Divine Appointments and Favoritism

Hi guys, it’s Sunday, and I’m not at church. I haven’t been feeling great today, so I stayed home and in my PJ’s, snuggled under the covers with my Bible and a pen. Been reading and praying…and you know, I love these moments. I’m always in awe how God can visit you ANYTIME or ANYPLACE. He is as close as the mention of His name. I love, love that!

Yesterday we visited my in law’s for our new baby Levi’s baby shower and baby dedication. It was a beautiful day. So much love and joy surrounding this little guy. Evy adores him! She calls him “her baby”…even though it’s her cousin. She kept telling my sister in law that she will baby sit him one day. ha. Love that girl. She also ADORES Uncle David’s photo booth. Seriously, that girl gets in there, pushes the button and poses continually. I hopped in there with her once.

Since much of the family was at the shower, Bryony and David decided that it would be the perfect time to dedicate Levi to the Lord. Brandon did a quick ceremony and it was very sweet and touching.

I’ve never been at a baby dedication in a home before, but it was wonderful and I think it should be done more often! After Brandon’s words, all the family and Bryony and David’s friends gathered around and prayed for the Sowers family. So precious!

You know, as I watched all the loved ones of Levi gathering around and praying, I started thinking about friendships. And this morning, as I was laying in bed, I randomly opened the Bible to Acts 10. When I got to verse 9 about Peter’s vision of the clean and unclean…verse 19- 22 stuck out at me:

“While Peter was still thinking about the vision, the Spirit said to him, ‘Simon, three men are looking for you. So get up and go downstairs. Do not hesitate to go with them, for I have sent them. Peer went down and said to the men, ‘I’m the one you are looking for. Why have you come?’ The men replied, ‘We have come from Cornelius the centurion. He is a righteous and God-fearing man, who is respected by all the Jewish people. A holy angel told him to have you come to his house so that he could hear what you have to say.'”

Divine Appointments. I couldn’t stop thinking about it as I read this, and I sat in my bed and prayed, it keep coming back to me. While I was praying, I was reminded of all the times God brought specific people in my life for specific reasons. People I had no idea existed. People who God put in my life to have an impact on me.

And you know, God doesn’t just put people in your life for Spiritual reasons only. He cares about every aspect of your every day moments. He cares about your family, your school life, your business. The business part is something that has meant a lot to me lately. God cares about my business. Kinda blows me away. I mean, remember this meeting? Yup, God cares. He knew I needed to have that influence in my life. He made another divine appointment meeting for me last week. God is good. So thankful to Him for these times!

You think God doesn’t care about your life? Wait a second… listen to Acts 10:34,

“Then Peter began to speak; ‘I now realize how true it is that God does not show favoritism but accepts men from every nation who fear him and do what is right.'”

WHOA. Do you fear God and attempt to do what is right in His eyes? Then he loves you. Just as much as He loves everyone else. There is nothing you can do to make God love you more than the rest of His kids. He loves you the same. With all your mess ups, failures, inconsistencies…He loves you. You don’t have to think like everyone else, look like everyone else, act like everyone else…you just have to FEAR HIM and DO WHAT’S RIGHT.

Amazing.

Friends….don’t be so busy with life that you miss the divine appointments that God brings your way. When you see them start to happen in your world it will boost your faith, make you smile and encourage you to share Christ’s love with others. I know it has for me.

Thank you Lord for the divine appointments you have brought into my life over the last couple months. Especially the ones that you have brought my way with Evy’s Tree in mind. THANK YOU. You know I needed them. I love you. Thank you for loving me, NO MATTER WHAT. It’s a wonderful feeling. May I always share your love with those around me. 

xoxo

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Fall 2013 and Black Simples

Guys, where have I been? I completely forgot to mention on our blog that the Fall 2013 line is now in the shop…..

Click HERE to shop, but hurry, discount codes end Monday, August 12 at 11:59 PM PST. The Save Evy’s Tree code ends then also.

You guys are so amazing. We have sold out on many items, especially in size medium. The above gunmetal simple is totally sold out in medium, as is the Lizzy. Thank you!! I know you are going to LOVE the new Evy’s Tree items.

