It is a funny thing when something becomes such a part of you and then it changes course into a new direction. This is what has happened to us over the last year with The Pink Moose.
Did you know when we started The Pink Moose 5 years ago it was because we needed a supplemental income due to Cody being laid off from his job? It was crazy scary for us! We had a 6 month old, had just closed on our first home and were all of a sudden down to one income that was half time working at a church (insert no money here!). Thus a dream I had pondered with of having a ‘craft business’ was born. In the beginning the intention was to make wreaths and signs along with other smalls. Boy did that morph into something else!
Farmers Market is a Start
We were prepping for our first farmers market after selling scarves and hats out of a suitcase at a youth directors convention we attended. Yes, I literally wore a crocheted hat or scarf everyday and when someone would compliment me I would say, “Oh, thank you. I sell these.” That would start a conversation and I would share that I had brought a bunch with me. Up to the hotel room we would go and I would lay out the lot on the bed while they shopped. CRAZY!
Back to the first farmers market… I decided to do some stained artwork on an old tiny island I had picked up at a yard sale for $10 in my first marriage (I have always been a bargain shopper!). Cody questioned me about it, “but you have never refinished a piece of furniture before.” In which I responded, “I’ll figure it out.” And I did! I sold that island for $200 at our first farmers market.
That honestly became our motto for the next 5 years. Make a baby gate that looks like a barn door, we will figure it out!
Make stuff out of wine barrels, we will figure it out.
Do vintage markets, we will figure it out.
Become a retailer for two paint lines, we will figure it out.
I could go on like this forever, lol!
Taking Its Toll
The Pink Moose took one new direction after another until it morphed into this all encompassing home decor business where we specialized in refinishing furniture, custom builds, and vintage flips. Our first year we did 17 shows and the years following we did one show a month. We went from a 10×10 booth space to a 20×20 booth space. Our sales grew, our orders grew, our shipments grew. Next thing we knew we had hired a carpenter and even then we had a hard time keeping up. Our last year in Colorado The Pink Moose was taking its toll on us both emotionally and physically.
Living in Colorado is wonderful but also comes with a price. I literally mean price. It is expensive to live there! Cody was working 40+ hours at his job and coming home to work 20+ hours with me. Our weekends were centered around The Pink Moose. I was very engrossed in The Pink Moose and struggled between work/life balance. Please don’t get me wrong we loved what we were doing but knew we couldn’t keep up at that pace.
Due to a number of factors we decided to move cross-country where Cody could be in the job of his dreams stepping up from middle management into a CEO position at a Farmers Coop. Side note – a farmers coop helps farmers with their agronomy, propane, fuel, and grain needs. Cody has worked in this industry since he was 16 and I couldn’t be prouder! Moving to the Kansas City area was in our top 5 list.
At the time we decided to move I thought we would still do The Pink Moose like we had been. Shows and all. The only thing we decided to let go of before we moved was the barn door baby gates and full size doors. We had primarily handed those over to our carpenter so we decided to let that go as Cody wouldn’t have time here to do them and I didn’t want to find a new carpenter or manage one in another state.
Beginning of a New Direction
Once we moved I took time to settle in with the girls and figure out how to do life without our family support. I quickly realized what I had been missing out on with the girls. I spent a lot of time with them but not intentionally or as much as I would have liked. This brought on many nights of conversation for Cody and I. Many nights of even feeling lost as The Pink Moose had been a lifeline for me and literally for us for a short time when Cody was out of work. I wanted to still pursue The Pink Moose but we knew shows were no longer what we wanted due to how taxing they were on our family. We also knew we weren’t going to have the same grandparent support as we once had since my parents are now traveling in a 5th wheel full time. Thus we gave up show life and sold the trailer.
The Rumpled Nest
I had the great opportunity to become a vendor at The Rumpled Nest in Weston, MO. Such a cute lifestyle boutique with a classroom in the back. As a teacher by trade I was so excited about this opportunity. Lynell has been really fun to work with and I have loved being in Weston. We loved Weston so much that we moved here.
In the midst of this I also started sharing about our lives with using essential oils and plant based products. That has brought on a whole other business and community that I don’t know how I ever lived without.
As we moved from Leavenworth, KS across the river to Weston, MO we have found that while I felt lost when we moved from Colorado to Kansas that I no longer feel lost. I have found great fulfillment being a mom, educating about plant based products and helping other women in business. I still plan to paint but have shifted from painting furniture to going back to more stained artwork and artistic painting for my enjoyment instead of cranking out pieces for a show.
Thus The Pink Moose is changing again. We will no longer be in The Rumpled Nest. Lynell has been amazing and the shop wonderful however our focus has been shifting and it is time to lean into that. We will be liquidating all of our inventory including both Wise Owl and Sweet Pickins paints. I will still be an affiliate for Sweet Pickins Milk Paint. More info to come. Wise Owl does not have an affiliate program.
What will be doing then? Great question! We will head in a new direction with a lifestyle focus! Educating on essential oils and plant based products, sharing the changes and DIY projects we do in our home, and sharing my artwork. We will share about what life is like raising two very strong willed girls and our adventures of traveling, starting a large garden with fruit trees galore, and so much more. Basically we will share our lives openly with you as we always have but on a larger scale. We would love to hear from you what you would like to know from us! We want to provide you with content that you will love and that will enrich your lives.
Lastly, for those of you that have stuck with us for the last 5 years in our growth and changes, thank you! Thank you for being a part of our lives! Thank you for sharing your life with us as well. We look forward to having you continue on this journey with us as we head in a new direction!
Jennifer and Cody