Another good news story–the chickens are mostly staying in the barnyard and barn now!

Yesterday was unbelievable! I never imagined that my Kickstarter project would actually meet its funding goal yesterday! I am in shock! But not in so much shock that I can’t keep using a lot of exclamation points!!!

Please hang in with me and watch it until March 3. It will be funded officially on Saturday, March 3 at 11:37 a.m. EST. Pledges are not actually charged until then. Early on, a sizable pledge was cancelled, which has made me nervous ever since. And I do understand that life happens. (Maybe their plumbing broke!) Perhaps something significant happened in this person’s personal life to change their circumstances. (I didn’t recognize the name as one of my readers here, so it may have been someone browsing through on Kickstarter and they simply changed their mind. I don’t know.) In any case, it did make me aware of the fact that I could be funded, and then suddenly not funded, and the project won’t be entirely safe until 11:38 a.m. on March 3. (Some degree of over-funding would be a buffer against last-minute disaster.)

Meanwhile, I’m excited and optimistic!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I have my handy construction team, Matt and Dave, scheduled to come back to work on the studio starting the third week of March. I asked them to clear the decks and work straight through till they finish! It will be two weeks after the close of the project on March 3 before the funding is released to me, which is why I scheduled them to start the third week of March. Starting on March 3, I will be contacting each and every one of you to go over the rewards and your individual choices, and also to check the name you want used on my “studio angels” page on my website as well as on the studio wall. Also, some people have already indicated to me that they prefer to not be named, so I will be confirming that also before using anyone’s name anywhere.

THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!!! I am just still shocked and overwhelmed and excited beyond belief. The studio is going to happen!!!! You did it! I am amazed over and over at the incredible support that you give to me, in so many ways. I’m justawriter (and usually get more credit than I deserve). You are the ones who make this website and make this community. Thank you more than I can express.

I canNOT believe that happened yesterday!!!


  1. princessvanessa says:

    I let out a shreak when I read the word “funded”.
    I have been saying a prayer every day that you reach your pledged funding goal. You helped yourself get the monies for the studio project…your request was well-worded and the accompaning farm photos helped visualize all that the revamped studio would add to Sassafras Farm.

  2. Sonia says:


  3. Snapper119 says:

    Oh happy day! πŸ™‚

  4. lauren says:

    YES!!! So happy for you πŸ™‚

  5. kpbarnett says:

    :hug: Congratulations! I can’t wait to follow along with your new adventure.
    Karen B.

  6. KellyWalkerStudios says:

    We are all doing the happy dance here!!! So happy for you. Way to go girl!!!!! :snoopy:

  7. Diane says:

    Congrats to you!!! How exciting. πŸ™‚

  8. Goldenval says:

    I want to say CONGRATULATIONS again on THIS post. You know how much we all love you and your cozy little farm. I hope you end up with a lot more than you actually asked for…..just in case. LOL Big hugs.

  9. Julieanna says:

    Congrats!!!!! You just don’t know how many lives you touch. You have brightened my day many times. Can’t wait for 2013, that is my year for my retreat.!! :heart:

  10. twiggityNDgoats says:

    It will be so satisfying for you to see the old dark and dingy stuff come out of the studio and your brand new shiny commercial space appear in its place. Great job everyone!

  11. mermonster says:

    Bit late to the party…but Congrats!!!!

  12. rurification says:

    Doing the happy dance! I’ve been watching that percentage go up and up, biting my nails along with you. YAY!

  13. enjay says:

    YAY!!!!! We believe in you Suzanne. This was meant to be. And, you’re awesome!

  14. wildcat says:

    Congratulations!!! Can’t wait to see pics of the studio when everything is finished!!! :dancingmonster:

  15. 4jsMOM says:

    Suzanne, I don’t know anyone who is more deserving. I’m hoping people continue to donate until the cut-off time. A little extra money would be good to have for those problems that might arise when the work starts.

    Now you know, for sure, that you are LOVED!!!

  16. Peggy in KY says:

    I am so happy for you Suzanne. I wasn’t able to contribute, but knew you would not have trouble getting the funding. I hope you get over funded, so you have a bit of a cushion. Hugs!

  17. Flowerpower says:

    You go Suz!!!!!!! :happyflower:

  18. shirley T says:

    I,m giddy with excitment.~~ :bugeyed: I’m so happy for you. You DESERVE IT!!!!!

  19. Suzette says:

    I’m so happy to be a part of this exciting project. Can’t wait to see it happen right here on my screen!

  20. ibpallets (Sharon B.) says:

    I am tickled pink for you! I have been following the KS project and I’m doing the happy :snoopy: dance right now!

  21. pulsk1 says:

    Congratulations! I hope the studio is all you hope for and more.

  22. Seagazer says:

    :sheepjump: I’m so glad for you. πŸ˜€

    “The studio is going to happen!!!! You did it!”

    You, Suzanne, did it . . . and have been doing it all along.

  23. Hlhohnholz says:

    We ARE pretty awesome. πŸ˜‰ But we also know a good cause when we see it. I love your fearless approach to your dreams. I hope to be able to go after my dreams the same way. *hugs* Hooray!

  24. SuseM says:

    :snoopy: :sun: :happyflower: :snoopy:
    YAY! Congratulations!!!

  25. contentedcat says:

    Suzanne, I am so happy for you. I donated what I could in the hopes of selfishly using your kitchen studio in the future by attending some of your workshops!
    Congratulations – as you can see, even in the toughest times, people do come together for a good cause.

