Shop Review: Kitty’s Kitschenette

kittylogoI found Kitty’s Kitschenette through a Twitter Hour (use the hashtag #handmadehour between 19.30 and 20.30 on Wednesdays and 19.30 and 21.30 on Sundays). A gorgeous picture popped up on my feed and I wanted to find out more. I got in touch with Kirsty from Kitty’s Kitschenette about doing a feature on her and her wonderful products and I’m happy to say that here it is! But before we hear what Kirsty has to say, allow me to whet your appetite with a couple of her excellent designs.

Poison apple necklace | Lollipop brooch Jelly Bean Necklace | Comic book charms

 

So, Kirsty, tell me about yourself and Kitty’s Kitschenette?

I started the Kitshcenette about six years ago when some fabric brooches I made got a positive response from friends and family and I heard the famous line ‘you should start a business!’. Since then, I’ve had pieces sold in a pop-up shop in Selfridges London, designed a custom collectable figure for a toy line and currently have three storefronts. I’ve since moved onto acrylics and plastics, and I’m enjoying experimenting with new designs all the time.

How did your initial idea grow?

I had the idea to make each design available as a number of different products when I found that a lot of the time I was seeing jewellery pieces that I loved but would have preferred them to be on a different item. To be able to offer customers more options I now offer each design as earrings, necklaces, brooches, cufflinks, lapel pins and hairslides along with custom orders. Each product is customisable with colours and wording, and is hand drawn, cut and heat-treated before being coated in a resin-style finish.

How do you see your business growing?
My goals at the beginning of the year were to expand my range, get products into a real store and do my first craft fair. The only one I have left is to do a craft fair, which I’m hopefully doing two of in November! After that, onwards and upwards!
I did a lot of umming and ahhing on the site trying to decide between all the lovely things to choose what I wanted. I’ve got a couple of events and craft fairs coming up, and I thought a ‘business brooch’ was the way forward so I picked this lovely personalised brooch.
And to remind me of summer and delicious, juicy strawberries, I chose this gorgeous charm – now that the fog has fallen and the frosts are settling, those memories of summer are definitely what the doctor ordered! image
My package arrived within a few days, my personalised brooch included. Both were well wrapped in a little organza bag and there were care instructions included. All I need to do is remember to take the brooch off before I put it in the wash. Given the amount of tissues I’ve washed, I do fear for it but according to the instructions, it shouldn’t be a total catastrophe.
Thank you Kirsty for a lovely interview and such excellent service!
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