okay maybe not that dramatic, but i’ve really just always wanted to say it.
i’ve been working on the wording for this for a few weeks, and my heart has been working on it for quite a bit longer. about a year ago i sent out an email to our email subscribers letting them (you) know about all the changes taking place at imperishable clothing co. the point in all of those changes was so that i could spend the majority of my time with my family once magnolia arrived in august of last year. we restructured everything about the way the business ran, from printing to wholesale to packaging, everything…i even relinquished our social media to rachel (i loved that part). we shifted gears on everything + the business ran like a well oiled machine…it was so nice.
then magnolia showed up.
i’ve known from the minute she showed up that my job is no longer imperishable clothing co. it’s taken a good while to say it out loud to other people, in fact you may be reading this knowing now that i’ve lied to you in the last six months. until right now i haven’t shared this with more than five or so people who i’ve asked to pray with me (if you’re one of those people, you’ll never know how thankful i am for you). i’ve prayed over this daily for months. i wanted nothing more than for the Lord to tell me i was made for both, mommin + a thriving business – “we can make our plans, but the lord determines our steps” – proverbs 16:9.
that’s not what He said.
i’ve struggled with it, this is my ministry, this is how i tell people about my savior, this is how i help others tell people about their savior, this is my creative outlet…but actually this isn’t mine at all, is it? i know that it’s all His, it always has been + it always will be. every single time i try to make something work it doesn’t, every time i try something new it fails, but every time i let Him have something He opens a door that leads back to my family. everything in our lives has lined up so that i can stay home with magnolia. everything. our sales have slowed significantly, our lease is up in a few short weeks, our home is under contract, we found a tiny little 80 year old home that puts us a crazy amount closer to richard’s work, i found a mommy + me workout group (judge if you must), most importantly richard supports me. i have an unmeasurable amount of peace surrounding this decision.
so with all of that said, our valentines release will be the last for a bit. not forever. i’ll continue this as a side business + offer restocks from time to time or pop up shops at local stores|coffee shops. but the logistics of that are still up in the air. what i do know is that richard and magnolia are my priority. and at the end of the day, i have zero doubt that the Lord can get the gospel out without my business, after all “He is the God who made the world and everything in it. Since he is Lord of heaven and earth, he doesn’t live in man-made temples, and human hands can’t serve his needs—for he has no needs. He himself gives life and breath to everything, and he satisfies every need” – acts 17: 24-25. He’s already got this jazz planned out.
this is not at all a post stating that all women should up and quit whatever it is that they are passionate about + stay home raising babies. my mom is a great mom + she currently still works too many hours in a week. this is just to say that for the riley’s this is what we feel the Lord calling us into for this season of our lives.
so what does this all have to do with you?
it for sure means i don’t want to move an entire business down three flights of stairs + into a storage unit until we figured out what’s next. we will offer pretty decent discounts on all things imperishable until our move out date. as with any business those discounts will start out smaller + increase as the weeks pass by. so if you’re an abbey go ahead and place your orders so you ensure you get what you want, as we will not be restocking any time soon. if you’re a rachel hold out until the very end + rack up some killer deals on things the may or may not be your size – you do you.
no it does not give you permission to use my designs as your own – i don’t care if it’s a side hobby, you’re a big time screen printer, or you do vinyl – don’t rip off my work. that’s shady, and thievery. remember i, like you still have a family to contribute to.
read above i don’t want to move an entire business down three flights of stairs – we have already started selling fixtures, furniture, equipment (as well as some of the items from our home) on a separate instagram account (here). we will continue to post things as they clear off.
if you sort of like us – hopefully you do – you can follow our personal instagram (here), you can subscribe to our blog (you’re here now), you can follow us on pinterest (here). don’t unfollow the business on social media, unless you really want to. we will share any updates there!
i want to sincerely thank you for the best job i’d ever had up until august. i’ve been so encouraged, inspired, blessed by so many of you. i never thought i’d have to opportunity to ship my work around the world everyday + hear how the Lord orchestrated a conversation about the gospel through a tee, and because of you cats i have. if you have any questions about anything please feel free to shoot us an email, leave a comment below, post on instagram…whatevs. because you took the time to read what’s on my heart, i want you to get first pick. use the code TOOMUCHTOMOVE for 30% off everything. this code will be available to everyone else starting next week.
thank you for reading this. i know it was so long.