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Jan. 14th, 2014

Busyness

That's what it's been like here.

Been busy with making up mini keychains, pendants, etc, as samples. Been busy weaving all the things- seriously, 5 scarves/table runners now. And now currently, I'm working on something for a mock up of a project I have in mind, since I'm not entirely satisfied with my original idea for it.

Currently, all items in my Etsy shop expire the end of this month. There is a 10% off coupon code for Etsy items only. Use 'TENPERCENT' at checkout and get 10% off your entire purchase. It, like the items, will expire the end of this month.

Etsy items will NOT be renewed. Focus will be spent on the Big Cartel shop instead, from here on out, with minimal promotion of the Zibbet shop as back up. The Artfire shop is closed as of Jan 1, 2014 and will not be reopened.

So. That is where things stand as of right now.

Back to work I go!


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Oct. 2nd, 2013

PSA- Downsizing

As of January 1, 2014, my Artfire shop will be closing. The account will be converted to buyer only.

As of February 1, 2014, my Etsy shop will also be closing, though the account will stay open so I can continue to support the Artisans I love there.


From a financial standpoint, my sales on Artfire have been essentially nonexistent for well over a year. The last order there was in June, before that it was Dec 2012. I cannot afford to keep paying for a shop that doesn't support itself. Etsy, I reopened in Oct of 2012. I have had exactly 8 sales there since. Again, it is not supporting itself.

So.

I sat down and crunched the numbers and decided that I would be better served by taking the money I am spending on Artfire and Etsy and dumping it into my Big Cartel shop instead.

That will become my main selling site from now on. My Zibbet shop will be my back up site, as well as where I will be destashing some things in the near future. Some things will only be available on the BC shop, but most things will be available on both sites, for your convenience

Yes, part of the reason I am shutting down the Etsy shop IS the new guideline changes and the direction Etsy has decided to go in. For me, that new direction is not what is best for my business.

As I said in the Forums there-

For those who are not moving and those who are moving off of Etsy-

Keep in mind it WILL take time to build your traffic back up to what it is here. In the grand scheme of things, Zibbet is fairly new and young when compared to Etsy.

And they do not have the venture capital Etsy does, so they cannot afford to do paid advertising. They have said they will do paid advertising as their budget allows. What comes first is the rebuild.

What can you do? Well, word of mouth. Promote the crap out of your store there and Zibbet in general. Every little bit will not only help them, it will help you. But you have to be willing to put the effort in. It took time to get the traffic build up to your stores here, it will take time to do the same there.

I'm a firm believer of not putting all my eggs in one basket. So, for those saying they can't afford to leave Etsy- diversify. There's no reason you have to up and close down completely here. Open a shop on Zibbet, Artfire, Storenvy, DaWanda, etc, or a stand alone store front type of place like Big Cartel or Indiemade or any of the other storefront sites out there. For every listing you make here, put two up there. Promote your new site twice as much as you do here. (Personally I'm a big fan of Big Cartel.)

Eventually you WILL have the traffic elsewhere and can start to close down your Etsy store if you so choose, or keep it as a back up site instead. But you can do it if you want to put the effort into it.

Keep in mind- no one is saying you absolutely have to leave Etsy completely. All we're saying is maybe it's time to start spreading out a bit. Maybe it's time to look for a personal site instead. Maybe it's time to grow your business on AND off Etsy.

But most of all- good luck to everyone, no matter what you decide to do or whether you stay or leave.




In the end, we have to decide what is best for our own businesses and for me, that means leaving Artfire and Etsy.

I do hope you'll follow me to my Big Cartel shop (they have guest checkout!) or my Zibbet shop. As always, thanks for your patronage!




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Apr. 11th, 2013

Safety First!

Safety First!


Safety First!
Handmade Kumihimo Cuff
7" long x 2" wide

Fits wrists 7" to 9"

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Tired of not coordinating your accesories with your safety orange hunting vest? Missing the neon orange of the 80s? Want some dayglo orange for that rave coming up? Want to dazzle the school kids at your crossing guard job?

Look no more!

Safety First! is a handmade 8 strand kumihimo cuff made from dayglo/safety orange yarn, I believe to be 100% acrylic, possibly acrylic/wool blend. This awesomely bright yarn is from the Team BNA Traveling Swap Box and found its home with me.

