Vintage Photo Contest

Is it possible to say that I have the best fans ever? Seriously, you guys are awesome!! Thank you so much for jumping full force into the Vintage Photo Contest. I hope you guys enjoyed reading about all the hoodies we did in the past, as well as what we are doing now. It was fun going down memory lane, thanks for joining in!

As I was adding up all the comments I kept thinking…I hate having to pick winners. You all are winners in my book and I want you all to know how appreciative I am to you for helping me spread the word about Evy’s Tree. I love you all so much!

So thanks to Random.org, here’s our winners!

If this one of these names is YOU…you won $100 credit to the shop!! CONGRATS!!!! Could you please email Nicole at Nicole@evystree.com within 72 hours to claim your prize? If we don’t hear from you by then, we’ll have to pick a new winner!

Again, a HUGE thank you to everyone for entering! Don’t forget that Preorders for our Fall 2013 line starts tomorrow, July 30 at 7 PM PST!

Use code Fall 25 for 25% off your entire order. How’s that for a deal? For more info on the preorders, please read HERE.

Big hugs everyone!

xoxo

All About Our Manufactured Goods

Oh Guys. It’s really happening! The time is now to introduce our manufactured goods. There are no words to describe my relief, joy, excitement…oh goodness, how many adjectives am I allowed to use to describe how I feel right now?

I told you in this post what most of my year has felt like. Has it really been a year? It has, and I am so proud to say I am super excited about the future of Evy’s Tree. As we speak I am feverishly finishing up the details for the Fall launch, and…if you can believe this, finishing up the touches on our Spring 2014 line and working on getting them organized. You’ll be hearing more about that in a couple months.

ANYWAY….I am carrying on with plans like Evy’s Tree is going to continue floating down the river to success, BUT…the reality of the situation is that I have all these Fall 2013 pieces that need to be sold before I can really breathe easy, if you know what I mean. ;)

So, with that all said, I want to tell you more about our fall line. First, have you seen our lookbook yet?

Do you not die? Seriously, this stuff is amazing. I can’t wait for you to feel these hoodies. I can’t stress enough how wonderful they feel on, and we worked so hard on the fit…I think you will be able to tell how wonderful the fit is and how great it makes you feel and look. I’m pretty sure you’ll want ever single one.

Oh and they wash amazingly! Nicole and I washed a Brilla and dare I say it came out looking better than it did when it went in?

Very vintage-y looking, and not at all like how the American Apparel hoodies looked after being washed. I think you will be super happy with this fabric.

So we’ve had a ton of questions on how the hoodies fit compared to our handmade line, so we decided to put together a little video for you…please make sure you watch the whole thing as I really go into detail regarding the fit and the hoodie in general, but if you are really in a rush, feel free to scroll through, you should see the sizes flashed on the screen and you can listen to your size only.

Evys Tree Fall Sizes Video from Brandon Douglas on Vimeo.

Hopefully that’s helpful to you all….

So let’s talk about the Preorder/launch coming up on Tuesday July 30 at 7 PM PST. I want to highlight a couple things:

  1. This is a Preorder Sale: I want to stress that this sale coming up on Tuesday is a PREORDER SALE….which means you are getting first dibs on all the items at a discounted price and they will ship out in about 6 weeks. It’s basically our gift to you all for being such amazing customers…a way for me to give back in a way by letting you have first pick, especially to you Save Evy’s Tree friends.
  2. The amount of items available during the Preorder Sale is limited: I am only offering a set amount of items during this preorder sale, for a couple reasons…my consumption from our factory can be finicky, so I want to make sure we absolutely, 100% do not oversell, and I want to ensure I have a few things to fulfill wholesale and fall orders for the coming months.
  3. The Preorder Sale will last for approximately two weeks, or while supplies last. Once we sell the amount of items I have set aside for this sale, I will put everything in the shop on preorder status at regular retail price, so pending the item you want is still available, you will still be able to order, but it will not be at the sale price.
  4. The amount of Lizzy’s I will have available is very, very limited. How could I have misjudged this one?? Guys, I had no idea you would love it this much! I hope I have enough to last me through the entire preorder time period, but I’m not positive. So please, if you want a Lizzy, order early!
  5. All Fall 2013 will have a turnaround time of 5-6 weeks. This does NOT include shipping time. Please be aware of this when you order. We realize this is a longer than normal turnaround time, so if this will be a problem for you, please consider ordering in September when Fall 2013 is fully stocked.
  6. Don’t forget your discount codes! You Save Evy’s Tree people should have received yours by now, as well as anyone else that is signed up for our newsletters. If you did not receive a discount code it is because of one of two reasons: Either you didn’t purchase during the Save Evy’s Tree campaign or you don’t subscribe to our newsletters. If you would like to subscribe please read HERE how you can do that.
  7. Tell your friends! You are welcome to share your discount codes with your friends and family. These codes are for you and your loved ones.
Well, I think that’s it! Are you excited? I hope you all are thrilled about our new line and the direction Evy’s Tree is taking! Big hugs to all!
Oh, and please tell me…which hoodie are you going to buy on July 30?!?

