You meowed about our art, and we listened!

We love exploring museums, and this last week were able to visit a museum we had never been to before.  Imagine how much fun a museum would be for the cats to play in?!  The curators (and maybe some artists, too) would probably frown on the idea though, so the cats stayed home.

In our last post, we included an image of an orange tabby observing a field of flowers... and then yesterday on Twitter, we posted a couple other ACEO drawings that came out of our furry minds when our paws met the paper.  Today, for your ease and viewing pleasure, here is our curated mini-mewseum of the cat art we have made since opening our shop. 

Your cats are welcome at our Bax Cat & Co. museum!  Heck, you can even visit the museum shop after your visit to give your cat a new fun creation!  Gather your furry feline friends around, and enjoy your stay at our first exhibit at the Musée de Bax Cat & Co!
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Orange tabby cat observing a field of flowers ~ Colored pencil and markers ~ 2012
We love flowers, cats, and colors!  This cat is just taking a moment out of his busy day to reflect on the field of fantastic flowers. 

As you know, the Olympics were in London in 2012.  This inspired our next to creations.  First... tabby cats in lots of colors with the simple word "CAT" underneath them.  We draw because we love it, and these guys came out so simple, but they have a certain charm to them in their little smiling faces that we hope you enjoy =^-^=
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Colorful grinning tabby cats ~ markers ~ 2012
Once again inspired by the London vibe brought on by the hoopla of the Olympics, here is a Union Jack made mostly with pop art cat heads throughout - red, white, and mew!  This is perfect for the cat-loving Anglophile indeed.
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Pop art cat Union Jack ~ Colored pencil and markers ~ 2012

Months later, new cat art is here

The images above were in our shop, but when they expired we didn't renew them.  Perhaps because they weren't priced well?  Perhaps because we thought no one likes our art as much as we do!

The next two pieces are the ones we posted yesterday on Twitter and received such nice comments about.  These make us happy, and it's very nice to know that other people enjoyed seeing them as well!

These are both ACEO sized, so they're pretty mini, but that makes them all the more adorable and happy in our eyes. 

First up... what does your cat think about?  Maybe this?  Who knows!  The swirls add a movement that all of our cats have - they never want to sit still (unless they are napping for hours on end, of course).  Enjoy.
Orange tabby cat art
Orange tabby cat thoughts / dreams ~ Colored pencil and markers ~ ACEO ~ 2013
At the end of a loooong nap, a delicious meal, or hours of running around the house, it's definitely going to be time to clean your paws.  Here's a cute orange tabby doing just that, against a backdrop of colorful flowers.
Orange tabby cat art with flowers
Orange tabby cat bath with flowers ~ Colored pencil and markers ~ ACEO ~ 2013
Thank you for visiting our first art installation at Musée de Bax Cat & Co.  It's difficult to share our art, but by putting one paw in front of the next, we can become more brave, more confident, and keep creating cat art to share with you!

Thanks for looking, hopefully this made you smile; this post has been quite enjoyable to curate (did we mention how much we -love- museums and art?  It's true!) The future will bring many more installations of our cat art from Bax Cat & Co... and who knows, maybe someday it will be available in our Etsy shop.  One paw at a time =^-^=
Sometimes the best way to get over a creative block is by walking away for a bit, until your brain is refreshed.  Other times, the best way is by just... starting!  I have been facing a creative wall for about a week (my creative juices became frozen with the dropping temps this winter)... low motivation, lacking the desire to sew.  I don't even know why; sewing is fun, and I like the whole process from beginning to end, through when a cat somewhere in the world gets to enjoy a cat toy I made! 

So... why couldn't I just start to sew?  I don't know!  I recognized, however, that it is ok!  I didn't lose my love for the creative process, my brain was just telling me that it needed a break.  I have a lot to think about in this new year with the shop.  Now that it is more than a year old, I need to nurture it, market it, continue to reach out to its target audience, and continue to spread the word.  Maybe the big picture items assisted with the wall I was facing? 

