Almost a year ago, I signed on with a web designer to launch my new shop. At the time, we thought we would launch in September 2012 at the latest. Almost immediately after this decision was made, I found out that my mother had very limited time left with us. If you have followed my blog for a while, you know the kids and I packed up and headed to Virginia to be with her for the better part of last summer. It was a gift for Maddie, Harry and me to be able to spend so much time with her and my family. She passed in September and while I still miss her every day, I have no regrets or worries that there were words left to be said before she went. She was an incredible mother and she and my Dad blessed us with their love and support.
In the Fall, after mom’s service and with the kids back into their routine I got back to work on the website. It was clear at the time that I did not have the right team in place to execute my vision for the site. When I do something, half way isn’t an option. And when I have something in my mind, I cannot settle. I’d rather wait and get it right. So, this led to finding web designers who could take my vision and find a solution to make it happen. This meant changing platforms and back-end functionality. All of this has taken hard work and time. And, we are nearly there and had agreed to launch later this week.
But I’ll admit, a few weeks ago when we were in a forced holding pattern due to a server upgrade….I enjoyed the time away from the technology. I played with my kids more….I was nicer, less stressed. More home cooked meals made it on the table….and playdates happened, walks to the park happened, decorating around my own house pushed forward, etc. These two precious little ones got a lot more of my attention.
Summer is knocking at the door and I’ve been worried about launching the new store while we have lots of family plans. While I have no doubt it all could get done……I’ve been questioning whether it needs to. Waiting to launch the shop by a couple of months isn’t going to bring the end of the world (hardly!). Coming to that decision has lifted a huge weight off my shoulders. I can add a few new vendors I was going to do after launch and get things tweeked and ready to go…..but wait to launch until I am ready. When I am not feeling like I am taking away from my family…..the two priorities competing within me.
With the overwhelming support of my husband and the agreement of my web guys I am guessing we will launch in late July or August. I feel great about this decision….and know that I’ll start this new venture feeling rejuvenated and excited to expand a business that has been my little baby for the past 4+ years!
In the meantime, I am going to create a new board on Pinterest to sell some of my fabric stash. The fabric will go up as I have time to photograph it—so check back often if you are looking for something. It will be for sale for a limited time (I’ll take it down mid June at the latest) and will be one time deals. The fabrics are primarily Quadrille and Shumacher, with some Raoul and a few other things thrown in. If you see something you like, you just email me and I’ll send you a paypal invoice. Easy.
Finally, my trade only buying service will remain active and up and running throughout the summer. So, if you need a quote or help with home decor related purchases, contact me as usual and I am happy to help!