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$2,071
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All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Fri, September 13 2019 6:35 PM UTC +00:00.

$2,071
pledged of $6,800pledged of $6,800 goal
20
backers
19days to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Fri, September 13 2019 6:35 PM UTC +00:00.

About

My Story

 Chelsea & Marbles is a shop for babies and mamas offering thoughtfully designed cute, unique, and handmade gifts.

I'm Katie - the Owner, Founder, and Designer of Chelsea & Marbles. As a former childrenswear designer in NYC, and a mama of a young toddler myself, I understand that great baby products require a fine balance of safety, aesthetic value, quality, and practicality. 

I've combined my experience, expertise, and connections from working for over a decade in the fashion industry, with my passion for creating handcrafted, uniquely special gifts to design a collection of baby goods that is not only super cute, but 100% safe for baby, functional for mama, and friendly on your wallets.

While I still make many of my products myself, I spent much of last year researching, seeking, and working with suppliers overseas and in South America to fulfill viable, sustainable, and ethical sources of production for some of my products. 

This allows me to spend more time designing new products, engaging and creating valuable content for my fellow makers and mamas, and getting out to local handmade markets to engage with my community.

The 2019 Farmhouse Collection

My 2019 Farmhouse Collection is inspired by the incredible landscape that surrounds my family in our Upstate New York home. We love visiting the farmer's markets in the surrounding towns and supporting our local economy. And because I use as many natural and organic materials as possible in my products, this seemed to be a perfect concept to draw inspiration from.

This collection includes:

  • Farmhouse Wreath Milestone Blanket & Card Set - Celebrate and memorialize all the special moments in that precious first year with the beautiful set of watercolor foliage cards and coordinating organic cotton swaddle. 
  • Organic Cotton Muslin Swaddle - Botanical-inspired print that's versatile in its look and use as nursery decor, baby blanket, stroller cover, or nursing cover. 
  • Crocheted Farmer's Market Rattles & Teethers - Handmade baby toys including an avocado, turnip, watermelon, and lamb, lovingly designed in NY and crocheted by Fair-Trade Artisans in Bolivia. 
  • Handmade Pacifier Clips and Wooden Teethers - Help to soothe baby's gums and keep that binky within reach. 
  • Farm-Inspired Teething Jewelry - Handmade, modern necklaces for both mama and baby to enjoy while nursing, teething, or playing. 
  • Handmade Teething Balls & Macrame Gym Toys - Promote Montessori-inspired play with natural and sensory engaging toys. 
  • Illustrated ABC Flash Cards & Prints - Whimsical and fun illustrations to enhance toddler learning and make your space more beautiful 

The Campaign

Behind the Scenes in my Studio
Behind the Scenes in my Studio

I've designed the entire collection, handmade prototypes of everything, found sourcing and production partners for the products that I need to be able to scale up, and completed the development stage for all my products - Meaning I've gone through several rounds of sampling where needed, calculated all my materials, given feedback, and sent countless emails to get my products 100% the way I want them.

The wheels are already in motion for production, but I need help crossing the finish line - That's where you come in! If this campaign is successful, I will use the funds to do the following:

  • Safety Testing - $2000 (Due to the nature of my handmade baby products, I'm required to have them Safety Tested by a 3rd party laboratory in the USA. Each product needs to be tested for multiple factors, and each test costs upwards of $100.) 
  • Marketing & Photography - $2000 (Pays for a professional photography session and social media marketing.) 
  • Rattle/Toy Production - $1800 (I have not begun production on these products yet. This will allow me to pay the Fair-Trade Artisan Community in Bolivia for labor, materials, and shipping of my new designs.) 
  • Additional Supplies & Market Vendor Fees - $1000 (Covers application and booth fees for several upcoming Markets and part of my material costs for pacifier clips and teethers.) 

Reach Goal

Bloom Milestone Blanket & Card Set
Bloom Milestone Blanket & Card Set

 If my campaign gets over-funded, to the tune of $13,000, I will design, produce, and release an entirely new Milestone Blanket & Card Set. (My best-selling product!) Anyone who made a pledge will receive an additional discount code to apply to this new release if it gets funded.

Post-Kickstarter Timeline

Mid-September 2019 - Campaign ends

Mid-End September 2019 - Ship Milestone Cards, Swaddles, and Milestone Blanket Sets

End Sept - Mid October - Ship New Mom and New Baby Gift Sets

Closing Thoughts

Making Teething Jewelry
Making Teething Jewelry

I want to give a sincere shoutout and thank you to my husband, family, and friends, who have supported Chelsea & Marbles since its inception in 2013, until now, without a shadow of doubt. You have followed my journey, seen my business grow and evolve, and have always encouraged me to nurture my passion. Words can honestly not thank you enough.

If you've read through this entire campaign, thank you just for being here and spending some time to learn about me, my business, and my new collection. Regardless of whether or not you decide to pledge, I'm forever grateful for the support; financial, or otherwise.

I'm excited for the future of Chelsea & Marbles, no matter the outcome of this funding. But if this campaign succeeds to get fully funded, it can put my business on the next level.

  • I'll have more inventory to participate in more handmade markets, expand my wholesale business, and grow my existing Etsy business.
  • I'll be able to pay for advertising to gain exposure, and thereby increase sales.
  • I'll have more time to focus on designing and engaging with my growing community of mamas, who look to me for inspiration, advice, and support, because I won't be making everything myself.
  • With the potential increased sales and being able to scale my business faster and larger, I may be able to hire help down the line, which creates jobs and boosts local economies.

If my campaign does not succeed, I'll be disappointed, but my world will go on. It just means I won't be able to scale up as fast, I'll have to edit my assortment down to have fewer designs, I won't be able to service as many people, I won't apply to as many local markets, and I'll have to continue producing more goods myself.

I hope I can continue to create amazing gifts for the little humans in your life for many, many years to come. Your pledge can put Chelsea & Marbles on the path to do that. 

xo, Katie

Risks and challenges

Fortunately, I've done most of the hard work already to mitigate risks and challenges concerning the budget and timeline for this project.

Whatever is not in production already, will go into production as soon as the campaign wraps, with a healthy amount of time for completion before it is required to send out for rewards.

Everything else that involves this funding is intentionally flexible so that if I don't achieve my goal, adjustments can be made to work around any financial challenges. (For instance, I can scale back on my marketing campaign budget, and reduce my assortment of products.)

Regardless, I am committed to being 100% transparent in my communication - Keeping my supporters informed is of utmost importance to me. So as backers, you will the first to know if any delays or concerns arise regarding your rewards.

I am prepared to do whatever it takes to get this project done as I outlined above. I look forward to getting to know you and sending out all your cute things!

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