Thursday, March 17, 2011

St. Patty's Day Update


I've had several comments made to me in the past week from friends that they really miss my blog posts...so after a 4 month hiatus, here I am. :)

Not a whole lot has changed since my last post in December except that The Organic Bloom has continued to grow like crazy. We now have 11 full time employees and a couple part timers, so the good news is that I'm getting a bit more sleep these days than I did November-January. Don't get me wrong, we are still juggling a lot from day to day, but we're getting things figured out and running a bit smoother now. We just moved into a second 3,000 sq. ft. warehouse this past weekend and the added space has already been tremendously used! I convinced Jason to paint at least one of the rooms that we pack in and I've been adding my decorative touches little by little. My flea market/antique store finds are getting some good use now- all these goodies were rounded up from my home decor! That's my kind of decorating budget!






This is going to be a retroactive-picture-heavy post, but that's ok! I love photos!! Two weekends ago we delivered several really large frames to NW Arkansas where Jason is originally from. While we were over there, we met up with one of our clients from The Organic Bloom and she took our photos. So far, all I have are a few sneak peeks from Melissa at Preserved Photo, so that's all you get to see here! I am so excited to have some new photos and get some of our frames hung for ME to see on a daily basis! ha!




My next set of photos are a few from me and Rachel's recent trip to a giant photography trade show in Las Vegas. Let's just say she and I were ready to return to sweet little Tulsa, OK after our first afternoon there- that place is crazy! We met with as many clients as we could in 2.5 days time, super super fun! Meeting our customers, getting to put a face with the name, is hands down my absolute favorite part of this company!

Rach!!

[photo credit: Stephanie Bachle]
One of our photogs, Stephanie, insisted on taking a pic of my eyes...did you know Jason and I have the exact same colors eyes?


Dinner with one of our first big clients- Kenzi and gals, Jess & Amy


Breakfast with another client, Raven

My favorite display of the whole MGM hotel!

Floyd & Jessica from LemonDrop Stop Backdrops

Rach sorting through our "business cards"- 5x7 frames!!
We took an entire suitcase full of these babies!

We met with a few customers in the food court of the MGM and more customers kept coming! Everyone loved our business cards- hoping for a real booth at the show next year!


And a few more photos, cause I just have to brag just a little bit...we'll mostly, I think I'm still in shock, but we have amazing customers who send us magazine quality photos all the time and what else can I do but be proud Mama!?







Tuesday, December 7, 2010

A crazy little update!


Life has just been CRAZY around here for the last 6 weeks! The Organic Bloom hasn't just blossomed over night- it has EXPLODED!!!

In 6 weeks time, we have garnered over 10,000 Facebook fans!! Pretty much everyday I ask myself if this is all real!? So if you wonder what on earth has happened to me- well, I work about 18-20 hours a day now (as does Jason). I went from working about 3 days a month to managing 6-8 people full time any given day- and we are STILL slammed with business! That just blows my mind! Needless to say though, Jason and I are living our dream!

We also have hired our lovely friend, Rachel, full time! She was the first person we hired 4 weeks ago- when we met her this summer, Jason told me "If we ever have the chance to hire her, we will!" She's been our "face" person for the time being- answering the phone and over 100 email's a day! We are so proud of her! (This photo was taken on pretty much the only day off we've had in 6 weeks- at our friend's farm in Arkansas.)


Finnigan has taken his new role as office supervisor quite seriously- he figures that somebody needs to sleep around here!

I spend my day's supervising the painting and packing end of things- and I miss my Finn! Rachel and her doxie, Walter, take good care of him all day at home though!

Gotta get back to work- just wanted to pop in and say hi!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Birthing



It's been right around 3 months since our miscarriage. I'm just now beginning to feel ready to the idea of being pregnant again. So many people handle miscarriage in so many different ways. I was never terribly devastated, "couldn't handle anything or go anywhere" etc. Don't get me wrong, I was definitely sad. bummed. frustrated. But never incapacitated.

My defense mechanism: loosing all interest. I went from reading all sorts of mommy blogs, parenting magazines, etc- just devouring it to none. I didn't want to know what kinds of food you try first with your baby, or what the best cloth diapers were anymore or anything. Slowly that interest is being peaked in me again.

Another part of my defense (distraction) has been birthing a baby of another kind.



First we got pregnant with the idea.
Then it started growing as we tried out making our first frames
Then it got a little bigger as a few of Brenda's clients ordered our frames
Then it got even bigger as I quit doing anything frame related at home
Then it hit the 9th month (figuratively) and we hired a painter
NOW we are in labor. Our Facebook fan page has grown from 200 some fans on Friday night to nearly 2,200 fans tonight- that's in FOUR measly little days, Folks!
It's a VERY hard labor, and forget hours, this one has been days and weeks on end.

Then a BABY

The nights have been late for quite some time.
Everyone is visiting to see the new baby company.
Even meals are a bit un-predictable around here.
We're learning so much every day.
It' can't be left alone, it's 24 hours-a-day care
We're both crazy exhausted.
But ecstatic beyond words!

I know I've been sparse around here, but what can I say- newborns are beautiful and VERY time consuming. Even the non-human kind are. :)

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

delicious, healthy and quick!

It's no secret around here that we really don't eat junk food. So how does one eat healthy and lead the crazy starting a new business life that we've been living for the past 3 months?

