Ella Goodwin, one of my favourite illustrators/designer-makers, has kindly offered Cool for Cats UK readers the chance to win a £20.00 voucher to spend in her UK Etsy shop, Shop Miss Ella.
To enter the giveaway please leave a comment at the end of this post, and also pop over to the Ella Goodwin Illustration Facebook page and give it a ‘Like’. (Please state in your comment if your Facebook user name is different from the name you use for your email account.)
In addition to the cushion covers pictured above, Ella’s shop offers a huge range of cat-inspired prints, cards, jewellery, bags and much, much more.
To find out more about Ella and her work, check out her Portfolio and Blog.
If you happen to find yourself in the vicinity of Wymondham, Norfolk between 15th – 27th April, you’ll be able to view some of Ella’s beautiful, whimsical illustrations in person, as she’s one of the artists whose work will be on show at ‘An Exhibition Designed to Make You Smile’ curated by Amelia Bowman.
Ella’s illustrations concentrate on quirky narratives and characters. Her passion is for visual storytelling and her illustration is often highly detailed using a combination of traditional and digital mediums. Check out the Ella Goodwin Illustration Facebook page for updates about the exhibition.
Unfortunately I won’t be able to make it along to the exhibition, as it’s just too far away from Sarf London; but if any of you are in the area and decide to pop along I’d love to hear about your visit, or maybe see some pics (providing you’re allowed to take photos).
And now for some boring giveaway rules: To enter this giveaway leave a comment at the end of this post and also ‘like’ the Ella Goodwin Illustration Facebook page. If your Facebook user name differs from the name you use for your email account, please include your Facebook name in your comment. Comments must be in before midnight on 30th April 2014 to be included in the draw. The winner will be selected by a random electronic draw on 01/05/2014 and notified by email. The winner will receive one £20.00 voucher valid in the Shop Miss Ella UK Etsy shop. If the prize is not claimed within 14 days of notification by email an alternative winner will be selected. Only one entry per person please. This giveaway is open to addresses within the UK only.
Meet the lovely Ronnie and Frankie – two cheeky chappies guaranteed to brighten up your day. The colourful duo are rumoured to be the most mischievous moggies in town, and are pictured here just prior to their annual lads’ holiday.
Ronnie and Frank are available from YOKE – a young Scottish company who specialise in bold, bright design which aims to inject a bit of fun into life.
Ronnie and Frank Bag (top), £15.00. Measurements: 43cm x 45cm.
Ronnie and Frank Cushion (centre), £40.00. Measurements: 45cm x 45cm.
Ronnie and Frank Screen Print (bottom left), £60.00. Size: A2.
This lovely line drawing of a tabby enjoying a post-dinner spruce-up is by UK artist Dawn Critchley. The design is available from Dawn’s Not on the Highstreet shop as the Washing Cat Cushion (size 43cm x 43cm) for £45.00, and as the Washing Cat Screen Print (size 38cm x 56cm).
Dawn also takes custom orders for Personalised Pet Cushions (priced at £125.00). Dawn makes a line drawing from a photo you send her of your cat (or dog/parrot/iguana), and then – once you’ve approved the artwork – prints a unique cushion featuring your beloved furry/feathery/scaly companion.
Gifts for cat men aren’t all that easy to find, so I’m afraid this isn’t a very comprehensive list! But I’ve managed to scrape together a few pressie ideas, just in case you’re stuck for something to give to the cat man (or cat men, if you’re really lucky!) in your life this Christmas.
(Above) Men’s Star Paws Parody T-shirt – £19.99 from Truffle Shuffle. (Get your skates on if you’re after one of these, as it says on the site that stock levels are very low!)
Lucky Cat T-shirt – £21.99 from Some Kind of Nature.
Bansky Cat & Mouse Long Sleeve T-shirt – £13.99 from Tribal T-shirts. (Available in a range of colours, and as a short sleeve tee for £11.99.)
For music fans there’s these cat-inspired versions of classic album covers. The 30cm x 30cm prints are available for £20.00 each from the Karuskicolours UK Etsy shop.
And finally, these pin badges would make the purrfect cat man stocking filler. Available for £2.05 for a set of two from the Shop Miss Ella UK shop.
These beautiful custom cat portraits are free-hand machine embroidered by the very talented Leigh Bowser. Free-hand machine embroidery involves lowering the feed dogs on a sewing machine and then moving the fabric around so that the needle ‘draws’ an image in thread – a very tricky technique to master, which gives beautiful results.
Leigh produces 7 x 5 inch portraits, and custom embroidered patches/brooches, from photographs sent to her by customers of their cats (and other pets).
Leigh’s custom cat portraits are available from her UK Etsy shop, LeighLaLovesYou, priced at £40.00 for a 5 x 7 Custom Pet Portrait and £18.00 for a Custom Pet Patch/Brooch.
If you’re thinking of ordering one of these portraits as a Christmas pressie for the cat lover in your life, Leigh asks that you message her directly upon purchase (there’s an option to do this when you buy on Etsy). And get a move on, as there’s up to a four week turnaround between ordering and delivery: these portraits are time-consuming to make, and, as Leigh points out, she is ‘just one woman and her sewing machine’!
Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is a holiday with its origins in Mexico, which takes place on 1st and 2nd November. The festivities are focused around remembering and celebrating dead family members and friends, and many people choose to honour their loved ones by building altars. These altars hold offerings of food, drink and clothes as gifts for the deceased, and are beautifully decorated with flowers, candles and sugar skulls.
I very much like the idea of celebrating the lives of lost loved ones rather than dwelling on their departure; so in honour of Dia de los Muertos, here’s a selection of lovely sugar skull cats available from UK Etsy sellers.
Sugar Skull Black Cat Necklace (above) by Dolly Cool – £7.74
1. Sugar Skull Black Cat Earrings by Dolly Cool – £5.16
2. Day of the Dead Cat Art Print by Ella Goodwin – £14.45
3. Cat Bird Pendant by Ella Goodwin – £10.32
4. Colourful Sugar Skull Cat Keyring by Doodlecats – £4.00
5. Colourful Sugar Skull Cat Necklace by Doodlecats – £8.00