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Do you love the skin you are in? Or are you using another skin?

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This blog is just my own personal ramblings. This is NOT directed at the small percentage of the world’s population who are vegan, or vegetarian, or political animal rights activists. It is directed at the majority of people who do eat meat, wear leather accessories, and perhaps own a leather lounge suite, or have leather car seats and use all other various uses for leather in our daily lives. But before we start I just want to say that I believe each person has the right to their own beliefs and opinions, just as I have the right to air my opinion. And that this blog is moderated.

I grew up on a sheep & cattle station in the back blocks of Tologa Bay near Gisborne in New Zealand. I am probably more aware of where my dinner comes from than most people and the majority of people don’t want to be reminded where their steak, sausages, drum sticks, eggs or bacon comes from and that is okay. I don’t want to be reminded either, and I am genuinely an animal lover. However I am philosophical and don’t have a problem with leather, I wear leather shoes; I have leather belts, handbags and wallets. I know for a fact that very little is ever wasted, and that leather is simply a by-product of food production.

The inspiration for this whole blog article has come from the occasional Facebook post on my Gorgeous Creatures NZ Facebook page www.facebook.com/Gorgeous.Creatures.NZ or the odd comment by people who come into the Gorgeous Creatures showroom to the effect that, they don’t know how they feel about a cowhide rug with hair-on, or that fur is bad, or even that leather is bad.

To quickly set the scene, Gorgeous Creatures is an interior décor and gift shop that specialises in leather interior décor such as cowhide rugs, sheepskin rugs, calf skins, cowhide ottomans and NZ possum fur throws. We also have a range of NZ made possum merino knitwear. www.gorgeouscreatures.co.nz and we do have some vegetarian customers.

Overall the feedback is fantastic, but one Facebook commenter made it clear that she didn’t like us using what she referred to as “dead animals” on our furniture. Stating that “faux fur is just as beautiful!!!!” But when we looked at her personal Facebook profile she was wearing a faux fur jacket (we assume it was faux), but her partner in the photo was wearing a leather jacket. And to top it all off her Facebook banner image was the logo of Louis Vuitton, one of the world’s most famous LEATHER designers. So we also assume that she must have a lovely leather shoe & handbag collection. So isn’t insincere to make a comment like that when she uses leather and loves Louis Vuitton?

Most people forget that the leather we use every day comes from animals. And sheepskin rugs, cowhide or calf skins rugs are just leather without the hair removed. So the leather shoes on your feet and that leather handbag over your shoulder is only one tanning step away from being hairy. And when I point this out to customers in the shop by saying “it really is no different from your leather shoes or handbag”, it seems like it has never really occurred to them before now and they see our products in a whole new more positive light.

So each person to their own choices and beliefs about leather or hair-on hide. I just wanted to make a few observations. This is a moderated blog and I’m not interested in getting into a debate about the rights or wrongs of animal rights. That is a whole different conversation.

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How to see posts from the Facebook pages you like – simple settings to add to interests and get notifications

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So the Facebook rumours are true. Facebook now needs you to tell it which pages and content interest you the most. Liking a page is not enough anymore and you are probably only seeing 5-10% of the posts from your favourite pages. Don’t let Facebook control you, you need to control Facebook.

The fix for this is simple, first go to the page within Facebook that you already like, once on the page (for example the Gorgeous Creatures page) click on the little ‘cog’ icon with the downward facing arrow next to the word ‘liked’, this is at the top right just under the main banner image (also called the cover image) – see example photo below.

Facebook add to interests instructions

After you click the little ‘cog’ icon a drop down menu will appear, then select (tick) the first option which is ‘Add to interests’ lists’. Interests’ lists allow you to group your pages onto groups. For example some of my page interest groups include interior décor, photography and social media. Create a new list or add to an existing list. Just follow the on screen prompts.

The final step is to hover your mouse over the ‘liked’ word to the left of the cog icon (it says liked because you have already liked this page right?) and a drop down menu will appear. Tick both the ‘Get notifications’ and ‘Show in news feed’ options. These settings can be changed at any time.

Facebook get notifications instructions

I hope these instructions help. I know that I had lots of trouble finding a clear and simple explanation of these Facebook settings so fingers crossed they work for you too. So please like our Gorgeous Creatures Facebook page if you love interior décor, cowhide rugs, cowhide ottomans, possum fur throws and blankets and all things beautiful. We share really nice content from other pages like NZ House & Garden Magazine and Houzz.com which are both fantastic pages too. Happy Facebooking!

Black, white and yellow makes a fantastic and fresh colour combination

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Following on from our mention in PREGNANCY & Baby Magazine this month we love this designer living room that incorporates the same clean and fresh colours. The gorgeous black and white cowhide rug works well with the feature wallpaper and stunning yellow chairs. What do you like about this room?

PREGNANCY & Baby Magazine Spread

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PREGNANCY & Baby Magazine Spread

A Gorgeous Creatures zebra print cowhide graces the pages of PREGNANCY & Baby Magazine this month in a fantastic black, white and yellow babies designer room.

July NZ House & Garden magazine cover

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July NZ House & Garden magazine cover

Gorgeous Creatures calfskins dress the coffee table in front of this lovely fireplace. And a honey possum throw is on the chair to the right.

Grey speckle ottoman with wheels

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We are very proud of this beautiful cowhide ottoman that was recently custom made for a Gorgeous creatures customer.

I have been waiting to use this chrome cup and caster wheel range for ages and finally someone let me and the result is amazing. And the chrome stud detailing along the bottom edge of the ottoman is a lovely touch – very reminiscent of an Andrew Martin style design. Andrew Martin often uses chrome wheels and studs as a design feature.

Grey speckle ottoman with wheelsChrome cup and caster wheels for ottoman