Whoa

…What a day! So I’m just going to put it out there for all the world to know since according to my husband I have no filter {hey, that’s a good thing, right? You’ll always know I’m telling the truth. ha}….

I have a hernia.

Yup. It’s awesome. I’m sure you all so happy to know that vital piece of info and thankful that I scarred your minds forever, but there it is. My kids killed me and left me with a lovely hernia that I inherited after Jake’s pregnancy then I watched it grow during Evy’s. Thankfully it’s been not a big deal AT ALL. Thankfully. Just a little achy every now and then. But this morning….well, it made up for the 6 years of “no big deal”. Yikes!

So I will say this. I have a super high pain tolerance. Most of the time I am shocked to see blood pouring out of cuts that I had no idea were ever there or no recollection of how I cut myself. True story. And you can count on your hand the times I have called someone for help when sick. So when I doubled over in pain this morning while trying to make Evy some breakfast I was shocked. When the pain landed me on the carpet in a ball, I was appalled. And when I called my mom crying, I’m pretty sure she thought I was dying.

Hence this picture:

Two very worried parents sitting across from me in my living room. My mom insisting that we go to the emergency room and my dad claiming the emergency room would be the worst place for me “with all the germs floating around” {He hates hospitals}. Oh boy, these two. They are a kick I tell you. As they are passionately debating over what to do with me, I lay there thankful to have something to keep my mind off the pain. After about an hour of laying in a frozen state, the pain subsided and I made a visit to my doctor. Looks like it’s time to get this puppy fixed as I have a referral to a surgeon and an appointment booked in a week.

Dear Lord, really? Now? 

That’s kinda how I feel today, to be honest. I wanted to scream “NOT NOW GOD”….as Brandon is gone for a week, and I have a photo shoot coming up on Saturday…and there I lay, frozen, and unable to move. Even after the pain went away, I felt like someone had socked me in the gut. NOT FUN. The more I thought about this little health thing making me slow down, the more upset I got. I don’t slow down. Ever. And today, of all days, is a bad day to have to do that.

But God knows, doesn’t He?

I had a couple more interesting things happen to me today and after I {gently} bathed the kids and put them to bed, I sat down and really thought about all that transpired. And I saw myself doing it again. You know the thing probably most of us are really good at doing ….taking our lives and trying to orchestrate it on our own. As I sat on the couch I realized it was time again…to once more hand over my life and say “God, this is yours. This business is yours. This family is yours. My life is yours.”

It’s really what it’s all about, right?

So whatever health thing I have to stop and take care of soon, I will. Whatever pause button I have to push, well….it looks like I might have to push it. And that’s ok. I trust HIM. He has a greater plan for my life and He knows what I need to get where He wants me to go. Just have to keep remembering that. Keep looking at the things that remind me of it. Like these guys….

Even though they are directly responsible for that hernia. ha. They are cuties and for once they got along today. God knew I needed that. Oh and don’t mind my deck. As I was laying on the couch writhing in pain, my dad and I were mentally tearing it up and remodeling the backyard. Yeah, that’s how we roll, unfortunately. Type A at it’s best. Sheesh.

ANYWAY…. GUYS!!!!! I have the best news. Seriously awesome, awesome news. But before I discuss that, I want to point out that I am well aware that I have missed three days now of the Vintage Photo Contest. Yikes. Please don’t kill me {that’s a joke, sort of, since I’m not sure many of you are even participating, ha}….I will start it back up tomorrow or Friday, whenever I can get myself back in working order. But I wanted to tell you why {besides the blasted hernia} I haven’t had a second to do a vintage post….

OUR MANUFACTURED FINAL SAMPLES ARE IN!!!!!!

Yes, I did just yell that. Sorry. But I am so excited. The final samples are here and THEY ROCK. Like big time. Like the most amazing hoodies you will ever want to wear. EVER. The fabric…OH the fabric! It’s wonderful. So luxurious. Like you will never want to take it off. Ever. I have spent the past couple days, while Nicole has flooded your Facebook feed with amazing sale items {sorry about the flooded part :( }, working on the final specs, changes and approval and organizing a quick photo shoot to get some pictures of the out there to you.

