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Etsy Pets: Inspired by an Orphan

Jul 27, 2010

by paperinstyle

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While browsing Etsy for inspiration, Ceylan (a.k.a. paperinstyle and packageinstyle) realized that several of her favorite shops talked about their pets in their profiles. Ceylan recently started her blog, paper in style, and has been hosting an interview series each month. Here’s her interview with Sebnem of ShebboDesign, whose hand painted work is inspired by her precious cat.

Introduce us to your pet.
I have only one beloved cat, Pasha. When I adopted him, I thought of a lot of short, easy and meaningful names for him. I finally chose Pasha for him, meaning “General.” Now he is the Pasha of our house; he is the master — even of me!

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How long have you had Pasha?
I have had Pasha for 15 months.

What activities does he enjoy?
He is very active and a clever young cat — he loves to play hide-and-seek. One of his favorite games is jump and catch with a tinfoil ball. And unfortunately, in his playing he bites and scratches my hands, which I need to train him out of!

Recently his most favorite activity is going out on our 4th floor balcony. At first I was terrified that he might fall, but I recently let him out under my supervision, and he was fine! He just loves to look outside. Every morning he comes to me and taps my leg to go out, so now we spend some time out there every day.

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What are his favorite treats?
Kitbits, Malt-Soft paste, yogurt and some fruits: banana, cherry and melon (of course, he is allowed to eat very small bites).

What does he do when you are creating?
Even though I have a separate painting studio, sometimes I paint rocks at home. Pasha always comes and smells the rocks and tries to play with my brushes. He is very curious, like every cat, and he always wants my attention. He is my favorite model, but he doesn’t like to pose. I love to photograph him while he is sleeping or having an after-lunch nap.

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What’s the best part of having a pet?
Happiness and laughter! Pasha is a perfect teacher. He teaches me to live in the “now” and reminds me about unconditional love. Whenever I feel down or blue, he changes my mood easily with his playful behaviour! He always exudes positive energy and happiness.

What story would you like to share about your pet?
I met my beloved Pasha for the first time at my elder sister’s office in March 2009. My sister found him on the street in a cardboard box. When she found him, his brother and his mother were there too, but sadly they were dead. Just Pasha was alive. My sister is another crazy animal lover like me, and despite having two Rottweilers in her office, she took him in to keep him alive. When Pasha saw me for the first time he ran toward me and climbed from my ankles to my neck — he chose me! At that moment, our destiny was written; I decided to adopt this little one-month-old kitten.

When he came into my life, I was going through some hard times. He suddenly jumped into my world and  has become an indispensable part of it — he has lightened my heart.

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How is your work inspired by your cat?
I love his curiosity, intelligence and sensitivity. Each cat has its own characteristics, all of them independent and elevated creatures. Besides, I love all animals, I wish I could help them all. As you can see in my designs, I mostly paint animals, sea creatures, etc. on my mugs, bowls, rocks and porcelain pieces. I try to send a “support and love animals” message through my artwork.

Do your pets influence your creative work? Tell us how in the comments below.

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266 comments

  • poplovedesigns

    poplovedesigns said 7 years ago

    What a sweet article! I love my dog Noodle, he's been such a warm center in our life, and it's so important to have a sweet little ball of unconditional love in your life! I'd LOVE to see more articles about sellers and their pets! <3 Andrea

  • AmandaJones

    AmandaJones said 7 years ago

    A very touching article and Pasha is so sweet!

  • ArtisticIntentions

    ArtisticIntentions said 7 years ago

    Great rocks! Pets are fabulous, I have 2 Labs. They understand when nobody else does!!

  • polkadotmagpie

    polkadotmagpie said 7 years ago

    Congrats, and love the cats!

  • futurowoman

    futurowoman said 7 years ago

    Very precious!!!! <3

  • verityunmondoaparte

    verityunmondoaparte said 7 years ago

    I love Pasha, it's a GREAT and LUCKY cat ^_^ My cat VilleValo (totally black ^_^) want to say "miaoooo" to Pasha ^_^

  • CatchTheEye

    CatchTheEye said 7 years ago

    Luckily, I work from home---and usually with a cat in my lap!

  • RainyPenguinVintage

    RainyPenguinVintage said 7 years ago

    What a cute kitty! I love that picture of him laying on the purple and teal blanket! He's so adorable!

  • beachglassshop

    beachglassshop said 7 years ago

    I love these findings! Being an animal lover......my JRT's name is Hunter - we all love each other!!!!

  • evertonterrace

    evertonterrace said 7 years ago

    I recently had to say goodbye to my treasured dog, Jake. I love your message to support and love animals. Your Pasha is adorable.

  • martice

    martice said 7 years ago

    what a lovely cat!

  • opendoorstudio

    opendoorstudio said 7 years ago

    so sweet! WE have 2 kitties! they each have such unique personalities! They were both stray as kittens and we are glad they chose to call our place home!

  • VeronicaRStudio

    VeronicaRStudio said 7 years ago

    What a great story! Pets add so much to our lives... Sally, my Cocker Spaniel girl entered my life at a difficult time, and she has enriched our family so much!

  • beautifulanodyne

    beautifulanodyne said 7 years ago

    Pets are very important in most peoples lives, especially the artist or crafter in us. They nurture and relax us, just as we do to them. If you think you want a new pet, please ADOPT a pet over buying one. They need your help much more than ever and most often very loving pets.

  • ecozuzu

    ecozuzu said 7 years ago

    such a cute cat!!!

  • akcArt

    akcArt said 7 years ago

    I came across Shebbo's shop the other day! Her rock paintings are amazing! Great story!

  • Shoga

    Shoga said 7 years ago

    Aww, Pasha is so adorable!! That is a very sweet name too and it suits him so well!

  • SimpleJoysPaperie

    SimpleJoysPaperie said 7 years ago

    awww, so sweet!

  • LaurenBPhotography

    LaurenBPhotography said 7 years ago

    Pasha is so precious, and what a sweet story. Thanks for sharing.

  • StudioCybele

    StudioCybele said 7 years ago

    So beautiful!!!

  • StudioCybele

    StudioCybele said 7 years ago

    So beautiful!!!

  • WoodPigeon

    WoodPigeon said 7 years ago

    LOL what is Brad Pitt doing in the pet collection?

  • MetroGypsy

    MetroGypsy said 7 years ago

    Very pretty story-and a darling little kitty! I have 2 young black cats, and an elder tabby cat as well, all of whom bring much needed doses of humor and love when they're around-cheers!

  • kimmchi

    kimmchi said 7 years ago

    I love how brad pitt snuck in here! WoodPigeon, I'm with you, but i'm not complaining!

  • buysomelove

    buysomelove said 7 years ago

    omg how talented!

