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Grumpy Tabby Cat Tote Bag to Raise Funds for Cats in Need!

grumpy tabby tote bag - unexpected item in bagging area

Barney, the grumpy tabby, fell asleep inside a nice, cosy bag and then woke to find himself at a supermarket checkout.  No wonder he looks a bit peeved.

The Tabby Cat Tote Bag – screen printed by my own fair hands – is available for £8.00 from the newly re-opened Cool for Cats UK Etsy shop.

Measurements: bag – 43cm x 35cm; handles – 64cm

All profits from the shop will be donated to the Celia Hammond Animal Trust (CHAT), a UK charity who carry out invaluable cat rescue and re-homing work in London and the South East and also run two clinics in London which offer affordable neutering and veterinary care to animal owners on low incomes.

CHAT is a charity very close to my heart.  All my cats are CHAT rescues, and in fact three would not be alive today if they hadn’t come into CHAT’s care…

Severely injured Martha had been ‘rescued’ by another charity who were intending to euthanase her – they regarded her as feral and therefore difficult to re-home, and so not worth saving.  Thankfully she was passed over to CHAT, who amputated her injured leg and fought to save her life.  It was touch and go for a few days, but she’s a tough little soldier and pulled through.  I originally took her on as a foster cat before deciding to adopt her, and it was immediately apparent that she wasn’t feral – just very nervous of people, probably due to previous mistreatment.  She’s now a very affectionate lap cat who loves the great outdoors, and is a champion tree-climber – despite the missing leg!


Alflie and his sister Ethel were members of a feral colony living in underground garages on a South London housing estate.  The cats were under constant threat from dogs and human residents of the estate – several dead cats were found at the scene – and so CHAT trapped and rescued the whole colony.  Alfie and Ethel came to me as feral foster kittens, but I decided to keep them when they were returned after a failed adoption.  It took them a while to get the hang of the whole being-friends-with-humans thing, but these days they’re both very affectionate, and could almost be described as civilised!

alfie - rescued by the celia hammond animal trust

ethel - rescued by the celia hammond animal trust

So, everything you purchase from the Cool for Cats UK shop will help fund a charity who are really committed to cat rescue and animal welfare.  I’ll be adding new products to the shop over the next few weeks – watch this space!

Giveaway – Win a £20 Ella Goodwin Voucher!


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.

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Beautiful Minimalist Homeware for Black Cat Fans by Jin Designs


These beautiful black cats feature on a range of minimalist homeware and bags from Jin Designs, all of which is made in the UK.  The company was started by Jinny Ursell, whose designs have a subtle, modern style aimed at people who appreciate the simple things in life.  Jinny’s lovely Sleeping Cat is inspired by her childhood cat, Mittle.  (I love it when designs are based on real cats!)  I’m not sure about  Sitting Cat‘s origins, but he/she is equally cute!

Left: Sitting Cat Cushion£27.00.  Right: Sleeping Cat Cushion£27.00.


Left: Sitting Cat Mug£12.00.  Right: Sleeping Cat Mug£12.00.


Left: Sitting Cat Tea Towel£10.00.  Right: Sleeping Cat Tea Towel£10.00.


Left: Sleeping Cat Bag £15.00.  Right: Sitting Cat Bag£15.00.


There are also multi-pack deals to be had on some Sitting Cat and Sleeping Cat products – check out the Jin Designs Shop for details.

Introducing Ronnie & Frank – Colourful Cats to Brighten Your Day

ronnie & frank bag - colourful cat design by yoke

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 & frank cushion - colourful cat design by yoke

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 & frank screen print - colourful cat design by yoke

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.

15 Great Gifts for Cat Lovers – All for Under £10!


Here’s a handy selection of small gifts/stocking fillers, all for under a tenner, that will hopefully help make Christmas shopping for fellow cat lovers that little bit easier…

(Above)  Soapstone Flower Cat £8.99

Lucky Cat Kimono Silk Makeup Bag  £7.95


Fat Kitty Notebooks/Journals £4.50



Slipper Socks £8.95


Hand-painted Wooden Mini-Cats  £1.99


Kitten Handbag Torches  £4.99


Tabby Cat Handbag Mirror £2.99


Cat scarves (available in four different colourways)  £8.99


The following items are all from the Cats Protection Shop – proceeds from sales go towards funding the work carried out by the UK’s largest cat charity.

Cat Mini Hottie/Handwarmer  £5.99

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Cat Screen Wipe  £8.99

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Cats Protection Cats Calendar 2014 £4.95

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Cats Protection Kitten Calendar 2014   £3.95

cats-pro-kitten-calendar copy

Cats Protection Pocket Diary 2014  £2.95

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Cat Socks £4.75

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And finally; I’ve still got a couple of these Tuxedo Cat Tote Bags left in the Cool for Cats UK Etsy shop.  Priced at £6.50 – £5.oo from each sale will be donated to the Celia Hammond Animal Trust to help fund their invaluable cat rescue, re-homing and animal welfare work.

Edit 12/12/13: These bags have now sold out.


Looking for less-ordinary Xmas gifts for fellow cat lovers? Check out these three great UK Etsy shops:

ella-goodwin-cat-bagFor the uninitiated, Etsy is an international online market place where independent designer/makers and craftspeople tout their wares.  In my humble opinion, Etsy is THE go-to place if you’re looking for a present less-ordinary for your nearest and dearest, or maybe an unusual treat for yourself.  In order to buy from Etsy you have to register and create a profile on the site; but don’t let this put you off, as it’s simply a matter of providing an email address and username.  As far as I’m aware, all Etsy sellers accept PayPal, and many now take major credit cards too.

Anyway, enough with the chitchat: here are three of my favourite UK Etsy shops, each with a fabulous array of cat-themed goodies that are – of course – ideal Christmas gifts for fellow cat lovers.

Shop 1: Shop Miss Ella  I’m a massive fan of Ella Goodwin‘s whimsical cat creations, and her Etsy shop is a treasure trove of quirky cat-themed jewellery and art prints, beautiful handmade cat handbags and more.  Black Cat Bag (above) £40.77.  Also available in kit form for £18.82, if you’re buying for crafty types.

Cat Calendar 2014 – Catlendar Girls£11.29.  Printed on a fine art printer, so illustrations can be framed after use.


Shop 2: The Nosuch Disco  Online home of the incredibly cute and incredibly lard-arsed Fat Kitty, creation of designer/illustrator Dave Burgess.  Fat Kitty is based on real-life obese puss, Oscar – who belongs to one of Dave’s neighbours, but spends a lot of time hanging out round Dave’s place.  If you’re looking for something cute but not cutesy, or buying for fans of Kawaii, head over to The Nosuch Disco and check out Dave’s range of totes, t-shirts, art prints, smartphone cases and more.

I Heart Fat Kitty T-shirt, £14.99.


Shop 3: Doodlecats ‘Self-confessed crazy cat lady’ and artist, Beth Wilson, has a very distinctive style, and is a prolific creator of exceedingly cute, cartoon-like cat illustrations.  Beth sells loads of cat-themed jewellery, bags, keyrings, badges and more, all of which retail at under a tenner (and many at under a fiver) – so if you’re looking for stocking fillers, Doodlecats is the place to go!

Grey Cat Keyring, £5.00, and Crazy Cat Lady Keyring, £4.00.