Archive | May, 2013

The Sugarcane Hitchhiker Kickstarter – A daughter’s attempt to complete the story her father left behind.

20 May

The Sugarcane Hitchhiker

by Jacqueline Burt

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1151264913/the-sugarcane-hitchhiker

A daughter’s attempt, in words and original artwork, to complete the untold story her father left behind.

The TV was still on when I walked into my father’s bedroom at the top of that narrow, creaking staircase. The bedroom he shared with his brother as a kid, the bedroom he shared with my mother years later. I was conceived in that bedroom. And when I saw my father’s empty bed I collapsed on it and cried and wished I’d never been born.

They were already carrying his body out on a stretcher when I got there. Zipped up in a bag. I begged the police officer to let me see him. “I’m sorry honey, we can’t do that. We can’t do that.”

But the TV was still on, and the ashtrays overflowing. Glass jars filled with paintbrushes lining the windowsills. Piles of magazines and sketchbooks and journals everywhere. The smell of cigarettes was still thick in the air, the fine residue of crushed pills still visible on his desk. My father had been a mess, like me. And now this mess was all I had left of him.

It’s been nearly three years since my father died. I’ve managed to hold on to almost everything he left in that room, every unfinished watercolor and half-written essay…every faded photograph. He was telling a story, my father, in images and words…the story of his adolescence, of running away with Timothy Leary and drinking with Janis Joplin. He was telling the story of the years we spent apart…my childhood. It was better that way, he told me later — better that the darkest and most self-destructive moments of his life happened far away in the booze-soaked bayou. As a kid, whenever people asked me about my dad, I always said he was in New Orleans. It was true, but I didn’t know what it meant at the time. I would find out eventually.

I am my father’s daughter, down to the brittle bone. I am the only person alive who can finish his story. Through a combination of his artwork and writing and my own, The Sugarcane Hitchhiker is my attempt to do just that.

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The Surrender Kickstarter – 24 days to go!

20 May

SURRENDER!

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/941940706/surrender

Be inspired to shift life purpose and meaning by focusing on empowering photographic and word images that take you beyond the norm.

Surrender is a provocative and visually striking photographic essay that primarily honors women, while also honoring the dignity of life altogether.

Surrender honors women by stimulating the surrender of our outdated views and attitudes towards women; views and attitudes of both men and women. It honors the dignity of life by clarifying life purpose and meaning through a spiritual narrative, releasing the stunning inner images that speak through spiritual awareness. Through the photographic and word images alike, it celebrates the innate beauty of the human figure and soul, as we stand naked before God in all our innocence. Some even say that Surrender is about Mary Magdalene’s empathic experiencing of the Jesus’ last days.

However, this book is not about religion, or even spirituality. Surrender is a book aboutyou! Surely, it will have its very own profound impact on you—and it could well empower you beyond measure.

Surrender will be printed in a 9” X 9” format, using a tri-tone process to make these exquisite black and white images look as close as possible to their archival print counterparts.

Some background: Although I have authored and published 16 spiritual books with three different publishers in the past 7-8 years, photograph books are exceptionally expensive and thus difficult to publish. When combined with the nature of these photographs, publishers have been reluctant to address spiritual issues using such powerful images.

Even so, I’ve worked diligently to see that Surrender has as least found its way into many individual collections through the Amazon/Kindle digital publishing program. (See this version on my website: www.creationspirit.net.) Since its release a little over a year ago, readers continue to clamor for a first rate tabletop hard copy, as well as wanting to obtain prints of the images themselves.

Recently, two artist friends who also happen to be gallery owners—both of whom have contributed commentary to this book—suggested that rather than trying to get galleries to make all the images available at once, perhaps publishing the collection in book form would do the trick—thus putting the entire collection and related perks into the hands of artistically and spiritually motivated patrons at much less expense. Eureka!

Archival limited edition perk to you!Archival limited edition perk to you!

So here it is. Surrender is fully designed and ready to go. It’s up to us now. Let’s show the world what it really means to collaborate!

Why you should participate?

