May is Morel Month!
If you have been around long enough, you know that my family and I hit the woods every May in search of the elusive and wily morel mushroom. We often quip that they can hide, but they cannot run. Anyway, shipping will be sporadic during the month of May, since I will be spending most of my time wandering around with a mesh bag and a pocket knife, rather than hanging out in the studio or the packing room. I'll do a batch mailing from time to time (probably on rainy days), but the usual lightning fast turnaround will be absent (along with me). I hope it doesn't cause too much inconvenience and I will give periodic updates with respect to shipping on orders and quality of mushroom hunting. Thanks for your understanding as I spend some really quality time with my family. The good news is that I no longer live hundreds of miles from the mushroom grounds, so I won't be gone for weeks at a time. :)
Currently, there are four different sizes of OZ Kut to choose from. 4 x 6, 6 x 8, 8 x 12 and 12 x 12. I may get more adventurous with future cuts, though -- let me know if you need a really big block - I have 12 x 24 inch pieces that I think will fit into the USPS Game Board box! :) In any event, if you want to try some, you will find all four sizes listed at the top of the Carving Materials section.
If you're looking for something fun to add some interesting shimmer, coating, or background effects to your project, check out the Ink Specialty Products. These are things that aren't quite ink and aren't quite not ink, either.
Keep an eye on the Bargain Basement - that's precisely what it is. These are things that are being discontinued, are imperfect or that I simply didn't know what else to do with. I have priced these items to sell and there are currently carving blocks of various kinds and discontinued ink pads in the basement - other items will be added as I get them photographed or described. So far, this new category has been very popular -- everybody loves a deal, right? Check in from time to time and you may find something totally cool listed.
In other news, Stampeaz is now on Facebook and I'm going to try and be better about posting things there. I have sort of let things lapse, what with the move and getting settled and all. So, if you want to keep an eye on the antics, you can "like" Stampeaz and you'll automagically see the updates I post there. :)
The US Postal Service has raised prices again. Last time, I simply absorbed the difference because they gave some discounts for online purchasing. Some of these have disappeared entirely, as in the case of international packages, and others have simply changed in their amounts, depending on the package used. Anyone who has ordered from me knows that, no matter what the shipping calculator says, I will always choose the most economical packaging for the items being shipped and if I can use a less expensive package, I send a refund. I will also be happy to do a test packaging for you to let you know which package will be necessary, if there is any doubt. The good news for US residents is that there is a regional packaging now that can frequently save you some money and I use this wherever possible. :) I can't program it into the shipping calculator, though, because it depends both on package size and how far you live from me. So, just know that I will do my best to minimize postage costs.
The blog is back! And long overdue, too, from what people are telling me. Sometimes puzzles and clues to special treats show up there, sometimes updates on products, but usually just notes from life in my little corner of the world. I hope you enjoy it, if you decide to look in.