Wednesday, December 9, 2009

ETSY Art snobs and hollier than thou's

Someone for some reason has it in their head that if a Customer of theirs buys their work, then they can't resell it without the Artists permission.

Um okay, get with the program and learn about the Laws regarding Art and Selling in General before starting something called a BUSINESS.

I cannot believe how many people who have started a Business but have NO idea of Business Law, be it retail or Art. It astounds me really. How do they do all the taxes and licensing, accounting and management without knowing if they are even doing it right legally?

One person in specific even stooped to saying what I do is not creating. Here is the snippet of the post.

ellemoss says:

I sell wholesale and you are right that I want to know EXACTLY what is being done with my work. Are you going to glue some boobies on it and sell it as porn collage, I want to know. ARe you going to rip it in 1/2 and sell it as 2 prints...i want to know.

Bead are completely different than art. I am creating something.


Well then let me wiggle my nose and make the torched beads magically appear. Working on a 2 thousand degree torch melting rods of glass into Art Beads is NOT creating? But this person as a Photographer, basically picks up a Camera and snaps a pic then sells the prints and I am NOT creating?

Then to add insult, the OP of the thread went on to say Lampwork Beads where nothing more than a supply category item!

It is this kind of attitude that really makes Artists look bad.

All I can say is that if you are going to place demands on Customers that they tell you exactly what they are going to be doing with your work, you are going to suffer in the sales department.....and the Law states it is none of your Business as long as their plans are LEGAL.

The Law in question is called The First Sale Doctrine and it basically says I can as the new owner who legally purchased an item, sell it, keep it, give it away, hang it above the shitter or torch it. Once that item is in my hands, I Own IT!

You hold nothing but the Copyright to the image..I cannot reproduce it and that is the ONLY thing I can't do.

For those that are thinking the buyer should just let the artist know they will be framing a picture and then offering it for resale in the brick and mortar, again they don't have to. If you are worried they won't give you credit as the artist, then you have no confidence in that buyer and that will show, when you demand they tell you. This in itself could end the potential relationship.........I know it would end it for me.

Giving people the benefit of the doubt that they will credit the artist is part of building a trusting relationship between buyer and seller. Without trust, there is no relationship.

If it bothers you that people do this, then don't sell your work. Keep it. Also before starting a Business, get some Businesss Education on Law and your rights and the rights of the buyer. It could end up saving you a ton of money and stop you from getting sued and loosing everything, including your reputation.

It is possible that the person who bought the item was waiting to see if the item was a hit or miss. If a hit they would be back for more and at that point may have worked out an agreement with the artist for wholesale pricing and told you at that point that they wanted to carry your items in their you may have lost them.....

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

My Pic on a Jones Pop!

Took me awhile to post this, but one of my submitted pictures has been chosen to be on a bottle of Jones Pop. I am so proud, I am puffing out like a big ole proud Lion...LOL

The winner is the Fruit and Sky picture seen here

now you will have to imagine it in Black and White as that is what they do with it. Takes away from the beautiful contrast between the fruit and the sky but still has some impact.

If you are so inclined to look for it. Look for the Green Apple flavor where Jones Pop is sold. In Canada you can find it in Loblaws and some 7-Elevens and the like.

I think I will go back to my camera for awhile and get more inspiration. Might even consider selling some prints.....MAYBE!

I am very protective of my Pictures as all have meaning and all bring back memories of some sort.

That is all for tonight. Off to walk the pooches.


Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Irresponsible Rescuers. No more sick animals please!

I am all for rescuing an animal. I love the way people step up to the plate and take in an animal of unknown origins and of unknown treatment. I think this is admirable and shows how caring a person can be.

Now here is the BUT. Over the years as a dog walker I met many people in the parks who have rescued a dog or cat from the southern part of the United States. Great, how wonderful, I give you kudos for your need to help an animal is distress. Again here is the BUT. In the US things like heart worm and rabies are at epidemic proportions compared to Canada. Of these dogs that I have met over the years, 3 of these dogs came up here with full-blown HeartWorm. 2 others had Parvo. 3 where thought to have been exposed to Rabies, one of which died shortly after getting here. There have been many many others with a wide range of diseases which in Canada are pretty much non-existent, rare or not an issue or epidemic.