 

 

So Much To Say

Do you ever feel like your world is spinning, and spinning, and spinning out of control? You do? Oh good…then you will understand how I have felt the last year. Whew. What a year. WHAT.A.YEAR.

I say “year” because it’s almost a year to the date that I ended the Save Evy’s Tree Campaign and began my journey into mass production. Ummm…let me just say, this whole manufacturing stuff is NOT EASY. I know I’ve said it before, and you’re probably sick of hearing me say it. Sorry. It is what it is. Hard. Yup.

The past year has been full of some lows…ok, maybe a lot of lows. Not all of them attributed to Evy’s Tree, mind you. In this past year we received a positive diagnosis of ADHD for Jake, which allowed us to finally enter into IEP meetings and the creation of an educational modification plan. This has not been easy. Although our school has been WONDERFUL with the entire process, as a mom you worry. Hope you are doing the right thing for him…am I being too protective? Not protective enough? Is he happy and thriving? Am I doing my best? Living with ADHD is not a walk in the park, that’s for sure. But it’s not impossible either. Thankfully through the lows we’ve felt a lot of hope too. God is good.

And then there are the lows coming with manufacturing. Time constraints. Pattern reworking. Financial surprises {oh boy, LOTS of those!}. Delays {and lots of those too}. It’s enough to want to pull your hair out. And can I be honest? I have no idea what I’m doing. Yes, I said that. Really, no idea. But don’t panic. We’re all good now. Pretty sure I could step into the world of manufacturing and survive, but it hasn’t felt that way during this first run. I definitely have earned my wings in mass production, and I hope I can just grow from here.

But all that to say, it’s been an interesting year. I’ve cried a lot. Yelled a lot too. And stress ate a lot. Yup, I’m guilty of it. Do you stress eat? I do. Not proud of it, but there it is. Thank you manufacturing process for those extra 10 pounds that I am working so hard on losing now. Ugh. So awesome.

And my little blog. I had such high hopes for it. But the reality of it is…I really don’t have time much for it. But when I do have time, I pour my heart out. I promise. There was a time when this blog bled ME. It screamed my name. But now, it screams Evy’s Tree. Maybe that is me. I don’t know…can’t say that’s what I want to be remembered by when I die. When I leave this earth I hope people say I loved. And I was kind. And that you saw Christ in me. That’s what I hope. Not that you saw Evy’s Tree.

And then again, maybe I am Evy’s Tree for now. Maybe, somehow, through this small business, you see my heart? I hope so. I really, really hope so. Because the fact of the matter is I’m no different than you. I am just a mom, trying to make ends meet for her family. Just someone who needs extra income so is trying to create it while being there for her kids on a daily basis. I hope that comes through….I hope.

But you know, there is also another issue. Even though I am working at home to be with the kids, I am still so absorbed in my work. I find my kids tugging at my arms for my attention while I shout, “let me finish this email!”. I hate that. My goal in life is to simply be present for my kids…so why in the world do I struggle so much with it?

I guess the bottom line is it’s a balance. And I’m pretty sure it’s hard to find. And I’m trying. By HIS grace I continue trying. God is so good to me. He loves me just as I am. Did you know that He loves you too? He does. You are ok, just as you are. You don’t have to look a certain way, act a certain way, be a certain way for Him to love you. He loves you just for you.

That’s what I hope I say to those listening. I hope I show you that through all the tears, and the frustration, and the tough times…there are good times too. There really are. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, no matter what God does with Evy’s Tree…I hope that through it all you saw Jesus. And what He’s done in my life. And I hope you want Him in yours. I’m pretty sure that’s not very good business tactics to talk about your faith, but oh well. It’s not my goal to offend, so if I do please forgive me…. I’m not here to talk about convictions, or doctrinal beliefs, or dos and don’ts of Christianity…I just want you to know that Christ died for you, He rose again, and He loves you.

It’s that simple. 

