Happy Endings and New Beginnings

Wow. What a week last week. Seriously, what a crazy, crazy long and exciting week. Wednesday was the big, big day…we finally received our manufactured goods. They came a day later than I expected, but you better believe I was happy they were here…it could have been a lot worse…it could have been one week or one month late, so you won’t see any complaining from me. We moved our car out of the third bay garage {yes, Evy’s Tree now consumes our entire garage} and the freight company unloaded all the boxes for us….

This sweet man was a God send….while he was unloading the truck he looked me square in the eyes and said, “This business is your ministry, isn’t it?”

It gave me chills. Bonifide, hair raising chills. 

While he was unloading the packages, he kept speaking faith over my company:

“You know this is how Steve Jobs started…out of his garage”

“Yes m’am, this business is going somewhere, I can feel it!”

“Next time I deliver your goods, you’re going to be in a warehouse!”

“I better get your autograph now, I can say I was here in the beginning!”

By the time he was finished unloading, I was pretty convinced that he was an angel in disguise. God knew I needed that. He really, really did. Someday I am going to write a post on what I think you need to start a business, but I’ll tell you, one of the first things you need is lots and lots of faith. Faith in yourself first, but I believe you need faith in God as well. See, I put everything I do in HIS hands. And whatever He wants from me, I will do.

Guys, I’m going to be honest with you, if you have followed along at all over the last year, this has been a long, long road. Definitely not easy. There have been many moments where I would wake up in the middle of the night crying because I didn’t know what I was doing, where God was guiding us, and where we were supposed to go. Two years ago Brandon and I stepped out and made a huge step of faith, and here we are. There have been many moments where I stood in the middle of our house and screamed, “What have we done?!?!” Honesty here, sorry.

But over the last couple weeks God has brought a lot of it together for us. He has opened some doors that I never dreamed would have existed two years ago, and shut some doors that I was certain we were meant to go through. Funny how that happens.

See, ministry to me has always been more pulpit. More church oriented. But the crazy thing about Evy’s Tree is that it has shown me that ministry is sometimes different than what you think. I’m finding that ministry just simply means “reaching out”. And that is what, through Evy’s Tree, I’ve been able to do. I’ve been able to reach out to those I would never have been able to meet. I’ve been able to connect, and sometimes inspire, others. And somehow, this has turned into a ministry.

So yes, freight delivery man {I never got his name}…you are right. This business has become my ministry. 

After saying all that, I guess you can imagine how excited I was to receive this shipment. A happy ending to a long time period I’m eager to kiss goodbye and new beginnings to a wonderful new chapter in our lives. Nicole and I waited eagerly all day Wednesday for them to arrive, and when they did, I jumped up and down for joy. So did Jake….when he arrived home from school and found everything in the garage, he was ecstatic. Bless his heart. He knows how important it is to me. 

After we got over the excitiment of the arrival, I had to deal with the huge undertaking of unpacking and consolidating inventory.

Yikes.

Thankfully, I have some pretty amazing nieces. They were exhausted after a full day of school and volleyball practices, but they {and Nicole} came over and helped us unpack and count hoodies.

We finished about half of the boxes that night and then I completed the rest the following day. It took us 19 hours and four people unpack and consolidate the shipment. Yes. 19 hours. By the time Thursday evening came around I was limping to bed, utterly exhausted. But the studio looked neat and tidy, and everything was organized. That’s an amazing feeling.

YES!! That is leftover fabric from the years gone by up on top. If you want fabric, please let me know we are selling it by the pound and would love to get rid of it!

All the hoodies came packaged so beautifully from our factory and wrapped securely together so during shipment they wouldn’t shift. This is how they looked coming out of the box. So nice and neat!

Oh, and Evy wore a mini gunmetal simple to school on Thursday. It’s only fitting that Evy wear one of the first manufactured Evy’s Tree, right?

On Friday morning my niece Brittany came back and pulled all your orders. She made her way through July 30, which was our heaviest preorder date.

While she pulled hoodies, I packaged them with our new packaging. I think you guys will love receiving your hoodies…the packaging is so pretty!