I knew at the time this was not right, but I did not dare say anything as I knew I would be verbally assaulted. No matter how passionate you are about rescuing animals, putting our healthy pets in jeopardy is irresponsible and uncaring. You have not thought this out. You gave little to no thought to how this might affect our pets. All you cared about at that moment was the poor animal and satisfying YOUR need to feel better that YOU made a difference in an animal’s life.

Now with the small percentage of animals I have encountered with these deadly health issues, how many do you think have gotten in under the radar that we don’t know about? You know that saying about seeing one cockroach……..There are a million more.

How and why does this bother me so much? I have a dog and this dog cannot be treated for heartworm as the medication needed to kill the worms, will kill him! No it’s not a question of whether he can tolerate the meds, it is a FACT and he has been taken off all types of meds with any kind of pesticide. Including even a simple flea collar. He is highly sensitive to these harsh medications.

I am not the only owner with a dog or cat with this kind of sensitivity. That being the aside, why should we tolerate exposing our pets to these horrible health risks at all? There is no need for this. The animals can still come here, only they should be given a clean bill of health BEFORE crossing the border into Canada. How is it that we can’t take our personal pets into the US without a rabies certificate but a dog without an owner can get in with known deadly health issues?

I want to let all the Rescue Operations out there know that I am no longer going to support you if you continue to bring in sick diseased animals. This practice must STOP and stop now. I am going to be screaming this from the roof tops if I see or hear of one more animal coming into Canada with deadly health risks to not only our pets but our wildlife.

If you think I am being overly reactive and if you think what I am saying is bullocks, then read the recent article in the Winter Issue of Animal Talk Magazine. This is distributed to all members of The Toronto Human Society. The article in particular is called “Heartworm Health Crisis in Ontario” I think the title says it all.

You need to be more aware of what is going on and you need to be more vigilant of where the animal is coming from and how its health was or is when it gets here.

It is the full responsibility of all the Rescue Operations to ensure the animals they are bringing in to Canada are healthy in every way! Hell we stopped Cattle because of Mad Cow, how is it that this is being overlooked or allowed?

Now I am going to feed my dogs, give them a kiss on the head and pray they don't get sick.


Tuesday, October 20, 2009

My Bead in a Bracelet....So Proud.

I am so flattered and proud that a Great Jewelry Designer made a FANTASTIC Bracelet with one of my Boro Beads. When I saw the picture I think my heart skipped a beat. I could not believe that was my bead! That's how good this Designer is.

I love seeing how others use my beads in their designs. It makes me smile every time.

You can find this Designers shop here

Dear Ange

and if you look at her Banner, you will see the Bracelet with my Boro Bumpy Bead. Isn't it beautiful?

I would like to thank her for the picture and for putting it on her banner. Sure makes a girl feel good!

Thank You Ange! You made my day :)

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

I hate being sick......

Oh Ugg, working with the Public can be a bit of a pain in the backside. As a bus Driver you are surrounded by people coughing and sneezing your entire 8-10 hour work period, 5 days a week. Being in a Bus is much like being in an Airplane, where everyone shares the air. I expected to get a Cold or two, but I did not expect it to get to the point I needed Puffers to breathe.

I am still fighting it off and can't seem to get rid of the Congestion in my Chest and my Sinuses get real bad at night. Not sure why they are okay during the day, but at night I have real trouble getting any air.

So my Torch time has been cut in half and the creative side of my Brain is suffocating. Seems lack of oxygen effects the creative ability. I have made some beads, but they are simple in nature. When I tried anything more daring, they ended up in the water jar of death.

I will be trying again tonight and tomorrow to make some Christmas Beads and a Set I have had on my mind for some time.

