Where Is My Mind: Packing Orders

About 99% of the orders that we send out are perfect. I take so much pride in making sure my customers are taken care of. While it's rare, we've had a few cringe worthy moments where I ask myself, where is my mind? In no particular order here are a few of my favorite blunders that were too ridiculous not to share:

1. Yesterday, I inadvertently included my apartment keys in an order. I packed and sent out over a dozen orders, so it's tough to figure out who's going to receive them. Maybe you will be the lucky recipient!

2. Up until a year ago I co-owned an online children's department store and emergingthoughts was just a side business. I would work a 9am to 7pm job in the New Jersey department store, then come home to work on emergingthoughts. To better manage my time I started shipping the emergingthoughts orders from the New Jersey office. One day I received an email from a distraught mother. This is where things get weird. The package was addressed to her daughter and when she opened it she found baby bottles and pacifiers. The mother was freaking out because she assumed her teenage daughter was secretly pregnant. It took me about an hour to realize that I had commingled the emergingthoughts orders with the childrens' department store orders, and that her daughter actually ordered a Snoozer Loser dress. Yikes. Luckily we were both able to laugh it off.

3. 10 months ago I accidentally sent 5 separate orders to the same person. I’m not sure how this happened and I think it’s best left that way.

4. This one wasn't my fault but fits among the tales of emergingthoughts bloopers:

I used to also have all emergingthoughts packages be delivered to the New Jersey department store as I previously mentioned. So, after we were vendors at Chicago's Pitchfork Festival in 2010, I had all of the remaining merchandise shipped from Chicago to the New Jersey store. Apparently, no one at the department store knew about my side business, and even though the boxes were addressed to me, they opened them without my approval. One morning as I walked to my office, I passed by the sales floor and to my amazement an employee had priced and put out my entire collection of women's clothing on the sales floor, next to baby onesies. This is a children's department store mind you. I seriously can't remember the last time I felt so shocked.

I'm sure customers rarely wonder about the little problems that occur with small businesses. Anyway, I hope you enjoyed a few embarrassing mishaps. Fear not, if you ever find yourself on the receiving end of a blunder extra goodies will be coming your way.

Sea of Bees Jewelry Guest Post

Hey everyone! Its such a pleasure to be a guest post on the Emerging Thoughts Blog! Let me introduce myself: My name is Stephanie, I'm an artist based in Orlando, Florida, but you may know me better as the lady behind Sea of Bees Jewelry. Before starting Sea of Bees I worked as graphic designer at a fast paced visual design firm where I felt like I was squandering my creative juices on projects with short turnarounds and limited imaginations. Having been a creative hands on artist since I was a child and wasn't happy until I was working or thinking up my next production. After a few years of working in fast paced design, going back to art was a natural migration. After creating small sculptures of birds and other woodland animals I could see in the woods of my back porch, I decided to subsequently incorporate the pieces into jewelry designs and create pieces that I've always longed to wear.

Biggest Inspirations for the Jewelry Lines:
Flora and fauna have always been one of my biggest inspirations as well as ornate realism and vintage kitsch. Personally, I have always been a big fan of Leonardo da Vinci's intricate futuristic pieces for that very reason; he took to nature as his artistic inspiration and developed a style uniquely his own. Another more modern artist I admire is Lindsey Carr, her art work is a very ornate modern interpretation of a very beautiful vintage style. I strive to combine woodland nature with ornate vintage flair, which was my how the idea for the woodland fantasy line got started.

The basis of the new Lux Frontier collection is a more evolutionary geometric / abstract style with a modern approach to elements found in nature and space. The new work under the Lux Frontier Line “galactic in nature” features hip, edgy and modern statement pieces that head into a new metaphysical direction, an appreciation for an interpretative study of and how these elements coexist happily in nature.

I am so happy to be apart of Emerging Thoughts because its an incredible online powerhouse that showcases whats amazing about up and coming talent and handmade work.

One of the newest pieces coming to the shop is the the “Day and Night” statement necklace. The necklace is intended to have dual wear, making it the most versatile piece in your wardrobe! The necklace features color on one side and full golden brass on the back, just flip to match your occasion whether fun or elegant- it's got you covered! To see whats in stock click here!

Stay tuned for pieces of our new collection in the shop soon!