So tonight…as I get ready in the next week or so to launch my first manufactured line, I just want to stand here and say, “It is yours, Lord.” Whatever and wherever this business goes…it’s in HIS hands. This mass produced line will make or break me. It’s the tell tale as whether I will succeed or fail. If I will continue to forge ahead or close up shop. It’s my precipice. And I just want to pick up this entire machine called Evy’s Tree, pack it into a box and hand it back to Him. It’s His. Do what you will Lord.

And to my dear, dear customers who have hung in there with me. I’m so sorry I haven’t shared more of my heartaches. I have tried at times, but I realize that no one wants to hear complaining. So thank you for bearing with me. Thank you for supporting us. I hope that through the years I am there for you when you need a shoulder to cry on. You all are the best. I hope you love this new line. It was all done for you and WITH you. Thank you.

I love you all. Thanks for being here, in this place we call The Adventures of The Miraflor Family…and Evy’s Tree. You guys rock!

Stay tuned this week for a tell all on the new line, hopefully by Friday….. xoxo

Us…after the kids woke me up this past week. Thankful for the time I get to cuddle these two, even if it means I’m awakened early in the morning and very suddenly! Thank you again for making these moments with my kids possible! 

So tell me…do you have a lot to say about something in your life right now? How do you deal with it?

Vintage Photo Contest {Sort Of}: The Lizzy

Ok, so I couldn’t wait much longer. Seriously, I’m so excited about this fall line. I spent the morning working on a video that better explains our new sizing…I think it’s going to be so helpful! I’m so happy to say that everything is running true to size, so no more silly American Apparel sizing. WHOOHOO!! ;)

Anyway, I have been giving some sneak peeks out via our email blasts. Do you subscribe to our email blasts? You don’t? Learn how to do so HERE…as I always give sneak peeks to our subscribers first. Oh, this time around I used Instagram, so you might want to make sure to subscribe to that feed as well {HERE}, if you don’t already.

So anyway, the Lizzy.Exactly two years ago, my mother in law and I created a pattern for side zip up hoodie. I had seen several side zips before, but again, I wanted to make it better, and put my “twist” to it….so a high neck, longer torso, and soft ribbed cuffs later, we came up with The Lizzy.

We made one sample {as seen on our model Kate}, but we had so many troubles with it {I’ll bore you the details}, but mainly, it boiled down to the fact that we found we obviously couldn’t hand make these at a decent price point, so the concept for the Lizzy had to be aborted, unfortunately.

Fast forward to last fall, when I was creating a manufactured line. I threw in the Lizzy as a side note {meaning, I ordered less of the Lizzy than any other style this season, so keep that in mind ;) }…but during the product development, I quickly discovered the Lizzy was becoming one of my favorite hoodies.

During our photo shoot last week with my brother in law, we all stood in awe at how beautiful the hoodie really looked on…..

Pretty certain we can all agree, the Lizzy is a stunner. {Above photo on Nora, our model this season, taken by DASO photo}. I’m not going to show you all the photos for the Lizzy just yet. I’m waiting to do a big lookbook reveal to show you all the gorgeous shots and details of this item. But I figured one little sneak peek wouldn’t hurt, right?

What do you think? Do you love it?? 

PLEASE NOTE: The Lizzy will be available for preorder on July 30. Please stay tuned for preorder details.

Want to enter to win one of three $100 gift cards? Here’s how:

1. Go HERE to our facebook page and click “share” under the photo we posted on the page. Then comment under the photo that you shared it. Make sure to comment so we can add you in the drawing!

2. Tweet about this photo and make sure you @evystree so I can count your tweet in the tally.

3. Pin this photo to your pinterest board {you can even start an Evy’s Tree board if you wish!}. Please make sure you come back and comment on this post so I can include your entry in the tally {I don’t trust that all @evystree on pinterest will actually show up in the end to tally, sorry!}

4. Forward this blog post via email to your friends….come back and comment on this blog post that you did.

Yes! You can do all four things every day! :)

Have fun friends! Thank you for loving Evy’s Tree!

Vintage Photo Contest: The Diana Wrap

Happy Day after the 4th everyone!! Hopefully you all enjoyed your day yesterday! We had such a lovely, impromptu time. Brandon was speaking at a youth camp in the morning, and we were unsure of the time he was actually going to return home, so really didn’t have any plans at all for the day. However, we were treated with a nice surprise when he came home in the early afternoon and we were able to throw together a lovely BBQ with some dear friends who were visiting from out of town. It was so relaxing, and ended with us chasing the fireworks around town, hoping to get a good view from our car. ha. That’s what you get for not planning ahead I guess. ;)

So back to the Vintage Photo Contest. I’m planning on only doing this for another week or so, until all our photos are back of our Fall manufactured line, then we’ll start doing something similar with those photos. Yesterday, we started previewing photos from our second Sam Hassas photo shoot. Today’s photos are still from that photo shoot…The Diana Wrap:

Somwhere along the line I bought a wrap type item from Norstrom. It was the first time I was introduced to the wrap concept, and I loved the idea…of a lovely, slimming piece of fabric that you could cozy up in. I became obsessed with wraps that were out there and one thing I realized about them, very quickly in fact, was that many of them were too busy. Had too many buttons, or neck detail, or weren’t long enough. I had this vision of making the perfect wrap and begged my mother in law in to help me.

