Although we keep Murano glass products in stock year round, nothing feels like the holidays more than receiving a nice big Murano glass shipment! I’m sure you’ve all seen the beautiful Murano glass Christmas ornaments that we have available along with tumblers, cute animal figurines and more!
The showstopper of this shipment is the GOTO ARGENTO Murano glass tumbler. It has been updated with a new look and it is even more stunning than before. The brilliant colors of the melted glass pieces, silver leaves and unique murrina decorates all around the exterior of the tumbler, coming together like a painting. What’s more amazing about the GOTO ARGENTO is the texture. You have the smoother areas where the glass pieces have melted completely, slightly more bumpy areas (a bit like drops of paint) where the glass pieces have only partially melted and of course, the “dimples” that have been created during the whole glass-blowing process.
Also included in this shipment is a Murano glass tumbler of my own! I received the GOTO SBRUFFO Murano glass tumbler in aqua and green and I have been thoroughly enjoying it. Rather than the glass pieces and murrina of the GOTO ARGENTO, the GOTO SBRUFFO features ribbons of colored glass layered around the tumbler. Depending on the color scheme you choose, you may get a tumbler with either gold or silver leaves embedded in the glass. Mine has silver leaves!
I have been silent for a few weeks as the birth of my son Marco has kept me away from soccer for a few weeks. Not much has changed except for a couple of things: Roma has tied the last two games without Totti in its lineup. And Juventus keeps on getting referee favors (penalty kick for a foul clearly outside the box and another offside goal) but then backs it up with more goals and such convincing victories that I can’t say that they did not deserve their victories (unlike in the previous two instances where the favors netted them four referee points). So, now, the 4 referee points gifted to Juventus are making a huge difference. Instead of Juve being in third place five points behind Roma (32) they are in second place just one point behind (31).
If Napoli (28) hadn’t lost 3-0 yesterday they could have cried foul. I still think that such an early goal in such circumstances can wipe off a team’s concentration. But by the second half they should have been able to muster a comeback if they were truly the stronger of the two teams. Juventus now is on a 4-victories streak that is very impressive.
Inter (25) and Fiorentina (24) are hanging on to their outsider spots with only Verona (22) hanging close to them to pose an immediate threat. Fiorentina had beaten Juventus 4-2 while Inter beat Verona, both victories came at home. Their championship chances seem very remote and even qualifying for Champions League ahead of Roma, Napoli, or Juventus seems out of the question.
Juventus-Roma is scheduled for six matches from now on 1/6/2014. By then, things might be completely different. Let’s hope Totti comes back and that he will help settle the question of who deserves to be at the top of this league.
During the entire month of October, we were celebrating our 10 Year Anniversary with giveaways, bestseller specials and promotional items. We want to thank you all for participating in the celebration and for your support over the past 10 years. Sadly, the celebrations have ended but we have one last announcement to make. Who are the winners of the Week 5 Giveaways?
Karen R. for a Mattia Brushed Leather Tablet Case in BLACK
Tracey for a Freccia Leather iPad Bag in ESPRESSO
CONGRATULATIONS! We will be contacting you shortly.
Although the celebration has ended, keep checking our blog and Facebook page for upcoming news for the holidays, new products and more!
Today is the last day of our Ten Year Anniversary Celebration and we want to thank you all for participating in this month long extravaganza! Finally, we have reached our #1 bestselling items and I can’t imagine anyone to be disappointed with what we are offering! Come take a look on our Celebrations Page for 10% off of amazing products like the SANTARELLI Rugged Italian Leather Briefcase! This offer is only good through Friday, November 1, 2013 at Midnight Pacific Time. This is your last chance to snag something awesome for 10% less!
This week will be our last week of celebrations, meaning this is the last giveaway we will be holding! Week 5’s giveaway is featuring a Campomaggi tablet case and a Dionigi iPad/tablet bag! As usual, we will be announcing and contacting the winners the following Wednesday so you all will have plenty of time to submit as many entries as you possibly can to win! Again, this is our last week of celebrations, so let’s finish it off with a bang! Before we start the Week 5 Giveaways, let’s see who our winners from Week 4 are!
The winners of the Week 4 Giveaways are:
Grigore D. for a Vitendino Silver Wall Hook
Lindsay M. for a Libro CD Case, color of her choice
Congratulations! We will be contacting you shortly!
We are down to Week 5–the final week–of our Ten Year Anniversary Celebration! The #2 bestsellers are amazing and definitely something you won’t want to miss out on. Check out our Celebrations Page for 10% off of our #2 bestselling items of all time! This offer is good through Wednesday, October 30, 2013, Midnight Pacific Time. Come grab yours before it’s too late!
We will be announcing the #1 bestsellers of all time on Thursday, so please check back!
Day 24 already? That means next week will be our last week of celebrations! Today is a day to celebrate our #3 bestselling items with a 10% discount. I would not miss out on this if I were you. Check out our Celebrations Page for the list of #3 bestsellers! This offer is good through Friday, October 25, 2013, Midnight Pacific Time. Hurry and grab yours before things start selling out!
Next Tuesday, we will be announcing the #2 bestsellers! Stay tuned!
Week 4 Giveaways have arrived and the prizes are amazing this week! We are giving away a unique wall hook by Antartidee and the ever popular Libro CD case by Gianni! You all have a week to enter the giveaway and earn as many entries as you can to win one of these great prizes. We will be announcing the winners next Wednesday and posting the Week 5 giveaways. Next week–week 5–will be the last week of our Ten Year Celebration so don’t miss out on the opportunity to win a prize or two.
The winners of the Week 3 Giveaways are:
Crystal D. for a Paua Chunky Segmented Ring, size of her choice
Jane T. for a Volare Passport Cover, color of her choice
As we are winding down to the last two weeks of October, our Ten Year Anniversary Celebration is coming to a close. Sale items and giveaway prizes are getting better so keep checking back or else you’ll miss out! Today we are featuring our #4 bestselling items on our Celebration Page. The offer is good through Wednesday October 23, 2013 at Midnight Pacific Time.
We will be starting the Week 4 Giveaways tomorrow and announcing the #3 bestsellers on Thursday! Check back for more!
Back in September, even with the government shutdown looming, I was sure that the economy was picking up thanks to a string of low jobless claims numbers, the fed taper delay, and the resulting drop in mortgage interest rates spurring, in my opinion, renewed vigor in the housing market.
The release of a dismal employment report made me realize that the way I reach forecasting conclusions is simply wrong. So where did I go wrong? Is it as simple as admitting that I failed to take into account the magnitude of the damage caused by the shutdown? That’s probably it as it did cause consumer confidence to drop. Since the situation in Washington is not going to change at least until the next election, I can count on two headwinds: austerity and bickering. That might actually be a good thing: perhaps if we prevent a real recovery from taking hold we also prevent the next recession from brewing too soon and I can look forward to a few more years like this. That’s certainly better than 2009, but I do keep my eyes on household formation. Where are those new families living? Isn’t there huge pent-up demand for housing construction?