Every year the Fort Collins Cat Rescue throws a shindig called the Whiskers ‘n Wags Jubilee. It’s a fundraiser for this wonderful organization, whose mission is to ensure that every pet is wanted.

That alone is a big task.

They describe themselves as a limited admission, no-kill shelter. That means, because they find a home for every cat they take in, they can only accept a limited number of needy cats.

And sadly, there are many, many needy animals out in the world.

This year the theme of the Jubilee is The Whiskers of Oz. Artists in the community were given a paper-mache cat on which to work their magic. These Grand Cats as they are called, are then auctioned at the event.

This year, my sister and I (Two Sisters Mosaics) accepted the challenge of creating a Grand Cat, and chose the character of the Tin Man.

We played with the idea of what might happen to a curious black kitten on a mission to explore every nook and cranny of a busy kitchen. Our little guy found himself scampering among a bunch of  empty tin cans. Next thing you know, he’s popped his head through one of the cans, and somehow a funnel falls in place on his head.

Of course, we’re biased, but we think he’s pretty darned cute!


We had great fun with this project. Now you have a chance to see it – that is if you live in the area. The Accidental Tin Man is on display for the month of February at the Opiate Gallery.

Do stop in and say hello. We don’t want him to get lonely.


There are Grand Cats placed in many other art galleries around town. Wouldn’t it be fun to go on a hunt to find as many as you can?


On Saturday, March 3rd the cats will be taken to the Whiskers ‘n Wags Jubilee for the auction. (Where you could buy one!) You can find more info about the event, or purchase tickets on their website.


A big heartfelt thank you to Fort Collins Cat Rescue for their amazing work.

We had so much fun creating our Grand Cat!

P.S. If you recall, in the Wizard of Oz, the Tin Man was in search of a heart.

We hope our little guy will snag yours!