Back to the Museum We Go!

As you may (or may not) recall, we opened up the Musée de Bax Cat & Co. back in February as a forum where our crazy cat art can be shared with you.  The grand opening was a big first step - we don't share our art too often!  Your comments and feedback were all very positive, and we are so happy that you enjoyed your first visit!

Moments of Paws

Admittedly, this month our Etsy shop has been quiet.  The quiet month has allowed us to pause and think a lot about the shop's first year, and forward to the years ahead. 

It's so inspirational to hear from other Etsy sellers who are always looking ahead, whether to the next season, the next day, or the next year, with goals and milestones to strive for.  Although our April has been quiet, we are hopeful for more orders and new cat client interactions - we have new catnip cat toys and cat bandanas in the works!

A couple other events (in both the news and in our daily lives) have made us pause within the last week.  The message of hope, resilience, strength, and love have been abundant; these were the motivating factors behind our newest cat art today.

Our Newest Exhibit

Here it is - a tiny grey tabby cat seated atop a green mountain... with grand thoughts of love being shared as he gazes back at the viewer.  He is taking his own moment of "paws" and sharing what he thinks is important (quite frankly, we agree with him!)

ACEO card with colored pencil and marker.
Picture of grey tabby cat with heart thought bubble
Grey tabby kitten love
Another recent piece isn't cat related (Gasp!)  This red fox is sitting at the edge of his home, the forest full of birch trees.  There is something strong, serene, and wise about him as he observes us in his own moment of paws.

This is acrylic on canvas.
Picture of fox and forest
Fox forest

In Conclusion

This concludes our second trip to the museum, we hope you have enjoyed your visit!  Animals are our teachers, and we can learn a lot from them if we take a moment to "paws" and listen to them... What has an animal taught you today?

(Also, a brief unrelated note - thank you all for entering the giveaway put on by the wonderful hosts Caren & Cody.  Our two winners were chosen, and their new little catnip bird toys are in flight to their new homes as we speak!)
 

Sewing Machines...

Photo of orange cat with bandana
Coming soon - festive holiday cat bandanas!
Shortly after my last post (you know, the one that said my sewing machine was back in working order), I worked on a few sewing projects and remembered other problems the machine had.  It seems to be mad at me for leaving it dismantled for so long while waiting for the parts to come in, so now it is fighting me when I try to use it.  It looks like a tension problem, and I'll have to address it again tomorrow! 

This is definitely a sign to start looking for a new sewing machine.  Any suggestions about sewing machine brands that you love?  I have always used Singers, but have seen either really good ones, or less high quality machines (erm, like mine currently, I'd say).  My current machine will be my backup machine, but I would like something a little heavier duty to work with on a daily basis. 

People have given me lots of suggestions on Etsy.  Here are machines I need to check out (note to self: check out these brands!)
- Bernina
- Brother
- Husqvarna (this one in particular was suggested)
- Huskvarna Viking
- Janome
- Kenmore
- Necchi
- Pfaff
- Singer Confidence
- Singer (Project Runway)
- Toyota

...and here are some sites I need to look at, hopefully to find a great deal!
- Overstock / Amazon / even Craigslist, I'd say
- QVC

Hurricane Sandy...

The day after my machine was back in service, Sandy started rolling in.  It has been such an odd week because of the storm, and very reminiscent of last year's storm (almost to the exact same day as last year). 

We were left in the dark for a few days, and we are very hopeful that hard hit communities are able to rebuild safely and quickly, all while staying warm with their families and pets.  The shop was very quiet this week, which was good because we were focusing on staying safe, warm, and informed about the storm. 

Today I received the following information from the Humane Society of the United States, regarding pets affected by the storm, and ways to help them.  Here is the information.  It will be a long road ahead for many people and their pets; they can use all the help they can get.

Customer Service...

Photo of turkey cat toy
Gobble Gobble! Turkey catnip cat toy =^-^=
Something neat happened this week - we were quoted in an Etsy Blog post about customer service.  I really appreciate good customer service, and am honored to be a part of this blog post!  Here is the link to the post (click here to see it).

As you may or may not remember, I had quite an annoying customer service experience when ordering parts to fix my machine.  The flip side of that experience was a very pleasant transaction with a different parts supplier (here is the post about it!)

Throughout the power outage due to Sandy, I have been in contact with the local power company.  I noticed that the customer service reps are all fantastic - they are pleasant, and even though they didn't always have all the information I wanted (e.g. an eta wasn't available at first due to the number of outages), they were actually listening to and hearing me when I talked to them.  I am very appreciative of each rep I spoke to, and made sure to tell them that they are doing a great job.  Thank you, power company customer service reps (and crew on the streets who are working non-stop this week). 

Weekend Goals...

My shop is a bit further behind where I wanted it to be by November 1, but this weekend I plan on catching up with a couple more holiday items to list. 

Other things to do for the shop this weekend: photograph the new items, list them, promote them, order more shipping materials, re-list items that expired earlier in the year (and tweak the listings/titles/tags as needed)... As usual, I am sure more needs doing, but these few things are a good start as we get back into the swing of things. 

Hope you all doing well!  Wishing you a creativity-filled weekend!  =^-^=
 
This is going to be a quick post, but were are excited nonetheless!  The lovely Wicked Karma Jewelry featured Bax Cat & Co. on their blog today!

Please feel free to visit the writeup by clicking this link

Thank you, Wicked Karma Jewelry!  =^-^=