Tuesday, February 9, 2016

I just got a smart phone, well in November 2015

My flip phone still works but I finally broke down and purchased a smart phone, an Iphone 5s - not even the newest but it works fine for me. 

Yes - my trusty flip phone has been currently stashed in my bed side drawer.  I purchased a smart phone being that I wanted to have a camera handy at all moments and was tired of bringing a phone and music player with on any adventure.

I surely do not need to tell all of our readers about the pros and cons of a smart phone - you already have them - but WOW, it truly is a little computer in your hand.  I do miss my small flip phone but that is about it.
taken with my IPHONE, look at my SELFIE
I can see how it would be tough to go back to my flip phone (hated texting on it).  I now have a better understanding why at this point in time we have such a fasination with the selfie posts.  It is so easy to do and why not share with the world our new Tessa Clogs, what I had for dinner or my child's achievements.

This selfie, facebook, blogger, social media posts is a bit difficult for the inner hiding humble Benedictine soul surfer that I try to be but needing to be the more outgoing, salesman, business promoting, bragging person I sometimes come across as. 

I'm a child born in the late 60's - 1967 to be exact - I'm getting old but can still almost keep up with my kids.  My oldest is smarter (currently in Argentina participating in a Rotary Youth Exchange that we FaceTime on THE phone), my middle is a better climber (and brings math home that I am searching for answers on THE phone)and my youngest has more out going personality now then I will ever have (and shows me how to use THE phone).  It is a bit strange for me having this new technology but I love being able to document our families life with the camera that is always handy. 

I want to remind myself that my new smart phone is that - a phone - it is not a toy for me to ignore family, friends and the world.  It is my tool to get out in the world, use it to phone (message) and answer those that need be, take photos of our adventures and then be put away.

One of my top 5 movies - Ferris Bueller's Day Off - "Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it." - Now with my new smart phone - I will have photos to show that it was my family singing "Danke Schoen" on that float :-)

thanks for reading my ramblings.

Friday, January 22, 2016

Clog Pricing and Direct to Customer

Hello from Tessa Clogs Global Headquarters located here in Vail, Colorado.

We are 21 days now into 2016.  Snow continues to fall in our little town, life is good.  

Back in the mid 90's, we were one of the first companies to have a presence on line for clogs.  We would appear on every search engine on the first page.  Now when you use a search engine to find information out about clogs, we sometimes do not even appear but that of course depends on how you are trying to find us.  "Clogs" on google, I am not even sure if we show up, I gave up looking after page 5.  "Hand Painted Clogs" on google we appear on the 4 page but typing "Handpainted" we show up on page 1.
What I am getting around to saying is that there are a lot of places to get clogs on the internet.  Bad for us but good for all customers looking for some wonderful clogs.  As I say this, I am amazed at the prices that are charged from a lot of our competitors.  Don't take my word for it but let the search engines tell you.  We have always wanted you, our family of Tessa Clog wearers, to be able to purchase a hand made clog (that may or may not be hand painted) that is affordable.  We would love to say that our Tessa Clogs are available at every fine shoe store around but unfortunately that is not the case.  We do have a few retailers that carry our Tessa Clogs - thank you to them - but generally we are selling direct to you the customer.
What does this mean - you get a great Tessa Clogs at a wonderful price.  We do not need to mark our prices up to work out the extra distribution step that other companies have.  When you are shopping do not think that higher price means better - all it means is that the other companies have overcharged you.  Believe us - we have been making clogs for 25 years - we know what it costs to manufacture a clog.

I do thank all of you for your current and future support.  Wear your Tessa Clogs hard - we can always make more.

Hugs and Live Life

Tessa Clogs

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Where will you take your Tessa Clogs?

I am scrolling through a cookbook that is written in Swedish. I am not sure what each recipe calls for; I do not know how to translate Swedish to English, but I know that Google does. The pictures look amazing and the short list of ingredients makes me believe that I can attempt the recipes. So I purchase the book. I don’t think I have a bit of Swedish, Norwegian, or any Scandinavian heritage in me. But working for the Swedish Clog Cabin for the last couple of years has made that part of the world more alluring.
  The tales about trolls, and vikings, to the different food and festivals make make you want to experience it yourself. I am becoming more aware of the different traditions and culture in the North or the South. While looking through this cookbook and slowly translating the recipe from Swedish to English, I am becoming more familiar with the language. Soon I will travel to Sweden, and apply all the knowledge that I have gained. I have absorbed a lot while working at the Swedish Clog Cabin, Tessa Clogs. So the question is, where will your Tessa Clogs take you, or where will you take your Tessa Clogs? Check out our Facbook.com/tessaclogs or follow us on Instagram @tessaclogs

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Hand Painted Tessa Clogs and the many unique things at the Swedish Clog Cabin

Tessa hand paints her clogs right here in Colorado. It makes them unique, more personal, and allows you to collaborate with her. If you are fortunate enough to Visit our store in Lionshead, or see us at the many Farmers Markets, you will notice how different our products are.
Some handpainted Tessa Clogs at the Vail Farmers Market.
There are bright colors and designs and inspiring quotes. Tessa tries to get items that are different from the many shops in Vail, and she even makes some of the items herself. She not only paints some clogs, she even assembles the Ultimate High Clogs, right at her kitchen counter in Minturn. She also cuts out and applies Tessa Designs custom shirts, as well as makes skirts. She hand stamps charms for necklaces, paints and sews Tessa Snap-Straps, and customizes ornaments. Check out our items online, at our store, or at the Vail or Minturn Farmers Markets.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Asha Summer Clothing at Tessa Clogs

    Summer is here, and Tessa Clogs just got new summer inventory! Asha clothing, inspired by water and the mountains, adds bright prints to your summer wardrobe. Check out the newest items on our site, Tessaclogs.com.
Asha Reversible Skirts from left: Orange and Green, Blue and Green, Orange and Pink, Purple and Pink
    The Asha Reversible skirt comes in two lengths, about 14 inches and about 23 inches. The skirts are one size, and adjust according to your waist size and where you want it to fit. It also comes with a removable zippered pocket, making this skirt the perfect travel companion!

Asha Dresses. from left: Miranda Dress, Delphine Dress, Peggy Dress,  Amalia Dress
    All the images are accessorized with Tessa Clogs, Ultimate High Sandals. The Ultimate High Sandals are made here in Vail, Colorado and come in a variety of colors.

Tess Clogs, Ultimate High Sandal: Distressed Brown Embossed, and the Matilda, our most popular Sandals


Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Tessa Clogs Ultimate High Matilda Sandal

Get ready for summer, this natural color sandal will match anything in your closet and make your legs look a mile long. Don't sacrifice comfort for fashion, with the Ultimate High Matilda Sandal you can have both!