Merboston Kickstarter Preview

This morning I finished all of the Reward Tiers and graphics for the Merboston project page. The launch is happening this Monday, May 1st, at 12pm(EST). For any first time Kickstarter users, I wanted to explain a few things about this project.

What is Kickstarter?

Kickstarter is a crowd-funding website that helps small business owners like me achieve huge projects. With the Merboston Kickstarter, you’re basically pre-ordering a plush. If I reach enough pre-orders then Merboston will be produced. However, Kickstarter is an “all or nothing” crowd-funding platform, so if we can’t reach 100% funding Merboston can’t be made. Read more about Merboston here: http://www.shlii.com/merboston-plush-at-the-starting-line/

If we reach 100% funding, here is the timeline that takes place after the project ends:

It takes 14-30 days after the Kickstarter project ends for funds to go through. Once funding is received, I can pay the manufacturer. Plush production generally takes around five months. Once I receive the Merboston dolls, I will check them over and then mail them to their new homes, along with any other rewards. I’m estimating that I’ll be able to start shipping smaller reward tiers in June/July and plush reward tiers in November 2017. I’ve had an online shop for the past six years and am experienced at shipping my work worldwide.

Reward Tiers

 

There are different “Reward Tiers” available that have different price points and rewards available. The Merboston Kickstarter has nine Reward Tiers to choose from, ranging from $5 to $140 USD. You can also choose to pledge any amount, even $1. Every single dollar counts!

Early Bird Special Pricing

There will be a special Reward Tier limited to the first 50 backers. This tier is for discounted pricing for the Merboston doll. For first dibs on this tier, be sure to sign up for an email notification here: http://www.shlii.com/merboston-plush-kickstarter/ 

Add On Shop

Each Reward Tier has specific rewards that you will receive. For example, the $35 Huge Splash tier includes a Merboston doll, an acrylic keychain, a vinyl sticker, and a pinback button. If you would like to add on items to your selected Reward Tier, I’ve provided a graphic with specific reward prices so that you may increase your pledge to match. The Add On Shop only has lightweight items available:

Merboston Kickstarter Preview

If you would like to preview the project page, the link is now available here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1781463665/1548891686?token=703dc2ed The only task left for me to do is film and edit my project video. For a shy person, I think speaking in front of a camera may be the most daunting task! ^_^

 

Merboston Prototype Finished!

I just received photos of the final Merboston prototype and am so happy with her!! I asked for some more photo angles, so hopefully I’ll be able to share those soon. Here are the prototype photos I have so far:

I’m going to launch the Merboston Kickstarter on May 1st, so if you would like first dibs on “Early Bird Special” pricing, please sign up to receive an email about the launch here: http://www.shlii.com/merboston-plush-kickstarter/

What is Kickstarter?

Kickstarter is a crowd-funding website that helps small business owners like me achieve huge projects. With Kickstarter, you’re basically pre-ordering a plush. If I reach enough pre-orders then Merboston will be produced. However, Kickstarter is an “all or nothing” crowd-funding platform, so if we can’t reach 100% funding Merboston can’t be made. Read more about Merboston here: http://www.shlii.com/merboston-plush-at-the-starting-line/

Happening Now in the Shop!

I’m currently running a flash sale (“Splash” sale!) for all Norfolk Merdogs items in my shop. Use code MERDOGLIFE2017 for 10% off your order. The sale ends this Saturday, April 1st. http://shlii.bigcartel.com/category/norfolk-merdogs

Merboston Plush: At the Starting Line

2017 is the Year of Merboston!

You may be wondering what in the world a “Merboston” might be. Merboston is a mermaid Boston Terrier, and she’s one of the original three Norfolk Merdogs that I designed in 2013. Merboston has similar traits of many land-dwelling Boston Terriers- she’s either going a million miles an hour OR taking a nap in the sunshine. There’s really no middle ground, and we’re okay with that! Just look at that adorable squishy face! (Merboston also gets a little gassy if she eats too much, so make sure you don’t swim behind her!)

In February, I started working with my manufacturer on the Merboston plush prototype.

We had to go through a few revisions, but a couple weeks ago we reached the final stages. The prototype is currently on its way to me. I’m hoping I’ll be able to give it the green light once I see it in person. Here are some photos sent to me by the manufacturer:

I’ll be launching a Kickstarter for Merboston in May of this year. As with Merpug and Mercorgi, I will need your help for the Merboston plush to exist since plush production is so expensive.

