Wednesday, February 11, 2009

An award/meme & call for pictures!

Abby: We received this award/meme from Tama-Chan and Tom of The Poupounette! Thank you, friends.

The "rules" for this award and meme are as follows:

"When accepting this auspicious award, you must write a post bragging about it, including the name of the misguided soul who thinks you deserve such acclaim, and link back to said person so everyone knows he or she is real. Choose a minimum of 7 blogs that you find brilliant in content or design. Or improvise by including bloggers who have no idea who you are because you don’t have 7 friends. Show the 7 random victims’ names and links and leave a harassing comment informing them that they were prized with “Honest Weblog.” Well, there’s no prize, but they can keep the nifty icon. List at least ten honest things about yourself. Then, pass it on! "

So, keeping in the tradition of Tama-Chan and Tom, I shall first post an "honest" picture of myself before telling you some more about myself:

  1. I really like tissue paper. I like the way it sounds, the way it crackles. I love it when Mr. R brings out the cat toys and dangles them around, because I will make sure I dive under the paper as loudly as possible before staging my attack on the toy.
  2. I do NOT like having my tail touched. I do NOT like being scratched above the tail. Don't do it. Just don't go there.
  3. I don't like treats of any flavor anymore. Not even Temptations. I used to gobble them up when I saw Styggie getting some, but I'm older and more selective now about what I eat.
  4. I will not sit in anyone's lap.
  5. I'm really a coward. Even though I may end up initiating play and wrestling with Stygia, I am usually the one who is on the run by the end of the game.
  6. I get really concerned for Ms. C when she is doing that thing she calls "singing." I show this by getting close to her face and trying to touch it. The louder she sings, the faster this happens.
  7. I do not like being brushed.
  8. My purr is frequent but so quiet, you'd have to touch my throat to know that I am doing it.
  9. I am allowed to sniff anyone, anywhere, anytime. However, you are not welcome to sniff me.
  10. Ms. C is my favorite.

Stygia: Now it's my turn! Here's a picture of me:

  1. I am not completely a black cat. I have a very few white furs on my chest, like a tuxie, and a little white spot on my lower belly. Shhh!
  2. I want to eat whatever food Abby eats except for that gross moist tuna stuff she gets at 4pm every day. After she gets that, I follow either Ms. C or Mr. R and get 5 chicken Temptations instead! Yum!
  3. I weigh 11.1 pounds according to the vet, who weighed me yesterday.
  4. I only weighed 7 pounds when I first came to live at my new forever home.
  5. It's a good thing I have gained this weight, because I need to hold my own against Abby, who weighs about a pound less than I do. You see, I don't have front claws. Ms. C and Mr. R would never declaw a kitty, my previous owners did, but I need the weight to intimidate Abby.
  6. When my tail fluffs up, it looks like a pipe-cleaner.
  7. Sometimes I like to sit right behind the tower of Ms. C's computer because the fans blow out that nice warm air, and it feels so good.
  8. I get more hairballs than Abby even thogh her hair is longer than mine, because I refuse to consume that malt hairball solution they offer to me. Yuck.
  9. I roll repeatedly to show my love for Ms. C and Mr. R.
  10. I love butt-scratchings and brushings!
Now we must nominate 7 blogs. This is always the tough part! Today we are going to nominate:

Tristan of Tabbylicious
Siena and Chilli of Cat with a Garden
Poppy Q
Angus Mhor
Mr. Black and Elvis of The Kittini Boys
Rosie of Louche Tabby
Gandalf and Grayson's Mom


Ms. C: I am attempting to build my portfolio of pet portraits. And I could use your help. Here are two I've done:

This is a watercolor portrait I did of IKKYU, who has since passed over the bridge.

This is a pen and ink drawing I did of Abby:
I am trying to build my portfolio of pet-portraits so that in the future, I can someday create them professionally. What I am hoping is that some of you will be generous enough to allow me to draw or paint your pets. I work in a variety of media, including those you see above, acrylic, and digital work.

What I need from you is a clear picture or pictures of your pet that you took yourself. I cannot work with professionally taken or otherwise copyrighted works unless you own that copyright yourself. You must give me permission to use your photo as part of a portfolio that I can share with prospective clients. I agree not to use your photo and resulting artwork for anything other than advertising my services.

I will be accepting photos for this project until March 1st, 2009. I cannot guarantee I'll use every photo I receive; I will be selecting the ones I feel the most comfortable with for the artwork.

Please email your photos to tabbynormal at ... If you do not have a digital copy, please contact me at that email address to make other arrangements.

In return, if I select your picture, I will provide you free of charge with a fine digital copy of the artwork that you may use however you wish as long as I get credit for the creation of the original artwork. You can use it on your blog, print out cards or posters with it, alter it, and so forth. No one else is allowed to use the artwork without the permission of both of us. I will also send you the original drawing/painting if it's done in physical (non-digital) media such as watercolor or acrylic, provided that you pay the postage.

I don't know how long it will take me to complete this project, and I don't know how many pictures I will be able to select. I estimate that it is a project that I will continue work on throughout the rest of 2009. Part of the idea of this project is for me to get some practice, so if you submit a picture to me, please have some patience with me! =)

Thanks so much in advance for your support, and I look forward to working with you.

