It’s common knowledge that a hot drink always tastes better when slurped from a cat mug. So these bone china mugs from Lumme, which feature a cheeky little chap named Oscar, should guarantee that your beverage of choice will transform into nectar fit for the gods.
Oscar mugs are produced in two different designs with a choice of three colours, and are hand decorated by a traditional Staffordshire pottery in Stoke-on-Trent.
Oscars mugs are available from Lumme for £12.00.
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.
This beautiful lamp, featuring an elegant white cat enjoying forty winks, is made from bone china and comes with a gift box.
Measurements: L33cm H12cm
Available from Maiden for £79.00 (bulb included).
These endearingly whimsical fabric cats are designed and made by Malgo Amos. Each cat is beautifully packaged by Malgo, and available to buy from her UK Etsy shop, Whisper of the Pipit. 10% of profits from Almo’s shop are donated to TAG, a charity which supports people with arthrogryposis – a rare congenital disorder.
Above: Spring Cat, £15.00.
Tuxedo Cat, £15.00.
White Cat, £15.00.
Set of 3 Fabric Cats, £19.00.
And there’s plenty more where these came from! Check out the rest of the Whisper of the Pipit cat range, and take advantage of the current discount code SPRING10, which will knock 10% of your purchase if you spend more than £15.00. Plus, every Whisper of the Pipit customer will receive a ‘Thank You’ email containing further promo codes.
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.
British designer Sophie Allport has just launched her Cat Collection, which features black cats and white fish bones on a dark olive background. The collection includes loads of lovely homeware items, a few bits and bobs of stationery and also fabric by the metre.
Prices are pretty reasonable, starting at £6 for a Cat Tea Towel, and the rather dinky Cat Egg Cosy.
The Cat Collection range is very comprehensive – 30 pieces in total – and I’ve been trying to decide which items I like best. After much deliberation I’ve awarded the Cat Ironing Board Cover (£18.00) and the Cat Carrier Bag Holder (£8.00) the dubious honour of being My Favourites.
Not the most glamorous of objects, I know, but undeniably practical; and just you try finding alternative attractive cat versions of said objects. It’s impossible, I tell you. Impossible!