I will tell you more about the hoodies when I start debuting some pictures next week, but I wanted tell you how cool God is…..

So you all know my good friend Heidi, right? Well her mom in law, Hope, is from Texas and has a great group of friends that she does everything. One of those friends is THE Sharon Young.  Ok, that name may not mean anything to you, but it likely will if you shop at Dillards or Coldwater Creek, because she designs clothing for them, along with a gorgeous clothing line of her own. Last month when Hope was out visiting her kiddos, I told her at church how tired and frustrated I was with this whole manufacturing process. How I felt like quitting. How I have given this my all and I have no idea what to do next most of the time. She patted my hand and said, “You must meet my friend Sharon”. Well, lucky me, Hope had all her Texan friends up here in the wine country for a long weekend and I got to hob nob for a bit. My mom and I met them at Rustic, Francis Ford Coppola’s Winery, for dinner….

That’s me and Sharon there at the end. 

And the entire dinner I was rude {sorry everyone else at the table, I feel really bad about how little I got to chat with you all! :( } and sat totally engrossed in Sharon’s thoughtful advice, business intellect, and design savvy. For nearly two hours she poured into me and encouraged me. I wanted to cry afterwards. It was exactly what I needed.

Before she left for Texas on Tuesday, Hope brought her over to the studio with the rest of the girls to see our product.

L-R Peggy, Hope and Sharon

When they arrived Nicole was busy cleaning out the inventory and listing it on facebook as fast as we could so we are nearly cleaned out, but the ladies all grabbed a couple tees to take back to hot Texas. They were so cute. I feel so indebted to Hope and if you are reading this: THANK YOU HOPE!! I love and appreciate all you did to get Sharon and I connected. She was a wealth of information and her timing of connecting with me the weekend I received my manufactured final samples was really truly God ordained. He knew I needed that! And to the rest of the Texas ladies with Hope. I LOVE YOU!! You guys are awesome and I wish I could have spent more time with you all. Big hugs to you and come back soon!!!

And in closing, I have got to tell you about a conversation with Jake tonight in the car back from dinner at my parent’s house:

Jake: So mom, you don’t do your hair much at all, do you?

Me: What do you mean, Babe?

Me in my mind: Uhhh..WHAT?!?! I spend great pains to make sure I curl it nicely at least twice a week. Sheesh kid, haven’t you noticed?!?!

Jake: Well, you know you just don’t take the time to do it…like put it in a knot on your head or a pony tail.

Me: But Babe, I wear my hair in a knot every day, and I do a pony quite a bit, what do you mean? Help me out here, what other mom “does” their hair?

At this point I go down the list of all the other mom’s in Jake’s class as well as good friends or family. FYI moms, he said NONE of you “do” your hair except:

Jake: Auntie Heidi, Mom! She “does” her hair!!

Well, look at you Auntie Heidi. Apparently you are the cool mom of the group. But wait, it gets better.

Me: So explain to me, what do you want me to “do” to my hair?

Jake: Ok, so MOM! I have this idea for your hair. It’s three braids, with big huge bows. Bigger than Evy’s bows, so we might not be able to do it, but Evy said we could borrow her bows for now, so that will have to do. Three braids, three bows Mom.

And there you have it moms. Want “done” hair? Practice your braids and purchase those bows. Awesome.

Big hugs everyone! xoxo

Ps…Anyone have any hernia advice for me?? Ever been in that much pain? Help a sister out! ;)

Vintage Photo Contest: The Pink Polka Dot Brilla

In case you missed it, please go HERE to read about the Vintage photo contest. In short, we are walking down Memory Lane this month and revisiting all our “vintage” Evy’s Tree photos we’ve taken over the years… a fun way to help us get excited about the future. At the end of the blog post I give you an opportunity to share the photo and enter to win one of three $100 gift card to the shop when it opens back up the end of July.

