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Transports you to a real but enchanted world where a donkey has pie parties & an old barn speaks-reminding us to never stop dreaming.
Transports you to a real but enchanted world where a donkey has pie parties & an old barn speaks-reminding us to never stop dreaming.
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Donkey Dream {A Love Story of Pie & Farm}

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Help birth the second book from Apifera Press [many of you helped the first one -"Misfits of Love"-donkey brays!}

A love story that combines my art and photography with calming words and inspires wing growth of all creatures. Will leave you wanting to bake pie..or meet a donkey. Apifera's favorite pie recipes are included, written with engaging tips-like "dab cinnamon on your cheeks to attract butterflies, this will make the crust tender".

  • It will make you feel like you can grow wings. And you might begin floating too
  • This book is for those who have begun to think of their dream as 'just not meant to be in this lifetime'
  • A love story of a man and woman merged with farm and animal
  • Pie? Well, pie is a conduit of love. It holds within it the love of the maker and is simmered and shared with the recipient. My mother taught me to bake pie and each time I bake one, she is with me, and that maternal love is embedded in all my time-and I share it throughout the story to heal myself and the best parts of me

"Donkey Dreams" is 120 pages of full color, lush art and photographs that will transport you to the farm where creatures and misfits mingle. I am once again choosing to print in traditional offset [not print on demand]. That means the best quality I can get. If you bought "Misfits of Love" I think you can rest assured this book will be as beautiful. It will have a hard cover, and 100# paper which will give it a firm presence [and costs more!]. Just like the last book, it will be hand wrapped by me before I ship it to you. I have been told by so many people how the wrapping felt like an Apifera hug just embracing them.

The budget: The $14,500 funding will cover the out of pocket upfront printing expense. I have already paid $3,000 of my own money over time to cover editing of the initial story. I will have incidental costs for final edits.

If we reach the goal before the deadline: I will swoon, as will the pig. The donkey will bray. But keep pledging! More money means I can maybe buy a larger print run which can alter the retail price, making it easier to distribute, and thus, sell more books at a better cost.

I know $14,500 is a lot of money- at least it is to me and money here on the farm is always tight with emergency needs for the adopted Misfits. So your support and pre odering here mean so much to me!

How will I pull it off: I have two books under my belt. This book is already in process and is written-my goal is to get it to printer in April once we are funded. Think of this Kickstarter as a way to pre-order, but help me pay the out of pocket printing. If you love my Misfits, and farm, you know I share story and content of my life on the blog and elsewhere, all for free. Money is needed to feed these creatures. So upfront printing cost is a huge undertaking for me. I know we can do this!

Why this book?  Sometimes our wings feel clipped and it is hard to get on our feet again. I know because I lived it. That is why I want to share this story. This book is meant to pull you aside and let you know, one pie at a time, one donkey hug at a time, that–as a mother would say– "It will be alright".

I want to show by example that I recovered from sadness of the loss of a love-that loss was hard, but it left a huge space-to grow into! And if I hadn't, I never would have met the person I was meant to be with, or found Apifera.

I thing of this book as motherly.

This book shows that a little sharing can be done simply, with magical consequences...

"The pie baker works her hands with gifts from the Earth, molding a crust, slicing the fruit, squeezing the flesh of a lemon, creating a gift that can be shared with one, or many."

More about the story itself:  I thought I'd finally found my soul mate, but a year into it, he abandoned me on a cold winter day. I was 41. I took it very hard. I drew the living room drapes and hibernated. The book begins at that ending-it does not dwell on the heartache or breakup, rest assured. It begins as I decide to step into Spring, and I begin to recreate my life, and I get the courage to look for my dream farm on my own, something that I had wanted my whole life.

But I can't find it.

And a dangerous thing occurs. I begin to think it just wasn't really meant to be. I doubt my dream. And I begin to become more comfortable with the conclusion-I am not meant to couple.

I am propelled West by an invitation from my brother and leave my homeland of Minnesota for Oregon, a state where I know only one person. I buy a tiny house, and think I will live there forever. But on my first day there, there came a knock on the door.

Many of you know what happened next. And even if you do, the book will delight and inspire- Because it is a genuine story of hope and love. Pie is a character too in the book, as I bake to bring comfort, and I realize too that sharing pie with others-my elderly neighbor, for example- bring comfort to them, and me.

And then an old barn spoke to me...and the dream began to expand.

Pie, Pie, Pie! The first part of the book is about my transportation to Oregon. The second part will inspire you to bake pie in a way you might never have thought existed. You'll be guided - gently, of course - to commune with the apples before you pick them from the Mother tree, and the learn how to lull them to sleep before baking. You will learn how cinnamon dabs on your cheeks as you bake will attract butterflies, and you will learn the importance of 'Raggedy" crusts.

This book will be fun to read with children too, I think. The recipes are real, but are written in a whimsical way. I will share snippets from the book through out the Kickstarter project.

Risks and challenges

Of course the barn could blow down-it is 100 years old- and that would cause some strife. But I am a deadline driven shepherdess. I need to maintain my printing schedule with the printer-just as I did with my last book that many of you helped support [thank you Misfit Troubadours!].

The book is scheduled to be delivered in June before Pino Pie Day! So there should be no reason I won't be able to ship in late June/early July.

Don't forget- if the project doesn't get funded [a hissing sound is heard from the barnyard] you will not a pay a penny of your donation.

So I call out to all dreamers, believers, pie and donkey lovers, pie bakers- help me give this project wings so it can fly!

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    Little Hen Level: Henrietta the hen will do a chicken scratch dance each tme you donate at this level!

    A 4x6" art card sent by regular post. Printed on semi gloss art stock by a printer. Art will be from the book. Full color art on back and front. Inside left will have a small quote or message of meaning. You can also frame it. NOTE: sent by regular post.

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    Donkey Bray Level: Pino brays each time you support at this level!

    One signed copy of the hard cover book INCLUDES USA SHIPPING. Lovingly wrapped Apifera style {be surprised-it will feel like a hug}. This price is slightly less than it will be after this fundraiser, so you are saving a little money!

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    The Donkey of Your Very Own Level: Take home this 36" original canvas seen at the blog http://apiferafarm.blogspot.com/2014/02/donkey-to-watch-over-you.html If the project is funded your canvas will be shipped within 3 weeks [cost included in your pledge]. This art is the basis for much art that transpired in mockups and art for the book. It is time it went to a home where a donkey is needed! This canvas normally sells for $4200.

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    Kissing Dirt Farmer Level: The Dirt Farmer blows you a kiss each time you support at this level!

    One copy of the "Donkey Dream" book will be sent in July 2014. Private afternoon pie party with Pino and the Misfits. Limit to you and ONE guest. Time will be arranged within a one-two year period.

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    Copy of the book, copy of "Misfits of Love" book: invitation to have a private pie party with Pino and the other Misfits at Apifera Farm. A time and date will be figured out later. Katherine's homemade pie, donkey hugs and pig scratches here at Apifera. Limit to you and 5 guests.

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