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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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Aug. 26th, 2013

Oh Etsy, why...

It seems Etsy decided to run a test over the weekend. Said test TURNED OFF THE PAYPAL OPTION FOR SHOPS THAT OFFERED DIRECT CHECKOUT AS WELL.

You read that right. They BLOCKED PayPal for shops that offered the Etsy checkout option of Direct Checkout.


The fact that they even considered this enough to actually run a test on it, sickens me.

And we may never know exactly how many sales we all lost as a result of this test.

Of all the tests and changes Etsy has done these past 7+ years that I've been here, this has got to be by far the worst.

And the new 'star feedback' system- similar to what Ebay now has, where sellers will have absolutely no recourse against a potential buyer with a grudge- is a very close runnerup. Ugh.

The start of the holiday season is NOT the time for these sort of things!

Is it any wonder I've been promoting my Zibbet shop lately? Heh.



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Aug. 6th, 2013

New cuff!

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Carnaval Del Sol, handmade kumihimo cuff, featuring a handmade stoneware flower button by Lisa Peters ART



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Jul. 17th, 2013

Behind the scenes bit...

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If you've ever bought something from me, chances are you got a little info card with your purchase.

But did you know that not only is each card hand written specificly for the item it is with, but it's hand stamped with my personal chop as well? This chop was handmade for me in China from a river stone and sent to me by a good friend whom I played Ultima Online with, while he was there for a year.

I think of him fondly every time I use it.

I think it adds a little extra personal touch to each item, to not only have the piece be as handmade as possible, but to have a card that is handwritten, detailing what went into each piece, the sizes, etc.

Just a little behind the scenes detail for ya! }:)


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May. 8th, 2013

New stuffs!

I realized after listing my latest cuff, that I haven't done a recent new items post. So here we go!

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'Green Leaves'
Handmade Kumihimo cuff
7.5" long x 2" wide

Fits wrists 7.5" to 9"




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'Tiger Burning Bright'
Handmade Kumihimo and beadwork cuff
7" long x 2" wide

Fits wrists 6.5" to 8.5"



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'Fire and Ice'
Handmade Kumihimo bracelet
5" long x .5" wide

Fits wrists 5.5" to 7"



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'Desert Sagebrush'
Handmade Kumihimo cuff
6.5"long x 2" wide

Fits wrists 6.5" to 8.75"


I have 6 other cuffs in progress- well, 4 cuffs and 2 bracelets- and one kumihimo necklace in the works. So I'll be busy for the next week or so.}:) Stay tuned!


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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"

* * *

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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Mar. 13th, 2013

Missent...

So I ordered some more yarn from an Etsy seller I bought a skein from last month.

Enroute to me, before it even left their CITY, it somehow got 'Missent', according to the tracking.

Contacted the seller, and said hey, we might want to keep an eye on this because of what it's saying. I'd never had it happen to me before, I'd never seen a 'missent' tracking update, so wasn't sure what we needed to do.

Well, the good news is, the seller has had this happen before.

The bad news is, the seller has had this happen before.

They said it'll go to the town my brother lives in, back to their town, then SHOULD come to me.

Their closing statement doesn't fill me with confidence in our postal system or in them either- 'Hope you get it!:)'

Yeah.}:/

Last night, I filled out a stolen/missing mail online form and sent it in. Tracking never updated until early this morning.

You know what's worse than seeing the tracking updated to 'out for delivery', knowing that your mail has already gone and it's not here?

The SELLER saying, well, hope you get it and doing nothing on their end to find out what has happened to the package THEY sent.

Congrats, seller, no matter how much I love your yarns, that just cost you future purchases from me.

I'm not perfect, but holy cow, part of a seller's job is to make sure the package gets to the customer, not wash your hands of it as soon as it's in the mail and say well, hope you get it, leaving it to the customer to figure out what happened to the package, when it never arrives.

What a farce this has become.


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Mar. 6th, 2013

Wherein being polite makes you a troll...

Long story short- This seller/blogger asked what other ETSY SELLERS thought of someone taking one of their items and posting a DIY tutorial online about it. Overwhelming negative responses.