  • ShebboDesign

    ShebboDesign said 7 years ago

    I am very proud to share my precious boy Pasha's story with all of you dear Etsy fellows! Many many thanks ETSY! and many many thanks to dear Ceylan for this interview :) Thanks for all your nice comments :) My boy sends purrrsss to all of you :)

  • CatsJammies

    CatsJammies said 7 years ago

    Wonderful story! Your mug with two black cats reminds me of Magic and Inky, both of whom we lost recently. Magic was 16 and diabetic. He died two days before my birthday. Inky is pictured on my Avatar lying on my lap while I try to weave. He died one month after Magic. He had found us after he was abandoned and left to starve wearing a too small collar. He was only 5 years old, but he developed a horribly fast moving cancer, so we gently released him and hope he is at peace. My ETSY store is a tribute to all the lovely feline friends I have had. We still have Roswell and Sammy (who looks very much like your yellow tabby cat plate). I use stories about my feline friends in some of my listings and will soon be showing t-shirts with feline designs. I think that when we adopt animals we can find true companions who help us measure life in meaningful ways. Thank you for reminding me of this.

  • orangethyme

    orangethyme said 7 years ago

    i loved this article. pasha is adorable. thank you!

  • arachne23

    arachne23 said 7 years ago

    The kitty is adorable. Cat people rule!

  • GoodGriefGlass

    GoodGriefGlass said 7 years ago

    Beautiful cat and work! Always love an animal story.

  • JanJat

    JanJat said 7 years ago

    So cute! My pets are such a huge part of my life and always help keep me in the moment. Thanks for sharing yours!

  • thelittlemarket

    thelittlemarket said 7 years ago

    Adorable!!! Really enjoyed this article!!!!

  • JanJat

    JanJat said 7 years ago

    So cute! My pets are a huge part of my life and always help keep me in the moment. Thanks for sharing yours!

  • baconsquarefarm

    baconsquarefarm said 7 years ago

    Your a talented artist, like your cat too.

  • liaison

    liaison said 7 years ago

    Super cute!

  • PaintedHorse

    PaintedHorse said 7 years ago

    Puuuuuurrrrrrrrfect little Pasha. How very sweet! My Tequila was an orphan as well. A neighbor's cat gave birth to her in one of our horse stalls. We've been together ever since (14 years). Thank you for this lovely read.

  • devotchkax

    devotchkax said 7 years ago

    What a cute kitty! Thanks for sharing your story. I am definitely one of those people who loves when sellers include their pets in product photos.

  • rarebeasts

    rarebeasts said 7 years ago

    Pasha is such a wicks!!!

  • allthepreciousthings

    allthepreciousthings said 7 years ago

    Pasha is adorable! Our own little burmese is a companion animal for our daughter who is autistic, but the whole family loves her :)

  • BlackStar

    BlackStar said 7 years ago

    Oh Ceylan! I love reading this series. What a wonderful article.

  • peskycatdesigns

    peskycatdesigns said 7 years ago

    What a touching article. Pasha is such a sweet heart! What a wonderful shop as well. The stone portraits are brilliant!

  • spirithorseherbals

    spirithorseherbals said 7 years ago

    My horses (11 of them) are a HUGE part of my inspiration. Hence the name Spirit Horse Herbals. GREAT interview!

  • EphemeraAndMore

    EphemeraAndMore said 7 years ago

    Lovely story, thanks for sharing with us! My 2 cats are also a constant source of inspiration!

  • treasurebooth

    treasurebooth said 7 years ago

    Really sweet story :) Love my kitty, and all kitty meow meows!

  • Sundayandsunday

    Sundayandsunday said 7 years ago

    Pasha is purrfectly adorable and her mommy is very talented!

  • meredithdillman

    meredithdillman said 7 years ago

    That looks just like my kitty too. I've used her for the model for the cheshire cat in two Alice in Wonderland paintings.

  • kellydbrown

    kellydbrown said 7 years ago

    animals have always been important in my life. at the moment i don't have a pet so i make do with feeding squirrels, chipmunks and the occasional marmot. i also make regular trips to a small forested area where people bring their dogs to run free. Of course I always have my camera to catch these moments. Pasha looks like a real doll - i can't believe he likes fruit! lol!

  • EarthenWire

    EarthenWire said 7 years ago

    Pasha is adorable and so are your paintings! I have two cats who are an integral part of my jewelry making process. Sasha and Emilie are my quality control department. They test the stones, taste the wire and then tend to drag off finished pieces of chainmaille to test drive. Heck they've even been known to model a few finished pieces. Nothing gets by them. Of course, I do have to clean everything before I send it out, just in case something is bought by an allergic person, but you get the point. The design process just wouldn't be the same.

  • dorana

    dorana said 7 years ago

    oh gosh there is no etsy working day without my cat merlin in the middle of everything! i finally relented and bought him one of iwunder.etsy.com's great cat beds and just plopped it up next to my computer and work station in my office. sometimes he uses it, most times he'd rather just lay across my hands on the keyboard while i'm typing like right now! :o) beautiful post and featured shop! siempre- dorana

  • spaceromantic

    spaceromantic said 7 years ago

    Cute kitty. He looks like he's still pretty young. Speaking of pets, my recently adopted greyhound Billy broke his leg and needed over $2700 in surgery to have it pinned back together, hence the 'big sale' in my icon.

  • meredithea

    meredithea said 7 years ago

    yay for pasha!

  • Tarapparel

    Tarapparel said 7 years ago

    What a cutie! My cat was also found in a box when he was about a month old. I love him so much and he loves to hangout with me when I'm working on patternmaking.

  • ClickityClack

    ClickityClack said 7 years ago

    We currently have 3 feline helpers and 1 canine helper. We use Miss Lydia Lionheart as our avatar and several of our cats both past and present in our feedback comments. Miss Lydia and her brother Professor Kenworth Von Diesel were barn kittens. Rickity Tickity just wandered up the driveway in desperate need of a home. Our dog, Sheba, was left to wander the streets when her family moved, then spent three months at a humane society before we found her. She is mostly German Shepard, a wonderful dog and perfect for us. All are very special to us!

  • lillya

    lillya said 7 years ago

    I love the interview and love cats!:)

  • AnniesWearableArt

    AnniesWearableArt said 7 years ago

    sweeeeeet tabby kitty!!! Before we moved to the country, we didn't have any cats. Now we have 4: 3 indoor rescues, and 1 feral that comes to visit each night that we provide shelter/food/water and a safe place for. Please spay/neuter your pets, especially if you let them roam...and consider the plight of feral kitties. If you have ferals around your neighborhood, you can contact volunteer organizations like Alley Cat Advocates: they have angels disguised as volunteers that will come trap, take them to be treated for any ailments/diseases/spay/neuter and then release them. You don't have to do a thing but pick up the phone and call or email them. All of our cats were at one time feral, and I do not know what I would do without our babies! They bring such joy into life!

  • CocoandChia

    CocoandChia said 7 years ago

    Love this!

  • jaleecya

    jaleecya said 7 years ago

    I~Love~Cats~Especially~the~big~Gray~Ones. How~About~You.

  • lovelettersshop

    lovelettersshop said 7 years ago

    Really enjoyed your story and am so glad you found each other. Only we cat lovers can fully understand how deep into our hearts these creatures crawl.

  • ClementineMoonshine

    ClementineMoonshine said 7 years ago

    Pasha is so cute! He looks just like my baby Sebastian!

