Who would have thought that the spring will come so soon this year! Last time we checked, it was rainy cold weather outside and now the trees are blooming and ducks are fighting for territory at the local marina. UK, Poland and Malta are getting some serious sunshine treatment and even the Easter Holidays are getting closer and closer.
For us springtime usually means one thing: a big cleaning! Olympia is washing the windows, Rita is painting walls and doors and Mal is running errands buying presents and preparing parcels. Despite being so busy, we still found some time to prepare this special edition of Kat-a-log. Just keep on reading and you will be surprised what can be found in your own house when you open all the cupboards and closets!
If you’d like to take a look at previous entries, please use the links below to about cats featured so far:
Kat-a-log Part 1: https://cocamidemea.wordpress.com/2012/08/27/the-cat-collector-or-kat-a-log-part-1/
Kat-a-log Part 2: https://cocamidemea.wordpress.com/2012/09/07/the-cat-collector-or-kat-a-log-part-2/
Kat-a-log Part 3: https://cocamidemea.wordpress.com/2012/09/10/the-cat-collector-or-kat-a-log-part-3/
Kat-a-log Part 4: https://cocamidemea.wordpress.com/2012/11/14/the-cat-collector-or-kat-a-log-part-4/
Kat-a-log Part 5: https://cocamidemea.wordpress.com/2012/11/16/the-cat-collector-or-kat-a-log-part-5/
Kat-a-log Part 6: https://cocamidemea.wordpress.com/2012/12/03/the-cat-collector-or-kat-a-log-part-6/
Kat-a-log Part 7: https://cocamidemea.wordpress.com/2012/12/19/the-cat-collector-or-kat-a-log-part-7/
Kat-a-log Part 8: https://cocamidemea.wordpress.com/2013/01/02/the-cat-collector-or-kat-a-log-part-8/
Kat-a-log Part 9: https://cocamidemea.wordpress.com/2013/01/06/the-cat-collector-or-kat-a-log-part-9/
Kat-a-log Part 10: https://cocamidemea.wordpress.com/2013/02/14/the-cat-collector-or-kat-a-log-part-10/
Kat-a-log Part 11: https://cocamidemea.wordpress.com/2013/02/28/the-cat-collector-or-kat-a-log-part-11/
Kat-a-log Part 12: https://cocamidemea.wordpress.com/2013/03/19/the-cat-collector-or-kat-a-log-part-12/
Kat-a-log Part 13: https://cocamidemea.wordpress.com/2013/04/08/the-cat-collector-or-kat-a-log-part-13/
Kat-a-log Part 14: https://cocamidemea.wordpress.com/2013/05/03/the-cat-collector-or-kat-a-log-part-14/
Kat-a-log Part 15: https://cocamidemea.wordpress.com/2013/06/23/the-cat-collector-or-kat-a-log-part-15/
Kat-a-log Part 16: https://cocamidemea.wordpress.com/2013/06/29/the-cat-collector-or-kat-a-log-part-16/
Kat-a-log Part 17: https://cocamidemea.wordpress.com/2013/07/29/the-cat-collector-or-kat-a-log-part-17/
Kat-a-log Part 18: https://cocamidemea.wordpress.com/2013/08/22/the-cat-collector-or-kat-a-log-part-18/
Kat-a-log Part 19: https://cocamidemea.wordpress.com/2013/12/14/the-cat-collector-or-kat-a-log-part-19/
Kat-a-log Part 20: https://cocamidemea.wordpress.com/2013/12/24/the-cat-collector-or-kat-a-log-part-20/
Kat-a-log Part 21: https://cocamidemea.wordpress.com/2014/02/28/the-cat-collector-or-kat-a-log-part-21/
If you’d like to contribute anything to our kitten project, please do so! We love hearing from our readers and each tip about the figurines is greatly appreciated. After so many years of collecting, we are unable to identify the maker or simply we cannot remember how certain figure came into our hands. So far, we have received several great clues and we were able to add some truly inspiring information about artists, creators or companies who made the figures.
