In October 2008, I designed my very first "made-to-order" monkey. Prompted by a friend who suggested that I worked on making characters that I could remake on demand, I started to think about a character that I'd like to remake over and over. Until this point, I'd been making mostly all one-of-a-kind monkeys and hadn't really thought past a sustainable brand.
Enter Macabre, the Skeleton Sock Monkey:
I got inspired by a shirt my son was wearing, and my favorite stockings from my teen years. I meshed them together and this guy was born. When I was making his face I wanted the simplest way to get across that this guy was a skeleton... Blacking out the eyes and mouth of my traditional pattern worked great. These are handmade using a sewing machine and my hands.
HOW YOUR PLEDGES WILL HELP ME:
I have been making small batches of monkeys and doing custom work for the last six years. With my youngest child starting school this year, I will have time to fully dedicate to normal hours for my business. I'd like to grow it to a point where I can do a couple markets a month, and possibly, some day... have a retail location where I also have help making my products and a place to sell them in person. I will be soliciting to local businesses until then, and working to get my monkeys in shops around San Diego.
Your pledges from this project are going to help me get that going. I'm going to buy supplies to make skeleton monkeys for stock in a range of styles and colors. I will keep you all updated, and you can always follow me on Facebook to see where I've been and how I'm coming along, https://www.facebook.com/REBELalaMODE.
[9/19/12] IF YOU MISSED OUT ON A REWARD
If you missed out on the campaign and you're looking to purchase a skeleton monkey, I will have them in my shop after Halloween. Maybe some before Halloween. Rewards will be crafted and sent before store stock. I will have supplies to stock my shop, I just may not have time to get the stock done until after Halloween. They make great Christmas presents, too!
THANK YOU, to everyone that helped me fund this project. There will be all sorts of skeleton products coming to the shop!
Every year I offer this guy at Halloween time, and for a couple years I kept getting asked about DIY Kits for him. I offer DIY Kits for standard monkeys, and my customers wanted to make him, too. I'm offering these for a pledge of $25 or more. Later pledges will not come in this box, as shown. I got these on an amazing deal and only have 9 cases left. The new ones will come in a specially designed vellum package.
This year, I'm adding more and more items to my Macabre line, including stickers. Your $3 pledge will make you the proud owner of one of the very first Macabre Skeleton Monkey stickers. These are waterproof and will last about 18 months outdoor.
The sticker is included in all rewards over $3, If you pledge for a monkey, you will get a sticker, too. If you would like a copy of the JPG, I will include that also. I will make it part of the survey, so you have the option to get one. It makes a great desktop wallpaper, too.
Monkeys will vary slightly from monkey to monkey because of the handmade aspect of this item.
8-21: I've added more monkeys, I will add more as they sell out. The delivery time may begin to extend to November. I am going to work on batches as the project is running it's course. Stay tuned for updates on production.
8-23: Two new rewards!
Paradox was born in 2010, He's the reverse twin of Macabre and I haven't made him again until this year when a customer ordered one as a commissioned order. He's one of the skeletons that I will be making with your pledges as part of my stock, but, I wanted to add him here to allow backers the chance to own one, as well.
I have parts to make 6 of these with these limbs, and then they are gone forever! These socks were stashed away in my sock supply, from years and years ago. Skeleton Dolls are certainly in my plans, and I've made lots of them in the past, but this girl is a limited run.
$1 JPG Reward added:
ABOUT THIS MONKEY:
Overlocked seams to help against tears. Parts are securely sewn on with heavy duty, quality thread. They will withstand firm tugging, but not vicious abuse. Each one is stuffed firmly, but not too firmly... Crafted to last, so you can enjoy your monkey for many years to come. Totally hand crafted from brand new socks, sewing machine and hand sewn elements. Stuffed with 100% polyester filling.
This monkey is made from socks, felt, embroidery floss, thread, and polyfil.
- 25 LG 15" Classic Skeleton Sock Monkeys
- 25 SM 12" Classic Skeleton Sock Monkeys
Current Stretch Goals
- Baby 9" Classic Skeleton Sock Monkeys
- DIY 12" Classic Skeleton Monkey Kits
- Reverse Skeleton 15" Paradox Sock Monkeys
- Classic Macabre Earrings
- Classic Macabre Necklace Charms
- Macabre Inspired Accent Pillows
- Classic Macabre T-Shirts
- Classic Macabre Stickers
- Reverse Macabre Stickers
- Macabre Fabric
Even Further Stretch Goals
- Blue 15" Skeleton Monkeys
- Pink 15" Skeleton Monkeys
- Green 15" Skeleton Monkeys
- Yellow 15" Skeleton Monkeys
- Purple 15" Skeleton Monkeys
- Pink Skeleton Monkey Stickers
- Blue Skeleton Monkey Stickers
- Green Skeleton Monkey Stickers
- Yellow Skeleton Monkey Stickers
- Purple Skeleton Monkeys Stickers
That's a lot of goals! And this is just for the Skeleton Monkey line. Thank you and thank you, again and again, and again... to everyone that has backed me. Every $1 helps.
I will be working on a place to thank every backer, which will include any links or text you'd like.
Please NOTE: I have factored in shipping costs, as recommended by kickstarter, and some of the fees... International Pledges cost more to ship,
Please include $6 in your pledge if you are pledging a package.
This is only applicable to people overseas. It costs me almost $12 to ship anything over the ocean. If you are in CAN or MEX, there's no need to add extra funds, but it's appreciated.
Thank you so much for looking!
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