We are branching out and trying new things. As of this passed Christmas we are getting into Craft Fairs as a way to extend out reach to the public.
This week, I am pleased to say, we have a craft fair in Montreal, near Rosemont metro.
The Fair is at 5945 Rue Cartier, Montreal, Qc, H2G 1S7.
From 11am until 6pm, Saturday May 28th, and Sunday May 29th.
We will be selling Chocolate Covered Marshmallows, Chocolate Dipped Pretzels, Chocolate Bark, Star Wars Chocolate and of course our popular Bon Bons in Boxes of 4, 6 and 12.
I would love to see my fans there. <3
Ok, you know how sometimes you watch a movie or a TV show where someone is following their dreams, and you think to yourself "I could do that. I'd love to do that."?
Well maybe you haven't, but I have.
In the 90's while I was in high school, I went to the movies, and saw Chocolat. I loved watching Juliet Binoche grind those cocoa beans into powder, and mix up the chocolate. I loved seeing how happy she was doing it. I remember thinking to myself "That would make me happy, I could really love my job if I did that". And again, after Culinary school, I thought maybe I could go and take some chocolate courses, if I could only make it to Toronto.
Years after that, I saw this movie Simply Irresistible, with Sarah Michelle Gellar. The fact that she was a Pastry Chef, and managed to make people feel her feelings when she made her delicious confections, brought something out in me. I wanted people to feel happy when they ate my desserts. I wanted them to feel elated, and joyous.
It wasn't until I started this chocolate business that I realized these movies, and the aspirations they brought out were always tucked away in the back of my mind.
Now when I make my confections, I think of how happy my customers are going to be. When I create a new flavour, there's usually someone in mind who I know is SO going to love it. It makes me smile. In fact, I always listen to calming or happy music while I work on my chocolates, because after watching Simply Irresistible, I think that my mood could somehow alter the taste of the chocolate. And I want my customers to feel joy when they eat my chocolate. Silly? Sure. Unrealistic? Definitly. But it makes me feel a little better when I'm in the kitchen, working away, a little frazzled, but happy.
I can hardly believe that this is real. Did I really only start this 4 months ago? Am I really doing this well?
Someone should pinch me. lol
This is really a dream come true for me. One that I have always had in the very back of my mind, and one that I had always hoped would happen.
I am so unbelievably happy. =)
This is my life, I earned it, and I deserve every minute of it.
"Kickstarter is a vibrant community of people working together to bring new things to life.
Friends, fans, and inspired strangers have pledged $1 billion to projects on Kickstarter, funding everything from homemade postcards to Oscar-winning documentaries.
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All-or-nothing funding works.All-or-nothing funding protects creators from being stuck with a fraction of the funds they need and an audience expecting fully funded results. By minimizing risk, it also makes backers more likely to pledge. Incredibly, nearly half of all projects on Kickstarter have been successfully funded (68,430 so far!). No other funding method comes close."
-Taken directly from the Kickstarter Website
Basically to me Kickstarter is a platform to help fund raise for your career, project, art or whatever.
I've been asked why I don't just give rewards as the same price as the chocolates I charge on my page.
The answer is this, it's not a webpage to sell my items. It's a fundraiser. You're getting a reward because you pledged something to help me build my business. If I gave the exact cost of the chocolates, I may as well just sell them outright, and then I won't be making any money to buy the things I need. PLUS shipping and boxes are included in the funding, so you don't pay for shipping, even if you are in China. I have to pay that extra $30 shipping on your $10 worth of chocolate. That's your deal. You get to help me move forward in my business, get a sample of my chocolates, and the knowledge that you made a difference.
When you donate to Red Cross, they don't give you a Tshirt for your donation, nor do they "up" the rewards the more you give.
Kickstarter gives you something for your kindness. I've seen some say they will just "thank you on their webpage", and they still got their full funding.
It may look like I'm asking for a lot with the $4,000 but I've carefully calculated the cost of the things I needed, the cost of the chocolate I'll need to buy to complete the orders, the cost of the boxes, and the cost of the shipping into my goal.
I wasn't acting unreasonable. I took days to figure this out. I need a few more moulds so that each flavour has it's own distinct look. Even if 2 chocolates share the same mould, they can look different with some garnish on top. But I can't make 20 different flavours with 3 moulds.
I work very hard, at my own expense to make samples to give out so that people know how delicious my chocolates are. I could have made hundreds of dollars in the amount I have given away. Although some people see kickstarter as a scam, because they could get more chocolates by buying them outright. They are not the target audience of Kickstarter. It really is meant as a platform for you to help someone's dreams become a reality.
Ok, so for the good news, I am very close to my goal I am $665 from that goal, and I have 6 days left.
So please, take a look, donate something, it can't hurt.