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Ya’ll Amaze Me – a Wee Essentials update

I’m amazed, guys.  I’ve been looking at my numbers.

I started Wee Essentials in June 2008 and made my first sale shortly after.  I am blessed to be able to say it’s been mostly uphill since then.

It hasn’t always been easy on either of us – my customers or me, though.

The summer my daughter was born, we were living without any air conditioning in 100+ degree weather (I don’t think I mentioned that here!)  At the same time, Wee Essentials was experiencing unprecedented growth that I couldn’t keep up with.  I did eventually figure it out, and the next summer, I hired Jess to help me out with the basic sewing tasks and soaping I do daily – cutting, pinning, cutting soap bits and packing them up.

That, in a nutshell, brings me up to today.  And I’ve been looking at my numbers.  I’d like to share some of them with you!

The last half of 2011, on Etsy, I had about 50 sales a month.  So far, 2012 has been a year of amazing growth, with 80 orders in January and 70 in February.  March is shaping up to be similar.  I just keep going back to those numbers and I’m stunned!  (In a good way, of course!)

This doesn’t include those of you who ordered off WeeEssentials.com, co-ops, directly from me, or from retailers across the US and Canada!  Wow!  THANK YOU!

Unfortunately, I can’t say I’ve been well prepared for this growth.  I’ve been getting orders out as fast as possible, but barely keeping up.  And I’m sorry for that.  You all have been very understanding, and I appreciate that so much.  These types of growth come with “growing pains” and we are definitely feeling that now – especially the week we realized we had 35 custom orders in the queue and ran out of 16 of my 31 scents of soap bits!

We are looking at a few different options, including hiring someone just to take care of the soap bits.  I am also looking into finding an office space to rent – maybe even a retail space!  I’m so excited for the future, but I want to be sure that we keep up with the present.  So you’ll find us in the studio for several hours this evening, after the kids are in bed. 😀

In the end, it comes down to this: I want to truly, deeply thank every single one of you for your business and your friendship.  YOU are what makes Wee Essentials successful!

Do you spin or knit?

All items at DyeingToSpin are 15% off with the code “TourDeFleece”.  Dyeing to Spin is a hobby for me, but I’m going to be offering the Dyeing to Spin brand in wools appropriate for knitting soakers, including handspun, and with patterns for soakers I am currently testing.  It’s mostly spinning fiber and sock yarn now, but I’m really pleased with the colorways!

Fall Already?

So have you noticed the date?  Tomorrow’s date?  The first day of fall.  How can that be?  Despite above-100 degree temperatures all summer, I’m still amazed at how fast this season went.

And on it goes.

So I had a lot of goals for new product lines this summer, and only one came to fruition, and that only in a special order.  Business has picked up and many times I overestimated how much time my children and my husband would allow me.  Finally, my husband’s job has stabilized (no more schedule changes just as we figure out what days I can work!) and Thing One started preschool.  On the other hand, Thing Two turned two earlier this month and he’s truly acting like a Dr. Suess character.

Some of my recent facebook updates:

“I’m sitting in the living room and I hear this in the kitchen: “No, no no no no! Get your diaper back on! Get your diaper back on and get off the counter!”

“Well, we know that Baby Girl isn’t allergic to any of the ingredients in Goldfish Crackers…sweet little crazy Thing Two thought he was helping me. Scary!”

“So…two days ago Thing Two used daddy’s hair gel as lotion. Yesterday he used our windowsill as his canvas and a ballpoint pen as his paint. Today…nothing. Thank goodness for bulldozers working on the neighbor’s driveway!”

This doesn’t include the pictorial update where he threw a ballpoint pen up on the electric range behind the frying pan while I was cooking – I didn’t see it, but I sure wondered why the eggs smelled like ozone!

Anyway…lol

Some new stuff with WeeEssentials – I have two wonderful ladies who will be joining me soon in sewing parts of  my pads.  That will help me focus on getting everything else done in a more timely manner!  Most of their pads will be available on my off-Etsy site, WeeEssentials.com (please don’t purchase anything there yet!  The shopping cart is acting up!)  My Etsy site will be mostly devoted to customs, diapering accessories and soap bits, but I will be carrying in-stock items there, too.


And FINALLY!  Don’t forget that when you purchase $50 or more on my Etsy site by MIDNIGHT (CST) on September 30th, 2010, shipping is free!  This applies to custom orders placed in that time period as well!

Free Shipping Through September 30th!

My eldest started preschool this year!  His first day is today, and I’m sad and he’s excited, so let’s celebrate!

Okay, so this is a long running promotion, but until September 30th, 2010, when you order $50 or more of product from WeeEssentials on Etsy or on diaperswappers.com, shipping is free!*

Links to my Diaperswappers threads: mama cloth and wet bags, and diapering accessories.

On Etsy there is not a way to automatically discount the shipping, and there are two solutions to this:

1. Check out and pay.  I’ll refund your shipping when I ship your items.

or

2.  Check out and don’t pay.  Send me a message or just wait and I’ll send you a revised Paypal invoice with the shipping removed!

