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August 11th, 2015 at 08:25 am » Comments (0)
The nice thing about beadwork (or pretty much any craft for that matter) is that we are “allowed” to have favorites. those personal choices are all good –
Having been in this business for much longer than I care to admit in many roles (consumer, author, editor, teacher, wholesale and retailer)
The Retailer Reality is my needs as a shop are not what drives the market. The manufacturers choices are rarely easy on our inventory budget – because if we don’t offer it – in today’s world someone else will.
It is not really the decision of the Distributors – although they have minor influence in some aspects – it is driven by other factors.
SuperDUOs are “maturing” which means that with increased design support – there is a “designer” demand for more colors.
Personally I have come to believe that brick or click, no one can really stock it all, the best we can do is try to make it possible for you to “get what you want” – even if you have to wait a bit.
When I had my store I made it a habit to keep product catalogs accessible to my customers – and order what they asked for – EVEN when it meant I had to buy more than they wanted – so might have that excess around for a long time.
Today, as an online retailer – I try to keep that option open by being willing to admit I can’t keep it all in the store room, but I can, if customers understand some delay in shipping,
But, no way do I object to the new sizes and shapes – because if someone’s creative visions needs that size or shape, I really want them to have it.
And, oh by the way,,, I am always happy to see a product “in the chains” because I know they will never commit to the full line and people in today’s world will seek out what they want – my job is to help them get it.
July 16th, 2015 at 10:03 am » Comments (0)
Generated by several commercials with the hi=speed “disclaimer”
What is the FDA thinking when it approves a drug for the treatment of Depression, when the primary side effects are “Increased thoughts of Suicide?
June 22nd, 2015 at 07:08 am » Comments (0)
Still I am going to keep coming back to the FB image about Working vs welfare refrig and not showing because all it accomplished was sensationalism of a real problem.
Rather, it so clearly demonstrates (at least to me) the Symptom and Consequences (not the least of which is hate and class “envy”).
Nor does it offer any insight in the why/cause and ultimately the solution
Whether the image was accurate or not is not important because all it does is further divide and offers no thought about the cause or possible solutions.
There is absolutely NO REASON why legitimate citizens of the United States of America should be hungry.
Or that Farmers should be paid NOT to grow a crop
Or that food grown in the US should be sent outside its borders as foreign aid (ok maybe some for disaster relief situations)
I kept looking at that picture and then started doing some research. So much information is on the Internet.
What if INSTEAD we looked back at programs that did work even if they expected some responsible behavior in exchange for that hand UP –
“Back in the 70’s” when I lived in NY – Westchester County tried to create what they called “WorkFare”
I remember it, because our small family business attempted to participate. That is a whole other story in itself, but for now let’s focus a bit on “solutions”
The concept was that those receiving benefits were found “appropriate” work. It was what would be called “honest work”. Among the means used was child care so that a single parent could participate
If I remember correctly (or maybe I just think it should be part of any hand up concept) It required that all receiving benefits participate – no hand outs.
There were provisions for child care (and some of the mothers were “aids” who brought their child under school age to “work” )
child of school age were expected to be in school. Reached that magic age of 16 and quit school – no more WIC, no food stamp allowance AND reduced other benefits (housing allowance)
No acquiescing to bullying by the by race baiters into unequal treatment. On Drugs, get into a program (methadone clinics were popular) or no help.
On drugs, not in a program, okay, then you get involuntary commitment as a danger to oneself and to others.
No job, okay you are assigned “honest work” suitable to your ability. And, job training was part of that program as well. Teaching of work ethic and requiring the practice of good working habits.
Get into trouble and find your family removed from the “projects” and off the “section 8″ rolls. Every major city has “empty” real estate that could be made useful for housing and with thoughtful tax incentives including responsible supervision – or, as “used to be common” working with church organizations to create safe places for those in need.
Just some starting points. But something to talk about, somethings to make important if you really want change for the better.
and yes, coming soon, more about that refrig image and why it looks that way and how to make it different.
June 21st, 2015 at 07:01 am » Comments (0)
Today is father’s day in the US. There is so much I have to thank my parents for, but perhaps the most important thing was teaching a sense of personal responsibility for my own actions.
They also were kind of big on doing something rather than whining.
Recently I saw a thing with a picture of what was supposed to be a middle class working family refrig vs a “welfare household”
I did not share it, but have been thinking about it so started doing some research. Recently I saw one of the “social commentary” FB placards about how you or I would have been DEVASTATED if our “diary” was found and read and worse yet, SHARED by a sibling WITH ANYONE>
Now we have an increasing population who really believe that how often they have a BM – it should be shared.
We see almost no conversation about the cause and effect of infantizing and less about teaching morals and ethics.
Instead we see the glorification of bad behavior and teaching of hate and division rantings instead of finding and listening to and working for real solutions however long it takes to get it done.
Sure there is a huge “temptation” to not look away from the train wreck – but why and are we not contributing to the problem when we assist in spreading hate instead of finding real solutions and working to attain or at least introduce them to the current society.
It is not simple and depending on who you listen to – at least in the US, the slide on this slippery slope began in the 30’s or mid-60’s
Growing up in the 50’s, and early 60’s was not all that different except that the majority culture was accepting responsibility for one’s own actions.
Explanations are well and good and maybe comforting – looking at the symptoms is no cure for the disease = excusing the responsible parties.
and again, there are no simple solutions.
it all seems irreversible – unless, maybe if good people start standing up to the bullies, refuse to be intimidated by the baiters and accept that change is possible, but it will take time to reverse the damages.
Let’s stop lamenting, at the very least look at the causes and then KEEP talking about those causes and consequences and the small steps each of us can take individually and collectively to effect change
feel free to share your thoughts by commenting on this and yes, more to come related rant and rambling
May 29th, 2015 at 07:59 am » Comments (0)
No one is likely to call me shy aoout self promoting my little online business. It is a goal to make sure that when I do “in a group” that it is not shameless.
In other words, a question was asked, I provide an answer and since not everyone wants to read long answers, a link to more information.
Often these link to product information pages – because if I am providing support – then I should also get credit>
It is also because the same questions get asked over and over and I get lazy about retyping – so keeping the long answer on one place is a more efficient use of my time.
Okay, so this explains how I annoy others (and that I am aware of there seeming displeasure and apparent inability to use a delete or scroll key – their problem not mine)
What annoyance did I feel needed to be adapated into a goal.
When ANYONE asks a question in an open forum that is SPECIFIC to the work of a particular book, tutorial, etc and a different seller uses that for shameless self promotion by injecting links to THEIR product. As if to say, “sorry you made a poor buying choice – come buy mine and you will be happier.
And yes, there was a time when I did this and I am not proud of that and constantly work to control the temptation
Limiting this to “instructional material” If you are “among the guilty” – well not that my opinion matters, but such discourtesy annoys me and paints a picture of someone lacking respect, for themselves and others.
So if you catch me doing this – call me out
If you are right – then I will delete the comment
(excludes info page links)