December 25, 2012

Illustration Friday: Glow

...Best Wishes for a Blessed Christmas and a Joy-filled New Year! Let's honor this precious baby by practicing human kindness each and every day...

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December 19, 2012

Caption This! Giveaway Ends Tonight with $50 Gift Certificate!

There is still time to enter the giveaway for a $50 certificate to my Etsy shop!  Just think up captions for Inka and her friend as depicted in this photo and leave them in the comments section of the original post, where you can read all of the cute entries so far. There won't be any judging (winner will be selected at random) so just have fun!

Here are a few of the entries so far: 

From Carol Mai

From Chrissykat

From Jhitomi

Giveaway ends tonight.
You may enter a second caption suggestion over at my Facebook Page for a second chance to win.  For more information please visit the original giveaway post:  

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December 13, 2012

Caption This! (and a Giveaway)

UPDATE: The giveaway has ended and the winner, drawn at random, is BuncoBuddy!  Contratulations, and thank you to everyone who participated!

It's been a busy several weeks here at Susan Faye World Headquarters.  My studio assistant Buttonwillow and Assistant-In-Training Inka have been busy as little elves, helping me fill orders as we've sent my little creations to faraway lands around the world and to every corner of the USA, including Hawaii and Alaska.

Buttonwillow takes a short break from catnip toy production.  I think the fumes have simply overwhelmed her.

Here are just a few of the exotic places that we've sent our little packages off to explore:
  • Jupiter (the one in Florida, that is)
  • Tentúgal, Portugal
  • Sion les Mines, France
  • The Bronx
  • Wien, Austria
  • Kingston, Nova Scotia
  • Waipahu, Hawaii
  • Port Coquitlam, BC
  • Wauwatosa, Wisconsin
  • Waxhaw, N. Carolina
  • Kranj, Slovenia
  • Fowlerville. Missouri
  • Crossgates, Fife, United Kingdom
  • Dinwiddie, Virginia
  • Queensland, Australia
  • Istanbul, Turkey
  • New Iberia, Louisiana
  • Odenthal, Germany
  • and Minsk, Belarus
 Below is a snapshot of Inka taking a little break from her grueling schedule.  She seems to be in an intense, yet private conversation with her little friend.  What do you think they are saying? 

Please share your ideas for captions in the comments section of this post. For example--- Inka: "I hear they're serving Spam again in the cafeteria today."  Mouse: "I vote we go to Taco Bell".  Anyway, you get the idea.


On Wednesday, December 19, at 8:00 p.m. PST,  I'll throw everyone's name into a hat and draw one name at random to win a $50.00 gift certificate to my Etsy ShopYou may enter a second caption suggestion over at my Facebook Page for a second chance to win.

Please make sure that I have a way to contact you if you are the winner, such as a link to your blog or e-mail address included in the comment.
You may send the info directly to my email if you don't want to make your contact info public.

Also, if you encounter trouble with the Comments feature, please contact me by e-mail . If you visit , you will find an email link.

Thanks for participating! 

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November 25, 2012

Illustration Friday.... "Whiskers"

A backlit cottontail bunny with whiskers glowing in the early morning sunlight enjoys a tasty grape leaf at the Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Gardens in Claremont, California.  

This is a watercolor painting on canvas that I painted several years ago after a visit to Southern California.  I used masking fluid to preserve the white of the whiskers and the sunlit edges of the rabbit.


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November 24, 2012

Inka Says: Shop Small!

Today is Small Business Saturday, a day dedicated to supporting small businesses.  It's a great way to create jobs and support your community, simply by buying from local, independent, mom and pop small businesses in your neighborhood and/or online. 

 ...and now a word from The-World's-Cutest-Kitten-Known-To-Man-Woman-or-Wastebasket:

Thank you, Miz Inka Kitten for those thoughtful words. To celebrate, I am offering a 20% discount in MY small business, my Etsy Shop online.  Use coupon code HOLIDAY20 when checking out to get your discount on your entire purchase (excluding shipping costs and wholesale listings).  Offer good today through Cyber Monday, Nov. 26.

Click here to see all of my art, jewelry, and hand-crafted giftware: Susan Faye Pet Projects  
Thank you for continuing to support my creative endeavors!  
It means a lot to me!

