GhostKitties

Ghost Kitties: Custom Cat Memorial Dolls

Kelowna, Canada · 16 Sales

GhostKitties

Ghost Kitties: Custom Cat Memorial Dolls

Kelowna, Canada 16 Sales On Etsy since 2010

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Announcement   MEOW! I AM ON MATERNITY LEAVE UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE---I HAVE LEFT MY SHOP OPEN FOR BROWSING THANKS FOR LOOKING... MEOW!

GHOST KITTIES ON DISPLAY IN THE WILLIAM S. BURROUGHS HOUSE IN LAWRENCE, KANSAS! See http://realitystudio.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=2255***
Ghost Kitties are hand-stitched felt dolls memorializing kitties that have departed this world. I started creating GhostKitties in memory of my own deceased cats and now I can make them for your beloved ones too (for a background of GhostKitties see http://www.catsparella.com/2011/03/ghostkitties-custom-memorial-dolls-for.html).

The GhostKitties for sale in my shop are custom made, hand-stitched felt dolls. Each one is a unique caricature, created to order based on my interpretation of a photograph of your kitty and a kitty personality questionnaire. I will hand stitch your cat's name, birth/death dates, and the photograph you provide of your kitty on your memorial. I sign each of my creations with the initials M.T.

A cat lover who had her beloved kitty Tbeara memorialized said the following about her GhostKitties doll, "OH MY…he is gorgeous…I love him!!! I even loved the netting he was wrapped in…He has golden eyes, YES…and little front toothese….and wings…he has wings ….and he has his name on him…and he is big…and he is signed…and and and …did I say I LOVE him?… He is perfect...”.

I also create Celebrity Cat Memorials--check out my CELEBRITY CATS shop section!

Check out the GhostKitties video at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0DslCcwnxj4

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Last updated on Aug 26, 2016

MEOW! I AM ON MATERNITY LEAVE UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE---I HAVE LEFT MY SHOP OPEN FOR BROWSING THANKS FOR LOOKING... MEOW!

GHOST KITTIES ON DISPLAY IN THE WILLIAM S. BURROUGHS HOUSE IN LAWRENCE, KANSAS! See http://realitystudio.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=2255***
Ghost Kitties are hand-stitched felt dolls memorializing kitties that have departed this world. I started creating GhostKitties in memory of my own deceased cats and now I can make them for your beloved ones too (for a background of GhostKitties see http://www.catsparella.com/2011/03/ghostkitties-custom-memorial-dolls-for.html).

The GhostKitties for sale in my shop are custom made, hand-stitched felt dolls. Each one is a unique caricature, created to order based on my interpretation of a photograph of your kitty and a kitty personality questionnaire. I will hand stitch your cat's name, birth/death dates, and the photograph you provide of your kitty on your memorial. I sign each of my creations with the initials M.T.

A cat lover who had her beloved kitty Tbeara memorialized said the following about her GhostKitties doll, "OH MY…he is gorgeous…I love him!!! I even loved the netting he was wrapped in…He has golden eyes, YES…and little front toothese….and wings…he has wings ….and he has his name on him…and he is big…and he is signed…and and and …did I say I LOVE him?… He is perfect...”.

I also create Celebrity Cat Memorials--check out my CELEBRITY CATS shop section!

Check out the GhostKitties video at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0DslCcwnxj4

Miss Tiffany Balles

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Miss Tiffany Balles

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Victoria Howard

Victoria Howard on Nov 17, 2015

5 out of 5 stars

I am a repeat customer, and I can't say enough great things about Tiffany and her art! she captures the essence of my beloved animals, and brings them back to life. I have purchased 5 of these sculptures, and will continue to do so in future. She's the best!

rats4scrappin

rats4scrappin on Apr 30, 2015

5 out of 5 stars

I have three of these, and I was so happy to see the pictures when this one was done. This is an amazing way to remember special kitties, and her artwork is always brings a smile to my face. She is so nice to work with too! She'll make sure you love your Ghost Kitty as much as she does. I'm so happy with my Lilith "Ghost Kitty".

rats4scrappin

rats4scrappin on Mar 11, 2015

5 out of 5 stars

This is a work of art. There's so much detail in the stitching, and she was so great to work with to get my Ghost Kitty perfect. I highly recommend Ghost Kitties to anyone who's lost a cat. Shipping was quick, and I absolutely love this Ghost Kitty. I'm going to get one done for my other cat as well.

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About

The Ghost Kitties Project

When a cat dies the hurt is deep... we mourn not only the loss of our beloved familiar but also the epoch in our lives that the cat represents. This is the idea behind the Ghost Kitties project, which I embarked on about 8 years ago. I wanted to re-connect with the cats I had loved throughout my life, and almost by magic, I suddenly found myself making felt kitty dolls for all my dead cats! I tried to capture each cat's unique personality and characteristics. The first Ghost Kitty I created was in memory of Meats, the cat I had when I was around 7 years old. He was a sweet grey tabby who froze the tips of his ears off one horribly cold winter. The Meats Ghost Kitty has mangled ears. The BJ Ghost Kitty has two heads because he had a very nasty side to his personality as well as a sweet one. Soon friends and family were asking me to make memorials for their cats. Opening my Etsy shop seemed like the next step!

