Category Archives: DIY

Priority Mail – Are Flat Rate Boxes a better value?

As we near our busiest shipping season of the year, many people wonder; Are flat rate priority mail boxes worth it?

Here’s the quick answer. Only sometimes – definately not always. It also depends on the zone (origin to destination distance).

For shipments traveling shorter distances, Zones 1-4, and weighing less than 20 lbs, using your own packaging for weight-based rates may be a better value. Across all zones, though, shipments weighing over 16 lbs will ship for less in a Flat Rate Medium Box.

So how do you know what zones are? Below is a reference to what shipping zones refer to. A quick online search will give you this information and the best way to calculate shipping it to have the actual destination address, package dimensions and weight noted in advance.

USPS Zone Map

  • Zone 1: 1- 50 miles from the shipping origin.
  • Zone 2: 51- 150 miles.
  • Zone 3: 151- 300 miles.
  • Zone 4: 301- 600 miles.
  • Zone 5: 601-1000 miles.
  • Zone 6: 1001-1400 miles.
  • Zone 7: 1401-1800 miles.
  • Zone 8: 1801 miles or more.

Preparing packages and labels yourself will allow for adjustments that save you and your customers shipping costs. By weighing and measuring shipments in advance, you can get the absolute best rates available. It is easier than ever to ship packages from home or your office for the greatest savings!

I use a third party shipping site called Pirate Ship to prepare my package labels. Pirate Ship lets you purchase USPS® and UPS® postage and print shipping labels at the cheapest rates available with no markup, fees, or minimums.

Conclusion: Flat rate boxes do NOT always offer a better rate. The same weight package can ship to the same exact destination for LESS when using your own box or regular priority boxes (that do NOT say flat rate).

Swamp Dweller Art – Natural Elements – Fine Art by Robert ‘DOC’ Watson

I have personally known Doc for 8 years. (about the time he went -off the radar- as far as Facebook goes.) – If you ever meet Doc in person, ask him the story about his laptop! 💻 Trust me, it’ll be worth it!😄

Check out those Morels!

As you’ll read below, He is one of our ‘seasoned’ fellow artists. He has been in the game longer than some of y’all have been alive! (no offense anybody – just facts!)👈

SHOP SwampDweller Art via HappyHollowGlass.

Doc is one of the artists that I will personally be handling logistics for, Some of his works are crrently available on my website.

The following is an introduction directly from your artist – Doc Watson –

⭐ Swamp Dweller Art started as “Rocks by Doc” back in the 90s. Back then I was working with Pipestone carving, beadwork and leather goods. I was also teaching at the American Indian center at SCSU [St. Cloud State University]. That was until I met this feller one day, who told me about Rendezvous and about making black powder guns. So.. I thought I’d try my hand at that. I did, and went on to making small cannons and knives with carved antler handles. Then I heard about a place called The Hairy Mosquito Trading Company. That was about 15 years ago and I have become a part of the family there. In fact, I’ve had a working studio inside for the past 3 years. I’ve been creating for the better part of 30 years.

“I bring your ideas to life through unique, individual pieces of art, using natural elements, wood, antler, and leather.” – Robert ‘Doc’ Watson

⭐ – Swamp Dweller Art- ⭐
Stick around for Doc’s Candy Cannon!

Doc is one of my best friends and an artist that I work with on a regular basis. Weekly at minimun during our season here in MN. We have neigboring studios; I smell the sage when he burns it! (“…and some of my incense are a little strong.”) 🤣
🎂 IN FACT – DOC and I share a birthday too! (how could I almost foget that?!) We seldom have an August event and it has become tradition that our August event is Our Leo birthdays! ♌ 🦁
🔜We are in the process of getting Doc back on-line so you will actively be able to communicate with your artist and discuss custom requests/orders directly.
📣I will be sharing some of Docs available works just as soon as the weather lets us keep our plans to meet up!
Stay tuned – Doc says “It’s the year of the Gnome!” and I think that’s the first thing we’re gonna post. They are the BEST spring gift – especially for your garden Gnome loving friends and family! 🍄

Pipestone Fatboy with custom bags – By Doc – For Sale

Make Your Own Stickers for Fun or Business. Save Money with DIY and Add a Handmade Personal Touch

No matter How much I shop around ~ I can’t beat the price of making my own cards, labels AND stickers!!!

Yes ~ as many colors as I choose – and even the solid black background!
I guess I’ll need to buy a bigger paper cutter 😛

Another perk is that I can change the design whenever I want at no additional cost and only a few minutes later I’ve got a fresh look for any season!

These are my all new waterproof stickers – printed right here at Happy Hollow Glass and 100% cut by a small scrap booking paper cutter with my own two hands!  Woot

STOMP the Plastic habit – #RethinkYourResources