This is a fun cuff! It features a gloriously cool handmade stoneware flower by Lisa Peters ART, securely attached to the cuff with a Czech glass druk bead in teal with a vitrial coating. The flower itself color coordinates with the cuff itself, with a glazing of cobalt, hints of teal and bright orange.

The ends of this spectacularly bright- and I mean bright!- cuff are handbeaded in peyote stitch, using 6lb FireLine, with Czech glass seed beads in cobalt and teal. The clasp is a silver plated extension chain and lobster claw clasp.

Amaze your friends! Blind the deer or wild turkey or men or whatever you chose to hunt! Flash back to the 80s! Where ever you wear it, Safety First! is sure to turn heads! If not completely blind people!

The first 3 photos are taken in direct sunlight- including this one. They serve to show just how bright this cuff is. The last 2 photos were taken in indirect sunlight. When I say neon, I mean neon!

Available HERE!(For now, Zibbet and Artfire soon.)


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Oct. 31st, 2012

Akita Rescue in need

Monday night, Jo, of Big East Akita Rescue, and her family were home with 12 of the Rescue Akitas under BEAR's purview. It was supposed to be the safest place for them during the storm.

But we all saw and heard what happened to New Jersey's coast.

According to Jo, the barrier islands off Tom's River, NJ were gone in the storm surge. Between 10pm and midnight that night, sudden storm surge resulted in 4ft of water in their yard and home. Her husband and 2 teenage kids went into the water to rescue the Akitas from the kennels and bring them to the second floor of their house.

Tuesday morning, they had no power, no running water, no food, heat, etc and the first floor of the house was destroyed. Both vehicles are gone.

Word got out via other Akita Rescue people and is still being spread across Facebook and the internet. Donations have started coming in, via non Akita Rescue groups, Akita owners and others.

The area they are in was and is restricted to emergency personnel only because of the water and down power lines.

They could have left. They opted to stay. For them, the love of the breed is a family thing and they refused to leave the Akitas behind. Many are senior Akitas and Rescue is the best place, next to a forever home, for them.

Boarding for the Akitas has been offered, others are gathering supplies for them, and someone else has a van with a generator waiting for the word that they can go in.

Last word was from today. They have been able to take the dogs out for a morning walk and put a few back in the kennel runs in the garage.

But they still need your help to rebuild. The link above takes you directly to their donation page. Anything you can send will help BEAR rebuild and resupply to help these Rescue Akitas as well as Jo and her family.

To that end, I am running a scarf sale on Artfire. Each scarf has been put on sale. You DO NOT need an account to buy there. Proceeds from each sale will go to Akita Rescue, specificly BEAR.


Even if you can't donate, or don't wish to buy a scarf, at least pass the word.



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Oct. 23rd, 2012

Fun with dyes

So I hand dyed some 100% pima cotton yarn a few days ago. Ok, actually I did it Friday, it sat over the weekend and I rinsed it yesterday.



I am in love with these colors. Rich, vibrant and deep. They're only 5-10 yd skeins, but that's plenty for what I do with it. And they're exactly the colors I wanted.



These two are mixed colors. The top one is Butterscotch and Rust Orange. The bottom one is Camel and Khaki.



These two are single colors. Top is Curry. Bottom is Pumpkin Spice.

Why'd I dye these in such autumny colors?



For these of course.}:P A whole slew of gorgeous new pieces from Lisa Peters ART.

Hope to have a few new cuffs listed on Etsy, Artfire and Zibbet in the next week or so! Stay tuned!



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Oct. 18th, 2012

Newest cuffs



'Wine and Roses'




'Rose and Lavender'




'Whirligig'




'Meditation'


These are also available at Artfire and Zibbet


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Oct. 17th, 2012

Various and Sundry

Not much going on here lately.

Made the decision to reopen my Etsy shop, temporarily. I'll be listing my kumihimo cuffs there, now through Jan 1, 2013. Hoping to drum up some sales.

Artfire has me rather disillusioned with the entire thing. Monday, I tried listing a new cuff and was having issues with their listing page. As of last night, absolutely no response to my post in their bugs forum. Yet other bug reports were getting responses immediately. That's not cool. So now, I'm no longer listing there and may end up just shutting that shop down.

