The Cat Carousel turns 1 this October!
I actually don't remember the exact date when I started the business, only know that it is in October because Facebook said so. hahaha.
To keep it simple, I chose 1st Oct to be the 'birthday' as it used to be my second favourite day of the year when I was a kid, Children's Day! Favourite is my own birthday of course. lol
Too bad they change Children's Day to the 1st friday of October now. -__-
Never would've thought that I will become a stationer when I first quit my job. Husband and I were suppose to move to Vietnam for an organic agriculture business. When things didn't work out after a year, only then I started brainstorming of what I can do besides going back to office jobs.
I do not want to go into fashion again and the only thing I've learned during my 10years in the industry is photoshop and illustrator. I dare not say I am very good at it but it is sufficient to get simple artworks done.
Since it is a skill which I am more confident in, and at the later part of my lingerie design career, I actually prefer creating catalogs, pamphlets and posters for the brand instead of designing lingerie itself, hence this is the only direction I can think of for a career change.
It is not stagnant, I can create all sorts of prints and it will be fun doing them! And it is true! I went to bed every night, feeling excited for the next day to come so I can do my work. haha! I guess this is what passion feels like. So glad that I've finally found something I enjoy and want to do for the next 10years. haha! Started this quite late, but it is better late than never!
My first set of Wedding stationary.
I intend to have printables in all different categories and chose to start off with Wedding, as I thought it has the most demand and I got so inspired by all the pretty invites in the market. Plus I want to make up for my not so nice wedding invites back in the days. ;p
Actually did this first wedding printables just for fun. haha. Was playing with illustrator to draw some flowers and 'wala!', my first wedding set is out. Very amateurish designed thou. lol
Maybe because I started off with wedding, most who approached me were interested in wedding invites. And I ended up specializing in Wedding stationaries now. :)
Business started really slow initially and people are more into customizations, so for those early projects, many are charged way below my time and effort. But I enjoyed doing every single one of them, and it is extremely rewarding when the brides are happy with the end products. That is when I feel all the hard work is worth it.
especially enjoy couple illustrations.
Love how i can illustrate every little details of their outfits, I guess old habits are hard to break, a fashion graduate after all. hahha. And also because couple illustrations are the most unique, they tell intimate storries of the couples and their wedding.
For this past year, I am really grateful to be able to create so many different designs which I love without having any pressure of management's criticism and questioning when a product is not doing well in sales.
Every project is different and unique. Unlike back in the days, I was often bored due to the amount of restrictions I have to follow. Always have to stick to safer designs because they are more sellable so I get bigger bonus at the end of the year.
Of course, I have to sacrifice that bonus now, but it is so much more fulfilling. To create a part of someone's most important day, the gratitude I've experienced is something I've never receive for sitting 10years behind an office desk.
Therefore I'm really thankful to all the amazing couples and beautiful people who've helped me and recognized my work, gave me the opportunities to work for them despite my limited experience.
It's because of all your support that i'm able to come this far. :D
Wanted to have a promotion to mark the first year of The Cat Carousel, also to thank my readers and followers. And so happen, an idea came to me when I was window shopping one day and saw those cute baby milestone cards.
I know these baby cards were out in the market for quite some time but I've seen very few of the wedding milestones, so I thought it will be a great addition to The Cat Carousel and it is perfect to launch them on 1st Oct with a GIVEAWAY! (which you can participate now till 31st Oct)
For those who are in a hurry to get the cards, you can purchase with a 10% discount for this birthday month. :D
These cards were designed with the thought of planning my own wedding with watercolor floral theme. Each milestone was carefully thought through, making sure it is essential to the wedding process.
Every card is different with its own unique illustration. And many brain cells were used when brainstorming for each illustration. Example, "should I use wedding bands for 'we are married'? But what about 'tomorrow, we say i do'? need something too, otherwise just flowers, boring." haha.
These kind of conversation keep on going in my head during the one month working on the cards.
And I am surprise at myself for getting it all done in a month on top of other projects!
You can even frame them up
when every milestone is completed!
Will continue to work hard, hope to come out with more useful printed products soon! :D
Most Important Person to Thank
It is none other than my husband!
He is always so supportive, give me ideas, take care of my meals when I'm busy and all the little things. When our financial situation is tight, never once did he ask me to give up and go back to a day job.
I am really fortunate to have him by my side during my most difficult times. Hopefully it will be 'easy time' from now on! Cheers!