Tuesday, September 24, 2013

A Thank You Can go a Long Way to Brighten Someones Day!

  How is it that saying goes? That you never know how your words may affect others or kindness goes along way or a smile brings a smile. Whatever it is I am thinking about it basically comes down to a compliment when unexpected can bring strength to your day, a smile to your face, a pat on your back. And today was a day that one of you did that for me, and I want to say thanks!
Fiona Gubelmann from Wilfred
 This morning I was sitting in the waiting room, waiting from my mammo and sonogram (just routine) but always nerve racking non the less, the awkward feeling sitting in your robe, fear of talking to the others, afraid of why they are there and what you may hear, your own what ifs growing in your head, but that is when you cheered me up at the moment I needed it. I was on my ipad reading my emails and thats when you went out of your way to write me, just to say something nice."I had to write and tell you how much I love the necklaces I ordered.  They are great and I am sure my friend will feel the same way about hers.  The black chord with the size adjuster is the best idea I have seen.  So many times necklaces are not the length and this is just perfect."
You took me out of that zone and made me smile:) It was also more than that, it was recent events on fbook in my community and the group I decided to leave. I was so saddened by all the negative statements people were posting about local businesses and not enough good things. (hey, we all have a bad day) So you see, your simple words brought me much joy because you went out of your way to thank us! How much better life could be if we all threw compliments out more, because you never now how someones day is going or what they are going through. A simple your shirt is pretty, holding the door for a Mom balancing a carriage and groceries, a thank you note for a dinner, whatever it may be, any small gesture can brighten someones day! So we should all practice saying something nice:) multiple times a day!

A fun night out with my friends who all showed up wearing a FK necklace!
Oh wait, there is more, a trifecta, if you will, you reminded me that we dont advertise that you can wear our Swarovski necklace at any length just by pulling on the magnetic bead in the back! Pick the length according to your neckline and your style! Sometimes you are so used to doing something that you assume that everyone else knows how to do it so thank you again!
 Regards from Brooklyn, Chrisie
 PS: Thank you to all the compliments we have been getting at FortuneKeeper, you guys are the best and we couldn't be on this journey without all of your support!

Sara Ramirez from Gray's Anatomy wearing our Black Buddha adjustable Swarovski Necklace.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

How a chance encounter changed the way I look at everything

FortuneKeeper was at an outdoor holiday festival
and I was giddy until...

One of the really fun things that we do at FortuneKeeper is the occasional outdoor fair where the smell of smoking hot food and the silliness of the people who are there for some food, drink, entertainment and some holiday shopping is really fun for us. Even an occasional downpour does not put a damper on a good street fair. 

As you can imagine we bring lots of FortuneKeeper merchandise and fill our booth with all of our images, ranging from Buddhas to NYC subway stairs. This encounter that I am finally ready to share happened during holiday 2012 at the Union Square Holiday Market. Now I must tell you that Union Square is a blast. The people who walk down the aisles are really fantastic. Here is a picture that I took of happy FortuneKeeper customer. We had so much fun that she became a friend. Really, you can meet people anywhere. I once met a now great friend at a bus stop!

So one day it was rather busy and I was working with a few other people and I spotted a young woman who could not have been more than twenty years old. She was looking at our display and I sensed she was nervous, not shy. I am rather outgoing so I approached her and asked if I could help her. She asked me if she bought 20 FortuneKeepers if I could give her a small discount. She asked in a way that made me feel these were not office gifts or stocking stuffers. The Pisces in me sensed that she was here for some reason other than the traditional gift purchase. I asked her if she was OK and she hesitated. She stood silently and then she told me that her 23 year old sister had died in a car accident the prior week and that the family was getting together to honor her and that everyone was going to get a FortuneKeeper to put in a few special words or pictures to share with the family. 

We spent the next hour together, just the two of us looking at all of the images and the stories associated with them. We talked about her sister and she told me the images that she would have liked best. We both cried and it was such a moving experience that I think about it every day. When she was ready to leave we hugged and I told her that she was a beautiful young woman. 

About an hour later she returned. She had been wearing a necklace that was handmade in her home state in the western part of the country. She took it off and put it on me. All she said was "you are a beautiful person" and she left.

In times of joy and in times of grief we get "gifts" that forever change us and stay close to our hearts.


Sunday, April 7, 2013

Fortune Cookie Hoarders! You can never have too many FORTUNES.

We at FortuneKeeper Jewelry & Accessories love people who collect fortunes. We are 3 New Yorkers and in New York we love our Chinese food. People who live outside of New York think we all go to Chinatown for our dumplings but really there is not a 5 block radius anywhere you go in New York that does not have either a Chinese restaurant or take out storefront. A little trivia, Chinese people do not eat fortune cookies and by Chinese we mean actual restaurants in China and very traditional Chinese restaurants in New York. My aunt is Chinese and she takes us to places that are very traditional and orders in Mandarin. As soon as she orders I know we are not getting any cookies. That's too bad because fortune cookies are really fun and even the ones that get a little messed up when translated can become awesome when adding the "in bed" at the end of the fortune. So there are three of us at FortuneKeeper and it is Tim who actually is a fortune hoarder. Hey, better fortunes than old newspapers and phonebooks. It seems there are thousands of fortune hoarders. They confess to us when they see us. They put their chins down as if there is something embarrassing about collecting fortunes. We very quickly cure them of this seemingly shameful habit because collecting fortunes is really fun and meaningful. So it was Tim who wanted to store his fortunes some place other than taped to his fridge or stuffed into his wallet. I won't go into detail but I will say that Tim can take a nail and make a nail salon. He has the gift of creating things from items that most would discard. Sometimes we go to wholesale gift shows and people will ask us where we got a mirror that they think is fantastic and they have never seen before. Right, they have never seen it because it is a piece of glass with air-conditioner ducts that Tim has managed to turn into art! We are doing some fun things in our Brooklyn factory and we will share our photos with you. Now go have a great Chinese meal and cherish the great fortune that might just inspire you to Read It - Believe It- Keep It.