  • HomeSliceHandmade

    HomeSliceHandmade said 7 years ago

    pEtsys! PEtsies? PetEtsies? Hm. Purrty cat.

  • AnnukCreations

    AnnukCreations said 7 years ago

    What a sweet and wonderful interview!!!! Thank you!!! Sebnem is such a gifted and talented artist, I love her wonderful artwork and she's a wonderful person, a lovely friend and such a sensitive person, whose heart is full of warm love for all creatures! My ZOE saus hello and sends a big kiss to handsome prince Pasha! She's the muse for one of my brooches :)! And I put her photo as first pic for my listing! We are ALL crazy for animals -and cats in particular- in my family!!!

  • jaleecya

    jaleecya said 7 years ago

    Hello~Everyone~I~am~new~My~Cat~name~is~precious~How about~yours...

  • iragranteco

    iragranteco said 7 years ago

    Lovely story Sebnem:) btw, I saw your beautiful work in Kristin's shop when I went to Istanbul last month, they are gorgeous:)

  • candacejean

    candacejean said 7 years ago

    What a great read! Thank you so much for sharing your story. I have always needed the companionship of animals and adore my animal friends, and receive great inspiration from them. Nice rocks! My son's great-grandma paints little critters on rocks, too. LOVE the deer mug!

  • lyons21

    lyons21 said 7 years ago

    He is too cute. Pasha looks a lot like my cat. Except my cat has white socks. I love the black cat mug. The one that has two playing with yarn. Too CUTE!

  • StormieAndMel

    StormieAndMel said 7 years ago

    AWWWW.... Pasha reminds me so much of my cat Stormie! :) He certainly does influence my art and life in a major way. I can't wait to screen print some images of him onto t-shirts which is my next project. Hooray for awesome pets! :)

  • lcwmom

    lcwmom said 7 years ago

    What a lovely story. I must admit that my eyes welled up with tears when hearing how you found little Pasha with his mother and brother gone. I too found my little Obi Wan Kanobi abandoned with his brother in a field across the street from my house and his brother would unfortunately soon pass away due to a car. But he is the light of our lives and whenever I feel a little down, I know he'll make me feel better in a flash with his unconditional love and his silly little ways. Your art is lovely and I hope to do some shopping in the near future! A big "meow" to Pasha from Obi here in sunny Southern California! Marilyn

  • monkeyminddesign09

    monkeyminddesign09 said 7 years ago

    Now that I'm working from home... I love having them by my side. Always get a chuckle when there is dueling snoring going on... too funny!

  • Squirrelstock

    Squirrelstock said 7 years ago

    What a great article and story; I especially love this part: "He teaches me to live in the “now” and reminds me about unconditional love"... it's so true!... I had 2 cats for 15 years; they bring love to the all family; they are great models for pictures,drawing and inspiration; one is just missing :( ...

  • sunshinelady

    sunshinelady said 7 years ago

    very sweet cat such pretty eyes.I have a calico cat named Callie.

  • RiverBazaar

    RiverBazaar said 7 years ago

    Love to hear of rescues and the love they bring...and love my pets (and other visiting pet friends) Lola the kitteh, Chiquita the parakeet, Lily the Labradoodle, and Saphi the Siamese Fighting Fish. Had to say goodbye to Salvador the kitteh I had for 19 years...they all bring joy...love your work Sebnem. Pasha is wonderful.

  • ClematisCrafts

    ClematisCrafts said 7 years ago

    My avatar shows my precious Honey...the love of my life..out of the pound at 18 months old and into my heart, she's seven years old now and she's my world.

  • BunnyBesos

    BunnyBesos said 7 years ago

    Aw, what an inspiring story! I adore cats, but right now, I am currently in love with my bunny, Professor BunBun. We spend every day together, and I couldn't imagine life without her. I think the message of loving and supporting animals is great. I try to convey that as well, by telling everyone I know to get their animals from shelters. I wish I could adopt every single one of them. ;D

  • signsofmylife

    signsofmylife said 7 years ago

    super sweet article, i enjoyed reading it. i could feel the love & your art also shows it! i really loved the part when the little pasha kitten climbed all the way up to your neck. indeed he chose you & the rest is history. i too have had a kitten claim me & it is such a nice feeling. unconditional love is best!

  • CatzillaCrafts

    CatzillaCrafts said 7 years ago

    Aww how precious! =^_^=

  • NatureVisions

    NatureVisions said 7 years ago

    Great story! Our shop is inspired by nature and animals; our lives defined by the pets who have been with us over the years. We wouldn't know what to do without animals in our lives. Right now, our two crazy dogs are playing behind me, lol! I can definitely relate to this article:-)

  • craftfavorites

    craftfavorites said 7 years ago

    so cute and creative, thanks for sharing

  • JMcGuinness

    JMcGuinness said 7 years ago

    What a great story! Pasha is very lucky to have found you. I have three rabbits and they are a big part of my work. After I shoot my photos and check toning and prep my work to be sent to the printer, they are sitting over my shoulder and watching what I do. (Or using the moment to cause mischief while I'm distracted!)

  • firecreek

    firecreek said 7 years ago

    they keep us going! ask my little queen!

  • ArtFeyStudio

    ArtFeyStudio said 7 years ago

    Nice article! This is the fourth cat named Pasha that I know! Must be really popular cat's name :)

  • DeltasWorkshop

    DeltasWorkshop said 7 years ago

    Pasha is a sweety. Lovely stripes. My kitty Audi is 13 months old and a real joy.

  • girltuesdayjewelry

    girltuesdayjewelry said 7 years ago

    Pasha is adorable!

  • WoolenWondersbyEllen

    WoolenWondersbyEllen said 7 years ago

    I too have a feline assistant who came to live with me during a difficult time as well...Beautiful work in your shop! I love the koi painted rock!

  • nikisha

    nikisha said 7 years ago

    pets are the best inspiration! i love my rabbits and that's why my store is called Bunnies Can Dream!

  • Raceytay

    Raceytay said 7 years ago

    Oh my heart just melted.

  • TheWhimsicalCat

    TheWhimsicalCat said 7 years ago

    What a wonderful story:) I love all animals..but cats are so unique. I would also love to save all the animals that needed saving:)

  • CozyShores

    CozyShores said 7 years ago

    Precious Pasha! I can never get enough of reading how pets touch peoples lives and change them. My husband and I have SIX four-legged, furry children...3 cats and 3 dogs. We love having them around while we work. I love browsing through the talented Etsy community for designers and artists who either talk about their pets and/or dedicate their talents/designs for animals. Keep up the wonderful work you talented Etsians!!

  • humblebea

    humblebea said 7 years ago

    What a sweet article! I have always adored Sebnem's paintings and loved learning more about Pasha! (-:

  • LeafandInk

    LeafandInk said 7 years ago

    Awe! By the looks of all these responses this Etsy interview really captured some hearts! We would love to meet all of you! Come check out our new blog at http://leafandink.wordpress.com/

  • whimsicals

    whimsicals said 7 years ago

    wonderful story for our kitty luvs. we have had many cats over the years and all rescued and adored. hard to believe that people can just dump them. kitty hugs.