Have you guys been enjoying this? I know I have. It’s been so much fun to go through all these albums I have locked up in my computer. Kinda feels like Fort Knox! ha. Anyway, I’m still going through the Sam Hassas first ever photo shoot. As I said yesterday, I love this shoot. Everything about it was so special to me. I remember after Sam had finished editing them and emailed them over to me…I cried. I loved them so much. I sat in a restaurant with friends and screamed with excitement at every.single.photo. I adore them. So hopefully you’re ok with me stopping here for a while. :)

The hoodie I want to remember today is The Pink Polka Dot Brilla. I talk a little about the origins of this hoodie HERE. Basically, this hoodie has been with me from the start. And I’m going to let the cat out of the bag here, but the Pink polka dot Brilla will be the Brilla we mass produce this manufactured run. It’s been that good of a seller.

 Really, this hoodie defines us a business, to be honest. It’s unique. And cute. And you’d be surprised how many people comment “It’s too busy for me”…then put it on and find it looks amazing on. And never fails, you’ll get tons of compliments.
It’s also super fun. Makes you smile when you put on it…a bad day turns into a good one with the Pink Polka Dot Brilla.
Evy’s Tree is bound to take many directions over the years design wise…. but I have to say, what the wrap dress is to Diane Von Furstenberg, the Pink Polka Dot Brilla will be to Evy’s Tree.
Also, when Sam photoed this one, he hit the nail on the head as to the direction of our company. I’m not sure of the right words to use for this photo, but it screams EVY’S TREE…and has been our icon photo for the last three years.
He also managed to get one of me in the Pink Polka Dot Brilla….
And one of Evy. I adore this one. In fact, I need to have it framed….
Do you have the Pink Polka Dot Brilla? Is it your favorite too?

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 Olympia

In case you missed it, please go HERE to read about the Vintage photo contest. In short, we are walking down Memory Lane this month and revisiting all our “vintage” Evy’s Tree photos we’ve taken over the years… a fun way to help us get excited about the future. At the end of the blog post I give you an opportunity to share the photo and enter to win one of three $100 gift card to the shop when it opens back up the end of July.

I promised I would move on from our first photo shoot! Today we’re going to talk about our first PROFESSIONAL shoot. ha. Our last ones were our own, and despite how great I thought they turned out, I definitely needed a little professional help. Insert Sam Hassas. Sam is a good friend of ours and an AMAZING photographer. He got my vision for what I wanted to do right away.

I will never forget this first photo shoot. It will forever hold a special place in my heart. Everything was so new. I was excited about the direction of my little business and I really found every aspect of my new job thrilling.

One of my favorite shots of the day was of the Olympia. This is a great hoodie, one that I actually didn’t sell much of due to limited fabric…{maybe we’ll do it again in the future}. But one thing I loved about these photos is the light. I was so excited to get these back. I felt like I had hit the big time, and that we belonged in a magazine.

And yes, that’s Kate again! Isn’t she gorgeous? I’ll be sharing more of this photo shoot with you over the next couple days. I realized when I was going through this album that many of the photos I never really promoted. YIKES!

Do you have this hoodie??

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 Rubix

In case you missed Friday’s post, please go HERE to read about the Vintage photo contest. In short, we are walking down Memory Lane this month and revisiting all our “vintage” Evy’s Tree photos we’ve taken over the years… a fun way to help us get excited about the future. At the end of the blog post I give you an opportunity to share the photo and enter to win one of three $100 gift card to the shop when it opens back up the end of July.

Today I want to talk about one of my first boys hoodie we ever made, The Rubix.

This hoodie is very special to me. First of all, Brandon and I made them together. The rubix is actually a patch, we cut out every single one of those felt pieces, glued them together, then sewed them together. It was A LOT of work, something we realized very quickly that we couldn’t make any money on, so we discontinued it near the beginning. I was so sad, because I loved this one, and was hoping to keep it around for a while.

This hoodie is also very special to me because it makes me think of my little boy. Do you see how small he is?!? I can’t get over it! These pictures were taken just a few days after Jake’s 3rd birthday.

Oh my word I could kiss those little lips. In case you are wondering why we never have Evy  model…well, we try, I promise! But she doesn’t really like to be in front of the camera and pretty much quits after a couple clicks. ha. Jake is a ham. He will go for hours smiling and laughing, so thankfully we have one kid who doesn’t mind posing for us.

These pictures are also special to me because these were our first attempt at product shots. We had no idea what we were doing, but we called our brother in law, the photographer, and he walked us through it. We just had our little Cannon Rebel and these amazing windows that faced East, so we got all the morning sun blasting in. We had to move our couches and everything, but it was worth it because Brandon was able to snag such great shots.

