Oh JoyOh Joy

happy friday + questions for growing a team?

Oh Joy! Growing a Team

Happy Friday! I am working on some new projects, and would love your input! For a while, I have been wanting to teach an online class for small business owners about "How to Grow a Team". I never learned how to be a boss in any formal way and have figured it all out as I go. I wish I had more direction when I was building my company and adding employees on what made sense, how to hire people, and other aspects of growth that there was no resource for. As I have grown my team over the last 13 years (from just me to six full-time employees), I have learned a lot about when it's time to grow, how to find good people (and how to keep them), how to run a company that your employees enjoy working at, and so much more.

In a similar way that Creative, Inc. and Blog, Inc. gave you all my tips from everything I've learned in freelancing and blogging, I want to do that again to help other small creative business owners understand how to go about it. So...if you are a small creative business owner or want to be one some day, I would love to hear from you in the comments below!

1. What you would want me to cover and what specific questions do you have about growing a team? That will help me best customize this class for your needs!

2. If you are a small business owner and located in Los Angeles and would be interested in coming to an in-person version of this class before the online version goes up, also let me know what type business you have, what your concerns/questions are, and your email. That way, we can contact you if the opportunity arises. 

Thanks in advance for your input! Happy weekend!

an embroidered clutch DIY...

An Embroidered Clutch DIY / Oh Joy!

Adding a little flower power to your wardrobe has never been easier! This floral embroidered clutch DIY will take less than 30 minutes, and it's both summery and chic. It totally looks like a vintage find, but we actually took a plain clutch and gave it new life with some pretty raffia ribbon. Plus, it makes a great spring accessory or a sweet a one-of-a-kind gift (Mother's Day IS coming up!). Here's how to make one...

READ MORE

pattern adventures: an abstract kids' room!

2018_04_13_April-Abstract-Room-GIF-blog2

For this month's Pattern Adventures we're mixing things up by going abstract! We brought in fun shapes with a simple DIY dresser that anyone can create, complemented with other subtle patterns, and lots of bright colors. Here's how we did it...

READ MORE

Oh Joy! for CALPAK power luggage tags are here!

Oh Joy! for CALPAK Power Luggage Tags

Meet the newest member of our Oh Joy! for CALPAK collection...POWER LUGGAGE TAGS! We teamed up with CALPAK to create three bright, colorful tags that pair perfectly with our Confetti and Sunset suitcases: Pink and Gold Dip, Floral, and Confetti. We designed the tags so you can either match your suitcase OR mix it up with a whole new print and pop of color. There's no suitcase and tag combo we don't love...

READ MORE

a textured lamp shade DIY...

How To Make A Textured Lamp Shade / Oh Joy!

Happy Monday! Today, we have a fun DIY for you that adds unexpected texture to a plain lamp shade! We found an old shade in need of some TLC and made it new with colorful ribbon, fringe, and a little hot glue. It's really easy but brings a lot of warmth, detail and personality to a room! Here's how...  

READ MORE

newest outfit obsession: matching tops and bottoms...

Outfit Obsession: Matching Tops & Bottoms / Oh Joy!

I love one-piece jumpers. They are so fun and somehow chic at the same time. However, I find myself sometimes annoyed with rompers when it comes to bathroom time. You know those times when you've waited too long to go and then you find yourself trying to rip off your romper and attempting to not have a toddler-sized accident. An alternate to the look of a romper that I am LOVING right now...matching top and bottoms! While matching "too much" used to seem very outdated, there's something chic about the same top and pants or skirt that I love in a great, bold print. The best part is you can take each piece and turn into a completely new outfit. Here are three ways to work it...

READ MORE

making wishes...

Making Wishes with Kids / Oh Joy!

Sometimes on Instagram Stories, I'll share little activities or things I do with my kids that you guys ask details about afterwards. So I wanted to start sharing them here on the blog, too, so they can have a place to live on forever.

While we were in Hawaii, my kids loved passing by fountains and throwing in coins to make wishes. Kids' wishes are so simple and pure and mine often said they wanted to fly or wanted to see a rainbow. So, inspired by my kids' love of making wishes in fountains and my friend, Max Wanger's "dreams list" he wrote with his son recently, I asked my girls to write down their wishes. Well, actually, this is just Ruby's since Coco can't write more than her name right now. But, if you have a kid who doesn't yet write, you can also ask them to tell them to you and write for them. The fun thing about this exercise is they get to think about actual things they wish for as well as things outside of the scope of the real world. Because to kids, those lines are so blurred right now. Anyway, for those of you with kids or nieces/nephews, kids you babysit...try it out! It would be fun to make these Wish Lists regularly and watch how they change over time!

fun ways to use a mini tote...

New York Mini Tote Bag / Oh Joy!

I find myself constantly using tote bags for carrying stuff to and from work, holding fresh produce from the farmer's market, groceries from the store...basically anytime I leave the house I have a tote in hand. So when we recently started carrying these super cute city mini totes by Maptote in the Oh Joy Shop, I started thinking about all the ways we could use them...not just for carrying everyday things but also for GIFTS! Because these bags are a little smaller than your average tote, they are the perfect size for packing full of treats and other little gifts. Here are a few of my favorite ways to use them...

READ MORE

a DIY Geometric Table Runner...

How To Make a DIY Geometric Table Runner / Oh Joy!

Happy Tuesday! Here's a fun and easy DIY Geometric Table Runner that will instantly brighten up your dining area! I love it for a snack bar at a party, or even just to have out every day to add an extra pop of color to your space. You can pick any colors you want and add details like fringe and pom poms for an extra dose of texture. Here's how...

READ MORE

tips for vintage shopping at the rosebowl flea market...

Tips for Shopping the Rosebowl Flea Market / Oh Joy!

One of my favorite things happened this past weekend...the Rosebowl Flea Market. Every second Sunday of the month, Los Angeles vintage lovers head to Pasadena for this day full of scouting for treasures! I usually go every month and find it to be so inspirational and fun! I now bring my oldest daughter, Ruby, and it's fun to show her all the cool things out there that still have lots of life left in them. Today, I'm answering some of the most common questions you guys have asked me when I go to the flea market...

READ MORE