  • Conniebrat

    Conniebrat said 7 years ago

    Oh, I love your kitty. He looks just like my Tabby Teddy Bear who is a rescue cat. When we captured him, he was only a few weeks old, and he growled at us like you wouldn't believe. It was totally unnerving. However, now he is the sweetest boy, sticks to me like glue, very sweet and loving. He likes yogurt and sips of coffee.

  • nickiefrye

    nickiefrye said 7 years ago

    Those painted rocks are like the cutest things ever! I love them!

  • eclecticcupcake

    eclecticcupcake said 7 years ago

    I have 7 Fur Babies myself! What an adorable kitty and great artwork too!

  • excellentgem

    excellentgem said 7 years ago

    I love your kitty.I was crazy for cat.

  • sweetjane

    sweetjane said 7 years ago

    Meow! Such a sweet kitten picture...your work is beautiful! Thanks for sharing your story!

  • peaseblossomstudio

    peaseblossomstudio said 7 years ago

    Awww, cute story!

  • ginnyhuber

    ginnyhuber said 7 years ago

    Nice interview idea! Lovely cat, artist, kitty, too!

  • cocolicious69

    cocolicious69 said 7 years ago

    good story.

  • bellasnest

    bellasnest said 7 years ago

    My cat Lily looks just just like Pasha!

  • maggiemaevintage

    maggiemaevintage said 7 years ago

    cats... they all have their own personality, we have three and how different each one is.. they are so cool!

  • LookBackVintage

    LookBackVintage said 7 years ago

    Lovely story! So wonderful to read and the comments too. It warms the heart to see how many people will come to the rescue of an animal in need. My cat was a stray left out in the cold. I took her in and she is the best companion ever! And thanks AnniesWearableArt for the information regarding feral cats!

  • ikabags

    ikabags said 7 years ago

    Beautiful story Sebnem and Ceylan ! Pasha is super :)

  • dreamyvintage

    dreamyvintage said 7 years ago

    Beautiful story, great interview and wonderful shop! Pasha is precious! Congrats :)

  • CelticRose417

    CelticRose417 said 7 years ago

    Animals are often angels.

  • strawberryluna

    strawberryluna said 7 years ago

    Pasha is so beautiful! What an awesome cat, shop, and super cool story. We love animals and pets here like crazy. Super lovely to see how many others do too :)

  • WhiskeyandRye

    WhiskeyandRye said 7 years ago

    What a touching article! :) My shop is named after my horse. I've had him since he was a baby, and he's 7 now. I used to sing to him all the time, so when it came time to start showing, I made his show name a reference to the song I sang to him the most. We call him Finn for short. I also have two dogs. Jet & Papu. They are my whole world!

  • HairAccents

    HairAccents said 7 years ago

    What a sweet cat and a sweet story!

  • barkingturtle

    barkingturtle said 7 years ago

    A truly beautiful story about Pasha. What a sweetie. I love how fate sometimes steps in and sends us what we need, when we need it. Pets are such a joy and can enrich our lives in so many ways. My cat, Wynter is also a rescued cat (from my back yard, she just showed up one day). That was 12 years ago and I would not trade her for anything. My compliments also on your shop. You have very unique art and such talent. Love the painted animal rocks.

  • OneEyeCatDesigns

    OneEyeCatDesigns said 7 years ago

    It's probably obvious I'm an animal lover - totally enjoyed your interview!

  • PearlShellJewelry

    PearlShellJewelry said 7 years ago

    Loved your story. We have 7 cats so I can understand how you feel :). Each one has their own personality and no two are alike ever!

  • sweetdixiedesigns

    sweetdixiedesigns said 7 years ago

    My shop is named for my dog Dixie a rescued ex-racing greyhound. She is my fourth child and she is so sweet and loving. When we went to get another greyhound after our first one died from cancer she came running to me and just pressed her head against my leg and that was it....she definitely picked me!

  • aynart

    aynart said 7 years ago

    the best pets are always rescues! thank you for the stories!

  • Armillatadesigns

    Armillatadesigns said 7 years ago

    What an uplifting interview, and how wonderful that an abandoned kitten found a loving home, thanks to her sister sparing the time to help. All three of my rescue pets remind me every day to be thankful for kind people like that.

  • SpringColors

    SpringColors said 7 years ago

    Pasha is gorgeous. Looks so much a like to my cat Tiger - the cleverst cat ever with a huge heart.

  • FloweryDeer

    FloweryDeer said 7 years ago

    So cute!!!

  • localevintage

    localevintage said 7 years ago

    Such a sweet story! My fur babies influence me a lot as well! They always sit on my lap when I Etsy, helping with photo editing as such. It always nice to get kisses while clicking away on that mouse. My two dogs are both rescues, one from Boston Buddies, a Boston Terrier, and the other a French Bulldog from the French Bulldog Rescue Network. We also have a foster dog as well. Make adoption your first option!

  • TheFeatheredSnail

    TheFeatheredSnail said 7 years ago

    YAY! Hooray for companion animals! My love for animals inspires all of my work every minute of every day! All of my animals are rescues and surround me while I work. Please visit http://www.Petfinder.com if you are looking to welcome a new animal into your family. You can find a variety of different animals needing forever homes and you can search by zip code!

  • ArtifactsAndRelics

    ArtifactsAndRelics said 7 years ago

    Thank you for this. I love reading about people and their pets. I just adore my cat. Your pet portraits are great.

  • Waterrose

    Waterrose said 7 years ago

    awww....love our pets

  • thesnippets

    thesnippets said 7 years ago

    What a wonderful story! As a "crazy for cats" lady, I can certainly appreciate the furry inspiration behind the artwork! I split my time between sculpting animals and rescuing cats and spaying/neutering strays and ferals. Thank you for sharing this!

  • CassiopiasCreations

    CassiopiasCreations said 7 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your story & inspiration for your work! We are cat owners too (Shadow & Mystic) who love to help us "create" earrings. Not forgotten, is our 15 yr old Spanish retriever.

  • reflectionsbyds

    reflectionsbyds said 7 years ago

    I love cats and i love Sebnem's wonderful work! Thank you so much for sharing!

  • hazelhome

    hazelhome said 7 years ago

    Lovely article! My shop is named after my rescue kitty, Hazel. She's curled up at my feet as I type this comment.

  • hazelhome

    hazelhome said 7 years ago

    Sweet story. My shop is named after my rescue kitty, Hazel.

  • KMalinka

    KMalinka said 7 years ago

    lovely work!

  • JeansVintageCloset

    JeansVintageCloset said 7 years ago

    In each artists life there are sad and glad moments. My pets give love unconditionally, asking or rather cajoling for belly rubs, cat treats, like beloved cat mint and some attention, In their eyes is the lure of companionship needs and that one great item, Trust, Love this article, love the items

  • cutline

    cutline said 7 years ago

    A great story! Pasha is so cute. I love reading about pets. It's very true about pets bringing positive energy. :)

  • MariesJewelryshop

    MariesJewelryshop said 7 years ago

    Great and inspirational post! Thanks for sharing!