What is Kickstarter?

Kickstarter is a crowd-funding website that helps small business owners like me achieve huge projects. With Kickstarter, you’re basically pre-ordering a plush. If I reach enough pre-orders then Merboston will be produced. However, Kickstarter is an “all or nothing” crowd-funding platform, so if we can’t reach 100% funding Merboston can’t be made.

Merboston Early Bird Special Email Sign-up Now Available!!

Email sign-up form available here:
 http://www.shlii.com/merboston-plush-kickstarter/

Merboston will be my third Kickstarter project. In 2015, I launched a project for Merpug Plush and it finished at 126% funding. Then in 2016, I ran a Mercorgi Plush Kickstarter which reached 193% funding!! With the high amount of competition on Kickstarter, reaching full funding is very rare. I will be forever grateful to every single one of my Backers for helping me reach full funding on both of those Kickstarters! It’s always a roller coaster of emotions running a crowd-funding project, and I really hope Merboston can make it!!

December 2016 Sale and Shipping Deadlines

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Use the discount code SHIPNOW2016 to receive 10% off all items in the “Ready to Ship” category in my shop. This includes Merpug plush, coloring books, enamel pins, baby yetis, etc. I’ve also listed the t-shirts and tote bags, though they take a couple extra days to process through PrintFul.

Here is the link to the “Ready to Ship” items: http://shlii.bigcartel.com/category/ready-to-ship 

I actually meant to post this coupon on December 1st, so I apologize for being a day late! 🙂 If you ordered a qualifying item yesterday, just let me know and I will take the 10% off your order. If the coupon code does not work, please send me a message through Facebook.

New Shop Release!

Today at 3pm(EST) I will be adding four Yeticorns to the shop. All four are finished and ready to ship, so you will be able to use the coupon code for them 🙂

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Shipping Deadlines

Please Note: These dates only apply to Ready to Ship items. Today, December 2nd, is the last day to order any Made to Order items for me to be able to complete them in time for your holiday.

  • Domestic: December 15th
  • International: December 8th

Merpugs are BACK!!

I’ve had many messages and emails asking about the Merpugs since they sold out, and I’m so happy to announce that they have returned!! Today, I updated the shop with quite a few new plushies, including the Merpugs, Mini Merpugs (they’re so adorable!!), Baby Yetis, Mercorgi and Merpug enamel pins, and more! I have some combo deals going for Merpugs+Mini Merpugs and enamel pin sets. Just check each listing and view the drop-down menu: shlii.bigcartel.com/products

My goal from now until mid-December is to do new shop releases every Friday. On my list of plush to make are:

  • Yeticorns
  • Dumpling Bats
  • more Alpine Guardian colors
  • new Leaf Bunnies
  • Leaf Kid
  • more StarMew colors

My new fabric just arrived a few days ago, so after I finish up some shop orders I’m going to start working on these new cuties! 🙂

Mercorgi Plush Kickstarter Has Two Days Left!

 

 

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This Kickstarter project has been an extremely fun and exciting experience! Mercorgi received a tidal wave of support and love from so many people, and we were able to reach 100% funding in just two days!! I recognized so many names from last year’s Merpug Kickstarter, and that just really warmed my heart to see that. On top of the mind-blowing launch, we also surpassed the first Stretch Goal- a Mercorgi enamel pin- and second Stretch Goal- a Norfolk Merdogs coloring book! It’s just been wave after wave of excitement with this project. I’m so happy and grateful right now, I really can’t think straight! 🙂

This past weekend and this week, I’m working on finishing up the artwork for the Mercorgi and Norfolk Merdogs 8×10 art prints that many backers will be receiving with their reward packages 🙂 Here is a work in progress snapshot from yesterday:

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The Mercorgi Plush Kickstarter has just two days to go. We JUST reached the second Stretch Goal: a Norfolk Merdogs coloring book! I am really looking forward to making all of the cute artwork for that!! Once I’ve finished all of the artwork, I will be sending it to my printer and ordering a physical proof first to make sure everything looks perfect. When the sample arrives, I will post it here. 🙂

The third Stretch Goal is very close to this one, and it’s for a Merpug enamel pin! I think we can make it!!

If you know any dog and/or mermaid lovers please share! Here is the project link: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1781463665/corgi-mermaid-cute-plush-toys The Kickstarter ends this Friday, Aug 26, 2016 at 9:58 AM EDT.