Please send all correspondence to: firstname.lastname@example.org We will get back to you as soon as we can.
Now, this special issue of Kat-a-log has been inspired by a friend (or rather an acquaintance) of ours who once tried to convince us that it is impossible to collect anything in the kitchen. He was sure that collecting items should be only limited to those parts of the household that are usually presented to friends or guests during official visits. A proper way he said, would be to have an entire collection displayed in a showcase in living room under lock and key. He made an exception for stamps or coins which, according to his words, could be kept in special containers on shelves in bedrooms or even under the bed. But how on earth can you have a full collection in the kitchen? He even attempted to laugh at us by suggesting that there are maybe people out there who collects plates or spoons but they cannot be serious, right? Who in their right mind would be collecting plates??
Well, we love proving people wrong. There is nothing more satisfying in the whole wide world than watching people’s faces drop as you kill their silly arguments with few easy examples. You don’t even have to try hard – it took us 15 minute on Google to find several British societies dedicated to decorative plates collectors and several big auctions on Ebay specializing in silver spoons. You have to be pretty rich to collect those, we tell you! Some beautiful items were being auctioned off for thousands of pounds.
Collecting cats seems to be quite an inexpensive hobby it seems!
Another battle won, but the situation has got us thinking. People in general know so little about their own family members/friends/co-workers/other relations that they are incapable of telling what their hobbies are. Even worse, when they discover something by accident, they simply belittle the collection or interest by branding it childish, silly or immature. In reality people can collect anything: postcards, vinyl records, Daleks (Robert Hull from Doncaster is the Guinness World Record holder for the biggest Dalek collection in existence), porcelain plates, cutlery, dolls, stamps, beer coasters and chocolate wrappings! Every collector should be able to enjoy their hobbies without guilt trips, name calling or having to resort to silence and secrecy. Olympia is very open about her hobby and doesn’t care what others think but it takes a lot of self esteem and dedication.
So, for the first time in Kat-a-log history we are opening the doors to our kitchen and present you with a unique collection within a collection – a small selection of feline inspired cups, mugs and tea pots!
Kat-a-log Feline no. 90
Three sides of a cat: It’s 5 o’clock somewhere, Kitty in a cup and Time for a tea
Country of origin: France, bought as a gift in 2011
Yay! We hit the big 90! This lovely bone china porcelain teapot with a tea cup has been in Olympia’s possession since December 2011. A gift from Rita’s former co-worker, the pot has been purchased on a ferry traveling between Dover and Calais. Before going on a short city break to France, she promised to bring a cat souvenir so it could be featured on the blog. However the promise soon became a real burden as the poor girl had serious troubles finding any cat figurines at all. Paris is usually a cat friendly place, but this time all figurines and sculptures were gone and the friend grew desperate. In her last attempt to keep her word, she purchased a teapot with big fluffy black and white cat painted on it and brought it back with her to Hereford. Giving it to Rita she was quite displeased with the whole experience and vowed to take it back if we didn’t like it.The porcelain teapot has won our hearts straight away and it became a beautiful Christmas present for our mom. It has “Paws for Tea” written around the cap and two Miaows near the handle and sprout. It was been made by Price and Kensington company, now part of Rayware Limited. According to official stats it weights 662 g and the catalog number is 0057.281.
P&K official website: https://www.facebook.com/PriceKensington
P&K Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PriceKensington
Buy your own here: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Price-Kensington-Paws-For-Tea-Cat/dp/B0045IKZC6
Kat-a-log Feline no. 91
Two sides of a cat: Mocha Dominquez and Pawprint
Country of origin: UK, bought as a gift in Tallinn in 2009
This superb collector mug designed excursively for British/American company Lang and Wise Fine Gifts in 2004 has been bought in Tallinn, the capitol of Estonia by two of Malicia’s co-workers who spent their holidays there in winter 2009. They found the mug in a small store close to British embassy and thought that this was an excellent opportunity to present her with an unique cat related gift(the price was 10 pounds). The picture on the mug is part of an original painting by American artist Lowell Herrero entitled “Mocha Dominquez”. The mug is exactly 4 inches tall, perfect for hot chocolate and has a lovely paw print inside. If you are interested in details, the mug’s official Lang and Wise catalog number is 0501049 (LH#17).
