Saturday, June 9, 2012

Meet Mr. Kitty and Kelly!

I told you I had one more cat to introduce you to, and his name is Mr. Kitty. Have you ever wanted someone you can't have? Sigh.
So the story goes, that about a year and a half ago Andrew and I went home over Christmas for about four days. When we got back, we heard a miserable kitty crying in the apartment next door to us. I had seen this cutie orange cat one other time, and met the neighbor once as well, so I knew his name. Upon further investigating facebook stalking, whilst feeding this kitty tuna under the door, I found out that my neighbor was back home in Minnesota for three weeks. I was super worried about the kitty, and he did not. stop. crying. So we contacted building management and the neighbor and got permission to watch the little guy while he was gone. He said his girlfriend was checking in on him every two or three days, but Mr. Kitty is such a friendly and playful little guy and wanted some love! So I gave it to him. After that, Andrew and I developed a friendship with our neighbor, (who is well meaning but just needs a lazier cat) and were able to watch Mr. Kitty a lot. Unfortunately, we moved from the apartment building about ten months ago, so I haven't seen my little guy too much lately. Who knows where my old neighbor will move since he's about done with school, but I'm so happy to have met Mr. Kitty in the meantime. He give hugs and kisses, LOVES to play, and is the most rambunctious cat I have ever met. He made his way into our ceiling once. That was terrifying, but he was having a great time! Anyway, do any of you consider yourself a "godparent" to a cat? I wish Mr. Kitty could be mine! (I'm a little obsessed, if you couldn't tell).

Sorry, he photographs so well that it's hard to pick just a couple!

So I also want you to meet my new friend Kelly! I'll be honest here a minute and say that blogging is hard work! It's hard to gain followers and make relevant posts that people actually care about. One way I've reached out to other potential readers is through an Etsy team, and there I met Kelly! Kelly has an Etsy shop with handmade cat toys and accessories. She is here today to tell you her story, and I included my favorite photos from her shop: )

Here is Kelly's story about Bax Cat & Co!
"I grew up always with a love of animals, and always with cats as pets. My life has lead me through a lot of different fun paths, but some things have remained constant: my love of animals (cats!), my love of art, and my appreciation of nature. 

In December of 2011 I put together a knotted no-sew toy for my cat who was bored of her other toys. Around that same time, I was trying to decide what I could do with my creative side that has been shut off since I began working in various corporate offices after graduating from college years ago. The light bulb flashed brightly when I realized that I could make things for cats that they would have fun with, as much as my cat did with her toy! That is where the idea for Bax Cat & Co. began. 

My shop is named after my great cat friend Baxter, who is no longer with us. He would be very proud of how much love goes into each toy (along with catnip!). He was always such a fun-loving cat, and I named this shop after him to keep his memory alive always. 

While designing cat toys, I always have nature and art on my mind - the colors, the feeling each gives, the aesthetic qualities of both. I have an Art History degree, and have always been interested in diverse styles of art. 

The goal of my shop is to make cat toys and cat accessories that will make cats happy when their humans open the package of their purchased items. I love hearing stories from my customers about how excited their cats got when they opened up the envelope and took out their new toy, it makes me happy and proud! 

New items are added as soon as I can make them from the images I see in my head! I hope to continue to gain momentum with Bax Cat & Co., and to spread joy to lots of cats around the world!"

I hope you guys will check out Kelly's etsy shop if you're in the market for some adorable handmade cat toys made with organic catnip! Show her some love on facebook as well! I love the above pineapple toy, and had to include the picture with the kitty because he looks so much like Mr. Kitty!!! Obviously I'm loving the owl as well, and the fact that Kelly took a picture of it in a tree! So awesome.

P.S. I pre-wrote this post and scheduled it for when our plane lands in Venice, Italy! Jealous? ; ) Have a great Saturday!

1 comment:

  1. Great post:) Mr. Kitty looks like Mr. Miyagi from Bax Cat & Co! Love those orange tabby boys! (And yes, a little jealous about the fact that you're in Venice!)