Today we heard back from Jan after many years…
She really needed some new hoodies and we agreed when we saw the pictures she sent of her old ones that she had worn down to threads.
Hey Merlin and Gigi:
Just bought two new hoodies, one for me and one for my sister. We bought our original hoodies years ago from Gigi at the Tempe Festival of the Arts in AZ. Your garments are great quality and wearable art. We’ve worn them to threads.
We’ve bought other items over the years and love them all. I also bought a thermal shirt today.
Peace and best wishes,
I just hope nobody sees that as bad advertisement for JustZen 🙂
One of the ways to get the word out about the wearable art of the label JustZen, is to go out and meet people who do like unusual things. What better venue than art and craft show!
One of the perks of the visits to these shows is that you can meet many other interesting people that like to create things that are out of the ordinary – the vendors and artist.
If you are familiar with JustZen, you know that Gigi is off to shows all over the South-West, and even up into Idaho. After many shows you will more and more recognize familiar faces and even build friendships. The world of the traveling artists is a little universe of its own.
Obviously, trading wares and art is a common occurrence. Who would be better suited to appreciate unusual art than another artist who produces extraordinary art.
Paul is one of those contacts Gigi built. He is a potter who likes tie dye – and Gigi is a tie-dyer who likes pottery – a match made in heaven!
Today Gigi cooked spaghetti and we used our new bowls from Paul. We just had to take a photo and send it to Paul, telling him that the dish was twice as tasty because of the nice new bowls.
If you like unusual pottery, visit Paul’s Mystic Bottle Pottery Studio.
A while back a customer wrote us and thanked us for our beautiful clothes and how it helped her ease hard times she had fallen onto.
That made us realize how important it can be how we look at the world and how we can change our mind by changing how we present ourselves to the world.
You know the old grouch and how he looks – grey, hunched and with contempt for everything around him burned into the lines of his face. If you sometimes feell like that, what can you do to dig yourself out of that hole?
First thing would be to lift up your head and straighen your shoulders, then a look into the mirror and picture what you would want to see to make you feel better – or even good!
Getting rid of that grey would definitely be helpful, right? Even if it might feel wrong initially to wear something happy when you feel down, it does help!
The principle at work here is ‘fake it until you make it.’ You have to take just a little step out of your feeling down and handle the situation – a tiny, little bit – from the outside.
You can, so to speak, bootstrap yourself out of any negativity and into a feeling of …. YEAH!!
Yes, you read that right – JustZen bought some livestock.
and some Chicks
How did this come about?
A few years ago JustZen started to offer free hairbands in exchange for a donation – any donation – towards a group of foster children JustZen supports around the world in developing countries. These donations were to fund some extra boost for the holidays.
This was such a successful action that it became permanent. Now, any donation wins the donor an entry to a raffle for a free mudmee tie-dye. The drawing for the free item happens when the donations reach two hundred dollars.
Just in time for the holidays that happened again. But this time it was possible to actually decide that these extra donations would go and thinking this over, what would do the greatest good, it was decided that it’s a cow for milk, a goat for the other kind of milk and chicks to grow up and lay eggs.
Thus – JustZen bought livestock on behalf of their customers.
The drawing for the free item will happen in a few day and the cycle will start over – and we will see how fast the $200-goal can be reached now.