Once upon a time I started a Tea Business.
After launching the business and getting my feet on the ground I built up my dream with help from the amazing people of Kickstarter. Now I'm hoping that Tea lovers everywhere can once again lend a hand in launching an all new line of teas, ones that are inspired by the amazing SJ Tucker. This project is also a super-special project because it's on the same time line as SJ's new CD "Wonders" and I've managed to talk her into including some digital downloads of the new CD as rewards! (The current slated date for the CD is in August, this may or may not mean that all rewards ship around the same time. I will ALWAYS keep my amazing backers in the loop. I promise!)
For those of you that don't know SJ Tucker, go. Go right now and listen to her music. Listen to the weaving of notes and the dreaming of dreams. SJ is one of the best storytellers that I have ever met and I am honored that she is allowing me to delve into her magical music to produce these teas.
The big plan for this Kickstarter is to be able to launch around 10 blends. These blends are all inspired by SJ's amazing music, some older songs and even a few blended from the new songs of "Wonders". If we reach stretch goals I will be able to create extra blends BUT! that is all up to you, the Backers.
What will the money go to?
Testing the blends before final production (This means I'm going to have to buy all of the ingredients I will need)
Once the test blends are finalized I will need to purchase:
Tea supplies in bulk to blend (herbs, base teas)Things to bag the finished blends (sample bags and ounce bags) and I will need to pay SJ for her music (because we pay our artists here). I will also need to be able to get all of you stellar backers your rewards. I'm hoping that this is going to be an amazingly large amount of tea to send!
What is boils down to is this, I need your help!
It's pretty simple. I need the support of amazing backers to help this dream become a reality.
(I've got some spectacular rewards too! )
If you can't contribute that's okay! Please tell your friends, your family, your coworkers. Tell your twitter, your facebook, feel free to blog! We want to get this information OUT THERE because we want this to be a successful project!
And REMEMBER! This is an ALL OR NOTHING platform, so the more people know about us, the better! Thank you, from the bottom of my heart.
ACHIEVED!!! $1700 - An 11th blend of amazing music-inspired tea will be created for this Kickstarter. :)
ACHIEVED!!! $2000 - Each backer will receive an extra sample of tea, which will make roughly 3 cups of tea.
ACHIEVED!!! $2500 - An extra blend, bringing the total to TWELVE! This blend will be chosen by you, the backers at the end of the project. (a list of songs will be provided for Backers to vote on).
ACHIEVED!!! $3000 - If we hit this level, my OCD, totally neurotic business manager will wear mismatched socks. This is huge, because I always wear mismatched socks- and it drives him batty. He has never worn mismatched socks in his entire life!!! There will be photos of the sock buying process and the wearing. I'll make sure they're fun ones. :)
ACHIEVED!!! $3500 - I'll bump the blend number up to FOURTEEN if we hit 3.5k. Yes, there are that many blends bouncing around my head. You amazing backers will get to help choose these blends as well! (a list of songs will be provided for Backers to vote on).
ACHIEVED!!! $4000 - Every Backer that pledges $50 or more gets a "Perfect cup of tea" spoon with their goodies! We at Dryad Tea swear by these spoons for all things tea measuring.
$5000 - I will run around like a crazy person, cry a little bit and do something insane, like make FIFTEEN blends of tea. (Holy star shatterings!) You amazing backers will get to help choose these blends too! (a list of songs will be provided for Backers to choose from). AND! I will increase one (1) sample of tea from sample size to full ounce for each backer, if you're already getting ounces of all of the blends I will add in an unreleased Dryad Tea blend in an ounce size.
(NEW!) $6000 - Almost there!!!! I'll bump the blend number up to SIXTEEN if we hit this goal. You spectacular backers will get to help choose these blends as well! (a list of songs will be provided for Backers to vote on). Annnnnd each of you that pledge $12 or more will get a really really awesome iron on patch or bumper sticker in your reward packages! (still trying to decide between the two).
$7000 - This is the BIG ONE! If we hit this Stretch Goal SJ and I will record the Tea Song that we've been working on. I will document the journey as best as possible, update it as Backer-Only updates AND each backer will get this song as an added bonus reward. It's seriously an epic song. (Worried I can't sing? Go check out Pandora Celtica. Look up Rubiee. *grin* )
This Kickstarter project is Nothing without all of YOU, The Backers. I can't do this on my own and every dollar pushes me, and this project closer and closer to the final goal. A ton of epic new tea blends that will woo the taste buds. If you can't give, please share and spread the word. I know that we can do this.
Also, Kickstarter does NOT charge you until the project
Risks and challenges
I have successfully launched and finished Kickstarters in the past. The only setbacks or challenges that might arrive are ones involving available stock for the blends. My suppliers are very very good about keeping things in stock though, so I don't foresee any huge issues there.
There may also be a slight delay on the "Wonders" CD, after all, the Muse can be a fickle Mistress. When the CD is released all backers who pledge to that level will get a digital download at that same time, no matter how short or long that takes.
And when we hit 7k there will be some fun adventures of recording-ness. But most of those have already been ironed out.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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