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Cat Weekender Tote Bag featuring the photograph Close Encounter by Julie Niemela

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Close Encounter Weekender Tote Bag




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Our weekender tote bags are chic and perfect for a day out on the town, a staycation, or a weekend getaway.   The tote is crafted with soft, spun poly-poplin fabric and features double-stitched seams for added durability.   The 1" thick cotton handles are perfect for carrying the bag by hand or over your shoulder.   This is a must-have for the summer.

Care Instructions

Spot clean or dry clean only.

Ships Within

2 - 3 business days

Ships From

Charlotte, NC

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Wow! Great capture, Julie. Glad it got away. L/F

This is fabulous!! Such a fun catch!! fv

creative and fantastic, v

Amazing shot! v/f

Congrats on your First Place contest win, Julie. Please feel free to join the Contest Winners First Place on FineArtAmerica Group, if you haven't already, and upload this image to the group. Here's the link:

Wow! fav and v.

A totally awesome and unique capture, Julie! I love the detail and preciseness of the walking stick, and the quizzical look of the cat peering at it, is just to special. Great job on this unique capture, as you got the big, "Elvis" F/V on this unique and creative beauty!

Love this! What a great story!

What an amazing photo. Talk about perfect timing. I can't help wondering how it ended for the praying mantis. v/f

Julie Niemela replied:

Don't worry, the praying mantis was unharmed! My cat was behind a glass door.

Great shot, Julie. Wonderful composition, focus and color.

This is fantastic! I just shot my cat staring at a lizard on the outside of the window.

Great shot! Just love it!

Wonderful capture, Julie, and most appropriately titled.

Great capture Julie...awesome..

Wow, what an amazing moment you captured, Julie! Love it and wonder if the cat did catch it:-D! Much appreciate your nice feedback on my "Abstraction 2B", thank you!!!

Julie Niemela replied:

Don't worry - the praying mantis got away!

tres beau monique

What a Cool Capture! Nice... :O) Tom

I meant "shot", not "shoy" (computers....)

I would have voted for this great shoy, but I'm too new right now :(.

I love cats Julie and the praying mantis is an interesting critter too..... love this photo...great shot ...and thanks for stopping by and commenting on My Happy Mutt!

Great capture, Julie. Well spotted and photographed!

Oh, wonderful! Fantastic shot! I love cats, but I hope she's just curious....

Julie Niemela replied:

Don't worry - the praying mantis was unharmed :)

Fantastic shot Julie and beautifully composed. A favorite.

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Weekender Tote Bag Reviews (66)

Average Rating (5 Stars):

July 15th, 2018

Met Bill. Nice man. Interesting. Great conversation.Quality product. Highly recommend. Thank you for your service to our country.

July 11th, 2018

Very happy with this product. It is for my daughter and she will love it

July 9th, 2018


July 7th, 2018

looks very good

June 27th, 2018

Love this bag! The quality is so nice and the photography really pops on it. Much bigger than I expected. Favorite!! Check out Jessica Lambert’s other photography! Beautiful work!

June 15th, 2018

I love my beautiful "A Breath of Fresh Air" tote bag by Ellen Watkins! The image is so inspiring, uplifting and empowering, and the size is absolutely perfect. I love that the handles are long and I can easily grab the bag and swing it over my shoulder (I hate bags w/ handles that are short and make it uncomfortable to carry over my shoulder). This bag is particularly important to me because of how it makes me feel. I'm one of the co-leaders of a women's group and I have to carry a lot of materials to my meetings that are emotionally heavy due to the nature of our meetings. I wanted a bag for the materials that made me feel strong, powerful and whole. This bag does exactly that. And I love supporting Ellen who is a local artist and visionary! I love her work and I absolutely love this bag. It's perfect for anyone who wants a large tote bag that makes them feel beautiful and inspired!

Artist's Description

Don't worry - the praying mantis got away! This photo won 1st place in the Fine Art America Juxtaposition contest on 4/28/12!

About Julie Niemela

Julie Niemela

Julie Niemela, a Washington D.C. native, is a self-taught artist with a passion for photography and abstract painting. She is best known for her zen circle (enso) paintings. She has sold her work to collectors in the USA, Canada, Germany, Belgium, South Korea, and the UK.

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