And let me just say, the second thing you should do if you start a business, after having faith, is make sure you are surrounded by good friends. I can’t tell you how many times over the years that my friends have helped me out in a pinch with Evy’s Tree. Natalie and Harmony saw the stress in my eyes and asked if they could come over and help. While I packaged, they finished up sachets for you all. Yes, you get a handmade sachet in each and every box. Hope you love it!

And my dear friend Heidi. I adore her. She came by after school on Thursday and saw the overwhelmed look in my face. An hour later she showed up with this shepherds pie.

It was delicious, and for a family who hadn’t eaten a home cooked meal in several days, it was such a blessing!

We made a huge dent in the July 30 orders.

I am pleased to say that the majority of them should be shipping today. Please watch your inbox for shipping notifications. I hope to catch up with shipping by the end of this week and have our orders back to a 3-5 day turnaround time by next week. Stay tuned!

In closing, I hope you all had a wonderful Labor Day weekend. We were able to catch my nephew’s football game Friday night. It was so much fun and he is AMAZING!

By Saturday I could barely say my name, I was so tired. Seriously. Our friends came for the weekend, and it was so nice. Instead of us entertaining them, they entertained us…seriously, they made sure I was resting, calm, not working. It was wonderful. The kids swam in the pool at my parents while I rested poolside. I haven’t done that in a long time. It was so needed and so wonderful.

don’t mind my toes…pedicure is next on the list this week…yikes.

I love you guys! I hope you all love your hoodies. Make sure you take some great pictures of you wearing them because we’re going to be hosting a really cool giveaway next week and it involves you wearing your hoodies!! ;)

xoxo

PS…did you guys see the new photos by the very talented DASO Photo? Click HERE and HERE.

First Day of School 2013

Annndddd…..that’s a wrap folks! Summer is over! Where in the world did it go? Am I the only one who feels like the summer has flown by? And we didn’t even do anything exciting….well, that is if you don’t consider launching a fall line exciting. :(

ANYWAY, I can’t say this was the most thrilling summer ever, but I do think we had a wonderful time as a family. We took little day trips, enjoyed our time together, tried to sleep in and take every day as it comes. I’m so thankful for my family and our beautiful life!

So today was the day all our fun and sleeping in ended. The kids were excited, especially Evy. She COULD NOT wait to get to school and play. She loves school! Oh boy, I adore her!

Jake was a bit bummed out that summer was over, but happy to be with his friends again. This kids…such a ham!

The two of them together…such a mug shot!

It’s funny, I’m so used to fussing over Jake’s first day, but I’m realizing that 1st graders don’t get fussed over. We literally watched him walk to the door and we waved goodbye…but Evy, well, we got to hang out in her classroom, talk to parents and the teachers and just get comfortable with the whole new year. It was so nice.

We have met so many wonderful friends through school. It’s been such a blessing. And all Evy’s friends from last year are also doing preschool/4 together this year. Here is Evy’s friend Gabe… we love Gabe! He’s a little man!

This is Gabe’s mom, Natalie.

These preschool moms I have met over the last couple years are such a treasure. This will be our third year that our kids are all together {most of the moms have kids Jake’s age} and I have to be honest and say these ladies are such wonderful blessings to my life. I love them all!

And Evy loves her teacher Mrs. E. She was so excited to give her a hug!

I thought Evy would be sorry to see me go, since she was so insitant that I hang out in the class for a bit….I tried to say goodbye, BUT….

She was too busy with Mr Potato Head. Isn’t that awesome?!?

After we left Evy we made it over to Jake {sheesh good thing I only have two kids to tell you about, clearly I have a lot to say about the first day of school! ha}. We caught up with him just as the whistle blew and he was lining up. I was able to snag a quick hug.

But it didn’t last long, he was too ready to go….

Now isn’t that a perfect photo? The mom…hanging onto her son for dear life, while he’s taking off for adventure and is screaming, “let go!”. Ha. No, that didn’t really happen, but maybe that’s how my mind thought it was.

ANYWAY….

We were allowed in the classroom for two seconds only to snap a quick photo of our kids in their seats. Ummm…two things:

1. He is sitting next to the girl who he had a crush on last year. Can you see the excitement?

2. He is in the front row. Smart teacher!

He got to pose for two seconds with his buddies….

Love those kids. Thankful they have each other.

