Life has certainly felt like an adventure this autumn. We were chosen as finalists in the Martha Stewart American Made contest (you can read our entry here). We launched a new collection of coffee mugs (Made in the USA, from the mug right down to the sublimation in our Virgina studio). We opened our own online shop (you can click “shop online” above, or click here). And we are heading back to New York City next week for Martha Stewart’s American Made Summit. Our spoons have been a fixture in her online market, but the were also chosen to be sold at the in-person curated marketplace at the Summit.
With all of my past posts about looking for work-life balance, all of this might sound overwhelming- especially heading into the busy holiday season. But in late-summer/ early-autumn, we hired my dear friend of over 15 years to join the Milk & Honey team. Kate is our operations manager now, and she knows me so well that it’s like having two of me in the studio. I knew as our little business grew that we would need help, but the idea of training a stranger was so daunting. How do you teach someone how to talk to your clients or how to anticipate what needs to be done before the need arises? Kate and I are on the same wave-length, so there was no learning curve- she just gets it. And the hours she saves from our days have been spent exactly where I wanted to spend them most. With the kids. We’ve taken them apple picking in the mountains of Charlottesville all the way to the Hanover pumpkin patch to choose the best jack-o-lantern candidates. But most of all, we haven’t had to work into the wee hours. We can just be with them, which is more important than any fruit- or vegetable-themed day trip.
Looking forward to being able to share much more frequently now. And to sometimes just laying on the couch with my children on a lazy Sunday morning. And not sharing a moment of it. Balance.