We’ve had many requests over the last couple of weeks for black simples in the new lovely fabric. We did not plan on making any this season, and to be honest, we don’t have any plans for black in spring either. Luckily, our factory was able to rush a handful of them for us. Our factory is AMAZING! Anyway, we don’t have a picture of them, but they are the exact sample blend fabric as our others {cotton, modal, spandex blend}…in solid black in the simple style, just like these guys:

Because they are being rushed, we are not able to offer any discount codes for this one, so they are regular price. However, we are offering free shipping on them {sorry on US items only, International will have a shipping fee to fedex these ones}…so if you have already ordered from the shop during the preorders, then we will be able to combine the black simple with your other orders for free. They will ship within four weeks. Please note that we only have a small handful of these, when we are sold out the size will not show up.

Vintage Photo Contest

Is it possible to say that I have the best fans ever? Seriously, you guys are awesome!! Thank you so much for jumping full force into the Vintage Photo Contest. I hope you guys enjoyed reading about all the hoodies we did in the past, as well as what we are doing now. It was fun going down memory lane, thanks for joining in!

As I was adding up all the comments I kept thinking…I hate having to pick winners. You all are winners in my book and I want you all to know how appreciative I am to you for helping me spread the word about Evy’s Tree. I love you all so much!

So thanks to Random.org, here’s our winners!

If this one of these names is YOU…you won $100 credit to the shop!! CONGRATS!!!! Could you please email Nicole at Nicole@evystree.com within 72 hours to claim your prize? If we don’t hear from you by then, we’ll have to pick a new winner!

Again, a HUGE thank you to everyone for entering! Don’t forget that Preorders for our Fall 2013 line starts tomorrow, July 30 at 7 PM PST!

Use code Fall 25 for 25% off your entire order. How’s that for a deal? For more info on the preorders, please read HERE.

Big hugs everyone!

xoxo

All About Our Manufactured Goods

Oh Guys. It’s really happening! The time is now to introduce our manufactured goods. There are no words to describe my relief, joy, excitement…oh goodness, how many adjectives am I allowed to use to describe how I feel right now?

I told you in this post what most of my year has felt like. Has it really been a year? It has, and I am so proud to say I am super excited about the future of Evy’s Tree. As we speak I am feverishly finishing up the details for the Fall launch, and…if you can believe this, finishing up the touches on our Spring 2014 line and working on getting them organized. You’ll be hearing more about that in a couple months.

ANYWAY….I am carrying on with plans like Evy’s Tree is going to continue floating down the river to success, BUT…the reality of the situation is that I have all these Fall 2013 pieces that need to be sold before I can really breathe easy, if you know what I mean. 😉

So, with that all said, I want to tell you more about our fall line. First, have you seen our lookbook yet?

Do you not die? Seriously, this stuff is amazing. I can’t wait for you to feel these hoodies. I can’t stress enough how wonderful they feel on, and we worked so hard on the fit…I think you will be able to tell how wonderful the fit is and how great it makes you feel and look. I’m pretty sure you’ll want ever single one.

Oh and they wash amazingly! Nicole and I washed a Brilla and dare I say it came out looking better than it did when it went in?

Very vintage-y looking, and not at all like how the American Apparel hoodies looked after being washed. I think you will be super happy with this fabric.

So we’ve had a ton of questions on how the hoodies fit compared to our handmade line, so we decided to put together a little video for you…please make sure you watch the whole thing as I really go into detail regarding the fit and the hoodie in general, but if you are really in a rush, feel free to scroll through, you should see the sizes flashed on the screen and you can listen to your size only.

Evys Tree Fall Sizes Video from Brandon Douglas on Vimeo.

Hopefully that’s helpful to you all….

