CatConLA Preparations Underway!

Maybe you’ve heard me mention this before, but I am so excited to be participating in CatConLA- the fabulous convention for cat lovers occurring June 6th and 7th of 2015! I’ve been gearing up the last few months— squaring away several things on my “to-do” list that need to be done before I can go to my first in-person sales event. How have things been coming? Well, I’m a little bit overwhelmed, but here’s a preview of several items that I’ve been working on.

New Kitty Glasses Looks

I’ve expanded my cat glasses line to potentially attract more buyers at CatCon. First we have a few new Kanye West/Kitty West shutter shade looks with ombre rhinestone effects— I think they look  pretty cool!

Shutter Shades for Cats

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I also finished be-dazzling the black shutter shades for Fluff:Cat Shutter SHades

Aside from Kanye West/ Kitty West, I continued to improve on my nerd glasses looks. Below Fluff models a new pair in Blue that are available in the Notso Kitty Shop! Kitty Cat Nerd Glasses

Get Well Kitty Cat Nurse Hat

Aside from new glasses looks, I have been working on a few new hat looks for the Notso Kitty Shop and for CatConLA. The first one I actually made for a friend of mine originally— she recently broke her foot (ouch!) and I made this so her cat Oscar would have proper attire to attend to her. The hat came out so adorably (in my humble opinion) that I decided to make it available for the Notso Kitty Shop and CatConLA soon! Below Notso models this hat and sleeps at the same time– what we call multitasking in this house :)

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CatConLA Preparations

There is a lot to be done still before I head to CatConLA in the beginning of June, but I’ve been making steady progress over the last few weeks. I have made some of my bags, packaging, signage and freebie give-aways. I also have invested in some basics– business cards, a crate to ship my stuff in, a Square reader for credit card payments and a cash box for other tendered payments. Every time I think I’m making progress, I remember how much there is left to do and I become somewhat overwhelmed. Alas, nothing easy is ever worth it :)

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Freebie decals  for CatConLA attendees

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Notso Kitty shopping bags for CatConLA

New Nerd Glasses for Cats

It’s an exciting time here at the Notso Kitty Shop! Just posted: newly improved nerd glasses for cats designs! Kitty Poindexter has never looked so sophisticated. Check out some of the awesome looks below:

Kitty Poindexter

Nerd Glasses for Cats

Aside from the nerd glasses, updates were made to the Kitty West look as well as a new 3D glasses design. This cat’s glasses wardrobe is bigger than mine!

Kanye Kitty West Shutter Shades Cat

3D glasses kitty
That’s all the updates for now! Until next time!

 

Been awhile….

Been awhile since I’ve gotten around to updating this page…. I actually had to take a vacation day from my regular job today to ensure I would do the tasks like this that have been accumulating on my to-do list for the last few months. Ugh– my ability to procrastinate things I want to do has to be by far one of my most annoying habits. But I do try to be realistic and cut myself some slack at the same time— it’s not every individual that could handle a full time job as an engineering manager with part time aspirations of launching a successful creative venture. I know there are a few out there that can as I’ve even seen a few at my current employer— but sometimes I wonder if I might be dragging out this process longer than necessary. It’s tough to kick myself in the ass when I’m not coordinated enough to stand on one foot at a time :)

Anyhoo— I have a few updates to share with you that I think are quite exciting. I hope you’ll forgive my absence over the last few months and read onwards into my newest adventures ….

#CATCONLA 2015

My first big announcement is that the Notso Kitty Shop was recently invited to have a booth at the first annual CatConLA at The Reef in downtown Los Angeles. I’m so excited about this opportunity to meet and mingle with other cat crazies!!! It will be held on June 6th and 7th and I have been ramping up my cat accessory production methods in the meantime to prepare me for the occasion. I’m so excited to meet or revisit some of my fellow Etsy cat-themed heroes as well as the cat star-studded guest list!

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Other Odds and Ends

The last few months have not been as busy in the Notso Kitty Shop— I have calmed down on designing new things for the time being and some of my sales have fallen off with that. I fear not though— as I have a few improvements that should pick things up over the next few months. The first of such improvements is my recent investment in a Cricut Explore for achieving fast clean lines while cutting items like my felt cat glasses and patterns.  I’m surprised it took me this long to discover the Cricut Explore— I had been biased against previous versions of the Cricut because I didn’t think that cutting the pre-made cartridge designs really counted as a creative activity (yes, I guess I’m a creative snob like that). But the Cricut Explore is different in that you could import your own designs from places like Adobe Illustrator— a capability I jumped on IMMEDIATELY upon opening the box. This device has proved itself of unbelievable utility so far— within the first few hours of operating it, I had designed new hat boxes to house Notso Kitty Shop products that were both usable and adorable. I can’t wait to see what other uses for this device I can come up with.

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Notso Fluffy’s recent Shia LaBoeuf impersonation

As for new cat hat designs: I have plans for a few over the next few months as well as some improvements to my old designs made possible by devices like the Cricut and further crafty knowledge I have recently come by. I also hope to simultaneously gut half my house (we are still settling in from our move last year), learn Japanese, and clear about two dozen half-started ADHD project piles that currently occupy my living room. I’ll let you know how those adventures go— but in the meantime, please continue to forgive these sporadic blog postings :)

Notso Kitty Shop Updates

Hello Everyone! It’s been awhile (too long I know) and I have many new updates to share with you concerning my creative endeavors! I’ve made great progress over the last six months in getting settled into the new home of the Notso Kitty Shop in Salem, Massachusetts and I’m finally almost to the point where I’m picking up projects again as I did pre-move. I really didn’t realize how much “settling in”  would wear me out this past year before I moved, but I’m almost finally back to what I would call normal (and other normal people would call crazy). Time to make some new cat hats for the shop!

New Party Cat Hats

After a brief hiatus from making hats, I got back into it full force last month. I started by making a few new party hats that could be worn for birthdays and other festive occasions. Notso was all too happy to model them :)

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Cat Party Hat

The Holidays Are Coming

Aside from some new kitty party hats for various occasions, I made some specifically for the upcoming winter holidays. I finally got around to making my Hanukkah Cat Hat and a Mistletoe fascinator. I think they came out quite splendidly, though I may be a little biased— hope you like them as much as I do!

Hanukkah Cat Hat

Christmas Cat Hat

Mistletoe Cat

This is NOT an abandoned blog

In spite of what you may have come to believe through the lack of posts the last few months, this is not an abandoned blog. Lately I’ve been busy with projects- some of which will make some future blog post topics if I ever get around to writing about them 😉 What else have I been busy with? Well, it’s been a crazy summer…. Let’s start with a few of the smaller items:

Photo Improvements

I’ve rediscovered recently how much I love taking photos and playing in Photoshop. I’ve gotten plenty of practice taking candids at summer weddings and events in and around my new home in Salem, MA. A few times this summer I’ve rented camera lenses from www.borrowlenses.com which has let me try out some fancy new equipment without making much upfront investment. I highly recommend this service as well as the photo lessons on Lynda.com for improving my photo-taking skills.
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Above: An example of photos I recently took in Salem of the 4th of July fireworks

Settling In

It’s been about three months or so since we moved to Salem, MA and the house redecoration projects are well on their way. So far I’ve painted the living room, the dining room, the kitchen, the foyer and the deck. The deck is what burnt me out on painting for the time being :) I still have a lot to go, but I’m pleased with the progress we’ve made as shown below:

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Cat Studio Updates

It’s been a busy month in the studio with the release of Sharknado 2 driving the sale of the Sharknado cat hat up :) I’ve also been doing a little bit of side work- the results of which you may see in the Notso Kitty Shop soon!

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