She apparently had done it anyway...

http://slapdashmom.com/diy-tile-coasters/

And the backlash was astounding. So much so, that she made another blog post about the fact that people were literally questioning the existance of her kids, the validity of her daughter's shop -which IS legit, by the way- the validity of one of her blog posts about surrogacy, etc...

So I tried being polite, unlike others who started tearing into her kids, etc (that ain't kosher in my book. You may have a beef with someone, but don't bring their kids into it, they didn't do a damn thing to deserve it.)

Kestris - Please don’t ever buy anything from me. Ever.

A lot of time, care, joy and effort goes into creating my items. It would be a big slap to the face if you bought something and tried to recreate it, only to fail miserably because you don’t have the proper materials, supplies, experience and then to have my shops’ names on that blog would be the icing on the insult cake.

Do yourself a favor and create your own items, stop trying to dissect what others do simply because you feel you can do better, for cheaper. Eventually you’re going to do that to the wrong person’s items and they’ll end up sueing you for copyright infringement.

And yes, the sharpie WILL wear off. Run them through the dishwasher and they’ll start coming off immediately. Why? Because you didn’t use the proper tools for the job.

SlapDashMom - I don’t have a dishwasher, but thanks for the tip. :) I never said I could do better (I even poked fun at myself because I am NOT an artist), just said I wouldn’t spend $32 on coasters and recreated a set for 52 cents.

Kestris - Even handwashing them, the sharpie will wear off. They may say ‘permanent marker’ but on ceramic, plastics, and even fabrics, they are not.
Like I said before, you’d do better with your own designs instead of trying to copy someone else’s, artist or not.

SlapDashMom - They’re coasters. We don’t really wash them too often… but like I said, so far so good! :) There are literally thousands of people that post tiles + sharpies, yet because I was trying to link to an Etsy shop and get them some attention it’s “oh so horrible”. Go troll elsewhere and for heaven’s sake stop trying to get traffic from my blog by linking yours… I’m going to remove your link every. single. time.

Kestris - Oh for cryin’ out loud.

If I was trying to get clicks for my blog, I’d have linked to my public one, not the one with a single public post from well over a month ago.

And yes, there ARE many DIY tile coasters with sharpies out there. And I bet all of them didn’t link to an Etsy shop and make it inadvertantly look like you were deriding the cost of them and saying you could do better.

I tried being polite to you, unlike some of the other commenters and now you call me a troll. I tried giving you some advice about the sharpies- so your KIDS wouldn’t be disappointed when the tiles they may make for your mom inevitably wear off- cause coasters DO get dirty, you know, they will need to be washed eventually, even if it’s just a dusting once in awhile, the sharpie WILL come off.

And you called me a troll. That’s real mature. Nice example to set for your children. (Your comment is awaiting moderation.)


(And my last comment was still showing as waiting to be moderated, which means, it'll likely never show up on the blog.)


Maybe I was rather blunt, but compared to the other comments both here, on the Regretsy forums AND in the Etsy forums- I was downright sugarcoated nice. Why? Because I've used sharpies as they were intended before, and hey, guess what? They came back off when I washed the items in question (mini tupperware bowl lids I had used as misc. bead holders and written the contents of on). It will wash out of fabric- sharpie was used to mark my Marine Corps uniforms, after 3 washings, the name was gone and had to be remarked. Even on ceramic and glass it will wipe off, maybe not right away but eventually it will. Been there, done that.

And she called me a troll.



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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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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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Mar. 15th, 2011

I just... wow. Etsy fails yet AGAIN.

Here. Have a bunch, and I mean a bunch, of links to various sites with posts/articles that have appeared since Friday about Etsy's latest privacy fiasco.

Penny Arcade. Of all places!

MSNBC

The Consumerist

Forbes

Ars Technica

BoingBoing

Brief mention on the Washington Post (about halfway down, single paragraph)

And these are just the ones I remember. There are others.

