First of all, I want to say a big THANK YOU to everyone who has purchased this year's QSMASB calendar. A lot of sales were made during Lulu.com's big promo and that has helped a great deal, but, sadly, this year's total sales are still far, far below last year's. Now I know much of that is my fault. I haven't been able to push and promote and ask people to spread the word as much as I could last year, so I'd like to try one more thing and maybe get your feedback on some of the details.
The S.O. of one of the models tried to order seven calendars to show off her nekkid man to all their friends, but oops, she ordered 2012 instead of 2013. Lulu.com was awesome and replaced the calendars for her, but didn't want her to return the 2012s, so she sent them to me in the hopes that I could do something with them. I thought about auctioning them off and asked my Facebook hive what I could include with them to sweeten the pot. So, based on their suggestions and my own ideas and a generous donation from the always awesome Sam Hunter, here's what I have to offer:
Each 2012 calendar will be autographed by me (yeah, I know - big whoop, but people kept suggesting it so there it is). One calendar will be offered with this:
And one with this:
And another with these:
One calendar will be paired with this set of 21 buttons from the incomparable Sam Hunter (my favorites are "sewinatrix" and "rhymes with stitch!"):
The amazing, intrepid, and always fan-fucking-tastic Sam has also donated EVERY SINGLE ONE OF HER PATTERN COLLECTION. EVERY. ONE. Including Blanket Statement, her incredible paper-pieced alphabet that also includes a CD of all the letters. See why I always talk about Sam in superlatives?
But that makes 5 and I have seven calendars. So, for the last two, I will add this: I will embroider a curse word of the winner's choosing on a 10X10 square of white Moda fabric. Of course, that would have a lot more impact if I had a finished example to show you but, just work with this for now:
I'll even add flowers and shit to make it pretty! Now, these will take a while, so you have to be willing to wait a month or two to get it, but I'll do my best to make it worth it.
So, here's what I'm thinking: I'll put each item up as a separate post, but I'll put them all up on one day. I'll leave the auction open for several days, and in that time you can bid on what you want by leaving a comment with the amount of your bid. I'll have comment moderation turned on, so I'll see your comments but no one else will. A couple times each day, I'll update the item's post with the current highest bid so you can bid again if you want. Once bidding has closed, I'll announce the winners for each.
Does that sound reasonable? I'd like to do this here rather than on eBay, so this seemed like a good way to go about it. Leaving it up for several days gives lots of people a chance to bid whenever and maybe no one will yell at me. And I also won't have to give a bunch of the proceeds to eBay in fees.
And second question: before or after Christmas? I know this is a rough time of year financially for lots of people so maybe this is the kind of thing you'd want to do after Christmas. I mean it is a 2012 calendar, so it's not like you HAVE to get it before January.
So, please let me know what you think and I'll let you know in a day or two how I've decided to go forward.