Lowell Herrero’s official website: http://www.lowellherrero.com
Official Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lowell.herrero
Lang and Wise official website: http://www.lang.com
Lang’s Official Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thelangcompany
Lowell at Lang’s website: http://www.lang.com/collections/lowell-herrero.html
Kat-a-log Feline no. 92
Two sides of a cat: Mirror match and Twin cats
Country of origin: Poland, bought by Olympia in July 2012
Many cat figurines from Olympia’s collection come from far away countries like Israel, Malta, UK or Estonia or from different continents even (Australia, Hong Kong or Japan) but mug number three (or Kat-a-log feline number 92 if you prefer) didn’t have to travel far at all. You see, Olympia found this little gem in a local supermarket store and decided to treat herself. The distance between her kitchen and the store is less than 1 mile! This proves that sometimes you don’t have to look far to find a spectacular item for your collection. This strange looking mug is known as Twin cats and has been made by Ravi Prestige in 2010, Polish gift and home ware company. Since 2012, the company has changed its name to Ravi Limited and now has two major ranges of products : Ravi Simple Solution (cleaning and packaging) and Ravi Decor (home ware).
Kat-a-log Feline no. 93
Four sides of a cat: High Rise Cat, I’m Blue, My name is Yellow and How may I serve?
Country of origin: Poland, received as part of payment in 2010
Rita officially admits: she is responsible for bringing this huge Ravi Prestige coffee mug home in late May 2010 from Katowice. She has just returned from a 4 month delegation abroad and she didn’t have any loose change on her. Please remember that Poland is the only country in the world where the store might run out of coins and they will happily inform you at the till that they are not able to give you all your money back. Yes you have heard it right, we got used to it somehow but the foreigners are quite shocked when that happens to them. Anyway, usually the store lacks some tiny coins like one penny so you just wave it off and leave the store one penny poorer. What happened on that lovely hot day was, the store clerk admitted that it was too hot for her to go look for a change and asked Rita is she would like to chose something from the store that cost exactly 8 PLN (about 2 pounds). Being in a hurry, Rita grabbed the mug and was on her way home reflecting upon the idiocy of this sad affair. Nonetheless, Olympia had a good laugh about it all and kept the mug. And they all lived together happily ever after (minus Rita who decided to move out to some normal country). The End.
Kat-a-log Feline no. 94
Two sides of a cat: Let’s hunt and Little tiger
Country of origin: Poland, bought as a gift in 2009
Kat-a-log feline number 94 arrived into Olympia’s hands in late October 2009. It was an early birthday gift for Rita from one of her co-workers named Suzanna. Sue is a big animal lover and in her spare time works as a volunteer in local animal shelter. This fantastically cute dolomite tea mug was made by Polish company SABA around 2007 and sadly is not longer available through their shop. It has been hand painted and covered with two varnish layers for extra protection and some serious shine. The mug is part of Colorful Animal series and is designed for kids, but what the heck, adults might enjoy them as well!
Please visit SABA’s official page at: http://sabakatowice.nazwa.pl/sabakatowice/web/
Colorful Animal series can be found here: http://sabakatowice.nazwa.pl/sabakatowice/web/produkt/2/515
Saba on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/SABA-Sp-z-oo/447622035269567
Kat-a-log Feline no. 95
Three sides of a cat: My contented cat, My cuddly cat and My sad cat
Country of origin: UK, bought as a gift in March 2013
Rita’s favorite tea mug! This absolutely delightful white porcelain mug comes from the award winning Contented Pets series made by English company Rayware. Rita found it in Tesco in Gloucester while shopping and she had to add it to her cart. We can see some readers’ faces at this moment. Tesco? Yes, indeed. Sometimes we are being asked why we put such information online and the answer is always they same – because this is what happened and that’s how we found a certain item. Buying in Tesco isn’t probably glamorous but they have a very nice selection of mugs and home ware that are of top quality. If you come across something you like, just buy it and don’t regret it, that’s our philosophy. You do not have to pay lots of money to enjoy a truly wonderful present. The price was about 4 pounds and we are more than happy to tell you when we got it from. Contented pets series can be found in many other stores including Marks and Spencer Home, Amazon, Very.co.uk and Ebay.
