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quernus crafts star wars cats

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.

quernuscrafts - star wars cats - princess leia, luke skywalker, darth vader

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?

quernuscrafts - star wars cats - r2-d2, han in carbonite, slave leia

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!

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maneki neko monday: lucky cats for earthquake relief

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.

luckycatcrochet - Black Maneki Neko - Earthquake and Tsunami Relief luckycatcrochet - Pink Maneki Neko - Earthquake and Tsunami Relief

luckycatcrochet - Green Maneki Neko - Earthquake and Tsunami Relief luckycatcrochet - White Maneki Neko - Earthquake and Tsunami Relief

Here are some other maneki neko and kitty items I found on Etsy that are donating proceeds to earthquake and tsunami relief.

blushful - Japan Earthquake Relief - Lucky Cat Pincushion
Lucky Cat Pincushion – $25 from blushful

 

RubyStudios - Maneki Neko Copper Necklace - Earthquake Relief
Maneki Neko Copper Necklace – $33 from RubyStudios

 

MilePost13 - Beckoning Cat - Japan Earthquake Relief
Needle Felted Beckoning Cat – $20 from MilePost13

 

MilePost13 - Large Beckoning Cat - Earthquake Relief
Large Needle Felted Beckoning Cat – $32 from MilePost13

 

Neus - Maneki Neko Photo
Maneki Neko Photo – $7.10 from Neus

 

sweettidings - Lucky Maneki Kitty in Golden Yellow
Lucky Maneki Kitty in Golden Yellow – $8.88 from sweettidings

 

MilePost13 - Felted Ramen Kitty - Japan Earthquake Relief
Felted Ramen Kitty – $16 from MilePost13

 

chasingcloudstudio - Cat Block Print Card - Earthquake Relief
Cat Block Print Card – $8 from chasingcloudstudio

 

HappySunnySmiles - Black Cat Gadget Pocket - Earthquake Relief
Black Cat Gadget Pocket – $22 from HappySunnySmiles

 

Needings - Neko Kitty - Japan Earthquake Relief
Neko Kitty – $10 from Needings

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etsy spotlight: dancingintherains

dancingintherains

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.

dancingintherains - Kitty Ocean    

dancingintherains - Mr. Black with scarf     dancingintherains - Kitties Mr and Mrs

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.

dancingintherains - Spring Kitty card case     dancingintherains - Kitty card case

dancingintherains - Pink Kitty Tote Bag     dancingintherains - Green Kitty Tote Bag

dancingintherains - Kitty purse     dancingintherains - Friendship Pencil Case

dancingintherains - Spring Kitty purse     dancingintherains - Kitty Cellphone Case

In addition to plush kitties and bags, the shop also has a nice selection of prints reproduced from Gwen’s paintings.

dancingintherains - "Follow Me"

dancingintherains - "Dreamland"

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.

dancingintherains - "Rain" - Japan Earthquake Relief   dancingintherains - "Searching" - Japan Earthquake Relief   dancingintherains - "A Call" - Japan Earthquake Relief

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!

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maneki neko monday: maneki lego!

lego maneki neko

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!

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etsy spotlight: yumyumbuttons

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!

Kitty Cat Pushpin Thumbtacks by yumyumbuttons

Lucky Cat Pushpins by yumyumbuttons

Japanese Lucky Cat Thumbtacks by yumyumbuttons

French Kitty Tacks by yumyumbuttons

Lucky Black Cat Thumbtacks by yumyumbuttons

Japanese Kokeshi Cats Fabric Covered Buttons Magnets by yumyumbuttons

Aren’t they adorable? Unfortunately they’re not all currently in stock, but hopefully more of them will be up soon!

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project eco tabby: kitties made out of plastic bags

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!

eco tabby - branny tabby

eco tabby - dotty tabby

eco tabby - flippy tabby

eco tabby - glutty tabby

eco tabby - grabby tabby

eco tabby - lancy tabby

eco tabby - mondry tabby

eco tabby - yolky tabby

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!

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