Summer Scarves – Really? Scarves in Summer?

Bringing ice cream to the Eskimos?

Hiring the fox to guard the chicken?

Offering scarves with the summer right around the corner?

All that seems to be pretty silly, right? But then again, there are the summer evenings, or a cruise to Alaska, or many other occasions we can imagine where having an accessory like one of our amazing scarves handy might come in – – – well – – – handy.

Let me first show you what we are talking about…

Aren’t these absolutely cool? Obviously the neck is not the only place where they can go, think of your waist worn as a belt, and maybe a bandana, if you find yourself at the beach and you happen to have one of these with you – – OK, how likely is that to happen?

Anyway, you get my drift – and considering that Mother’s Day is coming any moment now, I better leave you alone so that you can go and find one – or a few – of those summer scarves – – – – – – – –  silly – scarves in summer?!


PS: Gigi will be in Moscow this weekend. No, not the on in Russia, the one in Idaho – at the Renaissance Fair.

Gigi at the strawberry festival in Oxnard, CA

(email sent out to our mailing list)


just in case you missed it – the world was supposed to end yesterday. Looks like that did not work out quite as planned. Or maybe it did happen and I just have not noticed yet. A bit like in the movie Ghost where the character played by Patrick Swayze first runs after his attacker before he notices that is is actually dead.

Anyways, let’s assume that everything is all right, so Gigi really is at the Strawberry Festival in Oxnard, CA this weekend.

Hey, you have to admit that this was pretty smart how I wove that bit of information in there, huh?

Here is another piece of information that is essential for living a fulfilled live: The pound key (#) on the keyboard is called an octothorpe – Well, now you know why they call it a pound key!  Can you imagine going through the prompts the next time you go to pay your phone bill and the voice on the other end tells you to hit the octothorpe key?

OK, I admit that might not be such an essential piece of information. But it’s my sneaky attempt to first give you some information before I ask you for something in return.

I want to ask about our one and only accessory – no, not the tie-dye motor-cycle – but our necklaces. When Gigi is out there at shows, these things sometimes fly off the neck of her dummy/dress form in front of her booth – but at the web site there is hardly any interest for them.

So, I wonder, are they too well hidden to be found or are they just not right? If you could let me honestly know, that would help me out quite a bit.

Should JustZen have Accessories?

When Gigi is out there at art and craft shows she always has a mannequin in front of her booth, nicely dressed up in all tie-dye and adorned with some accessories.

This is often such a nice combination that customers want these accessories as well. After that experience Gigi always has some more pieces of these accessories with her.

Now the idea came up to offer these items on the web site as well.

But I need an opinion – do you think this would be a good accessory to offer on our tie-dye web site?


I sent that picture out to all the JustZen customer and got a great number of answers.

Here are a few…

Which accessory….the DUDE or the bike?  They bike is cool, but I prefer the DUDE!

Hilarious!!! I want one… 🙂

LOL! Heck, yeah!

Yesssss definitely!


Please tell me your talking about the long haired stud ;x but I like the bike. Would be cool to have the girls model a few things on it for the site
Much love

Dear Merlin Silk
which one the man or bike?
Have agreat day.

HAHHAHAH  LOVE IT LOVE IT LOVE IT… I already bragged on it on facebook… and once again.

Thanks for the smile… that is fantastic.  Must be a hoot to drive around on.

All good things to you and yours!!

It is a little over the top.


Oh, my gosh, that is FANTASTIC!!!!

Absolutely! LOL! Bring that to the Fountain Hills Art Show next week!      🙂

Hi Merlin,

Very Nice!  They would sell like hot cakes!

Merlin, were you referring to the ‘gentleman’ or the ‘bike’???

Wow, I mean, it’s really cool. I say anything to attract people is good.
good luck.

looks good to me…….
my art students love it too!

Yeah Merlin…a Tie dye motorcycle would be awesome.

HAHAHA !!  I needed that !!  Yes, Excellent — put it up on the site !!
Peace Waves,


This made my day.  Love it!!

I also wanted to say that it was so incredible to see Gigi at the Genoa festival this summer.  I saw the clothing and new right away who it had to be.  Yes, I was bad and had to buy more.  It was incredible seeing everything up close like that.  The bad part is that I wanted everything.  🙂

Back from Thailand

(Newsletter reprint)

The time before the holidays is always very busy for us at
But who isn’t busy, right, getting everything ready?

In addition to the usual hectic this time we send our very own Gigi back to Thailand in order to get more ideas for some really unique tie-dye items for you for the holidays. And not only did she come back with great ideas for scarves and bags, we will tell you about later, but she also gained some incredible knowledge.

Here is what happened…

We might have mentioned that the studio in Thailand, where Gigi was first exposed the mudmee tie-dye, kept their process very confidential. No spies were allowed in the studio to witness the process of creating these traditional mudmee designs.

Gigi and the owner had become friends and so Gigi was allowed to learn the basics of mudmee tie-dye.

The trust developed to a degree that during this last visit Gigi was offered to take an apprenticeship in the studio to learn mudmee tie-dye from the ground up. You better believe that she took that opportunity with her full heart. Here you can see her working on tying a piece of fabric during her private class…

Gigi working on tie-dye

and here one of her pieces she did towards the end of her training…

Gigi's first tie-dye

Isn’t this amazing?

So, yes, this was the one big surprise that we did not expect in any form or fashion (pun intended). But equipped with all this new skill we will now be able to bring even better mudmee tie-dye.

The new items we can now offer due to all these events are soft and warm knit jersey scarves

Tie-dye scarf collection

and gorgeous and practical shoulder bags

tie-dye shoulder bag collection

OK, this was a little bit of an interruption of your day and I’m glad you stayed with me to the end of this post but now we let you get back to your other activities – we are certainly grateful that you took the time to read our news letter and will see you at the tie-dye website