Isn't it beautiful. Its my new market bag, handmade by Teena. It says so on the label inside. Lucky me, I've met this Teena. She is Gavin's (Greening of Gavin) sister from Queensland and we were both at Gavin's 50th. She is talented. The stitching is first class and its lined with calico making it "like totally" washable. I'll be sure to turn it inside out for drying to avoid the fabric fading, its so pretty. There is also a gusset in the bottom to give it lots of width and it holds plenty, So how was i so lucky to score this one?
Last week Gavin posted that the Simply Living Shop over at Little Green Workshops was open for business. Did you not here the trumpets blowing all the way from Melton? I'm sure i wasn't the only one to click on the link and peruse the items for sale. Go on, if you haven't already, have a look .........
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Oh, was i talking about the Simply Living Shop . You know us bloggers, its all
Since you've all had a look at the shop now, you've seen a some lovely bags and a couple of nursery items in the handmade gifts section. They would make lovely gifts for Christmas, especially for someone "greenish" who would appreciate that they are handmade and would use them instead of shopping bags. There is also a range of Gavin's books, cheese making kits, ingredients and equipment and some candle products. This is only the beginning so I'm sure the range of products will grow and I for one am looking forward to it. Don't forget to checkout the workshop tab as well and see if there is something you are interested in.
Now here is what i was most impressed about. This is a fully functioning on line shop. Gav has used his IT skills and created a shopping experience similar to EBay or Amazon. I'm so so impressed. It was a seamless transaction. I'm so dumb about techo stuff that i really appreciate knowing people who aren't.
Once you visit the Simply Living Shop site you can register online, which is followed very quickly by an welcoming email confirming your registration and another to confirm your subscription.
You then fill in your profile and shipping details and then select payment options, including PayPal.
Then you go shopping, adding to your cart and confirming purchases. Shipping costs are very reasonable.
I received three emails confirming my order, receipt for payment and lastly a shipping advice which included tracking details.
Two days later, on Saturday morning no less, there was a loud knock on the door and my parcel was hand delivered. Me, sitting in bed with coffee listening to some smooth George Benson, was handed a parcel. Parcels come into this house all the time (electronics, computer and car parts) but never anything for me. It was like Christmas morning.
Now you just know it wasn't going to come wrapped in plastic express bag didn't you. Gav practises what he preaches and it came wrapped in brown paper, brown cardboard and some bubble wrap. The only thing missing was the reused string but i'm not sure if Australia Post could handle that. There was a little personal thank you note from Gav & Kim inside and an extra little note from Kim apologises for the bubble wrap. They are waiting for a shipment of tissue paper. They need not have feared though as i have shredded the brown paper and it is already mulch in my garden and the cardboard and bubble wrap have been stored for future use. Very handy.
I wish Gav and Kim all the best with their workshops and online store. I'm hoping it grows and becomes not only a medium for teaching but a profitable business that they can run post Gav's retirement. I'm sure this is his plan. If only we were all such forward thinkers. I am certainly happy to support any of his ventures. Through his blog he has inspired and taught me so much. I'm sure he has done the same for you and many others around the world.
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