I have just set up a new account with It is an Auction site, so if you are looking to get a deal on my beads, that might just be the place to look. I list them low in hopes of multiple bids, but seeing as I am sorta new there, I might not get the attentions of the long time buyers,,,, yet.

Here is the Link

My Auctions at

Okay gotta go feed the dogs, and get started on some new beads.

Have a great night everyone!


Tuesday, August 25, 2009


Yippee, the bead I made to copy our little friend Ullja has sold and the proceeds of the sale have been donated to the legal fund to stop her insanity. She herself tried to buy it...LOL I guess she wanted to help fight herself or herselves. I am beginning the think she has multiple personalities and really does believe all the lies she sprews.

I am just glad that I could offer up something and I am thankful for the buyer that is helping with this issue. I feel better now. I was starting to think no one wanted to touch it out of fear of that spiteful Ullja.

Again thank you to the buyer and to the people who are going to town on her...

YOU GO GET HER!! Take her fake ass to court and put that silly bitch in her place.

To Ullja. I have no idea why you are doing this and guite frankly I don't care nor does it matter to me or anyone, why.
You my Dear have accomplished nothing to hurt those you have targeted, as a matter of fact their sales and popularity have increased since you started this whole debacle. So if your thoughts were to ruin them, you have actually achieved the opposite.
The ONLY reputation that has been ruined and run into the ground is your OWN. You will never be trusted again, you will never be able to use your name in association with anything you make, sell, bake or shit out.

The ONLY person to blame for this self destruction is YOU. You are to blame. YOU did this to yourself. No one, not one person is responsible for your business demise except YOU. Until you accept responsiblity for your actions, you will never be at ease. Pointing fingers is so yesterday and childish. This did not have to get this far out of hand and there was a simple solution, but you still refused to admit to your own lies and the FRAUD that YOU committed.

Karma is a Bitch and I think someone just learned that lesson. No not me, not anyone you have targeted, YOU, YOU ULLJA, this IS Karma.

Now for all those wondering what bead. Here it is in all its Glory.

Ain't it so cute and ornate? Made in Canada of all things!

Anyway thanks again to the buyer and my thoughts and energy go out to those affected by her slop.



Read and click it and click it over and over to bring it up on the google searches. This can be YOUR way of showing support for the artists she is slandering and libeling and attemtping to defame.

Later peeps.


Wednesday, August 12, 2009


LOL, yep I am back making beads. Now that I have the time. Well, sort of. I am working full time but my hours are better, giving me all day to make beads. I have some new inspiration and new ideas. I have found that being away from the torch has effected my control of heat, but I am getting better everyday.

Here is a new Theme I am working on. Still in progress, but I like it.

Wiccan Goddess. Front and Back

I am having fun again and have a renewed love of the flame. Sometimes I think we need to step away from things and not get involved in the drama that sometimes pops up now and then.

I am going to ty my hardest to keep positive and not let silly assed things get to me. It is so not worth the sapping of creative energy.

Anyway off to make some more beads.

Have a good night everyone!



Saturday, August 1, 2009

The return of Ullja

There once was a woman named Ullja. She thought she would buy some handmade artisan beads. Very pretty she thought to herself, but what O what will I do with them. So little Ullja decided to take these O so pretty beads and list them on Etsy and re-sell them. Not only did she list them but she also claimed her own greedy insane hands made them. Well little, dumb, not gifted with insight Ullja, was caught and confronted by many of the makers of those beads. Little Ullja was given the BOOT off Etsy, DaWanda, IndiePublic and many other places. She then faded into the nothingness or so we thought.

She has now proven that once a criminal always a criminal and that without the aid of meds, people like her are incapable of taking a hard lesson learned and NOT repeating it.

She put her own foot in her mouth over on a place called Artfire. She posted some dates regarding her own business and licensing and she got called out on those dates. I must admit, yours truly called her out and put the dates in order to show that SHE herself was selling on Etsy all the while not having the proper license to do so as she HERSELF told us that her license EXPIRED in 2007 but she was selling well into 2008. Dumbass!!!!