So let’s talk about the Preorder/launch coming up on Tuesday July 30 at 7 PM PST. I want to highlight a couple things:

  1. This is a Preorder Sale: I want to stress that this sale coming up on Tuesday is a PREORDER SALE….which means you are getting first dibs on all the items at a discounted price and they will ship out in about 6 weeks. It’s basically our gift to you all for being such amazing customers…a way for me to give back in a way by letting you have first pick, especially to you Save Evy’s Tree friends.
  2. The amount of items available during the Preorder Sale is limited: I am only offering a set amount of items during this preorder sale, for a couple reasons…my consumption from our factory can be finicky, so I want to make sure we absolutely, 100% do not oversell, and I want to ensure I have a few things to fulfill wholesale and fall orders for the coming months.
  3. The Preorder Sale will last for approximately two weeks, or while supplies last. Once we sell the amount of items I have set aside for this sale, I will put everything in the shop on preorder status at regular retail price, so pending the item you want is still available, you will still be able to order, but it will not be at the sale price.
  4. The amount of Lizzy’s I will have available is very, very limited. How could I have misjudged this one?? Guys, I had no idea you would love it this much! I hope I have enough to last me through the entire preorder time period, but I’m not positive. So please, if you want a Lizzy, order early!
  5. All Fall 2013 will have a turnaround time of 5-6 weeks. This does NOT include shipping time. Please be aware of this when you order. We realize this is a longer than normal turnaround time, so if this will be a problem for you, please consider ordering in September when Fall 2013 is fully stocked.
  6. Don’t forget your discount codes! You Save Evy’s Tree people should have received yours by now, as well as anyone else that is signed up for our newsletters. If you did not receive a discount code it is because of one of two reasons: Either you didn’t purchase during the Save Evy’s Tree campaign or you don’t subscribe to our newsletters. If you would like to subscribe please read HERE how you can do that.
  7. Tell your friends! You are welcome to share your discount codes with your friends and family. These codes are for you and your loved ones.
Well, I think that’s it! Are you excited? I hope you all are thrilled about our new line and the direction Evy’s Tree is taking! Big hugs to all!
Oh, and please tell me…which hoodie are you going to buy on July 30?!?

 

 

So Much To Say

Do you ever feel like your world is spinning, and spinning, and spinning out of control? You do? Oh good…then you will understand how I have felt the last year. Whew. What a year. WHAT.A.YEAR.

I say “year” because it’s almost a year to the date that I ended the Save Evy’s Tree Campaign and began my journey into mass production. Ummm…let me just say, this whole manufacturing stuff is NOT EASY. I know I’ve said it before, and you’re probably sick of hearing me say it. Sorry. It is what it is. Hard. Yup.

The past year has been full of some lows…ok, maybe a lot of lows. Not all of them attributed to Evy’s Tree, mind you. In this past year we received a positive diagnosis of ADHD for Jake, which allowed us to finally enter into IEP meetings and the creation of an educational modification plan. This has not been easy. Although our school has been WONDERFUL with the entire process, as a mom you worry. Hope you are doing the right thing for him…am I being too protective? Not protective enough? Is he happy and thriving? Am I doing my best? Living with ADHD is not a walk in the park, that’s for sure. But it’s not impossible either. Thankfully through the lows we’ve felt a lot of hope too. God is good.

And then there are the lows coming with manufacturing. Time constraints. Pattern reworking. Financial surprises {oh boy, LOTS of those!}. Delays {and lots of those too}. It’s enough to want to pull your hair out. And can I be honest? I have no idea what I’m doing. Yes, I said that. Really, no idea. But don’t panic. We’re all good now. Pretty sure I could step into the world of manufacturing and survive, but it hasn’t felt that way during this first run. I definitely have earned my wings in mass production, and I hope I can just grow from here.

But all that to say, it’s been an interesting year. I’ve cried a lot. Yelled a lot too. And stress ate a lot. Yup, I’m guilty of it. Do you stress eat? I do. Not proud of it, but there it is. Thank you manufacturing process for those extra 10 pounds that I am working so hard on losing now. Ugh. So awesome.

And my little blog. I had such high hopes for it. But the reality of it is…I really don’t have time much for it. But when I do have time, I pour my heart out. I promise. There was a time when this blog bled ME. It screamed my name. But now, it screams Evy’s Tree. Maybe that is me. I don’t know…can’t say that’s what I want to be remembered by when I die. When I leave this earth I hope people say I loved. And I was kind. And that you saw Christ in me. That’s what I hope. Not that you saw Evy’s Tree.

