Turns out kilns are a little like cars in the maintenance they have to routinely undergo. I was reminded of this after loading up my kiln for a large glaze firing and the screen showed up with a FAIL message... 🙄 I had to order a new thermocouple and decided it was about time to change out the elements as well. Although I’ve only had this guy for a year, I’ve pushed him real hard with just under 200 firings. So as a result my schedule has been thrown off for a couple days while I wait for the new parts to arrive. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ That aside, it’s Monday and I am convincingly happy to start on tackling a daunting list for this week. “Convincingly” because sometimes that’s how I have to start out in order to get into the swing of things. ;)
Taking a moment to brag about one my new favorite products, #expandos - ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ One of the most discouraging things about being in the online retail business has been shipping. No matter how well I would try to package something, the chances of it arriving broken were still there. After spending weeks making a piece special for someone, some of my customers can confirm that more than once I had to start from ground zero again because a shipment may have arrived damaged in someway or another. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ With much testing and research, I have finally found a system for shipping that not only does not require multiple layers of cardboard wrapped around a piece along with bubble wrap and packaging peanuts but it is simple, beautiful, and 100% environment friendly. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The farthest I have shipped an order now is to Sweden (yes, I do accept International orders upon request, although, shipping prices can be a bit atrocious). So far (knock on wood 😜)... the system has been fool proof. Resulting in much less stress on my end which I am thankful for.:) ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I ship via both UPS and USPS 2 days a week using both priority mail and standard 2-5 day shipping. Expedited shipping on in stock items is an option upon request. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Also, I should probably make it clear, this was not sponsored in any way, I just really love package and ship day now and wanted to share.
Ideas sourced from the audience, inspired by surroundings, brought about as beauty into the every day. This is the drive that keeps White Hearth going. I’ve had a few ideas on the back burners for a while and I am looking forward to getting to the point of being able to share about them.:)
The gift that keeps on giving. Have you looked into the Mug of the Month subscription? You can get a mystery handmade mug delivered each month. Each mug is crafted with care and mailed directly to doorstep. I love that I get to be a part of my subscribers lives in this small way. If it brings you happiness than that counts as happiness for me. 📦🌻
TALIA, are you alive!?!? Wasn’t the launch scheduled for the 1st? Inquiries have been coming in, but where’s the maker? - i.e. these would most likely be the headlines in the news if I delayed any longer. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Well guys, after 120 hours with minimal sleep + 2 days delayed from when originally intended + an increased admiration for those who do web design full time, I am now officially proud to present the new and improved White Hearth!!!!!!! You all have waited this long and I wanted to make sure everything was exactly as it should be before releasing. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Now hop on over to the link in my bio and take a look! Or search whitehearth.com on your desktop. A fine product deserves “fine presentation” and this one is owed big time to @tonicsiteshop for their services in getting the White Hearth up to par. 🖤 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ If you have any questions or further suggestions please dm me, I want to hear!
In a moment of feeling especially overwhelmed by the deadlines I have set for myself, my sister gave me this quote in an effort of encouragement - “Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss you’ll land among the stars.” ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Sometimes major road blocks come up but until that happens, I plan to continue aiming for the moon. Figure if I end up landing among the stars it won’t be a bad view. ✨ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Also, you still have time to enter my giveaway for a $50 gift card for my shop. Winner will be announced at the same time as my website launch!:) (See previous post for details on how to enter.)
In honor of my major rebrand and shop restock happening on August 1st (!!!!!!), I am giving away a gift card for 50$ as credit towards my shop. I know you all love giveaways as much as I do, so don’t waste any time with getting in on the action! 💃🏻 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ To enter: 1) like this photo 2) make sure you are following @thewhitehearth! 3) tag at least 3 people, each in separate comments below. (Any extra tags will count as an additional entry.) ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Winner will be announced on the 1st, in the comment thread below! May the odds be ever in your favor. 😉
4 days till launch!