Feline Font Friday 1 (in memory of Lucy)

Eleven years ago tomorrow, on September 28, I lost my beautiful sweet Lucy Cat. She was skittish and terrified when I first got her, hiding under the bed and only emerging at night to eat. I decided to take on gentling her as a project, but that soon turned into just loving her up. She eventually graduated to merely prickly, but with an increasing supply of love returned to me. I had her for 11 years and by about half that time, she had softened enough that she would play with other people, and even let them pet her. I was devastated when she died. I know, I know, everyone feels this way about their “best kitty ever,” but Lucy was mine.

On her favorite pompom “nest”

In Lucy’s honor, therefore, I have the distinct pleasure of presenting Neko Font, a DIY word creation site that takes any letters(s) you type in and converts them to kitty-shaped furriness! It was created in Japan (“neko” is the Japanese word for cat) but I have the English-language site selected; other languages are available via the menu at the top.

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Looove cards to my husband – update July 10, 2020

Bound Valentine’s Day booklet, 3″ x 2″. Design, text, illustration, production. “Everything the bunnies say is true | in all the world the one I choose is you | You’re the star I’ve hitched my wagon to | And all my kittens are belong to you. | Happy Valentine’s Day, Sweetie!”

Yes, I know, it’s disgusting, the sappy. But he’s great, and I’m a designer, so it was inevitable.


Below is a selection of the Valentine’s Day, anniversary, holiday and other cards and gifts I’ve given him over the years. I should note that neither cats nor rabbits know how to spell “anniversary.”


“Happy Anniverserary” flip book card with kissing cats.


Red handmade paper wrapper, 5.5″ x 5.5″, containing folded origami paper—silver- and gold-speckled cream outside, red inside—which opens to reveal white card with demon skeleton cat with red heart in thought bubble. Tiny text reads, “meow! happy valentine’s day 2020 to richard from nicola.”

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Feline Fabric Font Friday

This charming fabric of acrobatic kitties was created by designer Elena Naylor and is available by the yard at Spoonflower, a great print-on-demand fabric company. Spoonflower has a wide range of fabrics available, from chiffon to heavy cotton twill to lycra (full list below). I reference them in my post How to Make a Tea Cozy with Hedgehog-in-a-Teacup Fabric. Not to be confused with my posts Feline Font Friday or Fabric Font Friday.

Knit

Performance Piqué ($20.00/yd)
Performance Knit ($24.00/yd)
Modern Jersey ($26.50/yd)
Cotton Spandex Jersey ($26.75/yd)
Minky ($27.00/yd)
Organic Cotton Knit Ultra ($27.00/yd)
Fleece ($27.00/yd)
Sport Lycra ($32.00/yd)

Woven

Basic Cotton Ultra ($17.50/yd)
Satin ($18.00/yd)
Kona® Cotton Ultra ($19.00/yd)
Cotton Poplin Ultra ($20.00/yd)
Chiffon ($21.00/yd)
Poly Crepe de Chine ($23.00/yd)
Silky Faille ($24.00/yd)
Lightweight Cotton Twill ($26.00/yd)
Organic Cotton Sateen Ultra ($27.00/yd)
Linen Cotton Canvas Ultra ($27.00/yd)
Eco Canvas ($32.00/yd)
Heavy Cotton Twill ($32.00/yd)
Faux Suede ($34.00/yd)

Performance

Performance Piqué ($20.00/yd)
Performance Knit ($24.00/yd)
Sport Lycra ($32.00/yd)

Feline Font Friday

Pussyfoot font sample

It’s Friday! Have some kitties!

Here’s a fun collection of free cat-related fonts to download.

Fonts are in zip format. Right-click on the file, save to your computer. Unzip files by double-clicking them or right-clicking them, then install resulting “.ttf” file into your c:/windows/fonts directory (Windows) or double-clicking them via Font Book (Mac).


Pussyfoot by Web Dog. Commercial use allowed. Right-click to download.


Cats Alphabet by Manfred Klein. Personal use only, no commercial use.
Right-click to download.


CatCat by unknown author. Licence information unknown. Right-click to download.


Vamp Kitten by Ray Crysis. Personal use only, no commercial use. Right-click to download.


Boyton Alphabet by London’s Letters. Personal use only, no commercial use.
Right-click to download.


Catty by Anke-Art. Personal use only, no commercial use. Right-click to download.


Cartoon Laws of Physics

Wile E. Coyote running off a cliff

From TheFunnyPages.com:

Wile E. Coyote running off a cliff

Cartoon Law I

Any body suspended in space will remain in space until made aware of its situation.

