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By Pamela Rohland

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A black-and-white cat named Little One sips cafe au lait at NewOrleans' famous Cafe Du Monde, parties at Mardi Gras and playsa mean jazz piano. Sure, Chamain DiPascal O'Mahony's2-year-old feline may live these adventures only in her owner'simagination, but O'Mahony has made New Orleanians feel thatwherever they are, Little One could appear, too. O'Mahony, 38,has turned her whimsical musings about hercat-"minou" in Creole-into humorous notecardsand prints that sell faster than jambalaya in New Orleans andbeyond.

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

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