She also tried to convince people she was in Italy leaning glass from the MASTERS for the past three years, but O wait, she was still selling her baked goods on ETSY well into 2008 from Woodway TEXAS!!!! Again Dumbass!!!.

So when questioned, she goes loony, batshit, nuts and starts attacking people verbally and calling all the artists she previously VIOLATED liars and jealous. Okay THAT is laughable. So she is then banned from Artfire. They had the smarts to realize they were dealing with a possible big Liability and didn’t want the trouble. Smart people, great business! Etsy and Paypal however are another story and the saga continues with them as they have not yet banned her from using their services. Therefore allowing her to continue to buy products from artists for the SOLE purpose to get their information. Some artists are aware of her, but many others aren’t and she is praying on people left right and center over there. She is making Etsy and Paypal look like idiots and they seem to be condoning her using them as a HUNTING ground!

She then continues her screwed up campaign to TRY to ruin those that spoke out an even many who have said nothing about her by fraudulently buying a piece from their shop, then reporting them to the TaxMan and anyone that would listen to her verbal diarrhea. Not only does she do this but somewhere in that Fried Egg of a Brain she decides to PUBLISH her Libel and Slander on the internet via a BLOG right here at Blogger.

It has already been proven by many that this blog of crap is hers even though her name is not on it, they have set the trap and she fell for it.

I decided to post this to let everyone know to watch out for her. She may buy a piece from you and if the buyer comes up as being in Woodway Texas with a name like Beads4U or with an email address on the Paypal transaction as beadsnsupplies, cancel the transaction and contact Etsy and Paypal right away to report her. Also don’t support someone like this EVER. Do not buy anything she sells, do not feed her by clicking on her dirty blog and please for the sake of your own reputation, until you get the whole story, don’t make any judgements about those that have spoken out. Even if you feel she is a good person because you met her once or twice, you have no idea what a person is really capable of.


If you are really curious then click here for her vile blog


BUT please please after you do that, click on the TRUTH at least three times more to bring the real truth to the top of the google search.


This bitch is gunna get her come upins real real soon!


Thursday, July 9, 2009

Vote for Toby or Fruit

I just uploaded a bunch of phots to the Jones Soda Pop web site. Two of my photos have already been chosen as Staff Picks and Toby's mug shot is one of them...LOL

Help Toby get on the label of Jones Pop by adding your votes here.


or for my fruit tree picture


or you can vote for both...LOL

When you vote, please click on the drop down box and pick the number 10. This is the highest. Yes, I know the number 1 would be obvious as first but in this case its not. They are lookin for a 10.

All votes are appreciated and I have to say that I was shocked they picked mine and so quickly!



Monday, June 22, 2009

Who annointed you God?

I just had to have my 21 year old kitty put down. Yes that's right 21 years old. He out lived two other cats and one dog. He was a fiesty cat with a strong heart.

Now I have had this cat since he was about 1 month old and I nursed him back to health after being found in an old warehouse, starving and weak. His mother may have been killed by a car or a coyote, we will never know what happened to her. His siblings did not make it, he was the only survior out of 8 kittens.

He was an indoor kitty, never really liked the outdoors, but every now and then he would sit on the front porch or the back deck and watch the world go by, or spy on the birdies. He never hunted them. Being an indoor cat he never got sick, never needed vet care. Now you say what? Well, I am a firm believer that we over vaccinate and over medicate our pets. Cats are well known for getting Cancer from vaccinations and seeing as he never went anywhere, it was not needed. The last time he saw a vet was when he was neutered. This cat was healthy as a race horse up until the past 5 days.

My experience with cats is vast. I have had many over the past 46 years. Some died in their sleep, others got very ill with cancer and 5, count them 5, had kidney failure. Which is by the way the number one issue in older GEREATRIC cats. It is well documented that when a cat goes, they go fast when in renal failure. I have witnessed this 5 times and the symptoms are exactly, I say EXACTLY the same.

