The best things in life are free

Midsummer is just around the corner, and June is turning into its last week soon, amazing! The great weather we had in May and beginning of June has disappeared, and rain has been if not constant, a regular visitor at least, but now it is promised just might be getting better. Tomorrow and Saturday are full of the traditional Midsummer celebrations here, and I wish some sunshine for those days as most of the activities are planned to happen outdoors. And just in case sun will not shine, I have stacked some new yarn (in sale, yippee) and great magazines.


Business-wise last weeks have been pretty slow, and Finnish Post is trying to make it even more slower by increasing the shipping fees (which are pretty high already). They actually applied the new rates in beginning of June already, and justified the increase by saying that "everything is more expensive these days" and also "people keep sending less and less mail" - blimey! Do they really think adding the cost of sending increases the volume? I would be stunned (and annoyed, really) by their logic if this wasn't the way everything is reasoned around here these days, and I just can't be bothered anymore. All this said I must say that Finnish Post makes the most wonderful stamps each year, and those Moomins are just too cute. 

Two last pictures: verkkokauppa.posti.fi

And also as I think whining is never not a great option, I am offering the FREE SHIPPING on my etsy shop for ALL ITEMS ANYWHERE 20.6. - 24.6.2013 not only to get my hands on those cute Moomin-stamps but also to create that mail the Finnish Post is so desperately asking us Finns to send! So if there's something you've been eyeing in my shop, now it's time to have it completely shipping-free! Happy browsing!

Lovely Midsummer Eve's Eve!

Yours,
Mia

24 comments:

Teje Karjalainen said...

Dear Mia,I wish your the most happy and sunny 'Juhannus'! Thank you for Moomin stamps I got with your last parcel! My Moomin pouch and bag-charm/kayring are still on my sewing table because there I can see them most often! I'm also really sad for the post costs - I would love to get fabrics from US but the shipping is out of space!
Hugs & kisses! x Teje

greenrabbitdesigns said...

Ahhh the logic of the mailing services ( and I use the term 'service' loosely)!
Love the new yarn, nothing quite as delicious as some new yarn! :)
I hope you have wonderful mid-summer celebrations and I really hope that sun shines for you!!
Happy Thursday my friend,
V xxx

Jessie's Needle said...

Ah, I'm sure these big business types know what they are doing. Or do they! Anyway, love the Moomins. Remember reading them to my daughter. And I'm sure they used to be on tv.

S xx

The Faerie Factory said...

Love the Moomins ... Solstice Blessings ~ Sarah x

ANNE said...

Hi Mia,

Isn't the postal service strange here and there?? We had a major increase in prices in January!! Not happy about that.....
Lovely Moomin stamps, so cheery!
Happy Juhannus!!

Anne and all
PlumCreek Studio

Mia said...

Hello dear Teje, and hyvää Juhannusta!

I love these Moomin-stamps too, and will use them as much as possible to send the parcels all over to world!

We're having sunny Juhannusaatto, and I wish you the most wonderful Midsummer weekend too!

Yours,
Mia

Mia said...

Hello Vivienne,

I know, there's really no logic but they just wish to get same money than previous years even there's less mail sent *sigh* - but oh my, at least our stamps are cheerful :)

I wish you a wonderful Midsummer weekend, sunshine form here!

Yours,
Mia

Mia said...

Hello S,

Oh my, the big business types make me grind my teeth every now and then ;) but hey, at least we have the pretty Moomin stamps! I love the books too (still), and TV-series too!

Happy Midsummer-weekend!

Yours,
Mia

Mia said...

Hello Sarah,

Lovely Midsummer-weekend to you too, may it be sunny and beautiful!

Yours,
Mia

Mia said...

Hello dear Anne,

I know, it's just too bad that the prices keep getting higher and higher, I think they just increased them a year ago or so last time... Oh my. But The stamps we have are pretty, that's something at least :)

I wish you the most beautiful Juhannus, enjoy!

Yours,
Mia

Megumi said...

