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// designosaur collaboration out now!

Meow! If you follow me on Instagram and Facebook you’ll know that yesterday me and designosaur released our little limited edition collaboration we’ve been working on!
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe result of our collab is two bags which are kind of insane but I love them. As they might not be what you were expecting from us, I thought I’d share some of the inspiration and process behind them…

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASo about a year ago it was first suggested between us that we should get together to make something; but we wanted to make something a little different. designosaur are known of course for being laser cut jewellery designers (check out their shop here) and I am known for making things with cats on. We wanted to incorporate both of these things but also mix it up a bit. The idea was to make a clutch bag that incorporated laser cut elements, and that’s how it began.
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe next part took a loooooong time. Not because we are lazy, but actually the opposite! We are both super busy all of the time with our etsy shops and other jobs, and craft fairs, and Christmas and pop-up shops and the Brighton Etsy team that a million things got in the way! We had a joint Pinterest board that we would pin inspiration to, but apart from that it took several months to get ideas onto paper for what we would actually make. So what were our inspirations? It’s amazing really because we both have pretty similar taste. We both love the 90s, pastel colours, clear acrylic, emojis, fast food, faux fur, glitter… the list goes on. We also knew of course we HAD to include CATS and DINOSAURS!
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAEverything started coming together and I made lots and lots of illustrations that I then turned into fabric. We chose a sweet pastelly-mint-teal with white illustrations for a cotton lining which features in all the bags, and a purple colour-pop faux suede for the purses. We knew we also wanted a fun faux fur in a pastel colour, so found this amazing luxury long-pile fabric which is so soft and lovely for the clutch bag. Karli and Jaq then turned my illustrations into acrylic charms (I don’t know how they do it! Magic!) in sweet clear pastel shades with etched details, and I got to sewing! The main thing that you need to know about this is that my flat is now covered in a layer of pastel pink fur from cutting into the fabric. It’s nice but not when it gets in your mouth/guts.
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAEach clutch bag has 14 laser cut and etched acrylic charms! 13 of them are individually hand sewn into the fur, and then one is on the zipper. As you can see all of our favourite things feature… cats, dinosaurs, burgers, bones, pizza, aliens, little angry faces. I love them! I also convinced designosaur to make this ring from the bone illustration. It doesn’t really fit with I like CATS or probs designosaur but I don’t care cos I LOVE it. I’ve worn mine pretty constantly since I got it.
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe other fun thing about this collab is that all orders come with a free sheet of stickers we designed to go with the collection!
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASo there’s the story! And I’d love to know what you think! Maybe it wasn’t what you were expecting but I hope you’ll still love them ! Everything is super limited edition, and you’ll find them both in my shop here and designosaur‘s here.

YAY!

Toby =^._.^=

// Little Birdy x I like CATS collaboration

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I’ve recently been working with Bristol based porcelain artist Little Birdy for a collaborative collection of brooches, pendants and figurines. Each piece has been hand sculpted by Little Birdy based on my illustrations, and then hand painted by me. They are SO CUTE and I can’t wait for the collab to launch in my Etsy shop tomorrow. Here’s a little look at some of the pieces that will be for sale…

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThere are just 20 pieces available in this first collection. All of the figurines are completely one of a kind, and there are just a few of each brooch and necklace.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThese two white cats are probably my favourites from the collection, they both have little golden toes and feature two of my signature markings for their fur. Secretly I’m hoping they get bought together as a set as they look so sweet together!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAPushmepullyous alpacas are one of Little Birdy’s most popular designs (and they’re what bought us together, after I bought one from her late last year), so I was thrilled that the collection could include a pushmepullyou cat! It is so sweet, and has little golden toes and ears, with a floral design on their fur. There is just one of these available – there was 2 but one of them was damaged in the making and then I couldn’t bear to part with it. Sorry!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThis decorative spoon is so special and lovely! I love how the gold looks, and I decided to keep decoration quite minimal on this one, mainly adding polka dot accents.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThere are 4 of these pendants available, they are just too cute!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThere are two floral cats available, each one slightly different. This is the bigger of the two, i like how sturdy these ones are, they’re a really pleasing shape! You may have seen my ‘Sad floral cat’ illustrations and lino prints in the past – well these are the Happy floral cat versions!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAnd here’s the smaller of the Happy floral cats!

So excited for the launch, as you can see everything is super limited edition so be sure to set an alarm for 7pm tomorrow when everything goes live in my Etsy shop! Not featured in this post; brooches and a very lovely hanging planter!

// Big Clearout Sale starts this weekend!

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With so many new exciting projects coming up – including two collaborations plus lots of new products – I thought it was time to go through some of my old stock to make way for the new. To this end I am having a big clearout sale in my Etsy shop this weekend, starting on Saturday 17th January. Here’s a little preview of some of the items you will find at bargain prices!

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Furry Cat Cases

I used to make these in 2013, but when my style changed a bit I stopped making them even though I loved making them and they were always popular (once someone ordered five of them in one go!). They’re all fully lined and have those little green eyes attached. The ears are hand knitted. I used to sell them for £15 but they will be £6 in the sale.

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Furry Cat Purses

A coin purse version of the bigger furry cases; these were also really popular and most people found them pretty funny. The ones I have left for the sale are all slightly wonky and I’ll be selling them for just £3 each! I used to sell them for £8.

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Fabric cases and coin purses

These cases are made using original I like CATS fabric which I designed in 2013. I have new fabric designs coming this year, so these all have to go to make room! Previously sold for £15, the cases will be just £6. The coin purses will be just £3; previously sold for £8. They are all fully lined with a middle layer of felt for extra support and durability. The cases come with a contrast fabric on the back.