Zibbet's bringing in views, lots of them, but again, no sales.

Relisted a few items in my Big Cartel shop. That at least is a free shop, but I can only list 5 items there.

Starting to feel like all I'm doing is throwing my money away. My last actual sales on Artfire was in August, before that it was Dec of last year. My last actual sale on Zibbet was also in August, before that it was Oct of 2010. Yeah. Even offline sales have dropped off- last one was in Sept, before that it was July.

Granted they were good sized sales that made up for a good portion of the monthly shop fees, but still, I'm getting tired of not having any extra funds for supplies without having to pull the money from elsewhere.

I guess I'm just feeling really discouraged right now.


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Oct. 10th, 2012

It's definitely autumn here...

It's been in the low 70s to mid 60s during the day and high 30s to low 40s at night for the past few days/nights now.

It rained for 2 days straight- dreary, grey, cold rain. Made me rather glad I found some plastic to cover the volunteer tomatoes with. Also glad I brought in the plants that over winter inside on Friday too. The cats aren't real happy about losing one of their easterly facing windows for plants- well, Max and Aries aren't, Morrigan thinks it's grand because SHE fits in the window sill behind them. That would be the Peace Lily, the Anthurium and the Bay tree. Good thing I have cats not inclined to chew on leaves.

The Curry Plant, which has quadrupled in size since I repotted it, is in the bathroom, where it gets southeast light and a lot more humidity/moisture than it would elsewhere.

The clematis vines are dying back already, trees are putting on their fall colors now- quicker than last week.

A few leaves even fell past one of the kitchen windows earlier.

Meanwhile, my Russian Sage is budding out, the Lavender, Catmint, Chocolate Mint and Rosemary are still growing and I swear the Lemon Balm never stops growing. The transplanted Hollyhocks have new leaves on them, so I think they've gotten mostly established in their new bed for now, thankfully. It also looks like the Wisteria is finally stopping its growing to settle in- there's a few yellow leaves on it, and it's made a lovely nearly green cover over the wood fence now as well.

The feral cats are showing up again- a little black kitty, rather the same size Morrigan was when she showed up 2+ years ago, was in the driveway. No getting near this one though, it ran as soon as we tried talking to it. Either a feral or the resident hawk left a 'present' next to the CR-V for Mark the other morning- a gutted, half eaten rodent carcass was found. Fun times.

In the meantime, I've been busy making cuffs and bracelets and listing them, 5 in the last week or so. Working on a new Bead Soup cuff and have 2 more kumihimo cuffs in the works- they need beading and the clasps put on. So look for a big post containing photos of all those within the next few days or so.


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Aug. 9th, 2012

One of THOSE days, it seems...

Woke up to a dead monitor. Yeah. Had to swipe Mark's.

So now I'm sitting here, watching Individual Dressage, medal round, in Olympic Equestrian. Beautiful stuff, let me tell ya.

Listed a new set of silk fat quarters yesterday-



7 piece, 2 color run, Bubble Gum to Eggplant. Fat Quarters, 100% habotai silk

Available HERE


Mark actually picked out these colors this time. I think he did a great job. That other silk fat quarter set I listed recently? Has been reserved for a friend who requested 2 more sets just like it. So this afternoon, I'll get those rinsed, photographed and update the listing for her. She said she wanted to make them into an autumn themed quilt. I think it'll be beautiful.

Two weeks until vacation. Not that I"m counting...


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Aug. 7th, 2012

Busy week.

Started out last Thursday with having to take Mark over to Urgent Care for abdomen pains. They thought it might have been his appendix and sent him over to the ER for further testing. Thankfully, it wasn't his appendix, but was a part of his colon inflammed and irritated.

We spent close to 8 hours there. Needless to say, THAT day was shot. Luckily he's slowly getting better- they don't know what causes it, and only time and good meds will fix it.

Saturday was our 19th Wedding Anniversary. If you follow me on Twitter, you'll have seen the photos of our lunch together and the dinner (filet mignon, fresh cut from our local butcher and hand wrapped in bacon by me! local grown sweet corn on the cob! homemade heirloom tomato macaroni salad! garlic dinner rolls! baklava for dessert!) there. The filets were absolutely delicious, simply dressed with sea salt, black pepper and a bit of butter.

