Welcome to the COZY COTTAGE. This is the furever home of the memory of Miss Peach, our 18 year old Devon Rex angel kitty. I am Miss Hunny Bunny, she asked me to pour you a cuppa catmint tea as you read our old fashion mewsings about this and that. Please come by often...one lump or two? Now our precious Hunny Bunny is also an angel cat...please let me be your hostess at the cozy cottage...my name is Miss Hope.

Remember...only in our tomorrows will we realize what we had in our yesterdays.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007


This post today was inspired by the clever kitties at Rosehaven Cottage...stop by and read their story of mischief (>^,^<) then visit the link below and lose yourself in childlike magic for a brief moment as you wander in and around the story....purrrr enchanting

The Cat Who Wouldn’t Come Inside: Based on a True Story
Written and illustrated by Cynthia von Buhler

On a cold winter day a cat appears on the porch of an old Victorian house. The girl who lives there feels sorry
for the snow-covered creature and gives him warm milk. The next day she gives him tuna, and the next day a
catnip mouse, and so on and so on, until eventually the porch is as cozy as the house. One day, much to her
surprise, the cat finally answers her invitation inside with an invitation to her. The “house-that-Jack-built”
structure and repetition of this story will appeal to young readers, who will also delight in following the
construction of the cat’s new home. This tale of friendship and trust, of patience and love, is based on a true
story. While living in Boston, in a large purple Victorian house, von Buhler befriended a stray cat, whom she
named Olympus after the Greek mountain. She repeatedly invited him inside, but he didn’t budge from the
porch. So she went to the mountain, so to speak, and over the course of four years, fed him, nursed him, and
built him his own (heated) purple and green house.
Creating the set for the book was a family affair—von Buhler’s father adapted her childhood dollhouse (which
he had built by hand); her mother sewed the curtains, and her sister, a fashion designer, created the clothing.
Von Buhler created all the characters using Sculpey clay. They were baked in an oven until hardened, then
decorated with paint. She created a 3D set, and everything was then photographed with a Haselblad camera
using a variety of lenses and colored gel filters, creating a fantastical world of cottony snow, comfortable chairs,
and hidden delights.
Committed to reaching out to her audience in non-traditional ways, von Buhler has created an art exhibit based
on the sculptures and sets used for the book that also incorporates a children’s cat sculpture workshop . The
exhibit opens first at CVB Space in Manhattan on September 28th, and will then go on to tour children’s
museums nationwide. For more information, please visit www.comeinsidekitty.com, which also includes stepby-
step “make a kitty” instructions, a feature on how the house and set were created, an author’s blog, and
more. Von Buhler is also currently producing a flash music viral video, set to her original music (including her
own vocals), which will feature the book’s characters and set.
Cynthia von Buhler is an internationally known and award-winning artist. Her artwork has been displayed in
galleries and museums around the world, on CD covers, and in books, magazines, and newspapers. Four
illustrations from the book have already been chosen to appear in the prestigious art book American Illustration
in November 2006. They Called Her Molly Pitcher, written by Anne Rockwell and illustrated by von Buhler,
was chosen as one of the New York Public Library’s Top 100 Picture Books of the Year.
Von Buhler has rescued and placed more than twenty-five cats into loving homes, and plans to donate a portion
of her royalties from the sale of this book to City Critters, a New York City animal rescue organization. The
book also contains valuable and practical information for those who find stray cats. She currently lives in a
castle on Staten Island, with a host of pets, including six doves, thirty goldfish, two rats, her husband, Russell,
and, of course, seven cats.
The Cat Who Wouldn’t Come Inside is a loving tribute to feline companionship, sure to warm human and kitty
hearts, because cat company is worth waiting for. Available wherever books are sold or by contacting Houghton
Mifflin Customer Service at
September 2006, Picture Book
40 pages


Luna Germany said...

It seems to be a wonderful book and a nice story.
Thank you for sharing that.
Karla have a look in your mailbox !
Have a nice day !

PB & J said...

What a great looking book - we'll make sure mommy gets one for our bean cousins!

The Meowers from Missouri said...

thank you so much for sharing this information, pretty miss p!! we will ask mom to get this book an' read it to us--we bet she likes it, too!

hope you are feeling perky an' comfy today!! :-)

Artsy Catsy said...

Miss Peach, thank you for coming over. We always enjoy basking in your beauty! And it made us realize we've neglected to put you in our blogroll, so we did that right away. We just get tooo busy sometimes!

Cynthia Von Buhler sounds like our mom! We live in a big rambling Craftsman house, not a Victorian, but entices cats in all the time - that's how we all got our jobs! She rescued me when I was one day old and raised me on a bottle. (I still like to hit the bottle now & then, but shhhh ...) She also makes Sculpey characters. Of course, I have to snoopervise when she sculpeys and paints and beads.!

And, like you, my mom used to live in Washington -- in Seattle!

& the Artsy Catsy household

Tybalt said...

Thanks for letting me know about that book! It sounds wonderful. I bet it would make my mommy cry and be all happy. She's silly that way about us furries. I hope you have a wonderful day, Miss Peach!

Diamond Emerald-Eyes said...

This sounds like just a matter of time before it get made into moovee by big studio. Sounds like wonderful story.

Jimmy Joe said...

Oh, we love books with lots of pictures and books about kitties, Miss Peach! Thanks for telling us about this one!
Your buddy, Jimmy Joe

Kellie The Orange Cat said...

The Cat Who Wouldn't Come Inside looks like a beautiful story. Thanks for telling us about this book, Mum is going to look for it. It would make a great x-mas present for the little beans in our life!

Junior said...

That looks like a great story! Thanks for sharing!

DEBRA said...

Oh Miss Peach

This sounds like a wonderful book. We are very appreciative that you shared this with us.


Rosehaven Cottage said...

I'm here for tea!!!!! ;)

What a wonderful book! I am actually living that scenario right now with little Oreo who lives on my front porch, so this book is really something special to me.

And thank you also for including a link to Rosehaven Cottage at the beginning of the post. That was so very sweet of you.

Hugs! Cindy at Rosehaven Cottage

TT said...

Oh that story looks so happy and excitings!

Anonymous said...

That sounds like a really nice story and a great book. Mom will look for one for the grandbeans. They love cats too!

William said...

We have that book! Isn't it great?

Karen Jo said...

The book looks delightful. Thank you for sharing it with us.

Anonymous said...

Oh, my precious sister -- that sounds like an adorable book. Thank you so much for telling us about it!

I hope you are feeling well, dear heart! As always, you are in my thoughts and in my heart.

Much love and sistersnuggles and warm purrs from your adoring Marilyn.

michico*Adan said...

Thank you for sharing this book informations~!!! it's really great~!

CvB said...

Hi there beautiful Miss Peach & friends,

Thank you for saying such lovely things about my book. I'm so glad that you enjoyed it. I'm working on my next book now. It is called "But Who Will Bell The Cats?" and is due out in Spring of 2009.

Best wishes, Cynthia von Buhler

hoganfe handmade handbag originals said...

Oh Karla what is in your mailbox from Stefanie! The book looks like a winner!