Saturday, November 27, 2010

A Lesson Learned, The Hard Way

A while back, I was a victim of credit card fraud.  It was very frustrating and nuts.  Apparently, these people get their hands on a card number and see how far they can get.  First thing they do is sign up for one of these sites that charges $1.00 to get some music or a game etc.  If that goes through, they move onto other things.
It was seriously a mess.  It got close to identity thief, which is really scary.  I won't even go there.  These people had several of my card numbers.  Things were showing up at my door like colon cleanser, vitamins and such.  Very weird things.  The credit card companies said this is how they see what they can get away with.  Think about it, they had my credit card numbers, expiration dates and my address.  Not a good feeling at all.
Every time something showed up, I tried to return it, so it became a constant thing between merchandise companies and credit card companies.  The best came one day in the form of a volleyball net.  I went to the company's web site and it was worth $150.00, wow.  But, the thief messed up, he put HIS phone number in, so I had him.  He was local, so my thoughts are that he went through my trash.  Believe me, I've since gotten myself a shredder that I use like a fanatic now.  Make sure you shred those checks they send you to consolidate your cards, they have your account numbers on them.  AND, when I called the company, I got this customer service dude that every time I told him something, he had to check with his supervisor.  Um, how about just putting the supervisor on the phone?  Anyway, she claimed my credit card company was not handling this properly and I should hold onto the net.  I told her I was trying to do right by them because I will NOT pay for this, so they will be out the money and the volleyball net unless she lets me return it.  Her answer was, I'll have to get back to you.  She never did, so if anyone wants a volleyball net, please contact me.  It's just sitting in the basement collecting dust.
Anyway, the only way a credit card company would investigate is if you sign a form and agree to appear in court, if it gets to that.  I asked if I would know how this happened.  If it's a web site I went to, I want to know not to go back there.  Oh sure, you'll know, so I signed the papers and mailed them back never to hear for sure what happened except that they did investigate.
I found out the person went to and was able to charge $450 worth of stuff and had it sent to them, so now they are getting bolder., however, refused the card, good for them!  Here is the absolute best, they opened an account on LifeLock!  If you don't know what that is, it's a company that guarantees you against ID thief.  Um, excuse me, but you just screwed up big time! 
It gets better.  There was a class action lawsuit against LifeLock.  LifeLock lost the suit.  Guess what I got in the mail today?  LOLOLOL, a check for the amount of $10.80 for my part of the settlement.  For the first time ever, I can honestly say I'll be laughing all the way to the bank!

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving! (I think)

Thanksgiving Day and we are having a snowstorm!

I'm thankful for snowblowers.  :o)

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

One thing about having my own blog is, I can complain if I want to.

I made the mistake of going into the forums on Etsy. I click to open a thread to see what the discussion is about and it's a seller complaining that she had FOUR sales last night and not one customer used the coupon code she had in her shop announcement to receive a discount. She continued on to say she went and convo'd each buyer to let them know she was running a sale and refunded the discount to their PayPal account anyway.

I have several problems with this that have me fuming.

1. I can't believe she's complaining about her customers. I wish I had four sales last night. My sales are just next to nothing, so I am not happy about hearing her complain when she does get a sale.
2. Why would you put a coupon code in your announcement?
3. Using coupon codes, to me anyway, is asking your customer to do your work for you. It's no different than having to use a shopper's card in every single store you go into these days. For crying out loud, put the items on sale. You do the work, not the customer. I hate those shopping cards, they weigh down my purse and I just don't understand why we need them. Again, PUT the stuff on sale and stop wasting my time!
4. If you are running a storewide sale, then just say that and refund the discount to the customer.

I think I have the only grocery store that doesn't require me to have a shopper's card in order to get a discount. They have my business. Every drugstore, grocery store and just about anywhere else I can think of make you carry those cards in order to take advantage of a sale. Then, they can send you all kinds of crap in the mail and now at your email address. So, I go ahead and fill out their forms to make them happy but never give them the correct email address or my home address, I get enough junk mail from Capital One alone, don't need it from anyone else. Thank you very much.

Just do a sale and stop expecting your customers to do your work.

Friday, November 19, 2010

New Edition

I just needed to get out of the house today and stopped at a nearby thrift shop.  Only walked out with one item.

