V-DAY GIVEAWAY #5: Xenotees Red Cat Tote Bag


Noelle Burke is the brainchild behind Xenotees, a company started with pillow cases sporting her original charcoal cat silhouette (pictured in this post). She’s since expanded, and her pieces have been featured in Martha Stewart’s Daily Wag blog, Daily Candy and Design*Sponge – just to name a few! 

Xenotees Red Cat Tote Bag

100% cotton over-sized canvas tote bag. Kitty outline hand-printed on both sides.

I really love that everything Noelle does is screen-printed in her Philadelphia studio (GO USA!). She even hand-sews the entire tote herself!

For I HAVE CAT’s V-Day Giveaway Extravaganza, Noelle has generously donated a Red Cat Tote Bag ($30 value!) that can be one by anyone, regardless of where they live!  

Xenotees Valentine's Guide Guide

Get 10% off everything in the Valentine’s Day Gift Guide through 2/14/14

But that’s not all! She’s also giving all IHC readers a 10% discount on anything in the Valentine’s Day Gift Guide section of her shop by using the code LOVECATS10 at check-out (good through 2/14/2014).

Those pillow cases I mentioned before are part of the Valentine’s Day collection. I have a set and absolutely adore them and they rarely leave my bed – I’m always washing them and putting them right back on! They make great gifts for any cat lover (or for yourself!).

chest modelingpillowcases

300 thread count pillow cases come in many sizes. Chester Taco not included.

Did I mention Noelle has not one, but two cats? Chester Taco is the one modeling the pillow cases. Ands she has another cat named Blimp (pictured below) I only just found out about by stalking her Instagram account (shhhhhh!)!

Turns out Blimp isn’t exactly cut-oh for the world of modeling – a bit too eager perhaps? According to Noelle, “Blimp is one of those cats that can’t stay still if he thinks he’s getting any sort of attention! He bum rushes the camera. I’ve tried, believe me, I’ve tried!”

Blimp, the overly eager cat not cut out for the competitive world of cat modeling.

Blimp, not cut out for the competitive world of cat modeling.

Now that you know how awesome Xenotees and Noelle are, let’s get back to the V-DAY Giveaway! To enter to win the Red Cat Tote Bag:

  • Leave a comment to this post telling us what you’d use this tote for if you won it
  • Leave a way for us to contact you – Twitter or Email (THIS IS A MUST!)
  • Comment must be left by February 11th 5pm EST
  • One entry per household UNLESS, you post this giveaway to your FB page in which case you should leave a second comment to this blog post letting us know you did so
  • Winners will be selected at random using a wordpress blog widget
Chester Taco and Blimp. Two brothers just chilling out.

Chester Taco (front) and Blimp (back) – letting his model brother continue to take the spotlight


Don’t forget to stalk visit Noelle, Chester and Blimp on Xenotees Instagram

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  • LOVE this tote!!!
    I’d use it for carrying Waffles stuff on his therapy cat visits!

  • Rosangela McHone

    Love it! I would use it for work.

  • Annette Mayer

    This tote is awesome!!!! I love that it is oversized. If I won it I would use it for cat food and treats for our Tay-Tay and the 2 strays we feed. I’d probably try to give Tay a ride in it also

  • So cute! I’m certain that at least one of my cats would try to sleep in it….otherwise I would carry it around all the time, I like to have a giant bag with me at all times, I don’t travel light. My cat Stannis looks a lot like Blimp and is similarly difficult to photograph!

  • Heather Hubert

    Lovely! I would use this tote as my dance bag.

  • So! Cute! I would use it for shopping!

  • I’m sharing on FB!

  • Annette Mayer

    Shared on my Facebook wall 😉

  • penny jones

    I would carry EVERYTHiNG in it…even one of our purrs. Love it!

  • Love this. It would be perfect for the beach!

  • I would use it to shop with so I would use “paper or plastic) for my groceries

  • jama thomas

    Love the color, purrfect for valentines day!

  • Formica Dinette

    What would I carry in this? Kitty groceries! (aka canned food)

  • WOULDN’T use paper or plastic.. DUH.. blonde moment and typing around a kitty… lol… will repost on facebook…

  • Chris D.

