Stonecutter?

Hello friends! 

Part 1 - Molly is ready for the trip! 

All the details have been finalized and we feel confident she will do great! Like I had mentioned before, we didn't put much effort in the interior because we wanted to focus more on not breaking down rather than sleeping on over-priced designer sheets. 

My dad took his last test run trip to Arnold with his baby goat to camp out at her cabin. Arnold was another great test for Molly as it provided scorching temperatures of over 90 degrees. Could this trip bring out a hotty attitude out of her? Well, the good news is she didn't complain one bit about the heat and took it like a champ. 

 
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He took his kayak to Lake Alpine and both goats had a blast! Now dad can paddle around like a little duck in ponds and lakes, or wherever he goes. 

 
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And our friend, Angry Ale, came over to help expedite the process of installing the floor. She did a great job! Thank you so much! I hope she doesn't get mad we posted this picture! Don't think too much buddy!

 
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Final steps before departure!

 
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Part 2 - Molly sets way to Canada. Dad left me on his trip and I miss him already. In fact, the moment he cranked open old, rusty Molly,  I was in tears.  I don't know how long he will be gone for but I'll surely miss my pal. Nothing else matters in my life but him. 

 
 

The good thing is that he will text me about his adventure and I promised him I would be updating you guys with some of his experiences. His trip started slowly through tortoise county, but I'm sure it will gain speed quickly. 

Dad - "Linus, I didn't drive even 2 miles and Molly already needs gas!"

Note this - We spent almost $200 in less than 1hr! Incredible. Molly is expensive!! 

 
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You see, when dad took hands of old rusty Molly he didn't realize that most of his trip would be spending time at gas stations pumping fuel on the 35-gallon beast. At 13mpg, it was obvious most of his trip will be visiting national state gas stations rather than National State Parks. 

Me - "Dad it's ok. At least you can use the potty many times during your stops." 

Dad - "I guess. There is a silver lining to everything."

Dad drove through the Pacific Coast Highway capturing the beauty of all the sights. Great views to see as you drive through small towns and the beautiful nature. Most of the freeway is 55mph so Molly is expected to perform at her best. We wouldn't want her getting cranky! 

 
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He currently is living in his van in Seattle but soon to cross the border. Halfway there!

Interestingly enough, he mentioned another adventure he may be taking in December. Get this! His friend is going on a road trip to Argentina. Exciting! 

 
 

Until next time! 

Sincerely, Linus

July Already?

Hello Friends!

Dad - "Holy Macarooskies! July already!? 

Me - "Wowzers Dad! Where in the world were you? I haven't seen you in over 4 months since we first launched our product! I missed you so much!"

 
 

Dad had been missing in action for the past few months, and I was worried I'd never see him again. Initially, I wanted to pick up my Ipaw and dial 911 when he didn't come back to sleep on that cold and windy night. It was a long holiday weekend and gunshots were being blasted outside the house, a sure way that escalated my fear of losing him. I decided to hold back filing a missing persons police report because I'd figure this could be a great time for him to reflect in life wherever he was or whatever he was doing, assuming he hadn't disappeared from the face of the earth. But I yearned his hugs, his smile, and his playful attitude. Something I couldn't find anywhere else or in anyone else.

Luckily for me, I had my pal Moises to hang out with. 

 
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A few months later and dad finally showed up to the house. He looked pretty beat up with a distinctive smell and in a confused state of mind. He didn't want to share where he was but I can tell in his eyes he wanted to forget those memories very quickly. I only hoped he didn't do anything strange or ate funny things. He did mention eating a gummy, whatever that meant.

Dad - "Linus, I don't know where I was, to be honest. Possibly trapped inside a lie somewhere? Some wild beast overtaking my identity? Hypnotized by a natural high? The last thing I remember was going to a forest with my Moises's mom and now look at me, I've returned a different man. Coming back home to you is a great feeling and that's all that matters right now. What have I missed?"