WeeEssentials Breast Pads for Nursing Women

WeeEssentials Breast Pads for Nursing Women

*The items you purchase must equal $50 before shipping charges are added.  Custom orders are eligible as well, as long as you place the custom order before September 30th, 2010 (even if you wait to pay for the order until it’s completed.)

Oh, Baby!

Well, it’s been a while, but we’ve been busy.  I keep meaning to write a post, but life gets in the way.  Our baby girl is now three months old (wow!) so I have a bit of catching up to do:

Brand New Baby Girl

Brand New Baby Girl

That’s her above, miss Baby Girl, born May 13th – just 4 days early.  I am proud to say it was an all natural birth, although once I tell the story, you’ll know I had no choice!

Labor started at 1:30, and by 7 we were at the hospital; the boys stayed with friends.  All the rooms were full but one, so they were working on cleaning a room for me at 7:20 or so when I started feeling the need to push and squat (no one ever tells you about the squatting!)

I was whisked away to an overflow room down the hall from L&D at 7:24, where I gave birth to my Baby Girl at 7:29 pm.  Obviously there was no time for an epidural!  I had not planned on one – in fact, I had prayed that I wouldn’t have any kind of medical intervention at all, but even my midwife required certain things most hospitals will do. I’m grateful that my prayer was answered – they didn’t even know who I was until after Baby Girl was born!

Baby Girl at three months old!

Baby Girl at three months old!

She’s growing so fast and even sleeping through most nights.  I can’t complain a bit.  During the day, she loves to be held and wants to see everything, so needless to say, I get very little done between feeding, clothing, disciplining, cleaning, and holding the three kids!  I’m blessed!

Changes at the WeeEssentials Headquarters

Once again, it’s been a while since I’ve posted, but I didn’t want everyone to think I’ve abandoned the blog.  Sometimes, though, it’s just not high on my list of priorities.  Today, however, I have a bit of free time.

To be short and succinct, a lot of things are changing around here.  After working full time on WeeEssentials for six months, my husband found a full-time job (on his first attempt, none the less!) and I went back to being a full-time mom to my two boys in April.  Any day now, they will be joined by a little girl – due on the 17th of this month!

At the same time, I experienced an influx of special and custom orders, which was a huge blessing financially, but drained most any free time I had.    It’s been rough on me, mostly because being so pregnant means I really want to be in bed by 9!  But it’s been good.  And I’m very thankful to every one of my customers!  I do love what I do – even when it takes up all my time! 🙂
So, for right now, I’m not accepting custom orders unless they are up in my shop as a semi-custom listing.  I can moderate the flow of orders a bit better that way.  But I can always be persuaded, so feel free to ask!

Ugh.  This post sounds so serious!

And update to remodeling

Here we are, two month after we’ve closed, and our house is still a disaster.  I’ve been putting off updates on the condition of the house simply because I really don’t want pictures of our ransacked house spread across the internet!

But we did install the bamboo floors and the windows I talked about, though if you compare the picture I posted (from Lumber Liquidators’ Website) to the actual floor, you can see the floor color is quite different.  I’m not sure why that is, but when I complained to my husband, he said the sample in the store of our floors was almost the same as what we got.

Lesson learned:  Don’t buy hardwood floors off the internet.

The bamboo floors in our living room.

Don’t get me wrong, they are beautiful floors.  But they show everything – and I have two boys (and a little girl on the way in May), two cats and a husband.

I think we have a couple mice, too.

Needless to say, I am trying to teach the kids and reteach my husband to take off their shoes at the door!  (I grew up in Minnesota where this is standard practice.  Husband grew up in coastal North Carolina where it is common to leave the shoes on until you climb in bed at night.)

But we do love the floors (I think my husband loves them even more because they are darker!) and they are holding up very well.  We were pleased at how easy they were to install, so I definitely recommend them – just make sure you see the color in person before you order!

We still have a lot to do, especially cosmetically.  The windows are in, but we have to come up with the money to trim the sills still.  We’ve spent that on other, more necessary repairs, like the leaky water spigot outside!

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I will admit, our electricity bill last month was $550!  Not much better than the $600 electric bill I mentioned our neighbor had a past winter.  This set off yet another flurry of draft-searching and we’ve changed the way we do a few things.  My husband went under the house and repaired some of the venting that was dangling incorrectly and reinsulated a few things in order to improve efficiency, and I’m pretty sure the bedrooms are as air-tight as a house from 1905 can be!

The fact that this is one of the coldest winters on record really isn’t helping us!  We did crunch some numbers, and realized that our winters in Ohio were no cheaper, but because of how we paid for it (usually up front for heating oil) we didn’t think of it as a monthly expense.  Thankfully, last month the bill was $300 – half of this month’s bill.  So I can expect that as long as it doesn’t keep acting like Ohio in Tennessee, we’ll see that this isn’t the norm!

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I could easily go on and on about our repairs, but those are the significant ones that actually pertain to this blog.  As for the others, well, some like hanging shelves and pictures are truly cosmetic and just daily life.  Others, like installing a HE washer and dryer set, a new fridge, and CFL bulbs, are certainly within the scope of my blog but just so very obvious.  I don’t feel they are really worth mentioning.
Anyone want to come swing a hammer? LOL

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