I always tell people, this business was really a family thing in the beginning {and it still is, actually}. We really worked together. Thinking about it now makes me all teary, actually. We had no start up money, and to be honest, very little time to start a business, but God literally DUMPED this into our laps. To this day we don’t know what He has in store for Evy’s Tree, but we feel confident that whatever it is, He will work out all the details for us. We are blessed.

Thank you for walking down memory lane with us! 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 above 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

Well, hello there! Is anyone out there? I feel like I haven’t blogged much at all. I miss this place. There was a time in my life… before Evy’s Tree, before our big move, before my husband’s job switch…that I seemed to have much more time to share and document my life. Honestly, I miss those days. At the time, I felt so trapped at home with two little babies and no job outside of the house. But now, I look back and think…what a wonderful period in my life! Isn’t that funny how that happens?

Now a days, I tend to feel scattered most of the time, oftentimes frustrated with my lack of time, and definitely overwhelmed. ha. Probably like most of you. Especially with our manufactured goods coming.

Oh about that, preorders for the manufactured goods start the end of July. Read HERE for more info. We are scooting right along…our final samples will arrive next week, we will get them photoed and up for you to preview by the beginning of July, if all goes well. WHOOHOO!

Anyway, I wanted to do something to help us all remember the past a little while we excitedly look forward to the future of Evy’s Tree. Go down memory lane a bit by rummaging through some of the photos we have of some of the first Evy’s Tree and reminisce.

Enter the Vintage Photo Contest!

Every day for the next month or so {except Saturdays and Sundays} I will pick out a “vintage” photo and tell you a little about it, the history behind the hoodie, etc. And then I will give you the opportunity to share the photo with your friends on facebook, twitter or pinterest {more on that in a second}. Just before the manufactured goods get here, I will tally up all the share comments and choose….

three winners to get a $100 credit to the shop!

Yup, three lucky winners will get FREE goods from the shop for just walking down memory lane with us. Pretty cool, huh?

So what’s today’s photo? Well, as Fraulein Maria would say, “Let’s start at the beginning…” {are you all signging that now? ;)}

Oh my, looking at this makes me teary eyed, to be honest. This picture isn’t technically the very beginning of our little company, but it’s the best beginning photo we’ve got. This is my dear friend Kate, who even from the very start of Evy’s Tree has been so loving and supportive and willing to model for me. I have to say, nearly all the models I have used have been close friends. Pretty certain I have some beautiful people in my little circle. Thank you friends for supporting us so much!

Anyway, this was one of my very first hoodies that I created after I realized this whole hoodie thing could be a business. At the time time I was just embellishing hoodies I found in random stores around town, but this particular hoodie was made with my first wholesale order from American Apparel. This is called The Whimsy…and to be honest, it was a great seller. I still get requests for it. Who knows, maybe this one will make a reappearance someday. ;)

Do you remember this hoodie?

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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What’s Going On?!?!

Today the shop is closing until mid to late summer. Thought I should fill you in on what’s happening so you’re not too confused. :)

Why are you closing? We are closing to give us time to adequately market our manufactured items that are arriving mid-late July. We are looking forward to placing our focus solely on getting those items here and then ultimately in your hands.

Why are you discontinuing the handmade goods, indefinitely? It has always been our goal to have a small, boutique handmade line. We still hope to do that. However, we have been spending so much time {and money} in our effort to get you handmade items, that we haven’t been able to focus on properly marketing our new manufactured items that are arriving soon. Handmade items take a lot of time, as I am sure you all know, so we felt it would be best to use that time over the next couple months to focus on our huge investment that we have made on our manufactured items. Again, we hope to reintroduce handmade in the future, but for now our manufactured goods are first and foremost. When we feel we have gotten a footing with those goods, and if it seems profitable and reasonable for us to do, we will bring handmade back.

What about the inventory you currently have? We currently have a handful of already made items in our inventory. After the shop closes tonight, we’ll reassess our inventory and probably do a couple pop up sales on FB to help liquidate the inventory, so stay tuned!

