Brrrr….!!!! It’s cold! It was just 6 degrees Celcius in the workroom this morning! It must be midwinter, and I remember this time last year I had my first Website Sale. It was so good that I thought that I should turn it into a tradition and make it my…
Annual Website Sale
So let’s grab a coffee, turn on the heaters and the kiln, turn up the jazz and get into it!
So just like last year, I have included a promotion code in this newsletter for you to use to receive 20% off all items on the website (excluding postage).
If you enter BUYBEADS into the coupon code box then follow the prompts, you will receive 20% discount on any item on the site, excluding postage.
Yes, that’s right – until the end of July, if you go onto the website and order any item, then enter the promotion code as you checkout, you will receive a 20% discount.
This offer is only open to people who have given me their email address and have signed up for my newsletter, so if you tell your friends about this, they must first register their email address, which they can easily do via my website www.glitz.co.nz
Wow! What a busy year this has been!
The beads and toys (Golden Bay Toys, my husband, Murray’s colourful handmade wooden pull along toys) have covered quite a lot of the country!
The best laid plans of mice and men went awry last year with lots of interference from Mother Nature!
We were all prepared, packed and ready for the Dunkley’s Great New Zealand Craft Show South Island run when the first of the Christchurch earthquakes struck on September 4th. Although our venue was virtually undamaged, the ongoing aftershocks meant that the safety of the Addington Raceway could not be guaranteed, so the Dunkleys reluctantly decided to cancel the event. Of course, we all know how this awful year has progressed for Christchurch, and our hearts go out to everyone who has been impacted by the quakes.
However, to continue my story, we carried on and had a wonderful show in Dunedin (and I have to say that it was a relief to get out of a very wobbly Christchurch), even though a massive southerly storm hit and the weather was atrocious. In fact, while we were working in Dunedin the snow build-up on the fabulous Stadium Southland, the venue for our Invercargill show, caused the whole roof there to collapse! Fortunately there was no loss of life, and we were very aware that it would have been a very different story if we had been in the middle of the show at the time of the collapse!
We managed to sneak through to Invercargill during a small break in the weather, and carried on to have a great show in the Velodrome at Stadium Southland – right beside the ruin of the main stadium – a very sobering experience.
We came home from that trip appreciating that our home and workplaces were intact and our family safe.
To finish the season we went to the gorgeous Christmas Country Fete in Culverden – a major and very stylish South Island event, had our first year at Hunters Garden Marlborough in Blenheim (a beautiful day out, and if you’re a gardener, a visual feast!), the Thorndon Fair in Wellington – a very different city event – fun and frantic, and Martinborough Fairs in February and March.
Since then we have made some major changes to the way we work and have opened up a small workroom and shop in Commercial Street, Takaka, right in the CBD!
While it was a major wrench to leave our lovely studios at home, it makes sense to work and sell from a more easily accessible spot, and we have found the transition from working at home to going out to work interesting and quite positive both professionally and personally. We spend more time chatting with friends’ old and new and drinking coffee, but on the other hand we are managing to take a little time out and the garden is responding to this attention. We’re both enjoying having our work permanently displayed here, too.
So this has meant the end of the Nelson Market stall for me, but Murray still goes over with the toys. That’s meant a huge change of lifestyle for me! I really miss the buzz of the market, but the very early starts and long days are something I gave away very easily!
We are booked to do the Dunkley’s Great New Zealand Craft Show’s South Island run again this year. It’s a bit earlier than usual because of that Rugby competition,…and we’d like Mother Nature to cooperate this year, if possible!
Christchurch Show at Addington Raceway August 19th – 21st,
Dunedin Show at the Edgar Centre August 26th – 29th, and the
Invercargill Show at ILT Velodrome September 2nd – 4th.
If you would like a discount coupon for your entry fee, please let me know and I’ll get one to you.
You can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or through the address below.
I am also booked in for the Thorndon Fair in Wellington on Sunday 4th December in my usual spot, though that feels quite a long way off right now.