Thursday, 18 May 2017

Squiggle Doodle - Wearable Art

How adventurous would you and your kids get, in doodling on wearable? 

It's not often, and most times, it requires much boldness and confidence to work with permanent fabric markers. Recent months, we had much exploration with fabric markers and wearables. We share some easy ways to designing and personalising your own tshirt, bags and shoes:


Trace over a favourite character



Activities like these can be fun and of great bonding within the family! Most times the fear is not in the child, but parents not confident enough to allow their kids draw on tees, shoes or bags. It may be after all, one that they will wear and walk around with.

Some time ago while embarking on this idea, I recalled I had an argument with Jazz who was over confident that she could draw Juboy's onesie without any planning or drafting. I merely wanted her to be extra careful, given the fact that we were using permanent fabric markers, where no erasing or washing will correct any error. Oh well, I trusted she could and left it all to her.

Against our better judgement, she spelt a word wrongly on his onesie! I'm like, didn't Mama tell you to plan, draft and use a pencil first?! I felt overly angry but I thought to myself, it was just an onesie and the goal was to get the older siblings draw something for their baby sibling to wear. It was one great way to get them involve and welcome a new family member. It was more than just an outcome, but the journey. Moreover, how often do we put our kids to the challenge of using permanent ink on fabric?!

Cooled off and told her, the only remedy was to turn that wrong squiggle into a beautiful doodle! And she did! That sparked the idea of my new venture, Squiggle Doodle! Yes, I'm a little Mumprenuer now. It is no easy start up, no easy road and definitely lots of bumpers too.

That was a scene picture they drew for their little brother. The wrong squiggle was within the blue cloud, which they covered up with colouring. It was a project they enjoyed very much and always squealing in excitement whenever Juboy dons on it.

I knew I fell in love with this kind of family projects.

I put the idea to tasks, in hope to bring fun to many families who will eventually buy my idea. From the beginning, I saw through the manufacturing of these fabric markers just so it can give doodlers the quality ink that we think is best. After which, I sourced for appropriate fabric suppliers to go with the markers! So there, it became ideas that evolved into a physical idea.

Many friends and parents complimented, "Wow, that's a great idea!" But the greatest hurdle was also them telling me, "My kids can't draw!" "He will mess up the shirt!" Oh well, sometimes, it's not till we give them that opportunity. We can always doodle as a team! There's much bonding in coming together as a family for planning and drawing. Which is why each set is thoughtfully sold with 2 tees or 2 onesies for share. Or some say, another room for error.

Doodle tees set
Doodle Baby set

I know, there sometimes is really much resistant to buying an idea like such. Doodling on something wearable may not be a widely acceptable idea among parents, but it allows kids the opportunity to hone on that planning and confidence skill.

Some parents would tell me upfront, that they can always gather these materials separately for doodle. Love that honesty, but we have sourced and put in only quality for every doodler. It doesn't make sense if I were to manufacture and sell only fabric markers without materials. And good fabric markers may be a tough find here.

Doodle shoes set

Doodle case sets are perfect as party favours

That leap of faith is sometimes more essential in parents than kids. We've seen some beautiful doodles of little children whom their parents have shared with us. It is amazing! And among them are many parents who were resistant about plunging their kids to work freely with it. I kid you not at how much I worry at every customer's purchase too! I genuinely want them to create confident works out of it. Which is why every purchase kit comes with ideas and  draw tips, as well as the option to purchase stencils. Or if not, self create a stencil out of cardboard! It's much of free play on how parents and kids would like to doodle with it. 

Obviously being a Stay Home Mum doesn't give much financial satisfaction or maybe I really am thinking what I should be doing when the kids are released into teen-hood and adult-hood. Is this why most stay home Mums are often spurred with the conceptualising of ideas? Well, no one knows best For Mums, By Mums.

So yeap, a little of your love and support goes very much appreciated to local businesses. Garner some likes and follow over at our social media accounts:
Instagram: @squiggledoodle
Facebook: @squiggledoodlesg

These are platforms too, where we share and admire beautiful works of the little doodlers. With some drawn by parents!

Leaving you, especially Mumpreneurs with this message that deeply impressed me, by Jack Ma. I didn't start this out to depend only on friends and families' support, but everyone! Including strangers whom I've not met.

Jack Ma once shared,

"When Selling to close friends and family, no matter how much you're selling to them, they will always feel you're earning their money, no matter how cheap you sell to them, they still wouldn't appreciate it."

There will always be people who do not care about your Costs, Time, Effort, they rather let other people cheat them, allowing others to earn, than supporting someone they know. Cause in their heart, they will always be thinking, "How much did he earn from me?" instead of "How much did he SAVE/MAKE for me?"

This is a classic example of a poor person's mentality!

How did the rich people become rich? One of the main reason is because they are willing to SUPPORT their associates business, taking care of one another's interests thus naturally they get back more.

Your Friends will in turn support you, thus the circle of wealth continues to grow and grow! 

Simple Logic, you will start to get rich once you understand it.

Jack Ma on Sales: 'When doing Sales, the first people who will trust you will be Strangers, Friends will be shielding against you, fair-weather friends will distance from you. Family will look down upon you.'

The day you finally succeed, paying the bill for every get-together dinner, entertainment, you will realized: Everyone else is present except the Strangers.

Do you get the meaning of this?

We need to treat our dear Strangers better! And even more so to Friends who know what you are doing and yet still SUPPORT you!

Let us treat STRANGERS who buys from us better from today. They are your BEST customers!

So here's for all, friends, families and strangers. A 20% discount code off all items on Squiggle Doodle. A discount unlikely to run down the road again, and only for a week. After which we will be out doing fairs and workshops. Yes, do consider our workshops for your birthday parties and play dates! Updating more online soon.

Use code, "MUMSCALLING20" upon check out. Code is only valid from 18 to 26 May 17. Whilst stocks last.

A sincere Thank You to those who believe and support my vision!

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