Sunday, April 28, 2013
I really do feel like just a bit of a zombie today, but blissed with happy.
This weekend roughed me up around the edges, with a night market at The Shed and then a Saturday market yesterday at Wyetti.
We had great fun with fellow stall holders, who even helped me set up when I got to the night market late after some really awful accident traffic on all the highways coming out of Joburg.
To the visitors at the markets, thanks for coming out in the chill to come look at the stalls and eat the home made food (market made food?) ;)
Like the wonderful Catherina and her food stall "The Stables" at Wyetti.
Her food was out of this world, and we tried out both the cheese platter and the eisbein & bean soup. Wow! Can you hear me purring at the memory ?! Because I am!
But back to business ;)
If you've been spying our blog, our facebook and the instagram, you'll see all the goodies that are being made/loaded.
Some pieces are already up on our Etsy store and ready to ship once you snatch it up.
I've also been on the search for some really great "standard" packaging for the store and I've found some of the greatest things!
Just about all of our necklaces and bracelets will now be packaged in reusable little round steel tins. They look great!
Friday, April 19, 2013
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Ha. Thought it was highly appropriate that as I started getting this post ready, that AC/DC's "For those about to rock, we salute you" comes on.
I'm not sure what other Etsy/Storenvy/online handmade artists' experiences have been (past and present) with a drop in self confidence, when it feels like things are just going nowhere...
But the self confidence and motivation at Wonder Struck Inc dropped so low lately... And it was hard being in that.
But I'm back and fighting fierce. With a smile on my dial of course ;)
And have you noticed? Autumn has started closing its arms around us.
Chilly mornings and evenings. Warm, sunny, clear skied afternoons.
More inspired work is definitely on the way, to celebrate one of my personally favourite seasons.
Now... I know I've mentioned several handmade artists/stores in previous blogs, but I really don't recall mentioning the talented dreamcatcher maker married to one of my (19) cousins.
Adri has been making dreamcatchers for a year or two now. And like me, she's developed her own style and product range. Growing as a handmade artist and perfecting her art.
And in this... I'm hoping to add some of her wonderful pieces to the Wonder Struck Inc lineup.
Where there are limits to Adri making her stall available to buyers/collectors, we're hoping to make her gorgeous pieces available through our stalls and online stores.
We'll keep you updated. ;)
To visitors of our Etsy, we're sneaking in this discount code just for you: HAVE10OFF
Use this code at checkout in your cart, it's valid for the rest of 2013 and is not limited to number of purchases.
To our South African/non Etsy buyers. If you see anything you'd like to buy, (marked here on our blog or in any of our stores) contact us to buy and we'll hook you up with payment details.
We'll also be adding a freebie in with your purchases over R200/USD30 (this total is excluding shipping).
And with that! Back to the rest of the days duties.
Have a great one!
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
This song has got me hooked! I'm
*inspired* by it.
New pieces made while listening to gorgeous, heavy, dirty blues pieces like Black Market Baby (by the amazing Tom Waits) will be up in our Etsy before month end.
With shop revamps I've decided to start limited ranges, like the latest pieces I've *just* mentioned.
I'm also, between these ideas, starting to put together sample boxes for stores that I want to approach.
As much as I know that each piece is wellmade, handmade, and unique, it's still nerve-wrecking, the possibility of rejection.
But pre-approach photo session of the sample boxes will happen if you'd like to peek what I'm offering the stores ;)
Other things have been happening "back stage", some good, some sad, some bad, and some amazing.
But to those who look in to read our blog regularly, THANK YOU!
Then in closing....
To Boston, and those directly affected by the bombings at the Boston Marathon finish line, prayers and positive thoughts go out to all of you.
Stand tall and strong with, and for eachpther, and please remember not to lower yourselves to violence in an attempt to make whoever did this "pay"....
Violence only begets violence. We take comfort rather in our strength to be compassionate and to help those affected and to another, rather than mess with those who don't deserve our notice.
Saturday, April 13, 2013
Sunday, April 7, 2013
The Henley Arms Market has come to an end as from Friday night. It's so sad to see that a venue gives crafties an opportunity to have a market FREE OF CHARGE, and no one takes part.
To those who have supported not only Wonder Struck Inc, but Heatherlynn's stall, Kopy Kat, and Astra's Pink Salt. Thanks guys! It's been much appreciated.
Saturday was the Pumpkin Weigh In at The Shed (@ Greens Greens on R59).
The Shed is becoming such an awesome venue, perfect all weather venue for those of us that try to brave the elements. It's an indoor venue and though very much a farmers market feel, also very heavy on giving stall space to handmade artists.
The "usual" market hours at The Shed were extended to 4:30pm, but wow, did that extra hour and a half kill us?!
It was worth it though, just for the atmosphere around the whole day. Thank you Carren for being such a professional organiser of this market, and always being available to talk to, to assist the stallholders and yea, to keep our potential customers happy.
Keep checking in to see all our changes and happy goodies.
For now, back to those shop edits and changes and maybe a cup of coffee to keep this sleep at bay *yawn*. Have a great Sunday humans!
Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Well I hope everyone had a delightful and blessed Easter weekend.
We have now moved stalls at Wyetti Market, which was as busy as can be expected over the long weekend/Easter/Rand Show ...so sales were dismal. But the company was great...even under all the drizzle. At least we never got rained out.
Wonder Struck and KopyKat (Heatherlynn) are hoping to get stall space for the R59 Shed this weekend, and again for the R59 Shed's night market on 26 April.
If you want some low priced deals on some of our makery, follow us on Instagram: zoocatty
Also don't forget to visit our stores. All of them are linked here onto of the blog ;)