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It's been awhile since I've painted a plain ol' character miniature. I spent the better part of today working on her and I’m overall pleased with how she came out. I really want to double my skill level by the time Bones V is delivered and I’m proud of my progress! Slowly but surely figuring out how to do faces, this one looks pretty okay, though her right eye is funky.
Since this is my first form post, the picture is her next to my first miniature! It's about four years old and I keep it around the rest of my collection in a place of honor
Help a small bakeshop survive these COVID days....
Small Town Family Bake Shop at a Critical Point
Sweet Alfas Bake Shop & Kitchen has been serving the Elizabeth, Parker & Aurora communities for 3 years. Melissa & Luigi Casaretto’s journey began in 2012 as a fundraiser selling Peruvian Alfajores for their daughter’s dance event. It eventually flourished into a successful online cookie bakery. In 2017 they bought the kitchen they used to rent in Elizabeth, Colorado and Sweet Alfas was finally a brick and mortar shop.
In 2020, the Covid-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic started to take shape and as early as February we started to see our sales dipping. We improvised and started serving curbside and specialty meals to survive. Unfortunately it wasn’t enough to save the bake shop and kitchen after all. Our business survives primarily on our wholesale efforts and our biggest accounts had to cut their orders by 50%. After reviewing our options we had no choice but to temporarily close and halt our 5 person operation.
After mulling over what to do next, we decided we were not giving up without a fight. In order to raise funds we are opening our kitchen publicly to the world in the shape of a bakery and kitchen cookbook(as well as other unique perks we are offering). All of our secrets, techniques and ideas will now be available in your own home. With your help we can catch up on our lease, payroll, supplies and help navigate these new waters we are traveling through.
In 2019 our community stepped up and helped us fund a new mixer when we were struggling. While we appreciated the community effort and love our community we have always wanted to give back. So instead of asking for handouts, we are asking you to help us fund a 100 page cookbook with detailed recipes and photography.
What We Need & What You Get
By purchasing our cookbook you can help us catch up on our lease, payroll, supplies and help navigate these new waters we are traveling through with some expansion of our kitchen, bakery and staff.
You’ll notice we have some tiered packages. We are not only going to offer our cookbook, we are going to include shirts, hoodies, master class videos and gift cards.
Our goal is $20,000 which is what we were asking for from the SBA. At this time we’ve received very little confirmation from the SBA about our loan. So instead of asking for forgivable money, we want to fund a cookbook for our most loyal customers and supporters. We would rather earn it and show you some love back.
We have always wanted to make a cookbook and now this opportunity has forced our hand. So on the positive side, we see a win/win situation. We can provide something special globally and save our local bakery, maintain our wholesale accounts in Parker and Aurora, keep our employees and remain in Elizabeth, CO.
Many of our customers across the US can not try some of our more traditional baked goods because it’s expensive to ship them. So this gives everyone a chance to try our baked goods. They say restaurants don’t survive after a year of being in business. We’ve survived 3 years and were finally making the right strides. We’re gonna be here for a very long time and we may even continue pressing cookbooks in the future. Risks & Challenges
This will not be a short order(pun intended). We will have a long road ahead of us and we are still not in the clear from everything happening globally during this pandemic.
We will use the funds to catch up and reinvent ourselves(a 3rd time) in order to adjust to the "new normal" of Covid-19. We are hoping to add a fryer and overhead extinguishing system to provide some fried goods, donuts and churros. We will need to negotiate with debt collectors, property managers and our accounts. We will need to heavily market this cookbook and our bakery. Melissa and I both come from extremely competitive marketing and sales backgrounds in the tech industry. We are capable of overcoming these hurdles and getting Sweet Alfas back on the map. Other Ways You Can Help
We are all in a crisis, not just businesses. Many people are out of work, struggling to pay their bills. We understand and wish the best for you and your families. There are non-monetary ways to help us out.
Tell your siblings, parents, best friends and coworkers about this campaign. You can share our campaign on facebook and more using the Indiegogo share tools!
$25 Cookbook $50 "This is How We Roll" T-shirt + Cookbook $65 "This is How We Roll" Hoodie + Cookbook $75 Gift Card ($50 value) + Cookbook $150 Video Masterclass featuring Melissa, Luigi & Nadia + Cookbook
So what’s in the book?
