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Went to SOWA Market
today with my fabulous artist artists Gina Perry
and Vita Mechachonis
. I've been to SOWA so many times yet I have actually NEVER visited EVERY part of the market in one day (Open Art Market, Antique Market, Farmers' Market and Food Trucks@SOWA). Well today I (WE!
) finally did. I'll sprinkle posts about three of them, over my next few blog posts. (No Farmer's Market pics happened, sorry!) First up is the Antique Market. :D
Door knobs. I've lived in old houses for most of my life, and vintage door knobs have just creeped into the big pile of disorganized inspirations in my brain. Not unlike this big pile of disorganized door knobs.
Ah I love old novelty travel souvenir postcards! Cute packages of 'em.
Always love these old printed frosted glass drinking glasses. How neat are these with the line art, lettering and map art. (Bonus anchors, and these are right on trend!)
Hello, creepy bartender man!
Mannequin figure with lots of costume jewelry. Love the look!
OH GLOBES! How I love globes. Globes globes globes. Wish there were more. (But then, I probably should be glad there wasn't!)
Pile of random stuff... Except for the metal bunny-rabbit-and-chick egg. That is NOT random at all.
Old glass bottles!
Do you find clowns creepy? I do sometimes, and sometimes I don't. But I am fascinated by the whole clown-phobia thing. Which makes them all the more curious of a subject.
I am kookoo for vintage postcards. I used to collect them, not officially. I just sort of acquired a lot of them over time. Since I have never repurposed them, and I'm now really into not acquiring stuff that doesn't scream at me loudly, I was easily able to resist these... Until I dug into the stack.
...and then they just got a little harder to resist. (I still resisted though. For today.)
Super-exciting Part Four of my Fall 2013 Studio Update. Ornaments for Lenox. Please check them out and tell me what your favorite ornament is!
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Today I am skipping PART TWO of this series until later in the week and instead I'm bringing you Part Three today. Today's video features the set of Winter Whimsy Drink Blots
coasters I did with Studio M
! Take a peek. I share a couple of ideas for ways to use them, too. (They're the coolest and they are more than just coasters!)
Come back tomorrow for another cool Christmas treat!!
I made a short video to share with you what's been going on lately! Clocks in at about 3:45. This is Part 1. There is Part 2, which I'll have for you SOON! It will have a few fun surprises so I look forward to sharing that with you as well.. Enjoy!
Last week I did something reeeaaally reckless. I pulled out the Witches' Wardrobe
1,0000 piece puzzle that I did for Andrews & Blaine
for Barnes & Noble
. I put the box on my dining room table, and dumped out the contents. In doing so, I declared war. I had never done the puzzle before, and I've had it for over a year. I've thought about doing it, several times. But...
The puzzle lives in a glass-doored cabinet in the living room. I see it every day. Just by virtue of it being in my field of vision, I think it was actually raising my blood pressure.
So... We'd been having staring contests over the past few weeks. It had to stop. Finally, I decided to do it. Suck it up. Face the challenge. It was time.
The honest truth is, it's almost never a "good time" to start a puzzle around here, because I am usually pretty busy. But the larger, bigger reason for this, is because I am simply not a "casual" puzzle person. This is a naked truth I only just confirmed this about myself by doing this puzzle.
In the past, I chalked up my puzzling compulsiveness and conviction with reasonable excuses, such as "I did the art for the puzzle, of course I am going to be a little obsessive about it" or "Who wouldn't get obsessive when putting together a 1,000-piece jigsaw puzzle that's this detailed?" (Both convincing arguments). Of course there's also my general, um, 'aggressive enthusiasm' for some things, of which puzzles would understandably be included. And then, there is also the "puzzle-obsessed brain" that I think everyone must experience when they are knee-deep in the jungle of a big puzzle. Right? (...right? )
But I can't just leave it on the table and co-exist with it... do a few pieces here, a few pieces there. I now know this to be true. If I break out a puzzle, it's "Game On". It's basically "The Old Man and The Sea
" redux— with me, dining room table and puzzle, instead of old man, his gear, and the fish.