    Aaah! It’s SO great…I would use it for anything and everything!!! Love!
    Kataddikt at gmail dot com

  • Pamela Hum

    I would use this for my knitting!

  • Connie Marie

    Love Red! and the design. My cats could sleep in it and when their awake it would be perfect for library books, and shopping to save on using plastic bags. It wouldn’t be still at any one moment!

  • Nicole Scaltro

    I would use this tote to promote animal rescue and adoption. Adopt don’t shop.

  • Would give it to my granddaughter who come with me every week to Petsmart to buy food for our 5 indoor cat’s and the 4 stray’s we feed outside she’s quite the little shopper for 2 and 3/4 years old! { She’ a BIG GIRL NOW! }

  • Melanie

    I’ll use it to carry home cat food, cat treats and cat litter for my cat!

  • Cindy flynn

    I would proudly use this bag when I go to the pet food store to buy my girl’s food (Audrey & Sophia)!

  • Michele Victor

    I love this tote!! I would use it for so many things: work, travel, library books.

  • Michele Victor

    Shared on FB!

  • Carla Garcia

    I’d stuff at least 5 journals in it because I like to write with a pen and paper still! editorcarla@gmail.com

  • Carla Garcia

    Shared on Facebook! editorcarla@gmail.com

  • Bethany Szydlowski

    We are going to SuperZoo, the pet retail expo in Las Vegas, and I need I new kitty bag to carry. This is perfect!!

  • Chris Thon

    Intended use: put in my bathing stuff when I go swimming…
    Reality use: new cozy hideaway place for my kitties 😉

  • I would use it to take our pen drapes & cat gear to the regular cat shows we attend every month in the UK, as it seems large enough

  • FB shared as this is nice

  • Rae

    I would use the tote to honor the love of my kitty and bring it to work with me everyday.

  • Love, love, love this!!!! I would use this to take my stuff to work instead of my old grandma Vera Bradley bag.

  • Becky Seely

    I would use it for books, my second favorite thing!


  • Jodi Samphire

    Love it, want one! Would use it as eco shopping bag.. 😉

  • Amy Forst

    So cute! I’d love this for work & weekend shopping. & of course Simba & Madison would love crawling into it. amyforst@gmail.com

  • Rebecca

    LOVE this tote!!!!! (Thanks to a good friend, I have the pillow cases!) I’d use it to carry my oh too heavy Laptop and of course, would try to see if my Stella girl would venture out in it!

  • Blimp sounds a lot like Mauricio. We want to win this tote for our mom to take shopping when she buys cat toys ’cause it looks like she could fit at least elebenty zillion toys in there. Purrs and paw-pats, Lily Olivia, mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Jo
    In case we should win, our e-mail address is: janet.blue@thecatonmyhead.com

  • Madeline Bravo Pritchard

    I love this tote! Great job lil sis.

  • Gabriela

    This giveaway makes me so happy: I have a (human) shirt from Xenotees that I love, and Philadelphia is my lost homeland/favorite city ever (sadly, I don’t live there anymore). And, until he died last spring, I too had cat named Chester, who I rescued from the streets of West Philly!

  • love it! would be perfect for traveling to all of my blogging events that I have coming up in 2014!

  • Kathleen

    Would absolutely love this!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Love this! I would use it to carry around my medical record binder for all of my foster kitties. I take it with me to the adoption center and vet visits.


  • Love the tote!!
    I’d use it to carry kitty supplies (food, treats, toys, etc) home from the store for my fur babies!

    You can reach us at fureverywhere [at] gmail [dot] com

  • Love the red tote.I would use it for EVERYTHING.I love any thing with cats on it.Thanks for the chance to win one.

  • Kelsey

    I would use it to take a book, music, and clothes when I am babysitting my parents cats. Gotta love the little guys =) Also, a bottle of bubbly and some movies… the cats are crazy for a movie night next to a roaring fire.

  • Megan

    Oh my goodness, I absolutely LOVE this tote! The color, the cat silhouette! Ahhh, it’s just too great. I’d probably use this for everything. It would make an adorable everyday bag for me. (davis.megn@gmail.com)

  • I will use this as an alternate day bag.
    @dementia on Twitter

  • I would use this bag when I go to blog conferences! sandpipercatblog@gmail.com

  • Elizabeth McLaughlin

    I would use this when I take my son to and from school.

