You guys, omg. I said I wouldn’t wait forever to do another post, and here we are… a month and a half later. UGH! I love and hate summer at the same time, because it’s just SO dang busy!!!
That magical wedding I talked about in my last post (My sisters wedding!!!) – it has come and gone, and hooooolyyyy crap it was absolutely perfect. She looked like the most beautiful princess and it really was a glorious day! So happy for her and her new hubs!
Note her right wrist… proudly rockin a #muttmala!
I know this post isn’t supposed to be about the wedding, but how could I not include it ? Look how great everyone looks!! 🙂
ANYWAY… on to the #muttmalas!
This is honestly so exciting! Incase you missed it, or you’re not familiar with what Mutt Malas is all about, you can check out the story behind it here!
So MuttMalas was created last June, just over a year ago…. and it started as my passion project. I just wanted to raise as much money as I could for rescue animals. I know that mala beads are popular right now, and I’m really interested in their healing properties, what they’re all about, and I just really love the creative outlet! Honestly though, when I started the #muttmalas page, I kinda thought I would get some orders from friends and family, and that would be it!
The thing that I thought would make me stand apart from all the other pages that sell malas, is that I don’t keep ANY profits at all. I cover the cost of my materials, and I donate the rest. I price accordingly to ensure I am donating $10 from EVERY bracelet and $20 from every necklace! 100% of the proceeds donated!
I was absolutely overwhelmed with support. Seriously. Honourable mentions must go out to my BC #fitfam who always seemed to be the first to support whatever crazy idea I had. They purchased so many of the bracelets right outta the gate and I am beyond grateful for their purchases, but also for their sharing! They took tons of pics, used the hashtag and spread the word about my little passion project. (Byron, this means you! haha)
I’ve donated a lot to Tierra De Animales in Cancun (where our little meximutt Pedro came from), as well as Lost Dog Foundation (also focusing on mexican street dogs). I’ve also donated to HugaBull (in BC), and Emmas Dog Rescue (GTA, Ontario).
I am SO stoked to share that in the last year, I’ve donated just about $4000 from the #muttmalas bracelet and necklace sales!!! AHHHH It’s so amazing!!!! And to be honest, I’ve sort of taken my foot off the pedal promoting in the last few months because I was just so busy with other things. I was still blessed enough to have some orders trickling in here and there… but I am so excited to see what I can do now that the following is growing and I’m ready to dedicate more time to them again come fall!!!
I’ve actually had to turn a couple small businesses here in Niagara Falls away. They wanted to carry them but I didn’t have enough pre made stock ready to go for them to have! I have been doing mainly custom orders over the last 6 months or so as those seem to be most popular! People wanted to create their own… and I love that! But I’m so pumped on trying to grow this page and spread the #muttmala love!!
I’ve done orders for so many different occasions!
Custom order for bride/bridesmaids (These ones are from my sis’ wedding, but I have done others as well!)
Some parent/child pairs! (these are actually father/child pairs which are so freakin adorbs!)
Tons and tons of custom orders
And even some mala making for minis!
And of course I have my own collection! I may have a problem… haha
My dad made me this awesome shelf/mala holder to hold all my creations! I was running out of room!! How cute and functional is it!?!?!
I am going to do my best to get better and more diligent taking pics of all my creations… posting on the #muttmalas pages more often (especially facebook, that one has been super neglected) and I am going to do everything I can to keep this little project growing!
Recently, I’ve had orders from all over… all different parts of Canada and the US, New Zealand, AND I sent my first shipment to Australia last month!! WOOOO!!!! They’re EVERYWHERE!
These little babies make awesome gifts because they not only can be customized to fit healing needs of the person you’re giving it to, but it’s for a good cause!!
Anyway… just wanted to share a 1 year (plus a couple months) update, and say THANK YOU! Thank you so much for the support on this project and for having great taste and big hearts! I honestly feel so blessed this has taken off the way it has, and I can’t wait to see what the next year has in store!
OH … lastly… the giveaway! haha DUH! 🙂
As a thank you for all the support over the last year, I’m going to give away a #muttmala bracelet, custom order to one winner AND a friend!
– comment on the post and let me know what stones are your fave/what you would want it made with
– tag a friend you think would love #muttmalas and the cause
* for extra entries, share the post!!
– I will draw a winner on Friday at 5pmEST
THANK YOU for your shares of #muttmalas… They could help save a little fur babes life!