Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Aunt Lydia's CROCHET thread packaging...Costly to ship...




Have been busy  but not to busy to notice something about Aunt Lydia's packaging!
Doris Day movies (have a few) been set in my recorder and I noted Doris was in her nightgowns
A lot ... WE have that in common these past few days ... lol ...

I have been relinquished to our home as we had a bit of a scare the other day ...
 (Sumatra and T-cup are fine) 
Our gas stove was leaking, very serious apparently ... had we turned on anything with a flame
we would have been KABOOM ... yep ... so I had to shop for a new stove ..
Our BOSC was only 5.5 years old ..... We found a Samsung ... it will be here tomorrow! 


Nothing lasts for decades anymore ... I would have been happy for 10 years ...
(On appliances) 5.5 years is no DEAL 

As I was saying about Aunt Lydia's crochet thread ..
At first I thought "what a deal" looks like a fairly large ball until you begin
crochet and realize it only makes a few flowers or 1 washcloth.

Take into account how much to ship such large packaging ... I ordered 30 and the cost
to ship was triple the amount of the cost of the  thread ... . 
Will not do that again ..

I unpackaged a new one and this is how big the ball was for # 3.
It would be so It It It much cheaper to ship if they chose a different cardboard cone ..
Apparently I called them the other day and one of their representatives
HAD NEVER RECEIVED ANY CONCERNS .... about their packaging ...

Well I am glad I was the FIRST lol ..

So here is what I have noted ... 1 washcloth cost about $ 9.00
and that is not taking into account I have to crochet it ...
So let's just say this is no DEAL ....
(Cori made this beautiful one below for me) 

As much as I adore their crochet threads and colours ...
it is way too costly .... too bulky to ship. Something I pay attention to these days ..
Seems many of us, even me, get taken in on packaging ..

What happened to the good ole days when LIFE seemed so much simpler
and there were deals to be had ..... Surely there is someone who makes a thread # 3
that is less expensive ... Please let me know! 

Doris in her Tiffany gown, and another movie with her in the window lol
 I did manage to get quite a few flowers done for an upcoming project .... I have decreased them in size from 8 petals to five and adjusted the stitches ... a nicer size now ... the naturals and red are smaller than those 2 on your far right .... YEP I can crochet now wink ..



No stove, no cooking and no baking, so what is a girl to do .... Put more Doris Day movies in and stitch away ...



ps like Sumatra and T-cup we are down quite a few lives ... I think I may only have a couple left wink

41 comments:

  1. I'm so glad your stove didn't explode--how scary that must have been! Your crocheting is so pretty and I hope you and Doris have a lot of fun with your stitching :)

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    1. yes I suppose we are pretty fortunate there was not a big KABOOM...it would have taken down our house lol...you got laugh about these things...and Doris...love her ....x

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  2. Samm that is so scary! I had a friend here one day who, when she walked in, said, "I smell gas." I didn't smell it all but she was adamant that we call the gas company. Sure enough I had a leak and he disconnected the stove immediately. He said he normally would make people move out! but he let us stay because we promised not to hook the stove back up and get a new one the next day. Who would be so crazy to reconnect the stove? So glad you are both ok. And packaging, oh my it's awful! I buy a lot from Amazon because I can pay Prime once a year and everything is shipping free. Don't know if that works in Canada but they do have some Aunt Lydia's threads. blessings, marlene

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    1. I think we were too shocked to be scared..with all that has happened ... a new stove is not a bad thing..lucky for you and your friend ... and the thread .... well my biggest beef is the fact that there is only 150 yards on such a large cone ... it is very expensive for what you get..we will not get that deal here in ... it comes quicker but we still have to pay shipping ..

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  3. This gas situation is just why we switched to an electric stove. When we had a gass one, if I opened the window to let in a breeze, the pilot lights would blow out.

    I am lucky that I live near JoAnn and Hobby Lobby which both stock a great selection of Aunt Lydia and Coates.

    You reatlly ARE a crocheter when you can adjust sizes!!
    xx, Carol

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    1. I still prefer gas ...hard to go back to electric for all the cooking I do ...and I need to live closer to Hobby and Jo-ann x and yes I think I am feeling quite comfortable now with crochet...I found some old crochet hooks that belonged to my Nan...I think they are the best so far...just plain old aluminum...but they were more dense then...

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  4. I had one of those gas detectors in our home and it was a plus when we were considering selling our home. I am glad you are okay, I love love Doris Day.