After many tries, we came up with a very simple design that didn’t make me feel like I was a house, but covered enough that I felt I could hide underneath it if I was having a bad day.

We listed the first couple ones with our spring line in 2010. They sold like wildfire. Sam captured our model Andrea wearing this gorgeous coral number during this second photo shoot.

Andrea did such a great job modeling this wrap. She shows how it can dress up a simple outfit in seconds and make you look like a million dollars…all without sacrificing comfort.

I also love how Sam incorporated my parent’s house and my dad’s vintage car in these shots. It really gives the wrap an edge and adds an interesting dichotomy to the look.

I’m asked often if we will manufacture the Diana Wrap. Like most of the hoodies that I am going back and reviewing for mass production, my honest answer is I’m not sure. The wrap craze has escalated to the point that there are many lovely pieces created by many wonderful designers out there and my product, when it really boils down to it, isn’t a whole lot different than theirs. And due to the fact that I am still a small company, they are often able to offer theirs at a better price. So for now, we probably won’t revisit the wrap, simply because it’s quite costly to make.

But who knows…maybe we will. :)

Do you own a Diana Wrap?

Want to enter to win one of three $100 gift cards? Here’s how:

1. Go HERE to our facebook page and click “share” under the photo we posted on the page. Then comment under the photo that you shared it. Make sure to comment so we can add you in the drawing!

2. Tweet about this photo and make sure you @evystree so I can count your tweet in the tally.

3. Pin this photo to your pinterest board {you can even start an Evy’s Tree board if you wish!}. Please make sure you come back and comment on this post so I can include your entry in the tally {I don’t trust that all @evystree on pinterest will actually show up in the end to tally, sorry!}

4. Forward this blog post via email to your friends….come back and comment on this blog post that you did.

Yes! You can do all four things every day! :)

Have fun friends! Thanks for going down memory lane with us!

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Vintage Photo Contest: The Grace Wrap

Well guys, we’re back at it over here with the Vintage Photo Contest. So sorry I’ve been so behind…I’ll give a lengthy excuse in a separate blog post eventually, but for now I’ll just tell you that our final manufactured samples are IN. Over the next couple weeks we will be introducing them to you, showing you details in videos as well as pictures. The preorders will start in a few weeks, so get ready!

But for now we will continue down memory lane. When we left off last time we were discussing the first ever photo shoot we did. I would be remiss before leaving this shoot if I didn’t highlight one of the most popular items our company has ever done:

The Grace Wrap…..

The Grace wrap was made from a mens oversized hoodie. It had a lot of cutting and pinning and sewing involved in it. I mean A LOT.

For the trouble we went through for this puppy, we probably should have started from scratch but it sure is cool to say this item was a “repurposed” men’s hoodie…because it looks so amazingly feminine and unique.

I’ve had many people ask me if I will ever make this item again. Well, the short answer is “probably not”. But the long answer is “who knows?”. Right now, if you are lucky, you may be able to snag one or two on our facebook page while we clean out the studio as we are finding hoodies hiding in many little corners over here. But as for a future in our manufactured business…well….who knows. I’m sure you’ll see variations of it every now and then because who doesn’t love the idea of a wonderful, ruffly wrapped hoodie to snuggle up in? ;)

Do you own the Grace Wrap?

Want to enter to win one of three $100 gift cards? Here’s how:

1. Go HERE to our facebook page and click “share” under the photo we posted on the page. Then comment under the photo that you shared it. Make sure to comment so we can add you in the drawing!

2. Tweet about this photo and make sure you @evystree so I can count your tweet in the tally.

3. Pin this photo to your pinterest board {you can even start an Evy’s Tree board if you wish!}. Please make sure you come back and comment on this post so I can include your entry in the tally {I don’t trust that all @evystree on pinterest will actually show up in the end to tally, sorry!}

4. Forward this blog post via email to your friends….come back and comment on this blog post that you did.

Yes! You can do all four things every day! :)

Have fun friends! Thanks for going down memory lane with us!

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