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 ….
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!
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.
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 🙂