And then again, maybe I am Evy’s Tree for now. Maybe, somehow, through this small business, you see my heart? I hope so. I really, really hope so. Because the fact of the matter is I’m no different than you. I am just a mom, trying to make ends meet for her family. Just someone who needs extra income so is trying to create it while being there for her kids on a daily basis. I hope that comes through….I hope.

But you know, there is also another issue. Even though I am working at home to be with the kids, I am still so absorbed in my work. I find my kids tugging at my arms for my attention while I shout, “let me finish this email!”. I hate that. My goal in life is to simply be present for my kids…so why in the world do I struggle so much with it?

I guess the bottom line is it’s a balance. And I’m pretty sure it’s hard to find. And I’m trying. By HIS grace I continue trying. God is so good to me. He loves me just as I am. Did you know that He loves you too? He does. You are ok, just as you are. You don’t have to look a certain way, act a certain way, be a certain way for Him to love you. He loves you just for you.

That’s what I hope I say to those listening. I hope I show you that through all the tears, and the frustration, and the tough times…there are good times too. There really are. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, no matter what God does with Evy’s Tree…I hope that through it all you saw Jesus. And what He’s done in my life. And I hope you want Him in yours. I’m pretty sure that’s not very good business tactics to talk about your faith, but oh well. It’s not my goal to offend, so if I do please forgive me…. I’m not here to talk about convictions, or doctrinal beliefs, or dos and don’ts of Christianity…I just want you to know that Christ died for you, He rose again, and He loves you.

It’s that simple. 

So tonight…as I get ready in the next week or so to launch my first manufactured line, I just want to stand here and say, “It is yours, Lord.” Whatever and wherever this business goes…it’s in HIS hands. This mass produced line will make or break me. It’s the tell tale as whether I will succeed or fail. If I will continue to forge ahead or close up shop. It’s my precipice. And I just want to pick up this entire machine called Evy’s Tree, pack it into a box and hand it back to Him. It’s His. Do what you will Lord.

And to my dear, dear customers who have hung in there with me. I’m so sorry I haven’t shared more of my heartaches. I have tried at times, but I realize that no one wants to hear complaining. So thank you for bearing with me. Thank you for supporting us. I hope that through the years I am there for you when you need a shoulder to cry on. You all are the best. I hope you love this new line. It was all done for you and WITH you. Thank you.

I love you all. Thanks for being here, in this place we call The Adventures of The Miraflor Family…and Evy’s Tree. You guys rock!

Stay tuned this week for a tell all on the new line, hopefully by Friday….. xoxo

Us…after the kids woke me up this past week. Thankful for the time I get to cuddle these two, even if it means I’m awakened early in the morning and very suddenly! Thank you again for making these moments with my kids possible! 

So tell me…do you have a lot to say about something in your life right now? How do you deal with it?

Vintage Photo Contest Continued…

Hi everyone, how are you? It is dreary and overcast here today, barely 70 degrees and I’m COLD. ha….sure makes for a SLLLOOOWWWW moving day, you know?

Well, all of our Fall 2013 MANUFACTURED GOODS {yes, I yelled that, I can’t believe they are here!!} have been photoed by my talented photographer brother in law. Seriously, he nailed it with these photos.

Hopefully sometime this week I will have a second to sit down and tell you in detail about the hoodies, but today I want to focus on these beautiful photos we have. First, let me tell you a bit about our models.

The above gorgeous girl you see peeking through the window there is Nora. She comes from a gorgeous family. Seriously. Don’t believe me? Here’s her mom:

That’s Tracy and her dog Winnie. Isn’t this photo amazing? Seriously, their dogs got so into our photo shoot. They would pose and pose…like they were the models. SO DARLING.

Anyway, Tracy’s house…umm…AMAZING. Not kidding. All these photos were taken someplace in her home and I kid you not, would could not have found a better place to stage these hoodies. I feel her home just makes our hoodies look good, if you know what I mean.

{Oh and did I mention that Tracy has SIX beautiful kids?!? YES! They are amazing people!}

Again, I’m not going to go into details about the hoodies, as I’m planning on doing that later via blog posts, video and a look book, but I wanted to tell you that we are carrying on the Vintage Photo contest, just now we’ll be using a daily photo from our most recent photo shoot with our new hoodies.

