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Garden Flags for Spring and Summer

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Such a sweet peaceful scene–almost like spring!

Well, we had a nice day last Saturday, it was warm-ish and the frozen pond by my front porch and the glacier at the back finally thawed enough to be safe to walk. But the sun was so pretty, it was breezy, and my garden flags were so colorful it looked like spring! But those pink bows are frozen, and I really need to change them to green for St. Patrick’s Day. And I really need to change out “Kitty in Pink”, at least, for one of my other flags!

Still Product Testing

This winter has been a great test of these flags—they are right by the street and regularly get hit with pellets of road salt because I live on a very steep hill. More than usual we’ve had ice coating everything along with snow and sub-zero temperatures for over a week at a time. And this bit of sun is all this portion of my front yard sees, for about 20 minutes each day—the big spruce is to the south and blocks everything, very nice in summer, but keeping everything frozen in winter.

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Waving in the breeze…

The salt truck just went by. And as the temperature is currently about 10 degrees with a windchill below zero and a whiteout of snow, I need to look at another photo from just last Saturday, with just a bit of a breeze.

While fading in the sun is a main consideration with materials for a garden flag, winter weathering also needs to be tested. The ink is printed on the surface of the material, and cold weather itself, as well as that icy covering, can make the material itself or the ink on the surface brittle so I’d checked for fading and cracks and any other changes through the course of this winter. I only found a few specks, hardly noticeable, and no damage at all.

In summer the consideration in this spot is the constant shade and checking for any mold or mildew or discoloration or deterioration during wet and humid weather in an excessively shady spot, especially with all those ground covers that hold moisture.

The flag on the left, “In Afternoon Sun”, and the “Two Cats After van Gogh” flag have been there since last April when I printed my first proofs, before I began selling them, so they’ve gone through a baking summer punctuated with violent storms that blew branches off my trees, and humid weather, followed by this icy frozen winter. The ink and fabric are intact, as is the stitching.

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Let’s take one more look.

About the flags

black cat with garden flag

Mimi poses with her favorite design, featuring her, of course.

At left Mimi models her favorite design, I presume, since this was when she chose to saunter over and rub herself on the bracket even though she is featured in three other designs. Mimi is not included with your order, I need her here to model for more art, supervise their design, and especially act as art director for our back yard photo shoots.

These are digitally printed on a product called digital satin, a woven product intended for outdoor as well as indoor use. It’s heavier than the nylon most other flags are made of, but if I’m judging by the the survival of the ones I have outdoors now this is tough and durable material, no fading, scratches in the finish, fraying or wrinkling of the flag in any way. I’m sure, like any other product, if the flag is in direct sun for more than four hours per day it will eventually fade, but the testing worked better than I’d thought. You can read about the development of these flags as well as backyard testing and a photo shoot with Mimi and me in Backyard Product Development and Testing With My Assistant, Mimi.

black cat with sewing machine

Mewsette inspects the threading of a bobbin.

The flags are printed flat and, after an inspection by either Mr. Sunshine, my engineer cat as shown below, or Mewsette as seen here, I fold over an stitch the pocket on each. They are then inspected by one or more felines prior to packaging.

I ship the garden flags flat at this point—the fabric holds a curl really well and some flags I had stored never wanted to completely flatten out. Flags are 11” wide x 15” tall and fit the most common garden flag bracket available, seen here and sold in most hardware and home renovation stores with a garden area. You can order on through me, but with their weight and size it adds to the shipping cost.

Current designs

black cats and garden flags

Finished flags are inspected.

I have eleven garden flag designs now with three holiday designs now available in my Etsy shop, each one a completely different style and theme to suit any garden—fine art, Impressionist, Warhol-esque and “after van Gogh”, black cats, pink cats, tabby cats and calico cats, and of course, those tortie girls! Three are holiday designs, but the rest are summer and colorful.

