Kitty Baby Love has entered into a new season. Over the past year we’ve experimented and evolved into a new stage for our family, which in turn, means changes for Kitty Baby Love. Earlier this year Ben decided to pursue, full-time, a personal project to make a machine for sound- for the geeky, it is a combined tape echo, spring reverb, parametric EQ. You can see his progress on his machine, the Ghost Echo.
Without Ben’s help in production for the crayons, I began looking into different options for production from hiring help to large scale manufacturing. I took over production myself for a little while and hired someone to help with all the other parts of the business. With a newborn and preschooler, time is of the essence, and I’ve decided that this also didn’t work. No matter how I tried to look at the situation, it all led down a path of needing more money, time, or added stress. In the end, here is what I decided would work for maximum happiness:
We will no longer offer Kitty Egg Crayons year round.
This is a major shift since 90% of our business IS the crayons. However I can’t keep up with production and it would be financially unreasonable to hire it out.
As they say, the devil is in the details. Making our crayons is an involved process when you get into it. A lot of our suppliers are going out of business and since we carry 10 colors, a lot of hiccups happen if we aren’t in production on a nearly daily basis. I could definitely make the time for this if I tried- but the truth is that it would burn me out with stress overload.
As such, I have about 100 sets of crayons available for sale and will discontinue the crayons once they have sold out. While I love love love our crayons, this will allow me to be a mother, pursue my own interests, while making sure our product keeps its integrity and quality.
I’m really happy that they will be finishing out their time with a bang. I redesigned their packaging to reduce waste and got custom, artisan made, wooden slide-top boxes. The box does it’s job at keeping the kitties safe while reducing packaging waste. I love that children can keep and reuse the box to keep their other treasures safe once the kitties have been used.
I may open production again if there is enough interest and will have a signup sheet just for the crayons once they have sold out. In the meanwhile, check out the shop to get your set if you have been interested in buying them.
Refining and Creating New Products
Discontinuing production for the crayons means more free time for other things. For me this means time to experiment and play. This is incredibly inspiring for me and I have already started a couple new projects that include laser cut designs. The above is a prototype for a mirror in our “kitty bee” design. I am also working on bamboo mobiles (inspired by my sweet 4 month old) and hope to have that available for sale soon. Designing and packaging products laser cut products is actually much more fun for me and less stressful since it doesn’t require old school production methods. This makes the best use of my time and allows new products to be born- wahoo!
Generally i’ll be spending a lot less time on Kitty Baby Love than I ever have to explore other personal interests. For me, this specifically means doing work in the field of physics and learning new skills, like stained glass making. I’ll be restarting college soon (again!) as I would eventually love to get a PhD in physics and will hopefully have my own personal etsy shop for glass terrariums of my own creation.
Til the next time!