A year ago we heard we had to euthanize one of our beloved cats, and I decided to make her a tribute. Immediately I got people asking if I could make custom ones of their pets. Thankfully Oolala recovered against all odds, and on top of that, gave me a new career.
With my love Diego and two cats, I live in a chalet in a park right next to the Maarssenveense Plassen (a body of water just outside of the city of Utrecht). We are planning to move into our camper in September 2023, and are going for a test-trip in the first quarter of 2023. If you want to read the full story, click on the arrow below!
As a little girl I always wanted to do creative things.
Our parents always took us to museums, and I envisioned myself being a painter when I grew up.
After high school, I deep down still wanted to be a painter and go to art school, but I wasn’t confident enough to pursue a creative career. I decided to go to university, which is actually a pretty strange choice, because studying is much harder for me than drawing and being creative. I studied Dutch language and literature with a focus on medieval texts and religion.
Being a pretty sensitive person, I loved having to spend days on end in the library by myself. I still love these subjects, and I’m happy this is part of my journey. But at the time, my creative side was not getting nurtured, which resulted in a burnout during my masters in religion studies.
I spent three years in an office after that. Which was in a way also depleting, but it got me the means to get into a creative career (and I met lots of nice people there). I started doing makeup and hairstyling in my freetime. The ball quickly started rolling, and I could make this into my fulltime job pretty soon. This is how I sustained myself for another three years. But then covid happened and it made me realize I was working too much and I wanted to spend more time with my love Diego and with my cats.
Diego and I realized we want more nature and less society. So we decided to sell our house, buy a camper and go search for a plot of land somewhere sunny. Diego is a web-developer, so he can easily work from a camper. But I had to find myself a job again. I started drawing daily, which I hadn’t done for years.
We then heard we had to euthanize our beloved cat Oolala. I decided I needed to make her a tribute, so I drew her portrait and printed it on a plate. I posted a photo of it on Instagram (like I had been doing of my drawings), and I immediately got people asking if they could order one of their pet. So right then and there, I knew my new job was born! And by the way, Oolala is still alive and kicking. Both her and Joejoe will be moving into the camper with us.
Little twist of faith: the sale of our house fell in the water (even though we had a deal) and afterwards it seemed impossible to sell our house. We, as the hippies we are, decided to listen to the universe and abandoned the idea of selling the house. We did already buy a camper though, so we made the decision to pay that off for the next year and move in to the camper after. Soon you will be able to follow this journey if you want, as we are gonna make videos about it on YouTube.
Find me on instagram : @juliettedufromage
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