Friday, January 2, 2009


Has anything from the past come to meet you???

Well, it happened to me this past summer so I thought you might like to hear the story and hopefully I can keep it short because I try very hard not to be wordy….but if you really knew me…well, lets just say I’ll try.

I received an e-mail from a girl asking if I’m the same KAREN MARTINSEN who made a ceramic kitty sitting in a baby shoe….well, I didn’t think I would ever have made something like that.

Back in 1974 I was in a ceramics class and made lots of decorative things but they were mostly Colonial items - not cutsy.

I told our boys about it and they said they remembered something like that but were not sure.
I e-mailed her back and told her what I thought and asked if she had pictures…she did….she sent them.

WOW….there was the kitty! AND my signature on the bottom! I don’t sign things in that penmanship anymore but that was mine back then.

She proceeded to tell me she collects anything CATS/KITTY and at a FLEA MARKET IN SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS she found this kitty and decided to seek out the maker. Can you believe it??? And we live in Wisconsin.

I made this thing in 1974, that was 34 years ago and as any cat IT CERTAINLY DID HAVE 9 LIVES!!!

I just wish I knew the journey this kitty had in those 34 years - how it survived not being broken or cracked/chipped….did it get purchased at one of my rummage sales and sold over and over till it reached Texas? I will never know but I do know my kitty survives….not sure how many more of its 9 lives it has left but I’m certain it will stay where it’s at till time runs out.

Hope you enjoyed my tales of my kitty


  1. Hi Karen:
    Thanks for following my blog.. I need new friends. LOL.. I love your little wandering kitty post. cute !!
    I tried sending a post to Sandy from one of your posts..but it didn't go through.. I'm just now getting the hang of some of this bloggin'.
    But I always love your posts and so many beautiful photos.. I gotta learn more before trying anything too fancy..
    Again, thanks !!

  2. That is an amazing story. If only that Kitty could talk!!

  3. I will certainly think twice about things I send to Salvation Army or Goodwill. I need to wish them all a happy journey.

  4. wow! isn't that just a story in itself! it does have a few little secrets it could share with you!...that was neat though for someone to track down the original designer.

  5. oh my goodness, that is some story karen,wow,wouldn't that be something if you knew where all that kitty has been? how in the world did she find you?gooled your name i quess lol I love your blog,always something going on with have a great day.Debbie(ladyjane04) from CS.

  6. googled your name,geesh!! deb

  7. Oh what a great story to tell Karen, I just love to hear things like that. Thanks for sharing!

  8. Hi Karen!!

    What a story! Leaves you wondering what this kitty has been up to all of these years:)

  9. Now there's a kitty with 9 lives! LOL! Cute story. ~Beth~

  10. Wow Karen, that is amazing! How great that it made it through all these years...what stories that kitty would tell if he could talk.
    When I find old treasures at garage sales and thrift shops, I often wonder about their story and the owners that have loved these pieces at one time. And as an artist isn't it wonderful to find out that something you made so many years ago is still being loved my someone!!

  11. Hi Karen!
    Now that's an amazing story! :)
    Linda's right....too bad that lil kitty can't talk...what a story it would tell!

    Have a wonderful day!


  12. Karen,
    Pretty neat story! See, people loved your work even back then!

  13. What a great story Karen! Thanks for sharing!!

  14. Isn't that amazing... what a small world!

    Hope all is going well... I guess, I will spend the day working online... hope to get a post up today soon.

    Many Blessings 2 You, Pamela

  15. Karen! What a fabulous story! It really makes one think, doesn't it? I am so glad that your Kitty obviously had some good had to, to survive and make it to Texas!!!

  16. Karen, what a wonderful story and I agree with Linda, too. If that kitty could only talk! Have a wonderful day.


  17. Neat story! Thanks for sharing it.

  18. Karen
    I truely believe it is a small world. The fact that 34 years later this kitty showed his face again. Some things can't be explained but just fate.
    Happy New Year
    Make your Dream List

  19. Wow, I can't believe the kitty survived that long without being chipped or cracked! Neat though and I'm glad she followed thur with finding you. I also did ceramics back in the 70"s:)
    Have a great day!

  20. Wow...what a really cool story! That's amazing that they found you!


  21. Well isn't that just the neatest thing! What a journey that kitty has made! Don't you just wish he could talk and tell you where he's been? So glad you shared that story with us!

    Wishing you lots of joy and happiness this coming year,

  22. Great Story! Thanks for sharing!


  23. Wow, what a blessing to be able to cross paths with the owner of your creation! How magical!
    Happy New Year!

  24. WOW! What an awesome story!!! I bet that lil' kitty has a lot of stories to tell! :> )

  25. what a fun story!! found your blog through the CS forums!
    Jen :)

  26. Hi Karen ~ Great Story,amazing really ! Do you remember the kitty now that you have seen it ?? Or are you still drawing a blank ?? I also did ceramics way back...but I think all of my stuff got broken ( 2 boys) lol.
    Hugs ~ Connie xox

  27. Karen,
    What a great story!! Thanks so much for sharing this with us all.Have a blessed day!

  28. That is an amazing story of the Kitty !!! I guess it wanted to travel ! Thank you for sharing. Please visit my blog,I have an award there for you !!!Prim hugs,Sharon

  29. Hi Karen,thanks for visiting my blog.Not sure I ever told you but ,yes the header picture is my home !!!
    Prim Hugs & Blessings,Sharon


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