Hello m’dears, hope all is well in your world today and the sun is shining for you!
Today I want to introduce you to a talented jewellery maker I discovered last year – Claire of Cat-A-Cake Creations. First things first, what a brilliant name! I love cats and I’m partial to a (large) piece of cake, stick the two together, chuck in some imaginative jewellery and BAM, you’ve got me.
I’m lucky enough to own a piece of Cat-a-Cake jewellery, a pair of rattie earrings. I had pet rats growing up and love them to bits (yes, I know most of you are recoiling at this point but they really are lovely, I promise!) so to have some rattie earrings was just too perfect for me to pass up. I love them, love how different they are and that although they’re really unique, they manage to be subtle at the same time. It’s not very often you find something that stands out and is subtle at the same time!
Cat-a-Cake’s jewellery is all made by laser-cutting, which I find pretty impressive as I have no creative skills whatsoever and struggle with creating anything more complicated than a sandwich. To take a piece of plastic or wood and turn it into not only a piece of jewellery, but a piece of jewellery that actually looks like what it’s supposed to blows my tiny little mind.
I always love it when a brand or company have a great personal service and when the person behind it is nice, it only ever adds to the experience of dealing with them I find. Cat-a-Cake are no different, Claire is absolutely lovely! So, in the spirit of letting you find out more about Claire, her jewellery and what drives and inspires her, I thought I’d ask her to answer a few questions…
WHEN DID YOU FIRST REALISE YOU HAD TALENT?
I’ve always been into art, but I started thinking about it in terms of a career when I was about 15. I knew I wanted to do something within art and design, but I wasn’t quite sure what!
DO YOU REMEMBER WHAT THE FIRST ITEM YOU MADE WAS?
The first items I made in terms of selling were my greetings cards. I began illustrating them and thinking of how they’d work as a series, and it’s from there that my range of cards was born!
DO YOU REMEMBER WHAT YOUR FIRST SALE WAS?
My first sale was a greeting card – or, in fact, 4 of them! It might only have been £5 but it meant a lot to me!
WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR PROUDEST BUSINESS MOMENT TO DATE?
I run a craft fair in Brighton called The Fairy Tale Fair. It grew from a tiny idea I had just over a year to where it is today – with over 35 stall-holders, singers, a vintage café, craft workshops and more! I had over 80 applications for this fair and on each one I get such nice comments about how well organised and advertised it is, which is always nice to hear!
WHERE CAN YOUR ITEMS BE PURCHASED?
I sell at many craft fairs across Brighton and beyond, venturing into Old Spitalfields Market in London from time to time. I also have an Etsy store.
HOW DID YOU COME UP WITH YOUR COMPANY NAME?
It’s a bit of a random name, but a lot of my work contains cake and cake! I wanted something unusual and different so it would stand out and be easy to remember. It sounded a bit like a riddle too, so Cat-a-Cake Creations was born!
WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE PIECE YOU’VE EVER CREATED?
Probably my Buddy the cat necklace, just because he is based on my real pet cat, and it’s a weird and wonderful feeling to be able to wear a laser-cut version of your cat around your neck and for others to do the same!
WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE PIECE CURRENTLY FOR SALE?
My Rosie the Robin necklace that I launched for Christmas. She’s hand designed and double layered with cherrywood, acrylic and red mirror.
DO YOU HAVE A BUSINESS MOTTO OR MANTRA?
Cuddle cats and eat cake!
HOW OLD IS YOUR BUSINESS?
2-years, although it’s still in it’s ‘hobby’ stage at the moment, I work it around my full-time job as a designer.
Now we know a bit more about the brand, I thought it would be good to find out a little about Claire herself – my nosiness knows no bounds, so I’m always interested to find out about other people!
IF YOU WERE A BISCUIT, WHICH WOULD YOU BE?
A Jammie Dodger – all gooey and with a big heart!
WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE MEAL?
Fish ‘n’ Chips – simple, yet the best! I even have a card with fish and chips on!
WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE DRINK?
Hot chocolate with marshmallows, especially on cold winter days!
DOGS OR CATS?
Cats! Of course!
HOW MANY PAIRS OF SHOES DO YOU OWN?
A lot. Mainly sparkly ones that I just look at and can’t walk in!
IF YOU WERE AN ANIMAL, WHAT WOULD YOU BE?
A cat of course, then I’d eat, sleep and purr all day long!
WOULD YOU RATHER FIGHT 1O DUCK-SIZED HORSES OR 1 HORSE-SIZED DUCK?
This reminds me of the Chris Moyles radio show! 10 duck-sized horses because I think they would be cute!
DO YOU HAVE ANY FEARS?
Spiders and other horrible things like that!
DO YOU PREFER A ROAST DINNER IN THE WINTER OR A BBQ IN THE SUMMER?
Roast dinner in winter, for sure! I’m much more of a cosy winter person than summer, I like sitting in fluffy PJ’s and wrapping up warm!
DO YOU HAVE A MESSAGE FOR THE LILLIESANDLOVE READERS?
I hope you’ve enjoyed finding out about Cat-a-Cake Creations! You can find out more on my website and I’m always happy to answer any questions!
Claire is honestly such a lovely person and it’s clear to see how much she loves what she does, plus how much effort she puts in to making sure everything is top quality. I love my rattie earrings and have no doubt you will love anything you buy from her too!
What do you think of Claire’s designs? Aren’t they cute?
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