Thursday, January 12, 2012

Victory in a small space...







The last few months have been quite a whirlwind.  Our holiday season set in around mid-November.  Every year we start upping our production around August and every year we think we'll be extra prepared for the holiday rush so it won't be such a drain on our energy (anyone who makes things will understand this - it's an incredibly rewarding time of year while also being incredibly exhausting and draining) and even still, every year we are working extra long hours from November to January.  This year, we had thrown into the mix a huge project - an order for 300 Moop bags!  300 of anything is a lot to make.  Bake 300 cookies..that's a lot.  Make 300 custom bags in the middle of the busiest time of year, each with at least 57 steps...that's a whole whole lot.

The overall production of this huge project was condensed into a 3 week period...with the bulk of it happening in the last 2 weeks.  We worked long long long continuous days and finally reached our satisfying end when we packed up the last bag in the last box and stacked it in a tower that reached the ceiling of our studio.  This was definitely the largest project I have ever taken on and I could not have done it without knowing I could rely on those around me.  

I can't gush enough about the fantastic team of incredible women I have working with me.  Emily and Jessica (on the left and right of me in the above photo) came through in ways that bring me to tears every time I think about their dedication to this thing called Moop that I have worked so hard to build.  It means the world to me that they have chosen to work with me.  Jeremy's parents were a huge support in making this project happen, helping us with Parker and in 25,000 other ways that can't be listed here on this little blog.  Mina, our high school student who comes and helps out for a few hours each week, spent a majority of her holiday break at Moop pressing over 300 straps - I don't know many 16 year olds who would want to spend their holiday break to come to work, but she did and we love her for that!  My dear sweet Parker who  put up with having two absent and exhausted parents for two weeks over the holidays, seeing us only at night and meeting us with warm meals she had prepared for us, is the best daughter in the world.  And, Jeremy, the love of my life, dropped everything to join Moop for the last 10 days and worked 15 hour days right along side me.  I love him for that.

So, I think I speak for everyone at Moop when I say,  bring it on!!!  We're looking forward to the next huge project :)


11 comments:

  1. Gosh, that's VERY repetitive work for sewing. I'm sure that was mentally exhausting as well as physically! Are these going to be in a store? Those are 300 lucky people.

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  2. Congratulations! That is awesome!!!

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  3. Wow! That is impressive!! I must feel amazing to see those boxes all packed up and ready to go.

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  4. Sounds like everyone deserves a vacation....okay maybe a vacation. A long weekend perhaps? Congrats.

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  5. pretty incredible, indeed!! congrats on your amazing victory! i can only wish and hope for a victory like that of my own someday! great work!!

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  6. Yowza! Well done. You are all incredible!

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  7. As a fellow maker, I can confirm that I too have crazy adrenaline pumping during the holidays! So wonderful that you've found a great team of people to work with. Hope to find the same for my own business someday. Great stuff, on all fronts, keep it coming!

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  8. Whoa! Truly amazing! And how awesome that you stopped to take some really great pix as well - I can well imagine that it would have been hard to stop when you were so close to the end!

    Your dedication and hard work has brought out the best in the people around you - truly inspirational!

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  9. you guys are our inspiration! V! congrats on surviving the holidays!

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  10. I got one of those 300 bags here with me now and I love it! Great job!

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  11. Love the pics. That's awesome that you have a great team. You have a superb line of bags, the work and quality that goes into each one -- it's inspiring. I would come help you too if I lived in Pittsburgh :)

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