Thursday, October 14, 2010

Cake and Boots

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Hello! I've missed you. I feel like I barely have time to just enjoy the internet nor visit my favorite blogs. I am, as always, one busy girl. If you have sent me an email, please know we have already set up two new Joyfolie email accounts because I cannot handle the volume! Very soon at least one of those will be functional. Regarding orders, we normally ship about a week from when an item is purchased. However, we are a small company! When order volume is high {and esp. if I am one staff member down like this week} it does delay shipment. I wish we had a full-time staff, but we don't. I am having interviews this week and next week to hire on more help. Timeliness is very important in our culture, and I understand that. I am doing my best to adjust to meet demand.

Also, I wanted to share with you some exciting news that Joyfolie was approached by a major retailer! I'm not going to say who yet because no orders have been placed, but it is so very exciting. So, if you are frustrated with our low inventory now, just know that you *might* be able to get in your car and see our shoes in person in a little under a year from now. In the interim, I am gathering a team of experts from well-known shoe companies to make our unique designs more durable and practical than our handmade version are now. I work really hard and I am spread very thin and I don't sleep very much--but I'm happy! I never know for sure what the future holds, so I am trying to enjoy today, even as I do battle with busy-ness. Thank you to all my customers who add such a wonderful enthusiasm to Joyfolie--you keep me going! (Even if I'm not so good about letting you know in an email.} I hope you are having a great week. Feel free to offer a suggestion for photo Friday in the comments.

The boots pictured are called Tabitha available here. They are one of a kind!
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11 comments:

Mrs.LifeAccounts said...

ohh I missed the boots! :( They are adorable! Jess you do an amazing job keeping up, I wish there was something I could do to help!

Prencie said...

WOW!!! That is EXCITING news!!!! Oooo, is it Macys.... Nordstorm?!?! Ha ha! I know you're not going to spill the beans but those are the 2 (thinking Nordstrom) that come to mind:) Cute cute boots and had a small heart attack when I saw they were still available but decided to pass and let someone else get lucky!:) She would only be able to wear them for a month or 2 and that's without socks:) I so hope you get the help you need!!! Things are very busy for me and I'm thinking of getting some help myself!!:) It's important to get help but from what I gather you and I are VERY much alike and we try to do ALL on our own. No-one-can-do-it-as-well-as-you is a VERY hard thing to let go of!:) I know it's hard to hand the reins over to someone every once in a while but the rest is worth it!:) Hugs!!

Alisha said...

Love these :)

Megan said...

way to go jessica! these are adorable :) love the little bows and bright fabric on the inside..so fun! hope your mystery project is still going well, just know you are in our thoughts and prayers as you go through these "growing pains"...my husband and i are small business owners and i know all the hard work and long hours that go into the growing process...but it is sooooo worth it at the end :)xoxo!

Jessica said...

Jen--oh! Your email! Blast, I thought I sent a quick reply via my BB. I'll keep that in mind! I'd love to be touch regularly, too :)

Jessica said...

Prencie, ha! ha! you know I won't tell! The truth is, while all our correspondence has been overwhelmingly positive, nothing is a done deal. Truth is, if it doesn't work out with this company, then it will with another, I think...

As for hiring help, no--you definitely can't grow a biz by micromanaging and doing it all yourself! I think it's challenging, though, when you are generating your own inventory and simultaneously trying to staff customer service {i.e. there just isn't that much margin in a US handmade product.}

Cora Anne Designs said...

Wow, what excited news!!! That's awesome! Hang in there, I'm sure the long hours and no sleep are so worth it!

Philip, Melissa, & Summer said...

I seriously love all of your boots. I can't wait to have another little girl so I can get some.

Brianne-zam said...

beyond exciting news!!! i'm going to add anthropologie to the mix. they have a children's line, its possible:-) keep truckin' jessica!
briana j

Melanie said...

Those boots are adorable! Love the lining! You're so incredibly talented, can't wait to be able to get some shoes for my daughter! : )

Anonymous said...

How do you buy these boots, there adorable!!

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