Happy New Year to you and yours! It was wonderfully sunny and relatively mild here today which was just perfect for a walk in our neighborhood park.
WINTER CLOSURE, RE-OPEN APRIL
As usual, the Flock of Tea Cosy shop will be taking a break for travel and a breather this winter and re-open in the mid-spring — early April-ish and definitely in time for Mother’s Day.
TAKING ORDERS UNTIL JANUARY 25
The shop will be open and taking orders until Friday, January 25, and although the contact form will be active and responded to during the shop closure in a reasonable time, orders after that date will not be fulfilled until the re-opening in April.
If you’d like to be informed of the exact opening date please drop a line using the form at the bottom of the contact page.
BTW, have you checked out the end-of-line/sample sale page yet?
December 12, 2018 UPDATE Shipping deadlines for pre-holiday delivery have passed except for Canada (the 13th) but it appears packages are arriving in the usual amount of time (1 to 8 business days depending on where you are). In other words, no noticeable delays despite what Canada Post management claimed. Let’s hear it for our posties! And yours, of course, since they carry your package the final leg of its journey.
November 28, 2018 UPDATE Canada Post service has resumed and normal shipping is in effect. We anticipate there may be some slow downs at the post office in the coming first few days but things should otherwise be on schedule.
November 21, 2018
Brrrrrrrrr cold weather has arrived here!
Please be aware that Canada Post and CUPW (Canadian Union of Postal Workers) negotiations continue as do CUPW’s rotating strikes. Flock of Tea Cosy’s Canadian orders are currently affected but international orders are not and continue using available alternate shipping methods.
International orders continue to be shipped using an alternate method although shipping is done twice a week instead of daily. This means the posted holiday deadlines continue to apply. Happy shopping!
Shipping to the USA – deadline Tuesday, December 11
Shipping to Europe & Australia/New Zealand – deadline Monday, December 3
The rotating strikes across the country are affecting some orders so it’s a bit of a crap shoot as to whether orders will arrive in a timely manner. At today’s date we continue to ship to Canadian addresses, but will reassess the situation next week.
We wish both parties success in their negotiations!
For further information: Canada Post and CUPW
2018 holiday deadlines for shipping.
I know it seems far too early to be thinking about holiday shipping deadlines while it’s still balmy and beautiful in that early autumn way.
But, based on experience, the holiday season will come and in the interests of keeping you at the top of your gift-buying game here are the recommended order/shipping deadlines for 2018 as issued by Canada Post, which is the shipping service Flock of Tea Cosy uses.
#1. = The flock’s FREE shipping service.
#2. = Requires additional charges which I’ll work out if you request them in the “Note to Seller” box at check-out.
#3. = A Canada Post service called Priority Post which guarantees next day delivery — very pricey, but sometimes money doesn’t matter (right?). More info below.
In general, if you live in a large urban centre it takes less time to receive a mailed parcel. The smaller centres have been the ones which require the outside limits of estimated delivery times. This means that Canada Post’s recommended dates below may have some wiggle room if you live in a large urban centre.
Shipping to Canada
#1-Canada Post Parcel Post/Expedited – by Thursday, December 13
#2-Canada Post XpresspostTM by Thursday, December 20
(XPresspost service incurs additional charges ranging from $10 to $25)
Shipping to the USA
#1-Canada Post USA Small Packet-Airmail – by Tuesday, December 11
#2-Canada Post XpresspostTM – by Friday, December 14
(XPress service incurs additional charges ranging from $20 to $27)
Shipping to Europe & Australia/New Zealand
#1-Canada Post Inntl Small Packet-Airmail – by Monday, December 3
#2-Canada Post XpresspostTM by Friday, December 7
(XPresspost service incurs additional charges ranging from $60 to $65) (Ouch).
Canada Post’s NEXT DAY PRIORITY POST – is available up until December 17 (Australia/New Zealand), December 18 (Europe), December 19 (USA) and December 21 (Canada). The additional fees will be calculated on request — they vary by city and region — but think ‘$$$$$’.
And thanks to Wikipedia for the beautiful public domain image of the carrier pigeon.
Fall 2018 sample sale modern tea cozy, end of line, etc…
As the cool weather approaches an autumnal cleaning urge has been part of settling into the workshop rhythm. Cupboards sorted, bins rearranged, that sort of thing. A few odd bits and pieces emerge like end of stock or colour items, or sample pieces or one-offs.
These have been neatly sorted onto the SALE SHELF for your consideration.
Although on sale, all items are made to the same high standards and with the same beautiful wool felt that is a feature of the flock’s wares.
New french press coffee cozy design
You may have seen this coming but, for Fall 2018, here comes the french press coffee cozy version of our “Baseball” design. Steeper shoulder curves, same buzzy zig-zag stitching on the dart, simple clean curved profile which looks completely at home on morning breakfast counters and evening dinner tables.
Designed with modern simplicity to fit Bodum’s “Chambord” french press coffee makers in the 8cup and 12cup sizes.
Seen here in fresh Moss Green which brings a breath of spring to any table. Made from thick (3mm) European 100% wool felt to their highest standards. This is some of the best, dense, wool felt made in the world. And beautiful to boot.
And it’s a natural fabric — baa-baa sheep wool — which is a renewable resource and thus a wonderfully “green” choice for your tableware. An eco-friendly choice as well as a beautiful choice.
A perfect fit for the home of any modern coffee lover.
8cup Baseball Coffee Cosy
12cup size of our new french press coffee cozy coming soon
New tea cosy colour! Still lots of summer humidity around here but the Fall colours will soon be upon us. In the meantime we’re thrilled to welcome the perennially fresh Moss Green to Flock of Tea Cosy’s “Baseball” design line of modern tea cosies.
Coming soon to the shop….
Later: Oh look, here they are now.