EDITED- I found more- (more being added throughout the day)

Huffington Post

Jezebel

Business Insider

Salon

New York Magazine

NY Convergence

Digital Trends

Digital Trends AGAIN, different article

Now Public

Help Net Security

Inquisitr

Switched over on Yahoo News

About.com

EDITED- to add more

NEW CONSUMERIST POST

Geek Sugar

Of course, Etsy Bitch.}:)

New post from Ars Technica

Esscentual Alchemy

Silver Iodide

Virtual Navigator

Uncompiled.com

CNET mention

(The following thanks to Eek (}:P) over on UEF)

Reputation

The Mary Sue

Village Voice

Gizmodo

Eyler-Werve

Auction Bytes

Pogo was right

Geek System

Buzzfeed

Read them all. Rob Kalin, Etsy CEO, responds in the Ars Technica and Boing Boing articles and of course, is promptly slapped down by Etsy users.

After you read them all, IF you are an Etsy user, PLEASE go check your privacy settings and make sure you aren't inadvertently allowing Etsy to broadcast your real name and buying history/feedback to all and sundry.

I'll add more links as I find them.

After all this, I'm honestly wondering if it's even worth bothering to leave feedback as a buyer anymore.}:/

Various Etsy Forum links-

Etsy's latest response- Rethinking Feedback It's not going so well.

People Search Feedback (CLOSED)
Rokali's announcement about changes to feedback
Rebuttal thread to said announcement
Request that Etsy address users concerns (last I'd read, Admin had not even left a single comment in the first 20+ pages or so)
Why Etsy's bad press is bad for users
A thread by Neat Things dismissing other users' concerns, need I say more? *sigh*

There are more, but those are the most recent ones.

Edited to add this information today-

Via Scentery on Etsy-

Where to complain about Etsy's privacy issues, and the REAL issues users are having (here's a hint- it was not originally about the feedback system.)

Federal Trade Commission: http://www.ftc.gov/ftc/contact.shtm
https://www.ftccomplaintassistant.gov
FTC phone: 1-866-653-4261

New York Attorney General: http://www.ag.ny.gov/contact.html

TRUSTe, the organisation which according to Etsy, advised them that the changes were fine (click on button at the bottom): http://clicktoverify.truste.com/pvr.php?page=validate&url=www.etsy.com&sealid=102

Send CNN a news tip: http://us.cnn.com/feedback/tips/index.html


Contacts for blogs writing articles on this issue:
Consumerist: tips [!at] consumerist.com
Ars: http://arstechnica.com/site/contact-ars-technica.ars
Gizmodo: tips [!at] gizmodo.com


-People still have to opt-out of being searchable. Those who signed up before this change are still automatically opted in regardless of if they gave consent. The feedback change does not prevent this.
-Despite the feedback change, the old Google results remain in Google cache, which includes people's feedback and their names.
-As of yesterday the sign up form still does not warn people that their real name will be public once filled in and that it is not required.
-Etsy did not notify everyone of the privacy change, only some. And the e-mail they sent out simply glossed over the issue.
-Most announcements/changes are still made via the forums which the minority frequent.
-Removing your name is still not automatic- it's manual and requires an "approval" process.
-People cannot have their information deleted when they choose. Even upon account closure, Etsy still keeps their information.



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Feb. 23rd, 2011

For the record, to clarify, the last I'm going to say on the matter, yadda, yadda...

I've had an Etsy account for 5+ years now. I did very well there the first 3 years, before Etsy did some changes to their SEO, combined with how Google crawled websites, etc, that caused many sellers' views to drop- including mine. However, I have never relied on sales from anywhere to pay my bills, instead, they help me to buy more materials to expand my repertoire and keep creating what I love to do. That's not to say I don't prefer to sell things, I would rather sell, than store the items I create, as storage is limited after all.

I had little to no complaints about Etsy until that point. I stuck with them through the fiasco that was the Version 2 release, where many were unable to even get to their shops for nearly 6 weeks. I took it in stride when some [now defunct] user convoed me about my chainmaille, blasting me for naming it what it was really called web wide, telling me my items were trash, etc. In hindsight, maybe I should have reported him, but I didn't. I sent him snarky responses right back, which caused him to go off even more. I didn't complain on Etsy when I started seeing obvious copies of not only my items, but my listings too- I simply stepped up my game, changed my listings, learned new techniques. But it was when my views and sales started slipping drastically, I started sitting up and actually paying closer attention to what they were doing in terms of how sellers were seen, how buyers were treated, etc.

