Summer is in full swing. The days here are beautiful and feels like summer camp every day. Of course, the mosquitoes are a little extreme sometimes, but that (and the very healthy poison ivy) just make up part of the great outdoor experience. It simply means that it's good to take refuge indoors and carve from time to time, right? Baloo has been coming downstairs to keep me company while he cools off on the basement floor after a warm ramble -- a big, black dog in the sunshine can get a bit toasty, after all.
I will probably take a jaunt or two this month, visiting friends who have been struggling with health issues, so I will let you know if there will be any delays in getting orders out. So far, everything is going smoothly.
My last Speedball order arrived with a large pile of their newest Speedy Carve formula, along with the Model B presses, tool kits and inks. I still have blocks from the earlier 2012 batch in 3 x 4 and all sizes in the newest 2013-style batch (some of which is still dated 2012, but is noticeably darker pink than the earlier 2012 batch and is the newest formula). If you still want the earlier formula on those 3 x 4 blocks, they're on special markdown in the Bargain Basement.
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. I have been having fun giving clues to hidden PZ Kut, first chance at new items in stock (as well as returning favorites) and spontaneous sales events. 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.
I have been trying to pay more attention to the blog -- and you should, too!! Sometimes puzzles and clues to special treats show up there, sometimes updates on product development or just notes from life in my little corner of the world. So far, I've been doing pretty well at posting more regularly this year. Let's see if I can maintain the trend! *grin*