Friday, July 23, 2010

From the FP to the TV: rctees

As small business owners, we'll take what features we can get.  The main goal of this team is to promote each other by making FP-worthy treasuries.  We get extra excited when our team members are featured in the storque.  A couple of us have been (or are going to be) featured in magazines.  But can anyone say that we've had our work featured on TV?  Before long, one of us will be saying so.

Toni at rctees was contacted by Jess Ward, a member of the production staff for the Animal Planet and member of the Etsy community since 2009, about the Abby Cat tee.  She was looking for unique cat shirts on Etsy for the host of a new Animal Planet series Must Love Cats. 


At first, Toni was a little skeptical.  This is completely understandable whenever someone contacts you asking for samples in order to be featured.  (I immediately went through a phase of doubt when Vogue Knitting contacted me.)  But she did exactly what she needed to do, which was research who was contacting her and find information to back up that their request was legitimate.  She eventually had a real time phone conversation with Jess and knew it was all real.

So she sent shirts, merely hoping the host would choose to wear them.  In June, she received a message from Jess telling her that John (the host) wore the Abby Cat shirt and wanted to know if there were MORE colors because he liked the design so much!  So Toni gladly sent another color. 



NJ Wheelock, one of the artists that John interviewed while wearing the Abby Cat tee, contacted Toni just a few days ago with photos from the shoot. John also contacted her to let her know that some of the photos from the shoot were up on the Must Love Cats facebook page.  The episode that the Abby Cat tee was featured on was filmed in Catskill, NY, and features the Catskill Cats.

We are all proud of Toni and are quite anxious to see her shirt on TV!  Toni says about the experience, "I’m still in the 'pinch me' stage, and my emotions are just all over the place.  This is one of the most exciting things that’s ever happened to me and my husband, Mark. It’s one of those surreal experiences that lets you know that what you’re doing is so worth while."


The Abby Cat tee is set to make its debut on Episode #6 of Must Love Cats series that starts airing in January 2011 on Animal Planet.

Be sure to "like" RCTees on facebook and check out the entire Abby Cat line in her shop.  You can also follow her on twitter for more updates!

28 comments:

  1. wow!!!! that's so fantastic!!!! congrats :)

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  2. That is just so amazingly awesome. Way to go Toni! All of your hard work is paying off!!!

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  3. Awesome! Congrats to you both!

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  4. This exposure is well deserved by Toni and Mark, they are fabulous shop owners! Toni's presence online and Marks skill in the designs are a match made in heaven!
    :)
    Congratulations my Friend!
    Kim
    1022seashellave.etsy.com

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  5. Toni and Mark,

    Good things come to good people, and this is karma coming around full circle.
    I am so happy for you that I could burst!
    I am off to mark my calender so I don't miss the episode.
    Someone is smiling in kitty heaven and I think we know who!
    XOXO
    Edyie

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  6. That is awesome! The shirt is fabulous, too, so it's perfect for the show! Congrats!!!

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  7. I am so excited for you both & wish lots of continued success!

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  8. Ahh that's super awesome!! New cat show, too? I'm all over that! Congrats!!

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  9. Hoe exciting, you most be over the moon...
    CONGRATS!!!

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  10. Ohmagosh Toni! Congrats!! That is so awesome :D

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  11. woo hoo!! toni, that is FAN TAS TIC!! hope it brings you the fame you deserve :)

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  12. That is so COOL! what a dream come true, at least we dream about that!!!
    COngratulations!!
    Love to you
    Kimi

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  13. What great news! It is such a thrill for recognition to come to one who is so deserving of it. It will be fun to be able to say, "I knew Toni and Mark before they were famous!" Congratulations to you both!

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  14. Toni, this is so awesome! Congratulations! Omg, I can't imagine how thrilled you must be. WOOHOO!!!!

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  15. Big Congrats to a fellow Etsian.....talent vision, perseverance, you have it!

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  16. How exciting! What a great opportunity to get noticed! Congrats!

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  17. This is so awesome! Congrats, Toni!!

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  18. A special thanks to Ashli for doing such a wonderful job on the write up!! I see great things ahead for you my young friend.

    I appreciate more than you'll ever know the support you guys have shown me. Having your support makes this experience all the more sweet! ♥toni

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  19. What a great experience, congrats Toni!

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  20. Congrats Toni, that is truly awesome!!! You are such a sweetie and your work is terrific. I'm so thrilled for you!!

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  21. Yay! Toni, That's sooo cool!!

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  22. Oh Toni and Mark how exciting....and you both so deserve the attention you are getting! hugs!

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