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Original paintings and drawings

This is an amazing chance to own one of my original paintings or drawings! All of the ones for sale are postcard size (in fact they have the standard postcard back, so you could buy one to send to a friend!), and each one is unique. This is probably the only chance you will ever have to buy my original artwork for just £10 each!

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Lino prints

I made these limited edition hand printed Lino prints last year and never got around to listing them. Based on my ‘Sad Floral Cat’ design, each print has a unique hand painted water colour background. I only have a few and they are just £12 each (would usually be around £25).

Seen something you like? Don’t forget to visit the I like CATS shop this weekend to bag a bargain!  I only have a few of each item so make sure you don’t miss out! I might even have a few more things to add so keep your eyes peeled!

Toby xoxox

// 500 Etsy Sales!

This weekend I was super happy to pass 500 sales in my Etsy shop! It’s such a great feeling knowing that people really like my products and actually want to buy them too!

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Looking back to this time last year (when I had only 31 sales!) it’s amazing to see how much my brand has grown in 12 months. I want to say a big thank you to anyone who has ever bought anything from me (whether via Etsy or at a market) and supported my shop!

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As a celebration I’m running a giveaway via Instagram and Facebook. Head over to my pages to enter for a chance to win a big prize bundle worth almost £50!

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Toby xo

 

// GRAB BAGS!

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This weekend I’m having a grab bag sale!

To make room for new designs and new products, I’ve put together some large and extra large lucky dip packages, each with a huge value of items for a tiny price!

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The large grab bags will be just £10 with over £40 of I like CATS goodies inside, including…

1 x Cat case made from I like CATS original design fabric – Usually £12
1 x Hand painted wooden brooch – Usually £8
1 x Pair of hand drawn cat earrings – Usually £8
1 x hand knitted cat face brooch – Usually £6
1 x Coin purse Fluffy OR made from I like CATS original design fabric – Usually £6.50
1 x I like CATS badge – Usually £1

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The extra large grab bags will be just £20 with over £60 of I like CATS goodies inside, including a fluffy pencil/make-up case, which will never be made again!

1 x Fluffy Cat pencil/make-up case – Usually £15
1 x Cat case made from I like CATS original design fabric – Usually £12
1 x Hand painted wooden brooch – Usually £8
1 x Pair of hand drawn cat earrings – Usually £8
1 x hand knitted cat face brooch – Usually £6
1 x Coin purse made from I like CATS original design fabric – Usually £6.50
1 x I like CATS badge – Usually £1
1 x Pair of hand drawn googly eye hair slides – Usually £4.50

The grab bags will be available this Saturday from 10am, with only five large and four extra large packages available, be quick or be disappointed!

Better still you can get £5 towards your order FREE if you are new to Etsy! Sign up via this link to take advantage of this offer!

 

// EASTER MARKET ROUND-UP

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Here’s a little look at what I got up to a couple of weekends ago when I attended my first craft markets of the year!
On the Saturday I was at the lovely Fairy Tale Fair in Brighton. This was my fifth time at the fair, and it’s always a great day out! I saw lots of my crafty pals like Georgia from Cheap Frills and Emily from Retro Violet, Claire from Cat a Cake Creations and Claire from Yellow Bear Wares.


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I had the biggest piece of cake EVER, and ended up abandoning my stall so I could hang out with this cute pup Ruby! Thanks for the pictures Georgia!

On Sunday I headed into Peckham for the awesome Crafty Fox market! I love selling at CF because it always has the BEST things there to look at.

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It’s almost a good thing that I was there by myself with no one to help with the stall because it meant I wasn’t able to go and buy ALL THE THINGS. I did still manage to pick up these awesome cards by Laura Callaghan though…

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And also got to drool over my favorite cat jewellery designer Rosa‘s iridescent amazingness…

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I wish I’d taken a better picture… I have this necklace in the black glitter version, I loooove it.

This year I’m doing a very select number of fairs, so if you have your eye on something head to my etsy shop. You can use WELIKECATS for a 10% discount on everything when you spend £10 or more.

// SPRING MARKETS 2014

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Some big work deadlines have meant I’ve been a little quiet lately, so I thought I would let you know what else I have been preparing for!

I have two upcoming spring markets, both taking place next weekend (Saturday 12/13th April)

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Once again I will be returning to the fantastic Fairy Tale Fair which is always one of the most fun fairs to take part in. Alongside all of the brilliant stalls selling handmade goodies there’s loads for all the family to do, with a pop-up tearoom selling delicious lunches, cakes and refreshments (this will be run by Rosehip who were there at Christmas too, and kept my belly and eyes very happy with their whimiscal menu), an amazing facepainter (there for the big kids too!) and musical entertainment. I’m really looking forward to seeing all of my crafty pals again including Cat-a-cake creations (who is also the fair organiser), Cheap Frills, Retro Violet, and Yellow Bear Wares, amongst many others!

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On Sunday I shall be London bound to once again sell at the Peckham Crafty Fox Market. I’m really excited about this as the one I did at Christmas was definitely a highlight of my 2013 markets! Crafty Fox is taking place over 2 weekends both in Peckham and Brixton, with different sellers on each day. With me on the 13th you’ll find the likes of Katze Shop by Rosa Pietsch and Ooh La Lapin.

At both fairs I will have my usual selection of cat gifts including my cards, iPhone cases, hand drawn earrings and necklaces, rings and hand sewn cases.These are also available to buy from my Etsy shop HERE.

I won’t be doing a huge amount of markets this year, so do be sure to catch me while you can!