Wednesday, April 4, 2012

May Poll


 
Artwork by Michelle Armas

Hello out there!.... to the four people still checking the Joyfolie blog as it has sat idle, once again, for much too long.  The irony is that when the blog sits silent is when there is the most happening behind the scenes.  This dichotomy really saddens me, actually, because I want Joyfolie to be transparent.  I want to say, Grab a cup of coffee {or glass of wine, depending on time of day} and hang out, and I will tell you what it's like, starting as a one-woman crafter and taking something into full-scale production.  I want to tell the story because I want Joyfolie to be different from faceless conglomerates, but more importantly because maybe my path will help other women out there... to take a wild journey, get lost in a passion, see what happens to this hobby run a muck, that sort of thing.

If I had to sum up the current silence, it can be attributed to one issue: staffing.  I have an amazing and tiny little team here at Joyfolie, and I stand at the helm pulling at way too many strings {designing, selling, marketing, production, pricing,... even a lot of the photography... and so on.}  All this is happening while my two kiddos spin around me like a May poll.  I mean that literally.  The other day I was standing in the kitchen, mulling over what to do next, while both kids walked in tiny circles around me.  I am not even sure why.... or why their father can be in the next room enjoying a TV show uninterrupted, while around me the spinning continues.

There are a lot of implications in our next phase of growth.  It's funny... I would have thought {and some people have even asked me} if it's a scary thing.  But it's not.  It feels exactly right.  In fact, at night when everyone is sleeping, sometimes I put headphones on, turn the music way up, and imagine what it will be like... to be in a bigger studio space, to have a solid team, to build a business in a Red-Bull world that values family.   It feels both exciting and necessary.

Anyway, I just wanted to drop by to say hi!  And, yes, still alive over here.  In fact, summer {and our new collection} is already coming next month!  ...and women's shoes and a few kids dresses.  I can't wait until I have a little more breathing room to tell you more!

8 comments:

Miss Severson said...

I imagine you are quite busy these days, Jessica! I love to think about the days of sitting at my computer, hitting refresh over and over until those shoes finally appeared! I like to think I was quite good at snagging them at your special uploads! I've been busy too...baby boy Jax arrived in December and now I have twice as many things to do and far less time to "win" shoes for Marley!! The good ol' days! Nice to know you are in a happy place and I look forward to the summer line :)

jackie said...

I'm happy and excited for you Jess. I know all too well the feeling with the kiddies...although not to the extent of Joyfolie...but as a working from home mama, I'm inspired by you. Can't wait to see where things go in the future. I pulled out one of those cute little yellow/white dresses the other day, and it fits Emmi PERFECTLY! #2 Birthday dress <3 Lots of love ~jackie

LaValya said...

Hi Jessica, it's awesome to hear about your constant growth and that it is all feels just right and not scary, what a blessing, and you have been a huge inspiration to me, seeing you come soooo far really inspires me and has helped me believe that I can do it to, I started making baby shoes a few years ago but did not have the confidence to sell them, then I came across your blog and wow it was exactly what I needed, reading about all your ups and downs in family and business is really inspiring, you are by far my favorite person to follow!!!! but I totally understand thy you have not been posting, just keep up the good work that you are doing....

About the makerie I really wanted to go (really only to hear your talk), but because of other trips I won't be able to, just wanted to let you know that if you would record your talk I would be happy to pay high price for it, or write the info down and sell that, I would love to learn about how to grow a business to a new level...

Jessica Haley said...

Miss Severson {Stevie} thanks for stopping by to say hi! Congrats on the healthy arrival of your little man!

Jackie, oh, that's so great about that yellow dress! Did you take pictures of her in it?

LaValya, thanks so much for your encouraging words and glad to hear you are pursuing your dream! I don't think that Ali {of the Makerie} has any plans to record it, but I will ask her :)

Cassandra said...

I am so excited! My sister and I recently discovered your amazing little shop and can hardly wait for what is coming next!
Thank you for your hard work and dedication!

shalaine said...

Hi Jess, just checked back to see if anything new was up and saw I'm behind two posts! Love to hear about your growth and that it feels right. You are very inspiring! I know how you feel with the kids walking circles around you and the husband in the next room without interruptions. I've found my best work gets done at 2am which makes for one tired mama! :) Keep up the great work and I can't wait to see your summer items.

Anonymous said...

You playlist of favorite songs made me smile! On May 5th my 17 year old and my 3 year old daughters will be preforming a duet to Taylor Swifts song, Never grow up at our dance recital.

jocelyn teo said...

Hi! I also am running a crafting business, and love to hear your insights about bringing the biz from a one-woman show into with more staff! It's been my goal to bring my biz to higher levels too, but there are so many challenges. Can't wait for more first-hand experiences from you. ♥

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