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Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Stocking schedule for the rest of December

There is a lot going on at twinkie tush right now! :)  We are working on getting the little tush line ready to launch (this will be a variation on our older, smaller pattern and will be designed for the post-newborn to 25 lb range) and we are also working on developing our teenie tush pattern for newborn diapers!  Simultaneously, in line with our goal of continuing to increase production of our standard one size and night-night diapers, we have added a new team member!  We are thrilled to welcome Anne! :)  She joins Sara, Jackie, Jen, Mike and myself and is an awesome addition to team twinkie tush!

These changes are going to mean more diapers and more variety in the coming months, however they also mean some extra work right now.  With the Holidays approaching and Mike and I and the twinkies planning some travel and family time as well, we are needing to take a little time off from our normal stocking schedule.

Today there will be a regularly scheduled stocking, at 8pm EST.  Check out the listings here!  Next week, on the 21st, we are hoping to be able to do a light stocking and may include a couple of mini group custom slots as well! There will also be new ready to ship woolies and custom wool slots, as well as custom Hello Charlotte James slots! :)  More details on that stocking in the next few days.  Then we will take the 28th off.  We will return on January 4th, with a full stocking.  And in early 2012 you can expect to start seeing more diapers each week as we continue to increase production!

Thanks as always for your support! :) 

See you tonight at 8pm EST for this week's stocking!

Sunday, December 4, 2011

December's Group Custom info! :)

It's almost time for the December Group Custom slots to be offered. We are planning to post the entry thread on facebook next Sunday evening (12/11) between 8 and 9pm eastern.  (The thread will then be open for 5 minutes only.)

We ask that for this month you stick to a one group per person guideline, with a maximum of 2 groups per household. After the December GC slots are secured we will ask for feedback on that policy and evaluate how best to go forward.

Interested groups will enter using the same process used in September, October and November (please see here) with the newer addition of including the number of months your team has entered, including the current month. Your entries should look like these, in which the flying whizbees are entering for the first time in December and the skullies have entered in two previous months as well as in the current month:

The flying whizbees: 1 month. Kate, Megan B., Amanda, Karen, Jessica, Sarah, Melissa, Henrietta, Pamela, Megan Z.

The skullies: 3 months. Susan, Mike, Allegra, Sarah F., Sarah P., Bess

Also within the alloted time (5 minutes) you will need to send an email to twinkietush@gmail.com. The email subject must read something like “Group Custom Entry: Team Name (eg The flying whizbees)”. Your team name MUST be included in the subject line of the email. All group members must be cc'ed on this email.

The email must contain a link to a google spreadsheet or an attached Excel spreadsheet (please do not C&P in the body of the email) containing the following information for each group member:

1 - Full member name
2 - Member name as it appears in paypal account
3 - Member contact email
4 - Member paypal email
5 - serged or T&T preference.

If *any* of those elements are missing (no team name in subject, any info missing from the spreadsheet, missing team member cc's, etc.) your group will not be eligible to obtain the slot.

Once the entry time has expired, we will review all information and announce the eligible groups for December. We will then hold 2 drawings as follows:

Drawing 1: Every team that has entered for at least 3 months, including December, will be entered in this drawing.

- Each team in this drawing will receive one entry slot for each month they've entered. That means if you've entered for 3 months including the current month, your team is given 3 entries. So for example if there are 5 eligible teams for this drawing and they all have entered for 3 months, with the exception of teams Abby and Darkside who have each entered 4 times, the entry list would look like this:

1 - team Abby
2 - team Abby
3 - team Abby
4 - team Abby
5 - team Boyish stripes
6 - team Boyish stripes
7 - team Boyish stripes
8 - team Cat Lovers
9 - team Cat Lovers
10 - team Cat Lovers
11 - team Darkside
12 - team Darkside
13 - team Darkside
14 - team Darkside
15 - team Elliot
16 - team Elliot
17 - team Elliot

We will use random.org to draw the winning number.

Drawing 2: Every team who successfully submitted their information in full is entered in this drawing, with the winning team again being selected by random.org.

- For this drawing, all teams receive 1 entry slot regardless of the number of months they've entered, giving an equal chance to all who are enter whether they are brand new or have been entering for several months.

Please note that even an attempted entry counts when tallying your group's number of entries. In other words if your group got the email and FB comment in within the alloted time for a given month, it counts even if some info was missing and your group wasn't entered in the drawing(s).

It is also important to review the information below, which covers general Group Custom policies:

* If your group is selected you will then receive a confirmation email in response to the email you sent in. That email will contain a link to your group custom slot, which will be available for purchase at the store. You will have exactly 24 hours to purchase the slot. If a group fails to purchase the slot in time a new drawing will take place using the same list and a second winner will be drawn.

*Anyone from the group can email me, as long as they are willing and able to serve as group rep (the person who collects payments from other group members and communicates with me about velour preferences, etc.) The group rep is also responsible for forwarding information from me to the group as needed and assuring that the group is aware of payment deadlines, etc. Please do not email on behalf of your group unless you are willing to take on the group rep responsibility.

*All members of the group must be copied on the initial email so that I can reach individual members if needed.

*Once the spot is purchased it is reserved and you can send your fabric to me as quickly or slowly as you like! The listing will include the cost of the diapers but not the cost of shipping to each individual group member.

*After the group rep pays for the group listing, each individual group member will need to pay individually for their shipping cost. This is not something that needs to be done to reserve your spot but it will need to be done in order for me to ship you your diapers ;) This system is just to facilitate an easier and smoother shipping process on our end which means you getting your diapers more quickly :) After your slot is paid for I will send an email to the group or group rep with a link to a store listing where you can pay for shipping individually.

*After purchasing the slot, the group will send me (at the group's cost) adequate yardage (usually 3-5 yards) of the chosen print fabric and all diapers will be cut from that yardage. All other materials will of course be provided by me :) All velour and snaps will be uniform. I will work with the group on velour choice (contingent on availability) and snap colors will be chosen by me. Extra print fabric will be shipped back to a group member or members or donated for use by twinkie tush as decided by the group. Please note that the cost of mailing extra fabric will be added to shipping cost(s) and that will need to be determined before the shipping listings can be set up.

* Group size can range from 5-10 people. Each group member will choose between a serged or turned and topstitched diaper. I do not recommend serging with woven fabrics. The price for this SYOF order will be $33 + shipping per each diaper.

*All diapers will ship out to the group members 4-6 weeks after I receive the fabric (pending shipping payments of course).

Please let us know if you have any questions about this, and thanks so much! :)