The mug weights about 400 g, is 4.25″ tall with a 3″ diameter and contains 12oz (about 340 ml).
Official website: http://www.reyware.co.uk
Kat-a-log Feline no. 96
Four sides of a cat: Morning coffee, Upside down, Happy happy cat and Fish-bone for tea
Country of origin: unknown, bought as a gift in January 2012
In direct contrast to previous mugs presented above, Kat-a-log feline number 96 is a bit of a (silent) enigma to us. We do not know where it was made and by whom. The most believable theory is, it was made in China and then bought by Polish company named PERFEKT. Perfekt Limited are not the makers, they are distributor of various gifts and kitchen ware from Asia to European Union and their logo has been pressed at the bottom of the mug. This is a standard procedure among Chinese producers – European or American clients are choosing items from a catalog and the Chinese company adds their client’s logos or name to the products before shipping it to where the items will be sold. It is a bit sad that we are unable to tell you who the real maker is or that we do not even know the name of the artist. If you know Polish, you are free to visit the website of the Polish company who brought this cute cat collection to us: http://perfekt.co/page1.php
Kat-a-log Feline no. 97
Five sides of a cat: Meow Part 1 ,2 ,3, 4 and5
Country of origin: China, bought as a gift in May 2013
A real panorama of cats! The last mug in today’s special edition of Kat-a-log has a very similar history to that of number 96. All we really know is this super cute mug has been made in China and traveled all the way to Poland where Rita and her dad found it in a supermarket and thought it will be a great way to cheer Olympia up. at that time, Rita was awaiting thyroid operation and Olympia was very afraid. We can proudly report that Rita is now perfectly healthy and Olympia loves to drink cappuccino from this very mug and purrs like a real cat each time she is given one (especially chocolate and vanilla flavored). If anybody from our dear readers knows the real maker please send us a line!
Kat-a-log Feline no. 98 and 99
Two sides of a cat: Catalog and Dinner at Tiffany’s
Country of origin: UK, given as a gift in 2013
We had teapots, cups and collection of mugs already. Do you know what’s missing? Tea towels!! Olympia decided that since she runs a cat friendly kitchen (in a cat friendly household) she needs to add some cat related accessories. the tea towel have been bough by Rita in April 2013 in Hereford in her favorite cooking shop called Cook Mate. Sadly the owners of this small business retired and the store has been closed. But before their doors have been closed forever, Rita managed to sneak in and found two puurfect tea-towels. We decided to put the two items together but each will receive a separate Kat-a-log number.
Number 98: the tea towel has been designed by Helen L Smith, a widely known artist that makes wonderful comical illustration about our beloved pets. The illustration is called Catalogue of Cats (how appropriate!) and the tea towel has been made by McCaw Allan. The tea towel number is 781U.
Helen L Smith’s Official website can be found at: http://www.helen-l-smith.co.uk
Catalog picture can be seen here: http://www.helen-l-smith.co.uk/Tea_Towels/files/page5-1003-full.htmlMCCaw Allan McCaw Allan website is available at: http://www.mccaw-allan.com/#!tea-towels/masterpage_2
Number 99: This cotton tea towel is entitled “Kittie’s Dinner” and has been made by Samuel Lamont Group – Northern Ireland. Like the previous tea towel, it measures exactly 78 cm x 48 cm and weights about 120 grams. Its unique number is B0529. Both towels have been on the market since 2012.
Samuel Lamont Official website: http://www.samuellamont.co.uk/
You can see both tea towels in the official company’s catalogue at:
Well kids, another great update to Kat-a-log project is now done!
Please keep visiting as we will have another issue of your favorite cat magazine just before the Easter!
Have a great day,
Olympia, Rita and Malicia Dabrowicz