Meeting Interesting People at the Fair

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 or its distribution arm, Thaidye, 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.

bowl

If you like unusual pottery, visit Paul’s Mystic Bottle Pottery Studio.

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Vulnerability

(reprint of a letter to Thaidye Customers)

Today I want to give you a bit of a reason why you have not heard from us here at Thaidye as much as in the past.
In the process of finding new places for us privately as well as business-wise we ran into some rather nasty people that appear to want to do us harm. The obvious handling of attacks is a strong defense with maybe some mixed in little counter attacks ourselves, right?
This had escalated to the point where were ready to write a big check to a lawyer to really go into battle! Fortunately, when I was about to sign that engagement letter, something hit me over the head to wake up and I was able to ask myself – Do I really want that, do I want to fight?
Once the question was asked, the answer was very obvious – NO!
So, we decided to do something what you are always able to do in any situation – Change our minds!
Yes, we made ourselves vulnerable, with the potential of a rather significant loss of money. But it was all worth it – it felt good to not give in the the fights that are brought to you – made me feel a bit like Ghandi.
We always have the option to change our mind and say no – it is actually pretty easy if you get over the fear of what might  happen.
And the amazing – near instant – effect was that the other side was suddenly willing to come to the table. We still don’t  know how this will all end up but the feeling of relief of not getting sucked into something you don’t want is very empowering.
And, believe it or not, the same evening I ran into a TED talk that covered exactly that subject – and I want to share this with you…

Cheers,
Merlin

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Color and Well-Being

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?

Color in a grey world

Color in a grey world

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!!

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Buying Lifestock on Behalf of Thaidye’s Customers

Yes, you read that right – Thaidye bought some livestock.

A Cow

A Goat

and some Chicks

How did this come about?

A few years ago Thaidye started to offer free hairbands in exchange for a donation – any donation – towards a group of foster children Thaidye 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 – Thaidye 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.

 

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It’s time to dress a bit warmer

In anticipation of some cooler (ice and snow) weather, we at Thaidye have now added quite a few long sleeve thermal and henley shirts. We announced those to our mailing list with the following messages:

14+9 New Henley Shirts

Hi ,
Wishing that ya’ll have a great weekend! – it’s Merlin from Thaidye with a few new henley shirts.
Throughout the year our Henley Shirts have been your favorite, so we never let our inventory run too low, but different sizes fly off the shelves at different rates so I have added 14 new ones in size M and 9 in size L.
Now you get a little bit of an insight into our high-tech inner workings – when Gigi selects the items that need to go on the web site, these items get their number and then she photographs them.
I then get a list like this (see, not only the items are hand-made, also our paperwork is)…

together with all the photos and post them all on the web site after cropping and shrinking them. If you click on this list above you can see all the new items I just added.
One of the new shirts is this one that I personally like alot.

Hope you like ‘em – the one I showed you here is item 2476 (size M) but if you want to see all our henleys you can click here.
Cheers,
Merlin

PS Obviously these henley shirts are not the only thing we have – in case you missed my last mails – two week or so ago – we also added a whole new type of item – the V-Neck T-shirt, and last week I added a whole bunch of thermal shirts.
PPS: if you want to see Gigi this weekend and check out out items in the real world, you have to go to Arizona, she is at “The Fountain Festival” in Fountain Hills, AZ and has booth A82.

And then the next weeks we said:

More New Henley Shirts -
this time S, XL and XXL

Hi,

Hope you did not think we would only have new henleys in M and L!

When I sent out my email yesterday I just did not manage to get them all out – I just needed another day – I got that – and here are the rest of the sizes of all those Henley Shirts.

Let me just show you what I added to the web site today – each of the pictures is clickable and brings you right to the item (there is a chance that it shows as SOLD – then somebody beat you to it.

Henley shirts in size S:

Henley shirts in size XL:

Henley shirts in size XXL:

Cheers,
Merlin

PS As I was working on those henleys, I also added a few classic tanks in XL, and some of those cute flared tanks in size L with a side pocket.