These eight summery flags actually feature twelve images. All are two-sided, and most have two different designs so you can turn them around and show something different, or you can put them along a walk and see both sides as you move in each direction. I began with the most popular and requested images, and from those chose and ones that fit well on the shape of the flag while the image was still easily recognizable from a distance. Colors can be a little unpredictable with digital printing, and this digital fabric is a new product, but the colors and detail are astonishing.

The designs below are currently available in my Etsy shop—click the image to go to the product on Etsy, or scroll down for links to the images to read more about the original sketches here on The Creative Cat.


"Cats After Van Gogh"

“Cats After Van Gogh”

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“Mimi Amng the Geraniums”

cat garden flag

“Fine Art Cats”

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“Impressionist Cats”


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“The Roundest Eyes”

cat garden flag

“The Goddess”

cat garden flag

“Kitty in Pink:

cat garden flag

“In Afternoon Sun”


Following is a list of links to the daily sketch or painting:

Cats After van Gogh: Two Cats After van Gogh/In Window Light

Mimi Among the Geraniums 1/Mimi Among the Geraniums 2

Fine Art Cats: Peaches and Peonies/After Dinner Nap

Impressionist Cats: Stanley With Apple/White Cat Reflecting

The Roundest Eyes (white background)/The Roundest Eyes (yellow background)

The Goddess (white background)/The Goddess (yellow background)

Kitty in Pink/Kitty in Pink

In Afternoon Sun/In Afternoon Sun

Below, just my favorite photo of my first proofs in my yard! Of course, I’ve moved them around, but this is what I was envisioning last year when I first had the idea to create these.

garden flags with cats

Garden flags are here!


black cat with sewing machine

Mr. Sunshine inspecting my sewing machine.

Take a look at other new merchandise and featured artwork.

Once a week on Thursday I feature something new in my “shop”, whether that’s here on The Creative Cat, in my Etsy shop, on my main website or even at one of the bricks and mortar shops that carry my work.

Read about creating custom items

Find out more about creating custom items for your own home using the images you see here. Visit the “Ordering Custom Art” page to see samples and read bout how to order.

It’s all done under the close and careful supervision of my studio cats! Mr. Sunshine inspected my sewing machine and had the whole thing figured out before I even sat down to thread it.



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Garden Flags for Spring and Summer

garden flags
Such a sweet peaceful scene–almost like spring!

Well, we had a nice day last Saturday, it was warm-ish and the frozen pond by my front porch and the glacier at the back finally thawed enough to be safe to walk. But the sun was so pretty, it was breezy, and my garden flags were so colorful it looked like spring! But those pink bows are frozen, and I really need to change them to green for St. Patrick’s Day. And I really need to change out “Kitty in Pink”, at least, for one of my other flags!

Still Product Testing

This winter has been a great test of these flags—they are right by the street and regularly get hit with pellets of road salt because I live on a very steep hill. More than usual we’ve had ice coating everything along with snow and sub-zero temperatures for over a week at a time. And this bit of sun is all this portion of my front yard sees, for about 20 minutes each day—the big spruce is to the south and blocks everything, very nice in summer, but keeping everything frozen in winter.

garden flags
Waving in the breeze…

The salt truck just went by. And as the temperature is currently about 10 degrees with a windchill below zero and a whiteout of snow, I need to look at another photo from just last Saturday, with just a bit of a breeze.

While fading in the sun is a main consideration with materials for a garden flag, winter weathering also needs to be tested. The ink is printed on the surface of the material, and cold weather itself, as well as that icy covering, can make the material itself or the ink on the surface brittle so I’d checked for fading and cracks and any other changes through the course of this winter. I only found a few specks, hardly noticeable, and no damage at all.

In summer the consideration in this spot is the constant shade and checking for any mold or mildew or discoloration or deterioration during wet and humid weather in an excessively shady spot, especially with all those ground covers that hold moisture.

