Just in time to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the Summer Olympics… our LONDON design is now here! We’re thinking Will & Kate would love one as well. Available on our amazing Hand-Embroidered Pillows and cheery Dish Towels. Check it out!

As you may have noticed on our Facebook and Twitter pages, this week we are celebrating our Nation’s treasures – National Parks! Have you and your family have ever been to any of the National Parks? Which ones are your favorite? If you’ve never been, you should definitely add a few to your bucket list – our parks are some of the most wondrous places in the country! And remember – this week ALL 397 of your national parks offer free admission, all week long!

Here at catstudio, we have a collection of National Parks – 8 designs and counting – that commemorate these great places.

Click here to see some incredible photos of the Top 10 National Park Landmarks.

Want to know how you can save on their next National Parks vacation AND support the parks? Check out this article.

And for you extra outdoorsy-types, click here to check out the Best Hikes in the National Parks.

Another super cool way to support the National Parks is by Claiming Your Inch of the Earth To Support America’s National Parks! You can use MyInchofTheEarth.com to claim your virtual square inch of America’s National Parks, with proceeds supporting the National Park Foundation (NPF), the official charity of America’s national parks. Through MyInchofTheEarth.com, you can virtually own real-world locations, and post a picture and story to help explain why the place is so important to you. You can also create a memorial or give the claimed inch as a gift. Each square inch of America’s national parks is available to claim for a donation of $1 a month; paid annually.

As of March 2010, our population is 309 million. We’re living on 3.5 million square miles of mountains, plains, valleys, and seacoasts with 500,000 earthquakes in California each year.

Interestingly, we’re the 3rd largest country in both size and population. We’re 2 ½ times the size of Western Europe, slightly larger than China, and ½ the size of South America.

One thing we’ve got plenty of (in some places) is water! The Great Lakes contain about 1/5 of the fresh water on Earth! Most of that fresh water ends up pouring over Niagara Falls at the rate of 750,000 gallons per second. You might be interested in knowing that Annie Taylor (& her cat) were first in 1901 to go over the falls in a device (a homemade wooden barrel) and survive.

From Cold to Hot, the highest point is Mt. McKinley, Alaska at 20,320 feet and the lowest is Death Valley at minus 282 feet. What a country!

We have cacti growing over 50 feet tall and weighing 10 tons! Birds with wingspans of up to 9.5 feet! Canyons a mile deep and rivers over 2,500 miles long. We’ve got trees over 4,600 years old and another tree that’s 36 stories tall! And by the way, two mature trees can provide enough oxygen for a family of four. One tree produces nearly 260 pounds of oxygen each year. One acre of trees removes up to 2.6 tones of carbon dioxide each year. It seems like it’s not a bad idea to hug a tree.

Then after talking and thinking and planning and drawing and redrawing, we’ve squeezed America into 432 sq. inches (or 18” x 24”)…and after a supercalifragalisticly HUGE amount of blood, sweat & embroidery, we’ve got a masterpiece just for you!