Can’t say I haven’t thought of it myself, and would love to create some jewellery with the Game of Throne Theme. A Canadian firm of jewellery designers Pyrrha, have landed the license from HBO to release an official Game of Thrones collection of jewellery. There are some talisman necklaces for the Westeros main Houses and are priced at $226. They feature the sigil (that’s “symbol” in Game of Thrones “speak”) and the house motto. Baratheon’s crowned black stag with their motto “ours is the Fury” and the Stark direwolf with of course “Winter is coming”.
I am mad about the mother of Dragons from the Targaryen House with their three-headed Dragon and the motto “Fire and Blood” in the series. I adore Kahleesi and have made a bracelet called Khaleesi myself. However I am looking forward to seeing some of the new jewellery and seeing some people “Wearing Westeros” designs.
Truly I don’t want to get political on this blog but today I find I can’t help but sympathize with a very nice woman in Brazil who ordered some Ear Lobe Lifts for herself. I wasn’t sure whether to write about this however freedom of speech is still a right we share in this lucky country of Australia and so I thought I’d put my toe in the water and give it a shot. As time goes by, I am also learning the different ways other countries handle, landing taxes for on line sales packages or E parcels.
I’d heard some rumors that trade was difficult with Brazil but when a lady ordered some of our Secret Ear Lobe Lifts for her earlobes, I had to help her get them. I read up on the customs regulations and found that personal items for one’s own use were free from duty. Usually people who purchase this item, I suspect, already have a problem with sagging lobes, thus this item would be for personal use and a benefit to a sufferer of Droopy Ear Lobes. For years, I have been trying to spread the word that these little beauties, help prop up the ear, in an instant, and help prevent further drooping of the lobes, after all, not everyone can afford an operation or want to put sticky tape on their precious skin. Sympathy and compassion abounded and with all good sense going out the window, I decided to give it a go, to send a very tiny order to Brazil.
I used a white padded envelope, filled out a customs declaration and I sent her the product by registered post, via Australia Post. It took just a week to arrive in Brazil itself, however unfortunately, and I do mean very unfortunately, as I heard yesterday, via email from a Post Office in Brazil (AND in Portuguese !) that a case had been opened to get my very disappointed client her precious parcel. It will take 12 times that long, to have her order released from customs and only after paying taxes. Yes you heard it right people, 2- 3 months! What a calamity! I feel terribly sorry for the very sweet lady in Sao Paulo, who awaits her little Ear Lobe Lifts and continues to suffer from Droopy Ear Lobe syndrome, until then. Further more, I have sent a please “review” , to the Post Office in Brazil, through their online suggestion box, (first I had to translate the form into English from Portuguese, and then the form is translated back to Portuguese). Let’s hope it all makes good sense and makes a difference.
Having lived over seas for many years I really DO try to understand or least respect the cultures and ways of other countries but I find this story a little harder than most to comprehend. I found this little excerpt from researching the cultures of Brazil, fascinating. Time is the key ingredient very similar to the traditions in Bali, Indonesia. Do not try to rush them into making decisions. Now that’s something I have learned today. Here’s the quote……
• In business, Brazilians tend to ‘deal’ with individuals, not companies. Therefore, you will need to establish a trusting relationship with them if you wish to gain their business. It is important that you do not try to rush them into making decisions or forming relationships.
UPDATE the customer finally received her lovely Secret Lobe Lift Earrings last Friday. Success! am very pleased to report
Autumn is definitely here people..the streets with tree lined avenues are strewn with dropped leaves..I am more inclined to admire the overall look of the colours of autumn and actually like seeing this time over year as it brings so many glorious brown shades. I created these earrings, not only for my true admiration of nature, which sits firmly entrenched in the physchi of most artists and artisans http://www.karentharp.com/#!autumn
I am as pleased as punch to say my new updated article (or Lens as the Squidoo people call) has been republished on Squidoo. I think it’s looking and sounding better than ever. Please go take a look and feel free to write some comments if you like what you see. It’s all about how I created the fantasy winged earring and used bright green agates to create a Green chandelier earring. Go check it out.
What ever way you celebrate Mother’s Day. here’s a very Happy Mother’s Day greeting to all the amazing Mum’s who are always on duty 24/7. You should put your feet up today and let the family take over and give YOU a great day. I will be celebrating with my gorgeous children. One who is doing the Mother’s Day classic run for Breast Cancer Awareness first…. and the other who is at present, recovering from his girlfriend’s birthday bash last night. Am off to see my Mum today who is 84! and still fighting fit. Again Happy Mother’s Day to Mums Everywhere.
Happily I have made so many varieties of tones in the Julleen Pearl Jewellery Designs collections …..that I can almost chose any colour these days…..and head straight for our catalogued jewellery..and voila! a theme comes to life. I have to say I do a bit of research to find accessories that tone into the colour themes I’ve chosen and I just love doing it. Here’s my choice for today Aqua. Pssstt…don’t forget to click on the button ONLINE SHOP up top.