Let the Insanity Begin!

Okay, sure, the insanity started a long time ago.  But this is a new insanity!  Or something like that…

I decided to go ahead and combine my November Creative Commitment with a new IndieGoGo campaign.  Since I’ll be posting daily anyway, why not?  Also, IndieGoGo will be giving 5 campaigns that raise $100 by November 10th $500 in matching funds, so I would love to have a chance at that.  Can’t win if you don’t play, as they say. 🙂

I’m calling this campaign Rewondered Redoubled, and doubling is the theme.  Each perk level is a double reward: one item plus a gift certificate.  I’ve moved the deal to get $210 worth of Rewondered products for only $50 over to the campaign as well.

I’ve set up a goal of $1000, and if I am able to double that and get at least $2000 in contributions, I will double all the rewards.  And if all 210 of the $50 perks are claimed, I’ll multiply all rewards by five!  So the more people you get to contribute, the more your own contribution could be worth!

Contributions can only be made via PayPal, so that everyone who contributes early can get their items ASAP and be able to give them out as holiday gifts.  If you don’t have PayPal, you can still make a contribution using a debit or credit card.  Check out IndieGoGo’s instructions on how to contribute via PayPal without a PayPal account.

Apparently, only campaigns that receive their first contribution within the first two days are eligible for IndieGoGo to promote, so that explains why I never showed up anywhere on the site last time.  Therefore, I need someone to go toss at least $5 in within the next two days!

As for other ways you can help get my gogofactor up, here’s how:

  • Go to http://www.indiegogo.com/rewondered2.  Each view counts toward my “Gogofactor” so go take a look!
  • Under my video there is a box that says “Share this campaign.”  Do any or all of the following:
    • Click on the heart to add my campaign to your favorites.  You may need to create an account on IndieGoGo to do this, I’m not sure.
    • If you have Facebook, click on the “Like” button.  It will ask you if you want to post it on your Facebook and you don’t have to, but it would be awesome if you did!
    • If you have Twitter, click on the “Tweet” button.  It will pop up with a pre-filled message and link to the campaign, so you can just send it as is or change up the message.  “Wondie said I had to tweet this” is fine. 😛
    • If you have Google+, click on the “g+” button.  Again, you don’t have to actually post it on your Google+ but it would be awesome if you did!
    • If you have a website or blog and wouldn’t mind posting the nifty little widget you see at top right of this one, click the “Embed” button for the iframe code to use.
    • If you use Outlook and want to email this to some friends, click the “email” button and Outlook will pop up with a pre-filled message, you just have to add in email address to the “To” section.  Of course, you can change the message to make it more personal to whoever you are sending it to.
  • Above the video are several tabs.  Click on the “Comment” tab and write something nice like “Good luck!” or “Wondie is awesome!”  Whatever you want, just keep it clean, okay? 😉
  • Make a contribution, even if it’s only $5.
  • Go to my Facebook page, my Twitter, and my website and click the link to the campaign there.  Views from other social sites count, so ask people to click on any links you post, too.

The more of each of these that happen, the more my Gogofactor will go up, and thus will raise my chances of showing up on the front page of IndieGoGo.  I know it will take a little time for you to do any of these things, and I really appreciate you taking the time to help me out.

Let me know if you have any questions.  I’ll be back tomorrow with the first five new products, but for now I must get back to the MAKING ALL THE THINGS for the craft fair on Saturday.  ZOOOOM!!

Five By Five Halloween Sampler

  • Five By Five = five new listings by five o’clock

This Halloween edition of Five By Five gives you a sneak peak at some of the new products I’m making for the craft fairs I’ll be selling at in November and December.  You’ll be seeing five more examples of these five types of products in my upcoming 50 New Products In 50 Days, as I mentioned in my last post about my creative commitments for November.

In an effort to reduce my massive button collection, I’ve created a ton of new items that will make great stocking stuffers and inexpensive gifts.  All of today’s new products feature buttons or flatbacks, and this is just the tip of the iceberg!

First up we have hair elastics, or pony tail holders.  Look for more of these on November 1st!  This pair features white skull and crossbones buttons on black elastic bands.

Skull and Crossbones Hair Elastics Ponytail Holders by Rewondered D202E-00001

Skull and Crossbones Hair Elastics Ponytail Holders by Rewondered D202E-00001

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Next, I’ve created some fun post back earrings.  Look for more of these on November 2nd!  This pair features spooky ghosts and are chunky but lightweight.

Ghost Post Back Earrings by Rewondered D225E-55501

Ghost Post Back Earrings by Rewondered D225E-55501

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And where do you find ghosts?  In haunted houses, of course!  Here’s a Haunted House pin, and I’ll have more pins for you on November 3rd.