PS. ANY kind of pet is welcome: cats, dogs, birds, rabbits, ferrets, snakes, and so forth (no pet rocks!) If you are not sure about it, just send me an email and ask. Unlike Abby, I don't bite.


Niko and Cloud said...

lots of interesting stuff there about both of you two!
Your Mom can use any of our pictors already on our blog, as long as she lets our Mom know which one or ones she is using. Also, Mom will help us send your Mom her favorite pictor of each of us tonight.

Tama-Chan, Benny, Momo, Vidock, Violette, Ollie, Hotesse & Heloise said...

As always, we love reading ALL about you girls!

We would love nothing more than to shower you with photos of us for Ms. C's project, BUT... as the lucky ones who have the original of that awesome IKKYU picture on our living room wall, we feel we should let others have a turn first!

Your Friends,
Tom and Tama-Chan

Chrissie said...

Abby! Stygia! Wow! You girls are so good to me..I don't deserve either one of you. Thank you for giving me this award! I'm glad you posted those interesting things about yourselves. Did you know, I don't purr loud enough to be heard, either? I purr often, especially for my mom, but she has to put her ear to my chest to hear me.

I would LOVE, LoVE, lOVe to have you use my pictures..I'll pick a few out and send them!

Mr. Black said...

On behalf of Elvis and myself, we humbly accept his award. We have so many people to thank....uh, wait. No, we don't. Just Ms. C and Mr. R. So, thanks!

I liked reading about the semi-intimate details of your life. Heh, heh.

Nice artwork! I'm going to have the lady send you a photo of the cat love of her life, Addie (who passed away April 12, 2007). I never met Addie, but the lady talks about her a lot.

Mr. Black said...

I meant to say, 'humbly accept THIS' award. Apparently, the lady thinks she is too smart to have to 'preview'.

Cat with a Garden said...

Ups, Tom and Tama-Chan tagged us with this one before, so it's high time we're going at it. Very interesting facts about you, Abby and Stygia! We have loads of picture - who would have guessed? ; ) Maybe we will sent a picture of us snuggling in one of our impossible poses... Or would a classic style be better? We'll find something.
Thank you for the award!
Purrs, Siena & Chilli

TabbyNormal said...

Send more than one! Please =)

The Island Cats said...

Congrats on your interesting award! We would love to have your mom draw us! She can use any photos on our blog...and we'll try to pick some of our favorites out and send them to you!

Mickey's Musings said...

Congrats on your award!!!!!!
The facts about you tow were cool too:) We love that you are two very different purrsonalities too :)
Your Mom sure does some nice work!!!
WE might send her some pics :)
Purrs Mickey,Georgia & Tillie

Liss said...

Cool award. I will find a few photos for you ;) This sounds like so much fun.

The Creek Cats said...

Hi we just read about you over at the cat blogosphere! You do amazing work! Our mom also does pet portraits, but would love to see what you could do with our Maggie May. We will send her over to you, in digital form, of course!

The Creek Cats

michico*Adan*Lego-小芥*阿丹*樂高 said...

Oah my god that watercolor is amazingly great!!!

Buckwheat Snapp said...

I would love for you to make me into artwork, that would be so kewl. Although, I look kinda like Abby since I'm a tabby too, so it might not serve as practice since you have already perfected Tabby art.


Zoe and Indy said...

We're always in awe of people with such talent. You can use any of our pictures on our blog if any of them will work. And we'll go through our files and pick some favorites to send too.

Motor Home Cats said...

We loved the facts about you. Mom says she will be sending your mom some pictures of us. Your mom does beautiful work.

Tavi, Cody, Camie and Miss Jade

Forever Foster said...

Your work is beautiful!:)

Tristan Tabby Cat Longtail said...

My dearest T'Abby, thank you for thinking of me-me and I will get to this me-me shortly. I got into a bit of trouble last night hiding out from the paparazzi and well...I couldn't get down so I couldn't blog.

Tell your mom bean that I have like a ton of pictures of me posted here on photobucket and she should feel free go snag any or all of them to do her artwork from. The paparazzi has been busy, you know?

LZ said...

Your work is so wonderful! We just sent you a BOATLOAD of pictures of us so you can feel free to pick and choose should you like any of them and if not, we understand completely. Oh, and since we live kind of close we'd be happy to pose in person should you wish ;).


Christine and FAZ said...

Wow I like most of the stuff you mention especially tissue paper. FAZ

Barb said...

Thank You for nominating our Mom! It was really fun to learn more things about you both!

Mom will email you some photos later today. We would love to have you use us as subjects. We're great muses!

-Gandalf and Grayson

Cliff and Olivia said...

Hi Abby and Stygia

Congrats on your award/meme. You're both very handsome cats. And Stygia, you look just like my sister Olivia. She has white on her chest and belly too and her tail looks exactly like a pipe-cleaner when it fluffs up. She also likes the fan from the computer and gets more hairballs than me :-) Please stop by and visit us.


P.s. We're sorry to hear about the shelter closing - we're shelter cats too.

Goldie, Shade and Banshee said...

Beautiful work! We are sending in some pics!

Purrs Goldie, Shade and Banshee

HRH Yao-Lin said...

Darling, I heard your call for help and I responded straight away. Please check your inbox for some staggeringly beautiful photos. Apart from the ones of Mao, that is.

Ever altruistic

HRH Yao-Lin xx

HRH Yao-Lin said...

p.s - STUNNING artwork!!!! Wow!