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!
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.
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!
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.
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 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.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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