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Sasquatches love crafts
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Bunnies love crafts too
Bunnies love crafts too
Crafty Wonderland
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November Artist of the Month: Tea Party Animals

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Welcome to the world of cute chubby animals doing various adorable things! Our November Artist of the Month is Reese Lee, of Tea Party Animals!

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Tea Party Animals, which Reese calls her “mini empire”, features her paintings of little animals with attitude – lots of chubby wisecracking cats, as well as outdoorsy bears, hipster birds and even donut obsessed sharks – just SEE if you ever hear the Jaws theme without thinking “donut donut donut” ever again!

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A customer favorite by a landslide is the cat on the toilet reading a newspaper proclaiming his appreciation for a “good poop”. Whether in magnet, print, card, woodblock or sticky note form – it never fails to fly off the shelf!

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Here’s what the artist herself has to say about the real chubby animals in her life: “My illustrations are inspired by things that I think are funny, either that I see or that occur in my mind. I’m easily amused, so it’s not very hard! Some are inspired by my cats, Bacon (RIP), Egg, and Cheese. Bacon was my very first cat. “Fiber is My Friend” literally happened with her: I came home one day and she was chewing on a cardboard box, something she’d never done before and I never saw her do again! A newer piece I’m particularly pleased with is “Meowriachi Band”. The band is simply so delightful. A piece that has a “secret” is the cat in the poncho next to a cactus. Know what he’s playing? Guess again. It’s the MEOWracas! *lol*”

You can find the cute colorful art of Tea Party Animals in the Crafty Wonderland shop, as well as Reese’s jewelry line, Travel By Sea. Or visit her online at or at the Portland Saturday Market!

By Joanna Kurimsky

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