On jack+bean, the Business

Event for Burgh Brides a few weeks back at the Renaissance Pittsburgh Hotel with amazing vendors Sapphire & Lace Event Design, Mosaic Linens, and Found + Made

Eleven invitation suites to go and each and every design has been started. I'm sad to say that I'll be taking a break from all paper goods when the full season is complete. I had felt differently a few weeks back, wanting to stay in the game. After all, I've built a successful business - frankly I've been amazed at the response. But after much thought and consideration, my time is best spent being happy, at home with Georgia, and not running back and forth from the printer and FedEx because the printer made an error or because I sent the wrong version of a design to print. There's something amazing when a suite goes perfectly. The bride is thrilled, the paper is gorgeous, the belly band holds everything together wonderfully, even mothers see the value in my modern way of doing things. But when things go wrong and I'm even a small piece of frustration or anxiety for a bride's big day, I just can't shake it. It genuinely hurts my heart. There's so many places to make mistakes. When I think about all the different areas that one invitation suite touches it's crazy: design, paper, printing, envelopes, addresses, shipping, assembly, more shipping - that's a lot of potential for good, and a lot of potential for error!

I'm a perfectionist, I'm type-A, I want to do everything perfectly. This business was meant to be a part-time job and I'm finding myself working at least 40 hours a week, plus being a stay-at-home parent, in addition to another part-time remote job - and that's not to complain about being overworked, it's just a fact I'm being stretched way too thin, and I feel I'm not giving 100% to anything. It's been a blessing, to have a business that has grown that way in such a short time, and I appreciate and value all of my clients, but it's time to move on.

I am so excited to make these next 11 suites perfect. This isn't to say I won't someday continue my paper goods business either in the way I had discussed previously - on Etsy - or another digital storefront, who knows. I've genuinely loved being a small part of the weddings I've been able to. Thanks so very much for your business! I hope you keep stopping by to see the bits and pieces of our life.

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