Sunday I hand dyed a 5 piece set of Habotai Silk Fat quarters in rich autumn colors. Rinsed and hung to dry yesterday. Whereupon it promptly clouded over and even sprinkled a bit. Which meant, photos didn't get taken until this morning and the set was listed this afternoon.



Procion MX dyes in the following colors, left to right, back row- Harvest Wheat, Golden Oak, Bronze.
Front row- Pumpkin Spice and Curry


These weren't Low Water Immersion dyed, which meant the colors would be a lot more solid with less mottling. In fact, the only pieces with any mottling, are the Harvest Wheat and Bronze, and even those it's very little. Deep, rich colors.

Available HERE on Artfire, or HERE on Zibbet.

Next up- hand dyeing another 12 piece colorwheel and a 7 piece 2 color run, both in Habotai silk. Hope to have those listed by this time next week. Stay tuned!


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Aug. 1st, 2012

New Colorwheel- Hand dyed Habotai Silk











100% Habotai Silk, Fat Quarter size (22.5"x18.5", cut extra 1/2" for trimming of edges), Hand dyed Cranberry to Golden Pineapple to Indigo. The photos honestly do not do the jeweltones of these pieces justice. They are simply gorgeous.



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Jul. 31st, 2012

Sneak Preview



New hand dyed colorwheel batching. I love the colors I'm getting in this fabric. Hopefully when I rinse them later tonight or tomorrow, they'll be just as rich. And you'll have to wait to find out what kind of fabric it is. Good thing is- I have roughly 8-9 more yards of it, all ripped into 1 yard pieces.}:P The plan is to do a few color runs as well.



This 2 color run was listed today. Cranberry to Indigo, 6 pieces, Fat Quarter size (22"x18") 100% cotton (bleached muslin), so it's a lighter weight fabric.


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Jul. 19th, 2012

So, Artfire...

About that new listing page?

Yeah... No.

Not crazy about the new listing page. It's annoying to have to click on MORE stuff just to expand a section(descriptions, tags, materials used) that should already have been expanded. And apparently it doesn't work properly for IE9. Yeah. (If you have Firefox or Chrome, apparently you can drag those sections to expand them. On IE9, you can't. Only the description sections now has an expand/shrink button, meaning yet another click to add stuff that we didn't need to do before)

And I really don't like the wording on the listing scoring thing.(They added a scoring system for sections of the listing. Add 10 photos? Get 20 points out of 40. Add captions to each photo? Get 40 points out of 40, that sort of thing). Makes it sound like we're competing with other sellers over how robust we can make our own listings. (From the bottom of the listing page- "Your average listing score will be displayed on this progress bar along with the average for all sellers. " Yeah.) Not to mention, really? A listing rating? That's ridiculous in and of itself.


I shouldn't be forced to use captions if I don't want them, nor should I have to have exactly 10 photos of each item. Sometimes, there's only so many ways you can take a photo of something before they all start looking the same. And there's only so much you can say to describe something without sounding trite or overblown. Same with tags.

Yes, yes, I know I don't HAVE to do those things. But the way they worded things in regards to how robust your listing is and what sort of rating it gets, makes it seem like if you don't do/use these things, you won't get seen anywhere. (And also it seems that Google sees the captions and that can affect your SEO/rankings in a image search or something. I don't even know because I've never used captions, so, who knows? Anyone?)

I'm glad I don't have hundreds of listings and I really feel for those who do, because going through all 20+ of mine to put everything back in its proper shop section, add vanished tags, etc, was annoying enough.

I get that they were trying to potentially streamline and make the listing page look cleaner- which it definitely DOES and I do like that aspect, but this? Isn't it. It's a good start, but not quite there.

Looks like I'll be listing exclusively on Zibbet until the bugs are all worked out and properly fixed. *sigh* And I have about 6 silk scarves to list this weekend too.

EDIT TO ADD-

They made some helpful, GOOD tweaks to the listing page. They actually listened to those of us who said it looks like crap on IE and the resizing thing doesn't work for us. So they resized the boxes- made them wider - and added expand/shrink buttons so we have the choice to make them even larger if we want.