The flag on the left, “In Afternoon Sun”, and the “Two Cats After van Gogh” flag have been there since last April when I printed my first proofs, before I began selling them, so they’ve gone through a baking summer punctuated with violent storms that blew branches off my trees, and humid weather, followed by this icy frozen winter. The ink and fabric are intact, as is the stitching.

garden flags
Let’s take one more look.

About the flags

black cat with garden flag
Mimi poses with her favorite design, featuring her, of course.

At left Mimi models her favorite design, I presume, since this was when she chose to saunter over and rub herself on the bracket even though she is featured in three other designs. Mimi is not included with your order, I need her here to model for more art, supervise their design, and especially act as art director for our back yard photo shoots.

These are digitally printed on a product called digital satin, a woven product intended for outdoor as well as indoor use. It’s heavier than the nylon most other flags are made of, but if I’m judging by the the survival of the ones I have outdoors now this is tough and durable material, no fading, scratches in the finish, fraying or wrinkling of the flag in any way. I’m sure, like any other product, if the flag is in direct sun for more than four hours per day it will eventually fade, but the testing worked better than I’d thought. You can read about the development of these flags as well as backyard testing and a photo shoot with Mimi and me in Backyard Product Development and Testing With My Assistant, Mimi.

black cat with sewing machine
Mewsette inspects the threading of a bobbin.

The flags are printed flat and, after an inspection by either Mr. Sunshine, my engineer cat as shown below, or Mewsette as seen here, I fold over an stitch the pocket on each. They are then inspected by one or more felines prior to packaging.

I ship the garden flags flat at this point—the fabric holds a curl really well and some flags I had stored never wanted to completely flatten out. Flags are 11” wide x 15” tall and fit the most common garden flag bracket available, seen here and sold in most hardware and home renovation stores with a garden area. You can order on through me, but with their weight and size it adds to the shipping cost.

Current designs

black cats and garden flags
Finished flags are inspected.

I have eleven garden flag designs now with three holiday designs now available in my Etsy shop, each one a completely different style and theme to suit any garden—fine art, Impressionist, Warhol-esque and “after van Gogh”, black cats, pink cats, tabby cats and calico cats, and of course, those tortie girls! Three are holiday designs, but the rest are summer and colorful.

These eight summery flags actually feature twelve images. All are two-sided, and most have two different designs so you can turn them around and show something different, or you can put them along a walk and see both sides as you move in each direction. I began with the most popular and requested images, and from those chose and ones that fit well on the shape of the flag while the image was still easily recognizable from a distance. Colors can be a little unpredictable with digital printing, and this digital fabric is a new product, but the colors and detail are astonishing.

The designs below are currently available in my Etsy shop—click the image to go to the product on Etsy, or scroll down for links to the images to read more about the original sketches here on The Creative Cat.


"Cats After Van Gogh"
“Cats After Van Gogh”
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“Mimi Amng the Geraniums”
cat garden flag
“Fine Art Cats”
garden flag with cats
“Impressionist Cats”

cat garden flag
“The Roundest Eyes”
cat garden flag
“The Goddess”
cat garden flag
“Kitty in Pink:
cat garden flag
“In Afternoon Sun”

Following is a list of links to the daily sketch or painting:

Cats After van Gogh: Two Cats After van Gogh/In Window Light

Mimi Among the Geraniums 1/Mimi Among the Geraniums 2

Fine Art Cats: Peaches and Peonies/After Dinner Nap

Impressionist Cats: Stanley With Apple/White Cat Reflecting

The Roundest Eyes (white background)/The Roundest Eyes (yellow background)

The Goddess (white background)/The Goddess (yellow background)

Kitty in Pink/Kitty in Pink

In Afternoon Sun/In Afternoon Sun

Below, just my favorite photo of my first proofs in my yard! Of course, I’ve moved them around, but this is what I was envisioning last year when I first had the idea to create these.

garden flags with cats
Garden flags are here!

black cat with sewing machine
Mr. Sunshine inspecting my sewing machine.

Take a look at other new merchandise and featured artwork.