Can you tell us more about the manufactured items? Yes! We will have four styles for adults and two styles for kids in an amazing high end fabric blend: cotton, modal and spandex blend. The sizes will be 2, 4, 6, 8, 10 for kids and XS-2XL for adults. The fit of the hoodies will be more true to size, with the adult breakdown looking like this:

XS {fits sizes 0-2}, Small {fits sizes 4-6}, Medium {fits sizes 6-8}, Large {fits sizes 10-12}, XL {fits sizes 14-16}, 2XL {fits sizes 18-20}

The weight of the fabric is medium weight, with a longer torso than our American Apparel counterparts, longer arms with cuffs that can either go over your hands or fold up for normal fit. The idea with this season is perfect our hoodie’s fit by creating a comfortable, but classy hoodie, one that can either be worn out to dinner or to lounge around the house. We are striving to make the hoodie more versatile for you. Because of our use of the coveted modal weave, the hoodie for adults will run around $80, $60 for kids.

Why did it take so long to get the manufactured goods? We have never manufactured before. Ever. When I signed a contract with my manufacturer, we both were under the impression that what I had to reproduce had already been through the development stage. Unfortunately, what I had was a concept, that had not been developed into patterns, fabric weave, color and size breakdowns, etc. This is what the “development” stage entails. Immediately following the development stage is the “production” stage. Production stage is when the fabric is milled, the items cut and sewn, and then finally, shipped. The production stage is when most people join up with manufacturers and it takes roughly 3 months {which is the turnaround I initially expected}.  A normal development process takes anywhere from 3-6 months and it is what most designers work on for the next season during the current season’s production time period of their products. I was unfamiliar of this process and did not realize what development of a product entailed, so I entered into this agreement, unbeknownst to the manufacturer, with no proper development to hand over to them. Thankfully, Ana and Kelly are amazing, and have held my hand through the entire process. Our development stage finished late March, after 6 months of intense, daily work. I am happy to say we are now in production! Whoohoo! We are almost there, but this is why this process has been so drawn out.

Will I be able to use my 50% off coupon when the shop reopens? YES, YES, DOUBLE YES!!! Finally we will be able to use those coupons you received last summer during the Save Evy’s Tree campaign. Here’s how it will work: those coupons will be good for a three day period when we reopen in late July. The shop will be open EXCLUSIVELY for the Save Evy’s Tree people ONLY, and you will be able to buy whatever you want, using the 50% off coupon code, for those three days. Again, to thank you for your patience, the store will only be open to you coupon holders ONLY. Everything that you purchase will be preorder, with a couple week turnaround time, but to thank you for your patience, you will get first pick of everything that comes out. This is crucial, as we have a limited amount of items coming this first order, for example, I believe we only have about 45 XL coming in one style.

 I think I may have lost my 50% off coupon, what should I do? At this point, nothing. We will send the coupon code out via email to all the people who purchased during the save Evy’s Tree campaign. If you don’t receive it then, we will have you contact us directly so we can get you the code.

What if I don’t have a 50% off coupon? You most likely don’t have a 50% off coupon code because you didn’t purchase a hoodie during the Save Evy’s Tree campaign we ran last summer. But don’t worry!!! After the 3 day exclusive event for the Save Evy’s Tree people, we will have a preorder sale with a hefty discount code for you to use at that time.

When will we be able to see pictures of the manufactured goods? We are in the process of ordering samples to photograph mid June, so hopefully the end of June.

Where will the manufactured goods be sold?  The manufactured goods will be sold on our website and boutiques throughout America and even internationally. Have a boutique near you that you would like to see carry Evy’s Tree? Email us their contact, we’ll send them some info in beginning July. wholesale@evystree.com

What’s next for Evy’s Tree? Only God knows! :) I am following His lead daily. At this point, we will see how well these Fall items sell, and if they do good, we will manufacture a spring 2014 line! WOW, so exciting! :)

I hope this clears up some questions? I want to personally thank everyone of you who have helped me stay afloat over the last year. This has been some ride, for sure!!! I am blown away daily by your love and support of Evy’s Tree. It’s so crazy that me, a person who really isn’t a super stylish person, is in the fashion business. Thank you for making this little thing that God dropped into my lap four years ago, a big thing that has become a great job. I love you all.