Now I knew that a year ago he developed a form of cancer. It was obvious. I once again am very familiar with this cancer and have seen it many times. He was then 20 years old and had a good life, no pain and still pretty alert, eating, drinking and just being a cat. No issues other than the lump. Knowing this cancer was deadly and has never ever been treatable and in older cats such as mine, kinda stupid to even try. Putting them through the stress and fear, slicing and dicing, and very harmful medications, for what?

So 5 days ago he stopped eating his hard kibble food. I noticed he had lost a bit of weight. He was still drinking and eating his wet food, and being a cat. Then three days later he stopped eating all together but was still drinking, only now drinking a ton of water and only wanting it cold and fresh. The infection set in his eye 2 days ago, he was then toxic and I could smell the amonia on his breath. He was pacing and actually going outside into the garden and hiding. BIG SIGN It was time. Last night he stopped drinking. I called the vet this morning to bring him in.

I gave him a little sedative as I knew he hated the car and almost always got stressed and would vomit. I did not want him to have to go through that in his final moments.

So I get to the vet with him and he is really very weak and because of the sedative, he is the calmest he has been in 5 days.

The vet wants to do an examination. I am like WTF! Um NO! You can't tell by just looking at him that he is in renal failure? Why no she says, just because he has all the symptoms does not mean he is and that we can't help him.

GRRRRRRR.... WTF WTF WTF is all that is going through my head. She then proceeds to say that she is really saddened by seeing a cat in that state and that I should have been bringing him to the vet for regular visits. Implying that they could have saved him.........Are you kidding me, was going through my mind. I was so pissed I could have SPIT!

I lost it at that point. SHE was judging me at that very moment, when I was distraught with sadness, SHE was judging me when I was torn myself with this very hard decision to play the Grim Reaper, knowing I will be judged one day by MY ALMIGHTY for the many decisions regarding my many pets lives.

I then began to bawl and she says, I am sorry but this is very hard for me!!!!!

WTF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Hard for you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! FUCK I lost it big time!!!!

I then said. "You know what, FUCK YOU, I will take him home and he will die with me, in my arms, without JUDGEMENT. How dare you judge me at a time like this. How dare you JUDGE me at all." She once again trys to justify her judgement by implying that I should have been bringing this HOUSE cat, who never had ANY health issues, for regualr vet visits.

I then reply, "Why so you could slice and dice him when the lump came up? So you could play GOD and try and save a cat with a form of deadly cancer and renal failure? You know Jennifer, they don't live forever and YOU are not their GOD, nor do you have the right to judge me for my decisions. I will be judged when the time is right, not by you or any other person. I dread that day and can only hope my GOD will have mercey on me and see that my decisions where based on nothing more than PURE LOVE, unconditional LOVE. I hope you see that YOU too will be judged and when you are, you will be called on your judgement of others. How are you going to explain yourself?"

She stared at me with this blank stare. Almost as if she was devoid of reason or common sense. She lowered her head and apologised profusely. Cupping her hands and apologising over adn over.

I called her very unprofessional, as she was. That is not a judgement, it is a fact.

She asked me to allow her to continue with the task at hand, and that she will not judge me anymore. Too little too late. I still wanted to SPIT as I was so angry, upset, horrified and terribly sad all at the same time.

Then I looked down at my cat. His weak self, just lying there, all the while I was stroking him. He has never let me do that for more than a minute without hissing then biting me.

It was then that I realized I had to just let this thing with the vet go, for him, and allow him to pass on. I had to allow this judgemental bitch, to take the life of my cat under my direction. I had to,,, for him,,,, let it go.

To forgive is divine.

Rest in Peace my feisty old man Sox. May you meet with with your buddies, Randy, Kitty and Brody. I will see you on the other side.

That is all.


Added, his heart did not stop beating until I whispered in his ear.

"My Dear Soxs, it is time to go, I will see you on the other side, promise"

Sorry i could not write that until just now, and yes I am still bawling.