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Finally some new classic tanks – and some buddha bags

The following is a reprint of the message that Thaidye sent out to all it’s great customers:

Greetings – Merlin here with news about some items we added to the Thaidye Web site.

Some of you have been nearly angry with us that we had only two lonely classic tanks left on our web site. I now hope that this discontent with us will dissipate quickly as we finally got some more of these classic tanks ready and I – yours truly – have added them to the web site for you to peruse.
Here are two of those that I added…

If you like on of them above you can click on them to find them directly on the web site, but you can also see them all.

Our Buddha Bags are always flying out the door, particularly after they were featured in Women’s Health Magazine as an “Essential Item” – and so we added a few more to offer a bigger variety of colors and patterns. Here are two of them…


Click on picture to go directly to this bag


Click on picture to go directly to this bag

As usual, we have only one bag exactly as the one shown above, so depending on the time you go and take a look, it might be gone already – but there are many other nice ones  :-)

Hope you like ‘em.
Cheers,
Merlin

PS: …and don’t forget to check out our next generation of smock dresses – I know, it’s pretty late in the year for those, but the summer is still with us, so let’s use those beautiful days to the fullest…

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Mountaineer Day and New T-Shirts

The last email that went out to ThaiDye’s customers and fans…

I might have mentioned it once or twice (or 100) times that part of ThaiDye’s operation – the corporate head-quarters – are up in the mountains high above Los Angeles. But don’t think of shiny chrome and glass sky-scrapers when you hear ‘corporate head-quarters’ – we are a very small mountain community of about 5000 and the highest things around here are the mountains.
Little bit of completely irrelevant trivia: we are at 5980 feet elevation which makes it just a bit over a foot per person :-)
So, but why do I tell you this? This weekend, leading up to the forth of July, we have the Mountaineer days here in town with a fair and carnival, lots of food vendor and the whole town is in a festive mood.
This is the first time we take the opportunity to show our town that we exist and what we have to offer.
In order to have something new for the summer, we worked hard to get our new item – flared t-shirts with cap sleeves – ready.
And we even managed to get quite a few ready for the web site, so that not only Wrightwood can have them.
So, here’s how they look…


We sure hope you like them – we do  :-)
You can either click on the image above to get to the page for all our t-shirts (including the men’s t-shirts) or, as usual, you can View all New Items we added since the last update.
So, if you are in the greater Los Angeles area, it might be a good opportunity to learn about this little gem in the mountains. If you are a skier or snow-boarder in this area, I am sure you know about it – Mountain High is just around the corner.

Cheers,
Merlin

PS: If you should manage to come up, swing by Gigi’s booth and tell her I sent you, I might get some nice treat later for dinner.

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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?!

Cheers,
Merlin

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

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Hanky Hem Skirts in Gauze Cotton

Merlin here from Thaidye, with a deep philosphical thought from my son (who is now starting to make his mark on twitter):

If the world ends in 2012, would school all be for nothing?

Fortunately I don’t buy into all those doom-sayers (and youngens who don’t want to do their school work) – my experience being that I lived through the Y2K without a scratch – and that means that we are making more amazing new mudmee tie-dye items.

This time I want to announce a new item we added to our line – a Hanky-Hem Skirt.

These are unusual in that we started with an eight-piece segmented skirt with each of these segments in a bit different color and then we did our mudmee tie-dye magic and transformed them into something you have probably never seen before – like this…

or, to take a closer look at one of them…

and if you like what you see, head over to the page for these mudmee Hanky Hem Skirts and get one (or a few) for yourself – - -

and let me know if you have some deeply philosophical thoughts yourself that I could pass on to my son :-)

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Hammer Pants

Merlin here from Thaidye, with just a quick note that we are adding a new type of pants to our line:

Liberating Hammer Pants!

For now we have just a few to find out how you like them. So, if we get overwhelmed with orders we will have to get busy and make more, more, more.
Here are a few of those pants

and if you like what you see, head over to the page for the Hammer Pants and chose one for yourself.

Cheers,
Merlin

PS: Gigi has a very big trip ahead of her – she will go up to Idaho, so if you are in that neck of the woods you might be able to meet her. Details coming up soon.

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