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Post- Halloween Planning

Hello Notso Kitty fans! It has been a busy few weeks for us here at the Notso Kitty Shop lately! Between open market preparations, catching up on back orders and designing new products I feel like it’s been a little whirlwind of activity. I’m lucky to have more time to devote to Notso Kitty lately, but I still can’t seem to catch up on all I want to do (which is everything all at once 🙂 )! Oh well, all in good time I suppose!

Salem Halloween 2015

The Salem Open Market certainly was an adventure for Notso Kitty this year! This was only my second in-person sales experience with kitty stuff, but was my first dealing with people outside of CatCon (read: outside of my target market). Some people’s reactions to my cat hat creations were priceless — they would do double-takes in the middle of the pedestrian corridor and then stop to laugh at the funny cat pictures. Some people didn’t see the humor behind dressing your cat at all— calling me everything from “animal abuser” to just plain old “weird”—   it was different having to interact with these types directly ( instead of just ignoring their comments as I do on the internet 🙂 ).

Me in the Salem Open Market Notso Kitty Booth - 2015

Me in the Salem Open Market Notso Kitty Booth – 2015

I saw many crazy costumes and thousands of people in Salem, but I also learned an important lesson for future Notso Kitty sales ventures: just because there are people does not mean that they are going to automatically buy what you have to offer. Unfortunately I made more money selling cat ears to touristy types than cat hats for cat lovers in this go-round— but at least this lesson did not cost me money :). Though this wasn’t the targeted success that CatCon was, I did manage to network with a few people and get more in-person sales experience; invaluable opportunities!

Just a typical sidewalk gathering of people in Salem in October :)

Just a typical sidewalk gathering of people in Salem in October 🙂

Coming Up

I’m super-excited to announce that Notso Kitty will be participating in the upcoming Chrismukkah at Sowa Market on December 4th, 5th and 6th!  I have to catch up on a large order for catnip cat toys first, but I can’t wait to start designing things for Catsmas! Stay tuned for more updates on holiday products like kitty ornaments, cat-themed cards and of course holiday accessories for your favorite feline!Screen Shot 2015-11-04 at 4.36.57 PM

 

 

What’s up in the world of Notso Kitty?

Greetings readers! It has been ages since I have posted an update, yet there has been much that has been happening in the world of Notso Kitty that I can’t wait to share with you! Alas, since there is only one of me, blogging about my progress has taken a backseat to actually trying to get things off the ground in recent months. Now that I’m getting into a new routine though I hope to make room for some status updates from time to time! Here goes!

General Updates

After CatCon and the press and media attention that came with that, I decided to accelerate the timeline in which I quit my engineering job to do cat entrepreneur pursuits full-time. At first I thought I could stay a few more months to years in engineering— still doing cat hats on the side. But a few months later (after a few additional soul-sucking moments that reminded me why I wanted to do cat pursuits full time to begin with) I decided the time was finally right to pull the trigger. Armed with the confidence bought on by CatCon attention and a huge order for Cat 3-D Glasses from KitNipBox I received, I decided my last day in engineering was to be October 1st.

One of the KitNipBox customers models some Notso Kitty 3-D Glasses!

One of the KitNipBox customers models some Notso Kitty 3-D Glasses!

In the weeks since I have quit my engineering job I am still largely playing catch up with the projects for Notso Kitty that I have been planning out for awhile. The first things I have been busy with are getting ready for the Salem Open Market— a huge market of crafters in Salem, MA scheduled to coincide with the city’s popular Halloween events. Last weekend was the first of three weekends I will be having a shop at. Sales went well, but I was a little surprised how much more reserved east coast people are about dressing their cats than the west coast people I observed at CatCon. For the 2nd weekend, I’m bringing more kitty-ear accessories and things for humans (more new designs I have been working on) to see how those do. I would have bought them the first weekend, but I simply ran out of time before I could get everything ready!

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New Designs

Speaking of getting things ready, here are some new designs I have been toying around with lately. As well as ideas for new cat hats and cat ears for humans, I have expanded my kitty bow tie offerings over on Etsy. Here are some pics of the new designs!

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How could I not design a kitty witch hat living in Salem, MA?!? This one has a cute mouse— as I imagine most cats would want on their witch hats 🙂

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I feel like I might be selling out a little by making things for humans, but here are some of the first lace cat ears I put together. Not too shabby!

DSC_0028A variety of new bow ties are now available in the Notso Kitty Shop! 

More updates coming soon!

 

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!

 

Mistletoe Cat

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 🙂

Cat Party Hat

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

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Haterific Cat Toys Are Here!!!

Finally, after many months of building anticipation my Haterific Revenge Fantasy Cat Toys are available in the Notso Kitty Shop! This is a very exciting day 🙂

A few months ago I blogged about coming up with my Haterific cat toys , but I believe I was a little premature in saying I was almost finished with the product designs back then. Now, after three days of effort devoted specifically to the toys, I have FINALLY finished them up and listed them in my shop. How did they come out? Well, let’s see….

Haterific Cat Toys

 

As you can see from the above picture, I came up with a few different versions of “haters” for the first edition of cat toys. Groups that are featured include hippies, hipsters, bridezillas, bosses, generic haters, and NJ reality stars. Each “hater” comes in a package with a descriptive card and “Haterific Revenge Fantasy” comic (below) on the back

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Product Packaging

Product Packaging

I think the toys came out adorably— but I may be a little biased. So I asked Notso if he approved…… Let’s just say he seems to understand the comic inspiration behind the toys:

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I have plans for some more customizable versions of these cat toys soon— but for now, here are some pics of the ones already in the Notso Kitty Shop!

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