Shipping News

I spent much of my afternoon in my Shipping office/guest room mailing getting orders ready for the post office.

“I celebrate myself, and sing myself,
And what I assume, you shall assume,
For every atom belonging to me as good belongs to you.”     Walt Whitman

There are some delays in the mail and I haven’t been keeping a record of when I ship my art.

It’s all part of adjusting to the changes since the coronavirus changed our world.  I’m lucky, I still get to do my work and sell it because people are still buying it (Thank you!)

I’ve changed the way I do shipping in the past, learning over the years how to do it more efficiently and less expensively.  But this time the changes I’ve made to keep myself from spending time in the postoffice are less efficient and more expensive.

My art that I can’t mail using  Etsy Shipping  I’m buying stamps and calculating the price of sending a package at the Postoffice site online.  This way I don’t have to wait in line at the Post office.   I just leave my packages on the counter,  say Hi, and Thank You to Wendy who is behind the Plexi divider wearing her mask and gloves, and walk out.

But this has left me with no way to track certain packages.  And with the delays in delivery, for the first time in ten years, I have more people contacting me about when I sent my packages and wondering how to track them.

So it’s time to make another adjustment.  Because as the wise people say, we haven’t done this before and we are figuring it out as we go.

I’ve decided I’ll still send out the small envelopes, the ones  I can fit my magnets and postcards in, with stamps on them (and I’m not just basing my decision on the fact that I get to use my .85 Walt Whitman stamps, although that’s a good argument to keep doing it) and bring the bigger packages with my potholders in them to Wendy so I can have a tracking number for them.

I’m not making this change lightly.  We’ve had very few cases of coronavirus in Washington County and none in our immediate area.  And the governor is talking about slowly opening up parts of the state (which would include where we live) in a few weeks.

This is all good news on many levels one being that I’ll get to talk to Wendy again, with all the protections in place, which is one of life’s little pleasures that I miss.

So thanks again to everyone who has kept me busy this afternoon packing up your postcards, magnets, posters, and potholders.  And thanks for being patient as I once again learn how to best ship my art.

The Walt Whitman Stamp I just love to send out into the world on my envelopes

13 thoughts on “Shipping News

  1. Hi, Maria. I listened to Cuomo’s Sunday press conference, and he never said there anything about opening up some parts of the state while others remain closed, and he’s always been clear before that there will be no county-by-county distinctions, since he has no power as governor to do that. The phased approach to reopening will be by industry, not location. Where did you see the thing you mention about certain regions like yours opening up earlier than other regions?

    1. He had mentioned different regions many times in his press conferences Nicole. It would be a slow opening, not everything at once and has also mentioned May 15th as the starting date. But he also says that he’s only looking two weeks ahead. Here’s a link.

  2. Your link isn’t there. Can you repost? I just listened again, and there isn’t anything about different regions in what I heard, only different industries. Weird!

  3. Can you send a link? You said you did, but I never saw it in my browser. Was it supposed to be somewhere else? My friend says I am right about regions.

    1. Nichole, You really don’t want to be getting your news from me. I’m not a news service. I’m sure you know the best place to get your news. Cuomo gives a breifing everyday, that’s what I listen to. I’m sure you can find it online if you want to.

  4. Hi Maria, I received my order today, thank you so much, I was not disappointed. My new pot holder is way to pretty for using in my kitchen so am going to hang it on my wall in the kitchen! I love the face masks too. You are so talented.

  5. Have you noticed, or is it just me, how much Walt Whitman in the stamp looks like Ed Gully? (The owl potholders are wonderful, by the way.)

  6. Maria, the photo of your “shipping room” is a work of art in itself. Beautiful colors in the time of a drab gray pandemic.
    Thank you for sharing.
    I love the window too!!!!!

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