When the high streets are saturated with mass produced greetings cards, tacky hen party products and cheesy wedding decor it’s really special when you find somewhere to buy original handmade creations at a competitive price. Meet Katie Wagstaff, also known as Oh Squirrel who has been making and selling her quirky creations in North London for the past year.
Oh Squirrel started as a New Years resolution in 2012 when Katie decided it was time to stop making cards just for friends and family and have a go at making to sell. Starting at local events including Barboot & Harringay Market, Oh Squirrel has a growing customer base who come to Katie for one off unique cards for special occasions.
Using old photographs, vintage fabrics and her cheeky sense of humour, Katie creates special cards which are the sort of thing you pop in a frame after your birthday and keep somewhere special to raise a smile. Names, dates and other text personal to you can be added to make them extra special. Prices for personalised cards start at just £5, and the cards are entirely made by hand to your specification.
Katie’s hard work in constantly designing new products and working closely with her customers has paid off – in May 2013, one year after Oh Squirrel was founded she left her career in Fashion Buying to focus on growing the brand.
The future for Oh Squirrel is as bright and cheery as the products. In addition to her card and gift product range Katie is working on Wedding design and offers a bespoke service where clients can have all the elements of their wedding designed, or pick and choose from packages of invites, table settings and decorations. This service can be extended to cover the requirements of any event, including birthdays and summer parties. Individuality and nostalgia is at the heart of the brand, and Katie is able to apply this to meet the personalities of the clients with meticulous attention to detail.
“Katie made sure that all the little details were thought about and considered. She took all of our ideas and ‘wants’ into consideration, made them better and added a few of her own which we loved! She planned and organised everything and made sure we were happy as we went along. It helped to know all of the touches were taken care of, which reduced my considerable stress levels! To cap it all the process was made really fun and a lot less stressful by Katie involving us with it” – Abi La Fontaine, a happy Bride.
Oh Squirrel also specialises in applying the vintage aesthetic to an exclusive range of Hen Party goods which can be personalised with names. Sashes in pretty florals, badges made from old images of hens and cute flags are amongst the items created in packs tailored to your individual party.
Oh Squirrel will be offering 10% Discount on any orders made before 31st August 2013 with the reference ‘Summer Squirrel’. This can include one off cards, wedding design work and Vintage Hen Party Packages. This will apply to orders placed via email to [email protected]
Keep an eye on the Oh Squirrel website www.ohsquirrel.co.uk and facebook page www.facebook.com/ohsquirrel for details of up and coming events and markets, and to read Katie’s blog which details her products and the adventures she’s having with her new found self employed status.