It All Started With A Girl And Her Cats

Little did Faline Jones know all those years ago on the farm with her swarm of cats, that someday her love of crafts would catapult her into a Village with a cat as mascot!

 

Hi there, welcome to The Cat’s Meow Village. We're a small company birthed in Wooster, Ohio in 1982 from one simple wooden house Faline cutout on her grandfather’s saw in the loft of the hog barn.

It’s 35 years later, and Jones with her “crew” continue to craft "little wooden buildings" of local, national, and international landmarks that spark memories and kindle smiles on the faces of “real life adventurers” like you.

Faline holds her first handpainted house along with the last one that was retired 5 years later.

Cat's Meow Village owner and creator, Faline Jones

 

We help you keep memories alive with unique keepsakes of the places and times you love.

Celebrate your favorite places by including our 3/4" thick wooden keepsakes in your home décor. A few favorite spots where Cat’s Meows like to reside are: perched on top of your window and door trim, tucked into your bookshelves, or sprawled across your fireplace mantle. Our Black Cat Daily Blog includes many stories on how “Cat’s Meowers” decorate with the Village in their homes.

 

Photo of Faline's beloved cat, Casper, posing in a tree.

And what's with the cat?

Faline mixed her love of cats into the village by adding a black cat mascot to every design. This trademark cat, in either a laying or sitting position, is fondly known as Casper (a tribute to Faline's cat shown here). Keep your eyes open for Casper as you explore our website!  And if you want to hear Casper's side of the story + more about Faline...

 

We believe in supporting our community and the ones that surround our Village, both physically and virtually. Faline designs trees for her Charity Grove that don colored Awareness Ribbons. The sales from these trees support various organizations and create awareness of the battles being fought by our neighbors everywhere. Faline has also designated the sales of various Cat’s Meow designs to support specific causes. Check out our Rescue Cats, Map Of Africa, and Bible Stories currently supporting causes close to Faline’s heart. 

 

If you could pick just one?

With so many famous and not-so-famous landmarks around the globe, which one would you say brings a smile and warm memories to mind? Exactly…that’s what we thought…there's too many to pick just one.

 

And our Village reflects the larger world, too, so it can be a little confusing when you first start exploring. Let’s try to break it down neighborhood by neighborhood. Paw through our Search For The PURRfect Cat's Meow magazine to take some of the mystery out of our Village.

 

 

 

 

We’ve saved the best for last! It’s our CATillac!

Example of a personal home recreated into a Cat's Meow keepsakeExample of the front and back of a personal home we handcrafted for the home owner.

Did you know you can have your very own Cat’s Meow created by us?

 

Every day we work with people just like you to craft a keepsake representing your special place in time.

Ordering is easy online:

  1. Upload your photos and describe the details
  2. Write your story for the back
  3. And select the quantity you want to purchase (as low as 1)

Our "design architects" draw up your design, then our crew constructs your replica, and around six weeks later your Cat’s Meow creation arrives at your doorstep wrapped in gold Casper tissue! (time varies due to demand throughout the year)

 

Maybe you want to create your own home just for you,

  • or what about the family homestead for your siblings
  • or the vacation home
  • your first home
  • or all the houses you've lived in 

 

With so many memories, there’s sure to be others you want to share a special Cat’s Meow with. How exciting would it be to see a family member’s eyes sparkle when you gift them a keepsake wrapped in love (and gold Casper tissue)?

 

"Hello! I wanted to let you know that I just got my custom-made Cat's Meow of my home and I'm absolutely in love. I'm so excited, it looks so perfect! I can't wait to show it off to family and friends! Thanks so much! ~Marla S.

 

 

We do even more than personal homes, though! Our Cat's Meows make great fundraisers and commemoratives for:

 

Today, our workshop with a crew of 16 enjoy "traveling the world" as we handcraft and ship Cat's Meow replicas of landmarks around the globe. Now what could be better than traveling the world each day while we work?

Answer: Knowing that real life adventurers, like you, are enjoying memories of special places when you admire your very own purrsonal Village!