Once a week on Thursday I feature something new in my “shop”, whether that’s here on The Creative Cat, in my Etsy shop, on my main website or even at one of the bricks and mortar shops that carry my work.

Read about creating custom items

Find out more about creating custom items for your own home using the images you see here. Visit the “Ordering Custom Art” page to see samples and read bout how to order.

It’s all done under the close and careful supervision of my studio cats! Mr. Sunshine inspected my sewing machine and had the whole thing figured out before I even sat down to thread it.



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New Holiday and Winter Garden Flags

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New garden flags, “Star of Wonder” and “First Light”.

I tried to catch our convenient little snowfall for these photos, but no luck! Still, I didn’t want to wait for another snow to bring these out—here are my seasonal garden flags for the holidays and winter, now gently waving out in my front yard.


“Star of Wonder” garden flag

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“Star of Wonder” garden flag, waving gently.

holiday card featuring kittens looking at star

When the Fantastic Four were just the Curious Quartet, four rambunctious black kittens and their mama Mimi, I began visualizing feline silhouettes as designs for so many things. Watching them from tiny fuzzballs growing into curious, lithe and active cats I also thoroughly enjoyed observing their changing silhouettes, taking many reference photos along the way. While no one was clamoring to adopt them—as we know, black cats are difficult to adopt—at about 15 months I decided they needed to stay with me for art reasons because I was already hooked on all the ideas I’d developed. I’m sure you’ll agree that was a wise decision.

In 2011 I designed the image above, “Star of Wonder” as well as another at right, “Can We Get That Thing?”, and offered them as holiday cards. This year I have a new version of those cards with a greeting inside and decided I’d like a holiday garden flag as well. The design “Can We Get That Thing?” just didn’t work on the flag no matter what I did and that was a disappointment, but “Star of Wonder” is simple and elegant.

This flag has the same image on the back, mirrored so that no silhouettes show through. You can enjoy it from any angle!

This “Star of Wonder” garden flag is available in my Etsy shop, and for all orders between now and Thanksgiving I’ll include a holiday card in the same design for you to use for your holiday greetings.


“First Light” Garden Flag

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“First Light” garden flag.

ink drawing with watercolor of cat on windowsill

This image began as a daily sketch using my brush pen and watercolors. Though it’s a little more involved the the smaller pieces I generally create for my sketches it was an inspiration to follow after visualizing for several days. I watched Mimi on the bathroom windowsill where we watch the sunrise, and this was such a strong visual one morning I decided I’d simply do the sketch no matter how long it took.

You can read the original post about First Light from nearly a year ago and see the original artwork full size, especially since I could not avoid a slight breeze when I photographed these flags and the images are just a little blurry. To make this artwork into a flag I filled in around the edges with black, and also reversed out my signature at the bottom right. Outside the window the sky is in morning tones fading from pale blue at the top to creamy pale yellow at the bottom.

This flag also has the same image on the back, mirrored so that no silhouettes show through. I had actually designed this flag with the first set of flags in April, but decided the image was wintery in comparison to the other garden flags and waited until now when it matches the season to offer it.

This “First Light” garden flag is available in my Etsy shop.

Holiday Cards and Gifts

All my other garden flag designs are also available in my Etsy shop along with a large selection of holiday cards featuring cats, of course, pets, birds and nature.


black cat with sewing machine

Take a look at other new merchandise and featured artwork.

Once a week on Thursday I feature something new in my “shop”, whether that’s here on The Creative Cat, in my Etsy shop, on my main website or even at one of the bricks and mortar shops that carry my work.

Read about creating custom items

Find out more about creating custom items for your own home using the images you see here. Visit the “Ordering Custom Art” page to see samples and read bout how to order.

It’s all done under the close and careful supervision of my studio cats! Mr. Sunshine inspected my sewing machine and had the whole thing figured out before I even sat down to thread it.


