Susan's StudioFirst, I must shout THANK YOU from the mountaintops!!! (and I live in Colorado so there are actually mountaintops here to shout from) This past Wednesday, just eight days into our Kickstarter campaign, we reached our funding goal! SO many of my blog readers helped out in myriad ways – with pledges, blog posts, Facebook shares, tweets, etc. One of the most rewarding aspects of crowdfunding is that when we say, “We couldn’t have done it without you,” it is 200% true. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

Some people have asked me whether there is still time to back the project, and the answer is a resounding YES! At this point, every new pledge we receive will help us reach the widest audience possible for MY LOVE FOR YOU IS THE SUN and visit schools in low-income areas. Check out the “stretch goals” section on the campaign page for more details.

Now, however, we must get to the true business of today’s post — the conclusion of our “Inside the Artist’s Studio” series with Susan Eaddy by… wait for it… going inside her studio!

Our mutual friend and connector Sarah Towle found herself in Nashville last week and dropped in on Susan to film her in the very place she created the amazing duck illustration for our campaign. Go to Sarah’s blog and prepare to once again be amazed by, as Sarah so aptly put it, Susan’s “phantasmagorical” studio and watch her in action with her clay. Fascinating and inspiring!

If you haven’t done so already, make sure you check out Susan’s time lapse video in Monday’s post and her insightful interview with author Joanna Marple on Wednesday.

Also, we DID in fact reach our funding goal in time to enable Susan to complete another illustration before December 12th. Get ready to see those horses!! I’m so excited I can barely stand it! There’s a scene in the movie Sleepless in Seattle where Meg Ryan is driving in her car listening to Christmas music and sings “horses, horses, horses, horses.” I’ve been doing the same thing nonstop since Wednesday. Here’s a little clip so you can too. 🙂

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  1. Horses, horses, horses, horses… Talk about dreams and wishes coming true! So happy for you, Julie, and hope the campaign will go galloping into the stretch goals. Horses, horses, horses, horses…

  2. Wonderful post! I just LOVE getting peeks into artists’ studios!!

  3. I’m so glad your goal has been reached, Julie. You certainly have much to be grateful for this Thanksgiving!

  4. SCHWEET! Julie, I’m so thankful you met your goal. It is so nice meeting Susan too. Shoot, I’m always saying “horses, horses, horses, horses.” And when I do, it means they have done something wrong. Ha. (I’m adding a clay table to my office Julie.) I figure it’ll be good for me to play in the clay while writing my stories!

  5. What a great video (not the horse one, the duck one! 😉 )! YAY on hitting the goal! 😀

  6. Congrats on funding your project! It sounds wonderful!

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