  26. outbackfarm says:

    Suzanne, I just went to the site and donated, I think? I logged in using Face Book and I never got any confirmation or anything. So not sure I did it right. Were there other steps? I was going to start a Kickstarter account and it was going to Amazon. Then I saw the FB sign in so went there. So please let me know if it worked. I guess we don’t pay til after March 3rd? Is that why I didn’t have to do any credit card stuff? Just checking. I so want to help. And I am SO excited for you too!!!!!!!!!!

  27. CarrieJ says:

    Huh. Looks like my husband will be showing up wearing an apron! BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!! I can’t wait to call him and tell him.

  28. EMarie says:

    :snoopy: :snoopy: :snoopy: I am SOOOOO excited for you!!!! Yes, exclamation marks are needed here. Hallelujah!!!! I pray you get seriously OVER-funded. :snoopy: :snoopy: :snoopy:

  29. stacylee says:

    You deserve it, Suzanne. Your work has brought so much happiness to everyone here, I am so glad we could do something nice for you! I love your new puppy!

  30. MissyinWV says:

    Yay! I can’t wait to take class. I am so happy for you. After a tough few month’s you deserve this!!!

  31. Rose H says:

    I’m so VERY delighted for you Suzanne :woof: If anyone deserved the funding it is you.
    :happyflower: :happyflower: :happyflower:

  32. Sheryl says:

    YAY!!! It’s gone up another three-hundred plus since I looked late last night! Suzanne, maybe you’ll be able to afford a big fancy chicken coop-some of them are pretty enough to make the neighbors green with envy πŸ˜€

  33. zshawn says:

    wonderful! wonderful news for you and us! born and raised in Roane Co. it will home be “home”

  34. thistlewoodmanor says:

    Wow, and I have been waiting for my tax refund to get here to see where I stand financially and haven’t even pledged yet! But, I got it today, figured out the bills I’m behind on, scheduled the puppies for their shots and their daddy to get neutered, ordered the computer my hubby wanted……and now I can give a donation! Woohoo! I do plan a trip to visit you someday soon to see how it all turned out.

  35. angiemay says:

    I am so excited for you!!! I have been anxiously watching the numbers daily. I have not been able to make my contribution yet, having to wait until 3/1, but I will definitely add a little cushion πŸ™‚ CONGRATS!!!!!

  36. Auntie Linda says:

    Excellent! I’m so happy for you. It was so close yesterday and I had my fingers crossed for you. Wishing you the best of luck with the construction phase. Looking forward to living the dream vicariously with you as you post the progress.

  37. SarahGrace says:

    :snoopy: :snoopy: :snoopy:

  38. Cousin Sheryl says:



  39. rileysmom says:

    I am sooo happy for you! I’ll love watching progress from afar…..I love construction!! :happyfeet:

  40. VictorianGirl says:

    Congratulations Suzanne!!! I’m so happy for you that your goal was reached. I only wish I lived closer so I would be able to attend one of your workshops. All the best wishes to you!

  41. outbackfarm says:

    Just checked my emails and nothing there yet. I’ll wait til later then if nothing I will go back and try again. It was just wierd to me to end up at Amazon.

  42. Chickenlady62 says:

    Yippey Skippy ! The amazon account goes to my husband’s email and last night he asked me ” DO I know a sassafrass farm? ( meaning him) I said no, but I do ..that is Suzanne… Then I had to proceed to explain who you “are” … I said “you know …the lady that has the goat named clover” Then it all clicked…..he “knew ” who clover was….I figured for all the laughs you have given me it was a little something I could do to repay YOU. So glad it all worked out.


  43. quinn says:

    What do you mean, you “never imagined it”??? Of COURSE you imagined it! And now it has happened! Congrats πŸ™‚

  44. Izzy says:

    Congratulations Suzanne!!! I’m so happy for you and I’m looking forward to watching the studio come to life.

  45. beforethedawn says:

    Yay!!!! I am so happy for you!! Hurry up March 3rd!

  46. dmcfarland says:

    “Outbackfarm” it will take you to Amazon, that’s where I paid with credit card and the email confirmation is immediate. I don’t know about Facebook, maybe that was a mis-direction. There will be two email messages. One for Kickstart and one from Amazon for confirmation. Good luck.

  47. Claudia W says:

    You have done so much for all of us. We love you and want to succeed! That is why you are funded…we also all believe in you!

  48. Claudia W says:

    and want YOU to succeed I mean! Silly me

  49. outbackfarm says:

    Finally did it! Takes me awhile.

  50. SanAntonioSue says:

    Squeeeeee!!!! So excited for you!!!!

  51. Andrea.tat says:

    WOOOO! This made my day when I first read it this morning at work!! So excited for you! :fairy:

  52. princessvanessa says:

    I can’t help myself from posting again…I am as excited about your studio being funded as it were my own project! I thought about it all day at work and I know I must have had a silly daydreaming grin on my face. I am overjoyed for you!!! As all the youngins’ are saying now-a-days, “Way to go girlfriend”!!!! Note all the exclamation marks!!!!!!!! :shimmy: :snoopy: :happyflower: :sun: :woof: :duck: :fairy:

  53. lavenderblue says:

    Hurrah! Here’s one person still planning on donating even though you are funded. It just seems like something has happened every week that I planned on sending my (very tiny) donation in. But man proposes, God disposes. Hoping to get it in within the eight days left.

  54. BuckeyeGirl says:

    I’m so happy to be here with all of the rest of you guys! L-Blue!!! All those ‘very tiny’ donations are NOT at ALL tiny when they get together with the rest of the other ‘tiny’ donations. They become HUGE when they’re gathered together with the rest of their friends! Watching all the donations add up to a wonderful outcome has made me so happy and encouraged me in a lot of ways.

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