Laura Von Stetina

Laura's yard is filled with the flowers and plants she grows as subjects for her botanical and wildlife paintings. Her house is populated with the stray animals she has always welcomed. One notable was a stray cat that bestowed the family with kittens. Laura was so taken with their special skills that she observed them keenly, often sketching them in detail. While checking on them early one morning, she was amazed to discover they had sprouted wings! Thus was the inspiration for her series of "Flittens" which are imaginately enchanting as well as botanically and anatomically correct.

Laura's impressive credentials include a solo exhibit at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, participation in exhibits at the Cleveland Museum of Art, numerous awards from the Cleveland Society of Nature Artists among many others. Laura's love of nature has also included teaching and natural history museum work.
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First Flight

Flittens™ Books & Bisques Discovered by Captain Katt during a stop in Valparaiso, several examples of the species were found for sale in a local market. This mountain dwelling species of “Arboreal felinus” were brought down from the Andes on horseback. Habitat: The Woodland Calico is a hearty species and one of the most commonly seen species at Mewingham. They love altitude and seek out the highest spots—tops of trees, or if inside, the tops of dressers. They all share the same tri-colored fur but the color of their wings vary. Habits: Woodland Calicos feed on a wide variety of fruits as well as some flowers, such as dogwood. Somewhat nearsighted, they have been known to cause no small amount of destruction to the plentiful displays of wax fruit and dried flowers inside the manor house. Likes: High places, shiny objects. Dislikes: Touching the ground, grasses that tickle their feet and learning to fly is particularly terrifying. Migration: Woodland Calicos live outdoors on the manor grounds during the month that fruit and flowers are plentiful. As the weather cools, small amounts of them move into the manor house.

Fortune's Friend

Flittens™ Books & Bisques Discovered by Captain Katt while docked in a sheltered harbor along the coast of Ireland to repair damage sustained during a heavy gale at sea. While exploring the surrounding countryside he noticed many brightly colored wings moving among the clover. Habitat: Felinus fortunas or “Good Luck Kittens” as they came to be called, inhabits only clover patches. A large pasture planted only in clover is necessary to support a number of these creatures, as they feed exclusively on the rare leaves bearing four leaflets rather than the usual three. Habits: Felinus fortunas come out in numbers when a rainbow appears and they are irresistably drawn to gold. When the kitties find their way into the manor house they gravitate to jewel boxes or can be found snoozing among the gold coins in a purse. They are drawn to anything shiny and will never refuse a snack of clover honey. Likes: Oddly they seem to be fond of snakes, not recognising them as predators. This is attributed to the fact that snakes do not inhabit their native home of Ireland. They are extremely amiable creatures and derive much satisfaction in presenting their homeowners with their lost pieces of jewelry or misplaced gold coins. Dislikes: Fool’s gold, silver and mice who attempt to steal bits of gold to adorn their own nests.

Mewingham Manor Observations On A Curious

Flittens™ Books & Bisques Observations on a Curious New Species by Edwina Von Stetina In 1875, Edwina Von Stetina an amateur naturalist, inherited her Uncle Captain Katt’s estate. She shortly discovers and chronicles her observations of a curious new species that her seafaring uncle had collected and maintained at Mewingham Manor. 10" x 9 1⁄2", 72 pages, hardcover, jacketed. Full color; more than 30 paintings and 100 sketches.

Ring Around The Rosie

Flittens™ Books & Bisques Small winged mice came aboard the flying Tiger on one of her many voyages–no one knows exactly when. The mice bred rapidly and soon infested the ship, then the manor grounds and house. Habitat: The Mice seem to adapt readily (and cheerfully) to any available habitat. Habits: The Mice are very imaginative and playful creatures. They are also charismatic; they seem to be able to persuade other woodland creatures to go along with their plans. For example–beetle racing. The Mice have formed a relationship with beetles.(Usually ladybugs or a souped-up variety of potato bug with brightly-colored racing stripes 6 on the floor. They feed the bugs on honey and other foods high in sugar content to provide the quick bursts of energy needed for sprinting.) The Mice have also been observed forming odd alliances with butterflies. They appear to have taught themselves to read and have a most wide and startling range of knowledge. They are always good company and have a wicked sense of humor. They are good mimics and sometimes appear to copy human behavior. Likes: A good time, mischief, cheese, cheesecake, cookies of any kind and gossip. Dislikes: Being caged. Slow beetles. Migration: The Mice don’t migrate. They inhabit the manor house and grounds year ‘round.

Rude Awakening

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Sun Shower

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