  • Because you’d be the proud owners, not only of an autographed, limited edition classic photo book of black and white images and sterling commentary, but also—depending on the level of support provided—the possessor of a signed, limited edition archival gelatin silver photograph for your collection.
  • Because you’re a good friend, a loving family member, a treasured member of my computer-based social family or simply interested in fine art photography and/or spiritual issues.
  • Because you’re interested in issues of the heart and being empowered by deeper meaning gained from a variety of sources.
  • Because you would like to share this abundance with other loved ones, those who also appreciate such approaches to deeper meaning and clearer purpose.
  • Because you’d like a book on your coffee table that could spark interesting conversations with neighbors, visitors, friends, colleagues and family.
  • Because you think the body of work deserves to be published, and are moved to be part of bringing this creative venture to fruition.

Whatever your reason(s), I invite you to join me in making this project a reality by making finances available pertinent to your level of desire and interest.

The cost for publishing a limited edition of Surrender is $8500. This is not inexpensive, but this is what it takes to make a great book—a book you can give for a special occasion, and get lost in for a change of inner scenery, which is sure to also transform how you see life—from the inside, out.

Over the years, I’ve invested far more than this amount of money, plus immeasurable time and energy, to bring the images and the Amazon/Kindle version of Surrender to fruition. And I’ve contributed hundreds of books from my collection to others, simply to help “seed” the spiritual development of interested persons. Now, at this point, I’m asking for your help to make this single printed version a reality.

For all these reasons, I would greatly appreciate your generosity of spirit, both financially and by telling your friends about this opportunity, so they, too, can join in.

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/941940706/surrender

Thank you!

Jim Young

Caribbean Wave Premium Island Cocktails #Indiegogo

17 May

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Caribbean Wave Premium Island Cocktails

Bring Caribbean Bartender Cocktails to consumers in ready to drink pouches.

 

 

 

http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/caribbean-wave-premium-island-cocktails

Hi Everyone!

I am Scott, founder and creator of Caribbean Wave Premium Island Cocktails.

Yes, that is me in the video.

Scott Folkins PhotoThanks for considering supporting my project to produce Caribbean Wave Premium Island Cocktails in ready to drink pouches and backing the $20,000 goal so consumers can have a taste of the islands.

I am an experienced beverage sales and marketing executive (23 years) who has created a unique and innovative product. You can learn more about my experience later in this summary.

How Caribbean Wave Premium Island Cocktails began:

During my trips to the Caribbean I fell in love with the island cocktails made by local bartenders. The bartenders taught me their special techniques and the ingredients that make them truly unique. I asked them if I could use the recipes in the US. They said “Yea Man” (Island for go ahead).

I sourced the best island ingredients available then created a manufacturing process keeping true to the Caribbean cocktail tradition and making them ready to drink. I developed a process to put them in eco-friendly party size pouches with an easy pour spout so you could take these island cocktails anywhere and share them with your friends.

I learned to make several cocktails and am distributing two of them:

Caribbean Wave Premium Island Cocktail Pouches

Goombay Punch Rum Cocktail (red) – Special silver rum blended with our secret formula which includes peach, pineapple, orange, coconut and a couple of others that I keep in the formula vault.

Cool Runnin Vodka Cocktail (yellow) – Special vodka blended with lemon and lime and other ingredients that I keep in the formula vault.

Only $20,000 for a project of this type?

Yes!

I am only asking for your support for what I need at this time.

I have invested $125,000 of my own money to take Caribbean Wave Premium Island Cocktails from a concept to a real product.

The pledges from this campaign fund production of product for delivery to distributors and into retail liquor stores.

Why am I the person to make this happen?

Since 1990 I have been in the beverage sales, marketing, and development business for large and small sized companies. Here are some of my real life beverage business experiences, because you should know who you are backing:

  • Sunny Delight®, Hawaiian Punch® Folgers Coffee®, Xtrem Energy Drinks®, Fair Hare Winery, 7UP®, RC Cola®
  • Liquor distribution network: developed distribution for other brands within the liquor industry.

I knew I needed to do a lot of upfront work to make sure my product and concept would have consumer acceptance.

I have done my homework, footwork and personally invested my own funds, time, and passion.

Why should I ask you to back me if I am not all in?

