Must Love Cats . . . TONIGHT !

No more count down! Tonight is the night! 8 pm, Animal Planet !

8 pm Saturday night episode 5 of Must Love Cats

. . . Swimming Cats and Cat Fur Jewels . . .

Host and musician John Fulton, travels down the Pacific Coast Highway in search of crazy cat lovers. In Oregon he meets a woman who is on a crusade to teach kitties how to swim.

In San Francisco he visits a woman who designs jewelry out of her cat’s fur.

Thats ME! and Thats GAIA!

Gaia modeling duplicate necklace made with John Fulton.

A walk on the WILD side

A trail of paw prints . . .

Don’t miss them ! ! ! On the floor, leading the public on, under the nose and near the toes: white, iridescent, kitty cat paw prints! And where do these meandering paw prints lead the unsuspected visitor? a display of wild and quirky adornments crafted from felted cat hair! Not from any old puss, these bangles of fur, but Gaia, a purebred Ragamuffin cat!

Each spring I open my studio to the public to view metal sculpture and now, fur and steel as well. I will be standing by, showing off my new tattoo: a trail of paw prints walking up my leg, and point out that other trail, incase it was missed.

Gaia at his wildest.

AND . . . FINALLY! coming next Saturday, April 7,  8 pm—me, Gaia, and cat hair jewelry— featured on Animal Planet’s MUST LOVE CATS.

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Anderson Cooper? Who’s That?! or, things are heating up again.

YES. Anderson Cooper’s National Daytime Talk Show!

Received email . . . from Adam at Etsy, URGENT, I’ve been contacted by a producer from Anderson Cooper’s national daytime program, ANDERSON. They asked me to help get in touch with you for a potential story. If you’re interested, please let me know, and contact her ASAP! 

Of course I was interested! But me, I don’t watch much TV or cable? forget about it! And, who is this person anyway, or this show ? I had no idea. After Googling away, OK, I now know more: this IS national TV!

One little, two little, three little cat hair ornaments, off to the Big Apple!

After emails and phone calls back and forth to New York, I found myself FEDXing priority overnight, of all things—set me back $77.00!—2 necklaces and 1 pair of earrings, to be shown on the show.

I normally don’t sweat, but somehow all this was making me a tad nervous and excited at the same time. I won’t physically be on the show—John Fulton of Must Love Cats will be featured—but, as a video clip, along with 3 examples of my cat hair jewelry. Filming is for this Tuesday, air date not set yet.

Caged orbs, cat hair earrings.

Silver Puffs, cat hair necklace.

Out of this world, Zoron, cat hair necklace.

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ADVERTISE that cat hair jewelry GIRL!

The buzz has definitely slowed on cat hair jewelry.

It has been over a year since my cat hair jewelry found its way to the internet. I have a steady stream of traffic to my Etsy site, not a lot, but more than previously.

So, what to do? … Try a little advertising! I chose Catsparella. I like the site, it is all about cats and the ad won’t put me in debt. First step—revamped my Etsy site to showcase just cat hair jewelry. Then, make the ad. That was the hard. I wanted a binky ad and I never made one before. After “googling” how to make an animated image, then fooling around in Photoshop — voila! — a few hours later, I had my ad!

And the traffic? it has picked up, still not a lot, but it is a beginning!

Count Down … 52 Days … until … Must Love Cats!

Count Down … 56 Days … until … Must Love Cats!

Here we go! My segment is scheduled for April 7, 2011.

Animal Planet’s anxiously awaited Season Two, will kick off on March 10. The episode I am  in will be the third episode, and here are the highlights:

In this episode of Must Love Cats, host John Fulton travels down the Pacific Coast Highway in search of crazy cat lovers. In Oregon he meets a woman who is on a crusade to teach kitties how to swim. In San Francisco he visits a woman who designs jewelry out of her cat’s fur. He also meets some folks who host cat-hair crafting parties…just wait until you see what they can make! In Los Angeles, John takes his own two cats to an amazing hotel for felines. He also invites inventors to his apartment to show him their new contraptions for cleaning the litter box. Newlyweds who are feuding over their two cats is the next stop.  The couple just moved in together with their cats and it’s not a pretty sight. John invites a cat whisperer over to help. And finally, John drives to San Diego to visit one of the largest–and cutest–kitten shelters in the country.

Gaia modeling duplicate necklace made with John Fulton.

“Things That Make You Go Hmm”

Two weeks prior Animal Plant came calling. I mean, what else could happen?

Press Request – The TODAY Show – VERY URGENT! Another email, this time from the press team at Etsy: I am working with Bobbie Thomas on a segment for The TODAY Show called “Things That Make You Go Hmm”, tentatively scheduled for September 29, during the Kathie Lee & Hoda hour of the show. The nature of the segment is fun. It showcases quirky, unique and uncommon items that Bobbie finds in her travels as a stylist. She would *potentially* like to feature some of your work: brass SPIRALED cat hair necklace.

WOW! And, I had only a few hours to respond to this email!!!  Next day I packed up the necklace and then FedExed it 2-day air to New York. I mean, the shipping was not cheap! The following Thursday the show aired on msnbc. I don’t watch TV, let alone subscribe to cable, so I did’t get to see The Today Show live. But here is a clip that Catsparella included in its blog. Click on this link (TODAY SHOW) to view the cat hair jewelry segment of “Things That Make You Go Hmm”.

Next Up? Count down to Must Love Cats!!!

Knock Knock…Who’s there?…Animal Planet!!!


My name is Tristyn Sackmary and I’m an associate producer for the Animal Planet TV show called “Must Love Cats.” I am interested in learning more about your cat hair jewelry… I wanted to inquire to see if you would be interested in participating in our show. 

Yes I was interested!!! And August 30 was the date the crew would come to both the apartment in San Francisco and then to my art studio.

Gaia had no idea what was up. I kept it a secret from him so he would not get too nervous or too excited—he does have a habit of knowing how to steal the show! Well I was NOT OK! I was having trouble sleeping as the days grew nearer. In particular I was worried over one thing: host John Fulton and I would be making a necklace together in my studio. I decided not to leave this to chance. I worked out an idea then pre-made the pieces to save time, like they probably do on those cooking shows on TV.


THEY ARRIVED AT THE APARTMENT Boy was I nervous! I had never been filmed or on TV. And I would not see the finished product until it aired in 2012! So I made a choice, be nervous or have fun. OK, lets have FUN with this!

The whole process lasted ALL DAY! They started filming at 9:30 am and finished at 6:00 that evening. The filming method was spontaneous—no script, just improvise and deliver extemporaneously.

John Fulton wrote a song for Gaia called “Crafty Kitty.” He played it both on his guitar and on David’s piano. And Gaia was great, he was a star! So mellow and friendly even with six strangers in the house. He was brushed and held and followed around with a camera. John kept asking “what does Gaia get from this?”—referring to my use of his cat hair to make the jewelry. My response was more hall privileges! He does love to go out in that hall at least twice a day.

THEN OFF TO THE STUDIO We formed a car caravan, drove through San Francisco rush hour traffic, and luckily found parking for 3 cars in a row. There John and I “co-produced” a cat hair necklace. Then we were done. I was exhausted and drained. I was so tired I felt like a zombie. And that night I could not sleep. My mind kept processing and reprocessing that whole day over and over and over again. The whole event seemed so surreal. Did it really happen?!