During the time I am in the puzzle haze, I sacrifice, I make the time where possible in my everyday life, to just complete the thing as swiftly as possible. Without losing sleep or missing meals. It's like being completely consumed by a novel you cannot put down. I have to finish it just so I can "get my life back". Okay, I am not a generally uptight individual! But puzzles... they kinda turn me into Tracy Flick
. Watershed moment.
So, last week, I was sucked into the vortex yet again. And yes it was torture.. But yes, I admit that I loved it! (Plus, I could actually feel parts of my brain doing squats and lunges. I kid you not.)
And yes, it was fun...
But after my puzzle session on day one (of five total), my earlier "Yay! This is fun!" had melted into a "Hmphh... this one is a bit.. um... tougher than I thought..." which by (past my) bed-time had morphed into "Hmmmm... THAT'S ALL I got done in ONE night??"
By day two, I was REALLY ready to slay this dragon. And I still was running off first-blush-puzzle-endorphins. I was also under the false delusion that I could finish and still have the rest of the day to catch up on my errands. (Pfft. Yeah, right.) I worked diligently and I saw progress, but it wasn't so visible to others yet. (I didn't quite feel the sting yet, but I was getting whupped.)
By day three, I was practically salivating to finish (when I wasn't stretching the kinks out of my neck and back, or circling the table mumbling to myself). I was also starting to really question what on earth was possessing me to so fervently, diligently work on this puzzle to completion. WHERE was the drive coming from to finish this ridiculously tough and altogether unnecessary task? It was like I was being faced with this stranger in my own brain... So, by this time, I was past the point of no return. I mean, I was having philosophical puzzle conversations with myself, like
"WHY am I doing this, again?
But WHY can't I finish this NOW?
WHY is this puzzle so HARD?
And WHY do I HAVE to FINISH it?!?!"
All the while my brain multi-tasking this whiny conversation with myself with my darting eyeballs searching, searching the puzzle junkyard for a tiny bit of red on a mold-green piece, for a little toe of pink boot, surrounded by grey... Put that one in the pile that makes up the closet door... Oh, wait, there's a separate pile for the closet handle, and one for the front door, and one for the bottom frame... Oh wait the designs are different on each side of the closet... and the four tiny skull's eyeballs all go in different directions... Aaaargh!! Sound like fun? (Oh, quick, before I lose it-- grab the piece with the rat tail's end!)
Day four... Day four, day four... It was a haze. Finish or Bust. Every part of the puzzle I attacked and conquered like tiny villages within this puzzle town. I couldn't get myself to focus on anything else until this puzzle was finally put to bed. But soon, I was putting myself to bed... with a still-unfinished puzzle on the table.
Day Five!! The Day I Would Finish The Puzzle! Why do people think the edges are the easiest to put together?? They're NOT. I saved them for last and believe me this was not a case of "saving the best for last". Come to think of it, virtually no part of this puzzle was "easy". It's all just varying degrees of "hard". (It WAS FUN!!! But, no bones about it (...well, yes, bones about it.. But, no bones about it), this sucker was HARRRD!!!)
I found myself questioning my own puzzle abilities with this one. It was so tricky (read: cruel) in parts. Time and again, I thought "Gee, am I rusty?? Or do I just stink at this??" The art is so deceiving. It looks so carefree, silly and whimsical. And it is... But, let me tell you this... it bites!! Hard!!
When I finally finished it, I was euphoric, overjoyed!! (Aaaahhh!! Sigh..) I also took stock of the fact that I once again had climbed my own personal version of Mount Everest and I could be really proud of my accomplishment. On a more general but no less personal note, I also once again experienced the really unique, unusual, authentic mental challenge that only a crazy-insane puzzle can deliver!!
Oh, and I also needed a long nap. (My brain did a LOT of squats and lunges.)
