To walk in the snow, or to stand there and yell at me for it. Mimi did some of both. Below, she considers something, then tells me off.
But she did eventually try stepping into the snow. I’m not sure what she had her eye on, but she wanted to get there. A step or two and she was back on the deck.
Something skittering around in the stack of baskets. It turned out to be a wren who flew out of the baskets after the girls went back inside. Very exciting!
Jellybean is experiencing basket envy, because there aren’t two other empty baskets right there beside him, he wants the one where Bella is sleeping.
February 3: Morning staff meeting. Basil, Bella, and Mr. Sunshine in attendance. The boss, Mimi, on my lap. I used the landscape setting on my cell phone so I could get all of them in the picture. Interesting angle.
January 20: What a little princess in her nest of warm and purring housepanthers.
January 15: We really should have a ride, don’t you think? Mewsette is really not the type for a bike ride, but we can think about it.
Mimi admires her shadow. Enjoying a sunny morning on the deck.
January 13: Mimi’s latest thing is to get into the shed. She’s telling me to open the door, now. Instead I picked her up and kissed her because she’s so cute. She was thoroughly disgusted.
Just a few more and then I’m caught up! And a few multiple photo posts from January.
From the back yard and beyond.
Petunias still happily blooming in the basement.
Rooftops and Storefronts
The view out my back window on a sunny winter day.
Remembering those endless warm, sunny and colorful afternoons with still so many photos to share.
From around this date in past years
Waiting in Line, 2020
My studio has been taken over by cats, all six of whom want my attention in one way or another. And a bowl of fruit.
Jelly Bean wants my lap. Mimi wants me to go down to the kitchen to give her a snack. Mewsette wants my chair. Amy (on the easel) wants her portrait finished. Kelly (on my computer screen) wants her portrait painted. Allegro (on the wall above her) wants his portrait framed. The bowl of fruit wants me to get that piece of forest green velour matboard already.
But, later, it turned out to be another great day for a nap on the bed! Clockwise from the top: Basil, Mimi, Jelly Bean, Mewsette (facing Basil), Mr. Sunshine kissing Bella, Giuseppe.
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Photos from around this date in previous years
Bean on Angle, 2019
Sometimes those odd angles are fun and interesting.
Photos from years past.
Studio Supurrvisor, 2018
I do regularly spend time in the studio making new things. I don’t usually make five new things in three weeks, though. Even though this cat show is an annual event it snuck up on me—I attended it years ago but with one thing and another over the years it’s been over a decade since I’ve been able to set up as a vendor. In January, when I saw others posting about attending, I realized that this year I could go, and I would go.
But after my open house in December I was out of just about everything and didn’t want to go with just my leftovers. I also see this show as a unique opportunity to reach a new audience and have been planning a new display since last year, and a list of new ideas for gift items that I didn’t make last year because of my car. Getting ready for this cat show is so much fun and very exciting thnking about what I’ll make, thinking about the people I’ll see, considering the new display I’ve been planning since last year.
Along with a couple of design assignments I knew I’d be in a crunch this week so I’d planned to give up on my regular schedule of posts here and post at least once a day to share this adventure both here and on Portraits of Animals as well as Instagram and Facebook.
I think many of my followers on Portraits of Animals are already followers of The Creative Cat and my social media, so I apologize if you’re seeing way too much of me this week. It’s all part of self-promotion too, and it never ceases to surprise me that even when I’ve shared something in five different places, followers still miss it. Social networking is inexact at best, all the more reason for putting things out everywhere more than once!
Those of you who are signed up for “The Creative Cat Preview E-newsletter” will see it all one more time when I send out my summary email on Saturday morning—I hope to set up most of my display on Friday night and photograph it for that along with bits and pieces from my posts. And then when the show is over I can list it all on Portraits of Animals, so it’s available for everyone.
At this point in my adventure I’ve been up very late for the past five nights and will be again, up early each morning since life goes on while I’m doing this, and even with what I’ve been making so far I’ve only made about half of what I’d planned, nor could I replace a few representative pieces of each of the handmade items I sold last year. I keep coming up against that time and space continuum thing…but even though I haven’t met the goal of making everything in these three weeks, unreasonable as it is, tonight I had to stop starting new things and finish off everything to be sure it’s dried, tagged, and packed for setting up my display on Friday.
Thanks for following along! I’m looking forward to settling back into my routine next week, getting back to writing up my posts and preparing my photos, and sharing my fine felines and life as a somewhat erratic creative person.
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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!