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Getting My Fins!

$125 of $2,000 goal

Raised by 1 person in 58 months
I am raising funds to acquire a realistic silicone mermaid tail so I can visit children  as a real, live mermaid! I want to bring some magic into the lives of people wherever I go!

A small portion of the funds raised will be used to help purchase items to help me become a better mermaid performer, such as a monofin (bought, thanks to my first donation - shown below with a hand-sewn fabric tail!) and a swim pass to train as a professional swimming mermaid.

I'd love to use my image as a mermaid to bring awareness to ocean pollution, and help teach methods of reducing our waste and fun ways to reuse trash!


As someone who once went through the foster care system, I also want to bring some magic  to children in foster care, as well as to adopted children - and I don't think anything could be more magical than a real, live mermaid (except maybe a unicorn)!
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Some progress shots of Michelle's top! Both shells are attached now. Here also is a view of the "back-lacing" system I use on my tops - the netting will likely be replaced with another material, but the extra is handy right now for quick testing!

I have been sick the past month or so, and have been unable to make much progress. I'm feeling much better now, so back to work it is!
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The shells I'm currently sewing to Michelle's top! These look amazing!
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Photos of Michelle's custom mermaid top coming soon! I'm having a great time making this specially to match her tail :)
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Eco-friendly water bottle made from a re-used glass bottle, vintage buttons, and recycled sari silk!
Eco-friendly water bottle
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$125 of $2,000 goal

Raised by 1 person in 58 months
Created January 22, 2014
$5
Donor Package
A personal email, plus exclusive donors-only video and digital photos!
$10
Donor package +
Donor package and a video shout-out!
$15
Signed Photo
15 of 15 left
A signed photo of me in my mermaid tail, plus the perks of the "Donor Package +" level!
$20
Shell Pins Set
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A set of 6 handmade small shell hair pins, plus the perks of the "Donor Package +"!
$25
Mermaid Art
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A postcard-sized custom mermaid artwork by my "mertender", plus the "Donor Package +"!
$30
Scale Sandals
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A pair of 1-color crochet scale barefoot sandals to match your tail, plus the "Donor Package +" perks!
$35
Footwarmers 1
5 of 5 left
A pair of one-color crochet/knit scale footwarmers to match your tail, plus the "Donor Package +" perks!
$40
Footwarmers 2
5 of 5 left
A pair of 2-color scale footwarmers to match your tail, plus the "Donor Package +" perks!
$45
Footwarmers 3
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A pair of 3-color scale footwarmers to match your tail, plus the "Donor Package +" perks!
$50
Water Bottle
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An eco-friendly upcycled glass water bottle with a fishnet sleeve and strap made of recycled sari silk, plus "Donor Package +" perks!
$60
Jewelry Set
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Let me create a one-of a kind fantasy set for you! Includes a necklace and choice of earrings or bracelet, plus "Donor Package +" perks!
$75
Headdress
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Let me create a one-of-a-kind mermaid, elven, or fairy headdress for you! Includes signed photo and "Donor Package +" perks!
$125
Fantasy Top
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Let me make you a one-of-a-kind top! Mermaid, woodland elf, fairy... Vests for the boys available as well! Includes signed photo and "Donor Package +" perks!
$150
Large Artwork
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Mertender Kylan will design a large personal custom artwork or tattoo design in his unique style just for you! Includes signed photo and "Donor Package +"!
$200
Custom Hat
5 of 5 left
I will custom-design, create, and embellish a felted hat just for you! Includes signed photo and "Donor Package +" perks!
$300
Deluxe Donor
3 of 3 left
Choice of custom hat or top, plus Jewelry Set, Footwarmers 2, signed photo, and "Donor Package +"!
$700
Royal Package
1 of 1 left
Get it all! Custom hat, top, jewelry set, water bottle, footwarmers 2, large artwork by Kylan, shell pin set, signed photo, video dedication, "Donor Package +"!
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$125
Tia Michelle Pesando
57 months ago

Can you make a swimmable mermaid top? I saw your response to my intro on Mernetwork; bonne chance in getting your tail and becoming less jelly!

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