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November 2, 2012

Illustration Friday... "Shy"

original watercolor by Susan Faye copyright 2012

Both Delia and her fluffmonster Abercrombie shy away from loud people and barking dogs (or is it barking people and loud dogs?), 
but would love to have an amiable chat and a cup of tea with you. 

 Thanks for visiting!

My original watercolor painting of Delia and Abercrombie is available for purchase in my Etsy shop: Cat Lady Delia Painting
A handcrafted pendant of Delia and Abercrombie is also available for purchase in my Etsy shop:

October 31, 2012

Halloween with Inka

Inka is just a basket case today.  It's her very first Halloween.

Here is her costume.  She's going as The-World's-Cutest-Black-Kitten-Known-To-Man-Woman-Or-Garden-Basket

The Carving of the Pumpkins was particularly exciting for her.

 Feline Fella and I were inspired by a pumpkin we saw on Mousebreath--a fantastic spooky cat face design by carver Hugh McMahon,  seen on our computer screen...

Auntie Mary created her very own special design...

 Things are progressing nicely...

Time for a snack.  Roasted pumpkin seeds, anyone?

They're finished! Inka gives her Smooch of Approval.


Now for the best part... Break out the candles!

Can you spot the Halloween Hare in Mary's design?

Happy Halloween 
from The-World's-Cutest-Black-Kitten-Known-To-Man-Woman-Or-Jack-O-Lantern!

October 26, 2012

What's New? Memo Mugs!

  Introducing something brand new 
from Susan Faye World Headquarters...

 Memo Mugs!

Each gift set includes a Susan Faye ceramic mug, plus matching memos and a mini ballpoint pen. Sip an eye-opening cup of java while you jot down your most important memos, lists, or recipes, or use the mug as a cheerful desk caddy for your pens, pencils or paint brushes. 

Bon Appetit Bunny Rabbit Coffee Mug and Memos Gift Set

The mug measures 3.75" tall and 3" in diameter. It is dishwasher & microwave safe, but to keep the artwork bright and shiny, please do not clean outside surface with abrasives...

Garden Kittens Mug and Memos Gift Set

There are 15 matching memo/notes tucked inside which are 2.5 x 5.5" and are printed on 100% recycled paper, plus a mini retractable ball point pen. The set comes packaged in a cello bag, ready for gift-giving.

This one is suitable for men; they also make great teacher's gifts:

Early Bird Coffee Mug and Memos Gift Set

 Your knitting buddies might get a kick out of this one:

 Knitting Cat Mug and Memos Gift Set

Four designs are now available in my Etsy shop. Click on any link for more details:

More Memo Mug Gift Sets are in the works, so stay tuned!

If you would like to purchase any of the mugs separately, they are available in my Cafepress Shop at this link, where you will find over 200 of my designs:  Mugs

October 25, 2012

Collecting Cats and Canines... Black Cat Edition

Halloween is just around the corner, but that's not the only reason I have black cats on the mind. Sharing a home with the The-World's-Cutest-Black-Kitten-Known-To-Man-Woman-Or-Garden-Basket, also known as Inka, has heightened my awareness of the beauty, charm and mystery of a jet-black cat.

As for collecting black cats, my personal collection already holds a nice sampling which is sure to grow in the near future, but here a few fun treasures currently being offered in my Vintage Etsy Shop, Curio Cabinet
Black Cat Birthday Vintage Houze Glass Tray Ashtray
This is a vintage bent glass dish or ash tray by Houze featuring a cool retro black cat and the words "Have a purrfect birthday. Very mid-century modern!

It measures 4-3/4" x 3-3/4" and is in excellent condition.

Large Black Cat Salt and Pepper...Vintage Kitten Ceramic Shakers
Here's a pair of LARGE and frisky vintage black cat kittens that are pottery salt and pepper shakers with painted-on features. They have removable corks in the bottom for filling, and they are in excellent vintage condition with no chips or cracks. They are 3" tall and 4" long and are marked "Made in Japan" on the bottom.. 

Retro Black Cat Ceramic Pen Holder Desk Accessory

This cool retro black cat from the 1960s is designed to hold your pen where its tail would be. It is glazed ceramic.and It has gold painted-on detailing. It's in great vintage condition with no chips or cracks, just a few tiny rubs to the paint in the eye area as shown.

It is 5" tall; no maker's mark on the bottom.. 

Happy collecting!

