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MCLers, I am extremely happy to introduce you to the very talented artist Kaori Mitsushima. She is both a painter and an illustrator whose style is in part a blend of both Japanese and Western artistic influences. Her style is very unique, and the best part? She loves cats as much as we do!
What I’m particularly excited to tell you about Kaori is that she has a wonderful 2013 Cats I Know calendar available in her etsy shop right now!
The Calendar features cats in all sorts of humanlike stances and outfits, with simple but beautiful lines and soft colors, and each illustration is themed based on the month and its corresponding season! My personal favorite is the March kitty fishing for cupcakes!
This calendar would make an asbolutely purrfect Christmas gift–but I think I’m just going to have to get one of these gems for myself! A stunning new kitty illustration every month is sure to brighten up your 2013! <3
When I was a kid, I loved reading, and naturally my favorite books were about cats! Today, I’d like to offer you a look at a children’s book with lovely illustrations called How The Cat Got Its Whiskers by Harris Tobias and illustrated by Evalena Jönsson Lunde.
The story begins introducing our feline heroes, who are completely bald! In this fairytale, “when the world was new,” cats have no fur. The King of Cats and his subjects are freezing cold, and they need something to keep them warm. They wrap themselves in blankets to provide warmth, but this is simply not good enough!
The King of Cats must find an answer to this problem.
The King of Cats sends his four trusted amabassadors to the ends of the earth to talk to other animals to discover their secrets of staying warm. The four amabassadors each visit the Kingdom of the Fishes, the Kingdom of the Birds, the Kingdom of the Snakes, and the Kingdom of the Rats. Each Kingdom sends the ambassador back to the King with a glorious new outfit to try on–everything from scales, to feathers, to snakeskin, to see if they provide the warmth the cats need… Except for the clever Rats, who try to trick the King of Cats without revealing their secrets of warmth!
The King of Cats does not like to be fooled. This means war with the rats, and leads to the King’s final solution to his problem.
This is a book I would have adored as a kid, and I would have spent many hours trying to replicate the pretty illustrations. You and your little one will just love to see the different outfits from the other animal kingdoms the King tries on, and laugh at his reactions to each outfit! This is a fun, quick read, with an engaging but easy to understand story. What little cat lover wouldn’t adore a fairytale about a kingdom of kitty cats?
The book is available as an e-book at a steal for both Kindle and Nook! You can also get your hands on a beautiful printed copy at CreateSpace. I don’t have any children, but I don’t think I could resist an e-book copy all for myself!
We love independent artists here at MCL, and it’s always a fun time to browse Etsy for neat cat posters! Here are some of my favorites to brighten up your Thursday!
As many of you know, I run an online cat-themed store called Hey Kitty Kitty. Although most of the items are hand made by independent artists, including myself, I also like to offer fun goodies that are hard to find, such as items from Japan. I’ve been thinking about ordering some of these solar-powered lucky cats. What do you think?
It’s feeding time! For us humans, that is! And there is no better dinnerware than kitty-themed, wouldn’t you agree? Click each pic to view its source.
For the main course, we of course need some dinner plates.
Pretty blue kitty as a bunch of grapes.
The amusing “Third Eye” plate… Hahaha. Funny, but I’m not sure how appetizing.
Simply elegant black cat design.
You can’t have dinner without a fork and spoon!
I absolutely adore this serving dish!
And this serving dish is beautiful, love the kitty looking for the mice in the bowl, while they hide beneath.
Have to have something fizzy to drink with dinner in this adorable cat prints glass!
How about some dessert on this cat face plate?
And finish off with an after-dinner coffee in this curling cat’s tail mug!
Don’t forget… Ice cream is the perfect midnight snack in these kitty ceramics!
What a lovely meal! :3
I always feel guilty for promoting my own things, but this IS my blog, isn’t it? Silly me. :)
In case you missed it or don’t keep up with our Facebook page, I announced that for every 100 new Facebook fans my online store Hey Kitty Kitty gets, I’ll do a giveaway for a mini maneki neko. So if you haven’t done so already and want to win a little kitty, be sure to like Hey Kitty Kitty on Facebook!
But since we love you guys and it’s been a while since we’ve done a giveaway, I’ve decided to do one on here, as well! All you have to do is leave a comment, and let us know what colors you’d choose for your custom kitty (body color, eye color, and collar color). Other colors are available, so you’re not limited to what’s seen in these pictures. The deadline to enter is Sunday, January 15th at 11:59pm EST. The winner will be randomly chosen and announced on Monday, January 16th!