Wow, what a week! It’s been one of those ‘super-exhausting, yet thought provoking, feels-like-I’m-working-so-hard-right-now-and-yet-i-have-little-to-show-for-it-weeks. You know what I’m saying?
But there were a few accomplishments to share. We reached 100 likes on our Facebook page this week! Thanks everybody for showing your support – you mean the world to us! We posted our new logo to Facebook and our website to celebrate, and this alone was a huge accomplishment for me. Spending weeks, no really months, looking at this one thing, tweaking and molding it to truly speak what we’re all about (in style, more so than even just text) is in itself exhausting (and also why I love being a designer). We’re going for a laid-back, shabby-chic, cozy sort of message, and I really feel like we’ve nailed it!
We also purchased our first chandelier for the hay loft space that will become our reception venue. Every time Preston has asked me what I had in mind for these fixtures, I could never quite put my finger on what it was I was looking for, but I knew it had to be special and it had to have a story. While searching online over the weekend, I finally found that perfect piece that you could just tell by the photos that it had a story, and I knew I had to find out more. We drove all the way to Johnston to pick up this beauty from a woman who shared with us that this fixture had come from her parents’ home and that their family had shared many great memories under this special light. We shared with her our story and plans for the fixture – and we’re very excited that it will light many more special memories for years to come! So with each and every piece we collect, we bring their stories with us to create our own. It really is exciting to see our dreams form into physical reality.
So…now that the logo is posted, next on my list of things is to get our business cards ordered. I’m really hoping this is a quick process. Because after that my goal is to get our bottle labels finalized and approved, which based on previous experiences, won’t be such a quick process.
Looking ahead to the weekend, here’s what I’d LOVE to accomplish:
· Finish cleaning out the barn so we’re prepared to start install the hay loft floor as soon as the roof is on.
· Further research what grape varieties we’d like to start growing so we can start wrapping up preparations for spring planting.
· Continue shopping for lighting and furniture accent pieces (this really is just for fun – it helps me to stay motivated!)
· Aaaaand….Finalize the floor plan so you all can begin to see what we’re planning for the space!
Preston and Amber both grew up on farms in Northwest Iowa. They share a passion for the outdoors and enjoy taking on new projects to see what adventures will be discovered. As high school sweethearts, they attended Iowa State University together, and now are continuing to pursue their dreams at Backcountry Winery.