Mercorgi Plush Kickstarter Successful Day 1

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I’m so happy to be able to say that Mercorgi made huge waves on Kickstarter right from the start! There has been such an enormous outpouring of love for Mercorgi, and I cannot thank you all enough!!

Mercorgi Plush Kickstarter page: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1781463665/corgi-mermaid-cute-plush-toys

Stats

My heart was beating so fast the entire day! Just five hours from launch, we reached 50% funding. At first, Mercorgi instantly made it to the top of the “What’s Popular?” section of the Crafts page on Kickstarter. Then, it made it to the “Featured Project” in Crafts! I am so honored, excited, and proud to see Mercorgi as the featured project out of 111 craft projects!!

Day 1 finished with 74% funding and as I’m typing this (5:49pm of Day 2) we’re currently at 89%!! Thank you all so much!! I did a Live video on my Facebook earlier today, and I started getting emotional during it! I’m just so grateful for all of the support!!

Mercorgi Plush Kickstarter Has Launched!

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August 1st marks Day 1 for the Mercorgi Plush Kickstarter: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1781463665/corgi-mermaid-cute-plush-toys

The Early Bird launch happened at 10am this morning, and in just one hour Mercorgi reached 18% funding!! Thank you all so much!! I’ve also recognized so many backer names from the Merpug project, so thank you very much for supporting both Merpug and now Mercorgi! I greatly appreciate it!!

The Mercorgi Plush Kickstarter lasts for 25 days, and I am beyond happy with the success of the launch. It’s given me so much confidence that we’re going to make it! Much Love from Mercorgi and me! <3

Mercorgi Stretch Goals

This is wishful thinking for down the road, but in the huge, extremely exciting event that we surpass full funding for Mercorgi, I’ve come up with some cool additional backer rewards called “Stretch Goals.”

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If Mercorgi reaches $6,700 they’ll be able to be made into plush. The first Stretch Goal happens at $8,500. If we reach that goal, then all Backers who pledged $20 or more will receive an awesome Mercorgi enamel pin! So many people have an amazing pin collection, and I would love for Mercorgi to be able to be a part of that, too! 🙂 I’ll reveal the pin artwork as we get closer to the goal.

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The second Stretch Goal happens at $10,900. It’s something I’ve always wanted to do and have gotten many requests about: a Norfolk Merdogs coloring book! The details are the same as the first goal- All Backers who pledged $20 or more will also receive the coloring book.

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For the next few days I’ll be working on the finishing touches of the Kickstarter and prepping for launch on Monday (August 1st) 🙂 For more Mercorgi information and to sign up for an email notification about the launch, go to the Mercorgi Plush Kickstarter page.

Mercorgi Kickstarter Updates

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I’m so excited about the Mercorgi Kickstarter launch on Monday! I wanted to share some previews of the project before it launches. 🙂

Even if you aren’t able to back the project monetarily, you have a very powerful tool that can help Mercorgi in a huge way: social media! Sharing the Kickstarter project link with your friends on your Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, etc. helps spread word about Mercorgi and can lead to the project reaching its goal! 

I’ve also created a Facebook event for the project: https://www.facebook.com/events/675719959262256/ Clicking on “Interested” or “Going” makes the event show up on your friends’ Facebook feed, so I would greatly appreciate it! You can also invite any friends who love corgis, mermaids, or Mercorgis! 🙂

Once the project launches on Monday (August 1st) I will update this post with the project link.

Here are the Reward Tiers that will be available, ranging from $5 to $125. With Kickstarter, you also have the option to pledge any amount you want- even a $1! Every single dollar helps Mercorgi reach its goal!

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As with last year’s Kickstarter, I’ll have an Add On Shop available. For any item you’d like to add to your Reward Tier, simply increase your pledge amount equal to the item’s cost. Then, you can either message me about your add-ons through Kickstarter or wait until I send out the Backer Surveys once the project has finished.

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What Is Kickstarter?

“Kickstarter is a funding platform for creative projects. Every project creator sets their project’s funding goal and deadline. If people like the project, they can pledge money to make it happen. If the project succeeds in reaching its funding goal, all backers’ credit cards are charged when time expires. If the project falls short, no one is charged. Funding on Kickstarter is all-or-nothing.” -Kickstarter.com