GHOST KITTIES PROCESS
When you order a Ghost Kitty on Etsy, I'll ask you to fill out a kitty personality questionnaire and provide a photograph (or several) of your cat, so I can get to know you beloved. The photograph is sewn on the front of your Ghost Kitty memorial. I often sew additional photos on the back of the memorial or add other personal touches. Any stories or information about your feline you choose to share is very welcome. Some people choose to send me ashes or fur or other mementos to sew inside the doll. Each doll is entirely hand-stitched and takes time to make...the whole time I'm stitching I have a photograph of the kitty before me and I'm mediating on the cat's character. I think this really brings the Ghost Kitties to life!

WILLIAM S. BURROUGHS GHOST KITTIES PROJECT
As a labor of love, I created Ghost Kitties in honor of Beat writer and cat lover extraordinaire William S. Burroughs (WSB). WSB surrounded himself with feline companions while living in Lawrence, Kansas in the 80s and 90s. In the end, WSB found love through his cats. In his final journal entry, Burroughs proclaimed: “Only thing can resolve conflict is love, like I felt for Fletch and Ruski, Spooner and Calico. Pure love. What I feel for my cats present and past” (Last Words, James Grauerholz, Ed., Grove Press, 2000, p.253). I created Ghost Kitties for Fletch, Ruski, Spooner, Calico Jane, and Ginger too. These Ghost Kitties are currently on display at the WSB House in Lawrence. I was inspired by Burroughs' touching book, The Cat Inside (Penguin, 1992), where he speaks candidly about the cats in his life. The first WSB Ghost Kitty I created was in memory of Fletch, a black male cat that WSB describes in The Cat Inside as “an exquisite, delicate animal with glistening black fur...slender and sinuous, with green eyes” (The Cat Inside, p.52). Burroughs envisions Fletch as the “Bat Cat” with “leathery black wings glistening, sharp little teeth, glowing green eyes.” This creature was filled with a “pure, wild sweetness” but also encompassed a feeling of sadness, of having been a trusting being “abandoned many times over the centuries, left to die in cold city alleys, in hot noon vacant lots, pottery shards, nettles, crumbled mud walls” (The Cat Inside, p.60). I created Fletch with teeth and bat wings that could take revenge on these centuries of mistreatment. Go Bat Cat! When creating the Calico Jane Ghost Kitty, I was inspired by WSB's explanation of how his cats took on the personas of significant individuals in his life such as his parents, his wife, and, in this case, his friend and fellow-writer, Jane Bowles. Burroughs named his cat Calico Jane after Bowles and wrote that “Calico Jane is well cast as Jane Bowles...delicate, refined and special” (The Cat Inside, p.68). On the back of the Calico Jane Ghost Kitty I have sewn two photographs merging Calico Jane and Jane Bowles into one cat-like-creature, eternally cuddling in Burroughs’ arms. When I created the Ginger Ghost Kitty, I tried to depict her as the archetypal mother-figure, with her saintly wings and pink nipples. This was inspired by Burroughs’ moving passage in The Cat Inside where he describes his distress in giving away Ginger’s kittens: “When the kittens were ten weeks old I gave two of them away. And Ginger kept looking for them and crying from room to room, looking under the bed, under the couch. And I decided I couldn’t go through this again. Ginger has been going through that for centuries” (The Cat Inside, p.73). Well I think that gives the reader some idea of how I go about creating my Ghost Kitties. The WSB Ghost Kitties are currently on display in the William S. Burroughs House in Lawrence, Kansas. MEOW!

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    MEOW! I create Ghost Kitties, felt dolls memorializing felines that have departed this world. Each is unique and hand-stitched with magic and love. Ghost Kitties are now on display at the William S. Burroughs House in Lawrence, Kansas. MEOW!

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Last updated on October 2, 2013
Greetings! MEOW!
I create custom made, hand-stitched felt memorial dolls of sweet kitties that have departed this world. I started making them to memorialize my own deceased cats and now I can make them for you too! The ghost kitties for sale in my shop are custom made, hand-stitched dolls made from felt. Each one is a unique caricature, made to order based on my interpretation of a photograph of your kitty and a kitty personality questionnaire. I will hand stitch your cat's name, birth/death dates, and the photograph you provide of your kitty on your memorial!

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I ship all orders in padded envelopes via Canada Post using regular parcel to Canadian destinations and air mail to US destinations.

Shipping & handling to Canada: $15
Shipping & handling to USA: $15
Other destinations: $15

Custom or duty fees that might apply are the responsibility of the buyer.
Refunds and Exchanges
Due to the custom nature of ghost kitties, it is not possible for me to offer returns or exchanges. Please contact me if there is a problem and I will do my best to help resolve your issue.