Here is what I have completed and invested in to date:

  • Federal permits so I can sell products in the US
  • Federal Government Agency alcohol product formula registration
  • Federal Government package and graphics approval
  • Package prototypes to test quality
  • Production test run
  • Consumer Product Focus Groups – pre production
    • Graphics – did the graphics communicate brand?
      • 9 out of 10 rating
    • Product taste test
      • 9.5 out of 10 rating
  • Product ship testing to insure finished product would meet expectations of distributors and retailers
  • Ingredients for initial test run production
  • Packaging for initial test run
  • Liquor store sales test to determine product salability and consumer response
  • Distributor interviews to determine if product fit in their business

I will keep you updated with all progress made. If you pledge you will automatically be added to our Caribbean Wave Newsletter and receive updates on my progress.

If you can’t pledge, please send this link to your friends and family. Just getting the word out is so helpful!

I am all grateful for your pledges and support.

Thanks for stopping by and checking out my project.

Your kindness is appreciated.

Scott Folkins – Founder & Creator

Remember,

MAKE IT AN ISLAND DAY! LIVE ISLAND STYLE!

Other Ways You Can Help

  1. Contribute. Your financial help goes a long way! Every bit counts.
  2. Share. Spread the message by clicking here. While you’re at it, tell a friend about our campaign the old fashioned way – over your favorite cocktail.
  3. Join. Be part of our community by following us on Facebook and Twitter, or join our newsletter list

BACKER PERKS

Chief Cocktail Maker CertificateCaribbean Wave Branded Cocktail Glasses

Caribbean Wave Branded Cocktail ShakerCaribbean Wave Tee ShirtCaribbean Wave Post Card

Caribbean Wave Indiegogo Project PosterCocktail Set

Caribbean Wave Polo Shirt

 

http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/caribbean-wave-premium-island-cocktails

GatorKey Kickstarter – A better way to keychain

17 May

GatorKey – A better way to keychain

by Jermaine Encarnacion

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1852435669/gatorkey-a-better-way-to-keychain-0

Are you tired of fumbling with your messy keys or feeling uncomfortable with them in your pocket? …Time for that to change!!!

closed...closed…
open..open..
open both sides...open both sides…
insert keys...insert keys…
Gatorized!!!Gatorized!!!

Designed to be versatile in it’s simplicity.

I have been working out the Idea for GatorKey for half a year now. I just wanted an easier way to organize and carry my keys instead of poking me in pocket and fumbling when I get to my door.

I have seen other more complicated and expensive options but they didn’t seem worth the trouble. I truly believe you will be as happy as I am with this innovative and stylish solution.

My goal is to get these into the hands of as many people as I can. I realize a lot of people don’t think about their keychains but if you think smart about it… you won’t have to think about it at all.

Q. Who would “GatorKey” appeal to?

A. Everyone that has a door with locks 🙂

Reasons to support GatorKey:

GatorKey will retail for much higher. (special pricing for Kickstarter supporters)

Fits more comfortably in your pocket or purse and plays nice with your high tech gadgets

•A cool & compact way to store your keys

•Great gifting idea

•No more messy key chains

•Cool styles for everyone in the family

•Have more than one pouch on your gator key chain (ex. home, work, car)

•No more fumbling thru multiple keys in your front door (esp when you need to use the bathroom)

•It makes a great companion to your slim wallet! (shouldn’t your keys lose weight too.)

•Great gift to give your girlfriend/boyfriend with keys in pouch to your apartment (we don’t recommend this huge leap till you know your ready)

•Use your “GatorKey” pouch for just about anything that your creative imagination will allow

•You will not only get great packaging once you receive your Gatorkey but you will also be a part of the Gator family 🙂

GatorKey (pouch) is made of :

*Premium quality elastic.

*3 buttons on one side for quick access to keys.

*Velcro on the other side for total access for mounting keys.

*Fits most key sizes and the high quality elastic compacts keys to fit easily in your pocket or purse.

*Each Gatorkey pouch holds up to approximately 4-5 keys depending on key size.

*Keep your home keys in one pouch and your work keys in another.

STYLES/COLOR

Specs: Pouch

3 3/4 x 2 x 1/8 inches

Manufacturing

Sewing house I have been working with.Sewing house I have been working with.
first sample...ahh...how far we have come.first sample…ahh…how far we have come.
  • I have found a manufacturer in NYC.
  • I have found a supplier of the hardware offshore.
  • I have secured a sewing house here in NYC to sew the Gator pouches together. I have been working with them for 4 months now on the design and function of the keychain. I feel confident that they will be able to meet quantity and quality of demand.
  • I have made several samples and have tested them to insure that they work as designed.
  • I have completed the design of the packaging that you will receive once the project is fully funded.

