Sunday, April 20, 2008

Self-Promotion

Since this my blog and I get to talk about whatever floats my boat, I've gotta talk about the jewelry! I have been selling jewelry since February 2005 and I really, really love it! I recently changed direct sales company because I thought Jewels by Park Lane had a lot to offer, both to me and my customers.

Here is my company website: http://www.myparklane.com/mlittlewood

The customer program is insane - for everything $30 you spend you get something for equal value for only $12 more. That's $60 of jewelry for $42! At $60 you get 2 at a $60 for $12 each (that is $180 for $84). At $90 you get 3 (yes, three!) at a $90 value for $12 each ($360 for $126). In addition, they run the specials all the time to get an extra item absolutely FREE!!! I tell people all the time that I find this company INSANE! I recently had a customer purchase $825 retail for just $225 including tax/shipping! Is that just not crazy?

Hostesses are an entirely different thing - they offer well over 25 items all at least $50 retail for only $8 for just having a show! Then, for every person who places an order you get a $20 credit - and things only get better from there! Special credits for hostesses, hostess only jewelry items and the list just goes on!

And listen to the JBPL warranty: if any items has any problems in the first 120 days (including tarnishing and including the baby grabbing it off your neck!) they will replace it for you FREE! After the first 4 months, they will still replace it for for just $5 FOREVER! Yes, forever. If they don't make that particular item in 2028 and you lost a stone, they will give you something from their current inventory of comparable price/style (i.e., earrings for earrings, bracelets for bracelets) for just $5. INSANE, I TELL YOU!

And guess what?!!?!? It is so exciting - they have changed our shopping carts and the website and you can now shop with me directly from the website and still get your $12 bonus items and have things shipped directly to you! Of course, if you'd rather order with me directly or better yet, let me come to your house and eat your snacks and talk to all your friends, I'd be more than happy to do that to!

Jewelry makes my heart happy. Truly it does.

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Sunday, April 13, 2008

Pet Pictures

KK has been on a pet picture taking adventure today (along with the mold growing on her science project - ewww!). Here is a sampling of the pets, I'll spare you the mold. LOL
This is Daisy, the Shi Tzu - we just thought it looked particularly cute in BW, with the soft edges. Her life around here is just so rough she is too exhausted to hold open her big blue eyes!
Here she is wearing her "Love at First Bark" dress. She wears clothes most of the winter. She is very tolerant of playing dress-up!

This is Mimzy - he is the "baby" kitty. He came to us last October at less than 12 oz. I'm not sure what he weighs now, but his very lion-like, in my opinion! He is also a huge klutz. I'm actually surprised he is balancing on the back of that chair, as it moves. He is always, always knocking over things!
This is Sunshine - AKA "Fat Cat". She has been here longer than both the dog and other cat. She will have been here 4 years on May 05 - she was already grown up when we got her from the animal shelter. I picked her because she struck her paw out of the cage she was in and touched my arm. I knew she was suppose to be mine right then. She is quite the huntress and unlike her fellow feline, is quite a delicate little jumper. She goes pretty much any where she wants and rarely knocks stuff over. I have a big ol' soft spot in my heart for this kitty-cat.

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Thursday, April 3, 2008

The Story in Pics

DOND - April 01, 2008

The is before I left the house in the morning. My KK did a great job of taking the pic, but couldn't somebody have told me the jewelry was whacky!?!?!?Here we are! We made the drive (with the help of Jill, my GPS!) - I looked thrilled, Mrs. S. looks like "What the heck am I doing out here in the cold with this crazy chick?"
Okay - So maybe it is a tad bit cold!
Those are all the people in front of us! We need to make it over by the doorway. We should be there in no time at all (yeah, right!).
Can you see those? This girl had a $$ headband. Just wait, she'll seem normal in just a minute!
The is Afro Dude. That was one scary scary afro. I swear there were birds living in there! Mrs. S. had to be very covert to get a pic of him. He was definitely on to us. He, also was standing in the second round line at the end of the day!

Yep, you are seeing correctly - he has braids in his beard!

Awwwww... it's a Red Hat Lady. She looks cold.
Those were some pants. What else can I say?
I call this lady "Mean Mom" - because if I did that to my kids they would disown me. Seriously. And really, that girl looks less than thrilled, and I think the mom is shooting daggers at Mrs. S. for taking her picture!
Do you think they are the Double Mint Twins? BWAHAHAH!
Hey, guess what!!?!?!?!?! We are about to get to go inside! Look at all those poor cold souls still in line out there! Heeeheee, they know they all wanna be us - just about to go into the building!
Inside is AWESOME! I now have sparkely shoes on and think they made my smile bigger!
Inside the sights continue on! Can you see it? That dude has antlers on his head!
mmm.hhhmm.. You are correct, that is a real live bunny rabbit in a Victoria Secret's shopping bag. Mrs. S. kept losing this treat in the crowd, he was sorta a short little guy. And - yes, it's an eyeball.
There I AM! Getting my 30 seconds of fame. See.see.. behind that really boring lady in the Betty Boop shirt. Look down, those are my silver sparkle shoes!
Whew! It's over! Even Mrs. S. looks happy now. She is probably relieved her toes aren't frozen anymore. Maybe she is just happy that she finally is going to get some food! Or maybe, just maybe she is happy she helped her best friend realize a dream! : ) And hey, couldn't SOMEBODY have told me the necklace was whacky?!?!?

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Wednesday, April 2, 2008

The "Deets"

Well, I did it! Thanks to help and support of Mrs. S. I got my 30 seconds of fame with the DOND people. After standing in line from 10:30-3:00 (a bunch of that outside in less than spring weather!) I got to talk to the casting director for 30 whole seconds about myself.

Mrs. S. and I had been practicing my spiel and we decided the jewelry-sparkly angle was the best bet. I woo'd, showed my shoes (per KK's instructions) and told them about my heart necklace with my mom & dad's ashes (which I was wearing). I felt confident and was really happy with myself for having tried! I didn't get asked for the second round questions yesterday (I was upstaged at my table by a recovering meth addict) but they said just because it didn't happen yesterday doesn't mean they aren't going to call me in 6 months, so my dream is still alive.

Mrs. S. was in charge of picture taking and she did a stellar job. I probably won't have time to figure out and post the pic's until this weekend, so definitely check back for those!

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