Diane Irvine Armitage Cat Art Giveaway Plus Surprise Bonus

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The cat art giveaway is open internationally and ends 11:59 pm Sunday, Aug. 13, 2017. This giveaway is not sponsored but FTC rules require disclaimers. We received art work and catnip which did not influence our views (well maybe a feline’s). Sharing would be extra helpful this week. We’ll announce the winner next week.

Hello, Gorgeous!

I’m talking to you. And to this gorgeous creature and truth be told, I think I’m gorgeous too. Art does that ya know. It makes life more beautiful and bearable.


Last week we had a gorgeous, original watercolor pet portrait giveaway. Congratulations to our winner, Jennifer! She has three cats with classic Greek names: Minos, Achilles and Atticus who share their wild escapades on Instagram at @minos_achilles_atticus

Don’t fret darlings if you didn’t win. We have another giveaway from the amazing Diane Irvine Armitage, but first I want to share a little secret.


We can all agree what a great job Mi-Ha did with my portrait BUT what I didn’t mention is just how young our talented portrait artist is. I’m 17 and older than her.  Layla was surprised given her professionalism and brilliant communications skills that Mi-Ha is still a student. They’ve kept in touch on Instagram and both the artist and the winner have all been communicating about which cat to paint and a spontaneous mentoring is blossoming. Art and cat lovers seem to bring out the best in us.  So, if you still want to see you furbaby immortalized in an original watercolor for a bargain, like $25 message Mi-Ha on Instagram @amber_blackberry. Her new Etsy shop is open.


Which brings us full circle to another artist, Diane Irvine Armitage, a gifted and seasoned professional who specializes in cats.  Life has a way of sprinkling gifts when good vibes and kindness are shared. And I just had to share about the last image in our book. Our fab designer, Jennifer Markley @antonioandfrankie asked Layla if she wanted to add a photo on the author page and she balked. There already is a small one in the intro and who needs another photo of a human when there could be more cats?

Then, like magic, Layla spots a drawing on Instagram at @Pandorasparlor and shares it with her designer who says, “That reminds me of you and Clyde.” I had to admit it did capture our magical relationship and whimsical nature. The artist was none other than Diane Irvine Armitage who painted the amazing portrait of Cole of Cole and Marmalade and is the first cat featured in the book. You can see the painting in their testimonial video in our sidebar. It was a last minute decision to add the portrait and really last minute to get permission to publish the drawing. It turned out to be the perfect way to end the book. You won’t know how perfect until you read my story in the book. See that little eye necklace? It’s a clue. But wait, there’s more!


It’s been a mad house finally getting the final, final, final version of the PDF uploaded to Amazon. The print proof arrives tomorrow. The review flipbook was completed yesterday and on Saturday, a box arrived from Diane. A few gorgeous prints of her latest exquisite cat drawings from Pandora’s Parlor Etsy shop including the drawing in the book. Happy dance of gratitude. Layla goes on working in a whirling Dervish frenzy and misses the letter.  Much later, Layla takes a closer look at the prints and marvels at the fine details of the pencil drawing and squints, THAT’S NOT A PRINT! It’s the original drawing. No wonder it was packaged with extra care. The brain foggy blonde rummages in the box and finds a letter from Diane confirming the obvious and thanking her for helping cats. Hello, what about me? I’m a cat who helps cats. Okay, Layla maybe helps cats a little more than me. But what can say: catnip, cat nap, executive privilege.

You can help cats too by buying our book.  We will have a link up everywhere this week and will update this post. You can also win a very special giveaway prize. Layla will personally pack up a couple of Diane’s prints, a surprise gift, and a bag of the best catnip that you cannot buy anywhere. It’s from a small catnip farm and donated. Seriously, we have tested every kind of catnip over the years and lucked out when Picardo sent us some from Picardo of Palm Beach Island and Palm Beach Island Cats the awesome TNVR program for the 550 homeless cats living and working on Palm Beach Island, FL. Bonus gift: We’ll also send you a digital copy of our Black Cats Tell All book.

Thanks for entering our giveaway and good luck! And Happy International Cat Day on August 8!

