Whew....our new site launched yesterday! Could not be more excited & exhausted at the same time. I LOVE the new site and hope you do too! We have spent the last month spring cleaning the offices, website and warehouse. Being a crafter, it is hard to get rid of anything that has texture or shines, as someone, somewhere just might be able to use it to create something amazing. I hope that the treasures we found will make some smile! We welcome your feedback on the site...advice, recommendations, rants, reviews & raves...send them our way! So happy to be here and creating timeless flower baby hats for you and yours😘
As the new year begins…the bee in my bonnet has started to buzz even louder. I almost had to pinch myself…as this month marks ten years in business for Jamie Rae Hats! I feel so lucky to wake up each day to the MOST adorable images of babies wearing their Jamie Rae Hats.
Over the last ten years Jamie Rae Hats has become a favorite among moms and babies across the globe. I am always elated when I get an email or FB comment from a customer complimenting our brand. When I pick up the phone at work…customers will sometimes say…”Is this Jamie Rae..as in the Jamie Rae?” It makes me blush and laugh…..but I have to admit, makes me feel extremely proud!
I have a team that works hard every day to put out the best possible product and customer service that they can. I have customers that spread the word and are so loyal. I have a family that supports me and the time it takes to maintain a growing company.
I have plans to introduce a new product this year and would will continue to connect with parents all over the country. We will continue our kindness movement as well! Our customers offer us invaluable information and we truly appreciate it!
I pride myself on being an ENTREPRENEUR! The road has been long, hard, educational & fun! The biggest thing I have learned is that 10 years did not come without a LOT of determination, self-discipline and effort.
To all of those who have an idea…go for it! Invest in yourself and you can receive the biggest reward. For me it is pride & a flexible schedule, that allows me to experience my kids and everything they are involved in.
#lovemyjob #lovehats #entrepreneur
Love, Jamie Rae
Summer’s just around the corner, and to help you kick it off, Max Daniel Designs and Jamie Rae Hats Inc. are hosting a fabulous contest where you could WIN a luxuriously soft lavender baby blanket and a matching darling cotton baby hat, both guaranteed to keep your little one smiling!
Enter to win the contest by submitting a photo of your child with something lavender/purple (it could be an MD blanket, a JRH hat, a toy, clothes, flowers, etc., as long as it’s lavender or purple).
The contest ends at 12:00 noon Friday, June 20.
IMPORTANT: In order to enter the contest, you need to private message Max Daniel https://www.facebook.com/MaxDanielDesigns?fref=ts (the “Message” button at the top of our FB page) or email it to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We will approve the photos as soon as possible and then we will post to our timeline. If you post it to our page directly, it will be removed immediately until we approve it, and any likes it may have gotten before we post it will not count.
TO WIN: The picture with the most “Likes” wins this beautiful and stylish Max Daniel baby blanket and Jamie Rae baby hat combo, so be sure to share the post of your picture with all your friends and family!
We will announce the winner shortly after noon on Friday June 20, so stay tuned!
Maybe someday someone will ask
Or maybe no one will ever ask why
She’s chosen the seeds she has sown,
But know from the start
She started out smart
With her garden organically grown!
It never really seemed that Lady Luck was on my side. In fact, when having to make a lucky guess between heads or tails, or simply left or right, most often I went the wrong direction. Not exactly a handy trait when you’re out garage sale shopping but quite possibly enemy number one when it came to navigating a career path. It’s actually kind of funny now to look back at some of the career choices I found myself searching desperately to get out of. I say now because of the old adage, “One day you’ll look back on this and laugh, just not today.” Well, after nearly three decades of wearing out my career navigational tool box which would include some careful planning, a lot of guessing, way too much hoping and, of course, the far too many “Oh God! Please! If you give me this job I’ll never ask for anything else!” prayers of desperation, everything I could have ever wanted lands right in my lap through none other than sheer dumb luck.