Fulfillment

I have setup an account with a fulfillment house in california that can ship items domestically and anywhere in the world.

sample custom packaging.sample custom packaging.

Schedule

    • May: kickstarter campaign
    • June: order materials/hardware
    • Mid July: production run
    • Late July: send to fulfillment warehouse
    • August: shipments begin

    I have done a lot of the leg work ahead of time to be ready if my project is lucky enough to be successfully funded. With the funds raised on Kickstarter, I will be able to do the first production run of GatorKey.

    The success of this project will depend heavily on your word of mouth and how the news spreads. Exposure on every blog and social networking post counts, so please share. Thank you for visiting my project page, and thank you in advance for your support.

  • http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1852435669/gatorkey-a-better-way-to-keychain-0

The GatorKey #KickStarter – A better way to keychain

8 May

 

When it comes to our keys…we still carry them the same old way…Time for that to change!!!

closed...closed…
open...open…
open both sides...open both sides…
insert keys...insert keys…
Gatorized!!!Gatorized!!!

Designed to be versatile in it’s simplicity. I have been working out the Idea for GatorKey for half a year now. I just wanted an easier way to organize and carry my keys instead of poking me in pocket and fumbling when I get to my door.

I have seen other more complicated and expensive options but they didn’t seem worth the trouble. I truly believe you will be as happy as I am with this innovative and stylish solution.

My goal is to get these into the hands of as many people as I can. I realize a lot of people don’t think about their keychains but if you think smart about it… you won’t have to think about it at all.

Q. Who would “GatorKey” appeal to?

A. Everyone that has a door with locks 🙂

Reasons to support GatorKey:

• Fits more comfortably in your pocket or purse and plays nice with your high tech gadgets

•A cool & compact way to store your keys

•Great gifting idea

•No more messy key chains

•Cool styles for everyone in the family

•Have more than one pouch on your gator key chain (ex. home, work, car)

•No more fumbling thru multiple keys in your front door (esp when you need to use the bathroom)

It makes a great companion to your slim wallet! (shouldn’t your keys lose weight too.)

•Great gift to give your girlfriend/boyfriend with keys in pouch to your apartment (we don’t recommend this huge leap till you know your ready)

•Use your “GatorKey” pouch for just about anything that your creative imagination will allow

•You will not only get great packaging once you receive your Gatorkey but you will also be a part of the Gator family 🙂

GatorKey (pouch) is made of :

*Premium quality elastic.

*3 buttons on one side for quick access to keys.

*Velcro on the other side for total access for mounting keys.

*Fits most key sizes and the high quality elastic compacts keys to fit easily in your pocket or purse.

*Each Gatorkey pouch holds up to approximately 4-5 keys depending on key size.

*Keep your home keys in one pouch and your work keys in another.

STYLES/COLOR

Specs: pouch

3 3/4 x 2 x 1/8 inches

Manufacturing

Sewing house I have been working with.Sewing house I have been working with.
first sample...my, how far we have come.first sample…my, how far we have come.
  • I have found a supplier for the premium elastic here in NYC
  • I have found a supplier of the hardware offshore.
  • I have secured a sewing house here in NYC to sew the Gator pouches together. I have been working with them for 4 months now on the design and function of the keychain. I feel confident that they will be able to meet quantity and quality of demand.
  • I have made several samples and have tested them to insure that they work as designed.
  • I have completed the design of the packaging that you will receive once the project is fully funded

Fulfillment

  • I have setup an account with a fulfillment house in california that can ship items domestically and anywhere in the world.
sample of custom packaging.sample of custom packaging.

Schedule

  • May: kickstarter campaign
  • June: order materials/hardware
  • Early July: production run
  • Mid July: send to fulfillment warehouse
  • End of July/Early August: shipments begin

I have done a lot of the leg work ahead of time to be ready if my project is lucky enough to be successfully funded. With the funds raised on Kickstarter, I will be able to do the first production run of GatorKey.

The success of this project will depend heavily on your word of mouth and how the news spreads. Exposure on every blog and social networking post counts, so please share. Thank you for visiting my project page, and thank you in advance for your support.

 

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1852435669/gatorkey-a-better-way-to-keychain

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1 May

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