Cinnamon Rolls Strawberry Rolls Blueberry Rolls Chocoholic Rolls Chai Spice Rolls Orange Cinnamon Rolls Pineapple Upside Down Rolls Chamomile Tangerine Rolls Lavender Honey Rolls Pistachio Marshmallow rolls
Sweet Breads & Muffins
Banana Bread Zucchini Bread Triple Chocolate Bread Lemon Poppyseed Bread Almond Cranberry Bread Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread Blueberry Muffins Chocolate Chip Muffins Cherry Walnut Muffins Chocolate Cream Cheese Muffins Cookies
Nadia's Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Iced Lemon Iced Double Chocolate Chip Snickerdoodle Chocolate Crinkles Chocolate Dipped Biscotti Alfajor Cookies(Alfas)
Confectioners or Coconut CinnamonSugar Gingerbread Alfas Chocolate Dipped White Chocolate Dipped Strawberry Chocolate Dipped Scones
Cinnamon CC Mixed Berry Blueberry Gingerbread Orange Cranberry Cakes
Chocolate Cake Carrot Cake Almond Raspberry Cake Lemon Cake
Chocolate Tart Vanilla Fruit Tart Coconut Cream Tart Lemon Tart Pecan Tart Pumpkin Tart
Traditional Cheesecake Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Strawberry Cheesecake Blueberry Cheesecake
Pumpkin Pie Pecan Pie Coconut Cream Pie Mixer Berry Pie Apple Crumb Pie Chocolate Peppermint Pie
Butter Croissants Almond Croissants Pain Au Chocolat(Chocolate Croissants)
Traditional Blueberry & Cheese Kouign Amann Chocolate Kouign Amann Breads
French Bread Ciabatta Bread Focaccia Bread Sourdough Bread Honey Wheat Bread Milk Bread Rolls Almond Cranberry Stollen
Beef Empanadas Breakfast Empanadas Blueberry Empanadas
Bacon, Egg & Cheese Gordita Italian Sausage, Egg & Cheese Gordita Chorizo, Egg & Cheese Gordita Breakfast Rosemary Potatoes
Lomo Sandwich Turkey Melt Pastrami Melt Turkey Mozzarella Pesto Panini Roast Beef & Cheddar Panini
Strawberry Spinach Salad w/ Poppyseed Vinaigrette Chef Salad w/ housemade Ranch dressing Greek Salad w/ housemade Greek Yogurt dressing Dressings, Sauces & Spreads
Sun Dried Tomato Spread Mama’s Pesto Missy’s Ranch Poppyseed Vinaigrette Hot Salsa Salsa De Cebolla Soups
Aguadito De Pollo Sopa a La Minuta Meatball Tortellini Baked Potato Soup Sides
Papa Rellena Papa Ala Huancaina Peruvian Causa Meals
Lomo Saltado Arroz Con Pollo Tallarines Verdes
Unfortunately, all rewards are physical/US Only right now.
Also, they've chosen 'Flexible funding', but since they're at 45% already, with 29 days left, they have a decent chance of making it.
I'm in it for $5(no perk pledge) because they make cookies...
If anybody here loves cavern terrain and missed DF's first cavern KS KS2, this spring/summer around June DF will have KS6. The theme of KS6 will be Return to the Caverns and should be great fun for those who took part in KS2 or those who are new to DF.
DF had this to say and showed the below teaser pics
We're doing for Caverns what Dungeon of Doom did for Dungeons. A whole new batch of fun pieces to enhance your existing collection, but also completely stand-alone.
Some of the key features:
New Core Shapes (diagonal wall, convex curves, 1" pieces, etc)
Elevation (with stuff that's impossible on graph paper...)
Negative Space pieces (and new Terrain Trays)
Flashy Pieces (Magnets & LEDs)
Large pieces (4x4 and larger)
EOE is proud to presents a Harlequin Miniatures Production - Classic Oldhammer Shadow Elves including Heroes, Assassins, Enchanters, Crossbowpersons, Siege Engines and scary Raptor Riders!
Great Designs for the discerning Collector and Roleplayer. These Shadow Elves will bring terror to all that face them in Battle, be they namby-pamby Humans, goody two shoed Elves or the weakling Dwarves. These fantastic Miniatures, originally released in 1990’s, are being remoulded to cast in lead-free pewter by the skillful (ish) hands of John Olsen and his wonderful staff. Please peruse the figures below...
With harsh features and a reputation to match Shadow Elves are a particularly nasty race who believe that they are the only true Elves. They do not see themselves as nasty or evil, their view is simply that it is the other races which have strayed from the correct path. A popular Shadow Elf saying which succinctly explains their philosophy is: “Those who allow others to pass will soon be left behind”. Suffice it to say that the Shadow Elves are continually pushing forward.
Shadow Elves despise humans and their ways and feel that the other Elven races are far too Human in their outlook, at times ignoring their Elven Heritage. (This is not true, in any sense of the word, but that doesn't stop the Shadow Elf from believing it). It is rumored that they cut the tips off the ears of Elves that they capture, “humanizing” their appearance to match their actions, but this is believed to be apocryphal. While it is true that there are subtle and not-so-subtle color variations in the skin tones of every race, there are none so stark as the difference between the Shadow Elves of the south and those who live in the northern regions. Southern clans have deep-red skin the color of molten lava and those of the North have blue skin and often have dark blue or purple hair. There is no clear reason for this Regional difference but it is believed to date back to the time of “The Time of the Seven Trials” during the First Age. No records exist which details what the Seven Trials were or how they could have changed them in this fashion, but cave drawings and pictographs deep in the Indegahn cave system, as yet undeciphered, may hold the key.
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