You are a Very Important Octopus!
We are at $860 pledged! We're very close to completion of the $1000 goal!
To start with, I wanted to say thank you to the people who've pledged. It really means a lot to me. Also, I wanted to say that while some of you might be supporting this Kickstarter just to support me personally, there is something else to consider. By using your money to support this project, you are also helping to create the kind of environment where this kind of thing happens. By supporting this project you are helping other people learn how to do something new. To me, that act of helping is incredibly admirable.
The people who go to Maker Faire and create Glovetopi will probably never thank you for what you are doing. They may not know or appreciate how you, as an individual, gave some money to fund this free activity So, I hope that my thanks, as a proxy for all the people who are going to come to the booth and have fun, is enough. Thank you for your generosity. While I will try to explain to everyone, it still may go unsung by the people at Maker Faire this year, but I hope you know that I am deeply honored by your support and willingness to help me put this together. Thank you.
Now, on to the news:
Until this point, I'd only applied to have a booth at the Faire and I've been working on faith that my proposal for a booth would be accepted. I'm thrilled, nay giddy, to announce that the application was officially accepted. They say:"We are happy to inform you that your proposal for Maker Faire, #7761: Piratical Pete's Octopus Emporium, has been accepted. We're looking forward to having you participate in the 7th Annual Maker Faire Bay Area." Yay!
Second, I wanted to mention that the Sunday of Maker Faire is my 40th birthday. So that makes all of this even more special.
Third, I have an announcement about Reward Levels. As I've been writing thank you notes, I've realized that each and every one of the people who pledged here are Very Important Octopi. Therefore, I am extending the VIO benefits to anyone who has already pledged at any level and anyone who pledges at any level by 4/15/2012. Thank you for making this so much fun!
The designation of Very Important Octopus is mainly for the days of the Faire itself. VIOs get a badge or sticker denoting their postion. I will also have one special Kickstarter Only session for VIOs on Sunday, May 20th at 4:09PM, which is the exact time of my birth. If you're lucky, I'll be able to convince my Mother to tell you all the story of May 20th, 1972 and where my family thought they would be that day. There may even be cake. Also, since I expect that the "free stuff" aspect of the event will make the booth very popular, if a VIO can't make it to that special session, I will also set aside a seat or two in the other sessions so that the Very Important Octopi will be able to jump the line and come and sit down whenever they want to make a Glovetopus (assuming space is available).
Okay, that was a lot to read. Thank you for doing so and thank you again and again for helping.Cheers,
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You will get a decorative instruction sheet that outlines the steps needed to make your very own Glovetopus. The sheet was designed by Piratical Pete himself and will be delivered to your door by the hard-working members of the US postal service or you can pick it up at the Faire. Please add $2 for international shipping.Estimated delivery:
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I will send you a Glovetopus Starter Kit, which includes the instruction sheet and everything else you need to make your own Glovetopus, except stuffing. The Kit includes: a pair of gloves, sewing needle, embroidery floss, buttons for eyes, and an instruction sheet. Please add $5 for international shipping.Estimated delivery:
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Poster and Merit Badge! This Includes the instructional poster, plus the Glovetopus Making Merit Badge. See the updates section to check it out. This option is great for international backers, since the postage is lower. Please add $2 for international postage.Estimated delivery:
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Basic Kit + Merit badge! This includes the Glovetopus Starter Kit and the Glovetopus Making Merit Badge. Please add $5 for international shipping.Estimated delivery:
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You will get a Premium Glovetopus Kit. This includes everything in the Starter Kit plus stuffing and one upgrade of my choice. I will pick one (or more) of the following: a better, larger or more interesting pair of gloves, metallic embroidery floss or more colors, better buttons for eyes. If you want to choose this reward at a higher pledge, I can upgrade your kit further. Each $5 extra will get you an additional upgrade. Please add $5 for international shipping.Estimated delivery:
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You will be designated a Maker Faire VIO (Very Important Octopus). You will get a Premium Glovetopus Kit to take home with you, a special VIO badge or sticker, and the ability to participate in any Kickstarter VIO only events we have at the Faire. (This reward is only available at the Faire, but if you can't make it, I can send the kit and other material rewards to you in the mail.) Please add $5 for international shipping.Estimated delivery:
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You will get a pre-assembled Glovetopus. This kit includes everything in the Maker Fair VIO reward, plus Piratical Pete will assemble your Glovetopus for you and send it to you. Same rules of upgrading from the Premium Kit apply to this one. Add $10 for international shippingEstimated delivery:
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This reward is a Glovetopus Party-in-a-Box. Ten Premium Glovetopus Kits delivered via the USPS. Suitable for Glovetopus-themed birthday partys, bar mitzvahs or weddings. Please add $20 for international shippingEstimated delivery:
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A fully customized Glovetopus. You will get the $60 reward, but you get to choose the theme and character of your Glovetopus. I will upgrade every aspect of your Glovetopus. You can even send me a pair of gloves to use to make your Glovetopus. This will also include a unique biography for your Glovetopus written by Piratical Pete. This museum-quality Glovetopus will be suitable for display and is guaranteed to love you and your designees unconditionally forever. (The love will be unconditional; the guarantee is not.)Estimated delivery:
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I will lead a Glovetopus making party at the Bay Area location of your choice for up to 10 people. I will come to your home, synagogue, or fraternal organization headquarters and teach you and your friends how to make Glovetopi. I will provide the kits and personal instruction which will enable you to transform your Glovetopus dreams into your Glovetopus realities.Estimated delivery:
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