I was happy to see him back. Ironically, I was back too from my own lost imagination.

Time sure flies!

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Over 4 months have gone by since our product launch and things have been going great! We haven't turned in the final proposal to Kaleid because we are still working on tiny modifications and new designs. We hope to get it done by the end of Summer after my dad's road trip.

Speaking of, Molly, on the other hand, shows no sign of stopping. We took a small drive to Big Sur to see what improvements she needs but it was smooth sailing for the most part. I was a bit afraid people would think bad things about us, however. As you know by now, the exterior doesn't seem inviting. People might think it was some kind of ex-prisoner transport van.

Certainly, as we zoomed pasts all the slow drivers, I could see their evil eyes gawking at us. I poked my head out the window to get some fresh air from the smelly interior the van came with but all the people staring at me made me very uncomfortable real quick.

 
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She finally decided to abide by the law and passed smog with flying colors. A lot of mechanical work is needed for her to be reliable for the trip. I was afraid of any 15yr old part deciding to become new during the trip. It was something that ran through my dad's tiny brain constantly and it would be a bummer for Molly to break down without any notice. We have been working hard to get her on the road ASAP.  

 
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After the mechanical issues get fixed, we will focus on the interior. 

Dad also needs Video 101  classes evidently.

 
 

At first, we wanted the interior to look "nice", but we'll leave it simple to keep cost down and have more money for dad to spend on the actual adventure. Some casharoo for rock climbing, snowboarding, kayaking, hot springs, and the usual tourist activities. More work to be done. 

 
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Lastly, noticed improvements in the quality of the pictures/videos?  Dad finally got his new phone. Although we wanted the Iphone X, we both agreed that it was too much on our wallet so we ended up switching to an android instead. Plus, we couldn't afford any more drama in our life, and with the batterygate scandal that happened recently, the Iphone was out of the picture.

Anyway, I hope to see you all next week!

Sincerely, Linus.

The Product

Hello All,

The unveiling of our product is here!

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                                                                                Prototype 1

                                                                               Prototype 1

 

The beginning. The breakdown. The end result.

When I first thought of creating a unique product that most of us have never seen, I had this romantic notion that it could be displayed at KALEID alongside other cool and distinctive art. Not having a clue what the requirements were on how to get my art displayed, I decided to tackle this challenge with enthusiasm anyway. I was always the type of pup that preferred to aim high and miss than to aim low and hit. Because of the many talented artists and creators, it will be difficult to get in; however, I am more than willing to come out head first against this challenge.

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Soon, I internally exploded with a crazier thought. I fantasized Starbucks purchasing my product and using it throughout their Bay Area stores. Unrealistic? You may think so, but my aspirations convey the opposite; you might as well shoot for the stars, right? Maybe one day, while you are waiting in line to order your executive coffee and Double-Smoked Bacon sandwich, you'll recognize it when you look down and live a vicarious thrill of my grand desire. Stay observant my friend. Woof Woof!

 
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The idea of crafting a versatile, easy-to-use, and eye-catching product stems from a long time ago when I was a puppy aimlessly wandering the shoddy streets of Downtown San Jose. During stormy seasons most streets get gross and messy, soaking my feet and turning them filthy with mud, tiny pebbles and dirt inside the crevices of my paws. Going from beautiful and clean to dangerous and dirty in a split second. I couldn't afford puppy paw shoes at that time, and because of this, I didn't want to get anyone's home dirty. Rubbing salt to the wound, whenever I got invited to movie nights with my friends, I had no other choice than to reject the invitation. Alone at my house, I would wonder if they chose my favorite movie that night, Good Will Hunting. I felt sad, upset and embarrassed. I wanted to go see about a girl.

Right after these moments, I wanted to create something different yet useful for every puppy in town to utilize in their home. Something to resonate with my style and personality, and a product that all my pup friends would be proud of.