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    1. oh yes we have the detectors..which is why we knew something was really wrong...
      who would not love Doris Day..? lol

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  5. Why is it regardless of who you call and complain the representive on the other end of the line has never ever had that problem reported before?

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    1. I guess I will never nor understand complaints..gosh I get hundreds per month lol...
      and I am not a manufacturer

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  6. Oh Samm, I love this old films with Doris Day - if you'd live nearer to me I would come along with my stithcing (or chrocheting) stuff and keep you company on watching DVD, stitching, sipping tea and grumbling about all those"NO DEALS" lol!

    Hugs
    Hilda

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    1. ohhh that would be such a treat...I have quite a few of her movies...it may take us a week wink....
      and yes we would grumble a bit lol

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  7. Thank goodness your all ok and no big explosions...especially after the beautiful remodel from the great flood. Too bad there isn't a Hobby Lobby where you are. I'm really spoiled when it comes to things like that. Shipping is crazy expensive and I find it hard to believe that Aunt Lydia had never considered that before.

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    1. I know we have to hug the great moments because the in betweens can kill you ....we feel like we are cats now...we have many lives.. yes I too wish I had H.L close by....shipping is ridiculous...and psst...I coudl not believe it either wink

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  8. Glad to hear all is well, scary to think what could have happened. We are all electric but I sure miss cooking with a gas stove. Your flowers are looking good in both sizes :)

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    1. HI Kris...guess the alternative would have been no on would have known ...lol. just not our time I suppose..and still prefer gas..

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  9. So often the shipping is as much as the product. It's so silly.

    I'm glad to know that your new stove will be safer for you. That had to be scary.

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    1. really not scary at all...we were out of the house at the time....we would have never known what happened...lol. and besides, I get a new stove...that is always something to look forward too.
      Double oven and extra burners...and shipping..well that is SCARY for me...

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  10. our repair man said you were lucky now if they lasted 5 years, not good for retired people on a fixed income

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    1. I hear you Barbara...I was saying that to a friend just this morning...what will everyone do when appliances all break down at once , especially if you purchased them all at once..this is our second appliance this year and we have had to repair 2 others...We also replaced a water tank and dehumidifer..and almost a CAT lol. I have to laugh because I will cry, it has been a very expensive couple months...

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  11. Have you tried Herrschners? They have a Canadian site and ship from Ontario. It might be a little more reasonable. I'm with you on the lifetime of appliances! Is 10 years really too much to ask for?!

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    1. I did Shelly..Canadian shipping for US is worse than U.S.A. big reason is the cones are really large, you cannot put them in a bag, they need to me in a box and a fairly large one at that..cost to ship in Canada was 55.00 for 10 balls...and yes I am with you 10 years..I would be thrilled if they came close to that..and rubbish on extended warranties, nobody gives a 5 year warranty cause they know they will break down around that time.....it is all rubbish if you ask me...

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    2. I LOVE Doris Day movies, and her TV series. I also Love Lucy. I really like the cloth you crocheted. Can you share the name of the pattern. I am very glad I have stock piled supplies for sewing, quilting, etc.

      I have had my gas stove for about 4 years and love it. Don't ever want to go back to electric..

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    3. Hi Chris...go to Coris blog for the cloth...she actually wrote out the pattern the other day...
      creativityamongstchaos.blogspot.com and I love Lucy too..and yes electric...hands down...I so prefer gas even with the dangers...how often does that happen lol

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  12. Doris Day always had the most beautiful nightgown/robe sets in her films!

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    1. I smile as I took a whole bunch of photos of her in movies wearing her nighties..x

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  13. Wow you were lucky! I agree wish we could go back to the good old days!

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  14. Thankfully it is warm and you didn't turn on anything flammable. YES! You can crochet and adapt a pattern. These flowers are lovely. Mr. C ordered some specialty "nuts" for his turbo bolts and the shipping for four was almost $40...outrageous but being the ONLY source for these "nuts" and he had to have them...can you say "extortion"? Appliances are ridiculous these days. Beautiful Autumn Day...

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    1. Here was the thing...the oven was on....had we tried to shut it off or turn on anything ..well you know lol..and NUTS that is all I can say NUTS....how can USPS be losing money....I don't get it...I think just my business would be enough to pay for at least cities official salary lol..
      and appliances...welll that is a whole other topic that just makes me cringe.. we dont' even have time to get tired of them

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  15. What a terrible scare Samm, glad that you are all OK.
    Love your crochet flowers. You really do learn quickly. Can't wait to see what you are going to do with all of them.

