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Should I Buy A Staple Gun?

In fear that perhaps our brain waves had stunned Contractor Steve into not even being able to process thought, we tracked him down by phone this weekend to ask how those numbers were going.  I should fully front that by “we”, I really mean “Jeanne” because I a) am a texter, not a talker, and b) she can request information without sounding as nearly as desperate as I do.

So, she got him on the phone.  And Steve, oh Steve, did you not hear us all pleading with you to not be super expensive?  In his defense, he said this:  he is waiting for some bids to come back but that it appeared our needs and wants equaled around $20,000.


I know.

Can we go back to the original IT IS A 1000 SQUARE FOOT RECTANGLE concept?  Sensing Jeanne was about to either have a heart attack or get super shouty, Steve then said that it might be possible for $13,000 or $14,000 as well, depending on bids…he will know on Tuesday.

Huh.  I’m still sort of overwhelmed because we didn’t even ask for anything fancy!  For those of you who know us in real life, we exercised some major restraint on our wish list.  (Sweet walls of reclaimed wood, you were never meant to be ours.)  But sadly, we do need a ton of 220 outlets and heating and air ducts.  We should have a full cost breakdown tomorrow so we can see what the heck is costing so much and then I fear some sort of Sophie’s Choice of what we can have and what we can’t.  Or likely knowing us, I envision us hanging from ladders and working on our own walls over Thanksgiving (hello, reclaimed wood, we are back together!).

Can we all just lay our heads down for a moment and think “LESS THAN $13,000” and direct that to our boy, Steve?  Thanks.

In other items of interest…

1) The Thanksgiving link is open and taking orders:  http://tinyurl.com/peggyjeanspies.  Order early and tell everyone you know.

2) I’m working on Kickstarter thank you notes.  All 101 are hand addressed and I’m working on the cards this week and making the reward certificates.  Our VIP cards should be here by the end of the week.  I’d forgotten what a lost art handwriting has become…it made me enjoy this project even more…

3) On the agenda for the rest of the week: a Columbia business license, attend food handlers class (if they say the word “hairnet”, this adventure might end), and equipment searching.  Oh, and watch You Tube videos how to climb tall ladders with planks of reclaimed wood and a staple gun…don’t underestimate us, Steve.

By The Numbers…

It is official…our Kickstarter campaign has ended!  This morning at 7:01 am CST, our 30 day adventure came to a close…and we are THRILLED to be on this side of our endeavor as successfully funded.  Kickstarter would email me periodically over the weekend about our impending deadline and each would say something like “72 hours until your Kickstarter project closes”…”40 hours until your Kickstarter project closes”…18 hours until your Kickstarter project closes”…you get the point.  Because we had successfully funded on Thursday (http://peggyjeans.blogspot.com/2013/11/we-have-no-words.html), these email reminders didn’t cause me to go into a tailspin of panic.  We did watch a number of projects closing this morning that didn’t fund – some fell short by large margins and some only fell short by a small percentage – and we remain humbled by our experience and full of gratitude for our backers.  Heck, even if you weren’t able to back us but you kept reading our blog and stomached the number of times I said “Kickstarter” on here, you are in our hearts as well.

Here is how the campaign finished:

Amount Raised:  $10,246

Funded: 102%

Number of Backers: 101

Average Pledge Amount: $101 (our smallest pledge was $5 and the largest was $1550)

Amount Directly From Kickstarter Views:  $3,675

Amount From External Sources (Facebook, Blog, Inside Columbia, Search Engines): $6,571

Number of Kickstarter Video Views: 303

How Many Viewers Actually Watched The Full Video: 48.18%

Day With The Most Backers:  October 12, 2013

How Many Times I Actually Watched The Full Video:  0 (I bet it was cringe-worthy)

How Many Times We Questioned Our Sanity: 192

How Many Times We Cried Because We Were Happy:  At least twice

How Many Times I’ve Typed “Kickstarter” In The Last Month:  At least 1,782

How Long We Will Be Thankful For Your Generosity:  Forever

So, what happens next with Kickstarter?  Kickstarter keeps a 3% fee for hosting the project (so, $307.38).  The balance arrives in the next 14 days or so.  We are sending handwritten thank you notes, reward certificates, and VIP cards to each of our 101 backers, so to that end, we have ordered the those materials and have been leading our writing hands through a series of warm up activities.  We hope to have those all ready to go within a week or so, depending on when the printer finishes the cards.

Thank you, thank you, thank you to our backers.  And our blog readers.  And our Facebook fans.  And our Twitter followers.  And to the people who know us in real life and listen to us talk about PJP V. 2.0 incessantly.  I promise you all, it will be worth it:)


We Have No Words…



We have some news.

Some knock your socks off, leave you with no words, hooooooolllllllleeeeeeeeeeee smokes sort of news.

First, let me set the scene…being fueled solely on two nutter butter cookies and Halloween anticipation, I met my bestie at the Hyvee salad bar because, well because, that’s what we do (it was the Grindstone Hyvee for those of you that need detail…I like a visual).  Somewhere among a discussion of the beauty of butter soaked croutons, my phone started to go crazy like a Las Vegas slot machine.  Since Kickstarter kindly sends me a notification each time we have a new pledge, I wasn’t quite sure what was going on…I thought maybe we had gotten two pledges at the same time.  So, I pull my phone out of my pocket and:


My brain couldn’t even fully function for a second…I remember just handing my phone to my bestie for her to look at the notification.  Boom – life changing moment at the Hyvee salad bar with my bestie and I will never forget it.  Even better than that, when I called Jeanne and told her and she was actually without words…I would have actually bet cash that no event could ever make that happen.

We are humbled.  Humbled and amazed.  Humbled and amazed and excited.  We could say “thank you” a thousand times over and it wouldn’t even cover the gratitude we feel to our backers and our blog readers and our friends who kept saying this dream was a possibility.  And in full disclosure, it was one backer who pledged $1,550 yesterday to finish us out.  To that person, you have two new best friends and pie for life.  I imagine I’ll wax poetic in a blog post about the virtues of Kickstarter in the new future, but I can’t stop here without saying that the concept of people believing in you enough to back you with dollars…overwhelming.

So what happens now?

1)  Think of us like this:

2) Remember – you have to be sending all your mental vibes to Contractor Steve to keep it cheap.  I still haven’t heard a number from him yet.  I’ve had various people send me messages about what they think the number will be and Oh My Lord…let’s hope they are wrong.

3) I’m getting ready to order our thank you note stationary and make a plan for our reward certificates for our Kickstarter pledges – 97 of you fine people as of right now and there are 71 hours to go.  Want a handwritten thank you note and a reward or perhaps you just want to be our 100th backer?  We are certainly still taking pledges for the next 71 hours:  http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1576929042/bring-back-peggy-jeans?ref=live.  Shoot, if you are our 100th backer, we will even get you a Peggy Jean’s t-shirt.  No joke.

You all are the best.  Seriously.