Approving size samples a week ago. These are just embellishment and size samples, NOT actually colors or details :)

xoxo

Last Chance Sale!

Well, it’s almost time, and we are so excited! Our manufactured goods are coming mid summer and we are MORE than ready to step into this new phase of our lives.

In order to properly market and promote our new items, we are going to be closing the handmade line of our business indefinitely. As we’ve always said, it is our hope to have a very small boutique handmade line, but we need to get our footing with our new manufactured goods first. So…..

Our shop will go into sale mode on Friday, May 3…all our handmade items will be discounted and most of the Spring items will be available via preorder {a 2-3 week turnaround}. Our shop will close on May 15 and will remain closed until our mass produced goods arrive this summer.

This is such an exciting time for Evy’s Tree and we are so thankful for all your love and support. We look forward to sharing more info with you regarding all our new items very soon.

Big hugs and happy shopping! :)

xoxo

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What’s Your Favorite Boutique? {Handmade Wholesale Opportunity}

Ok everyone, close your eyes, and let’s shut out all other distractions at the moment. While your eyes are closed, can you think of your favorite brick and mortar store near you? Perhaps a swanky little boutique that is super fun to shop at and everyone in your town loves and adores? You got a place in your mind? GOOD! Hold that thought….

Now here’s a little back story about Evy’s Tree:

The goal has always been to sell in boutiques. In the beginning, I was leery of selling in boutiques as our profit margins were extremely low and not good enough to make it in the wholesale market. However, after a couple years of sales under our belt, and now in the process of manufacturing our own items, we feel comfortable with selling wholesale and being able to stand behind our products. Not to mention, we feel we have perfected our wholesale prices a little and have come up with a profit margin that benefits everyone.

So are you still holding that boutique in your mind?!? 

Good, here’s what I need from you. I am in the process of hiring some sales reps, but there’s nothing better than a verbal recommendation from someone who loves our product, SO…can you do one of two things:

1. Comment on this blog post {or email us at wholesale@evystree.com} with the name of the boutique you love that you’d like to see carry Evy’s Tree. We will contact them with wholesale info.

OR

2. Take one of your hoodies {or your phone with our website on it} into the shop and tell them you’d love to see them carry our brand and give them our info.

Here’s where this gets fun. If the boutique places an order on your recommendation, then you get a $50 credit to the shop…for each store that places an order. So if you tell three stores and all three place an order, you get $150 credit. Sound fair?!?

How do you start? Take our wholesale look book into your favorite shop. Haven’t seen the look book? Take a peek!

And be sure to tell them how much you love Evy’s Tree!!

Thank you friends for being the wheels that have gotten this ship off the ground! Love you all! xoxo

Conflicted Emotions

Well, I’ve been a huge blog fail lately. So sorry friends. I still have to finish up my house goals from last year for you, which includes blogging about Jake’s room and introducing our 2013 goals. I also hired a new shipping manager, and I need to make a formal announcement and introduction about her. I have a little to do list of blogging posts to complete but to be honest, I just haven’t had the time to do them. Lately I’ve been spending my time pouring over financial numbers and monthly promotions calendars. boo. I love this blog. I really do. And when I don’t have time to do what I want to do with it, it stinks, you know?

Anyway, I want to be honest here for a second…

Side note regarding honesty: Recently a blogging conference called Blissdom was held in Texas {someday it would be way cool to attend!} and I noticed that many of the tweets and blog posts of bloggers attending the conference were centered around honesty and how important it is to have on your blog. Well, that made me feel awesome as I think you all know how honest I am on this blogio…. ha. Hooray for doing something right over here!! ;)

ANYWAY….

I just wanted to let you know where I am at at the moment. Remember this post? Well, to be honest {there’s that word again, ha}, I’m still there. Some things lately have really made me stop and say, “Ok God, what’s going on here?” More honesty: I’ve gotten really angry a time or two this past couple of months. Angry at God {Lord, forgive me}, at my family, at life…but most of all AT MYSELF. Ever been there? I’m not the proudest of these feelings, but there it is.

