Traveling Time — Me and a Box!

Yesterday, the day after Independence Day was one for traveling.  The easy traveler was this box that I sold to a customer in Colorado.

This was the first order I’ve ever been requested to send via USPS Express Mail and I’m amazed at how quickly and easily it went out.  Once I figured out how to work the extra charge into my Etsy store things went smoothly.  Printed the label right here at home and dropped it off at the post office when it opened.  Technology is pretty amazing, I requested email updates and received about 8 of them, here’s how that looked:

uspsjpegThe print is pretty small but you can see that it was accepted here in Las Vegas at 8:42 am and arrived in Colorado before noon as promised.  I’m guessing that this was a special present for someone and am flattered that they selected my work for whatever occasion it is.  Had some very interesting internet dialogue with the lady about the box and other things!

The other traveler was me.  Since the Design in Wood show ended at the San Diego County Fair it meant time for a 10 hour, very hot, road trip.  The line of people trying to get into the fairgrounds was unbelievably long but once you got past the gate to the Design in Wood area things were very well organized.  Even found a little time to dip my toes into the ocean!  Parking was at a premium anywhere close to the water but decided I needed to do that to break up the trip.  Just as I was about to give up on finding a spot and make a U-turn a car was pulling out of a spot.  Felt good to wade in the ocean and cool, 70 degree or so weather.  I was anticipating the usual chaotic Friday drive home to Vegas but since this was a longer weekend the traffic was comparatively mild.  Once home, Diane had figured out a way to arrange the dining room to showcase the table.  She had emptied out the hutch so it could be moved and had it all planned out.  We tackled that this morning and this photo shows the results.  I really appreciate her design sense and the way everything is arranged.  People jokingly tell us our house is like a museum with all of her beautiful paintings and then the furniture I’ve crafted for us to enjoy.  Just wonderful!!



About woodworksbyjohn

I'm a retired woodshop teacher. I build one of a kind furniture pieces and custom picture frames. You can see some of my currently available work, boxes, carvings through my Etsy store: Contact me about your project -- always up for the challenge of unique work.
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