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Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Talented Tuesday - CritterProject

I would like you to meet CritterProject and their Etsy shop: CritterProject

If you are looking for Cat toys and Dog toys and to help shelter cats and dogs! Then you will love the items at  CritterProject .
Let's get to know  CritterProject :

What would you like us to know about you?
We are friends who met several years ago at Busy Fingers, a sewing group at The Anti-Cruelty Society, in Chicago. We range in age from 35 to 70 and have diverse talents: Maliaka is an artist, Marsha is an accomplished seamstress and hand quilter, Monica specializes in cat toys and engineers the complex dog toys. Terry is our financial whiz and Lisa is our public “voice” for social media. Every toy we sell is designed and carefully handcrafted by one of us in Chicago.

The Anti-Cruelty Society's Busy Fingers sewing group makes toys, beds and bandannas for the cats and dogs housed at the shelter. Drawing on our animal shelter and sewing experience, we created Critter Project Inc., an independent, micro-nonprofit company. Our mission is twofold: first, to make innovative, fun, high quality toys your pets will love and second, to help enrich the lives of shelter cats and dogs.

Critter Project designs and makes toys for cats and dogs. We are an all volunteer, 501(c)(3) nonprofit and we give 100% of our profits to fund animal care efforts such as beds and toys for shelter cats and dogs. These enrichment items enhance the shelter animals' well-being and increases their chances of finding loving, forever homes.

What prompted you to open an Etsy Shop?
We ran out of personal funds to make and give enrichment items to animal shelters. Opening an Etsy shop provided a platform for a permanent monetarily self-sustaining project.

How did you come up with your shop name?
Critter Project is intended to be fun, playful and communicate that the shop is there to help pets. Sewing circle friends brainstormed and voted on words and word combinations until there was a clear winner.

How would you describe your shop?
Very high quality cat toys and dog toys that are creative, entertaining and inspired by our combined experience designing and sewing toys for shelter animals.
100% of our profits to fund animal care efforts such as beds and toys for shelter cats and dogs. These enrichment items enhance the shelter animals' well being and increase their chances of finding loving, forever homes.

What inspires you?
Watching our own pets and the shelter animals react to various toys.

Which item in your shop is your favorite to make/find?
The Flying Saucer dog toy and the Spider cat toy 
If you were shipwrecked on a desert island, what are the 3 crafty must haves?
Scissors, pipe-cleaners and some fleece fabric

Where else can we find you?

Is there anything else you would like to share? 
We are off to a good start! We’ve had 106 sales and 46 positive feedback since November of 2011.
Our favorite thing is when customers share photos of their pets playing with their new Critter Project toy.

Almost forgot! We have a new Eco line of dog and cat toys will out in June.

Thanks for helping us help the animals Teresa.

Thanks so much CritterProject.  It has been great getting to know you and discovering your shop and your lovely items.

Now please show CritterProject some support and let us know which of her pieces are your favorite from her shop! Oh...and go ahead and heart a few of her items along with her shop :)

Have a great week!

knitting yarns

1 comment:

  1. What cute items! And what a wonderful group! I love that they make items for pets, to help pets :)


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