2013 Calendars 50% Off

image of cat calendars
Desk and journal calendars for 2013, “In the Kitchen with Cookie” and “Compositions in Green and Black”

Love black cats? Need a little more tortie in your life? Have you been looking at these calendars and considering one? How about a Valentine gift for a special cat lover? I still have calendars available for 2013, and beginning February 1 they are 50% off!

From reviews and comments, it’s not so much about having a calendar as having the photos to look at time after time, and that was really my goal in designing these two calendars.

tortoiseshell cat in basket with corn
Cookie chooses her own ear of corn.

Cookie reminds so many people of sharing their own kitchen with a cat they love, or loved, and others also knew and loved Cookie from reading about her here and laugh out loud at Cookie’s antics in each photo. I did my best to bring to each page the Cookie that I and others remember, and my cluttered, busy kitchen—when we’re all together, it’s our favorite room in the house with many, many memories. Apparently the recipes aren’t too bad, either!

black cat with tilted head
You just don’t get it, do you?

And I knew the combination of black cats and vintage green and white bathroom was a hit when I was immediately inspired by the first photos before the bath remodel was even completed. I’m so pleased that people have described it as “artsy”, “absolutely beautiful to look at”, and the photos are “a breath of fresh air”. The theme itself was a gift to me that I love to share, and I’ll continue exploring it as long as I have black cats and a green and white bathroom. I also appreciate the comments others made about the beauty of black cats, and they intend to use their calendar to show everyone how wonderful black cats can be. I heartily agree!

I designed the calendars in a compact size of 5.5″ x 8.5″ that won’t take up too much space on your wall or your desk, and they are even easy to carry in a small bag or purse.

You can read more about the calendars and their contents, including following links to a few reviews and comments from recipients, flip through all the pages in a bookflip slideshow and purchase right on my calendars page.

Discounted price

The 50% discount is good:

  1. using the PayPal “buy now” button (after February 1) on my Calendars page
  2. on Etsy where the calendars are priced at $5.00 beginning February 1
  3. on Amazon.com where they are “on sale” for $5.00 from  February 1 through February 28

 

Complimentary products to coordinate with your calendars

 I’ve been working on decorative and useful items incorporating the images used in both calendars—these are the first of many as I find which images are most popular and test products like coasters, hotpads and trivets.

Cookie in the Kitchen

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“Cookie in the Pasta Bowl” 6″ x 6″ print mounted on wood.

Cookie in the Pasta Bowl 6×6 Wood Mount Photo

The 6″ x 6″ block, originally intended for painting, is a 1/8″ birch wood panel “cradled” with 1.5″ x 1.5″ pine wood added to the back for strength and stability and, incidentally, ease of hanging. And because they have wide sides the smaller ones can even stand up on a tabletop or shelf. I’ve painted the sides black and mounted a print edge to edge on the top surface, then covered it with acrylic finish.

ABOUT THE ARTWORK

Good thing I checked the bowl before I filled it with the mellowed fresh tomatoes and balsamic vinaigrette!

I warmed my big round pasta bowl in the over, then set it on the counter while I ran outside to get a couple branches of basil to finish off my dinner, maybe ten seconds, and when I returned Cookie was just settling into the bowl as if she’d been in it all day. I tossed the basil in with her and grabbed my camera for a straight-on shot (below) then stepped up Cookie’s footstool for the above shot. Amazing how cats can fit themselves comfortably into just about anything, but this is a natural.

You can see the original photo and read the rest of the story on The Creative Cat.

print of tortoiseshell cat with parsley
“Cookie Parsley Eyes” 6″ x 6″ Wood Mount Photo

Cookie Parsley Eyes 6×6 Wood Mount Photo

The 6″ x 6″ block, originally intended for painting, is a 1/8″ birch wood panel “cradled” with 1.5″ x 1.5″ pine wood added to the back for strength and stability and, incidentally, ease of hanging. And because they have wide sides the smaller ones can even stand up on a tabletop or shelf. I’ve painted the sides black and mounted a print edge to edge on the top surface, then covered it with acrylic finish.

Though this photo isn’t in the calendar, I always associate it with Cookie and me in the kitchen, and will be featured in the future.

ABOUT THE ARTWORK

You can see the original photo and read the rest of the story on The Creative Cat.

