Sunday, June 02, 2013

A little recap & some housekeeping

Hope everyone's having a good weekend!

It's been an eventful week, and it was great to finish our first month with a bit of a bang! I had a lot of fun (and lots of painted, glittery fingers) creating custom stickers for a research project involving pre-schoolers.. how fun does that sound, to work with such little ones! 

picture of glitter and shiny gold round circle and star stickers from Gloriousmess!

As a result of this project, we're now stocking some glittery pearl star stickers and am pretty excited about these!

Someone is also enjoying their little jar of hearts out there and I hope her eyes will twinkle just as much as mine when she got it in the mail! 

Also, we made it to the Etsy front page several times this week as part of a lovely treasury and once as a curator with our Flowery Dreams treasury!! Below is a screenshot of the Etsy front page with one of the hand-picked treasuries that featured us (thank you Sylwia!!).. you can see our D'Vines sitting there in the top row :D Our Pegged! Summer Fruits were also on Etsy Australia & New Zealand Finds newsletter!! I couldn't believe it when my wonderful Australian Wandarrah team mates told me about it at first!

We were lucky to have perfect weather for viewing all the awesome exhibits at Vivid Sydney and I was quite happy with my haul of pictures during our little jaunt. My feet were less happy the day after, when they finally realized that they had been traipsing around Sydney the previous day.

And of course, our first ever giveaway celebrating our soft launch concluded yesterday with 3 lucky duckies being randomly drawn to win some limited edition mini wooden pegs and lots of shiny, shimmery stickers. My favorite part was the anticipation of finding out who would be drawn when I clicked the "pick the winner" buttons, followed by wrapping and packing their prizes!! I absolutely adore wrapping up presents to make them pretty! So much so.. I sometimes forget I'm supposed to get excited about what's inside! Here are the prizes, ready to be shipped with their hand-lettered, handmade name tags.. Brown paper packages tied up with string, these are a few of my favorite things! ♫ ♪ 

And now.. some general housekeeping for Gloriousmess!

Shipping policy update

We've had a month to settle in and I'm finding and ironing out the kinks. The one that's been a thorn in my side is international shipping! GNNAARGH! The prices are atrocious! Seriously.. AUD$19 to mail a pack of straws? I did what I had to do, because there was no other option but my initial reaction was the same as the lovely Kim's when she got her floral straws earlier this month. Her reaction made everything worth it and made my entire day though!!

   "When I saw the price of that I about died!"   


I tried to offer a flat shipping rate so people would know how much shipping fees were right off the bat and not worry about them anymore, regardless of how many things were added to the shopping cart. It seemed like the best option available until Mr Pancakes honed in on it and suggested lower shipping rates. Unfortunately, this is quite impossible because the private courier companies charge even more than Australia Post. A lot of teeth gnashing ensued.

After a lot of thought and consulting, I've decided to get rid of the flat rate shipping starting Monday, June 3rd. We're going to try and mail as many of our goodies as possible in envelopes/mailers so they get classified as letters instead of parcels. There's a huge price jump between the two.. 

If you've got your eye set on a particular one that is too chubby to pass as letters (such as our wooden cutlery sets, burlap bags or Hospital Helpers stickers), we're encouraging everyone to buy a lot of different (or same, if you like!) goodies all at once. Might as well make full use of the shipping costs because they're valid for parcels up to 2kg!

Radiant Gradient collection launch

You probably have seen the sneak peeks already..
In preparation for all the upcoming fun that Summer usually brings, we've concocted an oh-so-sweet collection of ombre rainbow goodness! Even though it's going to be Winter here in Sydney, we figure that's all the more reason to inject some happy rainbows into the gloomy, grey season.

We've got our SLURP eco-friendly wooden cutlery, as well as a Hearts version. These can be matched to our ice cream shovels (oh, they're so cute.. I want to eat everything with them!!) and our ombre heart stickers. All Radiant Gradient goodies can be found in-store from Monday, June 3rd onwards!

Online homes update
We have an open subscription to our newsletter and you can sign up using the link located on the right side of this page near the top. The main purpose is to keep you informed of sales and new products coming to Gloriousmess! and we envision emailing a newsletter quarterly at most. 

Gloriousmess! is now also on Instagram as @sharethemess and we post random snippets of our daily adventures along with a peek at the Tamago's antics every day. We invite you to also tag any of your pictures (especially "action shots") involving our goodies with #sharethemess or #ohwhatagloriousmess so we can find them and give send out some shout-outs! 

If you have any requests for Tamago antics, email us your ideas and the Tamagos might enact it!

We continue to also live on Facebook and Google+. 
Our Twitter page is more for you to ask us any questions.. like an online chat so come and say hello! You can find us as @ShareTheMess.

Have a happy weekend!!
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