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Cats in Things

Created by Lorebird

Preorder store for the Cats in Things Kickstarter campaign. Missed the campaign? There's still time to get in on the pins!

Latest Updates from Our Project:

Surveys Locking in 3 Days
about 1 month ago – Wed, Aug 24, 2022 at 04:54:00 AM

Hi all,

I'm just reminding everyone that the Backerkit surveys will be locking in 3 days. This means that your reward selections will be locked and your card will be charged for any add-ons you purchased on Backerkit. Until the lock date, you can still make changes to your survey, so it may be a good time to check that your order is accurate!

Addresses are not locking yet. You will be able to edit your address freely until fulfillment starts, so no need to worry about that part yet.

Late surveys will be accepted after lock date. However, you will not be able to edit any surveys after the lock date, so if you send yours in late, it will not be open for editing. Your address will be open to edit until fulfillment begins.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to message me anytime. I'm keeping a close eye on my Kickstarter messages!

Thanks,

Anni

Production Begins & Survey Reminder
about 1 month ago – Fri, Aug 19, 2022 at 08:29:07 AM

Hello again, everyone!

The surveys are now 85% complete and Kickstarter has finished processing pledges and sent the money to me. As such, I am happy to let you all know that we're moving into the production phase of the project! If everything goes right, I'll have all of your rewards on hand in about 3-5 weeks from now and can begin the quality check and shipping phase. Until then, it'll mostly be a waiting game. In the meanwhile, those of you who haven't completed your survey yet or would like to make some changes to your selections still have time to do so before orders lock on August 26th. Late surveys will also be accepted, but they can't be edited past that deadline. If anyone has not received their survey yet, please let me know ASAP.

That's it for the important stuff! I'd like to take this chance to share some of the survey results, because I personally find this kind of thing fascinating! If you're also curious, feel free to read on. If not, I'll see you in the next update!

Top 3 pins chosen by backers:

1. Crafty Cat 

2. Laundry Cat and Travel Cat (tied)

3. Gardener Cat and Shipping Cat (tied)

Top 3 stickers chosen by backers:

1. Gardener Cat

2. Grocery Cat and Crafty Cat (tied)

3. Shipping Cat

I was really surprised to find that while the top pins and stickers feature mostly the same designs, they're in a completely different order. Travel Cat, despite being in the top 2 of pin choices, is actually the least popular sticker design. Meanwhile on the charm side of things, Grocery Cat and Shipping Cat are by far the least popular, despite being favorites in both stickers and pins. It's really interesting to see how the different reward types each have different favorites and least favorites!

For the charms, the three cats in a bag are easily the most popular, with red tabby and grey tabby having double the orders of any other charm, and the black cat just barely beaten out of the top 3 by the white kitten in a boot. Seeing the two top choices really warms my heart, too, since the red tabby is modeled on my own cat, and the gray tabby on his father, who is my parents' cat!

For add-ons, stickers are by far the most popular, with pins coming in at a distant second and charms following closely behind pins. 

Overall, I'm just incredibly grateful and happy for all the support you've all given this project, as these designs are are all dear to me. I've been planning this kickstarter for a long time, and to see it be such a success has been amazing. I really could not have done any of this without your help.

I will be keeping everyone up to date as the project continues, and I'm very excited to start receiving the finished products in a couple of weeks. I'll see if I can get some in-progress pictures from the manufacturers to send you all in the meanwhile. 

As always, huge thanks to you all! Until next time!

- Anni

Surveys going out!
about 2 months ago – Sat, Aug 06, 2022 at 03:54:56 PM

This post is for backers only. Please visit Kickstarter.com and log in to read.

The Campaign is Done! What's Next?
2 months ago – Wed, Jul 27, 2022 at 04:36:48 PM

Hi all!

First of all, I want to extend my biggest thanks to you all for the success of this campaign. Not only did we reach all stretch goals and fully fund the project, but also blew past all the goals I had set. None of it would have been possible without you, and I'm deeply grateful that you all believe in the project and are helping me take it from just an idea to real, physical pins! I can't wait to see them in real life soon and send them off to you all.

What Comes Next?

  • Within the next week or so, you will receive a survey link to choose your rewards based on what you chose when backing. This will let me know the quantities to order to get everyone their chosen rewards. The survey will be open for multiple weeks, but the sooner you fill it out, the sooner we can get to the next step of the process.
  • Kickstarter will take about 14 days to collect and process funds before sending them to me. Once those funds arrive, I can get manufacturing started.
  • Manufacturing and shipping should take around 3-4 weeks. However, the pandemic has made global shipping unpredictable, so this is the step where most delays are likely to happen. I have my fingers crossed for smooth manufacturing and shipping, but should any delays come up, I will, of course, let you all know as soon as possible.
  • After I receive the pins, charms, and stickers, I'll put everything through a quality check before packing and shipping your orders to you! With the amount of pins we'll have for this campaign, it'll likely take me a week or two to complete this step.
  • Finally, once the quality check is done and the pins are all packed and shipped, they will soon be in your hands in their new homes!

If you have any questions about this process, please don't hesitate to ask! For each step, I will also be sending out a new update so you all know exactly what's going on with the project and what the next steps are going to be.

Once again, I want to thank you for your overwhelming support for the project. I genuinely could not have done this without your help. From the bottom of my heart, thank you!

- Anni

Final week! Final stretch goal & design adjustments
2 months ago – Wed, Jul 20, 2022 at 02:37:17 AM

Hi all!

We're in the final week of the campaign and so close to unlocking the final stretch goal! As such, I think it's time I show you what the final stretch goal pin looks like. The final cat is... wait, that's not a cat at all!

Raccoon?

The final pin in the series may not be a cat, but this trash connoisseur will gladly help you take out the garbage or hang around for a movie night. The raccoon pin will unlock in less than $40, so I'm hoping we can break the $3000 threshold and get the whole gang manufactured! 

Also, I've done some slight adjustments to the crafty cat and laundry cat pins to balance them better. The main campaign page will now show the new designs, but just so you all can see what exactly I changed, here are the changes:

Design changes to the crafty and laundry cat pins
Old designs on the left, new ones on the right!

As you can see, the changes are pretty minor, but should improve the look of the physical pins once they're manufactured. If you have any questions about these changes, please let me know!

As always, thank you for your support, and I hope everyone is staying cool and safe amidst the heat waves!

- Anni