HI Mia,
I though I posted a comment but I don't see it so here I am trying again.
I love Fin's cute post stamps. They are really cute.
Your flowers are beautiful. Seems like you are enjoying your June. Hope you had a nice weather this weekend - no rain.
Megumi

Mia said...

Hello dear Megumi,

Thank you so much for your message! We had lovely Midsummer-weekend, and this starting week is said to be very very very hot and pretty, yippee! I wish it's beautiful at yours too... Happy packing :)

Yours,
Mia

Winkel's Crazy Ideas said...

Hello Mia, have been peeping through your blog and admiring your lovely makes, such lovely things. Summer has disappeared here too and it doesn't much feel like end of June. Let us hope the lovely weather is waiting around the corner. All the best, Pam in Norway

Jane said...

Hi Mia,
Just popping over to say hello from a fellow Clara follower, your blog and creations are lovely :)
Happy weekend x x x x

Mia said...

Hello Pam,

It's very hot and humid and summery here today, and I am sending some sunshine your way too! I'm so happy you've visited me here, please feel most welcome to come soon again!

Happy last weekend of June!

Yours,
Mia

Mia said...

Hello Jane,

And welcome! It's lovely to have you visiting me here, and I'll be taking a closer look at your lovely blog later today after all on my to-do-list is completed :)

Have a wonderful weekend!

Yours,
Mia

Jane said...

Hi my dear Mia...I seem to have missed your post from last week! I hope the sunshine is shining for you, we are past the longest day now. The Moomin stamps are great but I am sure we would all just rather have cheaper postage rates....sigh! Happy weekend my friend, Jane x

Mia said...

Hello dear Jane,

You got it, dear friend, my thoughts exactly, the stamps are the cutest, but...

It's been very hot&humid&stormy here, and it's sunny and +26C as I type s no complaints here...I wish it's wonderfully summery at yours too!

Yours,
Mia

Beth said...

Happy Mid-Summer Mia, I hope you had a lovely longest day and that the sun did come out for you. We have also had a big postal price increase, it's really parcels that have been hit but it certainly makes a difference, there are some things I will have to stop selling and I know others are in the same position. It's so hard when you are a small home run business to keep making a profit. Bethx

Mia said...

Hello Beth,

We've had the greatest ever summer here, hot and sunny, and Midsummer was just like that too. I wish it's been pretty at yours also? And the postal fees...It's same here, sending some items will be almost as expensive as the item itself...Where's the point? Oh my... But stamps are pretty still!

Wishing you the loveliest July!

Yours,
Mia

Rustic Vintage Country said...

We too have these silly shipping price increases which makes it very hard for small business users. I got quite depressed when ours increased but thought I've just got to get on with it and go with the flow....grrrr!
I love the green and white yarn, so refreshingly pretty! xx

Mia said...

Hello Suzy,

It's comforting to hear, that others struggle with same issues although I wish we would not need to. The biggest problem here is that if you send something over 3cm thick, you need to pay for maxi-letter price, no matter how light the thing is. So sending out felted bags an pouches... Silly!

Have a lovey Tuesday, sunny and bright!

Yours,
Mia

kathy said...

The post office's reasoning of less mail is a wee bit of hoo-eey.
Here in the US, package volumes are up 14%, bulk mail up over 8% and even first class letters are re-bounding.
I don't get the reasoning for the higher costs if volumes of mail are increasing.
Have you heard of postcrossing?
My friend in Japan got me hooked and a lot of Finnish peoples are registered on the site (Postcrossing.com)

I like my Moomin cups that I got last summer. Talk about a smile.

--Postal person in Oregon, USA

Mia said...

Hello Kathy,

Thank you so much for your info of your mailing! It sounds great that something is up at least, I think (I have no actual data) it's been less and less letter&all sent here yearly, people even do not sent the Christmas-cards anymore, the text...So sad!

I wish you the most wonderful July, may it be happy and sunny! Happy Moomin-cup sipping in the sun!

Yours,
Mia