October 24, 2012

Rescue Cats-- A Love Story From Cat Lady Kim

Every time I post an image of my studio assistant Buttonwillow, I'm surprised at how many Cat Ladies comment that she looks just like their very own beloved bi-color kitty. Miss BeeDub is proud to have so many twins all over the world!

I am also constantly inspired by stories of cat rescue and adoption told by animal lovers from around the globe, particularly those who adopt adult and hard-to-place cats.  One such cat lover is Cat Lady Kim who recently wrote to me after seeing Buttonwillow's portrait, telling me how much it reminded of her of Midy, pictured here.  Sadly, Kim had said goodbye to 17-year-old Midy just days before.


Here is the story of Midy's adoption as told by Kim:

We have been doing cat rescue since my Hubby and I were married 36 years ago. Most of our kitties have come from the streets. After one of my kitties died (Angel, my Soulmate,19 years of age) we went to the local shelter to open our home to a new kitty . 

My son fell in love with a BIG black and white cat named Snazzy (and they often say, you don't pick your fur baby, they pick you).  Snazzy was 10 yrs of age at the point of adoption. We found out that Snazzy had a mommy and she had been in the infirmary for 6 months. We took Snazz home and kept checking up on Midy. 

We knew we would adopt her even though we never saw her and we were told she had kidney disease. We were told we would have to give her sub-cutaneous fluids every few days for the rest of her life. 
 My darling husband knew I could never leave Snazzy's momma at the shelter...and Hubby said its fine we will learn to give her the fluids.

Finally Midy came down from the infirmary and we got to meet her. Do you believe in Love at first sightWell this was it.  She was the tuxedo cat I always dreamed of and there she was. My daughter and I started to cry when we saw her and everyone at the shelter were so excited because after 8 months in the infirmary she would be going to a home to be with her son. People were crying at the shelter. 

Midy was already 12 and between her health and she and Snazzy's age, no-one ever thought they would leave the shelter. The people who owned them for a number of years, one day put them together in a cat carrier and left them in front of the shelter over night with a note about them. And there they stayed at the shelter for a few years wondering what the heck they did to deserve being there. Oh I could cry when I think of those wasted years. 

When we brought Midy home, Snazzy ran right up to her in the carrier and I swear they kissed each other through the gate. Even though Snazzy is so huge, he is such a momma's boy, so shy and when Momma came,even after 8 months without her, they were side by side again and they remained that way for the last 5years. When she was so sick with cancer, he would put his big body in front of her to protect her and let her rest or I would see him resting his head on her back. Oh it breaks my heart so that he is without her. We tried everything. I went to an oncologist and had her on oral chemo. All kinds of meds to keep her comfortable...Making the decision to give her peace was the hardest decision in the world but she was starting to suffer so much and I loved her too much to let her suffer

Snazzy was with her till the end. I do have other kitties, but he only loved his Mommy. The first night, when I got up to go to the bathroom I heard this weird noise in the kitchen. My big boy was crying for his Momma. Oh it kills me.They have been through so much, I wanted them to have many years of peace. At least Midy had 5 cage-free peaceful years with Snazzy and a family that adored her every breath. 

Aside from the ones we find, we will only adopt seniors to give them a second chance for some happiness. Even if we have to say good-bye sooner, it's important for them to have some quality. They deserve that. We have also decided to volunteer at the shelter where Mid and Snazz were adopted to honor her sweet memory. This will help me with my grief.

Thanks for sharing your story Kim!  I hope it inspires many others to consider adopting an older or special-needs cat.

October 21, 2012

Shadow Play

It's a challenge.  
Photographing a black kitten-cat is like taking a picture of a shadow in motion.  Inka inevitably winds up looking like a blurry silhouette.  But when she spotted Buttonwillow's profile behind the drapes in the sunny window, for once it seemed highly appropriate that she appeared only as an inky silhouette!

October 20, 2012

Cover Girl Winners!

It was a landslide. Crazy Cat Lady "A" won the popularity contest with a whopping 34 votes. Tuxedo Mom and Tea Time Lady tied for second with 16 votes each, and Autumn Cat Lady came in with a respectable 11 votes.

One voter's name was drawn at random to win a calendar, and the winner was knitting cat lady Nancy P. who cast her vote over on my facebook page.  Congratulations, Nancy P.!

