Okay, okay, so its been a while since we last posted a blog. We know and we are sorry. Really sorry. Things have been going at a fast pace and it has been hard to find the time to sit down and write - I am now enjoying my morning coffee and brown sugar (fake but yummy) Mini Wheats. I actually pick out the ones with the thicker coating - GROW UP Karen. I once worked with a girl who said she didn't like the ones with the frosting - I guess that's why when she turned sideways you couldn't see her.
Last time we wrote we were getting ready to do a show at the JGH - that was a disaster, but good things come from bad and we then hosted a 'Pandi Party' that went really well. Thanks again Pearl for all your help.
First off, our year-end for the business was December 31st and we had to suffer through 'Inventory HELL'. Enough said about that. We are still suffering from YESS (Year-End Stress Syndrome). January was a really busy month. We have been making new jewelry and accessories. New inventory has arrived - check out our sterling silver chandelier earrings, and our bookmarks which come in two sizes are really fun and make great gifts. Not only that, but you can order the bookmarks and make your own creations - either with beads or Pandies.
Oh those Pandi beads - Yum. Our customers have a great time making up their own jewelry, key chains and pulls. We have received gorgeous Swarovski crystal Pandi beads as well as Fimo beads - these are really fun for the Spring.
So far, I have to say that our winter has been amazingly easy - and our hearts go out to our friends in the US and the rest of the world who have to suffer through horrific weather conditions. Of course, ours could change in a minute and we eagerly wait for spring.
Everyone is enjoying the Olympics - the patriotism and the spirit is contagious. But I can't help but think that while a commentator talks about the hardships an athelete has to live through to get to the podium, what the Haitian people have to endure just to stay alive. Somehow it just makes the 'Olympic Dream' a bit of a joke in comparison to what our fellow human beings are suffering through around the world. And let's not forget the recession. No matter what they say in the media, it has affected us all. But I honestly believe we will grow stonger from this.
One of the nicest things about this business is the people you meet. (Beaders are a quirky lot.) Really nice to be sure, and they all have such interesting personalities. Many of our on-line customers have businesses of their own. I look at this job as sort of an adventure - you never know what each new day will bring!
I guess by now you know that the funny sister is not writing this blog. Where is the sarcasm you say, the negative twist, the biting humor and black outlook? Well, she's in the kitchen!! I will get her here to proof read my commentary and I am sure she will find much to improve upon. See, I just asked her to come into the office - grumpily she answered "in a minute, I am busy". Oh, wait here she comes now. OK, she is busy changing things. I certainly don't want to get her pissed off as she has to post the pictures.
This is a blog about how we came to have an on line store and the trials and tribulations of trying to succeed in business during a recession!