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Inspired by felines you know! Visit Portraits of Animals on Etsy.
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“Cats After van Gogh” Garden Flag Giveaway

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“Cats After Van Gogh”

I’m so pleased this design won both a Muse Medallion and the President’s Award in the 2013 Cat Writers’ Association communications contest, and I want to share the design. Two lucky winners chosen in a random drawing of comments on this post will have the opportunity to fly this flag in their yard. Details are below.

A bit about the designs

When I first painted this I posted my impressions and reasons for the style I’d used in oil pastel:

I am channeling Vincent van Gogh tonight, trying to work the same energy and form I see in his brush strokes. I can layer with oil pastel, but can’t apply or build up the thickness of medium that can be accomplished with paint; this sketch is also quite small, about 6″ x 5″, so I can’t work all the little strokes in as I’d like, but perhaps I’ll actually try this on canvas at some point, and something a little bigger.

And the second one that’s on the other side of this flag, “In Window Light”:

Here Mimi lounges in the light from the window, slipping in under the mini blind. Who doesn’t know that posture of the vigilant kitty, not sleeping, just kind of hanging out and waiting for…well, humans tend to be pretty dull, but that gives kitties a lot of resting time. In the strength of the sun, all colors appear in her fur and on the old marble windowsill and the hot yellow sun outside the window, and I’ve no doubt Mimi enjoyed her nap.

Please visit the posts drawn from when I created this art and then expanded it into my April 2013 desktop calendar and also my June 2013 desktop calendar.

About the flags

These “garden flags” are digitally printed on both sides of a heavyweight, durable indoor/outdoor woven printable fabric, and I finish by adding the rod pocket. Flags are 11” wide x 15” tall and fit the most common garden flag bracket available, sold in most hardware and home renovation stores with a garden area. This flag has a different design on each side, as shown.

I tested my original flags in my back yard for nearly a year before offering them—and that original flag is still hanging out there on my clothesline! Some colors are slightly faded on the side of the flag that’s faced the sun for this whole year, but the other side is fine. The flag and the bracket should last you many seasons.

For the giveaway

The giveaway starts November 7, 2013, and be finished at midnight PST on Wednesday, November 13, 2013. Please click here to visit The Creative Cat for the rest of the details and to enter.

Buy one now!

Of course, if you can’t wait to have a garden flag, you can find the Cats After van Gogh garden flag in my Etsy shop or browse all the available garden flags.


black cat with garden flags.
Mimi is pretty pleased with her representation.

Take a look at other new merchandise and featured artwork.

Once a week on Thursday I feature something new in my “shop”, whether that’s here on The Creative Cat, in my Etsy shop, on my main website or even at one of the bricks and mortar shops that carry my work.

Read about creating custom items

Find out more about creating custom items for your own home using the images you see here. Visit the “Ordering Custom Art” page to see samples and read bout how to order.

It’s all done under the close and careful supervision of my studio cats!


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Feline Garden Flags!

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Garden flags are here!

Eight two-sided garden flags are now available in my Etsy shop, each one a completely different style and theme to suit any garden—fine art, Impressionist, Warhol-esque and “after van Gogh”, black cats, pink cats, tabby cats and calico cats, and of course, those tortie girls!

These first eight flags actually feature twelve images. All are two-sided, most have two different designs so you can turn them around and show something different, or you can put them along a walk and see both sides as you move in each direction. I began with the most popular and requested images, and from those chose and ones that fit well on the shape of the flag while the image was still easily recognizable from a distance. Colors can be a little unpredictable with digital printing, and this digital fabric is a new product, but the colors and detail are astonishing.

black cat with garden flag
Mimi poses with her favorite design, featuring her, of course.

Above Mimi models her favorite design, I presume, since this was when she chose to saunter over and rub herself on the bracket even though she is featured in three other designs. Mimi is not included with your order, I need her here to model for more art, supervise their design, and especially act as art director for our back yard photo shoots.

