Year in Review

It’s funny how there are certain kinds of passings of time that feel like eons ago, but can also feel like they happened just yesterday, thinking back on 2013 certainly was one of those times.

It’s crazy to think that it’s been a year this month since we were sitting in my living room in Alexandria, Virginia talking about how we would be great business partners.  Aside from enjoying eachothers company, we both compliment each other creatively so well, our process and artistic capabilities blend perfectly. She is the artistic Thelma to my Louise (minus the driving off the cliff part).

Here is our business year in review and what we are looking forward to this year:

  • Decided to become business partners

  • Determined what our business should be, a very important step in starting a business

  • Research, Research, Research:

    • Researched similar companies

    • Gathered tons of inspiration

    • Reading book after book on everything from starting your own business, blog writing and design, to inspiring books for women such as “Lean In”

  • Our first wedding! (Lauren & Patrick)

    • We learned a ton on this one and Emily earned the most horrific hot glue burns!

  • Editing our Ideas:

    • We initially wanted to pump out product as fast as we could make it, but for many reasons it was stalled, which looking back we are very thankful for.  The extra time allowed us to really process our ideas and refine them.

  • New Jobs!

    • Both of us have moved on from Anthropologie and into positions that allow us more time.  This was a very important step, helping us save up our creative energy so we could devote it to our business.

  • New House!

    • We moved in together, allowing us to find a larger house that has a dedicated working space for our business, i.e. chick flicks and Beyonce in the basement, sorry Aaron, we love you!  Emily, Aaron, Brit, Brigley, and Chiquita, one big, weird, but happy family!

  • Redesign of blog!

    • Emily, along with the help of our great friend Dan, have been refining and refining our blog, Dan we owe you man!

  • Fleurir Chocolates

    • We are so lucky to have the pleasure of creating seasonal window decor for our most favorite chocolate shop, Fleurir.  Not only do we love working for Robert and Ashley, but they are such an inspiration for us, showing that with hard work (and a lot of other things) your goals can really come true!

What to look forward to:

  • March 18th surprise!  We have been keeping under wraps a big fall project we collaborated on over Thanksgiving and we have very exciting news!  So look out for March 18th!

  • Growing our blog over the next few months with more DIY posts for wedding, home, and life.

  • A lot of weddings on our plate this spring, summer, and fall, but don’t worry, we can still do something for you! ;)

  • Two wedding expos this month, look out Richmond, we are coming to you this weekend!

  • A very special collaboration in North Carolina over Memorial Day weekend--so stay tuned for that as well

  • Our Etsy shop launch in June

We are so excited about this upcoming year, this past year was really about us testing the waters and finding our footing.  We are now ready to dive in head first, watch out ladies and gentleman, The Backdrop Shop is ready to roll!