also I have been getting quite a few early Christmas orders as well. All good things— except they have been keeping me too busy to pay attention to things I would really like to also be paying attention to (like my blog, cleaning my house, paying bills… etc). So it goes sometimes! Alas, I don’t have any new designs to present today, but I thought I would post a brief entry to let you all know how things are going.
Planetary Cat Hat Parts— my most popular design
My other work (the one that actually pays my cat hat bills) has been quite busy lately too…. When it rains it pours they say! I found myself dragging myself out of bed some weekdays muttering “time to make the cat hats” a la Fred from the Dunkin Donuts commercials in the 80s (google it kids if you don’t get the reference) Going to work for over 8 hours a day and then coming home to make cat hats for 2-3 more hours just to catch up on orders definitely was exhausting….. But for some reason cat hat-related exhaustion does not seem to bother me in the same way as other work-related exhaustion does. So that’s a good thing….
Xmas Tree Cat Hat Parts— Another popular design
Alas, the big Halloween rush seems to be over for now…. All in all, I received orders for 29 different hats/costumes within the last month. That might not seem like so many at first blush…. but when you consider some of the more popular designs like the Planetary Cat Fascinator take over 3 days to create (damn drying times), it was enough to turn my house into a CAT HAT SWEATSHOP Time to make the cat hats indeed!
Creating some more nerd glasses for my Kitty Poindexter look
Today I finally started cleaning up the giant mess I had managed to make over the past month: there were cat hat parts literally in every room of my house! Full disclosure: I scold my husband if he so much leaves a sock out of the hamper…. he wonders why my rules of “order” do not apply to cat hats (I wonder the same sometimes— but also realize that organizing cat hat supplies in the middle of the October ordering frenzy is futile and only winds up stressing me out more). Random useful fact: duct tape is the best thing I have found for getting glitter off of things—- just use a small piece and roll it around your fingers—- swipe this over glitter-ful surfaces until it can’t pick up any more glitter and repeat with new pieces of duct tape until you have cleaned up all the glitter you wish to. Other random (less-useful) fact: glitter is a permanent fixture in my life— I find embracing it is easier than fighting it’s presence
A new design in Notso Kitty’s future? We’ll see
I haven’t given up on figuring out new cat hat designs or thinking of new products (like my long awaited “Revenge Fantasy cat toys”) for the Notso Kitty Shop. When ever I get an idea that springs into my head, I write it down or draw it on what ever piece of paper I happen to have in front of me (see above example: a doodle on a bill receipt). I haven’t had much time lately to act on these ideas, but I’m sure I’ll find the time someday….. Till next time readers– Happy Halloween!
Greetings people! The Sharknado Cat Hat is finally here! I know you have been waiting your whole life (or at least since the movie came out about a month ago) for a cat hat that would compliment THE BEST MOVIE OF OUR GENERATION! Alas, the Notso Kitty Shop has you covered!
I knew I had to make a cat hat inspired by Sharknado as soon as I first viewed the cinematographic masterpiece on the Syfy channel. Not only is Sharknado a fabulous movie worthy of cat hat homage, it is also a pop culture phenomenon! I tried to get to work on this cat hat right away, but found myself challenged with the design– how could I manage to capture the greatness of Sharknado on a little cat hat? Six weeks and three prototypes later, I think I finally had something that was suitable that my cat didn’t mind wearing (REALLY ).
Glitter Sharks wait to be used on the Sharknado cat hat
Notso keeps an eye on the Glitter sharks
Notso finally approved of a prototype today— here is him modeling the results
Alas, I don’t think this cat hat quite captures all the fabulousness that is Sharknado— perhaps if it came with Ian Ziering then it might….. But it’s as good as it’s going to get for the time being. Notso can’t wait to wear this at his Sharknado 2 viewing party—- OF COURSE there is a sequel planned (but you probably already knew that )!
Aside from the Sharknado inspiration, I made a few new little monster cat hats for Halloween. I think they came out ADORABLY, but perhaps I am biased so I will let you judge for yourself in the pics below.
Notso was pretty tuckered out after all that cat hat modeling! That’s all for now…. until next time!
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Tagged cat clothes, cat costume, cat costumes, cat hats, crazy cat lady, DIY, etsy, halloween, kitties, notso kitty, notso kitty shop, pet, sharknado, syfy
Every now and then a cat hat doesn’t come out the way I plan it to in spite of my best efforts. The William Tell cat fascinator was one of such hats. I had originally crafted this hat about a year ago out of paper mache, but unfortunately, after I sold the first one I couldn’t create another one in its likeness. At the time I became frustrated and decided to take that particular hat out of the Notso Kitty Shop since I didn’t think I could make any more to fulfill orders. Alas, today I finally decided to try re-designing that hat again….. After all, it did sell once
Above: Notso in the original William Tell cat fascinator in 2012
For the re-design, I used more-easy-to-duplicate styrofoam for the apple base instead of messy paper mache. I also shortened the length of the arrow and used a lot more glitter than the original version had I think both changes have been small improvements to the design. Notso seems to like this version much better- as exhibited by his less-annoyed face in the current photos. Or maybe it is that he has finally accepted his life as a cat model….. either way
That’s all the updates for now— hope you’re having a splendid summer with your cats & kitties!
Hello all! I’ve been busy at work in my cat hat studio today, but just had to stop for a quick post. Notso & Fluffy wish everyone a Happy St Patrick’s Day! Here are some of their favorite past Irish-inspired looks to get you into the spirit:
Fluffy Kitty St Patricks Day Glasses
Till next time, may the luck of the Irish be with you all!
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!
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 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:
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
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.
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
Half-way through the process and more supplies (GLITTER!) are introduced to the equation below on my desk.
3 completed planetary fascinators are photographed together above
3 boxes ready to be sent out are photographed together below
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!!
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Tagged cat clothes, cat costumes, cat hats, Cats, christmas cat hat, DIY, etsy, notso kitty, notso kitty shop, planetary cat hat, princess beatrice