 

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"What was I thinking" I just said to my husband as I brought down the large box from the closet shelf. I rediscovered a multitude of treasures in the form of many Cat's Meow houses and accessories that I collected in the 80's & 90's. Also found a tee shirt, waist pack, pin and mug. I love my collection that I alternate on the shelves my husband especially made out of maple above the kitchen windows but now I will be replacing the usuals with the newly discovered. When we would go on vacation my souvenirs would always be from the places we visited that carried Cat' s Meow pieces. We have been many places ! Thanks for all the great memories. Sandy Engelhardt
Hey there Sandy, thanks for sharing! Sounds like you have an afternoon of memories to process with your rediscovered box of Cat's Meows! We love your story! Oh, Casper sends a big warm fuzzy hug!
I am so excited right now! I just ordered a bunch of gifts for people that I love from you. I am always so proud when I give these Cat's Meow gifts. I especially love the birth announcement. Thank you for all the lovely choices, the incredible quality and an easy to navigate sight. I'm sure that everyone will be thrilled. Cindy Palinkas xox
Thanks for sharing, Cindy! We're overjoyed that you are giving Cat's Meows as gifts. Seems like the purrfect gift choice to us!
My package arrived on my doorstep today, and I am thrilled beyond words with the replica of my Alma Mater! I can't believe how much detail was put into it! You all do amazing work, and I am sure some of our other alumnae will be wanting one of these too! Thank you so much for the beautiful memories you create! Can I order more of the school if others want one too?
We're happy you're thrilled with your replica! Thanks for sharing your delight. And, we can certainly work with you on ordering more!
Do you ever repair houses that are damaged? What is the best way to clean a piece if there is something on it that you cannot get off with a dry cloth? Thank you.
Thanks for asking Kay! It is hard for us to repair houses once they leave our workshop because over time our colors shift in hue or we discontinue using a certain color or process. You can use water on a cloth with a very light rubbing motion. But pay close attention to stop right before the design starts to rub off. We also use the big fat school erasers in the workshop to erase marks. Just make sure you are using a light hand when rubbing the eraser. For any black areas that need touching up, we use sharpie markers and blot it with our finger right after we mark it to take the shine off. Goodluck, just remember to use a light hand in anything you try.
I am looking to see if you have one that is Genesee Country Village Museum in Mumford, NY Thank you
Thanks for asking, Kathy. We have created many different designs for Genesee Country Village! You can contact them directly to purchase. Genesee Country Village & Museum 1410 Flint Hill Rd Mumford, NY 14511 United States 585-538-6822 Local Customs: Christmas Gazebo, Hyde Octagon House, Bandstand on the Great Meadow, Hosmer's Inn, Livingston-Backus House,Hamilton House rlott@gcv.org www.gcv.org By the way, if you want to search for other locations, simply go to our Find A Retailer at the bottom of our home page to search by city or zip code. www.catsmeow.com/find-a-retailer
I have collected cats meows for all the places my husband and I have lived. We were just relocated to Georgetown Delaware. I can only find a few pre owned cats meow of my new area on e bay. I was told a store did carry them local put closed up years ago. I have called some what local retailers by phone and they do not carry any from Georgetown. Georgetown is he county seat of Delaware. Any help? ?
Hi Judy, We've created Cat's Meows over the years for many places across the USA. Unfortunately, many of those stores have closed, just as you experienced. We have a sales rep in Delaware that we will pass your request along to. Hopefully, they can find a new retail store to carry Cat's Meows.
IN the mid 90's you did some buildings for Cambridge Maryland and our Hallmark store sold them is it possible to still purchase some of them so hope so many thanks
Desperately looking for the Cat's Meow of the Barberton, Ohio piggery. My granddaughter is getting married there this coming Saturday. If I don't get it in time for the wedding it would also make a great Christmas gift. Thanks for your time!
Hi Dora, Yes, we created that building as a Cat's Meow way back 1989! We haven't sold it for many, many years. However, you can order just a single copy of it by going through our Create Your Own Home process here: https://www.catsmeow.com/create-your-own/i-want-create-cats-meow-my-home.

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