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Snap Caps: Snap on the Joy!

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A Mom on a Mission

First I want to thank you for taking time out of your busy life to read about and (hopefully) back my little mission!

Me and our little lamb!
Me and our little lamb!

My Story

I am a mom, trying to find creative and inventive ways not only to help support my family but also to nurture my creative side. This isn't always easy to do when you have a toddler climbing your apron I have learned! I'm not going to lie though, this path was chosen FOR me last year. 2018 started out really well! My partner had a new job that was going to help us get into a house, we were new parents to a beautiful little girl that was healthy and happy and growing fast, and I had an online job that I could do from home whilst taking care of her. Things were looking up for us, until I received a devastating phone call end of February. My partner had fallen off of a roof crushing his wrist and calcaneus (heel bone), leaving him unable to work for 4 months, and with restrictions until only recently. It was during this time while I was caring for both my partner and my 6 month old (both learning to walk at the same time) that I lost my job because I couldn't do both and keep up with the demands of the job. Long story short, somewhere along the way, in an effort to save money, I started to sew bandana bibs for my teething (and subsequently drooling) kiddo with some fabric I had on hand. I came accross enough folks, parents to babies (and fur-babies to my surprise) who liked them and wanted to BUY them, that my little project just sort of built into having an Etsy shop full of bibs. 

I was also invited to sell at a few craft fairs and that went well enough that suddenly sewing was my new job. I have always enjoyed sewing for myself, cosplay costumes and other small things, rarely ever for money, but it seemed to fit well into my new mama life so I rolled with it. Bonus? I was making things I knew I believed in because they were things we needed ourselves. I soon added Bonnets, Car seat strap covers, and nursing covers/adult bibs to my list of wares mainly because I found ways to make them better and more adaptable then anything I had seen at stores. For the moment my little business is just breaking even and I am hoping this idea is something that can push us into the green and carry us strongly into the future.

Some of the prototype ears I have been working snapped in place on the same cap.
Some of the prototype ears I have been working snapped in place on the same cap.

Snap Caps: The Idea

This idea came to me as a fun new addition to the bonnets that I already make, a pattern that I am augmenting to fit a wider selection of kids (and maybe even adults!). My hat pattern has evolved tremendously since the beginning and what I hope to develop is something that will appeal to all genders and ages. Each cap has 2-4 snaps in the "animal ear area" where you can snap on and remove any number of ears (kitty, puppy, bunny.... the list goes on!) and place some of them in different positions on the hat as well (to achieve different animals with the same shape). Though I do make both summer and winter bonnets the focus for the moment is summer mainly because we will be introducing them at a summer festival in May (www.larfmn.com, our booth will be called "The Snappy Sorceress" catchy right?). The summer version is made with 100% cotton, and will be available with and without visor and hopefully different options for chin straps. My focus will also start with kids sizing first (even though I know a few cosplaying adults who already want one for themselves!) with ages ranging from infant through elementary. Parents, from what I can tell (including myself) would like to have a) a hat that stays ON their child's head b) a hat that can protect them from sun exposure and c) a hat that they WANT to wear. These are all things I believe that I can achieve with Snap Caps! 

Lets not forget.... THE EARS!!!
Lets not forget.... THE EARS!!!

And the fun part? The EARS! Ears will be made different sizes and shapes with a variety of materials and I will be using high quality plastic snaps to hold them in place. These are the same snaps I use for my bibs so I know they are secure! Some ear materials will be new and some recycled mostly faux fur and velvet but there will be non furry varieties. AND because they are handmade, there will be uniqueness to each set! If I have time and funding there will also be options for other little things like crowns, mini hats, and horns to complete an animal look or to mix and match to create a new animal! I haven't settled on price points but the range should be pretty wide to accommodate a range of affordability, and I will of course always accept commissions for fancier pieces.

A picture of me demonstrating the snap-on ears while out for ice cream with the family. Picture courtesy of Mary Ward.
A picture of me demonstrating the snap-on ears while out for ice cream with the family. Picture courtesy of Mary Ward.

Where's your investment going?

Money that is raised in this campaign goes to a number of all very carefully budgeted things, but the end goal is that I basically have the following:

1. All the materials and equipment needed to create enough stock to fill my booth, fulfill all the gifts and have some back stock/Etsy listings.

