Xamantha

Cats & Threads, cute and quirky handmade gifts

193 Sales

Xamantha

Cats & Threads, cute and quirky handmade gifts

193 Sales On Etsy since 2011

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Xamantha

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Note from shop owner Working on a basket full of toys for shelter cats & restocking the online shelves, Cats & Threads is taking a little break and will be back in Spring!

Note from shop owner

Last updated on Feb 19, 2015

Working on a basket full of toys for shelter cats & restocking the online shelves, Cats & Threads is taking a little break and will be back in Spring!

Xamantha

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CL Liezenberg

CL Liezenberg on Feb 22, 2015

5 out of 5 stars

Oh the wonderful lil life saver in a non pill form. The eyes really give it personality. I think this may be the 5th one I bought. :)

CL Liezenberg

CL Liezenberg on Feb 22, 2015

5 out of 5 stars

Lovely warm colors! Just right to add to my collection of these kitties. Xam promotes a great cause and its good to know that your money is going towards a wonderful thing and awesome person who does those things! (And make things) ;) Thank You!

CL Liezenberg

CL Liezenberg on Feb 22, 2015

5 out of 5 stars

What a cutie and what cute colors! I'm glad I bought the other mini one too. Tail curls Just like the photo! :)

CL Liezenberg

CL Liezenberg on Feb 22, 2015

5 out of 5 stars

Xam makes wonderful items that are not only cute but durable as well. (Good quality). I've been shopping here since I found etsy over 3 years ago and continue to do so. She's such a lovely person. :)

CL Liezenberg

CL Liezenberg on Feb 22, 2015

5 out of 5 stars

I absolutely love purchasing these lil kitties. As reviews will show you I have bought 4 this time. Very well made and sits up nicely. Great colors. :)

ChrisOnly

ChrisOnly on Jan 2, 2015

5 out of 5 stars

Super cute and tiny little kitten! Perfect for my new set of keys!

christiana vixen

christiana vixen on Dec 25, 2014

5 out of 5 stars

Everything about this transaction was a pleasure ! Thank you for what you do !!!

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About

Love for animals + a creative mind = Xamantha's Cats & Threads

Welcome to my little corner on Etsy!

Cats rule my life. They always have and always will.
I started my Etsy shop for 2 reasons: to be able to donate to charity and to afford new supplies, so I can keep my creativity flowing.

The charity of my choice of course involves cats. Help de Zwerfkat (Help the Stray Cat) is a Dutch shelter for senior/disabled/traumatized cats that are too feral to be placed in a family. Instead, the shelter offers them a safe haven with food, medical care and lots of love. They can spend their golden years there and of course there's a strong no-kill policy.
I financially adopted Sjors, sending a monthly donation to the shelter to cover at least his basic needs.

We currently have 3 cats living with us: Pavlov and Rachmaninov are rescues and Molotov was born here.

In my daily life I volunteer in the mental health section. My own yellow brick road has been bumpy and I want to support others who walk that same road. Both life and several classes taught me how to do this in a safe and constructive way.
In the end, often all it takes is listening to someone's story, without judging and without an overload of advices. Being there is what counts.

I learned to crochet only a couple of years ago. In my childhood, people said it would be too hard to teach me since I'm left handed.
I fell in love with amigurumi, the Japanese art of crocheting cute creatures, so I decided to give it a try. A friend tried to teach me, I bought a book that would teach me, but my fingers just refused to do the job. But finally, there were the tutorials on YouTube! I'd recommend this way of learning to anyone!
Lots of creatures have come out of my hands since that moment and I developed my own style of quirky looking kitties. And of course I make cat toys as well!

I also love to draw and photograph, which results in bookmarks, cards and art prints. I combine paper & ink with digital possibilities to create the style I love.

Everything in my shop is handmade, and a lot of it is one of a kind. I try to have reasonable prices and affordable shipping. Happy customers mean a lot to me, so if you have any questions, ideas or feedback: it's very welcome!

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  • Marijke

    Owner, Creator, Designer

    Crazy creative cat lady in her thirties, living in the Netherlands, walking her own yellow brick road.

  • Molotov

    Inspirator, Catnip Expert, Pocketsize Dictator

    Open the jar with catnip and I'll come running, even when I'm deep asleep. I'm making sure Marijke buys the best catnip and uses enough in every toy to make any cat happy.

  • Pavlov

    Inspirator, Model, Conditioner Of Humans

    Wise elderly lady. If I want affection, I'll ask for it, but often I can be found in quiet spots in & around the house.

  • Rachmaninov

    Inspirator, Yarn Stealer, Prototype Tester

    My guardians adopted me last November. I was that hissing shivering little ball of fur in the corner. Now that I've learned to trust at least 2 humans, I can finally be a playful kitten. Naughty and proud of it!

  • Sjors

    Donation Receiver

    I live in a shelter for senior cats. After a tough life on the streets I'm too scared of humans to ever be a house pet, but in the shelter I'm taken care of very well and I can just be myself. Marijke sends me a monthly donation for food & care.

Shop policies

Last updated on December 2, 2014
Welcome to Cats & Threads!

Please note that I ship from the Netherlands!

All items are handmade with love.
Paper items are high quality prints, the bookmarks have a plastic layer to keep them neat & strong.
Crocheted items are my own design and usually one of a kind since I rarely use patterns. You can always ask for something similar in different colours or a different size, I'd be happy to take custom orders.

Accepted payment methods

Payment
I accept PayPal.
Shipping
Most of my creations are small/flat enough to send in an envelope. This is the way I use to keep international shipping affordable. It doesn't come with a tracking/confirmation number.
I can provide assurance plus a tracking number, but it will raise the shipping costs to about $20. Please contact me if you'd like to have this extra service.

Note that I ship from the Netherlands and even priority mail doesn't travel with the speed of light.
If your item hasn't arrived within the estimated time I stated in my shipping notification, please contact me.
Refunds and Exchanges
Received your order and not satisfied? You can contact me and send the item back. I'll refund your payment minus shipping costs.