My Greek kitty crew

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Meaningful Christmas cards

Like last year I've created a series of cards with images of all my lovely kitty rescues... a very sweet and meaningful alternative to a Christmas card - and the rescues help themselves raise funds for food, neutering and medical care! Only this year the cards have been professionally printed and come with a 100% recycled envelopes. That cost a little extra (now tell me, why should recycle be more expensive than white or colored envelopes??? - isn't it a bit upside down?) but the natural feel goes just lovely with these images - almost all captured in nature. 

I wanted to add a little Christmas feel to the packaging so I went into their lavender garden for inspiration... The lavender garden has come to represent their space so what better to add than a few dried twigs of lavender!? They have all run through those bushes and released whiffs of lavender in the air... Anyhow, as I sat at the garden table cutting those little twigs Biscuit was as usual willing to lend a creative paw - or his stamp of approval!

So here's how it looks on the outside... a bit of brown paper packaging, a few lavender twigs tied up with a bit of red and white ribbon  - and a little felted Christmas star. And ta da...

 - here's how the cards look (with the brown recycled envelopes at the back). The cards are printed on thick 350gsm FSC credited paper stock and have a light satin coating on the outside. Dimensions 4.13" x 5.82" or 10,5 cm x 14,8 cm. It's blank inside but the back has a meaningful message (a quote from the Talmud):

Here's the 7 images you can chose between: 

1. My hero girl GRACIE - you haven't even heard her story yet. Gracie is 100% blind and I'm delighted she found her way to our garden. I'll share her story in my next post and I think I will call it "Gracie's tactile world." Gracie relates to the world around her through what she can touch and feel. 

2. Sensitive and sweet MAXI who has not been mentioned that often. Maybe you remember him from last year (around this time). He was found by the side of the road with his much smaller sister (actually they didn't at all appear as if they could be from the same litter - there was that much of a difference between them). They stood a bit bewildered as if someone had just dumped them and he was very protective of her. It was so moving. He was only a 8 week old kitten himself but it was as if he couldn't quite give in to being a kitten because he was looking after her. 

3. Which brings me to his little sister TODDY (I used to call her Mini - Mini & Maxi) but for some funny reason she's ended up with the name Toddy. She's as placid as cats come but at the same time God spilled a rather large dose of impishness into her!! And of course she is little Miss Aegean Cat 2012 - this image won everyones heart at the Aegean Cat photographic exhibition this summer. 

4. Spectacular RUFUS - Rosie's majorly charismatic brother. Rosie lives because of Rufus. Had it not been because of him standing in a very pleading way in front of the town park where I first spotted him - I simply wouldn't have found Rosie. Rufus moves with confidence and certainty - assured that he is the most handsome boy ever and no one would ever have believed this charmer was a timid and scrawny dumpster cat. 

5. Remarkable little SNOWY (well actually he's grown a lot!). We've been close to losing him many times. Due to the bad health he suffered at a way too early age he suffers asthma and now lives a 95% indoor life. It's been a long process finding a balance with Snowy and we've had testing times with him on and off antibiotics (and Prednisolon) we now know that after just four days without antibiotics he gets very unwell. I can't even count the number of times he's been to the vet and yet he is such a great and trusting little sport!


6. And of course little SKIPPER! It was impossible for me to pass her by as she (yes, there's been a slight gender change around here lately, lol!) wondered around the dumpsters looking a bit confused questioning what she was meant to be doing with herself (freshly dumped by someone who'd cared lovingly for her up until that point) and whether her previous owner would actually come and collect her again. No way could I ignore this beautiful and loving little white and ginger beauty. 

7. Last but not least the utterly butterly BELLISSIMA whose image I also used last year but I so love this image and think she is the most beautiful kitten I have ever seen among my rescues. You probably read the recent post with a reminder of her resuce. This little face encapsulates the essence of innocence. 

How to purchase the cards: 
Each card is $5 and you can order the cards by sending me an email with the name of the card/cards you want and remember to write how many you want. Email order to (same mail account as my Paypal). 

How to pay:
Please pay by using the donate button on the right side bar of this blog - it takes you straight to my Paypal account. Please let me know if you have problems. REMEMBER to include your postal address! The cards will ship immediately and will reach you within 7-14 days. 

Postage is included for 1 card but if you order two or more please add $1 for postage. Currently there's a total of 25 cards (more is coming within 10 days) which leaves a very limited number of each card (so don't hesitate to order if you have a favorite). I will update the number every day and as they sell. If you have a favorite and it is sold out I will put you on the list for the next batch.

N.B. Updated list! ALL CARDS SOLD OUT.

On behalf of the cats I thank you in advance for your support. I can't wait to ship these beautiful cards around the world!

Monday, November 19, 2012

Time flies, time flies...

"A day is a span of time no one is wealthy enough to waste."
- Anonymous

Honestly, I have got no idea where the days or months went... it's just a moment ago since this fully flourishing young lady was just the size of a tennis ball. She looked mystical today at dusk as she sat on top of a high wall - almost as if she was just wanting to show God how glorious she's turned out. 

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Rosie's rescue flash-back

If you're fairly new to this blog you might not know this face. Rosie is a rescue from last year and one of the more dramatic ones. Dramatic in the sense of the state in which I found Rosie. She, I believe, already had one paw on the other side of the Rainbow Bridge. You can revisit what she looked like the day I found her here. I was amazed myself at being reminded of just how weak she was. I have never seen a kitten as emaciated as Rosie. She was nothing but a handful of bitty bones - literally nothing else... well, and a bit of fur. She weighed a mere 500g (50% less of what she should have weighed) and when I initially picked her up to bring her to the vet I seriously worried I would break her bones. 

In this image above she had just returned home after spending 4 days at the vet. I felt she stood a better chance at initial survival in their care. 

Today Rosie is strong and strong-willed. She knows she shouldn't really be in the chair I photographed her (in this new photo-shoot) but if I try and remove her she will find her way back in no time - so of course I let her!! (yes, total puss-over I'm afraid, lol). 

Not so in her first days after being recued... She was so weak she didn't stand for the first 12 days and her digestive system was a complete mess. 

After recovering last year Rosie soon became very fond of her food (I guess a kind of over compensating). Today I have to watch Rosie by the food bowls - otherwise she'll just steal her way to some of the others food. She won't hesitate to smack or out-brain the slightly more intimidated kitties. She often puts her brother in his place in the food pecking order. This truly goes to show how bossy Rosie really is because he is the undisputed alpha-male around here and goes out of his way to show everyone who's number one! Well until sis enters - then smack smack and back in line he goes, lol!

But Rosie has me good (and she knows it) - all I have to do is think of her when I just found her or see one of these early images.

The above image is the first day Rosie was out after gaining her strength again. I love this image - her eyes are full of healing and light and gentleness.

It's still that same girl - sweet, impish, full of strength and very bossy!

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Holy glow

Here it's Cookie's brother Biscuit showing off his growing and glowing good looks. He was a real sad looking little guy the day I rescued him (insert) but he has grown into a real little stunner and is the cuddliest personality ever... you know the kind of cat that giggles?? He really does! I love what deep healing does to a little cat... isn't that glow almost holy?? It is to me.

And he is of course cheeky too! Last weekend he "helped" me take a few shots of a recent watercolor. Did you ever see a paw full of cheeky glee? - well here you are! LOL!!

Reassured that his paw was indeed captured in the image he graciously stepped aside for a moment... Tea and Biscuit anyone?? :-)