That definitely helps. But there are still so many bugs yet.}:/



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Jul. 10th, 2012

Special kumihimo bracelets for a dear to me cause



Find a Cure For Alzheimer's
Kumihimo and beadwork bracelet
6.5" long x .5" wide

Fits wrists 6.5" to 8.5" via adjustable clasp

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These special kumihimo bracelets have been made to help raise funds to find a cure for Alzheimer's disease.


The 12 strand braid is handwoven using Ella Rae 70/30 Bamboo/Silk in the Velvet colorway and Pure Pima 100% pima cotton in the White Linen colorway.

They feature hand beaded ends, in peyote stich, using Czech glass crystal silver lined beads, a silver plater lobster claw clasp and silver plated extension chain.

The center of each bracelet has a silver plated and purple enaled ribbon charm, to symbolize support for Alzheimer's research.

100% of the proceeds from each bracelet sold will be donated to my Walk for Alzheimer's Team ( http://act.alz.org/site/PageServer?pagename=walk_homepage ) , of which I will be participating in on Sept 15th, 2012, in honor of my grandfather, whom we lost to Alzheimer's/Dementia in Sept of 2011.


There are 3 currently available right now. More to be added as I complete them.


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Jul. 8th, 2012

New Scarf



Wild Violets, 15" x 60" 100% Habotai silk, hand dyed in the Arashi Shibori method. Available Here

Jun. 12th, 2012

Custom Kumihimo Set

About 2-2.5 weeks ago, there was a Trading Post Guild trade event over on Artfire. Alisun, one of my fellow Guild members, commissioned a custom kumihimo set as part of a trade.

Alisun does exceptionally, wonderful jewelry in crystals and chains that I don't work with myself, and as a result, I tend to get a lot of birth day gifts from her in these trade events. So this past event, she asked if it were possible, if she bought the pendant from another Guild member, Silver River Jewelry, had it shipped to me, for me to make her a kumihimo set like my other sets I'd done- one (Trio) of which she'd gotten from me in an event months ago and accidentally gave away. Whoops.

I agreed and we went from there. Other than the pendant, the design was left up to me. Funnily enough, the pendant she'd chosen was one I'd had favorited as a piece I'd love to work with (I love working with Silver River Jewelry pendants, kumihimo goes so well with them).



It took a few days, after receiving the pendant, to decide what yarn I wanted to use. I ended up going with 100% Pima Cotton in the White Linen colorway, to play off the opals. It took roughly 6 hours over 3 days to create the kumihimo cord, long enough for my purposes.



The cord was then cut to specific lengths, two for the choker style necklace, two for the earrings and even two for the bracelet, all of which would comprise the entire set. At this time, I chose the beads and findings I would be using as well. For the beads, I used green/rose 22 kt gold and copper Delicas, mixed.



I started with the choker first, twineing the two strands of kumihimo around each other, assuring that there was an even number of twists on each side of the pendant, which was carefully centered. The clasp is a pure copper toggle clasp. The copper slide clasp would go on the bracelet. And stainless steel earwires were used for the earrings, which at this point, I hadn't decided which semiprecious stone chips to use in the center of.

Completion of the beading of this set took 2 days, roughly 2 hours each day.



Unfortunately, when it was completed on the 2nd day, the sun had already gone down, so I couldn't get natural light photos. I ended up choosing labradorite chips with lots of blue and green flash in them, to complement the green, blue and red flashes in the opals. I was going to use moonstone, but I couldn't seem to locate them. The labradorite worked out better in the end, in my opinion.



Boxed up and already to go. I haven't heard from Alisun yet (she wasn't feeling well all last week, so hasn't been online lately) but I'm sure it was well received. And now, I'm off to wrap a scarf that's another custom order for a woman Mark works with. Photos of that when it's finished as well.



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Jan. 10th, 2012

The hard, high road

Ok. Making a choice here.

Despite not being happy about the AF Assurance plan thingy- I still plan to opt out- I've worked too hard to just walk away flat out. So I guess, until I see it starting to affect my views and sales, I'll keep listing things here in the meantime. And promoting my Zibbet and Big Cartel shops more and more as well.