  • luckypups

    luckypups said 7 years ago

    I love this post! I would love to see more like this one. I have a pom named Koda. He even has his own Facebook page. ha

  • mialareine

    mialareine said 7 years ago

    The power of pets is so often underestimated! And what a cute kitten :)

  • beadweaver

    beadweaver said 7 years ago

    What a beautiful story and a wonderful relationship. You are so lucky to have each other! Good health and fortune to you both!

  • zwzzy

    zwzzy said 7 years ago

    Awwwww!!! So sweet! Kitties are the best!

  • 1AEON

    1AEON said 7 years ago

    spirit animals have spirits..

  • KatysKnitKnacks

    KatysKnitKnacks said 7 years ago

    aww! love it! my 2 kitties love when i'm crafting - they're always watching me work!

  • envydesignsjewelry

    envydesignsjewelry said 7 years ago

    OMG I love this post! I love cats! Thank you! Pasha is beautiful! My cat Stella always wants to play with my beads, and sleeps in the box of pearls while I work!

  • callmemimi

    callmemimi said 7 years ago

    I looooove this story ;) I looooove cats !!!! I looooove ShebboDesign !!!!

  • ShebboDesign

    ShebboDesign said 7 years ago

    It is 09:25 am here, I just made my breakfast; now I am reading all those great heart- melted comments...I feel so close to people who really loves and care animals..:) I want to thank you all for your purrr-fect comments! Pasha and I send our loves & hugs to everyone :)))

  • lindasmartstudio

    lindasmartstudio said 7 years ago

    What a beautiful cat, story, artwork! I am a cat worshiper myself and all my treasuries prominently feature a cat...

  • HeyChica

    HeyChica said 7 years ago

    So sweet, loved reading about you and your cat. I have a tabby looking very similar to yours though missing part of an ear and one tooth. She was left outside the shelter with 19 other cats. I was looking at their online website considering adopting a cat when I came across her picture and a little write up about her personality. I went to see her and I instantly knew she was my cat! She loves hanging out on a tall shelf or the window ledge in my studio space!

  • bysweetmom

    bysweetmom said 7 years ago

    superrrr sweet article...I love you Pasha, I love you Sebnem:))

  • rmcdona8

    rmcdona8 said 7 years ago

    That is such a sweet story. I also have a much beloved poodle who brightens my days too.

  • askida

    askida said 7 years ago

    he's really handsome! reminds me my "rahmetli" tabby Mahmut...have a long and happy life together with him :))

  • nowonder

    nowonder said 7 years ago

    Beautiful article! Such a sweet cat!

  • pasin

    pasin said 7 years ago

    Great rocks so sweet article

  • Dryw

    Dryw said 7 years ago

    Puuurrfect!

  • PeanutsCreations

    PeanutsCreations said 7 years ago

    what a touching story and the photos are awesome! After losing my two Jack Russells 9 months apart, I realize how much they inspired me creatively. They kept laughing and lighthearted every single day and that made a difference in how I created. I really miss that and both of them tremendously. Thanks for sharing your story!

  • 1dream

    1dream said 7 years ago

    lovely story! Thank you girls, Ceylan and Shebbo!

  • kirevi8

    kirevi8 said 7 years ago

    Wow, wow so beautiful article. So sweet Pasha:)

  • dragonhouseofyuen

    dragonhouseofyuen said 7 years ago

    what a lovely heart warming story :) lucky for Pasha and lucky for Sebnem :) my rescue rabbits Arabella and Wesley inspire all my work, they inspire my life :)

  • shellsherree

    shellsherree said 7 years ago

    I see from the number of comments ~ there are plenty of animal lovers here! Pascha is such a sweet little fellow. Though I was sad reading about his family {what is wrong with some people, seriously}, I'm so relieved and happy that Pascha made it and landed on his paws with you, Sebnem. My cats have always made me feel that somehow, no matter what's going on, everything will be all right.

  • iTONZz

    iTONZz said 7 years ago

    very nice story :)

  • kraplap

    kraplap said 7 years ago

    such a lovely & sweet story !

  • joyceweaver

    joyceweaver said 7 years ago

    I think artists have some kind of natural connection or attraction to pets and animals. A great story and that reminds me, it's feeding time!

  • MysticalRaindrops

    MysticalRaindrops said 7 years ago

    Delightful pet story with a happy ending. I love animals. They bring us such joy and companionship!

  • evihan

    evihan said 7 years ago

    ohh what a wonderful story...I am proud of you dear....congratulationsss shebbbooo...

  • LittleWrenPottery

    LittleWrenPottery said 7 years ago

    Aww thats a beautiful story, its nice to hear that you cat helps to brighten your day. I wish I had a pet!

  • JoanHunterHandmade

    JoanHunterHandmade said 7 years ago

    Aww! I love kitties and all the joy they bring. Just ask my 3 spoiled feline friends!

  • ErikaD4resincurves

    ErikaD4resincurves said 7 years ago

    How cute is Pasha!!! Reminds me of my own little devil, Gata :)

  • highsocks

    highsocks said 7 years ago

    pasha is so beautiful!!!! what a great story. .))

  • moltenMayhem

    moltenMayhem said 7 years ago

    As you can see I have my beloved "Angus von Lauffen", or lovebug for short, for my avatar. He and my kitty CC are the light in our lives. Angus is always with me when I'm out in the studio creating, I know CC would love to be there too but it's too dangerous for him, I know he'd be too much mischief!! They greet me when I get home from work with such joy and happiness that they make you forget the rotten day you had. I can't imagine life without them.

  • SSSJ

    SSSJ said 7 years ago

    Such a pretty kitty! I have four that come to visit at night. They haven't decided if they want to stay or not. One runs in and through the house--and back out again.

  • aileenrae

    aileenrae said 7 years ago

    I love the rocks!! I think I may have to try this myself.

  • ohdanger

    ohdanger said 7 years ago

    Great interview! ADORABLE kitty, as well. :) :)

  • OneLittleHouse

    OneLittleHouse said 7 years ago

    seb's art is wonderful; and i really enjoyed reading about pasha - how lovely that they found each other!. maisy xx

  • reneelowebarnes

    reneelowebarnes said 7 years ago

    I featured shebbo in a treasury the other day called Art on the Rocks. It is great to see an article about her and her pet kitty on the Etsy Blog. Congrats Shebbo and I love your work. It is great to see the story behind it.

  • watermediaworks

    watermediaworks said 7 years ago

    What a great story and how lucky for both of you that you found one another! I absolutely adore my own shelter kitty but she can be a bit of a devil when I'm trying to get any work done. For her, life is all play, play, play!

  • dmetz

    dmetz said 7 years ago

    Cats are great!!! Little pasha is precious! I had 6 cats now, I have 2 tuxedo left. They are best friends and do everything together. Love your shop!

  • KMSORIGINAL

    KMSORIGINAL said 7 years ago

    You sound like my kind of person. I come from a family of animal lovers. We too want to save or help them all. I love all the cat stuff and the little deer! Good Luck!

