Meet the Vendor: Catshy Crafts
Who are you and what do you do?
My name is Cathy Pascual, chief maker at Catshy Crafts. I make heartfelt hoop art, yarn wreaths and felt flowers that give you the warm and fuzzies! My pieces help you celebrate the special days and every day with handmade keepsakes for your home.
What’s the latest thing you’ve been working on?:
I’ve been working on a collection of hoop art with a black felt background and
a slightly more muted color palette than my usual bright and happy colorways. Mustard yellow, fern green, gold, ivory, muted pinks remind me of vintage bedsheets and thrifted teacups.
What is your favorite new product for 2014?:
My favorite new product for 2014 is my monogram initials hoop art custom-made to celebrate that special couple’s engagement, wedding or anniversary. Beautiful hand-sculpted felt flowers and hand-cut monograms in soft muted colors are appliqued onto a black wool-felt background.
What do you love most about craft show vending?:
I love that craft shows put my items (which are so touchable and cozy) in the hands of the customers. At craft shows, I get to see people’s visceral reaction to my work. I get a lot of joy from that one-on-one feedback – more than I
ever could from online sales. I also love the idea of creating a space or booth display that shows off my personality and brand. It’s like having my own craft boutique for a couple of days!
What’s something you’ve learned through running your business in the past 12 months?:
One surprising thing I’ve learned through running my business in the past 12 months has actually been life-altering. It is that my shyness and social anxiety do not have to hold me back. By focusing on my dream of having my own creative business, I’ve been able to push through some of these self-imposed obstacles. The crafting and artistic community is so welcoming and supportive – some of the nicest folks you’ll ever meet! I’ve found many friends and supporters whom I would never have found without running my business.
What’s your favorite item that you sell?:
My Hey Girl hoop art always gets a smile or chuckle and is one of my best sellers. I’d love to give away this hoop to one of the UCU blog readers!
– Enter the Giveaway Drawing! –
Giveaway Item : Hey Girl hoop art. [Pictured above]
To enter this drawing, tell us about the girl you’d like to say “hey” to with this hoop art (even if it is yourself :)) Be sure to include your first name and email address so we can let our winners know where to pick up prizes at the UCU Summer Show.