She and I met at a vet hospital up in Montclair, NJ. I was looking for a female cat that was over a year old and didn't have much other criteria to go by. I just knew I wanted to help out a cat who was less likely to be adopted since she wasn't a kitten. The staff at the vet's brought out a number of cats but there just wasn't the connection I was looking for. I'd been looking at cats for the past month and still waiting for that one I knew was my cat. Then they brought "Mama Ornowski" into the room. Our eyes met and I fell in love. Her green eyes gazed at me and she seemed to agree. As she got her final shots that would allow her to be adopted to me she kept her eyes on me the whole time. I loved her back story that the staff shared with me. It was close to Christmas and one of the volunteers was shopping at a Toys R Us. As they came out to the parking lot a white and tabby cat walked up to them and jumped into their car. The volunteer drove the cat to the vet's office and, the next day, the cat delivered a little of kittens. The cat was named Mama Ornowski because she was a mama and because the volunteer's last name was Ornowski. I love that she seemed to know to get help from a volunteer! We did choose to change her name after adopting her. We named her Lucy.
We had some rough spots in the beginning as she adjusted to living in a home after being at a vet's hospital for over a year but it was still clear that I picked the right cat. She was devoted exclusively to me and had to be at my side at all times. Over the years Lucy was with me when I got married, moved to South Jersey and had two babies. She was great with my kids, enjoying being in the same room as them and never bit or scratched them. She didn't like my husband or the dogs we had but I could forgive her for that since she was such a sweetheart to me and the kids! Lucy surprised us all as the years passed. She developed a heart murmur, kidney issues and dementia. However, she still loved seeing me and purred like a chainsaw when I'd pet her. She was a fighter and kept on recovering from different illnesses and problems. It wasn't until the past half year that we really started to see a dramatic decline. I'm grateful for all the years I had with her and how much she added to our lives.
If you've seen me at a show, perhaps you've asked me about my cats and I told you about Lucy, Duckie and Buttercup!
I was thinking of her when I created this collection of sterling silver pendants and how happy both of us were when I held her or snuggled her against me. Hopefully, one of these pendants makes you think of the affection you and your cat(s) share.
On the back of the pendants I stamped 925 to mark the silver content and also put my maker initials on there (SCJ). I created hearts from argentium silver wire, fused those closed and then fused circles at the top of the hearts. I soldered the hearts to the back of the pendants.
The girl/woman in each piece is soldered securely with the cats. I did this before soldering the joined piece to the pendant. I've loved cats and holding them ever since I was a little girl so I'm leaving it up to you as to whether you want to interpret these as girls or women holding their cats.
The pendants have an antique patina to bring out the details but they are very shiny. I gave them a gorgeous polish and burnished shine. They hang on sterling silver chains that fasten with handcrafted hook and clasp. Please contact me at email@example.com to learn more about them or to buy.