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Posts Tagged ‘Lenox’

Happy 2018

Posted by terrepruitt on January 1, 2018

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I have two new ones from Pilgrim Imports. You may have read my post about Lenox ornaments. I used to get their annual snowflake ornament. I did it for years. But the quality started to decline and I was rethinking that whole thing. Then one year I received one that was poorly painted and the little gems were all crooked so I asked to exchange it. Well, they sent me another one that was almost as bad as the first. So I stopped receivingDance Exercise, Nia, Nia in the City of San Jose, Nia classes in the South Bay, Nia Teacher, Nia Class, San Jose Nia, Nia San Jose, Nia workout, Nia, Gentle Yoga, Group Ex classes, YMCA, Zumba, Nia Technique, SJ City Fit, SJCityFit their annual ornament.  And asked them to stop marketing to me altogether. Their regular ornaments might be better quality, but if they can’t put out a good quality for their annual ornament I stopped being a customer. I discovered Pilgrim Import ornaments. They are metal ornaments with sparkles attached and bobbles hanging from some of them. I love them. If you’ve seen any of my post about Christmas ornaments before you have probably seen one or two of them. This year I received two new ones. A jelly fish with pink and blue “pearls” attached. And a giraffe adorned with glass beads!

And . . . as I said, Lenox’s regular ornaments might be fine because we receive a beautiful glass Angel that says HOPE from my sister-in-law.  It is also not the regular porcelain (or whatever the snowflakes are made of) type of ornaments I used to collect.

I also was gifted a silver star and a beautiful blue butterfly. The angel I received on Christmas and our tree is a little too droopy for me to trust her on it.  I don’t think the branches would hold her safely. But the star and butterfly are not as fragile so they went on right away.

I am looking forward to decorating with them next Christmas. I am not looking forward to taking down the tree and all the decorations. So much so that I haven’t even started yet.

Happy 2018.  Is there anything you are looking forward to in 2018?

 

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Following Up, It’s A Tradition

Posted by terrepruitt on May 28, 2015

Sometimes I post things that are not in the realm of health, wellness, fitness, and the like, or even what inspires me.  Some things I am just sharing.  Some things I may write about, because of that “thing”, when you write about it and the act of writing is like therapy.  Sometimes, once I bring something up I feel that it is good form to post a follow up of said “thing”.  In April I wrote a post sharing that I was kind of sad because I was ending a tradition that had been going on for about fourteen years.  It was a collection type of tradition.  Where I was a subscriber to an annual ornament.  The ornaments were spectacular when we started buying them in 2000, but since then the quality has gone down considerably.  In all fairness, I do believe that the price has remained the same or close to it, so I guess that is something.  But, the way they are made, now, it is no longer worth the price.  I had been thinking of cancelling for a few years, but I was reluctant to let the tradition go.  Our Christmas tree is full of Lenox ornaments and it was a joy to collect them.  So I was sad to feel the need to stop, but the last ornament I received was THAT bad.  I sent the company a letter of cancellation explaining how I used to love their product and I thought it was well made, but that stopped being true years ago.

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I can imagine that they know the quality has declined so they don’t even bother listening to people expressing that opinion.  Of course, that is just a thought.  I don’t know.  All I know is that their reply did not address my opinion on the quality of the ornaments I have received from them in the past few years.

Oh, well, there are many, many, many other companies that make beautiful ornaments.  So . . . that is where I will go to spend my money for gifts and ornaments.

Well, that is it, I was just giving you the update.

Have you ever been the recipient of a form letter that seems to indicate your communication was not actually read?

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Cancelling A Tradition

Posted by terrepruitt on April 4, 2015

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I know this is silly, but . . . . since I brought it up a few years ago, I thought I might as well do a follow up.  Plus, if you have seen any of my pictures at Christmastime you have seen my Lenox ornaments.  They are so pretty and sparkly I always take photos of them and I always share.  So, you are familiar with my love of them.  Sigh.

Handcrafted really is not a good selling point unless the quality of it is good.  And, the boxes say, “American By Design”.  Means nothing, especially when the quality is bad.

When I think about cancelling, I don’t want to.  I still want to receive my pretty ornament each year.  But then when I think about the dread and the quality I have been receiving . . . I just gotta do it.

Perhaps there is another collector type of ornament I can collect?  Do you have anything you collect?

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Lenox Annual

Posted by terrepruitt on January 29, 2011

It is the end of January and like every year I end up with a Christmas Tree Ornament separate from the Christmas stuff.  I think it began the Christmas of 2000.  My husband’s sister gave us a Christmas Tree ornament for Christmas.  It was a Lenox ornament.  It is a snow flake made of gold metal and china.  The china is on top of the metal.  At the time of this posting I don’t have a picture of it because it IS put up with the Christmas stuff and I didn’t know I was going to be posting about my ornaments.  I might be able to find a picture eventually.  (01.31.11, I found a picture with the first ornament in it.  It is not a great shot because it was of the entire tree.  I cropped it.)   Anyway, this ornament started my love of Lenox ornaments.  I went online and discovered they have a lot of Christmas Tree ornaments.  They even have a club that you can join and you receive an annual Snow Flake.

I always admire my snowflakes.  Every time I put them out I grab one and I say, “Oh, this year is my favorite.”  Then I pick up another one and say, “No, THIS is my favorite.”  Then I pick up the next one . . . and well, you can see where this is going.

The annual ornament is delivered after the first of the year and it never fails no matter how late into January that we pack up our Christmas stuff the ornament arrives after all the boxes are up.  So I always end up with at least that one waiting around all year to be put with the other Christmas stuff.  One year I forgot about it entirely and it didn’t make it on the tree OR even up with the Christmas stuff until the follow year.

This year when I received my ornament I opened it with all the excitement one has when receiving a gift and I was disappointed.  The shape is nice and the sparkles on it are red and green, which is fine.  But the gold painted on the ornaments is haphazard and careless.  It states that it has been hand painted.  I thought the reason for advertising something was hand painted was to explain the care that went into the product and to astonish people with the beautiful skill, not be an excuse for a job poorly done.  I am saddened.  Here I normally love the quality that comes from Lenox and this is very sub par.  I am disappointed.

This latest snowflake has me wondering  . . . . if this is the direction the product is headed it might be the last year I accept it.  It is one of those clubs where they send you a product and you can send it back.  You don’t have to keep it.  Even though it is not that great I am going to keep it, because it is part of the collection.  When I told my husband about it, the first thing he asked was, “Are you going to keep it?”  When I said yes, he looked at my as if to say “then why are you wasting my time telling me about it?”

I have been buying the annual ornament for ten years, I will give them next year.  If the same poor quality comes out then I will cancel.  My hubby said there was also no point in contacting the company to explain my dis-satisfaction.  I am not entirely convinced that is true, but he caused me to think it would be a waste of time.  So, I am just sharing it here.  As I often do.

Do you have a club that you belong to where you receive a product?  Have you belonged to a club where you have seen the quality of the product decline?  It is a bummer.

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