Friday, January 24, 2014

So far...

This Summer is sweltering... Fans are on almost 24/7 in the workroom, between the odd rainfall and sleeptime.

Tomorrow is our first Market of 2014, and also our first market as Wanderland (Wonder Struck Inc & The Journeyman).
We'll be at The Walkerville Farmers Market tomorrow, 25 January from 9am till 4pm.

Then it's a 2 week work space, then Wanderland will be at The Shed on R59's Night Market, 7 February.
From 6pm - 10pm.

Lots of newness has already sprung up on our Storenvy, and limited stock items on our Ideasmarket and Esty stores. Pick and choose through our awesome items.
90% of what we do is one of a kind, so there's a good chance that once the item sells, it will not be restocked. So take advantage while you can.

We're about to shut down shop for the next 60 hours for the market.
Shew, back to work then.

Have a great Friday peeps.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Sweet pervings...

I've been wanting to back to putting to blog, online stores that I find... the interesting and unusual and beautiful (all the things I long for Wonder Struck Inc to become... soon!).

Though I don't have permission to use any of her photos, I will link you to this store:
As I peruse through her pages of items, I am left licking my lips and curling my toes at the pure visual beauty of it all. Oh the decadence!
One day I'll beable to afford to buy from her store, this is a goal I have now set for myself.
Go look in at her store and see just what I mean...
How could you go wrong with with perfumes like "decadence and debauchery", I mean, really? ;)

Then, I came across this store, via another jewellery artist (who I admire so much, just for her work and what she is going through right now).
I also follow this jewellery designer/artist on Instagram, just so I can continually be left in tears at what I cannot buy from her. Her work is just beautiful... and that's putting it lightly.
If you have a spare R400 or R500, at least treat yourself to one of her Elise Rings. They're too gorgeous for words.

Ok.. now that my wants and desires have been shown for the evening.

Onto Wonder Struck Inc. business I suppose ;)

I've been slowly, slowly adding some items onto the two operating online stores:
So go peek in and see if there's anything there that catches your interest... I'm still working through *all* our stock, taking pictures and loading as I go along. So please be patient so that you can have access to everything that those attending our markets also have access to.

Saturday, January 11, 2014

What have we...

It's nearly...nearly halfway through January and what has happened so far into the year?

Personally... as humans we are often our own worst enemies.
For instance... leaving your desk chair right up to your work table, while you have a kitten running around alone at night, with full access to your workroom.
I have discovered I don't speak the sums of kittens when inputted into spreadsheets, I now know how to activate my laptop's wi-fi sensor (after it's been "mysteriously" de-activated, literally overnight). I also know that you cannot yell at kittens, mostly because they have no idea what you're so upset about and will continue cleaning themselves no matter how close the vein in your forehead is to popping.

And Wonder Struck Inc. discoveries so far into the year...
well, I have discovered I have amazing customers. You guys rock my world.
Also, setting up an online store on a South African "host" is not as easy as it seems... but perseverance and some colourful language and head/desk slams work.

So far I've been inspired by so many other online jewellery artists, as well as by what I've always really enjoyed doing, but never have.
Holding yourself back because of what the "masses may think" is probably the biggest block to creativity I have ever created for myself... ironically.
I have made jewellery meant to appeal to a great many people in hopes of success, only to find myself greatly unfulfilled by what I do. No offense to anyone on that.
Loads more work is being done and will be done that will reflect myself and my creativity far better this year. I feel it in my giant rubber crafty pants.


If you want to buy from us in good old South African Rands, feel free to visit our all new South African online store - Wonder Struck Inc.

And if you spend in US Dollars, or via Paypal, visit our Storenvy store to see what you can grab.

~ Zoo ~

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

2014... onward.

I'm not going to get all insightful and philosophical about 2013.
It's over and done with. Good and bad.

It's the first day of 2014, and as much as I'm not a believer in the whole "new years resolution" story (if you want to make a change, you'll make it whenever and whereever you may be)... I do intend to grow Wonder Struck Inc this year. With the help of great customers of course ;)
I've spent 4 years trying to fit Wonder Struck Inc in between the gaps of a full day job, until I found myself retrenched at the end of November. I don't wish to hang my head over this and cry and stress and worry.
All of that has and will happen, on it's own...
So onward!
If you are the resolution type, then this is my hope:

The the new year will be full of positivity, and blessings, even in the darkest of moments. I hope you see the silver lining no matter who and what you may encounter along your journey this year. And it will be a journey, because life would be less exciting if it was just a trip.
There will be things lost, learnt and gained. And it will only be you that can choose to surround yourself with as much positivity as possible, and with as many beautiful, soulful humans as you possibly can.

I am so thankful that the customers and likers of Wonder Struck Inc have been the light and the silver lining and the growth of what I now do full time (or until I find another day job I guess).

Today was spent the way most public holidays go around my parts... with my friends, one of whom is the wonderful free spirit Heatherlyn, of The Journeyman
Go follow her Facebook page aswell to keep up to date with what she does, and what she'll be doing as The Journeyman

As the year progresses, Wonder Struck Inc and The Journeyman will be operating at markets, rallies and merch stands as a collective called "Wanderland".
We'll be stocking not just our own, but loads of other really cool indie, handmade and eclectic stuffs.

For those who'd like a quick reminder on some dates:

6 January 2014 - Wonder Struck Inc re-opens. We'll be doing orders, invoicing and payment arrangements from Monday again.
8 January 2014 - All shipping will commence.

We haven't booked our first market of the year... yet. But keep looking in on here or on our Facebook to see what we'll be doing and where we'll be heading and setting up.
You can order via our Facebook, our Storenvy and soon from our South African friendly online store on MyStall.

New Stock:

New stock components, new molds, new pieces (limited and otherwise) are coming in over what will hopefully be the next month.
With Christmas happening right after placing most of my bigger orders, I think things would have been delayed in the postal system, so please be patient if you're waiting for anything. 
Terrarium necklace components, crow skull molds, lolita cameo molds, new cameo settings, rings, cameos... I'm waiting for all of it.

Also just (while doing my blog post) ordered in a small order of tongue studs. Mostly because mine are falling to pieces and I can't find anything I really when the tongue stud order comes in, I'll pick out and do photos. 
They'll be available on all our sites/online stores for R20/US$2.70 each, excluding postage.

Our Lace & Wenches range of lacey goth inspired necklaces (necklaces, not chokers....yet)

We're going to be working more on "ranges" or "lines" if you will this year.
Making things a bit more organised and doing more of what we have always LOVED doing, whether it appeals to the masses or not.
Changes are a coming ;)

Also, if you're at any future "WANDERLAND" attended markets this year, you'll also beable to buy some select A5 and A4 prints from us on some of our best photographical efforts. 

You'll also beable to buy Squarehead shirts from our "Wanderland" tables at the markets too, in limited quantities of course ;) so first come first serve. If you haven't ordered from the stock via our online stores/pages, come to the markets and quickly grab as we will be doing VERY limited runs per size (as in ONE per size per run).

..... AH! I cannot believe how long this post feels.
Have I ever written such a long in depth one like this?
Well, the first of many for 2014.

Again, you guys MADE 2013 great for Wonder Struck Inc. and because of you guys we know we'll grow even bigger and better in 2014.
Let's do this!

;)  * Zoo *