All About Us

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! (more about that cat below)
 

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 cut out on her grandfather’s saw in the loft of the hog barn.

Faline with her grandfather, Rudy Mullet, cutting on the bandsaw he built from scratch.

 

It’s 36 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 wooden replicas 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 custom 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 14 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?

(A) Knowing that real-life adventurers, like you, are enjoying memories of special places when you admire your very own purrsonal Village!

 

SIGN UP FOR ELITE CITIZENSHIP IN OUR VILLAGE (you don't even have to donate to a political campaign)!

Check your inbox the first week of every month for our Mewsletter filled with all kinds of mews from tips to tails. Oh, and special PURRIVILEGES, too!


 

 

 

 We promise not to share your email with anyone else...even if they take Casper hostage for cat treats.

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I am delighted to discover this company! I love that you include the black cat mascot in every creation. (My first time browsing, I thought to myself, "I'm going to choose THAT one because of the beautiful black cat. :) )
Welcome to Cat's Meow Joan! We are purring with delight that you found us. Make yourself at home as you walk through our neighborhoods!
Hi , I have a question.....I'm a lady fron United Kingdom and many years ago I became a collector of cats meows . This was due to meeting on holiday and becoming good friends with a lovely family from Annapolis. Ann ( now unfortunately passed away ) had a huge collection and I began myself on all our many trips to the USA ...Our new found friends came to visit us in UK and hence bought cat meow English collection as did I . Anyway reason for writing is my collection is in the hall . One of my grandchildren age 7 , I don't think quite believe me that there is a cat on all 72 . (2 on White House as sox in residence when we visited Washington) . She obviously looked at all bit by bit and has found a piece without a cat , gone over it with a magnifying glass ...its Shakespeare's birth place in the Cotswolds village series ....it has faline 96 ! and c 1995 ...bought in the States as has $ 10.50 sticker on bottom still !!!! Was this an error in whole batch ??? Does this happen occasionally ?? I told Eliona I'd write to find out .... Kind regards Pat
Hello Pat, Wow, what a lovely Cat’s Meow story you have! Thanks for sharing it! Regarding the Shakespeare's birthplace piece. I remember at least one time where we didn’t get the cat printed on a batch of those! My brother was a screenprinter for me, and there were times when he kind of made his own decisions even on the colors that he printed….instead of going by our “recipe card” that told exactly what colors and how to print. Brothers!!! So, you do have a Cat’s Meow, and Eliona was a very good detective!!! You also have a special White House piece that includes Casper and Sox!!! I love that you and your friend, Ann, had a wonderful friendship connected by Cat’s Meows!! ~Faline
I have a Friendship 7 to Discovery 36 Years & cannot find a cat anywhere. Was it supposed to be made without the black cat? I have a lot of Cat's Meow & always enjoy finding the cats that aren't immediately obvious. Thanks
Hi Jacquelyn, The Friendship 7 piece you have should have glitter and glow-in-the-dark ink printed on it. Hold it up to a lightbulb for a few minutes, then take it into a dark room. Look closely, you will find Casper! Faline has designed a few pieces over the years where Casper can only be found when you turn out the lights, and this is one of those pieces. Enjoy looking!
Hello, I am one of the granddaughters of Betty Jean Kardas. I inherited her very large collection. I believe she worked at The Cat's Meow for many years. My favorites are the plaques with her name on them, I even have a few with my grandfather's name, Julius Kardas, as I believe he worked there for some time as well. My reason for being here today, I was wondering what the SECOND stamping on some of the houses/businesses means. If you could please let me know I would be so grateful! Thank you for your time!
Hello Julia, your grandparents were such wonderful dedicated crew members at Cat's Meow many years ago. They are fondly remembered! You are lucky to have your hands on their Years Of Service Awards! Instead of certificates, plaques or trophies, Faline wanted to use the houses as service awards. So every year, even to this day, crew members receive an annual house with a brass plaque attached engraved with their name and years of service. Regarding your SECOND question... hand screen printing always resulted in pieces that didn't pass the final inspection to be sold in stores, so they would be stamped SECOND and then sold at rock bottom prices several times a year during Seconds Sales. And of course, crew members got their pick of SECONDS any time they wanted.
Hi Faline, I have been collecting the Cat's Meow Christmas Village pieces since 1989. My husband was able to surprise me last Christmas with the 1988 Philadelphia Christmas Series and the 1987 Maine Christmas Series which hecwas able to purchase on E-bay. My question is: What year was the first Christmas Series manufactured? Thank you.
Wow, your husband has been really searching for Cat’s Meows! Those are some old, old Christmas collections. I created my first Christmas series in 1983, it was called Williamsburg Christmas, although it was just make believe buildings. There are hardly any of those pieces to be found. I even had to make myself a “fake” set a few years back just so I had a set for the local historical society to display. I would have probably made around 100 or sets of those and they were only sold in Ohio and Western PA at that time. ~Faline
Did Faline sign any of the buildings? I found a 1991 US Capitol building that is signed Faline '91 Is that possibly for real? Thank you.
Faline did sign all her buildings in 1982 to 1983, but by mid 1984 the workshop was getting way too busy for Faline to keep up. That's when we started "signing" with a rubber stamp. Faline would sign her name and year date every year to have new rubber stamps made. Eventually, her name was added during the screenprinting process, and today it continues that way...her signature if part of the production process. However, you may come across houses with 2 signatures on them; those have the production signature along with Faline's real signature that she either signed during a Signing Promo or when I customer would visit the workshop.
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.
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
Hello Harriett, We've created thousands of custom Cat's Meows over the years for our retail stores across the country. Unfortunately, many of those stores have closed. We still have the designs on file in our design department and may be able to pull them out and redesign them in our new design program. So, long story short, it may be possible to purchase a single custom Cat's Meow for yourself at our custom price level. You would need to email or phone us with the name of the buildings you are looking for. 330.264.1377 or cmv@catsmeow.com
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.
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
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.
Hi, my friend got me into collecting these in the early 90's. I have a Cherry Tree Inn dated 1983 signed by Faline in 1988 & one that I was wondering if it is an original practice piece or a knock off that looks unfinished & merely has Antiques written on the front but looks very similar to the original on your website. Is there a market for selling vintage Cat's Meow? Thanks!
Hi Dana, You could possibly have Faline's Antique store Cat's Meow that was also in the same collection as the Cherry Tree Inn. We would need to see a photo to determine that for sure. Her Antique Store has a blue background and an arched sign that says Antiques. The market for vintage Cat's Meows is determined by the buyers and sellers out there. We are not connected to the secondary market as a company. Hope this answers your questions.
I just bought two of your buildings from the Belvidere Presbyterian Church in Belvidere, NJ. One was of Hot Dog Johnny's & the other was Belvidere High School. I love them!! The detail on them is great.
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!
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!
"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

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