Goal: To build a craft studio that will allow me to pay for my business degree by selling my various creations. Read more
This project's funding goal was not reached on March 23, 2013.
About this project
My name is Rowynn Eire and I have been a lot of things. I have been a belly dancer, a graphic designer, a sword fighter, a professional Dominatrix and alternative lifestyle educator, and most recently a Cracker Box Pro boat racer.
During my various adventures in the world, I have had one constant interest: crafts. I have been sculpting copper jewelry, crocheting and knitting for over ten years. I have been selling my various crafts for 5 years, and I have had an Etsy store for just over two years. It started simply, I had a friend over one day and she saw one of my works in progress. It was a necklace, sculpted in copper and fresh water pearls. She went absolutely nuts for the piece and demanded I sell it to her.
At the time I was in a band, and since all bands sell merchandise at their gigs, like t-shirts and stickers, I decided this would be a great place to sell my crafts. People loved the Owl Hats and the little crocheted stuff toys called amigurumi.
Soon I was selling the accessories and toys every week. I have been working on developing my own unique style and designs ever since. This has resulted in a book full of written knitting and crochet patterns just waiting to come to life and jewelry ideas and sketches ready to be made reality.
The name of my Etsy shop is Copper & Lace and you can check it out here: http://www.etsy.com/shop/CopperAndLace. Each and every item in the shop is an original design, there are no two items a like. I do have some specialties, like Owl Hats, and wire wrapped rings, but each one is unique.
My favorite part of my store is that every item comes with a personalized story about where that item came from, and what its special properties, powers and preferences might be. You never know what story your item may have! I also accept custom orders, and personalized requests for gift items. There are many people out there with online craft stores, but none quite like mine. I am skilled at a wide variety of crafts. In addition to crocheted items, knitted accessories and hand sculpted jewelry, I also make origami items from vintage comic books. These bits of paper art can be made into hair flowers or pieces of jewelry. Each one is folded by hand and then coated in a protective sealant that guards against moisture and resists tearing and bending. Using comic book paper gives them an extra bit of quirky appeal. I also make tie tacks, light switch covers, throw pillows, skirts, hand bags, wind chimes and wall hangings. Basically if you can imagine it in wire, yarn, cloth or string, I can make it!
I have been trying to make a real go of my crafts for a long time now, but I just don't have the tools or volume of materials that I need. Among the things I need for my work shop are some basics like a work bench, a new sewing machine, yarn and wire. I itemized my needs in a list below as much as possible. If you have any questions for me about any thing you have read here or any of the needs you see listed, please feel free to contact me any time at MistressRowynn@gmail.com
Ultimately I want to put my talents and love for crafts to work and provide myself with a future creating original works of art, each with their own story. I have a whole room in my home ready to be transformed into a craft studio. All I am missing are some supplies and furnishings, and I will be ready to go.
Here is a basic break down of what I need and the cost of each item:
Workbench: $220.24 + $60.99 shipping
Bench vise: $15.03 Free shipping
Texturing hammers: $56.74 Free Shipping
Wire- copper, brass and silver in various gauges and finishes: Approx $500
Pearls, beads, baubles etc: $75
Knitting, crochet, and amigurumi supplies:
Yarns for amigurumi: $75
Yarns for accessories: $300 - these yarns are more expensive because they are of finer quality fibers that are soft to the touch and comfortable to wear, like bamboo cotton, wool and rayon blends.
Large set of circular knitters: $15.99 + $4.98 shipping -I will use these for large weave textures in wraps, ponchos and afghans.
Here is an example of a wrap:
Sewing Machine: $80.96 Free Shipping- I have been borrowing one from a friend, but it is time I had my own.
Fabric Scissors: $19.94 + #3.95 shipping
Thread: $6.29 Free Shipping
Paper craft supplies:
Cutting mat: $28.68 +$4.98 Shipping
X-Acto knife set: $15.36 Free shipping
Paper cutter: $29.98 Free shipping
If you look at my list of items above you will notice that it adds up to $1514.11. I am asking for $2000, and any money that doesn't get spent on supplies will be spent on shipping and advertising. If you have any questions or comments for me, I welcome them. Feel free to message me at MistressRowynn@gmail.com or to call me at 702.557.3466. I will answer what ever it is you have to ask! Have a great day!
If I reach 50% over my goal every one gets bumped up one tier on the rewards. So if you backed me for $5, you will now receive the $10 reward! If you were already a backer at the top tier of $150, you will also receive an additional custom jewelry order. I will then use the extra funds to invest in antique clock parts for jewelry making.
If I reach 100% over my goal, every one who donated $25 or more will receive a Copper & Lace Chill Pill. These adorable stuffed toys are made to order with your choice of colors and hair style. Keep them some place where they can remind you to chill, or give them to your uptight friends! Additional fund will be used to purchase metal casting supplies.
Risks and challenges
The largest obstacles I see facing me once my work space is funded and built is time. Having enough time to complete orders and manage inventory can be a challenge for any one running a business out of their home. Fortunately, I am no stranger to the stresses of time management. At the time I originally opened Copper & Lace two years ago, I was in a band and working as a public speaker at the same time. This meant I had band practice twice each week, one or two live stage gigs each week, and an hour long talk show filmed before a live audience twice each month, and each of these shows had an original theme, speech and set of interactions with the audience, all of which was content that I had to develop and memorize and then deliver on camera. It came naturally. I did all of this AND was constantly working up new crafts to show and sell at the music gigs. With just classes and crafts to focus on, I am confident I can make this a success.
For more information on my past life as a kinky talk show host check out my interviews with Las Vegas papers:Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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