10 Jan

15 Beautifully Illustrated Children’s Books About Cats

I have such fond memories of my mother and grandmother reading to my brother and me. We would snuggle up on either side and listen to the same stories again and again. The illustrations were always so important, giving us ideas for future make-believe and our own masterpieces!

I was reminded of these moments by a recent baby shower request – the invitation encouraged family & friends to bring a book in lieu of a card. Since the shower was for my very first niece, I had to get a book about cats, right?? Of course. As I began looking for the perfect gift, it occurred to me that a blog post on cat-themed children books might be fun. I was right. I was transported back to a time when my favorite show was Reading Rainbow and I never doubted my artistic ability!

I hope you enjoy my finds. I’ve selected 15 children’s books that not only feature cats, but are gorgeously illustrated in collage, watercolor, pastels, among other beautiful mediums. There are several more on my Pinterest page! Tell me your favorite in the comments.

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27 Dec

50 Cat-Themed Journals & Sketchbooks for the Creative Cat Lady

I love cracking open a fresh journal at the beginning of the new year. Oh, the possibilities of that blank page! Whether you’re sketching kitties, scrapbooking memories or recording brilliant ideas, these cat-themed journals and sketchbooks will inspire you all year.

Some are handmade and designed, while others have an original illustration or painting printed on a hardbound or soft cover book. I’ve also included some beautiful notebook covers for those who like using Midori or Moleskine journals. Check out even more options on my Pinterest board.

Hopefully the variety of styles, colors and materials will get your creative juices flowing! Here’s to a great year ahead.

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