I was a pretty good “Elf” yesterday and I accomplished a great deal. I not only drew up my ‘secret gift’ but I also got it cut out. Today I will be doing the sanding and finishing and then I can chalk another one up as finished! It came out nice too and I really WISH I could show it here. But I know that the recipient stops in and looks at the blog from time to time and I don’t want to risk the chance of it being seen before Christmas. I just have to say it is ‘nice!’
I was really excited yesterday because my box of soaps came from Kelly (Rivergirl here on LJ’s) . It was a wonderful assortment of her awesome hand-made soap, body butter and lip balms. These are going to make great gifts for our mail carrier and other assorted people on my list where I would love to give a small token of thanks for the great service that they give all year. The soaps are beautiful as well as made from pure and natural ingredients and when I opened the box it smelled DEVINE! Not too strong, but incredibly yummy! Each bar was beautifully placed in a pretty organza pouch which made it lovely for giving.
Those of you who read may remember that I have somewhat of a box fetish. Well, Kelly sent the package in this incredibly awesome box that had little penguins making snow-angels on it. It looked like they were dancing! I took a picture of it along with the soap for you to see:
I feel like my Christmas came early! I also get to keep a couple of the products for myself! ;)
Speaking of boxes . . .
One of the STUPIDEST things occurred yesterday. To me, it is an extreme waste and I just don’t understand it.
For years I have been a fan of Clinque skin care products. I like their stuff a lot and order from them regularly. I have used them since I was a teenager and I was thrilled when I moved to Canada to find that they have a good presence here too. I also found that they frequently offer specials for free shipping, which means that I can order online and have my stuff sent here since the nearest store is in Halifax nearly three hours away. It is very convenient and cool.
Well, for Christmas they had a special offer where not only do you get FREE SHIPPING, but they also let you pick a really cool gift box for FREE with any order. The boxes came in three sizes and looked really nice. Great for storage of craft supplies or anything, even for giving. So I placed a couple of orders to get one of each of the three sizes. I would use the products anyway, and it would be a great time to stock up.
Well . . . yesterday I received a box from them. The box was sizable so I thought that they consolidated the orders and sent them all at once. Great! It comes from Purolator which is a courier here similar to UPS. Here is a picture of it:
I put my hand in the picture so that you could see how big it was. The weight on it was .45 lbs. I opened it up, expecting to see my products and I saw this:
Lots and lots of “fluff” along with appeared to be one of my free boxes folded flat. Since it was pink, I knew it was the smallest of the three and I thought how smart of them it was to make it fold flat so nicely.
But my admiration soon faded as I continued to look through the box for my products. I pulled the invoice and all it contained listed on it was the free box. I was puzzled.
I thought there was a mistake, so I phoned the number provided on the invoice. I spoke to the representative and I learned that I indeed was going to receive my three products that I ordered, along with the two other free boxes ALL IN SEPARATE SHIPMENTS!!!
I thought I heard wrong! Yes – there are a total of FIVE more boxes that are at least this size on their way to be delivered on Monday. Via Purolator no less, which I use all the time to ship my packages and I know from this costs at least around $25 as a base fee for the smallest box possible.
Now you can imagine how I felt. What a HUGE and UNNECESSARY WASTE this was! All the items are being shipped from their warehouse in Ontario, and yes – the shipping costs ME nothing, but how can a company be so inefficient (and stupid) to split up this shipment this way??
I have ordered computer parts before where one component ships from one place and another from another warehouse and I certainly understand why things are sent separate. But this truly boggles my mind!
I quickly folded the box together, which was awesome. It was great quality and thick and sturdy and will serve me very nicely:
But when you see how SMALL it is compared to the large box they sent it in, you can’t help but think of the waste!
I ordered the three sizes because they will ‘nest’ in each other and be great for storage. The size of the products I ordered was tiny little things that can be kept in my purse. Why did they feel it necessary to send this order in SIX separate boxes??
And we wonder why things are so expensive. After all, SOMEONE has to pay for this waste. They should be working for the Pentagon!
So I can’t wait until Monday when I get the rest of the shipment. I promise to show you all a pic. I think they are going to get a letter just to tell them that I would rather have them charge a little less for their products than waste so much money shipping them. Just a thought.
On one last thing, I purchased another incredible item from one of our Lumberjocks here on the site. I was wracking my brain for a gift for someone very special on my list and I didn’t have a clue as to what to get him. Then I saw this posted and I knew it would be PERFECT for him!!! Within minutes I bought it and the wonderful Lumberjockette is going to ship it directly to the recipient. Again I need to be secret, but I promise after Christmas I will tell!
I LOVE supporting my fellow creative people! When I think about it, through all of my networking I have so many wonderfully talented and creative friends and not only am I giving gifts that are beautiful and unique, but I feel like I am helping these artisans keep creating too. I highly recommend that you consider doing the same – no matter what time of year it is and what the occasion. You will get personal service, wonderful gifts and help a talented friend keep creating. It is a Win/Win/Win all around!
Well that is it for today. Back to being an elf for me! Have fun this weekend and enjoy the time and preparation for the upcoming celebrations – no matter what you are celebrating! I know I am going to have fun no matter what!
-- Contributing Editor, Creative Woodworks and Crafts, Sheila Landry Designs http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com "Knowledge is Power"