Happy Friday Y'All! Just wanted to share two exciting bits today, so I will keep this short!
First, I am so honored and happy to be featured among the best handmade yoga bags on the highly competitive Etsy marketplace! Yoga practitioner and popular blogger, Marco Pino, did this write up about Shivam Creations after testing several yoga bags made by Etsy sellers. Since I couldn't embed the link, I am attaching a screen shot here, but you can read the full article on his blog here.
The way this story came about is quite a story by itself. Marco, who quit his corporate job in Europe in 2010, has been studying and practicing yoga all across the world since then. He started his blog, Path to Yoga, to share his experiences and knowledge about the yoga world, most notably in India and its surrounding countries. In fact, he was in Nepal last year during the devastating earthquake, and was instrumental in carrying food and supplies to villages in the deep mountains.
Marco reached out to me sometime early 2015 (Gosh, cant believe its been that long!) and talked about his story idea. He wanted to write an unbiased article about the best handmade yoga bags out there. I was excited to be part of the story and shipped him one of my top selling jute bags. But thats when the craziness began! First, he had given me his address in Nepal, but because his credit card still listed his Belgium address, Etsy's shipping software sent his bag to Belgium!! We realized it only while tracking the shipment. After many calls to the Belgium postal authorities, to no avail, we just hoped it would get sent back to me, or forwarded on to him in Nepal. And that is when the tragic earthquake struck and all mail was lost or delayed. In all the tragedy, my bag was the least of our worries, but after a month, we lost hope, AGAIN! Some time in early June, Marco made his way to Sri Lanka to learn and teach yoga. We still kept in touch in the hopes that the bag would turn up somewhere! And out of nowhere, six months after I shipped my bag, he received it in coastal Sri Lanka!! Wow..talk about luck!! And of course it took me another 6 months to share it here! Duh. So there you go..the journey of a yoga bag across three continents!
The second important news: I am having a massive Spring Clearance sale on ALL items over $39.99! Just use code CLEARANCE40 to get 40% off on my web shop or Etsy shop. The sale starts today and will run till March 26th. I have some exciting new products in the wings and want to clear out excess inventory before bringing them on board.
That is all the news from my end. Hope you have a wonderful weekend :)