It was then I started branching out more. Granted, when I started on Etsy, I had also opened a DaWanda shop, a Shopify shop, and a Big Cartel shop. Only Etsy made sales, so I stuck with it and closed down- but kept the accounts- the other shops.

When my sales started slipping, about the time Artfire also came along, I decided it was time to branch out a bit. Etsy was getting too saturated for what I create and that meant, overall, we were competing with ourselves and undercutting our own prices just to make a sale at times. I reopened my Big Cartel shop, I got a buyer account on Artfire, I opened a 1000Markets shop.

I voiced my concerns about the search changes, the SEO, along with hundreds of others at the time. I questioned why Etsy was saying it wasn't them, right up until they finally admitted it may have been some changes they made.

I did reasonably well on 1kM. When they closed down, I looked at Bonanza/Bonanzle and decided it wasn't for me. I turned my Artfire account into a seller account and started listing occasionally there. I focused more on my Etsy shop.

But then Etsy started doing more and more that just didn't sit right with me. It wasn't so much the Forums, as honestly, in the 5 years I've been there, my participation was a drop in the bucket compared to many. I think it was more the apatheticness of Admin after awhile. When people start asking the same questions, over and over, with no responses other than from other users asking the same things, you tend to notice and wonder what's going on.

This past year I noticed there were a certain group of users who seemed to exist in the Forums just to rile people up. There seemed to be another group who existed just to counteract them. There seemed to be a certain Team who was so devoutly religious and seemed to have the ear of Admin completely. There are also those users refer to as 'Etsy favorites'. This happens on any site with a community or Forums.

Then Etsy started censoring Mature sellers. We had to opt out of the search that automatically hid those items in the Treasury. We didn't get a choice in that matter. If we wanted to see it, we had to change the settings so we could. I'm not a mature seller, but even I know enough to understand that IF they start hiding who and what we can see with one group of sellers, which group of sellers was going to be hidden next?

It was then I started to be a bit more vocal about my concerns and disagreements with Etsy's actions. It was then I realized that my sales were not going to improve, no matter how low I went, no matter how much I promoted. It was just too saturated in the categories I listed under, with handmade sellers starting to compete more and more with resellers. I stopped listing new items there, I stopped renewing existing items, I paid more attention to upcoming changes.

I got used to the changes in where the column that had my shop name, profile links, etc was- I'm a lefty, I prefer that stuff on the right, honestly. I liked the change that allowed me to have 4 photos across instead of three. I got used to the changes to the announcement area. Yes, I voiced my concerns about them at them time, but I got used to them.

I was very vocal in my opposition to the Coral article in the Storque. Remember what I said about mature sellers being the first to be targeted? Well, it appeared that coral sellers were the next with that article. Yes, some things I said in the main coral thread were report worthy. They SHOULD have been reported. Why they weren't, I don't know.

When Etsy changed our profiles to include links to other shops, taking potential customers OUT of my shop, I drew the line. I'd had enough. Last year, I had maybe a dozen sales in the last 6 months. It was a slap in the face to see links out of my shop when I was trying so hard to get customers TO my shop. I deleted all my listings, I made my favorites private, I stopped making Treasuries and deleted existing ones. And I voiced my reasons for doing what I did, in the Forums.

It may have started to appear at that time that I was a member of that certain group of users who existed to rile people up. Granted, I know quite a number of them off Etsy, as online acquaintances, but while I may agree with some of what they say, there was the same amount of things several said that I don't agree with and never have in the years previous. Yes, I'm referring to those people call the 'ducks'.

By that same token, there are things that the users people refer to as 'cupcakes' have said that I will agree with, just as there are things they say that I vehemently disagree with.

And there are people on Etsy I will never, ever buy from, or interact with if possible, simply because their comments tend to rub me the wrong way.

