Recently there have been many marvellous things happening which means that Oh Squirrel is getting a little more popular! I'm so thrilled that you're on the website, and reading the blog, so thought I'd list a few things about what make Oh Squirrel special, and some bits about the person behind it.
1. Oh Squirrel was a New Year's Resolution. Seriously! Rewind three years and I was unhappy in my job and looking for a distraction. I had always wanted to do something like this but never had the confidence. I resolved to give it a go in 2012, and good god I am glad that I did.
2. Oh Squirrel is an 'I' - mostly! I'm not a fan of when small businesses say 'we' when it's 'I' - I like to be very honest so don't want to give any confusion with this. That said, I have a bit of a cheerleading squad who help when times get a little tough - I also occasionally work with freelance studio assistants when I need a little extra help, and love doing photoshoots with professional photographers who know what they're doing (because I don't!). However, as the business is growing, watch this space… for now it's just the one person who answers your emails, makes your order, orders the packaging, swears when they run out of cellotape at a fundamental point, and takes it to the post office! & I know everyone in the post office quite well by now!
3. Gosh, I should introduce myself! I'm Katie! I've an affliction for both the polka dot and the breton stripe (but never together), along with T-Bar shoes and a healthy sprinkling of glitter (where appropriate)
4. 'Oh Squirrel' came about as I needed to think of a name and this felt rather apt. I have squirrelled away lovely old things for years that I wanted to make into new things (the old photos I use in my general stationery being a prime example!) so it just worked. Plus my hair looks a bit like a squirrels tail….
5. The hen party products were a happy accident! I made some for a few friends and didn't think anything of it. I started getting enquiries based on pictures I'd put on instagram… and the rest is history! Thank goodness so many thousands of customers have been happy to wave goodbye to horrid pink fluffy rubbish too
6. I am inspired by the strangest of things. I'm from a small ex mining town in Yorkshire, so I have a very Northern sense of humour and laugh a lot. It sounds cheesy, but I'm so inspired by people and conversations. I love colour and how people put it together in their outfits, the British Seaside (especially finding old postcards) and just happy people.
7. Weddings are so much fun to work on! I love getting to meet the couple, finding out what excites both separately and together, and working on something completely personal to both. I am privileged to have worked on some very special days, and long may it continue. At the moment, enquiries and bookings are coming from all over the world!
8. Oh Squirrel itself is based in a little studio in Muswell Hill, a particularly nice part of North London - I'm very lucky. There are a few other creative businesses around which makes it a fun environment to work in! Pretty much every hour there is a cup of tea on the go, and we love singing along to the radio a little too much…
9. My background was in fashion design, and then buying. I worked in buying for 5 years before setting up Oh Squirrel full time. Admittedly, I always wanted to do this but before I really struck up the confidence to leave that job, I'm pretty thankful for everything that I learnt which mean that beneath the polka dots and shiny shoes (see instagram) I have a bit of a business brain
10. I am thankful for every day. Every order, and every person who takes an interest in Oh Squirrel. I have big plans for where the business is going next, and plenty is happening behind the scenes to make this happen. Yes, opportunities happen in life, but with a little hard work you can make them happen for yourself. The last couple of years have been a little ridiculous, but I'm so proud that with all the hard work I have a business that I am so excited about
Photo by Lisa Jane Photography - it was just me mucking about on a photo shoot but I think it's symbolic of looking to the future!!