As they say: “Mo’ Monday, Mo’ Projects.” Okay, they don’t really say that… but now WE do. And after checking out this week’s round-up of our favorite, newly launched projects, maybe you will, too! While you’re at it, make sure to check out our Discover Page — and let us know which projects are your favorites in the comments, below. We can’t wait to hear!
This project is all about story for me. Miguel seems like a good guy, really dedicated to his music and working hard at it. A lot of people raise money on Kickstarter for their albums, but done well, each one can feel so different. I’m not even a big hip-hop listener, but I like hearing about how Miguel got his start, from being invited to freestyle and winning to putting out a demo tape while still in high school. Let’s hear it for Nashville hip-hop! — Daniella J.
Like any young gay man trapped in a woman’s body, I grew up on Absolutely Fabulous, Molly Ringwald, and Culture Club, and desperately wished my Jew family would consider Baptism for the sake of those Sunday church hats donned by women of a certain age (and/or the cast of Paris is Burning). All this is to say, I am intimately familiar with the unparalleled virtues of headware. However, my appreciation for Emily Moe’s Kickstarter project extends far beyond my belief in the holy trinity (and by that I mean hats-bags-shoes). The montage of her childhood hat obsession would have been enough, but additionally, her goal to move on from apprentice to master is both noble and long overdue. Already an established Etsy and craft show seller, Moe is raising funds to buy her own set of hat blocks to make her collection for the One Of A Kind juried arts show in Chicago. With fun rewards at every tier — you go, Moe. — Elisabeth H.
With the success of What Happens When, it’s exciting to see another pop-up restaurant enter the fray. The latest comes from the Sustainable Style Foundation and chef Jesse Carpenter who have developed a plan for a 3-week only Dutch farmhouse-style restaurant in the Bowery. The menu is inspired by traditional Dutch fare like “oysters served with mignonette” and “seared herring with asparagus.” I’m personally drawn to their $15 reward — a Dutch baby pancake — possibly one of the greatest innovations in pancake technology, ever. Can the pop-up restaurant become a full-fledged movement? My stomach hopes so! — Cindy A.
Always nice to find a nice surprise on Kickstarter at 2am before going to sleep. In this case, it was the Loneliest Mix Tape Pt. 2-8. ‘But how?!’, I asked myself. If you recall, the Loneliest Mix Tape was a project that launched recently with a single $5 reward, limited to one person. (Daniella was lucky enough to be that person.) A bit jealous when she received her cassette in the mail, I knew I had to act fast in order to get one of the follow up tapes. Clearly, I chose the Enya redux. — Mike M.
Okay, okay, I admit it. I don’t know anything about crafting, and I thought I might actually just sorta hate it. But then I hit play on the project video for Becky Johnson’s Sweetie Pie Press project and it’s accompanying skill demonstrations, featuring the very appealing “Unflattering Portraits” series. I like Becky’s project because she’s so straight up. There’s no gimmicks, no gadgetry — her one-woman show is truly just that. Sometimes, that can be kinda refreshing. Plus, you get cool things like ‘zines and buttons for rewards, and I’m a little bit of a nerd for those. — Cassie M.
This project addresses two things I am offended by: coffee that’s too hot and coffee that’s too cold. East Coast Dave & West Coast Dave (who looks so perfectly East Coast and West Coast respectively that you can’t help but smile) are simply passionate about perfect coffee, and on this Monday morning I can’t think of anything more important. They wanted to widen that window of perfect coffee temperature so they made these crazy magic stainless steel beans filled with Science (Proprietary Phase Change Material) that absorbs heat when your coffee is too hot and then releases it when it’s too cold. Kind of like anti-ice. It’s good to be drinking coffee in 2011, friends. — Meaghan O.