Love Clyde,

P.S. I’ll have vet news next week and maybe something from my lazy fursibs. If you love black cat art as much as I do, you’ll love this selection. Diane painted 100 portraits last year! She is not currently available for commissions but do snap up a print if you can.



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Cats, Kangaroos and Eternal Sunshine

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Good day dear ones, it’s Merlin here and yes, I survived my 21st birthday.  It may not have made the headlines or Buzzfeed but it was eternal sunshine for me.
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I could say there was something exotic like a smoked salmon and caviar cake but it was a very low key event.  A nasty, cold wind blew wet and stormy and I stayed under the covers all day. Layla stayed with me much of the day and she shared my favorite treat, a cheese omelet.

Thank Bast, the weather cleared and yesterday I was basking in the warm sunshine under cloudless cobalt blue October skies. It’s the little things as we get older that take on the warm glow of contentment.  Layla told me about the many birthday wishes which came from all over the world.  It made me feel warm all over. One of my favorite birthday wishes came all the way from Australia from a blogger and meowvelous photographer named Bev Green.  She made this card for me which made my day.  Check out her fab photos of kangaroos and other fauna and flora at Fozzie. M.






As you know, I hate the cold, the long, dark winter days but then it occurred to me: it’s always morning somewhere in the world and it’s always warm and sunny somewhere too. When we’re freezing our paws in the northern hemisphere, it’s the opposite down under.  So, as I ( and maybe you) head to my least favorite season, winter,  some friends are heading into spring!  You can be sure I’ll be keeping that in mind to keep me in good spirits. Layla, who also hates the cold says she can live vicariously by looking at the pics of the glorious blooming time ahead.  It really is a small world after all.  We’re all connected by just a click of mouse.  Together we can brighten the darkest corners with a smile, a comment, a compliment.  It takes so little to make a huge difference in someone’s life.

P.S. This photo of me (below) was taken recently  when something magical happened in the light which I’ll tell you about next week.  Also the rest of our kitty crew will make an appearance.

Love always,


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Out of This World Space Cat Fashion+

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Cat lover artists and writers have anthropomorphized cats for as long as humans have loved cats. Back in the space age of the ’50s, the “Space Cat” series of juvenile science fiction by Ruthven Todd  captured the imagination of many children. A new generation of retro design fans like me have fallen for these books of cats travelling to the moon and beyond. The illustrations by Paul Galdone are irresistible. So imagine my delight when I came across a “Space Cat” dress on Etsy from StasiaB. I had to have it. It was purrfectly hip and quirky for Blogpaws the pet conference in Nashville at the end of the month where I’m presenting.

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Stasia B. wearing Space Cat dress

Stasia Burrington is a talented Seattle based artist and cat lover with a wide array of illustrations at her etsy shop but it was her whimsical collection of t-shirts and other kitty fashions that struck my fancy. Delicate ink drawings of cats, cats and more cats but with a subtle whisper grace her lovely quality t-shirts.

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Fun but less subtle are the hot pink “Pussy Panties”. Adorable but not for this middle -aged kitten. I was fixated on “Space Cat” which also comes in a black tank top (easily my favorite for summer 2015).

Stasia send me a bunch of items including the Space Cat dress to much joy but alas even the large size squeezed my hips like a sausage. If you’re poochy or hippy, this narrow style won’t work for you. I may hike it up and wear with leggings as a T because it’s out of this world super cute. Everything else was sized perfectly.

Stasia was so sweet sweet, she offered to exchange for an extra large but then the top half would be too big (and I’ve never worn anything extra large in my life. Why start now?)

She has cool stuff for cat men too like the manly kitty undies, purrfect for Father’s Day.

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The Etsy community is pretty awesome but the cat lovers are amazing which is why I love to feature some every so often. If you haven’t shopped for cat-themed products on Etsy, you’ll go nuts with the sheer variety and creative abundance. What I love about etsy is the attention to personal detail. Most of the shops are run by people working at home and they’re happy to answer any questions and even do custom work like Stasia. This is Stasia’s studio and her cats Momo and Kiki (clearly her creative assistants and muses).

Visit her shop at StasiaB and enjoy the etsy experience.

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FTC disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post. I received no fee. I did receive a few samples which did not influence my views.