  • filofashion

    filofashion said 7 years ago

    Oh wooooooooow great article !!!Congrats !!!!! Super super !!

  • lovelygifts

    lovelygifts said 7 years ago

    Such a cute kitty and beautiful items!

  • Tumus

    Tumus said 7 years ago

    aww! squishy kitty ^_^

  • hatsbyanne1942

    hatsbyanne1942 said 7 years ago

    What a great story!!!! You have a beautiful Etsy shop!!! Cute Kitty!!

  • Texangypsy

    Texangypsy said 7 years ago

    Our two cats and dog are our children :) we adore every ounce of their being! Usually when I'm working they'll find any space available to come and sit by me.

  • SmilingGirlStudio

    SmilingGirlStudio said 7 years ago

    Your work is so lovely! I think it's more special by knowing how much love is involved. I'm adding you to one of my treasuries! Thanks for sharing.

  • janicewd

    janicewd said 7 years ago

    I love your hand painted rocks. They are so original and adorable. I love my pug too and our animals are such great friends. Wonderful shops!

  • michli

    michli said 7 years ago

    Pasha is gorgeous!

  • yourethatgirldesigns

    yourethatgirldesigns said 7 years ago

    what a great piece! my pup definitely inspires my work!

  • ZenAndCoffee

    ZenAndCoffee said 7 years ago

    Love this article! So sweet! Beautiful kitty and artwork! Thank you so much for sharing this! ~Wren http://www.ZenAndCoffee.etsy.com Arm Warmers & Fingerless Gloves for all seasons & styles!

  • sewury

    sewury said 7 years ago

    I swear cats totally appreciate when they are rescued and show it with so much love & inspiration. You have a heart of gold for letting Pasha adopt you. Your work is beautiful! =^..^=

  • pussycats3

    pussycats3 said 7 years ago

    Your work is lovely and your Kitty is too! What a precious wee guy. I hope he can't get over that balcony though!!?? XX

  • Adeleshop

    Adeleshop said 7 years ago

    I love it!

  • econica

    econica said 7 years ago

    cats are very intelligent creatures and wonderful companions!

  • pinkpurr

    pinkpurr said 7 years ago

    Adorable!

  • tinygalaxies

    tinygalaxies said 7 years ago

    I loveeeee this article! I have a brother and sister cat who look very much like Pasha. He's adorable and so is your rock art!

  • zougeebean

    zougeebean said 7 years ago

    so great!

  • OfTheFountain

    OfTheFountain said 7 years ago

    That is so cute how he taps your leg to let you know he wants out. My white sphynx pokes me in the eye.

  • TraverseBayShores

    TraverseBayShores said 7 years ago

    Adorable kitty! And I believe you've created the new and much improved Pet Rocks.

  • lunalove

    lunalove said 7 years ago

    such a sweet story!

  • sahariah

    sahariah said 7 years ago

    BEAUTIFUL story!! And gorgeous kitty! I know exactly what you mean about Pasha playing with your paint brushes, my tabby cat LOVES getting into my makeup brushes! You also do Lovely work! Yes, my cat Fuzzy has to be in the "middle" of everything I am creating and LOVES being with me no matter what I am doing! Thanks for sharing!!

  • GemstonesAndCrystals

    GemstonesAndCrystals said 7 years ago

    What a cutie, love the artcle. My cats are a never ending source of joy and love. I try to make jewelry once they have settled down for a nap, otherwise their curiosity overwhelms them and we have beads flying everywhere.

  • somsstudiosupplies

    somsstudiosupplies said 7 years ago

    Lovely article and adorable kitty!

  • KettleConfections

    KettleConfections said 7 years ago

    All the animal inspired items in ShebboDesign are beautiful - really shows how the positive things in our life help inspire and shape our creative endeavors.

  • MyPooperScooper

    MyPooperScooper said 7 years ago

    Our kitty looks identical to Pasha,we adopted her too,she is the queen of the house!!

  • reindeergirl

    reindeergirl said 7 years ago

    Pasha is so beautiful!! He looks so much like my Pretty, who also loves to go out on the balcony. :)

  • Beadymonkey

    Beadymonkey said 7 years ago

    Darling!

  • MeowBarkArt

    MeowBarkArt said 7 years ago

    It warms my heart to see so many others inspired by their pets & involved in pet rescue- my most recent rescue, Ron Burgundy the cat, loves to spend his spare time on the table in my studio. He's quite the little art critic!

  • breadandroses

    breadandroses said 7 years ago

    So beautiful and deeply touching! Animals certainly can be among our greatest teachers if our hearts are open.

  • odelay03

    odelay03 said 7 years ago

    Sebnem, your Pasha is so lovely and beautiful. I have two rescue cats myself, Violet and Maybelline, both found on the streets of Brooklyn. Violet was less than one pound when she was saved and barely had any fur. I had to feed her formula with a dropper every three hours. Now, she is so fluffy and happy. She is mostly Mainecoon. Maybelline is a short-haired cat with the same coloring as Pasha. Also, very happy. They run my apartment ;). Thanks for the story. Awesome! I also love your artwork!

  • furkidscloset

    furkidscloset said 7 years ago

    <--- was abandoned by his previous owner. We adopted Brownie when he was one. He's now 5. I'm always picking up strays, abandoned from the streets since young. Wish I could do more for all these deserving animals. It's so heartwarming to read your story. Pasha deserves all the love he could get! :)

  • bhangtiez

    bhangtiez said 7 years ago

    Adorable story...

  • sadiesez

    sadiesez said 7 years ago

    Lovely story! I too have very inspirational "Babies" -- Rocket J. Cat always "helps" me with my creations and my Shop is named after my Sadie :)

  • Laughingdogstudio

    Laughingdogstudio said 7 years ago

    So nice to see family pets as inspiration and that they are getting their fair share of credit in the creativity!

  • bevinalison

    bevinalison said 7 years ago

    What an awesome story ! Pasha looks very similar to my Comet kitty. I found her when she was featured on the local news. She had been living in a foster home in Laveen when it caught fire and had burned down. Unfortunately she was caught in the fire and needed a lot of care when she came to my home. 13 years later she is very healthy and active and her and her sister Cupid are my best friends. They inspire me each day to keep going no matter what the odds. Thank you for sharing this story :)

  • accentonvintage

    accentonvintage said 7 years ago

    Lovely story! We had several cats that looked like Pasha. Alas we don't have any kitties now, but we have neighbor cats who come to visit.

  • SusanFaye

    SusanFaye said 7 years ago

    Pasha is adorable. Don't know what I'd do without my own muse, Buttonwillow!

  • SandiaRose

    SandiaRose said 7 years ago

    I loved this story and Pasha! He IS very regal! And yes, I do believe that pets inspire our creativity. For one, they see the good in us and believe in us when no one else seems to, and they offer unconditional love and loyalty. I just adopted a young adult feral that my co-workers and I found wandering/digging in trash near the traintracks outside our office. She is all-black and very very tiny; I named her Charlotte because she is so feminine and elegant to me. Vet said that she will always be small due to not having adequate nutrition as a kitten and having had at least one litter already. I had her spayed and vetted, and she is the queen of my house now. I make jewelery from found objects, and she loves to sit near me and watch me work (when she is not sleeping on my bed or on top of my armoire). I find her company relaxing and comforting - and I get great ideas when my mind wanders.