Immediately, my idea was to turn something average into spectacular and to captivate those with the curious eye; to awe those who first saw it when they stepped their paw/foot in the door. Undoubtedly, a different product that we wouldn't see in any store, and most certainly not at your local Salvation Army (We hope it never makes it that way!).

I knew I wanted to use wood from the get-go.

Remember these wooden projects we made? Click to learn more.

  1. My Dream House
  2. The Christmas Table
  3. The Tree Bench 

After hours cozied up in my Snuggie reading useless oriental trading magazines, swiftly munching on carrots smeared with peanut butter while thinking hard inside the box, and sipping ginger tea watching a Pokemon series at 12:17am, I came up with the solution to keep your house a little cleaner and a little more special. Eliminating one more headache by killing 2 stones with 1 bird.    *No animals were harmed during target practice

Bim Bam Wackity Boom!

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                                                                                                       Prototype 1

                                                                                                      Prototype 1

 

The only versatile decorative mat your furry animals will ever need.

You see, this isn't your regular rubber ducky plasticky fiber mat you find everywhere. This mat has character, charm, and handsomeness all over it. If it had a heartbeat, I would make it my (b)itch!

TIMEOUT! - For 1st timers, if you are incredibly confused who is writing please click here immediately  ----------------------->  I am Prince Linus

AND it doesn't stop here!

We built one for my human friends to place in their lovely homes too. And let's get something straight here. Although it can be used anywhere inside or outside your living space, this mat originally was designed to be placed in the smack entrance to your exquisite home and welcoming guest by saying, "Look at me, I am different and I am proud of it."

 
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Frankly, this decorative mat wasn't created to be picking up dust on the shelves at your local Target, World Cost Plus and no less, Ross. I like Ross by the way. It's where I usually find toys for a banging good deal. This mat needs to be in your shopping cart while you smile ear-to-ear knowing you are about to purchase something only a few wish they could have. Almost like embarking on a once-in-a-lifetime journey with your dream date to your wild, unimaginable self-made utopia. Privileged? I think so. 

 
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                                                             Prototype Numero 2

                                                            Prototype Numero 2

The larger mats are finished by adding 8mm wooden beads at the ends. 6mm wooden beads are added for the smaller mats. We believe the size of the beads is a perfect match for the mat sizes. Just like the matches you get on those apps swiping right (Don't act like you don't know what I'm talking about!). Except, these beads are natural and look authentic, unlike those who alter their photos and when you meet them in person, it's almost like you met their 1st cousin. Even worst, their 2nd cousin. Could your night get any better? Best of luck.

 
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You can also choose not to add beads at the end.

Two important things to take notice:

1 - Our product is different. We have yet to see anything similar to it and that is partly a reason it is unique. You see, we don't want to glue, put a price and sell (Nothing wrong with that). We want to put something together by hand with lots of love, representing who we are. It's unique in almost every way. 

2 - It's easy to manipulate, easy to store and easy to clean up. This decorative mat is so versatile you can use it in many ways.

                                                                 Prototype Numero 2

                                                                Prototype Numero 2

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Our Etsy shop will be open sometime soon for those interested buying from the Etsy platform. Hopefully, this will help us navigate through the millions of ever-changing infinite web markets. Like anything in my life, we will need a vast amount of time, prayers and patience to call this a success. 

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Lastly, share this post with your friends, with your family, bf's, gf's, ex-bf's, ex-gf's, your pets, your neighbors, your co-workers, the gardener, the pool boy/girl, the librarian, the train conductor, the priest, the bouncer, the bartender, your classmates, your teacher, your gym buddy, your computer, yourself, etc. I think you get the point. 

 
                                                                        Prototype Numero 2

                                                                       Prototype Numero 2

 

All kidding aside(sort of), don't be shy and share yours on Instagram and don't forget to tag us! @PrinceLinus15

Thank you so much for your patience and stay tuned for some updates on Molly, more product ideas and our final few months in San Jose.

Until next time!

Sincerely, Linus