And just like that, as soon as I put the 2 cuffs and 1 necklace I had over on Zibbet and Big Cartel up on Artfire, double digit views. Ok, I might have twittered the links too, like usual. But still. THAT is why I stick around, honestly. If I avoid the forums which are turning into a bullying playground, and only read what I need to read to keep up with whatever new program I'm going to have to decide whether I want to opt out or in to, I should be ok.

I walked away from Etsy cold, selling wise and I definitely saw a change in views, mostly for the better. But my sales didn't really increase either. So, who knows. I've yet to find a site that works better over the others yet. But I keep trying.



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Jan. 1st, 2012

So it's a new year already...

Happy New Year and all that jazz. The BiL, SiL and niece were over last night. We played disc golf on the PS3 Move until 5 minutes to midnight, then watched the ball drop. That was actually a lot of fun, well, until Mikayla stopped trying to actually play and tried throwing a fit a couple times when we told her to play right. I think she was simply tired.

Figured out I am not a wine drinker (neither is Mark, really). It gives me a headache. No other liquor does that, oddly enough. So I'll stick with cooking with it. Ah well.



I've been working on unfinished beadwork projects lately, trying to clear out the backlog essentially. This is the one I'm working on currently.



When it's done it'll have four strands, two to a side. It's rather long, definitely not choker or princess length. Maybe in another week, I'll have finished photos...



There's a hole in my kitchen ceiling. Thankfully it's only a temporary thing and will, hopefully, be fixed by next weekend. Whereupon we can start working on the kitchen again. It'll be nice to have it finished and be able to have everything we need in the kitchen again. Tomorrow the landlord will be here to replace the flange on the toilet and tub drain line that's cracked. Which means I'll be at the InLaws' doing laundry much of the day. Mark will have to deal with the noise, lol.



Mark pulled the tile up in the bathroom today, in preparation for tomorrow. We figured we'd kill two birds with one stone and since the floor was being opened up in there, why not replace the tile while we were at it. There were FOUR layers of vinyl tile on that floor. FOUR. Mark took it back to the original flooring, so now, there will only be one.



See this kitten? No, it's not Aries, though she's a near ringer for him. She showed up in the yard a few days before Christmas. Mark spotted her first, stalking the birds on the front porch. We thought she was another feral kitty. Then I realized how tiny she is. She's not more than 4-5 months old, if that. And cuddly and friendly as all get out. Add in the fact that she's apparently going through her first heat and that adds up to someone tossing her out rather than taking her to the vet or Angels of Assisi to be spayed. Instead, she'll likely get pregnant by one of the ferals and the cycle will start all over again.

Currently she's camping out on the front porch, having decide our house was THE house to be at, as we'll feed her and there's a blanket out there to curl up on. It's all a gimmick really, as Tuesday, she's heading to the shelter where they'll spay her, give her shots and find her a great home that'll take care of her. We'd keep her but with 3 already, we absolutely can't, and the InLaws , while agreeing she's adorable, are apparently not ready for another cat yet after losing Sinman a little over 6 months ago, so I can't blame them.

Took the bird feeders down, cleaned off the front porch, told the landlord about the rats and am working on getting traps for them. They dug a tunnel under the front steps. That was the last straw. The landlord will be calling the neighbors' landlord about them, as that's where they're coming from. It doesn't help that they leave bags and bags of garbage sitting out back for days at a time. It only entices more rats. So. Hopefully we can get them to decide this isn't the yard for them any longer.

Still undecided as to what I'm going to do about Artfire. Still in wait and see mode there. But a lot of sellers are already leaving, so I think 2012 is going to be rough for Artfire, at least at the beginning, until new sellers replace the lost income.

And that's the beginning of my new year. How's yours?

Dec. 21st, 2011

Artfire pulls an Etsy.

In this 'proposed guarantee crap.


The basic gist is they want to implement a site wide guarantee on all items sold, 'insuring' them for up to $500, for $1.00 a month extra. That the overflow of that money would go for advertising.

First they say they want to make it opt in, then they say it will be mandatory in 2012 in some form or another. They keep bringing up how eBay has this and how Zappos has this- eBay owns PayPal which already has a guarantee in place for the sellers that use it, and Zappos is ONE entity, not myriads of individual shops, so very bad examples. And now they're trying to say that most buyers on eBay don't know about the PayPal guarantee, to which I say bullshit because it's the same guarantee eBay uses!