  • williamsportcharms

    williamsportcharms said 7 years ago

    What a pretty kitty!

  • FableAndLore

    FableAndLore said 7 years ago

    Great story! Pets are the best. Thanks so much for sharing!

  • prettylittledetails

    prettylittledetails said 7 years ago

    I just love Pasha! He's adorable. I cried when I read his story. What a cuddle bug. I am a firm believer that pets pick their family. Really pets are family and I see you feel the same. Wonderful article. I would love to hear more. Thank you!

  • brideblu

    brideblu said 7 years ago

    Pasha sounds like an amazing cat. I am so very glad to learn that he has found such a wonderful home! It is incredible how much animals can enrich our lives :)

  • PatHaseltonArt

    PatHaseltonArt said 7 years ago

    I loved the story of Pasha! I have a 15mth old stray also who looks just like him. Bootsie survived under a hospital shed on her own for 4mths until we managed to trap her. She looks just like Pasha, except for 4 little white paws, hence the name. Abandonded pets are the the most thankful, and rewarding.

  • earthygirlshop

    earthygirlshop said 7 years ago

    What a sweet and amazing story! Our pets are such a wonderful gift & source of daily inspiration. Thanks so much for sharing!!

  • ToScarboroughFair

    ToScarboroughFair said 7 years ago

    Pixie came a long way from being adopted from the local Humane Society, to inspiring me to open a shop on Etsy. She is the muse and the supermodel in my store, and she lives up to those high standards.

  • SouthernBelleOOAK

    SouthernBelleOOAK said 7 years ago

    I love this story! I have more rescued furbabies than I care to admit and life wouldn't be the same without them. They inspire me, cheer me up and make me laugh. Isn't it wonderful how fate sends us where we need to be to receive what we need in our lives at that time.

  • KellyLeAnnGallery

    KellyLeAnnGallery said 7 years ago

    Shebbo Design, you definitely emanate the "support and love animals" with your artwork. It is beautiful and job well done. My two kitties have been through many many changes with me over the years and continue to be the steady lights in my life. It is an amazing gift to be unconditionally loved by an animal while we learn to unconditionally love ourselves.

  • JeweledMaiden

    JeweledMaiden said 7 years ago

    oh my goodness Pasha is absolutely adorable! All three of our cats were orphans. Our first was only three days old and still had the cord. She was wrapped with her siblings in a sweatshirt near a collge. You do lovely work!

  • meltemsem

    meltemsem said 7 years ago

    What a lovely story about you with your cat Pasha. Adorable cat. Apparently, our cats have the same name and our story is very similar. Congratulations Ceylan and Sebnem for this great article!

  • MacSlaps

    MacSlaps said 7 years ago

    Great article! *I can contest for Sebnem's amazing accuracy and detailed brushwork. She totally nailed a custom Rock-pet I had made for my Mom's birthday. Spectacular! http://ny-image2.etsy.com/ifb_fullxfull.5996846.jpg Thanks again Sebnem.. You're what makes Etsy Rock! *No pun intended.

  • thedoghouse

    thedoghouse said 7 years ago

    Pasha is just the cutest! & Sebnem's artwork is awesome too - I love when it all starts with the animals we love ;-)

  • ShebboDesign

    ShebboDesign said 7 years ago

    Thank you so much again and again for your all great comments and supports :) God Bless all animals arround the universe!

  • dmtgun3

    dmtgun3 said 7 years ago

    Pasha is so cute!!I love cats. mcxxx Pasha!!

  • knotworkshop

    knotworkshop said 7 years ago

    Funny to see Brad Pitt's face mixed in amongst all those kittens. :) Lovely work! Thanks!

  • LoveAtFirstBlush

    LoveAtFirstBlush said 7 years ago

    What a heart touching and inspirational story! Pasha is a cutie. :)

  • RaydiantDesigns

    RaydiantDesigns said 7 years ago

    It is truly amazing where inspiration comes from. BTW... Pasha is a beautiful cat and your painted stones are so creative!

  • PaperPicker

    PaperPicker said 7 years ago

    that kitty is so adorable. those eyes are just killing me.

  • madebyferdy

    madebyferdy said 7 years ago

    tank you so much, remember my cat that pass away is it lovely,isn't it ,, Bye Bye

  • CrazyAngelArt

    CrazyAngelArt said 7 years ago

    great story and ideas...shared on facebook.....

  • BeadedJewls4Everyday

    BeadedJewls4Everyday said 7 years ago

    I love it. Your a beautiful person. Keep up the good work.

  • PRIDASH

    PRIDASH said 7 years ago

    what a beautiful story.i found my abandoned kitten too.your work is beautiful.

  • mischyfpaws

    mischyfpaws said 7 years ago

    My mischyf nicky came to me after I lost my beloved bear. Both are chows. Animals can be so lovable. Plus, you can tell them every secret you have and they won't tell anyone at all! =)

  • PrettyIngrid

    PrettyIngrid said 7 years ago

    Pasha is so darling! I have two rescued kitties myself, and they are an absolute joy. I cannot imagine my life without them. They really do change your life for the better!

  • sillylittlesheep

    sillylittlesheep said 7 years ago

    oh, I LOVE cats, I wish I could have one, but for now I only keep snails... Once when I will be living on my own, Id like to get a cat, from a shelter for abandoned animals,preferably. I lvoe the idea that the cat chse who he will be living with, thats really sweet. And the pictures - such a cutie!! :)

  • maggiesraggedyinn

    maggiesraggedyinn said 7 years ago

    Really nice story. I have four rescued cats and one little dog. They have filled my life with laughter and a bigger grocery bill!!!!

  • BambinasBest

    BambinasBest said 7 years ago

    I love this article! Your work and your kitty are gorgeous! My son would go crazy for your panda bear rock - he's a panda bear fanatic! My pets are also the reason I am here. I work very closely with Chihuahua rescue, and have 7 senior and special needs chis living with me, along with a number of rescued kitties including a 3 legged gal named Gracie(Amazing Grace). I love knitting and crocheting, and for years I have made small dog sweaters to sell at rescue fundraisers and outreach events to raise money for the vet bills and foster care that a rescue incurs. My friends and family have encouraged me for years to start an online store, and just recently the stars aligned, everything came together and here I am, on Etsy! I'm having a great time so far, but am new to the whole online selling experience, so if anyone has any tips or suggestions, I am incredibly open to feedback.

