Not on Monday – start the week with a sense of humor.

Even though I am self-employed, and work from home, Mondays can still be hard. I think it comes from all those years I’ve spent working as an employee, when I dreaded Mondays.

I worked very very often on Sundays too, so Monday didn’t stand for the end of the weekend but for the beginning of another boring week. Every day, every week was just like the ones before and it was unbearable to me.

One of the worst things at one of my jobs was that we had to wear a black uniform. I don’t mind wearing black, but there was something in starting the week dressed as a widow that made my mood go suicidal. At another job, we had a blue uniform with bright yellow lettering and it was much, much better.

It is scientifically proven that color can affect your mood, and I have experienced it on my own skin. This is why I decided to make a new illustration dedicated to Mondays and have it printed on light-colored items. Let’s begin our weeks with some sense of humor, trying to cheer ourselves up, ok?

Not on Monday Mug

The illustration says ‘not on Monday’ and has three pink cats sleeping. It’s what we would all do on Monday mornings, especially when it’s cold or rainy and getting up to go to work feels super hard. But try to get up anyway, then have your coffee in a pink mug with pink cats. It might help. Both the coffee, the color, the cats and the fact that it all kind of mock Mondays, I mean.

After you have showered wear the ‘not on Monday’ tee. This comes in other colors too, but pink is the best one for your mood, believe me.

Not on Monday Unisex Hoodie

If it’s cold and you need an extra layer, or if you plan to stay out late, wear or bring with you a hoodie or a sweatshirt.

I hope this will help you to start the week with a smile and some energy. I know it can be really hard, especially if you have to go to a job you don’t like. But setting the right tone and getting ourselves in the right mood is key to improve and change any situation. Nothing good happens to grumpy people, believe me! At least, nothing that it’s going to last.

Wear cheerful colors, try to smile, and remember everything can change.

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Cat Mugs that save whales

Saving the planet and its inhabitants should be the top priority for everyone. Whether the inhabitants walk on their feet or swim in the ocean shouldn’t make a difference, they all need protection.

But there are species that need attention more than others: whales are among them. With the terrible state of the oceans and commercial whaling that still, in 2021, won’t stop, whales need all the help they can get.

Every choice we make and every item we buy has an impact on the planet. Buyers have a responsibility to choose consciously but sellers have an even bigger responsibility. If what we offer is ethical, there is no way for a buyer to make a mistake.

When I choose my suppliers I always ask for traceability. I want to know where items were made, and with what standards. Basic ethical and green rules are a must, but if I find a supplier that is also involved in some charity I’m even happier!

This is why all the ceramic mugs on Cat Cottage Design are from Orca coatings.

Cat Mugs that save whales
Cat Mugs that save whales

These cat mugs save whales!

For every mug sold, Orca Coatings donates to Save the Whales, an association with which they’ve partnered.

Your coffee breaks will be even better knowing that you are drinking your coffee with cat mugs that save whales.

These cat mugs not only save whales, they are also super-resistant. They’re dishwasher safe, they are bound to resist for ten years, even with daily use.

Cat lovers are usually very interested in protecting all animals, so these mugs would be a terrific gift to give to a cat lover friend.

Every mug comes with an Orca Coatings removable sticker at the bottom. It’s a removable sticker and not a printed logo because I could have customized these mugs entirely, adding the Cat Cottage Design logo. This would have made the price go up and without the sticker, it would be more difficult to remind people that these mugs are trying to make a difference in whale protection.

Reinoso's Cat Sanctuary Mug

And this mug has a double mission! Buying this one you’ll help not one, but two charities. While Orca will do its donation for the whales, Cat Cottage Design will donate the entire profit to Reinoso’s cat sanctuary, in Venezuela.

Mugs aren’t just for coffees or tea… I use the Reinoso’s mug as a pencil holder! Is where I like to keep all my favorite brushes and pencils. The Cat Cats mug is on my nightstand and it contains my watch and earrings.

More and more mugs will be added as soon as I have draw new illustrations, so be sure to check in.

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