Then they say if you don't agree with it, you don't need to participate in the discussion anymore. And they go on to say that the same sellers who are voting no are the ones complaining about lack of advertising and such.

It smacks of strong arm tactics and Etsy-esque takeover of the control of our shops to quite a number of us. There are over 40 pages so far with 99% saying NO to this.

To quote- ""We're discussing implementation. We will be moving forward with a guarantee in early 2012. As usual, we wait until after the majority of the selling during holiday season to discuss implementation of new programs."
"Again, that's why we are discussing this with plenty of notice. We expect when this rolls out that some portion of sellers will choose to leave the site rather than contribute the US $1.00 per month. We feel the remaining sellers will benefit from higher conversion rates and overall better sales.

"That is why we are discussing it after the holidays and before implementation so those who feel that site wide branded programs are not right for their business can make their plans to shift to wherever they feel is a better fit."

No room for discussion as to if this is going to happen, this is what is known as a done deal... in answer to your question asked a few times Earthegy. It appears this is for discussing implementation only, and letting those who do not care for this know well ahead of time they are expected and welcome to leave and it looks like this is just the beginning


"2012 will see new programs to encourage repeat shoppers, convert new shoppers and market to new shoppers and it will all come at some cost. This one is in the form of a contribution to the guarantee pool. Others will be in coordinated discount and promotion programs, shopper reward programs and similar site wide branded programs. Many of which will be optional but will clearly result in those participating receiving greater promotion and exposure as ArtFire will be promoting those programs."

Not all of which will be optional but ALL of which will carry some sort of penalty for those that opt out... well of the ones they will actually be able to opt out of that is... what...search penalties? have your collections exempted from the front page? forced to offer discounts? and/or shopper reward programs? mandatory participation in more promotional programs?... or else?""
(Compiled by Yours Truli )

For my part- my own policies and the fact I use PayPal should be enough of a guarantee. In the nearly 7 years I've been selling online, I have had only ONE return- for a scarf that the buyer didn't like the color of in person. That scarf was returned, the money refunded and it was then promptly resold within days of relisting.

I have never complained about lack of advertising. I also have never relied on Esty, Artfire, Big Cartel or Zibbet for my promoting of my own items. I do all that myself. That's part of running an online business after all.

I have 100% positive scores across all my shops. That in itself should tell customers that I am a reliable seller, that my items are well worth it.

Artfire seems to suddenly think otherwise. They seem to think our own policies are no longer good enough.

If we chose not to participate this farce of a guarantee, then we get branded with such. A line that states 'Not covered by the Artfire Guarantee' or similar will then be added our invoices on every item we sell. To me, that will say to a customer, hey, this seller might not be as trustworthy or great as I thought they were or as their feedback/scoring says they are.

It's ridiculous. Taking away my control over my own shop is what Etsy did and a big reason as to why I no longer sell there. I'd hate to have to leave Artfire for the same reasons- though from some of the staff comments, that's exactly what they hope happens!


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Dec. 13th, 2011

Playing with dyes...



It's been some time since I've dyed any silk scarves or fabric. It's not that I'd forgotten what I was doing, it's that I forgot that sometimes the dye has a mind of it's own.

Take this scarf, for example. It was supposed to be a cream base with green over dye. Yeah, that so did not happen. I got a teal green base with an olive green overlay. Why? No clue. Maybe I didn't tie the cording tight enough or something, but that still doesn't explain where the teal came from, heh.

I tied another scarf in the same method (Kumo Shibori), that I'd already dyed and over dyed twice before, just to see what it would turn out like. That one is very interesting, it has almost a hidden picture effect on camera that you don't see in person.

A third scarf, already base dyed, was tied in a version of Kanoko Shibori, with marbles, as an experiment. That one was interesting as well. It has a sundappled effect to it.

All three were not what I was expecting.

I have a fourth already wrapped on the pole, Arashi Shibori method, that I'll be discharging this week, and a special request one that'll be wrapped, also Arashi Shibori, tonight and I'll dye tomorrow. I'm kind of wondering that one at least will turn out like I want it to. Heh.

Right now, I have photos to edit, scarves to list and a new kumihimo cuff to list.




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