I know I am grateful for all of you and for the opportunity to interact with such a wonderful group of carvers. As usual, I will be taking some time off after Thanksgiving to celebrate the holiday season with family and friends, so if you need anything immediately, get your order in by Thanksgiving Day and if you don't need it right away, go ahead and place your order while the store is in vacation mode. I will process your order when the festivities are over and you should have your items in time for Solstice, Christmas or Kwanzaa (but if you want it for Hanukkah, order before Thanksgiving!) Thank you and have a wonderful celebration with your own families and friends!
I just got a brand new Speedball order, so many of the things that had been either out of stock or getting low are back again. I still have a few blocks from the earlier 2012 batch in 3 x 4. Everything else is their new formula. If you still want the earlier formula on those 3 x 4 blocks, they're on special markdown in the Bargain Basement. Also in the Bargain Basement, I have an extra large pile of grade B OZ Kut blocks, so those are on extra markdown, as I want to make room for some other things in the shop.
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.