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Marketplace: Update on My Virtual Open House

black cat in display
Bella is inspecting everything.

I am still celebrating the earth here, and I’ll be happy to honor the specials from days 1 and 2 of my open house through the coming weekend, but I’ll hold the rest for a little later.

If you tried to reach my site last weekend and weren’t able to, I apologize. It sounds like gobbledygook, but an update in my websites’ works caused a recurring error on The Creative Cat that slowed all the sites in my account and eventually caused them to freeze and stop opening. Ironically, I had a good number of visitors last Friday and Saturday shopping around, but both my adding products and posting, plus each visitor, each click, is what caused the error to occur. My ISP was right on it and got my site back up each time it happened, but it was only a matter of time until it happened again, and again, and no one could figure out until Sunday by tracking changes in the folders on the server.

I stopped posting after Day 2, Saturday, and helped troubleshoot the issue. Each time we thought we’d resolved it and I got back to work on the new things I wanted to post, I’d get an email that someone couldn’t access my site. This hasn’t happened since Sunday night, but traffic has been lower too, so I wanted to give it a few days along with checking activity on my server before inviting people again. We’re good now! But I had to change my plans for my open house.

As noted below, I’m honoring the specials from Day 1 and Day 2 through Sunday. I’ll get those new things out in the next days and weeks, and likely I’ll have a Virtual Christmas in July Open House so you can start your holiday shopping—with a discount.

In the meantime, stay in touch so you know ahead of time when it will happen! Because I’m pretty certain we’ll still be observing social distancing it’s likely I won’t have a physical open house. What I’d like to do for the next Virtual Open House it give all those of you who are signed up for my enewsletters an advantage and invite you to shop with your discount for a weekend before the general public. Sign up for my newsletters on this page so you get that notice.

Virtual Open House Day 1:

25% Off All Commissioned Artwork Plus Free Framing

This has two parts:

25% off any commissioned artwork

use your discount through June 30, 2020

Free framing up to 16″ x 20″ with your commissioned artwork

use your discount through May 10, 2020

I always feature my traditional Mother’s and Father’s Day discounts on commissioned pet portraits from April through June so you can have a discount on a special portrait for that person in your life who inspired you to love animals.

You can also commission me to paint non-animal subjects. In fact, I’ve been commissioned to paint some very special places already: the view from a friend’s vacation home, a special place in Paris, a beloved back yard that welcomes you home, your childhood home as a gift to your parents. Visit this post to read more.


Virtual Open House Day 2:

Felines and Flowers Greetings Collection

So what’s in this package anyway? All the materials for you to keep track and send greetings for birthdays, anniversaries, events and any other noted or annual life event for yourself, family and friends in Great Rescues Day Book, and at least 70 greeting cards to meet the occasion in a mix of feline-themed cards and cards inspired by nature. It’s all packed in a decorative keepsake box I embellished to keep everything stored so it’s easy to find.

It’s a great gift for Mother’s Day, either to give to your mother or give her a portion of it and keep some for yourself.

The combined value of Great Rescues and all the greeting cards would be just about $132.00. I usually offer this package of correspondence for $100.00, but during my Virtual Open House you can purchase this set for $75.00 with coupon code FELINESANDFLOWERS25. This discount is available through May 10, 2020.

Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, Halloween, Christmas and winter holidays plus sympathy cards, friendship cards, birthday cards and more, this collection contains feline-themed and nature-themed cards for them all. You can read more about all the cards and contents in Felines and Flowers here.


black cat in display

Bella is checking each of the pendants just for you.

Take a look at other new merchandise and featured artwork.

Once a week on Thursday I feature something new in my “shop”, whether that’s here on The Creative Cat, on my main website or even at one of the bricks and mortar shops that carry my work.

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.

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


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.

One thought on “Marketplace: Update on My Virtual Open House

  • Ack! Problems happen when they are least convenient!
    Here’s hoping you have a rip-roaring success!


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