I think for me, the Storque article was the catalyst to remove everything from Etsy and just be a buyer. Then came the new Findability and Circles. However, as a buyer, I don't feel my email needs to be search able by anyone I haven't had a business transaction with. And if I HAVE had a business transaction with them, then they already had my email. That was good enough in my opinion. Again, I voiced my concerns over privacy in that matter. Same with Circles. When they were introduced, I deactivated it. But then they changed it to be on whether we wanted it or not, with no options to turn it off again. So I voiced my displeasure over that and took the steps others suggested to exclude myself, deliberately from the Circles and turned the Findability tool off. And I let it go.

I don't have a huge dislike or like about the new setup for the Forums. Do I feel they eviscerated them? Yes. Do I feel I don't need to join a Team to find something? Yes. My experience with Teams hasn't been the best, to say the least. Have I spoken up about not wanting to have to join Teams just to be able to post in certain sections of the new Forums? Yes, many times.

You know what though? Through all that, the vast majority of my comments had been respectful. Had been related to the original post. Unless someone was overtly condescending and rude to me, I generally wasn't back. Now, that was in regards to other USERS. I have been openly disdainful of Etsy's actions. I have been openly condescending of some of Admin's actions. Yes, I admit that sometimes I have been disrespectful. Who hasn't, really?

So when I got that warning email 2+ weeks ago, I questioned it. I questioned it throughly. I find it extremely hypocritical that another user- a relative newcomer at that- could call someone like me, a long time user who voiced my disagreement over Etsy actions, and my concerns, a 'Troll' and told me (and others like me) to leave if we weren't happy, and *I* got flagged for it.

I found it highly immature for another user to knowingly come into a thread where users were hurling insults at one another in complete fun, and then get offended when the same is done to them, only to have my comment said in jest, flagged and labeled as a personal dispute- when I had never had any business transactions or any other interaction with said person before.

Was I a tad disrespectful when i said I didn't believe an Admin had actually read the entire thread before closing it and calling it a personal dispute as for the reason? Yes, I will admit that. And I will also state that I don't believe it was a flaggable offense. Others have said so much worse, blatantly and never had a thing happen to them. Yes, yes, I know- that's others, not me and everyone thinks they shouldn't have been flagged, yadda, yadda...

Am I unhappy that while Rob White did name three people in his response to my request for explanations, he also still did not respond to my assertion that there can be no personal dispute if a person has never had any dealings with another person before? A little bit. I'm also a bit miffed that they never replied to my second email.

Am I lying when I say that he named 3 people in that email? No.

Have I stated-ANYWHERE- that he outright said, these are who flagged you? No. I stated that he named 3 people in his response. I did not say he explicitly stated they were the ones who flagged me. However, given the context of the rest of the email, I can say for certain that one of those three- and NOT the Admin named- definitely did flag me.

Do I think Admin routinely falsifies information they say in the Forums and elsewhere pertaining to mutings and warnings? Yes. People have stated numerous times that they never once got warning emails before they were muted, despite Admin claiming they always send warning emails first. And they are rarely given the third degree to the extent I have been given across the internet.

I do not go to the Forums any longer. I have limited my exposure and contact with the website itself as much as possible. I have the shops I frequently buy from saved in my Favorites and go directly to them, buy what I want and leave. I am a buyer who has silenced herself in order to keep my account so I may continue to sporadically support those few shops I like there.

I do not have a hidden agenda. I did not and I am not embellishing anything about said emails. Rob White included three names in his reply to me. THAT is what I have said. THAT is what I stand by.

This is my side of the story. Such as it is.



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Jan. 29th, 2011

Awesomeness ahead alert!

So, I've been long oogling WollesYarnCreations over on Etsy for some time now. Ever since Casey first linked to it awhile back, I believe.

Well, after the recent string of great sales (so need to do some more hand dyes, they all sold as quick as I listed them!), I had some money leftover to buy some supplies. I got ink for my printer, stashed some away for boxes when they're back instock and bought some delicious yarn.



From left to right- Forest II, Serengeti, Natural Greens and Nickel Star. All fingering/lace weight, 4ply cotton color changing yarn. It's really gorgeous online, but in person? Oh man is it even better!

