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Today is May 4th, which means it’s Star Wars Day! (May the fourth, get it?) Since I’ve already done a Star Wars post, I wasn’t sure what I could post today to celebrate. But then I remembered these little guys that I found while putting together that other post.
Here we’ve got kittified versions of Princess Leia, Luke Skywalker, and Darth Vader. These three polymer clay figures were a commissioned piece by Kirsten Miller of Quernus Crafts, who makes all sorts of delightful little clay figures. Aren’t they cute?
She also did another set of Star Wars kitties, this time R2-D2, Han in carbonite, and Slave Leia. Although the first set are classic, I like this set a bit more because it’s even quirkier. I love the little Artoo with kitty ears!
I’m donating 40% of the proceeds from sales of my maneki neko amigurumi to earthquake and tsunami relief for Japan. They are all available in my Etsy shop, luckycatcrochet, for $25 each.
Here are some other maneki neko and kitty items I found on Etsy that are donating proceeds to earthquake and tsunami relief.
Lucky Cat Pincushion – $25 from blushful
Maneki Neko Copper Necklace – $33 from RubyStudios
Needle Felted Beckoning Cat – $20 from MilePost13
Large Needle Felted Beckoning Cat – $32 from MilePost13
Maneki Neko Photo – $7.10 from Neus
Lucky Maneki Kitty in Golden Yellow – $8.88 from sweettidings
Felted Ramen Kitty – $16 from MilePost13
Cat Block Print Card – $8 from chasingcloudstudio
Black Cat Gadget Pocket – $22 from HappySunnySmiles
Neko Kitty – $10 from Needings
There are a lot of great Etsy shops out there, no doubt about it, and it’s hard to choose a favorite. But one of my very favorites is dancingintherains. The shop owner, Gwen, makes some of the cutest items and a good deal of them are kitty-themed.
These plush kitties are so, so adorable. They are also part of Etsy Project Embrace, an Etsy team aiming to raise money for cancer research. 10% of the proceeds of these plush kitties (as well as some of the shop’s other items) will go to the American Cancer Society.
The shop has lots of different types of bags, such as tote bags, mini purses, pencil cases, card cases, and cellphone cases. Gwen designs and makes each piece, and every one of them is one of a kind.
In addition to plush kitties and bags, the shop also has a nice selection of prints reproduced from Gwen’s paintings.
Gwen is not only helping support cancer awareness, but is also donating to earthquake relief in Japan. 50% of the proceeds from the three prints below will be donated to World Vision to help Japanese children and families affected by the earthquake and tsunami.
Don’t you just love the items in this shop? I’m having a hard time keeping myself from buying the whole store! I want to buy something, but I can’t decide on what!
This photo was taken at Maker Faire 2006. Maker Faire is an event created by Make Magazine to “celebrate arts, crafts, engineering, science projects and the Do-It-Yourself (DIY) mindset,” that takes place in several locations around the country, including Detroit, New York, and the Bay Area. I’d never heard of it before, but it sounds pretty cool!
I love the fabric-covered buttons turned into thumbtacks and magnets from yumyumbuttons on Etsy. They’re super cute, and I’m having a hard time resisting the kitty ones!
Aren’t they adorable? Unfortunately they’re not all currently in stock, but hopefully more of them will be up soon!
These plush kitties made from plastic bags are part of a project by graphic designer David Shin called Eco Tabby. According to several sources, Shin decided to work with plastic bags because he didn’t know how to sew. As someone who appreciates eco-friendly crafting and who also works with plastic bags (I sometimes use plarn—plastic yarn—when I crochet), I really love these kitties and wish I had come up with the idea myself!
At this time, these cute little upcycled tabbies aren’t for sale. I just wish there were a pattern out there, so I could make some of my own!
Update: There IS a pattern! Yay!