1st April 2009 - Running away for the Orangutan Foundation?
I have made some new orangutans, but since I've been selling them almost as fast as I can make them, they have not all been up on my website. I'm just going to add some more to the Orangutan Crafts section; their names are Rodney and Figaro.
Just to warn you, Rodney. Figaro and Leafton will be the last orangutans at the current price of £8.99. After these the price per orangutan will be going up. I don't think I can sanely keep making them for this price; the quality and time spent making them is not comparable to the current price and each one is really a work of art in itself. I'm even wondering if the price fools people into thinking they're quickly made 100% moulded products that I can make many exact copies of.
By the way, here's Rodney...
... and here's Figaro!
As well as my current orangutans, I'm also just starting to make customised orangutans (the introduction price is £24.99 not including post and packaging). For this I can create you your very own personal orangutan; you can choose things like its sex, name, personality, eye, skin and fur colour, how it hangs (for example by two feet, by two hands, by one hand etc), its hairstyle, even if it has a flower in its hair. You can use past orangutans as references for proportions and colours, however I won't make exact replicas of them. For those loving the adoption certificates, story scrolls and mini cards don't worry, you get them too with your customised orangutan. I haven't put this info up on my shop pages yet, so I suppose the people that read my diary get the treat of being able to order one before most other people! If you fancy one, please email me at email@example.com. Also just a note, the customised orangutans will still be all my copyright, I don't think I need to mention that but I will just in case!
Hmm, what else has been going on? Someone is making something special for my conservation but I haven't got any photos yet, I'll keep exactly what it is a secret for now. The Orangutan Foundation should have an email from me asking about running for them in a fun run too. If I get to run then it looks like I'll be training for the orangutans again! Maybe if I get the last few pounds for my JW Goes Orange fund-raising and end up running in the fun run then I'll be running with bright orange hair.
Seeing as though it's April Fools Day I'll just mention - none of this entry is an April Fools joke, it's all totally serious. It's about half past nine at night anyway, so if I did try, I'd be the fool.
8th April 2009 - Where is Leafton?
I've ape-napped Leafton from my handicrafts page to do an experiment, but don't worry, no orangutan handicrafts were harmed during it, it's a nice experiment. When Leafton comes back he'll be a new ape.
19th April 2009 - The bad and the good
Poor little Arnold the orangutan... I received an email from BOS yesterday that the little guy from Orangutan Diary has sadly passed away after suffering from meningitis, despite BOS's best efforts. It really upset me but it's even sadder to think that many other orangutans die too, mainly because of man. Rest in Peace Arnold; Arnold was an orphan, so at least we can be a bit happy that he spent his last months being looked after by caring people instead of being a chained-up victim of the pet trade, like so many other orangutans are.
I'll get the other bad news out of the way quickly - I have a cold, and also have had no news from the fun run people yet (I had to contact them rather than go through Orangutan Foundation) BUT... I've been having a great time with family and friends during the Easter Holiday weekends, and have also made some more orangutan handicrafts in my spare time between working and trying to get rid of the cold. I think the best recipe for hearing sad things is to also hear and think about happy things, since that makes you realise that although upsetting things do happen in the world, many miracles and beautiful things happen too.
One of my friends took a photo of my new orangutans and has let me use it here. The orangutans are called Tilly, Jack, Spice and Honey. Honey has a home already but her friends are available in my shop along with Rodney. Remember that at least £5 from the selling of Rodney and £9 from each of the other orangutan handicrafts will go to fund the orangutan conservation trip I went on, and I'm also raising money for orangutan charities as part of my £2000 target.
Speaking of raising money for charities, I'd like to mention Becki Ellsmore's Fundraising Page. Becki is raising money to help Save the Rhino International, and is going to run the Flora London Marathon 2009 soon, so if you love rhinos too you can sponsor her. Good luck Becki!