Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Strike out

It has been a while since I posted on my blog, I didn't realise how dependant we have become on technology. For my last blog I used my son's Kindle Fire. The problem with this was that it was very hard to edit on such a small screen, also it took me about an extra hour to type and set.

In the last few weeks we are in the midst of a second postal service strike here in South Africa for 2014, this I think is possibly a continuation of the one in January this year, we had a short respite and up until August were able to mostly rely on postal delivery, but now there is no post coming in or going out.

I have had to resort to using courier services for my orders and in most cases that means that it is more expensive to send out an order than the order itself, which means no sales as who wants to spend more on postage than on your purchase.  Sadly the cheapest courier service charges over $35(R330) for an envelope weighing less than 1kg (2.2lbs)!

Although a recent article (3 days ago) stated that about 40% of postal workers have returned to work it will still be a while before the post starts to appear in our boxes again.

In the mean time my order for a beading loom and some other jewellery making tools has not arrived and I am hoping that it hasn't been destroyed or lost, as the photo shows some of the strikers felt it necessary to destroy property.

I wonder what it has done for other online businesses who rely on the postal service to send or receive stock.
I have had 3 lost sales which doesn't seem like a lot but it does prevent me from starting to earn enough for me to start looking at moving out of the workplace and into making this my full time job.

In the meantime I have beautiful festive season stock that I can't sell! Macramé bracelets that make perfect stocking fillers. I have not loaded this onto Etsy as I can't ship them! Price $5 each.
Take a look.

Friday, 3 October 2014

Silver linings

This weeks colour is silver. once again thanks to www.empower-yourself- with

Silver is considered a feminine intuitive colour, it is usually associated with the moon and the tides, it is calming and purifying. It is a metaphysical healing colour.
It is viewed as a time to reflect and change direction due to it's ability to light the way. It is meant to help cleanse our mind, body and soul of emotional issues by opening new doors and lighting the way.
Silver inspires intuition, clairvoyance  and mental telepathy. It's reflective qualities mean that it reflects back whatever energy is given out.
It also symbolises wealth, prestige and modernity. It is seen as a glamorous and sophisticated colour.
Sliver is a versatile colour, shiny, modern, high-tech as well as alluring, sparkling and elegant.
In business it is respectable and courteous, dignified, self-controlled, responsible, patient, determined and organised.
Silver is unbiased and compassionate. It is associated with maturity.
Silver is the 25th anniversary representative as it relates to graceful ageing and the silvering of the temples.
It is lighter than grey but can still be indecisive and non-committal. When not mixed with another colour it can be dull and boring.
Thankfully silver goes well with all colours.
People who love silver are often intuitive, and insightful with a connection to the spiritual.
Silver people are often introspective and preoccupied with their own world.
These people are mostly imaginative and creative usually expressing themselves in the written word. They are good speakers, can write poetry and write novels.
Silver people are quite open to new adventures, they are not scared of change and often welcome it. Although some will find making a decision a little difficult.
Silver's have an air of understated sophistication, and possibly luck on their side.
They also are more ruled by their head and not their heart, although they can be romantic when needed.
As silver is represented by the moon and tides, these people may occasionally be moody.
if silver is your colour you may also present as conceited and snobby.

Negatively due to the metaphysical nature of silver you may also live a life of delusion and fantasy.

Some silver from my shop.

To all my Jewish readers wishing you a safe and healthy and meaningful fastfast.
To all my Muslim readers Eid Mubarak for Sunday