I’ve been following with increasing alarm Britain’s exit negotiations with the European Union simply because of the massive, unprecendented uncertainty they have created. No-one has been able to say what aftereffects there will be, either for businesses or private citizens and residents.
No-one is even able to say exactly when Brexit happens. April 12, 2019, used to be a deadline, but obviously that never happened. At least it will give me a chance to address the issue here.
Tief im Brexit-Dschungel by Twitter Trends 2019 on Flickr (CC BY 2.0).
At the moment, Playfully Grownup Home customers in the UK can submit orders as normal. I will not make any immediate changes.
I will continue to fulfill my seller obligations as before, but any post-Brexit duties or changes to the customs process when packages enter the UK will remain the buyers’ responsibility.
However, I will be keeping an eye on the situation. Should the shipping be slowed down or otherwise encumbered too much by the new processes in place after Brexit, I reserve the option to end shipping to UK. I hope it won’t be necessary.
P.S. I do also think it’s incredibly shortsighted of Britain to leave EU, but whether they do or not is really not for me to decide. For the sake of UK friends and others, I hope the effects are minimal and manageable.
Since finishing my tax paperwork early (yay!) I’ve spent a lot of March working on various prototypes.
For one, after searching for an 8-point star pattern in vain, I tried making one myself. Getting the proportions how I wanted while retaining the symmetry turned out to be more challenging than I thought.
While this particular project is still ongoing, I also started on a storage bag one. I’ve got one potentially usable detail down and am still working on the rest. In contrast to previous years when I was still doing battle with paperwork at this time, it’s been lovely to be able to sew!
Inspired by Nikki’s tutorial at Tikkido, I made two bookmarks as gifts: a unicorn and a lobster. The images I found with an online search. The unicorn’s tail is made from cotton yarn and floss, the lobster’s antennae from wool yarn.
I don’t own a laminating machine, so I used a couple of layers of clear packing tape.
March started with an odd stop in the progress of spring. February had seemed to bring us an early spring with fine weather, but then we got several dumps of snow in succession. The last big one came on March 10th, and seems indeed to have been the last one.
Husband and I took a short spring break trip to southern Ohio to see friends. I loved how much further along spring was there!
Unfortunately, I also got sick during the trip and have spent ten days (and counting) nursing a very stubborn cold.
I hope that’ll be it for the rest of the year. At least it gave me the chance to read.
How was your March?
On Sunday, January 27, 2019, the USPS shipping rates increase will take effect. As I ship with First Class mail through the post office, the shipping and handling costs for my Etsy shop are also affected.
New this year is that the First-Class Package Service will move to zone-based pricing. However, like before, Etsy will automatically calculate the cheapest shipping option a seller is offering.
When viewing an item, buyers can enter their country or a U.S. ZIP code on the Shipping & Policies tab to show shipping costs.
My shipping fees will also continue to include the postage itself and a handling fee (= packing materials, paper and ink).
If you have any questions, please contact me either here or through Playfully Grownup Home at Etsy.
Hello again, everyone – and Happy New Year!
I’ve re-opened Playfully Grownup Home on Etsy.
As usual, in addition to this blog, I have also resumed regular posting on Tumblr, Flickr and Twitter.
Hope you had a restful time and that your 2019 is off to a good start.
There’s still time to get the last of your shopping done! I will close my Etsy shop for the season tonight, Monday December 10th, at 9 p.m. EST.
The last orders for this year will ship tomorrow, Tuesday 11th, 2018. I will re-open Playfully Grownup Home on Etsy on Monday, January 7th, 2019.
In the meantime, I will be working on various backend tasks. I will also continue posting here, on Tumblr, Twitter and Flickr for another week before the end of the year.
For a limited time, get free shipping on qualifying orders at Playfully Grownup Home on Etsy! This sale is a part of Etsy’s end of the year holiday sale drive.
The fine print: Get free shipping on orders of $25 or more simply by being your fantastic self – no codes or coupons. Sorry, U.S. addresses only.
This offer applies now through Monday December 10th, ending at 9 p.m. EST (when I close the shop for the season).
Visit Etsy for more fantastic deals from other Etsy sellers!
Here’s the 2018 holiday schedule for Playfully Grownup Home on Etsy.
Last recommended orders for Hanukkah should be placed by Monday November 5th, but no later than Monday 19th as I cannot guarantee USPS shipping speeds.
The very last orders of the year should preferably be placed by Monday December 3rd, but no later than Monday the 10th.
I will close my shop for the season on Monday December 10th at 9 p.m. EST, and the last shipments will leave on Tuesday December 11th. That should leave enough time for the post office to deliver packages, even accounting for delays due to seasonal volume.
Content note: references to rape, trauma, sexism, gaslighting, harassment, intimidation, and stalking. Also note: an f-bomb or two.
TL;DR – I’ve been to Arisia before, and enjoyed it. In fact, it was my first U.S. con. I was looking forward going back after a break. However, due to failures in following and enforcing their own Code of Conduct, which had the practical effect of protecting a stalker, I will not return to Arisia in the future.
Unfortunately, I’ve had to turn Playfully Grownup Home on Etsy off due to an annoyingly long-standing health issue.
I will turn it back on as soon as I feel better.
It’s Labor Day weekend here in the U.S. Fall is almost here.
Happy long weekend!