  • nanzcats

    nanzcats said 7 years ago

    I'm blessed to have 5 cats, and a cat loving husband!! Most of them were rescued from somewhere. Our oldest kitty Thelma (a long haired brown tabby) showed up at our home 15 years ago, and stole my heart. When she jumps in my lap and I don't smother her with affection, she stretches up with one paw, oh so gently, and pats me on the upper chest. I then scritch the top of her head. she then squints her eyes, tips her head back, folds her ears back and lets me scritch her head for as long as I want. It is sooooo cute. I have 4 others--Murphy, our orange marmalade, Tinker, our long haired, roly poly, dilute calico, Phoenix, our brown tabby with the longest, most beautiful tail I've ever seen on a cat, and Tazzy-our delicate little gray kitty with 4 white paws and half a mustach! That's our family. Each has wormed their way into our hearts. They provide hours of entertainment for us, and unconditional love. We are, for sure, the lucky ones!

  • mvegan5

    mvegan5 said 7 years ago

    So sweet, love the story and animal paintings :) Pasha is so adorable and you're both lucky to have found each other :)

  • JollieJewels

    JollieJewels said 7 years ago

    I am owned by 9 cats, most of them I have resqued somehow. Love the story and the animal paintings!!

  • Jusadreamin

    Jusadreamin said 7 years ago

    great story

  • SloFabulous

    SloFabulous said 7 years ago

    What a wonderful person you are!! Thank you so much for sharing your story. There is nothing better than the unconditional love we get from our four legged kids :)

  • Suzy6281

    Suzy6281 said 7 years ago

    Great story, and I love the painted rocks! Especially the deer. Very beautiful. suzy

  • FeltCreations

    FeltCreations said 7 years ago

    What a wonderful story! I too have two cats, they were rescued from a local shelter when they were still babies. Now they are almost 4 years old and I wouldn't miss them for the world!

  • TrueImageJewellery

    TrueImageJewellery said 7 years ago

    What a great story! Pasha is SO cute! And Sebnem's artwork is beautiful!

  • TrueImageJewellery

    TrueImageJewellery said 7 years ago

    What a great story! Pasha is SO cute! And Sebnem's artwork is beautiful!

  • bshorr

    bshorr said 7 years ago

    what a sweet story! and the pix of pasha are great, he's so cute! i recently adopted 2 kittens from a shelter and feel similarly - i'm so happy to have them in my life!

  • RefinedRubbishLLC

    RefinedRubbishLLC said 7 years ago

    What a sweet baby!!! I have had 2 kitties for the last 3 years and I went into the pound the other day to help my friend pick out a cat and now I have another one! I rescued the sweetest solid black kitty from the pound and he is amazing at ticking off my other cats and making me laugh, he loves to stare at my work but he never disrupts my table! I'm glad I'm not the only one who has feline assistance in their etsy shop! I love your work, you're very talented!

  • thedoggiehouse

    thedoggiehouse said 7 years ago

    LOVE IT ...

  • bacigirlz

    bacigirlz said 7 years ago

    How Precious & a delightful story! Our Baci also inspired us when we started our designs. He was our biggest fan!

  • Freesian

    Freesian said 7 years ago

    Hi. This is Saiko, the crazy dog and animal lover! Now I know why you love Pasha so much. I was going to ask you how you found him and seems like he FOUND YOU !! it was a LOVE at first sight ! He is really cute. You know, I really want to have a pet again, now I have more time, but I am not allowed to have any pets in my apt..... I know how people are (emotionally)helped when they live with animals. Their unconditional love, trust and playfulness really give us hapiness, energy, and a purpose. I am glad Pasha came into your life, especially when you were going through a tough time, but I am sure the feeling was mutual for Pasha. He knows how lucky he is to be adopted by you! Thanks for the wonderful, inspiring story about you and Pasha.

  • Ohiocrochetlady

    Ohiocrochetlady said 7 years ago

    Very creative work. I love your kitty brooch. I have a black and white kitty. She was a stray that is now part of the family.

  • TheMisfitOwl

    TheMisfitOwl said 7 years ago

    Your story brings me to tears. We had also saved a cat which we named Snowball. He came to our house, starving, mangy and very thin. He lived 17 years before we found him dead in our field. A year has passed and it is still hard to think about. Our other 2 cats mourned for him for weeks, but with much love they are doing well. We adopted our other kitties from farms. We love them so much they are family to us. Your Pasha look like my tabby called Speeder who is almost 17 years old. Thank you for your story.

  • RubySkeleton

    RubySkeleton said 7 years ago

    Awe! That is such a wonderful story, thank you for sharing! ;-) I am too a crazy animal lover- my fiance & I have 10 total currently & we love them as if they were our human children. Our 2 cats & 2 dogs were saved by us from the wild or the pound, it feels alot more heart felt instead of buying them. I love your hand painted pet rocks, that takes a talent that most do not possess!

  • SewViolet

    SewViolet said 7 years ago

    how cute! my cat is my sewing buddy and is always there having to supervise everything I make! hehe x

  • mwgregory

    mwgregory said 7 years ago

    My 2 dogs (Roxie & Daiasy) and my 2 cats (Sadie & Sophie) are my Jewelry assistants. Especially Sophie. She is with me 24-7 while I am making jewelry. She normally can be found near the trash box dragging something out. My animals are my kids. :O) I heart pets

  • msylvester227

    msylvester227 said 7 years ago

    Isn't she a sweetie! I just love kitty cats myself. Glad to see this in your work.

  • gfayedesigns

    gfayedesigns said 7 years ago

    Very inspiring!

  • ShebboDesign

    ShebboDesign said 7 years ago

    Thank you to all dear great Etsians! You all made me very happy with your great comments and sharings! God Bless all ANIMALS arround the universe...

  • BisqArt

    BisqArt said 7 years ago

    I'm glad you found a good friend during a hard time. I have the same inspiration with my cat Bisq. He is a truly a miniature lion.

  • zmedceramics

    zmedceramics said 7 years ago

    i love your story! thanks for sharing this! it's so nice to hear how pets make one's life better!

  • glassgifts

    glassgifts said 7 years ago

    There's room for more comments because we all love our animals! Creativity and animals go together...they bring out the BEST in us because they're such soulful creatures...Angels with Fur (or Scales, or Feathers or whatever...). Thank you for sharing your beautiful, sweet Pasha with us.

  • coonbelle

    coonbelle said 7 years ago

    Such a sweet story and how ADORABLE is Pasha???? I can't stop looking at him especially that closeup! (Did I mention he's adorable?)

  • amtonyan

    amtonyan said 7 years ago

    How wonderful! My shop is named after my kitty, Dinah, who needed a new home when she was ten. She made my first solo apartment a home! She's twelve now and still as cute as a kitten.

  • digiacomo

    digiacomo said 7 years ago

    I couldn't imagine my day without laughing at my dog. A Boston Terrier full of energy. Nothing like that face to brighten your day.

  • todi

    todi said 7 years ago

    so cute article.I love the story of her art. precious.

  • CompAndHandDone

    CompAndHandDone said 7 years ago

    The Bun Says – I see many cats and dogs, but where are the Rabbits? Rabbits are pets too! This Avatar is of a Real Live Bun who lives cage free in my home. He is wonderful company.

  • SouthStudio

    SouthStudio said 6 years ago

    Yep, only a true animal lover can appreciate the value of your article. Thanks for sharing. Pasha is crazy adorable by the way.

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