Andrea Gianchiglia

I sometimes wonder about the many wonderful people that pass through our little virtual world at How many of you would I love to communicate with – but it happens only on occasion that I can enjoy the transformation from an order to a real person.

One of these rare occasions was Andrea. She sent an email a while back that she wanted to see more of – I believe – skirts. Unfortunately we were low on those in our inventory and I could not comply. But I told Andrea that, as she is on our mailing list, she will hear right away when new items are added to the web site.

I like to stay in contact with all our customers – at least one-sided – and so I sent my little thoughts, announcements and other blurbs out to our mailing list. Andrea, as a member of that list, must have gotten all those emails since the day she requested that we add more of the drape skirts to our offering. When, in response to my last email to the list, I received Andrea’s email, wondering when we get more drape skirts, I felt bad – there I was chatting about life, the universe and everything, but then I don’t do what I am supposed to – getting pieces out that our customers are waiting for!

Luckily Andreas was apparently not too annoyed with me as she wanted to stay on the list (thank you 😉 ). But here is the good that came out of the whole situation: I noticed a web site in Andrea’s signature and went to check it out…

… and I found a great artist – Andrea Gianchiglia, Animal Portraits.

Here is a bit of what she says about herself:

While growing up I was surrounded by dogs, cats and other small companions who inspired my love for animals. They never judged me and always gave me their unconditional love. I remember especially our dog Kane, a rottweiler, whose love for our family was the inspiration that lead me to specialize in animal portraiture. It is my way of paying him back for all the joy he brought to my life.

I’m going to appropriate one of her illustrations to show you here but make sure you click either on the image or the link above to check out all her great work!

Daddy STOP – no – continue…

A non-tie-dye task came along recently here at the JustZen Corporate Headquarters.

As technology takes big steps ahead, old tech sometimes bites the dust, but if you have something that depends on that old technology, then you better make sure you do something in order not to permanently lose that something.

In the case at hand this is the Mini DV tape. Some 10+ years ago that was the medium of choice when capturing moving pictures. We also had a whole bunch of those tapes and I started to get worried that I might not have access to those videos once my old MiniDV  camcorder would die.

So, I started to pull all this video footage over to the computer and edited it into something more palatable than these hours of (often boring) long shots.

I want to share this little clip here with you. I don’t know if you will like it as much as I do – I’m in it after all – but you might get a kick out of it. It’s way before JustZen was even started so nobody – neither the baby nor I – wear tie-dye, but you probably guessed already that the baby later became the model you see on some of the JustZen web site.

As I have your attention already I would like to ask you a favor. I try to establish a base for JustZen on Facebook. In order to be able to give the pages there a nicer name I need a few more visitors to ‘Like’ the initial presence I established there.

So, if you are on Facebook, could you please go to the Unique Mudmee Tie-Dye Clothing page and click the ‘Like‘ button to the right side of the title? I would really appreciate that.