So now, I am already itching (just a tiny, tiny bit) to start my latest
. But, at this point I'm pretty sure it's just leftover endorphins... Give me six months, and maybe I'll be ready for another puzzle. :)
Finally I'm getting my studio back to where it needs to be since moving into the new place. Ever since I've been "back", I have been so busy with work that I really haven't had a lot of time to devote to organizing.
I had given myself a free pass in July to live amongst the boxes, because I just needed to get back to work. My computer was one of the few things that was set up. So, for the short term, no big deal!
Then, August came, and I got the bug to unpack again. I did do some of that, but then I injured my wrist...
So,... uh-oh, mission aborted. On the subject of the wrist, "this too shall pass". But, for practical reasons, I do need to complete this room by the time my classes
start in a month or so. Otherwise, I won't be able to work at my best.
Well, this story is "to be ciontinued"... but in the end, I know it will all get sorted out!
I'm so excited to be "back" and blogging with you and busy with work that I realized I never even blogged about my latest jigsaw puzzle, Swirly Cakes
!! Boo to that!
To celebrate it, I'm having a giveaway! :D
Enter to win here.
Ends Monday, August 26, at 11:59 PM. You can enter once a day in several different ways. So enter often, and, please share!!
(Here is some Embed code, if you are feeling generous:)
I was just over on the Smart Creative Women web site listening to Monica's latest video while I was working. She often has a short promo for Smart Creative Style
before her main videos. Hearing this one
tonight compelled me to share a little story with you.
I did a major branding "excavation" and "audit" last year, and to support this, I did some coaching
with Monica. She helped me get clear on some fundamental WellerWishes
things. She asked me all of the right
questions... questions I didn't think to ask myself. Hey, maybe they were too hard
for me to ask myself. But with Monica by my side helping me to work through them, they were so much easier. Heck, it was actually fun.. Plus, she was able to provide an objective point of view. Sure you can ask anyone for their point of view. But Monica knows this stuff inside out. She can come at it from the point of view of your target audience which can be hard to do or to imagine sometimes. She will give you detailed feedback based on what you're "putting out there" vs. what your REAL ultimate objective is. Most of us won't get that type of intel when you ask our significant other or your best friend (sorry, s.o. or best friend.) Plus, being able to communicate thoughts and opinions and advice in a way that's easily understood and digested by the listening party is kind of half the battle. If we understand the info as it's being delivered, and if it's coming from a place/person/point of view that we "get", it will absolutely seep in a lot deeper, and we will be able to use it more effectively. This is also one of the things she's really good at—articulating feedback in a manner that you can best absorb and assimilate it.
We all know she's really good at the social part (all you have to do is watch some of her videos). But what you might
not know that she is even MORE
talented at the one-on-one, hand-holdy-but-tough-love, get-down-to-the-nitty-gritty-and-do-the-work part. I'm thrilled about the results I've had and the strides I've made since working with Mon. She was great at helping to remove the grey fog of indecisiveness and ambiguity that can sometimes take over when you do not have a Board of Directors, when it's just you, sometimes wondering what to work on next and trying not to get "dog chasing cars" syndrome while glassy-eyed at the computer. She cuts through the white noise that we (okay... that I)
can distract myself with to get to the bottom of what is really, truly important, the core passion of the work. And then, how to take MEASURABLE steps to creating the lifestyle (and, ultimately, the brand!) that wholeheartedly, completely supports that mission. Another plus: Time-management IS addressed. No matter how much, or how little, time you have in the day, or week, that piece is on the table and is worked out.
So all of the above has to do with my experience of doing coaching work with Monica, not my experience of taking SCS
(the first run of the e-course starts in late September, and yes, I will be there). But working with Monica is working with Monica, regardless of the delivery method. I know I will ALWAYS learn something new and be enlightened when working with Monica.