  • Danielle

    It’s an over sized tote – it’s versatile which means I can use it for anything and everything depending on my current needs. I can use it for the beach, to carry books, etc… I’d love to win.

  • Jamaka Petzak

    LOVE Chester Taco’s and Blimp’s names!!! and think Blimp should have a lot more candid photo ops. If I had that big red bag, I’d have to fill it with — what else? — CAT TREATS and TOYS! for my beloveds. They so deserve them. >^^< We can be reached at jmuhjacat@att.net

  • Cary Hillman

    I’d use it to go to the library, shopping…everything. 🙂

  • M.

    For all the cat treats and toys of course!

  • I would use this tote as my project bag to hold all of my yarn. Or as a shopping tote for grocery shopping. So many uses! lol kerry.haas@gmail.com

  • I love this tote, its big and just beaituful, so unique. I would use it to carry myy photo portfolio. I’m a pet photographer and what a conversation starter.

  • I also shared this contest on my Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/kerryleehaas

  • I’d use it for a project bag. I’m a crocheter with a bit of a yarn addiction, so the size of this tote would come in handy. I actually have one of these totes already, that a friend gave me for Christmas, but my cat, Penny, decided that it was a gift for her, not for me. And we all know who the real bosses are around the house. =^.^=

  • I love this tote, it would be fabulous for carrying books. Amy12265@att.net

  • Claire B

    I love this! I would use it to carry books and/or my crocheting supplies! My email is writesinpen[at]yahoo[dot]com

  • The are starting a bag ban in the next city over so I would use this to keep in my car for all my shopping!

  • Sue Diller

    This tote is awesome!! I would use daily to take to work and also for fun stuff on the weekends.

  • Sue Diller

    I shared this on my Facebook page.

  • Carolyn Schellhardt

    I would use it for cat treats and maybe to carry my stuff home from my too frequent hospital trips!!! It’s a gorgeouscolor!!!!!

  • Elle

    Love this tote! I’d offer it to a friend who’s crazy about cats! 🙂

  • Sarah

    I’d use it for a little bit of everything — I’m always grabbing a bag to carry all the stuff that has to go with me, including but not limited to: my purse, umbrella, cell phone, book (yes, I’m old fashioned), pictures of my cats, hat, gloves, lunch, etc. sbanick@mindspring.com

  • Milene Mittelhauser

    Love red, would use it to carry everything to and yoga clothes to work out.

  • I also posted to facebook. milene_hollon@yahoo.com

  • Sarah

    i would use it to bring all my paper work to and from work. Adorable!

  • Lauren

    I would love to use this bag while teaching to hold all of my teaching materials. It also looks fabulous!
    You can contact me at Lauren.beard217@gmail.com

  • Love this bag! That cat print is so cute! I’d use this everyday and it would make a perfect tote bag for my hobby stuff! Sharing this on my Facebook page too~!

  • I’d love to win

  • Maureen Van Hoorn

    Love this, I would use this to tote my cat food of course! Does this make me entered?

  • Well I’d use it to carry my kitty around of course! Just kidding, I’d use it to lug all of my school stuff to work on the long train ride 😉

  • Judy Thomas
  • Judy Thomas

    If I won I would use it to carry all the cat food that I buy each week for my two cats and the 10 other strays that I feed 🙂
    Facebook: Judy Thomas
    Twitter: @judethomas21
    Email: judethomas21@gmail.com

    Beautiful Tote and pillow cases 🙂

  • Brooke

    I’d use this tote as an over night bag for when I go spend the night with my niece and nephew. They love cats just as much as their auntie does! 🙂
    Email: thequeenb2004@hotmail.com
    Facebook: Brooke N Rob Young

  • omg i’d use it for everything 😀
    email : pouci_bnncir@yahoo.fr

  • Claire Paquin

    I would use this tote when i go to the grocery store and the pet store. It’s beautiful. Werrrpennstate@yahoo.com

  • We would love a chance to win this tote for our Mum – it will be great for her when she’s bringing home our tasty cat food or for her when she visits the library and the other hundred and one other things she does.
    Luv Hannah and Lucy xx xx

  • Alicia

    Adorable! I am certain there would be two cats trying it out first, but after that I would use it 1) to carry my class work 2) to put groceries in it when i forget to bring enough bags, 3) to carry cat bow-ties to the cat shelter for photo shoot days, 4) and when people see it and ask where I got it I would tell them, so advertising!