These are digitally printed on a product called digital satin, a woven product intended for outdoor as well as indoor use. It’s heavier than the nylon most other flags are made of, but if I’m judging by the one I’ve had hanging out in my back yard since winter this is tough and durable material, no fading, scratches in the finish, fraying or wrinkling of the flag in any way. I’m sure, like any other product, if the flag is in direct sun for more than four hours per day it will eventually fade, but the testing worked better than I’d thought. You can read about the development of these flags as well as backyard testing and a photo shoot with Mimi and me in Backyard Product Development and Testing With My Assistant, Mimi.

My friend Bonita at Distinctively Different Decor and More actually sews the pockets for me and also sells them at her shop. Aside from sharing her life with five cats Bonita is a professional interior designer and upholsterer and she expressed an interest in selling these as well as assisting with the finishing. I have other art and merchandise at Bonita’s boutique, these will be on display and available through her at 103 Chestnut St. Carnegie, PA 15106.

Flags are 11” wide x 15” tall and fit the most common garden flag bracket available, seen here and sold in most hardware and home renovation stores with a garden area. I sell them for $15.00 each plus shipping I ship the garden flags rolled in a tube unless you also order other merchandise and I can fit them into the box. You can order one through me, but with their weight and size it adds to the shipping cost.

Current designs

The eight designs below are currently available in my Etsy shop—click the image to go to the product on Etsy, and scroll down for links to the images here on The Creative Cat.


"Cats After Van Gogh"
“Cats After Van Gogh”
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“Mimi Among the Geraniums”
cat garden flag
“Fine Art Cats”
garden flag with cats
“Impressionist Cats”
cat garden flag
“The Roundest Eyes”
cat garden flag
“The Goddess”
cat garden flag
“Kitty in Pink:
cat garden flag
“In Afternoon Sun”

Following is a list of links to the daily sketch or painting:

Cats After van Gogh: Two Cats After van Gogh/In Window Light

Mimi Among the Geraniums 1/Mimi Among the Geraniums 2

Fine Art Cats: Peaches and Peonies/After Dinner Nap

Impressionist Cats: Stanley With Apple/White Cat Reflecting

The Roundest Eyes (white background)/The Roundest Eyes (yellow background)

The Goddess (white background)/The Goddess (yellow background)

Kitty in Pink/Kitty in Pink

In Afternoon Sun/In Afternoon Sun

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All images used on this site are copyrighted to Bernadette E. Kazmarski unless otherwise noted and may not be used without my written permission. Please ask if you are interested in using one in a print or internet publication. If you are interested in purchasing a print of this image or a product including this image, check my Etsy shop or Fine Art America profile to see if I have it available already. If you don’t find it there, visit Ordering Custom Artwork for more information on a custom greeting card, print or other item.


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Garden Flag Giveaway

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“Tortie Girls” garden flags.

Eight two-sided garden flags are now available in my Etsy shop, each one a completely different style and theme to suit any garden—fine art, Impressionist, Warhol-esque and “after van Gogh”, black cats, pink cats, tabby cats and calico cats, and of course, those tortie girls!

These first eight flags actually feature twelve images. All are two-sided, most have two different designs so you can turn them around and show something different, or you can put them along a walk and see both sides as you move in each direction. I began with the most popular and requested images, and from those chose and ones that fit well on the shape of the flag while the image was still easily recognizable from a distance. Colors can be a little unpredictable with digital printing, and this digital fabric is a new product, but the colors and detail are astonishing.

You have a chance to win one as well—details below! I want to tell you more about the designs…

black cat with garden flag
Mimi poses with her favorite design, featuring her, of course.

At left Mimi models her favorite design, I presume, since this was when she chose to saunter over and rub herself on the bracket even though she is featured in three other designs. Mimi is not included with your order, I need her here to model for more art, supervise their design, and especially act as art director for our back yard photo shoots.