This photo won a Certificate of Excellence for Single Color Photograph in the 2012 Cat Writers’ Association Communications Contest.


Compositions in Black and Green

keepsake boxes with black cats
Compositions in Black and Green keepsake box set

Compositions in Black and Green Keepsake Box Set

Who knew that vintage mint green sink would photograph in such a rich tone, especially when filled with a black cat? From the time I installed the new bathroom, the black cats owned it and the contrast of their black fur with the mint green fixtures and white walls and floor has been stunning and created some of the most favorite photos in my cat collection.

Papier-mâché boxes hand-painted in black and mint green with prints of three photos decoupaged to the lid. Lid and bottom are finished with matte-finish Modge Podge. Boxes measure 5″ x 7″, 6″ x 4″ and 5″ x 3″ and the tallest is 3″ high. Only one is available!

Use for storage for small items, photos or special keepsakes, or use as gift boxes.

Black was a natural trim color for “Compositions in Black and Green”, and while I avoid mixing colors because they are difficult to repeat later I mixed the shade of green to work coordinate with the famous mint green sink. I paint each box, then print my artwork on acid-free matte-finish paper with archival waterproof inks and adhere the print to the lid. I finish the bottom and lid of the box with matte-finish Modge Podge. Box insides are unfinished.

The boxes are handmade and may vary slightly in size and shape or have slight imperfections.

"Compositions in Black and Green" greeting card set.
“Compositions in Black and Green” greeting card set.

Compositions in Black and Green Greeting Cards

These tonal composition cards are 5″ x 7″, blank inside and printed on 12 pt. card stock with matching pure white envelopes and packed in a clear-top white cardboard greeting card box. Cards are blank inside but can be customized with your message with a minimum order of four dozen. On the back is the story of each photo.

The set includes two familiar images, but really focuses on one kitty—Jelly Bean! “God, I’m Cute” pictures Jelly Bean admiring himself in the mirror long offered as a greeting card, and “Drink Straight From the Tap” shows the Fantastic Four all drinking from the sink faucet at the same time. The new designs are “Composition in Green and Black”, offered by request but one of my favorite atmospheric images of Jelly Bean dozing in the sun on the edge of the sink, and “Toe Cleaning in Green and Black”, the Bean once again in a close-up capture of activity with the mint green sink reflecting on Bean’s black fur and paws.

"God, I'm Cute" 5" x 7" wood-mounted print
“God, I’m Cute” 5″ x 7″ wood-mounted print

“God, I’m Cute” Wood-mounted Print

The 5″ x 7″ block, originally intended for painting, is a 1/8″ birch wood panel “cradled” with a 1″ canvas stretcher added to the back for strength and stability and, incidentally, ease of hanging. I’ve painted the sides black and mounted a print edge to edge on the top surface, then covered it with acrylic finish.

ABOUT THE ARTWORK

That’s my Jelly Bean demonstrating his most absolute cuteness in the mirror.

“Mirror, mirror on the sink

I’m the handsomest kitty, I think!”

Perhaps instead he’s practicing his most seductive expression in the mirror.

Jelly Bean is about as cute as cute can be and he knows how to use it. Moreso than any of the other Big Four, Jelly Bean was always the cutest, it’s just part of his nature, and now that he’s maturing he’s also developing those feline-seductive “bedroom eyes”, the squinty, blinky look that makes them impossible to resist.


 


Inspired by felines you know!

Click on the banner below to visit Portraits of Animals on Etsy for more of my designs inspired by the cats you read about each day.

Inspired by felines you know! Visit Portraits of Animals on Etsy!

 


 


All images used on this site are copyrighted to Bernadette E. Kazmarski unless otherwise noted and may not be used without my written permission. Please ask if you are interested in using one in a print or internet publication. If you are interested in purchasing a print of this image or a product including this image, check my Etsy shop or Fine Art America profile to see if I have it available already. If you don’t find it there, visit Ordering Custom Artwork for more information on a custom greeting card, print or other item.

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From health and welfare to rescue and adoption stories, advocacy and art, The Creative Cat offers both visual and verbal education and entertainment about cats for people who love cats. From catchy and creative headlines to factual articles and fictional stories, The Creative Cat provides constant entertainment and important information to people who love cats, pets and animals of all species.

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