Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Alpaca Hats

Many thanks to all of you have been calling us about our new venture! We are having such a wonderful time and the weather here in Central Virginia has been just beautiful this week so we are definitely blessed!

I finally had a chance to mock up my Alpaca hats for our Indiegogo campaign so I thought I would take a minute today to post some pictures of them both.

They turned out really nice and they are so very soft and would make great gifts for the skier in your life!
These hats are hand knit by my sister or me in worsted weight natural un-dyed mill spun alpaca. The Men's hats come in gray or brown and the Women's hats come in natural white or gray! 

 Order yours today at Bringing Home the Herd!

Monday, October 22, 2012

Amanda Makepeace Art

We have now received 2 of the 6 commissioned watercolor art cards from Amanda Makepeace Art and we are so excited to see the other 4!

I made Amanda's acquaintance two years ago via an Internet friend from the UK through her own Indiegogo Campaign. She was raising money to fund the purchase of art supplies and I really connected with her! My own background in the fine arts still has me longing to be that person that can spend her days through creative pursuits and her story just felt right! As the saying goes, everyone is brought into your life for a reason!

The perk for the donation I chose was 12 months of original watercolor art cards (ACEO's), and since watercolor is my favorite painting medium it was really a no-brainer for me to offer my support! Those twelve months were just wonderful and for me it was like getting a present in the mail every month and I loved every single art card I received!

During that year, I discovered that Amanda is not your usual watercolor artist. She is also a published visual artist and writer from just outside Athens, Georgia and I do believe that her first real love is Sci-Fi! She is happily living the dream and my life is much richer having met her - if only via the internet!

Below is an example of Amanda's amazing digital art from her Sci-Fi Genre. This work can be purchased through Fine Art America's Website and is especially intriguing! Please be sure to take a look, because her work definitely offers something for everyone!

Dragon Egg

When I approached Amanda about this project, she enthusiastically agreed to be a part of our dream and she immediately hit the mark with her sketches on all 6 ACEO's! I am anxiously awaiting delivery of the remaining 4 watercolors and if the first two are any indication, we are in for a real treat! They are being offered through our Indirgogo Campaign for a donation of $75.00 and they will arrive, matted, framed and signed by Amanda and just in time to make the perfect gift for that special someone in your life!

And thanks to Amanda's kindness, she has allowed us the use of the Copyright for print purposes so we can offer these wonderful paintings as a set of beautiful note cards for a $20.00 donation - another fabulous gift idea or a lovely treat to yourself! You can find all items here: Bringing Home the Herd

Friday, October 19, 2012

A Howl-O-Ween Contest!

In support of our Indiegogo Campaign, “Bringing Home the Herd” The Bea’s Knees is giving away three gift certificates to our shop including free shipping! This contest will run through October 30 and the winner will be picked on Halloween so get the word out and win a chance to do some early holiday shopping on us!
Our Etsy Shop: http://www.etsy.com/shop/TheBeasKnees

The prizes*:

$250.00 Gift Certificate – Bring in $500 or more in referrals.

$125.00 Gift Certificate – Bring in $250 to $499 in referrals.

$75.00 Gift Certificate – Bring in $50 to $249 to referrals.

*All participants who refer $50 or more will receive a set of 4 of our original Alpaca watercolor note cards!
1 of 6 different scenes!
To qualify, you must “Like” our Facebook Page “The Bea’s Knees” and be a follower of this Blog: www.OldCedarKnollFarm.com.

Contest Dates: October 19 to October 30, 2012

The winner from each category will be announced on October 31, 2012 using Random.org.

How it Works:

Like and share our campaign, “Bringing Home the Herd” from our Indiedgogo Page:

The way the technology works is that if you or someone (say Fan A) clicks on one of the Share Tools (let's say the Twitter button in this case), then Fan A will be directed to Twitter with a pre-populated message that includes a link to our campaign page, i.e. "Help make it happen for [Campaign Title] on @indiegogo http://igg.me/p/11111?a=22222&i=twtr". As long as Fan A is logged into an Indiegogo account when they use any of the Share Tools, the link will also include a special ID (a=22222) that ties the tweet to Fan A. Then when someone (say Person B) who is reading Fan A's tweets clicks on the link in Fan A's tweet about your campaign, a few things will happen:

1.    Person B is taken to your campaign page and a "View" is registered on your Analytics tab in the Summary section

2.    A "referral" is registered on your Analytics tab in the Summary section

3.    The "referral" is attributed Fan A on your Analytics tab in the Campaign Stats section

If Person B ends up contributing to the campaign, then Fan A will be recognized as helping us bring in the amount that Person B contributed in the Campaigner Stats section.

At the end of the campaign, I'll be able to see which fan has gathered the most funds through their efforts, including their own donation.

Important Note: Fan A can only be tracked as a "Campaigner" in the Campaign Stats section if Fan A is logged into an Indiegogo account when they use any of the Share Tools on our campaign. Fan A can also copy and paste the campaign URL displaying in their browser's address bar, as long as they are copying the URL that displays when they are logged into their Indiegogo account they get the credit!

Good luck and please fell free to contact me should you have any questions!

Friday, October 12, 2012

It's Official!

We have launched our campaign to help us Bring Home the Herd and you can view it here:

Indiegogo is the leading global platform for crowdfunding where anyone can raise money for film, music, art, charity, small businesses, gaming, theater, and more. Through Indiegogo, you set the tone for your fundraising through your video and with the perks you will reward through your campaign.

We have tried to have something for everyone while keeping the Holiday shopping season in mind. What could be better than shopping a local small business while you support a great cause!

Our grandson with one of the cria!

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