So not technically vintage photos…but still great photos. So share, share, share, ok?

Oh and special thanks to my darling girl models Maizy and Hannah. Her momma is the ultra creative lady from HERE. And special thanks to Clarie. She is gorgeous and a good friend of Nora’s. How’d I end up surrounded by such gorgeous people?!?

So in closing…can you help us share? Today, I’m going to have you share the same photo I put up on Instagram this morning. Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous.

Don’t forget that Preorders start July 30! 

I will go into more details about that this week as well….but I will say, I have very limited amounts of each item. So make sure you plan on getting yours then!

In the meantime, want to win $100?? Here’s how!

1. Go HERE to our facebook page and click “share” under the photo we posted on the page. Then comment under the photo that you shared it. Make sure to comment so we can add you in the drawing!

2. Tweet about this photo and make sure you @evystree so I can count your tweet in the tally.

3. Pin this photo to your pinterest board {you can even start an Evy’s Tree board if you wish!}. Please make sure you come back and comment on this post so I can include your entry in the tally {I don’t trust that all @evystree on pinterest will actually show up in the end to tally, sorry!}

4. Forward this blog post via email to your friends….come back and comment on this blog post that you did.

Yes! You can do all four things every day! :)

Have fun friends! Thank you for loving Evy’s Tree!

Vintage Photo Contest {Sort Of}: The Lizzy

Ok, so I couldn’t wait much longer. Seriously, I’m so excited about this fall line. I spent the morning working on a video that better explains our new sizing…I think it’s going to be so helpful! I’m so happy to say that everything is running true to size, so no more silly American Apparel sizing. WHOOHOO!! 😉

Anyway, I have been giving some sneak peeks out via our email blasts. Do you subscribe to our email blasts? You don’t? Learn how to do so HERE…as I always give sneak peeks to our subscribers first. Oh, this time around I used Instagram, so you might want to make sure to subscribe to that feed as well {HERE}, if you don’t already.

So anyway, the Lizzy.Exactly two years ago, my mother in law and I created a pattern for side zip up hoodie. I had seen several side zips before, but again, I wanted to make it better, and put my “twist” to it….so a high neck, longer torso, and soft ribbed cuffs later, we came up with The Lizzy.

We made one sample {as seen on our model Kate}, but we had so many troubles with it {I’ll bore you the details}, but mainly, it boiled down to the fact that we found we obviously couldn’t hand make these at a decent price point, so the concept for the Lizzy had to be aborted, unfortunately.

Fast forward to last fall, when I was creating a manufactured line. I threw in the Lizzy as a side note {meaning, I ordered less of the Lizzy than any other style this season, so keep that in mind 😉 }…but during the product development, I quickly discovered the Lizzy was becoming one of my favorite hoodies.

During our photo shoot last week with my brother in law, we all stood in awe at how beautiful the hoodie really looked on…..

Pretty certain we can all agree, the Lizzy is a stunner. {Above photo on Nora, our model this season, taken by DASO photo}. I’m not going to show you all the photos for the Lizzy just yet. I’m waiting to do a big lookbook reveal to show you all the gorgeous shots and details of this item. But I figured one little sneak peek wouldn’t hurt, right?

What do you think? Do you love it?? 

PLEASE NOTE: The Lizzy will be available for preorder on July 30. Please stay tuned for preorder details.

Want to enter to win one of three $100 gift cards? Here’s how:

1. Go HERE to our facebook page and click “share” under the photo we posted on the page. Then comment under the photo that you shared it. Make sure to comment so we can add you in the drawing!

2. Tweet about this photo and make sure you @evystree so I can count your tweet in the tally.

3. Pin this photo to your pinterest board {you can even start an Evy’s Tree board if you wish!}. Please make sure you come back and comment on this post so I can include your entry in the tally {I don’t trust that all @evystree on pinterest will actually show up in the end to tally, sorry!}

4. Forward this blog post via email to your friends….come back and comment on this blog post that you did.

Yes! You can do all four things every day! :)

Have fun friends! Thank you for loving Evy’s Tree!