Below are answers to questions I asked Cynthia, the creator of these amazing pins.
Question: What inspired you to start making the cat pins?
Answer: I have a great love of animals and am especially intrigued by cats and their many personalities.
Question: How long have you been making them?
Answer: I started creating the cat pins and other cat related art in the 80's as an expression of this [being intrigued by cats and their many personalities]. In addition to the cat pins I made dolls, wood pull toys, and cloth stuffed cats. Later I embellished antique purses and tote bags with cats and their crazy cat ladies. I wanted to be a stay at home mom when my children were small and was able to make extra money for the family, express myself creatively, and best of all not leave my children. My children are in college now and I have a full time job outside of the home so I don't have as much time to devote to my creative side anymore. I stopped making the pins and other cat items for several years and have recently started again.
Question: On average, how long does it take to make each pin?
Answer: It takes several hours to complete a cat person pin, some of the styles take longer. I put a great deal of care into each one. I have several different series, such as clowns, ballerinas, sweaters, ballroom, mermaids, puffy pants, coats and many others.
Question: Are your own cats inspirations for the pins?
Answer: My own cats as well as other cats are inspiration for the pins. I also am inspired by color and texture and like to use combinations of both when designing new costumes for the cat people. My etsy shop is called House of Hushie in honor and memoriam of my beloved cat Hushiepie.
Cat pins are not the only handmade items in Cynthia's delightful shop. Check out the House Of Hushie Etsy Shop for more great items.