Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Another surprise - but not for me.....

I love buying from Etsy.  Look what arrived this morning.....
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Oh, too much flash.  Is it just the bubblewrap?
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Oh, isn't it pretty!  Let's look closer
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Hang on, there's something else....
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Yes, TWO packages
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Aren't those hearts pretty?
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They are so beautifully wrapped I almost don't want to open them...... but
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Here's the first one
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Lovely colours
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Yay!
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Egg cosies!  (No, they aren't lying on their side, Blogger won't stand them up at the moment....)
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What's in the next one?
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Just a hint...
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A beautiful nest, complete with eggs.
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And none of them are for me - they are all for grandchildren..
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Happy Easter, Chrissie, and thankyou.

Friday, April 03, 2009

No point in getting depressed!

Updating price lists is enormous fun!  Each item has to be scrutinised for spelling errors and prices checked meticulously.  We usually update in December and that has carried us through for the following year, with only a few minor changes.  Not so this year......

We did our usual update in December of last year.  There were far more alterations needed than previously.  As much of our stock comes from the EU or USA there were changes according to the fluctations in the dollar and euro.    Some items had increased by 10% and a few by 15%!  January passed without much problem but then February arrived and we were notified of still more changes, (still as a result of the dollar and euro) so in readiness for March we redid the price list and another load were sent out. 

So........ it is now April.  Where are we now?

Today we ordered our next supply of Embellisher Needles.......

..... at the best of times these are expensive, but now we have the Yen to contend with.........

The increase this time is 35% - and that is before carriage......!  We have always offered these as a service to students rather than as a means of making profit so this increase must be passed on to customers.  If you need embellisher needles I suggest you buy NOW!  We have two packets left.........I think I may need to start another price list soon. 

If I have to pass any blame I'm afraid I'd pass it straight to Tony Blair.  He chose Gordon Brown as Chancellor!  Tony Blair may have been a good barrister, but as far as I can see they are only qualified for one thing - to manipulate the truth.  No wonder he was such a 'good' prime minister.

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

I love surprises

Did you enter the giveaway? I've just announced the result, so go and have a look. However, little did I know that I too was about to be surprised......

One of my Etsy friends sent me a note to say that I had won one of her items in a giveaway. It was such a surprise because it came at a time when I was very busy, and I had forgotten that I had even entered! I then forgot that I had won, so when a package arrived this morning it took me a moment or two to realise what it was..... Needless to say, once I remembered I couldn't wait to open it.

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Such sophisticated packaging....
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...and on removing the lid I found it just got even better!
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All sorts inside!
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It was so beautifully packaged I almost didn't want to open it.
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But I'm so glad I did. Thank you Sharon of Night Sky Jewelry.
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The photograph doesn't do it justice.
Do check out her shop, There are some beautiful things there.
And the little green card? It's a little Sweet William Seed Card. I'll plant it when the weather is right and let you know how it progresses.