I am afraid I do not have any stitching to share just at the moment, but I did want to talk about some positive experiences I've had in the last few days, especially to do with 'retail therapy'. I have been on a mission to increase my supply of paints/inks/mediums/papers, and spent some time doing a bit of research on the net. Today I received the first of several packages, but will wait until they all arrive before sharing. I phoned this store on Wednesday after lunch - http://www.parkersartsupplies.com/index.htm - to be told that they were extremely busy and would phone me back. In a short while I did receive a call back, and was given so much help. I can't speak highly enough of the staff, and the service, well, that speaks for itself - Wednesday afternoon to Friday morning from Sydney - I'm very pleased indeed!!! I will definitely be a repeat customer.
I did need some good strong cotton canvas, so thought about Spotlight, and again another very positive experience there. They were busy in the furnishing department - apparently there was a sale on. I did not know that - again, a phone call back was received. I managed to purchase some good heavy canvas and some softer cotton duck with a 30% discount!!! On my search for paper, I went to this website that I'd bookmarked some time ago, but had not really bothered much with - http://www.mes.net.au/home-news.php I downloaded the sale catalogue and phoned the next morning, and again have nothing but praise for the staff member who took the call. I am eagerly awaiting this package, although I understand with the volume of business due to the sale, I may have to wait, that is fine with me.
And, of course, I can't forget the 'faceless' shopping, ie internet ordering/payment. It's cool to sit here and do your shopping. I have had contact with the people from this website - http://www.artworxgeelong.com.au/store/store.php?Home-pg1-cid1.html helping with just a few queries, and then the order could be completed. I happened across this site in the hunt for inks and mists, etc - http://www.scrapboutique.com.au/boutique/ - and to my delight found a 20% discount to all new customers. Finally, this morning, I went to this site - http://www.artmaterials.com.au/ - again, one I'd bookmarked quite a while ago. They have some great supplies and reasonably priced too.
I know much has been said about retailing going through a slump. There are stores that are quiet I suppose, but it's nice to know that some are busy, and perhaps they are busy because their service is A1. I have not dealt with anyone who has been unpleasant, or who hasn't been willing to go the extra mile to offer suggestions. I probably won't be so happy when I add up the cost of the products, but I felt the time had come for me to stock up on some of these bits and pieces. I also feel inclined to share these positive experiences and useful websites. I hope some of them will be of use to readers.
It's overcast here at the moment, and quite bleak. We have been told to expect rain tomorrow, and to be honest, a little more would be nice. I am in a little creative slump at the moment, probably due to the 'thumb issue'....................