2. a booth (a 10' by 10' art fair style tent), that I can also use at future fairs, along with all the gear needed to combat whatever weather/environmental factors may come to play.

3. All the fixtures needed to authentically show/sell my snap caps/ears at a Renaissance Festival including signage, decor and hat stands.

4. I would also like to give those who end up helping me with production, sales, marketing, set up and take down, something for their time/energy. 

5. Other miscellaneous things that pertain to the event like insurance, entry fee, etc.

THANK YOU!

Thank you so much for reading! Please know that no gift is too small, you have my everlasting gratitude for even a couple bucks!

***Special Thanks to Andrew Berry for helping me throw together a fun little video that I hope you find amusing at the very least ;)***

Risks and challenges

The initial start of this campaign was delayed by some major winter illnesses in our little househol. It was originally set to begin in January so time is of the essence to get this funded! Lakes Area Royale Faire is coming up quickly in MAY! April will have to be a major production month despite the fact I will still be fundraising FOR production. SO... help me pay off the credit card that will inevitable be used to make this happen! I will be hiring production help, but the I can't pay them without funding, hopefully I can find folks who understand there will be a delay in pay whilst I fund raise for it.

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    Backer Button and an EPIC high five!

    Get a nifty button that shows off your support for Snap Caps and my eternal gratitude for being an important part of my success.... and

    wai tfor it.... the most epic high five you have *EVAR* had from the cutest toddler you have ever met... you may also upgrade to a fit bump if that is more your style. EDIT: There is now a picture of the pin in the updates! And you have likely seen pictures of the toddler all over ;)

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    10% off for life + Snap Caps Button

    THIS OFFER PAYS FOR ITSELF! If you donate $20 or more you get a coupon code that will entitle you to 10% off at ShandaiMade (on Etsy) until the internet dies (so like... never...right?) and you get a nifty button to show at Art Fairs and other mobile locations that ShandaiMade sells at to get you that SAME 10% off. WHAT A DEAL!

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    A Bandana Bib of your choice

    If you pledge $25 or more you will receive a coupon code for ShandaiMade (my Etsy shop) to get one FREE large or small bandana bib of your choice. They can be worn on Babies, Adults or Pets and are available in a variety of colors and patterns. A great unique gift if you don't plan to use it yourself!

    To see the variety available please visit
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    Just the Cap

    Hey the Bonnets I make on their own are pretty nifty. Great Sun protection for face, ears and back of the neck... AND reversible! Not sure you want/need ears? Grab this reward for a coupon code to just pick out a bonnet from what I have in stock: With or without snaps for attaching ears. Keep in mind though, when a Snap Cap cap is worn in reverse snaps are no longer visible, so you do have some options here. I will even give you the option to add snaps to a regular bonnet later if you want but remember if you take that option it won't be reversible to hide the snap heads any longer!

    Either way... you have a wonderful way to protect whomever is wearing said bonnet from the sun, a nifty backers button and I will even throw in an EPIC high five or fist bump from the cutest Snap Cap model ever for the low low price of $35. Visit https://www.etsy.com/listing/654235977 to see the selection of Snappy Sunbonnets available right now. Note: Stock is always changing, shipping not included.

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    Snap Cap & Ears +10% off EARS FOR LIFE!

    SNAP CAP Reward RESURRECTED AND UPGRADED! Be one of the first to sport a Snap Cap. You will get coupon code to choose from any size (reminder: Yes there will be adult sizes!!) and any color/pattern (basic or premium) and any small/medium set of ears. Comes with an (optional) first edition Snap Cap tag, so everyone will know you got in on the ground floor!

    ***MAJOR UPGRADE: AND You get 10% off any additional ears FOR LIFE. OMG! YES.... I just said that!***

    Pick it up at LARF or wait until the Etsy shop is locked and loaded :)

    Remember everything is handmade, so every set of ears is a little different and unique to its owner! (message me with ideas now and I will try my best to have what you are looking for to choose from!)