These are digitally printed on a product called digital satin, a woven product intended for outdoor as well as indoor use. It’s heavier than the nylon most other flags are made of, but if I’m judging by the one I’ve had hanging out in my back yard since winter this is tough and durable material, no fading, scratches in the finish, fraying or wrinkling of the flag in any way. I’m sure, like any other product, if the flag is in direct sun for more than four hours per day it will eventually fade, but the testing worked better than I’d thought. You can read about the development of these flags as well as backyard testing and a photo shoot with Mimi and me in Backyard Product Development and Testing With My Assistant, Mimi.

My friend Bonita at Distinctively Different Decor and More actually sews the pockets for me and also sells them at her shop. Aside from sharing her life with five cats Bonita is a professional interior designer and upholsterer and she expressed an interest in selling these as well as assisting with the finishing. I have other art and merchandise at Bonita’s boutique, these will be on display and available through her at 103 Chestnut St. Carnegie, PA 15106.

I ship the garden flags rolled in a tube. Flags are 11” wide x 15” tall and fit the most common garden flag bracket available, seen here and sold in most hardware and home renovation stores with a garden area. You can order on through me, but with their weight and size it adds to the shipping cost.

Current designs

The eight designs below are currently available in my Etsy shop—click the image to go to the product on Etsy, and scroll down for links to the images here on The Creative Cat.


"Cats After Van Gogh"
“Cats After Van Gogh”
cat garden flags
“Mimi Amng the Geraniums”
cat garden flag
“Fine Art Cats”
garden flag with cats
“Impressionist Cats”

cat garden flag
“The Roundest Eyes”
cat garden flag
“The Goddess”
cat garden flag
“Kitty in Pink:
cat garden flag
“In Afternoon Sun”

Following is a list of links to the daily sketch or painting:

Cats After van Gogh: Two Cats After van Gogh/In Window Light

Mimi Among the Geraniums 1/Mimi Among the Geraniums 2

Fine Art Cats: Peaches and Peonies/After Dinner Nap

Impressionist Cats: Stanley With Apple/White Cat Reflecting

The Roundest Eyes (white background)/The Roundest Eyes (yellow background)

The Goddess (white background)/The Goddess (yellow background)

Kitty in Pink/Kitty in Pink

In Afternoon Sun/In Afternoon Sun

Below, just my favorite photo of my first proofs in my yard! Of course, I’ve moved them around, but this is what I was envisioning last year when I first had the idea to create these.

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Backyard Product Development and Testing With My Assistant, Mimi

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Testing a garden flag design, “Holly on the Rocker”

Product testing in my back yard!

garden flag in brown back yard.
It sure brightens up the landscape on a dull day.

I have ideas for new products made from my artwork all the time—many I’ve had for years and finally had the time to work them out. Other ideas are new, based on feedback from readers and customers, or are extensions of other things I’ve worked out like the keepsake boxes and the wood-mounted artwork, or are designed around new materials or ones that have formerly been too expensive. I love to make the things myself so I focus on a certain number of projects, I also have a limited area for storage so I don’t want to have a quantity of a product here, and I enjoy working with my local printers and manufacturers, many of whom I work with for freelance assignments and it’s fun to be a little more creative and work on something for me.

I’m usually a pretty good judge of what’s going to work out but every once in a while I need to test a product for a while like the garden flags pictured here, or there’s an issue with materials and a product doesn’t work out the way I plan, like a heat-proof finish that simply was not, so there will be no hot pads right now. The past two months have definitely had their ups and downs—including a sunny day that suddenly turned heavy overcast when Mimi and I emerged outdoors for a photo session—but I have a couple of winners at the moment.

Garden Flags

The artwork printed on both sides of the polyester satin is looking pretty good after a cold and icy winter.

I’ve long pictured my art on house flags, both the large ones and smaller garden flags. These are usually printed on nylon or a polyester fabric and printed by a process called dye-sublimation, which infuses the surface of the product whether fabric or ceramic or other substances, with a dye-based ink that actually soaks into the product. It’s not terribly expensive but most of the time you need to purchase a quantity to make it worthwhile, and colors are not always reliable—I’ve had customer projects printed this way and it’s been tricky. The last thing I want is a bulk order that’s totally incorrect.