Maybe I was subconsciously comparing myself to other shops that have a million more sales than me?  Maybe I was just having a tiring week, and sewing didn't feel like something I wanted to tackle, so I stepped back from it.
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Celtic inspired green fabric I worked with today
All true artists, whether they know it or not, create from a place of no-mind, from inner stillness.  ~Eckhart Tolle
Maybe the world was getting in the way of my inner stillness!  That makes sense.  Today I finally relaxed, and became extremely motivated to go to the art cave (my sewing space, which doesn't look like a cave at all!).  I worked for a couple hours on sewing, cutting, pinning, and prepping lots of new items with two new fabrics that I bought.  I even moved the fox toy along a bit more, since I now have black felt for his ears, tail, and paws.  It was a glorious jolt of energy, and it reminded me that is really is ok to jump in and START the sewing/creative process, because sometimes that is the best way to get over the creative wall that likes to get in my way from time to time.

Heck, I'm on such a roll today that I'm back to write this entry here!  Hi to my fun blog, I'm sorry to have been neglecting you in my creative block week! 
“Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.”  ~Pablo Picasso
Now if you'll excuse me, I am going to draw something.  Perhaps a cat?  I would love to bring cat art to my shop again (had a few drawings up several months ago), but it's something I am hesitant to share with people.  I've never really taken an art class, but I really enjoy drawing/creating onto paper and would love to share that with people who enjoyed it! 

In other news...

The shop is slowly but surely being re-branded!  We have a new Etsy shop banner (which can be seen here), new custom listing graphics for the shop (I don't have any in use right now, but they are cute!), and new "Thank You" graphic (as seen in yesterday's blog post). 

There is also a new adorable avatar, but I am very partial to the one that I already use for the shop (a photo of our orange tabby friend); this is what we use for all of our other networks, too (Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest).  People are very happy about this photo, so I don't plan on changing it to the adorable new avatar graphic (although I really appreciate the time the designer took to make it, and maybe I'll change my mind in the future, who knows). 
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The shop's other adorable avatar option
Along these same branding lines, I need to re-visit my business plan now that we have a full year under our furry belts.  I would also like to get matching business cards to bring everything together (and stickers for packaging!)  These are the big picture items that are dancing through my head lately, and they will be worked on piece by piece until they are completed! 

I really want this business to be a success, and we all work hard on it every day, even if no items are being sewn one day or another.  Let's not forget marketing either: I will be reaching out to different cat blogs, cat networks, and any other cat avenue I can think of to spread the word about my furry mission. 
Lots to do, but I am looking forward to it, in spite of any creative wall I may face in the future, or have face in the past.  It is all part of the creative process, and I love every second of it.  I hope you have a creative and art-filled week... I certainly will! =^-^=
Picture of orange tabby in flower field
Orange tabby in a flower field =^-^=

Thank you

We just wanted to extend the gratitude of the Bax Cat & Co. team for all of your support in our furry journey!  Don't worry, although we haven't been posting the last couple weeks on here, we are still here! 

Some weeks we face lulls, other weeks we are so busy we focus all of our energy on creating orders... but through it we remain positive knowing that there is a cat (or cats!) at the end of our hard work who will start to purr when he/she plays with his/her new toy, wears a new bandana, or sleeps on a new mat that we made. 

Although we haven't been around the blogosphere in the last couple weeks, please know that we appreciate your support, and we look forward to many more happy cats and their humans!  Love creating for and working with you all, human and cat alike =^-^= 
(...and not completely wordless!)
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Valentine's Day heart toys shipped off to some happy kitties
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Organizational bins maximize our catnip toy making process =^-^=
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Bulletin board organization helps us stay focused when making cat toys
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Purple bunnies fabric
Picture of green Celtic fabric
Green Celtic inspired fabric
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New fabric for our cat toys