I need to finish the current Kumihimo braid on my disc and then I have a project lined up after that, but then, oh then, I get to play with this gorgeous stuffs!

Whee!





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Oct. 28th, 2010

Just when you think you've seen it all...

Etsy manages to sink to a whole new low...



Yes, that would be TWO listings for a 2004 Ford F250 Lariat truck. TWO exact same listings for the exact same truck.



Wonder who he was planning to scam, buyer of the first listing or buyer of the second listing? Heh. Oh hey! There's NO RESERVE! So, who knows, maybe if buyer one offers a dollar more than buyer two, they'll be the lucky winner of this non-auction.

Either way, it took FIVE DAYS, NUMEROUS reports and TWO now closed Threads in the Forums to get Etsy to remove the listings.

Thing is, the shop is still there. So, I bet within a week, the seller will be right back to trying to scam buyers with non-TOU allowed items that Etsy will turn a blind eye to until forced to deal with it.

All you can do anymore is laugh.

By the way, my Etsy shop?

Is CLOSED.

Nearly 5 years of dealing with Etsy screwing the sellers was more than enough.
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Oct. 18th, 2010

Etsy fails yet again.

This time, they got a jewelry designer who signed up on Etsy 10 days before her Storque article came out, who does not sell on Etsy, to write an article calling for the outright BAN of ALL coral. Not the ban of illegally obtained coral- ALL coral- legal, washed up on the beach type, even fake- it makes no distinction.

Not only that, but the article then goes on to link to offsite selling areas for said jewelry designer's pieces. Yeah, another flagrant violation of the Etsy TOU.


When sellers started calling Etsy Admin out on the numerous TOU violations, the writer, and her offsite linking, comments were immediately disabled on the article. Numerous threads in the Forums have been started- and subsequently locked- about what is now being called 'Storquegate' or 'Coralgate'.

Someone posts in a thread that they were glad the article was written, about ethical/environmental choices- which the article doesn't provide any of, and that it exposed a 'big issue' on Etsy.

Problem is- That's not what the article was about at all.

The article was not about ethical/environmental choices. The article was about NOT using ALL of a certain thing, without offering any alternatives, or mentioning that some of that certain material ARE legal to use and that many sellers here are ethically conscious and use only the legal stuff.

The article bashed an entire range of sellers, not only here, but elsewhere as well, without going into whether those sellers who use that material, use the legal stuff or not.

It was NOT an article designed to promote a reasonable discussion of ethical/environmentally friendly alternatives, it called for a complete and utter STOP of any use of that certain material.

It was designed to inflame the community at large, it deliberately flaunted multiple violations of the TOU WE as sellers are forced to abide by and it denigrated us as users overall.

Etsy Admin must be proud of themselves for creating such a failtastic firestorm.


For the record- I do not use coral, fake or otherwise, in my pieces. I do have a few pieces, of beach combed coral, in my private collection. I am not about banning all coral, I respect those who use legally obtained coral in their pieces.But this flagrant touting og the TOU we as sellers are forced to abide by, is utterly ridiculous.

Edited to add- apparently there are now sellers being HARASSED in convos for having coral in their shops. And still Etsy keeps silent on the matter.

Oct. 1st, 2010

Newest work



'Kashimia Kemuri' (Cashmere Smoke)
16 strand kumihimo braid necklace
23" long
pendant section 4.25" x 1.50" wide

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'Kashimia Kemuri', Japanese for Cashmere Smoke, is a handmade 16 strand kumihimo braided necklace made from cashmere and merino wool blend yarn in a dark grey.

It features silver lined Miyuki Delica beads, silver plated bead caps, sterling silver toggle clasp, silver plated knotwork bead, a genuine oval shaped lava rock and a sterling silver round bead, all on 6lb Fireline.

Kashimia Kemuri has a substantial look, yet is soft and lightweight, seeming 'barely there' on your neck. Darkly subtle, this piece makes a dramatic statement with nearly any outfit.


$35.00 + S/H.


Available at Etsy, Artfire, Big Cartel or Zibbet.

Sep. 27th, 2010

This and that...