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Test flag with “Stanley With Apple” sketch.

But one of the printers I work with locally showed me samples of several different printing media, one of which is the satin these flags are printed on which can be used indoors or out. I initially tried out a few proofs over the summer to be used as placemats, but they really didn’t work well for that. Then last October I remembered the garden flags and decided to try two different art images back and front on a piece and figured I’d try it outdoors.

Then I thought I’d better try it as it would be for a flag with the stitching for the rod pocket and possibly a hem. My machine can handle sewing into this product, but it’s hard to get to with all the other materials and merchandise I have in this house, and the stitching wasn’t getting done. I took it to my friend Bonita at Distinctively Different Decor and More where I also have art and merchandise. Aside from sharing her life with five cats Bonita is a professional interior designer and upholsterer and sewing is second nature to her. She also expressed an interest in selling these and can easily sew the rod pockets and finish them for me. A partnership!

When I had this flag done, I only had it printed to see how it would look and last outdoors, and didn’t allow for the rod pocket and serged edge, but as I design the actual garden flags I am using only the image area below the rod pocket, and incorporating a solid colored rod pocket and edge that coordinates with the design so the stitching will blend in.

garden flag waving.
It has a nice wave to it.

For testing, I just used a wire hanger clipped open in the center of the bottom section so I could slip the flag onto it and easily hang it outside, and also see how the fabric reacts to metal. So far, this flag has been totally covered with ice, covered with snow, drenched in driving rain, hit with hail and sleet, and I’ve found it under snow in the garden and in a neighbor’s tree when I didn’t secure the hook on the hanger well enough. The colors have not faded, the finish has not cracked, and the fabric has not ripped or frayed—yay! I’m sure, like everything else, and per the manufacturer’s instructions, it would fade in direct sunlight so rather than wait through the summer I will need to warn customers to place them in partial sun instead of full sun.

The fabric is a little stiffer than nylon, but it still waves and curls in the breeze in a very nice way. I will have these available in April for $15.00 each and am planning five different colorful designs. Typically these flags are printed with the same design on both sides, but my test with two different designs didn’t show through to the other side. I can offer more designs if I print two-sided, but I’m still not sure. Any feedback would be much appreciated!

Mouse Pads

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Four mouse pad designs.

I am finally having mouse pads printed, though many people no longer even need them! It’s one of those products that was too expensive unless I only wanted to offer one design, and choosing only one of my paintings is like choosing a favorite child, I just can’t do it. But I found high-quality mouse pads with incredibly detailed and accurate printing—remember, these are images I created, I know every stroke and color. I don’t expect printing to be perfect and I’ll understand a lack of detail with some products or slightly inaccurate color if the overall image reflects my work. Best of all I can sell them for $6.00 each.

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Mimi has her part in the testing process.

But even better mouse pads didn’t have printing that was reliably clear and correct, in part because they are set up for photos and most of my art files are scans, both digital, but different printing mechanisms read them differently. In four designs, two were perfect right away, two were absolutely color correct but were off-center and too large after three proofs. I won’t go into the details of it, but even certain of my art files didn’t work well until I realized it was the scanned art that was the issue. I made them a lower resolution and created a file that was the size of the mouse pad, and we are fine.

My photo assistant thought they were fun to walk on too, so if you don’t need them for your computer, perhaps your cats can use them as temporary nap stations. I found that as soon as I put one down to photograph inside, a cat magically appeared on it.



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All images used on this site are copyrighted to Bernadette E. Kazmarski unless otherwise noted and may not be used without my written permission. Please ask if you are interested in using one in a print or internet publication. If you are interested in purchasing a print of this image or a product including this image, check my Etsy shop or Fine Art America profile to see if I have it available already. If you don’t find it there, visit Ordering Custom Artwork for more information on a custom greeting card, print or other item.


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