Haunted House Pin by Rewondered D225P-00002

Haunted House Pin by Rewondered D225P-00002

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That old house is probably crawling with spiders, but I bet they’re not as cute as this spider ring!  Look for more adorable rings on November 4th.

Black Spider Ring with Adjustable Band by Rewondered D225R-00001

Black Spider Ring with Adjustable Band by Rewondered D225R-00001

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Other creatures you might find in an old boarded-up house like that is bats.  Check out these adorable bat snap barrettes and look for more snap barrettes on November 5th!

Black Bat Snap Barrettes by Rewondered D202B-00002

Black Bat Snap Barrettes by Rewondered D202B-00002

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And there we have it!  A sneak peak at some new products, some adorable Halloween themed items, and a plan for posting more new items.  Wow, look at me go!

And just because my life isn’t complicated enough, I’m considering adding another IndieGoGo campaign to the mix, incorporating the 50 New Products In 50 Days and raising funds so I can continue to make more samples and expand my product lines even further.  Which means I will discontinue my offers for $210 worth of Rewondered products for only $50 and the Half-Price $20 Rewondered Gift Certificate for only $10, so if you want those, better jump on them!

Speaking of jumping, I better hop to it and get back to MAKING ALL THE THINGS!!!  😀

Thursday Thoughts: NaNoWriMo and Creative Commitments

It’s probably not very surprising that I know a lot of creative people.  Among my friends and family are various other Etsy sellers, artists, scrapbookers, crocheters, knitters, seamstresses, quilters, woodworkers, and practitioners of just about any other craft you can think of.  Then there’s the people I met when I was a Theatre Arts major, the community theatre enthusiasts, and a plethora of actors and techies.  Most of my gaming friends are into role-playing and have developed elaborate stories for their characters.  Now add in all the writers and poets, computer programmers, graphic artists, interior designers… the list goes on.  So I really shouldn’t be shocked when I keep seeing one friend after another announce that they are participating in NaNoWriMo.

I’ve long thought about writing a book, or several.  I have characters begging me to tell their stories.  I’ve written a few scenes (this one belongs in a romance novel!) and backstories (this one is not for the faint of heart!) for some of my City of Heroes characters, and brainstormed ideas for a series based one or both of the Ashton twins, Jenny (my main character, One Hit Wonder) and Stacey.  I know I should take the “just sit down and write!” advice, but the way my writing process works, I don’t stop writing until the story is done, or at least that part of it.  And I just don’t have the time right now to spend hours, or heck, even minutes, writing anything that isn’t directly related to my business.

I am committed to three craft fairs in November, and am waiting for confirmation on a fourth one scheduled for December 1st.  November is not a month for me to write novels, or even short stories, it is a MUST MAKE ALL THE THINGS month.  I have literally thousands of items in various stages of completeness scattered all over my studio and spilling into the other rooms.  Thank goodness I have a supportive husband!

But I have been neglecting this blog, and my Etsy shop.  So I am going to make a type of writing commitment for November, and into December.  Let’s call it ReBloPoMo+ – Rewondered’s Blog Posting Month-Plus.  I am going to combine my “50 New Products In 50 Days” with my “Five by Five” blog posts.  So every day in November, and the first 20 days of December, there will be a post here and at least five new listings in my Etsy shop.  And I’m going to get my feet wet in the days leading up to November with a few themed “Five By Five” posts, starting with Halloween and gothic items.  It might be a bit late to order for Halloween, but I know there are others like me who think Halloween should be celebrated year-round, or are fans of “creepy” things, like skulls or Cthulhu.

Speaking of ordering, I am running a limited time special on two specific gift certificates.  The big deal is a Groupon-esque discount of over 76% off, where you can get $210 worth of my products (or custom orders) for only $50!  Click the picture below for details:

$210 worth of Rewondered products for only $50!

$210 worth of Rewondered products for only $50!

You can also get a half-price $20 Gift Certificate to Rewondered for $10.  Both of these offers are limited, so get them before they’re gone!  If you’re in New Hampshire, come spend your Rewondered Gift Certificate at my booth at one (or more) of the craft fairs I will be at:

I’ll have lots of items at the fairs that aren’t available online.  And with all the stuff I’ll be adding during ReBloPoMo+ (5 items x 50 days = 250 new listings!) there will be a lot more to choose from soon™.  Rewondered Gift Certificates never expire, you don’t have to use them all at once, and you can even refill them!  Get your holiday shopping done early, and let your friends pick out their favorite items, or get something custom made!

So what are you committed to this November?  Let me know in the comments below!  Are you doing NaNoWriMo?  Don’t write, but love to read?  Then check out NaNoLoMo – National Novel Loving Month.  Have a creative goal you’ve been putting off?  Maybe November is the perfect month to make it happen!  Let’s do it!

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