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The Creative Cat July Newsletter: An Anniversary

Mimi in the garden.
Mimi in the garden.

Typically my monthly newsletter is a “preview” of new items for list members before I introduce them to the general public. This month, however, I ordered new equipment and materials which took a long time coming and I’m still working out computer hookups and accessories. I’m pretty excited with how it’s going but I was never going to get things in place in order to come up with the new items I have in mind—or anything meaningful, for that matter—in time for my July newsletter.

But July is a special month, full of joy and sorrow, and it’s a good time to take a break from the usual and remember and celebrate. I mentioned this when I posted this month’s featured art and desktop calendar, and I also used this month’s newsletter to share some of the stories that make up this month’s memories.

On July 1, 2009, Namir left us for a place with no congestive heart failure or hypertrophic cardiomyopathy or idiopathic cystitis, but left a big part of himself behind, especially to poke Cookie now and then and to show up out in the yard as a hummingbird or butterfly.

On July 10, 2007, Lucy left her FIP behind, but called her mother over to visit our garden at a specific time so I would see her, and know that I had to rescue her and ultimately the kittens she was carrying that day.

On July 26, 2007, four little beans were born.

On July 29, 2007 I finally had my house and my heart and my studio ready for the stranger Mimi and her beans to arrive in a very small box, but was unprepared for the miracle of Lucy joining us in spirit when I unpacked the box. I think Mimi was unprepared too. We’ve moved along together since then.

Those beans turn 10 years old this month. Mimi’s nominal birthday is the day she came here and my best guess is that she turns 15. Time moved so slowly then when I wanted to get far, far away from the sad memories, but it’s hard to believe a decade has passed. The world continued turning, even though I thought it wouldn’t. My broken heart healed with memories where the scar had been, and I have not forgotten, but it doesn’t hinder me.

So for this week’s Marketplace I invite you to click on over to my July newsletter and click all the links I have there that refer to all these stories, poetry, images and more. I’ll be sharing them here through the month, too. You are also welcome to take advantage of the 25% discount on all the things on Portraits of Animals with this month’s featured artwork, “Garden Sketch With Mimi”.


Namir's "bedroom eyes".
Namir’s “bedroom eyes”.

Namir’s “bedroom eyes”.

Take a look at other new merchandise and featured artwork.

Marketplace is a feature on The Creative Cat to share the latest coming out of my studio with my readers. Once a week on Thursday I feature something new in my “shop”.

Read about creating custom items

Find out more about creating custom items for your own home using the images you see here. Visit the “Ordering Custom Art” page to see samples and read bout how to order.

Find out about events and festivals where you can find me and my work.

Sign up for my e-newsletter (below), check the widget on the sidebar on my home page, or sign up to receive posts on Portraits of Animals Marketplace. I plan on plenty of events this coming summer in the Pittsburgh area.

It’s all done under the close and careful supervision of my studio cats!

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Jelly Bean has a sudden inspiration and reaches for the brushes.
Jelly Bean has a sudden inspiration and reaches for the brushes.

Visit my gallery of handmade and gifts to see what’s available on Portraits of Animals.


All images and text used on this site are copyrighted to Bernadette E. Kazmarski unless otherwise noted and may not be used without my written permission, although links to your site are more than welcome and are shared. Please ask if you are interested in using and image or story in a print or internet publication. If you are interested in purchasing a print of an image or a product including it, check my animal and nature website Portraits of Animals 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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Weekly schedule of features:

Sunday: Essays, Pet Loss, Poetry, The Artist’s Life

Monday: Adoptable Cats, TNR & Shelters

Tuesday: Rescue Stories

Wednesday: Commissioned Portrait or Featured Artwork

Thursday: New Merchandise

Friday: Book Review, Health and Welfare, Advocacy

Saturday: Your Backyard Wildlife Habitat, Living Green With Pets, Creating With Cats

And sometimes, I just throw my hands in the air and have fun!




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

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