DIY, Writing

Cats, Frames, and Copyediting- A Dilemma in Destruction

I’ve framed old things before (like this sheet music) but never have I hurt a book, ever.

Until today.

I’ve got all my books unboxed and either up on my shelf or loving stowed away awaiting more bookshelves to be built (I need more walls). As I categorized and organized these old tomes I realized some of them were in bad shape. Really bad. Falling apart at the seams, pages missing, and I still haven’t the heart to throw them out. So what to do? I want the pages to be enjoyed but without a proper binding you can’t even hold them without loosing text willy-nilly.


So when my daughter tried to look at my first edition copy of The Three Orphan Kittens by Disney from 1935 and the pages fell out I knew I had to do something. I took each page and carefully separated them leaving each like a fallen leaf on our floor. A quick measurement and a trip to my local hobby shop and I had a frame. I picked one of my favorites and laid it out without harming the page any further behind the glass.

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I love it. Can’t go wrong with kittens and my daughter meows each time she sees it.

But now I have over a dozen loose pages left and I know I have to frame them all. You can find them on Etsy as my walls are out of space (bookshelves did ’em in).


But how to describe these gorgeous works of Disney kitten art? Copyediting of course.

Do I know how to copyedit? Nope. But the internet does and this is what I found:

  1. Do more than just describe your item.
  2. Know your audience.
  3. Know the benefits of your product.
  4. Aviod clichés ie: excellent product.
  5. Get the reader to imagine owning the product.
  6. Use sensory words to fully engage the buyer.
  7. Make it easy to read.

Wow! That sounds like writing a book. Which I’ve done, how hard can it be? Just kidding, writing is hard. Here’s what I came up with:

Are you cat lover? Does your cat love books? Then your kitty will love this first edition art from Disney’s Three Orphan Kittens printed in 1935. An elegant frame wraps this full color picture straight out of the original book. The white frame is 10×13, the art is 8×11, and can be wall mounted or displayed at cat eye level on any solid surface.

Thoughts? Feel free to critique me on my virgin attempt at product descriptions in the comments below. If you’d like to see more of this framed kitty art head over to Etsy.


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