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    1. The scare would have been us never waking up from GAS! I suppose I better take every moment instead of every day and treat is as if it were my last...so thank you, sorry, you mean the world to me lol...just in case I forgot to say that lately...and crochet has been a great blessing for me, kept me from losing my mind lol

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  16. Wow how scary God was watching over you for sure. I am so glad your kitty's are both doing better they are so precious to us. Appliances drive me crazy we just got new washer and dryer a couple of years ago and the element has already burnt out.
    The cost of mailing is so. Ridiculous, I have cancelled orders because shipping is more the the cost.i have found a couple fabric places in Canada which have a $5 flat rate .Your crocheting is beautiful,you are amazing. Blessings Sandra

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    1. yes we have been watched -no doubt about it lol we have taken the attitude to enjoy every moment, no sense worrying about too much these days, everything changes on a flip of a dime...x

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  17. It is such a shame we live in such a disposable world. Taking the time to manufacture quality is out of fashion....wish it would make a come back like Doris and her beautiful gowns. I am so glad those 9 lives of yours have kept you safe yet again.

    Shipping is ridiculous. I do love the flat rate options though, that really helps when shipping those giant cones...with hardly any thread on them....but l love the cloth's, they are wonderful.Your flowers are so pretty. I really love the black and taupe. You learn so fast....it has taken me 30 years to learn ....you, a month....wow! xx

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    1. Disposable world has taken on a new meaning today...I think we should have EXPIRY date on everything, as everything is expiring way too early...I sense they have inner components that are on a timer and at 5.5 years they end with " YOU are EXPIRED, quit now" lol or something like that... I don't even have time to get used to them...they are gone...
      Doris Day and her gowns, oh my....I have been taking hundreds of photos of her in the movies...I am going to put them up soon...
      Shipping, don't even let me go there...years ago we used to have a flat rate...that EXPIRED too..

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  18. That's scary , glad that you noticed on time and escaped a big accident.
    I agree with packaging, we don't get enough material compared to what we pay for shipping. It would have been great if they sold in skeins. I think they should keep both options open, those who prefer skeins they can later wind into a ball.

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    1. Well we are good now...our new stove arrives this pm...and our gas fitter is arriving on friday to hook everything up...guess I will be back to cooking very soon...and yes we should have a choice in skeins or balls...packaging is not considered for our greater good that is certain.

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  19. Hi Missie Samm.
    I am glad your house did not explode. It would have been on the news and I would have been very distressed.
    Our house is 14 years old and we have replaced EVERY appliance in this house (and we have plenty) except the dishwasher. I do not know why this dishwasher keeps running, but suffice to say, I never run the thing while I am not home.
    In contrast, I have a little Montgomery Ward freezer that I have owned for 31 years. It still works. I do need to defrost it once a year.... which I should do soon.
    Your crotchet is so beautiful. I wish I could sit with you and crotchet Can you do this on your treadmil? or your eliptical? or not?
    Well, it is really beautiful. I think the packaging is nuts. Shipping costs are through the roof these days, companies should offer free shipping on large orders.
    I am glad to know that your kitty girls are doing okay.
    Miles is still orange and striped and silly. Pierro is 8 years old now and he is sweet and tiny and just as finicky as always. He loves his momma.
    I hope you are enjoying these cooler days.

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  20. You have such a great outlook on things. I am glad you don't dwell on the negative "what if 's". I am especially glad that everyone is ok and nothing bad happened. Except for the shipping. That is outrageous, 3x's the cost? That's so wrong.
    Create For Less has free shipping on $100 but don't know if it includes Canada.
    http://www.createforless.com/search/results.aspx?txtSearch=Aunt%20Lydias%20Crochet&CAWELAID=530001980000132301&CAPCID=57301020974&cadevice=c&gclid=CNnMu4akkMgCFYNFaQodrosMkA

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  21. I LOVE Doris Day!!! Thanks for the lovely pics of her - which reminds me I need to download a few of her priceless movies and indulge - soon!!!

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  22. Well I don't know where you live Ms. Samm, but I can tell you that I work for Michaels craft stores and we sell Aunt Lydias thread. We have a website, michaels.com and have stores all over the US and Canada. We can ship to store for free from the website. Also offer deals on shipping to your home from the site. Maybe this will help you get your thread for less money on shipping. Incidentally, I am friends with Cori and saw her at a LQS and we chatted a bit. She is a delight as are you. Cheers!

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