Daffy Duck steps off a cliff, expecting further pastureland. He loiters in midair, soliloquizing flippantly, until he chances to look down. At this point, the familiar principle of 32 feet per second per second takes over.

Cartoon Law II

Any body in motion will tend to remain in motion until solid matter intervenes suddenly.

Whether shot from a cannon or in hot pursuit on foot, cartoon characters are so absolute in their momentum that only a telephone pole or an outsize boulder retards their forward motion absolutely. Sir Isaac Newton called this sudden termination of motion the stooge’s surcease.

Cartoon Law III

Any body passing through solid matter will leave a perforation conforming to its perimeter.

Also called the silhouette of passage, this phenomenon is the speciality of victims of directed-pressure explosions and of reckless cowards who are so eager to escape that they exit directly through the wall of a house, leaving a cookie-cutout-perfect hole. The threat of skunks or matrimony often catalyzes this reaction.

Cartoon Law IV

The time required for an object to fall twenty stories is greater than or equal to the time it takes for whoever knocked it off the ledge to spiral down twenty flights to attempt to capture it unbroken.

Such an object is inevitably priceless, the attempt to capture it inevitably unsuccessful.

Cartoon Law V

All principles of gravity are negated by fear.

Psychic forces are sufficient in most bodies for a shock to propel them directly away from the earth’s surface. A spooky noise or an adversary’s signature sound will induce motion upward, usually to the cradle of a chandelier, a treetop, or the crest of a flagpole. The feet of a character who is running or the wheels of a speeding auto need never touch the ground, especially when in flight.

Cartoon Law VI

As speed increases, objects can be in several places at once.

This is particularly true of tooth-and-claw fights, in which a character’s head may be glimpsed emerging from the cloud of altercation at several places simultaneously. This effect is common as well among bodies that are spinning or being throttled.

A wacky character has the option of self-replication only at manic high speeds and may ricochet off walls to achieve the velocity required.

Cartoon Law VII

Certain bodies can pass through solid walls painted to resemble tunnel entrances; others cannot.

This trompe l’oeil inconsistency has baffled generations, but at least it is known that whoever paints an entrance on a wall’s surface to trick an opponent will be unable to pursue him into this theoretical space.

The painter is flattened against the wall when he attempts to follow into the painting. This is ultimately a problem of art, not of science.

Cartoon Law VIII

Any violent rearrangement of feline matter is impermanent.

Cartoon cats possess even more deaths than the traditional nine lives might comfortably afford. They can be decimated, spliced, splayed, accordion-pleated, spindled, or disassembled, but they cannot be destroyed. After a few moments of blinking self pity, they reinflate, elongate, snap back, or solidify.

Corollary:

A cat will assume the shape of its container.

Cartoon Law IX

Everything falls faster than an anvil.

Cartoon Law X

For every vengeance there is an equal and opposite revengeance.

This is the one law of animated cartoon motion that also applies to the physical world at large. For that reason, we need the relief of watching it happen to a duck instead.

Cartoon Law Amendment A

A sharp object will always propel a character upward.

When poked (usually in the buttocks) with a sharp object (usually a pin), a character will defy gravity by shooting straight up, with great velocity.

Cartoon Law Amendment B

The laws of object permanence are nullified for “cool” characters.

Characters who are intended to be “cool” can make previously nonexistent objects appear from behind their backs at will. For instance, the Road Runner can materialize signs to express himself without speaking.

Cartoon Law Amendment C

Explosive weapons cannot cause fatal injuries.

They merely turn characters temporarily black and smokey.

Cartoon Law Amendment D

Gravity is transmitted by slow-moving waves of large wavelengths.

Their operation can be wittnessed by observing the behavior of a canine suspended over a large vertical drop. Its feet will begin to fall first, causing its legs to stretch. As the wave reaches its torso, that part will begin to fall, causing the neck to strech. As the head begins to fall, tension is released and the canine will resume its regular proportions until such time as it strikes the ground.

Cartoon Law Amendment E

Dynamite is spontaneously generated in “C-spaces” (spaces in which cartoon laws hold).

The process is analogous to steady-state theories of the universe which postulated that the tensions involved in maintaining a space would cause the creation of hydrogen from nothing. Dynamite quanta are quite large (stick sized) and unstable (lit). Such quanta are attracted to psychic forces generated by feelings of distress in “cool” characters (see Amendment B, which may be a special case of this law), who are able to use said quanta to their advantage. One may imagine C-spaces where all matter and energy result from primal masses of dynamite exploding. A big bang indeed.