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Friday, May 9, 2014

Why I love Dealing with Small Businesses

Don't you just love small heart centred personal businesses?

I had a wee splurge a couple of months ago on some new bead rollers from the States but sadly my package just never arrived.

I emailed them and the next thing I know they have resent the items to me.  Isn't that fantastic?!  I'm not sure I would get the same level of service from a lot of the larger companies I deal with!

The thing is that this is a small business, so the loss of the original package probably hurt them more than it would a larger company too.

So I have a huge thank you to express to Donna Felkner of www.cgbeads.com - what a generous spirit she has.

I was so excited to finally receive my tools that I almost had palpitations when I was opening the package.  Now to get them dirty...

Of course I'll refuse delivery of the original package if it ever arrives so she gets them back.

But don't you wonder where they ended up?  Is there a huge building full of undelivered packages somewhere in the world?

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Favourite Things

I began writing this post earlier and was going to tell you all about why I'd decided to start blogging again, why I've decided to keep my business name as Glitz Art Glass, offer you explanations of my past 18 months blogging sabbatical and a whole lot of other navel gazing stuff.

But I decided instead to tell you about one of my favourite things - one of the things that makes me happy, makes me covetous and makes me smile and stroke them whenever I walk by them.

I have two old china jugs filled with the most amazing marker pens - they're Tombows.  I only just realised that there is a "W" on the end of Tombow when I looked them up online.  With a view to purchasing some more at some stage - or inveigling someone who loves me a lot into buying them for me.

These two jugs of pens follow me around the house, usually sitting at my right hand in the lounge (yes, we have one of those  lounges) or wherever I need to see them to make me feel secure.

I have just done something very OCD with my pens....I have made a spreadsheet of which ones I own so if I feel a shopping splurge come over me (or my significant other) I can jump to the ready and shout "I NEED THESE ONES!!"

At this point I should tell you that these pens are horrendously expensive and that I feel rather blessed to own any at all.  They have only been purchased in ones, twos and very occasionally threes over the years when I felt that I needed a little creative pick-me-up.

Oh, and by the way, I'm still making beads, still making them and selling them in our wee workroom Traders of the Lost Arts in Commercial Street in Takaka and online on www.glitz.co.nz but have also added an etsy.com store where I've been listing loose beads for jewellery designers.  Here's the link to the etsy store  https://www.etsy.com/shop/GlitzArtGlass?ref=ss_profile