It's very weird to be thinking about calendars in August but believe it of not, in giftware circles, i'm behind the game. Luckily for a small business like mine there's still enough time to get it all illustrated and printed before Christmas.
To build on the success of last years seasonal food calendar I have teamed up with a friend and fantastic cook Bronwyn Mason (you might also know her as R.W. Scissors) to create a seasonal calendar-cum-recipe collection. Unlike most calendars, this one carries on having a purpose once the year is done. Simply tear along the perforation to remove the dates, and you are left with an illustrated cookbook and guide to season produce. Even the torn-off dates have a second use as a shopping list for the ingredients used.
Bronwyn and I are both taking a bit of a leap of faith as we don't yet have the funds to produce the calendar. That's where New Zealand 'crowdfunding' site PledgeMe comes in. We're aiming to raise $1,500 to get a run of 100 of these calendars professionally printed to the highest quality on 100% recycled paper.
I am running this PledgeMe as a pre order and there are some great rewards up for grabs. Here's a wee gander of the rewards list:
$5 - One illustrated recipe emailed to you with a thank you message.
$10 - Three printable, illustrated recipes emailed to you with a personal thank you message.
$20 - A 297mm x 210mm Seasons’ Eatings signed artist print, recipe card and handwritten thank you note.
$25 - Screen printed fruit and veg tote... design to be finalised but based on the style of illustration used through out the calendar.
$30 - Seasons' Eatings calendar/cookbook, including free shipping within New Zealand
$45 - calendar and tote bag combination
$50 - Two Seasons' Eatings calendars
$80 - Two Seasons' Eatings calendars and two tote bags
$120 - Seasons' Eatings calendar, but also an original illustration (in the same style as the calendar) of any recipe of your choosing: from a family favourite to a cookbook classic.
$290 - Seasons' Eatings calendar and tote, and you also get the hand-illustrated recipe of your choosing. On top of this, you will be sent (by courier, anywhere in New Zealand) a lovingly homemade, decorated Christmas cake, carefully packaged in a hand-illustrated box.
$450 - Seasons' Eatings calendar and tote. Plus your own world famous Dear Colleen ‘Dishes’ tea towel designed and printed just for you. Your choice of up to 5 people - from hollywood stars to sports men to yourself. You'll get 3 tea towels plus you can have more printed at request at a cost of $12 each.
My PledgeMe will be up for 19 day. Some further rewards may be announced if the funding goals reach their targets. Thank you so much for your continued support.