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This story appears in the February 2001 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

A black-and-white cat named Little One sips cafe au lait at New Orleans' famous Cafe Du Monde, parties at Mardi Gras and plays a mean jazz piano. Sure, Chamain DiPascal O'Mahony's 2-year-old feline may live these adventures only in her owner's imagination, but O'Mahony has made New Orleanians feel that wherever they are, Little One could appear, too. O'Mahony, 38, has turned her whimsical musings about her cat-"minou" in Creole-into humorous notecards and prints that sell faster than jambalaya in New Orleans and beyond.

How did this director of information research for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce turn her cat-inspired paintings into a thriving part-time business? Here's how it all unfolded:

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