Well guys, that’s it. Our first day of school. How was your first day??

PS….Don’t forget to get your little one a hoodie for back to school! Click HERE to shop all our kids styles!

xoxo

Fall 2013 and Black Simples

Guys, where have I been? I completely forgot to mention on our blog that the Fall 2013 line is now in the shop…..

Click HERE to shop, but hurry, discount codes end Monday, August 12 at 11:59 PM PST. The Save Evy’s Tree code ends then also.

You guys are so amazing. We have sold out on many items, especially in size medium. The above gunmetal simple is totally sold out in medium, as is the Lizzy. Thank you!! I know you are going to LOVE the new Evy’s Tree items.

We’ve had many requests over the last couple of weeks for black simples in the new lovely fabric. We did not plan on making any this season, and to be honest, we don’t have any plans for black in spring either. Luckily, our factory was able to rush a handful of them for us. Our factory is AMAZING! Anyway, we don’t have a picture of them, but they are the exact sample blend fabric as our others {cotton, modal, spandex blend}…in solid black in the simple style, just like these guys:

Because they are being rushed, we are not able to offer any discount codes for this one, so they are regular price. However, we are offering free shipping on them {sorry on US items only, International will have a shipping fee to fedex these ones}…so if you have already ordered from the shop during the preorders, then we will be able to combine the black simple with your other orders for free. They will ship within four weeks. Please note that we only have a small handful of these, when we are sold out the size will not show up.

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?

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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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 I Love The Most

 “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal.  For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Matthew 6:19-21

Matthew 6 is one of my favorite Bible passages. It is one of the passages of Scriptures I have read over, and over, and over…and over again. I am really, really bad at memorizing Scripture {like HORRIBLE at it}, but even with my horrible memory, I have read this passage so much that many portions I can quote by heart. But you know what’s crazy? Even with my love for the passage, there are times in life when I read it and it feels like I have never seen it before. Has that ever happened to you?

Last week, during our Young Mother’s Bible Study, we talked about Matthew 6, especially verses 29-21. And I got SO CONVICTED. We are using a small group Bible study found {HERE} and the lesson we were studying was called “Overwhelmed”.

OH WOW…that describes me.

You see, the last several months have been tough. I know I’ve touched on some of the frustrations several times on this blog, so this isn’t new news to you all. I have spent many days, nights and any spare moments in between “spinning” the wheels in my brain over things happening in my life. And I have been so busy working, planning, stressing, working some more….that I have to be honest and say I have been very, very overwhelmed. To the point that all I do is sit in front of my computer and work. SO NOT GOOD.

Anyway, this Bible study convicted me. And made me think.

So many exciting are in store for Evy’s Tree, and hopefully for our family as well. But sometimes exciting can also be translated as SCARY. I’m sure if you’ve ever done anything outside of your box you know what I mean. ;) However, I’m choosing to say EXCITING instead of the latter. This summer our manufactured items will arrive and I have quite a bit to do to prepare for them. There is a long, long list of things I need to do to properly sell those items.

However, I DO NOT want my long list to overshadow what I feel is the most important thing in my life…these guys:

These are the people that God placed in my life to love and nurture…to care for and to encourage. And it doesn’t matter if I make a million dollars {or lose a million for that matter, ha}…if these guys are not taken care of, then I fail. Big time. Because where my treasure is, that’s where my heart is…and I want to make sure my treasure is in the right place, you know?

So what’s the point?

I am committing to put the things that matter the most first and foremost the next couple months. This is going to be a tough balance for me since I really do have quite a long to do list before those manufactured items get here, which means there are some things I am going to have to let go. Every mom knows this is a tough balance. Letting things go sometimes means you may loose some things in the process. But more than anything, I want to do what God has called me to do…and my first calling is this family. I am sure you feel the same way. So, to me, letting some things go is paramount.

I just want to encourage all of you out there, if you are in the same spot as me…feeling overwhelmed and feeling like things are flying out of control…I want to encourage you to define what you love the most, and make sure it lines up with what God purpose is for you. And then join me in cutting some things out that may not line up with HIS plan for you. Because remember….where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. Is your heart in the right place?

I want to make sure mine is. Big hugs friends. xoxo