“What’s in all those boxes?” That was the question that led from one thing to another and resulted in my starting work with Jamie Rae Hats in August, 2010. I have kept myself busy with different craft projects involving flowers and a glue gun most of my adult life and Jamie was offering to pay me to do that very thing and more. For a true crafter it really was too good to be true. I came on board just after the back-to-school season had started and everyone was talking about and planning for the highly anticipated holiday season. The atmosphere was positively charged with high energy. What a relief! After all but giving up on finding anything motivating, I felt like a worker bee with a real sense of purpose. Being part of a central work room production and assembly team was a new experience for me but the six weeks I spent there was essential to my understanding of the business operation. I kept my head down, my mouth shut and my ears and eyes wide open soaking up every little thing around me like a sea sponge. Soon, I would be doing office work and bouncing around on an as needed basis, a floater if you will, utilizing every skill I had picked up along the way from customer service jobs to marketing, bookkeeping, HR and office management. I’m doing everything I was ever even a little bit good at and enjoy. What more could you ask for?
Being a part of the day-to-day operations and watching this business grow is the best career opportunity I have ever had, mostly because it’s a business after my own passionate heart’s desire to be creative. That and the fact that all the career choices I ever made, good and bad, have contributed to my having the skills required to do my versatile job well and go home every day with a sense of fulfillment. It is amazing and inspiring to watching this dynamic and energetic woman, whom is ten years younger than I, run a successful business on what I call spontaneous “craftbustion”. In a word, even though it’s my own, that’s a fairly accurate description of me so I have a true appreciation for the endless pursuit of fresh new ideas and designs required to keep this business running in the black. Jamie Rae Hats is my perfect place to work because I can say, unlike ever before, that I am where I belong. By the way, I’m pretty sure Lady Luck is not dumb, but I know for a fact that she has a dazzling smile!
“If it’s your passions leading you to where you belong,
You will know when you’ve arrived.”
Jamie Rae Hats, Inc.
Seven years ago next month I sat down at my ancient computer to build a website for my new company, baby cappelli. Weeks before, I had made our daughter, Emma, a baby hat with a flower on it and the town went wild. After giving several as gifts and selling to our local boutique, I made the decision to purchase 2000 blank hats. I figured if they were selling in my town, the would sell anywhere. So it began………built a website, which I knew nothing about. Registered my business name with the trademark office, which I so carefully picked, baby cappelli (hats in Italian), and placed orders for materials. After sending out a few emails and post cards, it was not long before I had orders rolling in. The first year of the business was hard, as I was working from home with two children at my feet. I worked many late nights and weekends to get it all done.
After one year I had built a real business from marketing my flower baby hats! I had enough money to convert the garage to a work shop and hire two employees. In Feb of 2006 I got the letter. It looked very official. It was from a company in New York that claimed the business name I had chose was too similar to their business name. I was worried, but knew that the trademark office would not have approved if that were the case….right? WRONG! Off to NY I went to defend my business only to find that it was not about the paper I had in hand saying my business name had been approved, but more about big business and who had the money to hire the better attorney. Everything that I had sacrificed in the past year, mainly time from my husband and kids to build something that I thought would ultimately give me more time with my family had been taken away.
I was physically ill and completely defeated when I returned home. I felt like I was not cut out for this nasty way of doing business. When I pulled in the drive, I was welcomed with a huge WELCOME HOME banner made by the kids and hung across my new converted garage that my husband had finished while I was away. I made the decision right then to keep going. I changed the business name to Jamie Rae Hats, it is my first and middle name and something I figured no one could ever take away from me. I worried about what my customers and boutiques would think and if the brand would survive the name change. Everyone was so kind and supported me through the transition. No one cared about the name, as long as they could get the hats and the service they had come accustom to.
Here we are 6 years later still going strong. It is thanks to all our amazing customers, boutiques, reps and employees! I felt compelled to share this, as I received a call from a customer that mentioned she bought an original baby cappelli hat years ago…and it made me smile. Many know the story, but many do not. Over the years we have received calls from other new companies or mompreneurs asking for advice. I have learned many things over the past 7 years, but the one thing that sticks out most and the advice that I share often is; do the right thing and in the end it will all come back to you! Conduct your business in a way the reflects the way you live your life. Creating a business and maintaining it is hard work and does not come with out challenges…mine just happen to come very early on.
Thank you all who have supported Jamie Rae Hats over the last 7 years with your kind words and orders! You have inspired me to keep going even through the hard times. We are grateful for where we are in the market place today and feel proud to be considered a leader in the baby hat category!
Looking forward to a fun year at Jamie Rae Hats! We have several new products coming out and are excited to share them.