I'm not around much on the weekends, can you tell?

Anyway.

Seems there was a hornets' nest on Etsy over the weekend. Several Old Timers were muted (ie not allowed to post) in the Forums for supposedly being disrespectful to other users.

Old Timers are like me- been there since the site started or shortly thereafter. I've been there nearly 5 years now, this Feb will be 5 years. So suffice it to say, we've seen what the site started out as and what it has now become.

It started out as a great place for all things handmade, vintage or a great place to find unique supplies. Now? Etsy doesn't seem to care if its truly handmade or just resold items imported from China, Thailand, Hong Kong, etc and branded handmade. And don't get me started on the ripoff artists in the 'wedding' category. Wow.

Poor Vintage is so inundated with crap from yard sales that's not even a year old, let alone a decade that cupcakes are near constantly trying to get it removed. 'It doesn't belong here!' they proclaim. But Vintage was there from the beginning.

And oh man, if a certain Etsy Team sees something they don't like, say, a butt, clothed or not, in a Treasury, they start a thread, wringing their hands about how pornography (there is none, nor is it allowed on Etsy) is all over the place, and won't we think of the children. Thereby targeting EVERY mature category seller in one fell swoop. Yet... not a thing gets said to them. Happens roughly once a month lately.

And man, the Front Page Treasuries. THAT'S a whole nother kettle of pitch there. I've been on Etsy nearly 5 years. Been on the Front Page ONCE, and then, for only 5 minutes before my item, which didn't sell, by the by, was switched out. Never again did I grace the Front Page. Yet there are resellers and others who get on the FP nearly daily. And in the daily emails, the Storque... Yeah. But speak up about it and you get told to suck it up, in not so few words. Too bad, sucks to be you. Yadda, yadda.

So. Several Old Timers were muted this weekend. Why? Well, for standing up for themselves when they were disrespected by others who've been there, at most, 2 years. Apparently, being on the site 2 years or less makes one the most knowledgeable user around and the rest of us are just complainers when we speak up about bugs or glitches or question an action by Etsy which they later reverse.

No, wait, we get told we're 'unhappy inside ourselves' and 'need to step out of Obama-land, stop drinking the kool-aid and pour it down the sink.' I kid you not. Yet, THOSE people, whom are not so affectionately called 'cupcakes' in the Forums, are never once muted, never once reprimanded. Only those of us who stand up and say, that's not right.

One of the Old Timers muted this weekend, sent me a convo, giving me heads up and to watch my ass.

Well, me being me, I took on the challenge of seeing just how far I could push it without actually crossing the line into violating the Forum policies by straightforward mentioning locked threads (threads get locked by Admin when , to them, it gets out of hand, or a cupcake complains.), by NOT straight out mentioning those threads, but doing so obliquely.

So far, I'm disappointed. Maybe I was TOO obscure in my references. After all, Polestar hasn't shown up, wagging her finger at me, yet.


I know, I know, if I'm unhappy, why do I stay on Etsy? Well, because despite its faults, I've managed to build a name for myself there and a customer base of sorts. So while I do have an Artfire shop and am working on building my base there, my Etsy shop, unfortunately, still does well enough to rate my keeping it.

For now.

Sep. 21st, 2010

Sebunshisutazu aka NEW work!



'Sebunshisutazu' (Seven Sisters)

Kumihimo braid and beadwork cuff
8" long, 2" wide at widest point
Fits wrists 6.5" somewhat loosely, 7" comfortably, 7.5" snugly

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Sebunshisutazu is a gorgeous, one of a kind cuff made from just over 36" of handmade kumihimo braid (Japanese braiding), made from beautifully soft varigated fingerling weight silk yarn in pastel blues and purples.

It features 7 silver plated metal knotwork beads, spaced along the length of the cuff. The ends are beaded with loops of matte finish blue-purple Miyuki Delicas and finished with a sterling silver, fancy twist toggle clasp, all with 6lb FireLine.

Weighing only .7oz, Sebunshisutazu feels heavy, but sits softly against your wrist, letting you know it is most definitely there.

$45.00 plus S/H


Available on Etsy or Artfire.