Getting closer to my goal of $1600 for the GoFundMe campaign. Thank you all so much. There have been 20 donations so far! Please consider checking out the campaign. I’m offering some nice thank you gifts. This GoFundMe is to help me stock up on craft eyes for the holiday season so that I can fill all orders that come in.
You can read/watch a video on my GoFundMe about why I need to do this campaign. Basically some of my family members needed extra help from me over the past year, so now I don’t have the personal funds to put into my business. Plus summer is my slow season, so there wasn’t a lot of extra business income to buy stock. Kind of a perfect storm of sorts. Once I get through this month and pay for this stock, things should be back to normal again. Thank you for all your support. Sharing this campaign on your social media helps a lot too.
Please know that this is my last resort. Thank you for taking the time to check out my GoFundMe campaign. I am not asking for a handout. Each gift tier has a thank you gift.
Suncatcher Craft Eyes have been providing the arts and crafts community with craft eyes for over 10 years. I offer craft eyes in sizes 4.5mm up to 40mm with round pupils and 7.5mm up to 24mm for cat/reptile style eyes. Color styles include black, clear, opaque, shimmer, and translucent as well as sleepy eyes, pinwheels, stripes, and other designs.
These craft eyes are used in puppets, soft toys, dolls, bears, and amigurumi. I have the pleasure of working with incredible artists and crafters from around the world and have the honor of being a small part in their projects. My dream ever since I was little was to have a job where I could play with color all day, and it came true!
Thanks to my amazing customers, Suncatcher Craft Eyes is my full-time business with a large Facebook following.
While I am truly grateful for the growth of my business, it’s also a financial struggle this year to keep it growing. Let me explain why:
I try my best to keep every size of craft eyes in stock to meet every customer’s needs. In order to do that, I have to buy those sizes in advance. The down side of this is that they must be purchased by the thousands from the manufacturer. I can’t just by 20 pair of something.
That’s where things get tricky. There is only one manufacturer in another country. The exchange rate has gotten worse over the years, so that makes purchasing from them even more expensive.
In order to keep up with how much my business is growing and customer demand, I have to place larger orders with the manufacturer as well. Here is where I need your help.
Suncatcher Craft Eyes needs help raising $1600 in the next 2 weeks to pay for the next order of craft eyes to be stocked up for the holiday season. Right now I don’t know where this money is coming from because I’m helping support some family members right now and there isn’t enough of my own money to put more into the business.
The switch from slow season (spring and summer months) to busy season (fall and winter) is a huge adjustment. Sales at least double and more likely triple during this time. I need to have the stock on hand to be sure everyone receives the size of craft eyes they order.
I won’t say Suncatcher Craft Eyes will close if this Go Fund Me campaign isn’t successful, but it will be a real struggle to get through the holiday season. My business has stuck it out, supporting my family for the past 10 years. Once I am over this hurdle, I know that the future is bright for Suncatcher Craft Eyes, and hopefully I can provide my craft eyes to you for a very long time to come.
My son Andy entered Downeast Magazine’s photo contest. His photos are the first 3 in the photo gallery. Please check them out and vote if you like them. I’d love to see him win this. He has a lot of challenges in his life being autistic, so this would be a huge boost to his confidence. Thanks for your help!
This year is the 10th anniversary of Suncatcher Craft Eyes! Ten years ago I began selling Suncatcher Craft Eyes on Etsy, and a few years later the website was developed.
As a thank you for all your support over these last 10 years, I have created a coupon code for 20% off all orders.
Thank you all so much for your support through these last 10+ years. Every day I feel so grateful and blessed to be able to run this business and play with colors all day. It’s honestly a dream come true. As a little girl I wanted to grow up and color movie cells (before the age of digital films). This business comes pretty darn close to my dream. I couldn’t have come this far without all of you, my wonderful customers.
A little over 10 years ago, my business began on Etsy with crocheted hats and dolls and things. That led me to using craft eyes. I became bored with them very quickly and thought there should be more colorful choices, and that is when Suncatcher Craft Eyes was born.
Ten years later and here I am, working with incredible crafters and artists who amaze me every day with their creativity. I love seeing everyone’s different styles of crafting and the new patterns and projects you create.
Thank you for allowing me to be a tiny part of your projects. I look forward to many more years of working with you.