The above picture was taken yesterday, as I was on my way to discuss Evy’s Tree’s monthly budget with my financial advisors. Yes, I have a group of people who I ask to review my budget and help me “trim the fat” so I can make Evy’s Tree successful. Some of them are local, some are out of town, but I usually call or touch base with all of them monthly, some weekly.

Let me say this, if you have a home business, find smart people around you who can help guide you financially, because balancing a budget and turning a profit is NOT EASY. That’s a freebie for you. ha. 

ANYWAY…so as I was getting dressed to leave I pulled on whatever random thing I could find {because you know, thats how I roll…no planned outfits over here, unfortunately} and as I was walking out the door, heading to this meeting regarding Evy’s Tree finances, I realized that I had pulled on one of the first Evy’s Tree hoodies I ever made. The original Brilla, to be exact. And it made me think. About where we’ve been and how far we’ve come. And about where we are going. And hopefully how far we will get.

Here’s the thing…I have my doubts. Conflicted emotions to be exact. I’m not sure about a lot of things in life, and one of them is Evy’s Tree. Don’t let that scare you. Some of my biggest and best decisions in life were things I wasn’t sure about, so usually that means {at least for me} that I’m on the right track. Usually it means I stepped out on faith and doing what I’m supposed to be doing. Stepping out on faith is uncertain, you know. But regardless, I have to say that I do feel most of the time that I am walking a tightrope and balancing Evy’s Tree in my hands as I walk between high rises like the man does in this documentary. All the while believing with all my heart that the Lord is holding His hands under me to keep me safe. Ever been there? If so, then you know that sometimes that tight rope act gets exhausting. Like I wonder if anyone is still out there, exhausting. Does Evy’s Tree still really mean something to everyone, or is it just me? Am I wasting my time trying to sell these things??

Or here’s a real worry of mine: maybe I’m supposed to just be a Pastor’s wife, not a business woman. Believe it or not, I feel a lot of guilt over that one. Crazy I know. But I look at some of you beautiful pastor’s wives and think, why can’t I be like that?!? Maybe I’m supposed to be just throwing myself into a ministry of some kind, not focusing so much on a business. If I didn’t have Evy’s Tree, I’d be able to focus on ministry with my husband a bit more, travel with him sometimes, do what other pastor’s wives do so well, whatever that may be.

But in the end, my sales {and my gut} always prove that this is worth forging ahead. In the end, I remember why I am doing this: for my family, for my kids and for our future. I realize that business may be my calling…especially when I get emails from you all telling me how much you love our products, or when I see the expression of excitement on your faces when you try a hoodie on for the first time and see how cute it is on…. Or when my husband is speaking at some of your churches and you sweet ladies approach him, with tears in your eyes and tell him how much this blog/business is a ministry to you. These are all things that make me realize…I need to keep going. It is worth it. 

I guess my point in this post follows a theme I have been screaming from the roof tops for many years now: DON’T GIVE UP. Even when you want to. Because the reality is WE HAVE SO MUCH TO BE THANKFUL FOR, even during those uncertain times. And truthfully, I think at some point, things break. Even if it’s just for a moment, and God allows you to see the sun through the clouds. Maybe things don’t always work out as you planned, but at some point you will be able to lift your head and say, I see what the Apostle Paul meant when he penned, “And we know all things work together for good who love God and who are called according to his purpose.” {Romans 8:28}. Or when Matthew wrote, “Seek ye first the kingdom of God and all these things will be added unto you.” {Matthew 6:33}.

Are you going through an uncertain time? Keep on keeping on friends. We’re going to make it. All of us. Despite our conflicting emotions about things in life. :) Love you all!

xoxo

Simple Sale and FREE Mrs Darcy Brooches

There is a HUGE event going on over in the shop.

Ever since the beginning of Evy’s Tree, the Simple and Mrs Darcy Brooches have been good friends. A couple of views of them together over the years:

Mrs Darcy’s brooches are so fun, whimsical and unique and they go so well with our Simples. We felt it was a perfect item to kick the spring season off with. I hope you take advantage of our sale this week…everyone needs a Simple Hoodie {and a Mrs Darcy brooch!!}.

The sale will last while supplies last, but no later than April 1. Don’t want a Simple, but have your eye on something else in the shop? Free shipping with code SIMPLESALE. To shop click HERE

xoxo

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