Crazy Cat Lady A would like to humbly thank everyone for participating, especially those who voted to make her dreams come true to become this year's covergirl.  She will be working tirelessly all year to promote peace, spaying and neutering, and a better cat fur removal system for dark clothing.

I will be printing up calendars this weekend and will list them in my Etsy shop asap.  Stay tuned...

October 17, 2012

Calendar Girls (and a Giveaway!)

 Update: the giveaway has ended and Nancy P. (who voted via Facebook) is the winner of the free calendar. Thank you to everyone who participated!)

I'm working on my Mini Calendars for 2013 and I need your help.

Here are the prototype pages for the Cat Lady calendar but I'm stuck trying to decide who should be the cover girl for this year.

Should it be
  • A Crazy Tabby Cat Lady?
  • B Tuxedo Cat Mom?
  • C Autumn Tabby Cat Lady? or
  • D Tea Time Tabby Kittens?

 Tell me which one you would choose for a chance to win one of these calendars when I'm finished with them (hopefully within the week!)--a $14 value.  Just post your choice in the comments section of this blog post.

For a second chance entry, add your choice to the comment section of the matching post on my facebook page.

On Saturday, Oct 20th at 8:00 p.m Pacific Time, I will draw one name at random to win the calendar.

Please make sure that I have a way to contact you in your blog comment in case you are the lucky winner, such as a link to your blog or e-mail address.
You may send the info directly to my email if you don't want to make your contact info public.

Also, if you encounter trouble with the Comments feature, please send your entry via e-mail . If you visit , you will find an email link.

Thanks for your help!  I'm also working on a Nature Lover Calendar and a new one this year-- for Garden Lovers...coming soon to my Etsy shop!

October 14, 2012

Birthday Giveaway

 UPDATE: the giveaway has ended and the winner is Rita Dean.  Thank you to everyone who participated and described some delectable-sounding cupcakes!
I glanced at the calendar and apparently it is time to celebrate the anniversary of the birth of some certain silver-haired cat lady once again. Hopefully cupcakes will ensue.  In the mean time, let's celebrate with a giveaway!

In the comments section, just tell me what would be your favorite flavor combo for a cupcake-- cake plus frosting.  For example, I would have to go with the classic dark chocolate cake and vanilla frosting, all made from scratch, of course!

At 9:00 Pacific Time tonight, I will draw one name from the comments section to win this original ACEO card, a collectible mini work of art! It is an ORIGINAL miniature watercolor painting from my 2009 series of 365 Cat Ladies.  It's called "Party Animals No. 6". It is in ACEO (Art Card Editions and Originals) format, which means that the artwork size is 2.5" x 3.5".

It is is hand-painted on super-heavy Arches 300-lb. acid-free cold-press watercolor paper with professional quality watercolor paints. Artist-initialed on front, signed, dated, and titled on back. The card will arrive in a rigid plastic sleeve for protection.

Please make sure that I have a way to contact you if you are the winner, such as a link to your blog or e-mail address included in the comment.
 You may send the info directly to my email if you don't want to make your contact info public.

Also, if you encounter trouble with the Comments feature, please contact me by e-mail
. If you visit , you will find an email link.

Now bring on the cupcakes!!! 

October 3, 2012

Studio Tour Entryway: Cat Ladies Galore!

Welcome to my home studio!  As you walk in the front door, this is now what you see as I prepare for the Art Harvest Studio Tour of Yamhill County that begins on Friday:

Studio Assistant Buttonwillow conducted a brief inspection this morning and thinks the posies are a nice touch.
As many of you know, I had a crazy idea a few years ago to paint 365 Cat Ladies (and Lads!) and post one a day for a year.  As a result, this blog was born in 2009.  Many of the cat lady paintings were in the ACEO format (Art Card Editions and Originals)-- the size of a baseball card.

I decided to showcase some of these in the entryway of my home studio for the studio tour.  I have only about 50 of the 2009 art cards left.

Because the Art Harvest Studio Tour is celebrating its 20th year, each artist was asked to created something with a "20" theme.  I decided to frame 20 of my ACEO art cards and make a grouping of them:

Haha-- everytime I pound a nail in the wall, my grouping goes wonky.  I'll straighten them up right before my guests arrive!

The framed ACEO's that you see in my entryway are $20 each (plus shipping if applicable).  If you see one that you like, drop me a line.  Unframed ACEOs are available for purchase in my Etsy Shop.  Click here to see which ones are available: Original Art