  • I would use it to carry books, or items for my comfort at work on awake overnights 🙂 or for shopping. I also posted this to my Facebook fan page Joan Bright’s Resounding Reiki for Animals. Thanks for the opportunity to enter and win such a great tote!

  • whoops…reikijoani is my Twitter handle, and jb135709@gmail.com is my email. Forgot to include these in my comment above

  • I love her product! I have one of her sweaters! I would use this for carrying my possessions back and forth to work; I work at a childrens hospital so I think it would be perfect!

  • Love this tote bag! Would use it to carry everything to my mom’s when I go spend the night with her every Mon., Wed., & Fri.

  • Doris

    I would like to use it as a tote/diaper bag!

  • Virginia

    I will use the red kitty tote on my next vacation to Turkey!

  • a marie hj saver

    I’d use it to carry home cat food from the pet store!

  • This tote would be purrfect for carrying cat food and other groceries home from the store. Please contact me on Twitter @lingorenkoff or by email (smartgirl848@yahooDOTca). Thanks!

  • Awilda

    This tote would be used as a sleeping area for my cat Bella. When I am allowed to use it, it would be for Petco runs for cat food and treats.

  • Stephanie

    I’d use this tote as a lunch bag at work and for books at school!

  • Andra

    I’d use it for school so I could annoy all the stray dogs that live on campus. Because I’m evil 🙂

  • Sandra

    I would use it, well, everywhere! It would be the perfect way to cast my inner feline

  • I’d use this bag for hauling all sorts of baby related items…I need a big bag!

  • I posted on FB as well…

  • Cassie

    I love the charcoal kitty pillowcases so I know this bag will be the perfect fit. I’ll use it on whole foods excursions and everywhere I go to save a bag!

  • Cassie

    Posted on my facebook page too. cassiecsu@gmail.com

  • I use totes a lot — for holding medications, a wallet, a credit card holder, a flashlight, and almost anything I could use in case of an emergency. Being handicapped/disabled, I must carry around more things than your typical man and I’ve always got to be prepared in case of any emergency. I don’t have a tote like this — great color, size, and weight — and would put it to great use. Thanks! @DaneRay (TWITTER) — Ray Chesnick (FACEBOOK) — zqx@juno.com — RAY, TIPPER & TIGER

  • Rayna Haque

    I’d use the tote as a shopping bags it would be useful and cute! raynahaque@yahoo.com

  • Patricia Dugan

    I would use the tote to carry around all my kitty’s toys and necessities. She travels with me everywhere, even by plane (she has her own ticket and stays in the cabin.)

  • Kat

    I carry so much files for work, this would be such a lovely carrier! xx
    katch05 at gmail dot com

  • Katie Bell

    This would be my carry on! I leave for Ireland at the end of May and would show it off to the world. YEAH CATS!

  • Katie Bell

    Facebook shared!

  • Lucia

    Big, beautiful, and RED! What’s not to love? This big red kitty bag could haul books and notebooks during this academic librarian’s workweek. (Books + cats = classic combo!) Adoption weekends, it would be full of bulky med records notebooks and shared meds and supplies. That striking rich color would serve as enticement/advertisement all on its own!

  • rayray cartucci

    so cute!!!! I would carry it as a purse with all my books and junk in it. Thanks

  • Jeannie

    That is awesome, would love it!!!

  • natalia flowers

    Id use this tote to carry around my oil paints, paintbrushes, and a canvas or two! Such a cute tote!

  • Sarah Hardej

    This is so cute! I’d use it for shopping and to schlep all my stuff to work.


  • Trevor

    I love that bag! I would use it as a book/work/purse bag 🙂

  • Lynette M. Silva

    We’ll be relocating soon, so I’d use it for all the kitty accoutrements we’ll need on the road! lynettesilva@gmail.com

  • Ems

    Love this tote bag! I would use it to carry my cat food & treats & I am sure my cats Wibbles & Lilly would love to have a nap in it too (they do love a nice tote bag for a nap & play in)