New Shop Releases!

On Friday, I added some brand new cuties to the shop, including Shliiwoks, EmojiPuff Keychains, and COZIMONSTA purses. I’m so happy and thankful, because several EmojiPuffs and Shliiwoks found new homes 🙂 I took them all to the post office on Saturday. There are still a bunch of plush and purses left! Here are some photos of them:

 

All new items are available in my shop at http://shlii.bigcartel.com

Merboston’s Second Monday!

Happy Monday, everyone! I’ve been hard at work sharing about Merboston in every way possible. This past Saturday, I brought her with me to a pug charity show that I vended at. I had so many people asking if they could buy the plush! 🙂

I’ve been so happy and thankful for all the love Merboston has received online and at the show! In Merboston’s first week we’ve made it to the brink of 50%!! We’re at 49% with 13 days to go, and I just know we can reach full funding with all of your help!

I’ve been busy sending my press release out to toy blogs, and so far Merboston was published in two of them! So exciting!! Here are their links:

I’ll also be setting up Merboston’s display at Tidewater Comicon this weekend, so hopefully that will create some big waves! She’ll be there handing out her Kickstarter cards:

Merboston has had many backers that are brand new to Kickstarter, so I want to post all of the project details once again (I may do so at the end of every Project Update just in case someone misses it):

  • The Merboston plush measures 10″ tall, is made with soft Minky fabric, and features professionally embroidered details. Your plush will also include an adorable Merboston hang tag.
  • The Merboston Kickstarter will end on Sunday, May 21, 2017, at 11:43am (EDT). Kickstarter is an “All or Nothing” platform, so if we do not reach our $6800 goal you will not be charged anything. 
  • You can continue to help Merboston by sharing the project link on your Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. I’ve also created this graphic to make it easier to share on your social media pages:

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

  • After the Kickstarter ends, I will send out a “Backer Survey” so that you can give me your shipping address and let me know any Reward Tier specific information.
  • It takes 14-30 days after the Kickstarter project ends for funds to go through. Once funding is received, I can pay my 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.

Thank you all so much for believing in Merboston!

A Beautiful Day 1!


Thank you all so much for an incredible first day of the Merboston Plush Kickstarter!!

Merboston is currently 34% funded thanks to you 64 amazing backers! Merboston has 19 days to go to reach her goal, and I know we can make it with your support!

Please continue to help Merboston by clicking the “Share” button on the project page. Sharing Merboston on your social media pages helps in a huge way!

  • The Merboston plush measures 10″ tall, is made with soft Minky fabric, and features professionally embroidered details. Your plush will also include an adorable Merboston hang tag.
  • The Merboston Kickstarter will end on Sunday, May 21, 2017, at 11:43am (EDT). Kickstarter is an “All or Nothing” platform, so if we do not reach our $6800 goal you will not be charged anything.

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

  • After the Kickstarter ends, I will send out a “Backer Survey” so that you can give me your shipping address and let me know any Reward Tier specific information.
  • It takes 14-30 days after the Kickstarter project ends for funds to go through. Once funding is received, I can pay my 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.

Thank you all so very much for believing in Merboston!

 

 

Original text taken from Project Update #1, “A Beautiful Day 1!”: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1781463665/boston-terrier-mermaid-cute-plush-toys/posts/1874235

Boston Terrier Mermaid Cute Plush Toys

Norfolk, VA May 2017 – Jackie Ashley, founder and owner of Shlii Kawaii Toys, is proud to announce the launch of her newest Kickstarter project, Boston Terrier Mermaid Cute Plush Toys!

In 2013, Jackie created the Norfolk Merdogs line, which is made up of cute mermaid-dogs. “Merboston” was one of the three original merdog characters and is well-loved by fans young and old. In January 2017 Jackie started working with her production company to create a highly detailed, professionally produced Merboston plush toy. Each plush measures ten inches tall, is made with soft Minky fabric, and features professionally embroidered details.

Plush production is extremely expensive, so Merboston can only be produced with the help of crowdfunding. Kickstarter campaigns are “all or nothing”; if the funding goal is not met Jackie receives no funding, and the Merboston plush will not be produced. Kickstarter enables people from all over the world to bring Merboston to life by backing the project and helping it reach its funding goal of $6,800. There are several backer rewards available, such as keychains, vinyl stickers, tote bags, and the Merboston designer plush. With the help of many generous Kickstarter backers, the adorable Merboston can be adopted by friends and fans all over the world.

To follow along with the Kickstarter and get up to date information on the project, check out the Boston Terrier Mermaid Cute Plush Toys Kickstarter page. Shlii will also be posting Kickstarter related content and updates on her social media pages and website.

Kickstarter Link: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1781463665/boston-terrier-mermaid-cute-plush-toys

Links:
www.shlii.com
www.facebook.com/shlii.kawaii
instagram.com/shliikawaii
twitter.com/shlii

Merboston Hashtags:
#norfolkmerdogs
#shlii
#Merboston

About Shlii

Jackie Ashley taught herself how to sew and started making plush toys in 2009. Now, she has sold her handmade toys all over the world and enjoys participating in anime and comic conventions on the east coast. She is based in Norfolk, VA and works from her home studio to create original toys, artwork, and accessories. The Merboston designer plush will be her third professionally manufactured toy of her Norfolk Merdogs line.

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

shipnow2016

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 🙂

yeticorns

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!

 

 

mercorgi-plush-kickstarter

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:

mercorgi-8x10-workinprogress

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.