    PLUS you get a backers button, because those are nifty too!
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    • ANY Snap Cap
    • 1st set of Small/Medium Ears
    • 10% OFF EARS FOR LIFE!!
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    LIMITED TIME: Be FIRST to own a SNAP CAP

    Here's your chance! Get IN on the ground floor! Be one of the first to own a Snap Cap! With a coupon code, you choose the basic colors and any small/medium set of ears (the sizes you see in the videos are mostly small/medium, different sizes/colors will be offered for most ear shapes) Shipping not included.
    Remember everything is handmade, so every set of ears is a little different and unique to its owner! (message me with ideas now and I will try my best to have something you are looking for to choose from!)
    ALSO: You get a coupon code for 10% off your second set of ANY ears, horns or other accessory that is available at the time of cap purchase or at a future date.
    PLUS you get a backers button!
    PLUS and here's a little something for folks who are also creators and artists and sell their wares. You give me a link to your (family friendly) work and I will SHARE SHARE SHARE the crap out of it. My pleasure for your support. you can't put a price on that!

    Includes:
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    • First Edition tag sewn into Cap
    • 1st set of Small/Medium Ears
    • 10% off your next accessory
    • Free Advertising
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    3 Bandana Bibs of your choice

    If you pledge $50 or more you will receive a coupon code for ShandaiMade (my Etsy shop) to get three FREE large or small bandana bibs of your choice. They can be worn on Babies, Adults or Pets and are available in an ever changing variety of colors and patterns. A great unique gift if you don't plan to use it yourself! (parents and fur-parents can always use more then one!)

    To see the variety currently available please visit www.shandaimade.etsy.com
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    LARF passes & DISCOUNTS while there!

    Pledge to this reward and get two (2) day passes (Saturday OR Sunday, must be used simultaneously) to Lakes Area Royale Faire and 50% off your purchase at Snappy Sorceress (the name of the booth I will be selling Snap Caps and other ShandaiMade items at). I will also offer free storage at Snappy Sorceress for anything you might have with you at the Faire that you don't want to carry around all day.... Now THAT'S priceless!

    EXTRA BONUS: The first TWO people to pledge this reward will ALSO GET 20% off one item at Nerdyfae, (www.nerdyfae.com) and 25% off a custom designed costume at Custom Koztumez (www.facebook.com/CustomKozetumezshop/)

    You could be completely outfitted head to toe and ready to Ren Fest it up all in one visit!

    Includes:
    • 2 day passes for LARF
    • 50% off at Snappy Sorceress
    • Free Storage at the Faire
    • 20% off at Nerdy Fae (first two pledges only)
    • 25% off at Custom Koztumez (first two pledges only)
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    Full Set of (7) Holiday Bandana bibs

    If you pledge $70 or more you will receive a coupon code for ShandaiMade (my Etsy shop) to get one FREE set of SMALL Holiday themed Bandana Bibs. The 7 holiday patterns included are Valentines, St Patrick's, Easter, 4th of July, Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. The patterns I choose are pretty neutral, and could be used for any time of year AND for many different religious beliefs and cultures. They can be worn on Babies or small pets. A priceless baby shower gift that can be handed down in the family!

    Please visit www.shandaimade.etsy.com to see similar items. The holiday set has not yet been listed.
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    Premium SNAP CAP and THREE sets of ears

    If you pledge $120 or more you will receive a coupon code for ShandaiMade (my Etsy shop) to get one FREE premium SNAP CAP (higher end patterned fabric) along with *THREE* sets of ANY SIZE/STYLE of ears, all of your choice. Colors and styles will be available on Etsy later this year or you can visit us at Lakes Area Royal Fair to claim early. You will also receive a Snap Cap Backer button!

    www.shandaimade.etsy.com
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    CUSTOM Snap Cap created just for you!

    You want one a little bit different just for you! No matter what age this would be an awesome piece to have in the costume closet! Lets work together and make you exactly what you want, from the material the cap is created in (we can dive into glorious non-cotton fabrics! maybe you want it lined in fur?) to the positions the ears snap on (or several optional snaps where ever you want them along with snap covers!). Chin strap or ties? Visor or no? Need neck coverage? You pick! You need something to go with a costume or a cosplay... think Ren Fest, Anime, Furry, you name it

    let's make it happen! I love to create! Includes 2 custom sets of ears OR if you want something other then ears to snap on.... any ideas you have will be welcomed in this exclusive reward!

    Easiest if you are local to the TC area but I can work with folks over messenger too. SHIPPING NOT INCLUDED.

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