|Even Esther is frustrated...|
... When I ordered supplies from my regular supplier, I specified that if anything was back ordered, to please let me know so I could acquire from a different source. I heard nothing, so I assumed that everything would be in the box. The shipment arrived while I was away tending my mother, and I couldn’t open the box while I was out of town. When I opened the box to begin assembling kits, I discovered that not one, not two, but three different items were back ordered and not in the box! Frantic phone call to the supplier, who confirmed that the items were indeed back ordered, and no hint as to when they would ship.
I spent yesterday trying to find other sources for the missing kit items, and hopefully they will be on their way soon.
I also had to revamp the instruction book to include a fourth color way. Instructions rewritten, books printed and ready to ship as soon as the missing kit items arrive. But the clock’s ticking and I’m getting nervous about getting things out in a timely manner.
Why not order sooner? Good question, and one for which there’s no easy answer. I placed my orders as soon as the registration period ended, and there’s a built-in time cushion to allow for supplies to arrive, assemble kits and mail. When a supplier lets me down, though, that time cushion quickly evaporates. Ordering in advance of the end of registration is fraught with problems. What if I order too much? I have to pay for the supplies and am stuck with them unless I can find another use, or have the class again. What if I order too little? It’s also a problem because I have to pay shipping charges for each and every shipment – far better to place one order and have one shipping charge!
So while I’m waiting for my missing kit items, I’ll get back to Citrine. Fingers crossed the supplies arrive quickly!
Your response to my October collection has been phenomenal, I am so appreciative. It is such a pleasure for me to curate and prepare these collections and when you love them it is very satisfying!
Today I am off to see Ruben and Nomi. Ruben will be 2 years old next month, they grow up so very fast! He and I have a shared love of construction toys. The two of us can spend endless amounts of time on the living room rug building legendary structures. Have you seen the magnetic construction toys that are ever so popular? Ruben and Nomi have magnetic tiles that allow you to put together shapes and imaginary houses. Today I will bring him a new magnetic building toy, we will have loads of fun, I know!
Coming back from Binghamton, after teaching a fun workshop with some lovely stitchers, I had a 4.5 hour drive to contemplate how lucky I am, (tfu tfu tfu). Over the years I have made some wonderful friends at my workshops all over the world. Yes, I said world. Yvonne Close in England who, back in the summer of 2005, had me come and teach a few of my designs to her customers and who was generous enough to put all three of us up, (Reid, Nina and myself). What a time we had! She had a big birthday party for Nina, we met her family and bonded with Yvonne and Stephen, her husband. I am grateful for that friendship.
|Nina and Yvonne's handsome grandson in Stephen and Yvonne's gorgeous garden.|
|Yvonne holding on to Nina as she feeds the swans.|