Here it is, the first day of September already. Amazing how time flies by. And how come it flies by (for me, at least) all times of the year except for the winter months. Then it slowly creeps by in the dark and cold. But, I’m not going to dwell on winter now. I’m going to celebrate September. It is a lovely month…one foot in summer and one foot in autumn.
The phlox are still in bloom as are the rose of sharon and black-eyed Susans. But the daylilies are through and their leaves are turning yellow and brown and making the garden look unkempt and sad. Just in time, however, the great blue lobelia are compensating for that. Their clusters of gorgeous blue spikes, some almost three feet tall, dominate the garden. Their large leaves are a vibrant green. They show up wherever they want and that’s just fine with me.
I’ve published my fourth annual Cats at Work Etsy treasury. It’s a salute to all our hardworking feline friends who pose as models and props in our Etsy photos. Some of the listings are for cat photos but others are for cat tote bags, clocks, cell phone covers, tee shirts, pillows, rugs, cat grass seeds, note cards and jewelry. But my favorite photos are those where the item being sold has nothing whatsoever to do with a cat….the cat just wandered into the photo shoot and the shop owner had the good sense to use the photo with the cat in it. Like the top right photo below. The item being sold is a brooch and earring set…tiny little items to the lower right of the photo. You can barely see them. The shop owner, Jureshad Vintage, used the picture with her cat, Nichiyobi, front and center. This photo certainly gets your attention!
My Graycie even appeared in one of my listings for a yew branch. Whenever I bring a piece of wood in from outside, it’s like a cat magnet. And I sold this piece of yew.
Hidden Acres Soap Co. used the following photo to sell their soap (and it did sell). The listing read, in part, “I was telling Pookie that this was the first soap in a long time that didn’t have any scent added. He jumped up on the t able where I was photographing and had to test it out himself! He said, “Nobody will buy this – everyone likes to smell good”! I told him he was wrong – some people are sensitive to fragance or like to wash their face with plain ole soap! PS: Pookie just sniffed but did not touch the soap at all – I promise!”
My Vintage New England shop was selling a vintage wooden candles box. What cat can resist an empty box? The shop owner’s cat, Singey, jumped right in. Again, this box sold!
And my favorite has to be the following. The Punksrus shop sold this vintage rubber doll head and I have to think that the cat in the photo had something to do with that sale.
Enjoy your day off….Happy Labor Day!