so…what’s up with the site? why’s it taking so long?

June 4, 2010 |  Category:   the biz

I know. The Whimsy & Spice site has been down for awhile now. What’s up live is the vintage site, pre-ecommerce, circa summer of 2008. So what’s taking so long you wonder (or not)? It took us awhile to migrate to the new server. I had been sitting on this since we moved the blog over to the new server in April, but I wanted to wait after Mother’s Day to move the e-commerce site. I was in the middle of doing that 2 weeks ago. Our W&S site is on the new server now, but because of busy schedules and some health issues, I’ve been waiting patiently for our trusty programmer to finish the migration and rebuild and update our site.

It’s been a lesson in patience. Everything we do for the business is handled in-house: Mark bakes, ships, packages and delivers and I do everything else: photos, labels, design. This means that we’re self sufficient and don’t have to wait around for anyone’s schedules but ours to clear before things get done. But we do outsource the programming. And so we wait.

But can I be honest? If I were in a desperate rush, I suppose I would have hired someone else (I’m loyal to the people I work with, however), but I have to say that this little break from orders off our site has been welcome. It’s not to say that Mark hasn’t been busy. All our other shops on etsy and foodzie are open, as well as wholesale and the Flea, so he’s been busy enough, but that’s the point. When you own your own business, when do you ever get a break?

You don’t.

So, that’s why our site has been down so long. It’s one part waiting for the right resources to line up and 1 part calculated to give ourselves a little break.

Because come noon EST today, Friday, it’s gonna be madness.

Update: Yes, we’re Etsy featured seller! OMG, you guys…

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  • Kitty June 4, 2010 at 4:08 am

    Spot on: you never really truly stop when it’s your own business. It’s always constant.

    Not necessarily a bad thing but yeah we all need balance.

    Not to mention cookies etc 🙂

  • Anna @ D16 June 4, 2010 at 9:56 am

    This is exactly why I fear going freelance. I realize I’m giving up a lot by coming in to an office every day, but I know I can’t handle the responsibility of self-employment. You guys amaze me.

    Also, that picture of the girls is perfect!

  • michelle June 4, 2010 at 10:16 am

    this photo of the girls accompanying this post is priceless.

  • joanna goddard June 4, 2010 at 10:18 am

    that photo is perfect for this post, haha! so cute xoxo

  • Fiona June 4, 2010 at 12:25 pm

    Ha ha, lovely shot. That’s freelancing; stressed out when you’re busy and super stressed when you’re not, thinking the work will never come again. Nice that you’ve got the business to the stage when you can take a calculated breather.

  • Adele @modernemotive June 4, 2010 at 12:34 pm

    Love the photo. Perfect for your post as always.

  • Renee Alam June 4, 2010 at 12:37 pm

    Congrats on being a featured etsy seller! 🙂

  • diamondkelt June 4, 2010 at 12:50 pm


    WOO HOO!!

    i wish you many sales, but not so many that you lose your mind lol ^_^


  • Dinah June 4, 2010 at 1:22 pm

    EEP! Congratulations! I sure hope you guys have lots of coffee to fortify you. Love the pic too.

  • lauren June 4, 2010 at 3:16 pm

    Speaking of taking so long…why did it take Etsy so long? I can’t believe you weren’t a featured seller earlier. Congrats! Obviously so well deserved and your shop looks fantastic and delicious! Hope you’re weekend isn’t TOO insane.

  • iyang June 4, 2010 at 5:42 pm

    Congrats!!! Enjoy the quiet before the storm!

    p.s. Love Mia’s dress – where is it from? (if you don’t mind sharing)

  • scentual soundttracks June 4, 2010 at 8:24 pm

    Congrats on being the featured Etsy seller!

  • monica of hola!design June 4, 2010 at 9:15 pm

    congrats on the feature!

  • ,amanda. June 4, 2010 at 9:21 pm

    I just saw you over on etsy as the featured seller and thought that I would pop over and say “congrats!” I hope it brings you more business! xo

  • Araceli June 4, 2010 at 11:26 pm

    Congrats on the feature guys!

  • Abby June 5, 2010 at 12:30 am

    Congratulations you guys. I hope you make it through the weekend without losing your marbles! Your sales are ROCKIN!

    Your photographs and styling is exceptional, and all your treats look amazing. Your shop is one of the most beautiful on etsy.

  • Jenna June 5, 2010 at 11:17 am

    iyang, I made Mia’s dress from an old skirt of mine.

  • iyang June 7, 2010 at 8:48 pm

    of course you did Jenna! it’s fabulous 🙂