Just one evening a week I meal plan, we grocery shop together, and lastly I prep ALL the meals as soon as we arrive home from Whole Foods. It took me almost 3 hours just to prep all the meals for this week...but let me tell you how worth it those 3 hours were:

I came home this evening from being at the shop for almost 11 hours- opened the fridge and grabbed a few things and within 10 minutes had a delightful asian stir-fry ready that is now sitting in front of me as I type. (Jason is playing racquetball with his friends- that's why we're not eating together at the table.)

Anywho. From the fridge I grabbed:
2 eggs
2 tupperwares with chopped veggies ready for stir-fry (broccoli florets, carrots, onion, sugar snap peas, and celery)

No patience to cook real rice tonight, so I just skipped that part (I typically make this all into fried rice). I scrambled the eggs in a small skillet and steamed/stir-fried the veggies in a 2-qt. soup pot (with lid) with soy sauce, rice vinegar and my favorite- sesame seed oil. Occasionally stir the veggies while making the eggs and combine in a bowl when the veggies are somewhat tender.

There are enough veggies left I can do this another night for the both of us! Yum!! It's like going to a Japanese steakhouse, without the show and large bill at the end of the night!

Monday, October 18, 2010

FurBaby

My new camera came a couple weekend ago- so I just HAVE to post a few photos this morning before I run off to do my day's tasks. I still don't have Photoshop on my screen on our Mac, and I really don't have the time to transfer stuff around via email. So any photog types- bear with me as these are just SOOC. (hehe- I've always wanted to use that term, now I can! straight out of the camera that is).

Finnigan has been good practice for me as I learn more about light and how it affects faces. Again, bear with me, I don't have any cute toddlers yet running around my house to practice on!
Hi baby! He's begging for some tuna juice here :)


Vanessa caught him licking his lips the other day!


far too bright, but he's still so cute!




I should have stepped over to the right a tad to get more light on his right eye.



Brenda- he sleeps kinda like a newborn, if only I could get his legs tucked!

Thursday, October 14, 2010

FOUR

Today is our FOURTH wedding anniversary!! Hopefully in the crazy busy lives we're currently living we'll get to spend some business/commitment/schedule- free time together tonight!
76 more to go, Sweetheart!!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

en route

Brenda and I ordered my new camera...a Canon 7d...this weekend!!! I am SO SO excited!

A fresh new chapter of my life is about to be written. A chapter that's always been waiting in the wings, anxiously asking me over and over if it was ever going to be time to appear. The opportunity has finally come, it's show time!


Inspiring:

This lady almost goes without saying around here these days- brendahoran.com - she believes in me. and us.



Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Happy Birthday to Meeee!

First some newsy stuff...

The Organic Bloom is taking off like CRAZY!! I have been slightly overwhelmed, but I think the excitement is overpowering it!

We are tentatively planning to attend the Creative Estates Blog Conference in Chandler, AZ in April. I've been following Shey B (aka the camera strap lady) via her blog for a while. She posts lots of helpful info and tips she's picked up in taking her small creative endeavor to a well known online company. After attending the BlogHer Conference in NYC in August, she realized there was a need for a blog conference relating to handmade businesses vs. just mommy blogging. There's definitely lots to still consider about going... but there will be professional photographers there (target market!?), it's in a suburb near where our friends the Spriks now live, and I'm sure there's plenty we can learn at the conference in taking our online business places! They will also be offering a handmade market (booths) for a very reasonable price. I really hope it all works out, we love road trips!!
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So. Yesterday my computer died. At least I think it did. Sigh. We really don't have time to deal with it, but I'm sure Jason will be able to revive it. He always does. Eventually it will have to finally die though, it's SEVEN years old. Yes, like prehistoric in computer years.
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On to the meat of this post. ha! My birthday was two weeks ago (remember wonderful spa day?!). After my afternoon of pampering my pal, Brenda, threw me a mini little party at D'novo. Here's a few pics from that evening:


Brenda, Mom, Vanessa, me, Elise & Grandma


Laurie, Mom, Vanessa, me, Elise & Grandma


My mom knows me too well...I like a good "wrapped" present! (gift bags are so boring to open!)


Apparently everyone got the same memo about what colors to wear!



Brenda got me a gift certificate for my very own camera strap cover!

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Happy Birthday, Laurie Lu!



Who says twenty-somethings are too old for slumber parties!?

A couple weekends ago our friend Jef emailed out about throwing his wife a surprise slumber party for her 25th birthday!

I arrived at the same time as one of the other gals, so with pillows in hand we rang the doorbell. Miss Laurie opened the front door and stared at us quite confused as we hollered, "Happy Birthday!"

Jef promptly vacated the house for the night and a couple other of her friends showed up. None of us really know each other outside of Laurie, but we all had fun together anyways!


Meseidy of The Noshery whipped us up dinner out of pantry odd & ends- it was delish! She needs to start hosting home cooking shows!


Jef also had a cake "hidden" in the fridge...he must have picked out a cake he would like, cause we only ate 5 slices that night (about 1/4 of the cake) and Laurie told me later he finished it off slice by slice all by himself!! haha!


We had tons of chick flicks to choose from...but after chatting till 2am, we all decided we'd better get to sleep if we wanted to function in the morning! (a couple of us had to leave at 8:30)

Happy Birthday, Laurie!! I'm glad someone thinks we're not too old for slumber parties!