No, not the sofa, chairs or table!  The paint by number!  It's 16 x 20 and is in a very heavy gold gilted frame.  The name of this one is Christ.
Haven't decided yet if I'll keep it or sell it.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Paper Beads

These are the last two I made!  I'm glad I'm finally finished with my holiday section in my shop!
Red Christmas Plaid

Retro Snowflake

The Retro Snowflakes are my favorite ones!  I love that paper and the beads come out great.

That's it for now!  You can find these in my shop:

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

What have I been up to?

I've been busy trying to stock up my paper shop!  These are the latest designs.
Candy Cane
Christmas Dots
Christmas Plaid
Dots Galore
Retro Dots
I'm almost finished!  Two more designs on the drying rack as we speak!

You can find these in my shop at: 

Friday, November 12, 2010


Seems like a very long time since I've blogged!  I've been busy, doing 200 custom envelopes!  Want to see what 200 envelopes look like?  I'm going to show you anyway.

Once I got those done, I had to scramble to catch up around the house!  Do things like laundry, cleaning, etc.  Then, I started on my holiday items for RunsWithScissors.
New notepads in four designs (showing only 2):
Whimsy Trees
Happy Snowmen
And hang tags to match the notepads:
Happy Snowman hang tags.
Today I finished more notepads, here's a sneak peek, they will be listed in my shop on Sat.

Candy Cane
Penguins and the Tree Farm
and my favorite ones:
Back, embellished with stockings!
Now, I must get to work on my Christmas paper beads!  So, that's what I'll be doing this coming week!

Visit my paper shop at 

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Vintage Finds - Day Three

This is the last day of my finds and I know it's the day you have been waiting for!  
I was able to find some really neat buttons this time!  Not all of them are for sale, some went into my collection but those that are for sale have been added to my shops.
I fell in love with these!  They are B. C. Comics
I found a large and two small bowls.

And now!  All the paint by number items I found!
A metal tray that can be hung on the wall.
A metal napkin holder that the lady didn't realize what it was, she said it's toleware, I said it's paint by numbers and she didn't believe me so I had to show her one spot that wasn't painted.
Oops, this is out of place!  It's not actually a paint by number but a frame I purchased for .50 cents that I hope to find a paint by number that will fit in it.  (It's leaning against a paint by number)
A pair I found at an antique co-op.  Covered bridge and mill.
Man feeding horses.
This is the smallest size paint by numbers came in, it's 6 x 8.
And this is the largest one ever made!  

And now, the photo Julie has been waiting for!
The smallest one resting with the largest one!  Just to give you an idea of the difference in sizes!

That's it for now!  Hope you enjoyed viewing my finds!

To see items for sale, visit my shops:  and

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Vintage Finds - Day Two

Couldn't resist this pair!
Another souvenir glass!  Check out the date, Gettysburg, 1863 and in great shape!
Can't you just see those colorful mini mints in this?  It has a place for a spoon in the handle, but it's not included.  I love the blue depression glass!
Shabby chic candleholder in cast metal and the chippy white paint.
How cute are these?  Each one has an animal on the bottom and look what they do!
Stack all together!
Letter holder!
More salt and pepper shakers.  What's up with that?
Swirly vase!
Princess phone in harvest gold!  Tee Hee, no I didn't pay anywhere near that price!
Oh no, it's a hair ball!

I know you want it!

Monday, November 1, 2010

Vintage Finds

It's about time I got to this!  I'm going to show you what I came home with from my last trip.  I have a few days worth of items to show you!
This is a really cute bunny with a thermometer in the ears!  I have a feeling the tail used to be fuzzy and may have changed with the temperatures. 
LOL, I love the paint job on these!  Check out the mouth on the middle one and the eye on the one on the right.
I just liked the look of this.  It's Daisy Duck, right?  Shame it's only one of the pair, but I couldn't resist it.
I'm thinking this is a noodle cutter.  It sure is one heavy piece and would look awesome in an old primitive dough bowl (hint, hint, Country).
Pretty vases!  Both have a squirrel on the branch.
Salt and pepper shakers.
Souvenir glass pipe.
Another item that I'm not sure what it is.  It's way too big to be an egg cup.  I'm thinking it's a double master salt.  If anyone knows for sure, please tell me!
Scottie dog spoon holder.
Another piece of souvenir glass.  This one has such a pretty design to it.

Stay tuned!  More to come!