This is totally just an opinion post, I know it ended up sounding like a banana split sundae, but I just got a bug to share about my experience with Monica (if you haven't yet discovered her), and about the class (in case you are on the fence)!
does a few open markets. This is a newish market and it takes place in the heart of Boston's financial district. The area was underutilized for many years - there was an old T rail above that had not been removed and cast a shadow over the entire throughway. Then several years ago the area underwent a major transformation when the city removed the train tracks above. The project included the infamous Big Dig
.) Anyway the Big Dig has had it's share of problems, tragedies and controversies. But, this area of above-ground Boston was changed immeasurably for the better. It went from dark, grey & grimy to it's current state of clean, lush, attractive and bustling. The New England Aquarium
, Children's Museum
, Institute of Contemporary Art
, Faneuil Hall
+ Quincy Market
, and the North End
are all within walking distance of this area. Nowadays, it's a great, welcoming space in Boston to explore on a summer Saturday
So excited to get to the market and meet my friend Amy!
|Stooped for lobster rolls at J. Hook |
Then the main (lunch) event: J. Hook + Co
. Grabbed lobster rolls
and sat outside to eat at one of the umbrella-ed picnic benches. Was so nice!!
On a side note, how funny is this... Matt brought home lobsters Friday night and we had them for dinner! (He was nice enough to do all the cracking and harvesting for me, before we even got to the table. What a guy!! :D) So... it was a real "lobster weekend" for me.
Okay so after all that eating, walking and gabbing, we finally made it to the tents. The first one that caught my eye was Twitch and Whiskers
. So just being honest here. It REALLY caught my eye. Translation: I need one of these necklaces!!
I mean, REALLY. These are vintage car parts! (Ha ha. But seriously, they are.)
(If I wore rings on the regular, I'd need one of these, too.) So bright and fun.
Here is Mei-Ling
, the woman behind the T+W magic
. I love the T+W line: Upcycled Jewelry. Downright Fun. How cute - and TRUE - is that??
These pendants were awesome too. (I'll take one of each please!)
See what else Mei-Ling has in store for you here
! This booth had a corner tent in maybe the most visible spot of the entire market. Good for them! I really enjoyed the t-shirt designs but I also really liked the limited color palette, and the simple but effective display of merchandise. You want to see what's on the shirt? Nothing in your way of the designs here. So fresh! You can shop online here. They have more than just t's too. I like this cute pillow
! There's also have a walk-in Sugarplum USA store in Connecticut. Click here
for the deets from Yelp. I sure love their casual, relaxed and beachy vibe.
If there is a candle or soap shop, I'm there. Here is the first one I saw, and I was magnetically drawn to it. Fifth & Madison
. Once you pop you can't stop, right? (Those candle covers, I mean). Hand made soy candles from a "mom and pop" shop with a luxe look and attitude.... and some pretty sophisticated-but-understated scents. Loved the variety!
Here's me and my friend Amy!
Time came to go home. I took the road less travelled... through a hotel walkway so I could walk along Rowes Wharf
before getting on the train.
And how was YOUR Saturday?
I'm sure I've never mentioned this, but I took French for 7 years in grammar school + high school. (And after ALL that, I think I still remember how to say "book"...) Anyway, I wish you a Happy Bastille Day today. Hope you are doing something fun and French. :D
Just a HELLO and a HAPPY JULY 2013 to you. Time is going by so quickly. I know, everybody says that, but it's so true
. (That's why we gotta make a regular practice of just seizing the day!) I feel like there's never enough time to do everything I want to do. I think just staying aware of the fact that time is finite but the ideas flow infinitely does help me to stay aware of time management a little more. Keeps me a little more focused on accomplishing more of the things I want to. Ultimately, the journey IS the destination in life though, so it's important to stop and smell the roses while I do stuff. I think that's part of the reason I take to social media so much, because I love to share and connect with people. I feel if like sharing my work can brighten a day or help someone feel better on a given day, maybe at just the right time, that's a really important little gift that I can give. I know that sounds like a big bowl of hokey, but I mean it..
What do you think of this quote by Gandhi? A few months ago, before I was out of commission with my surgery and recovery, I asked for favorite quotes on my Facebook page. This one was pegged as someone's favorite, and I really liked it, too, so I decided to draw it. Do you have a favorite quote? If you do, let me know. It might turn into one of mine too and I'm always on the lookout for quotes that rattle me in a good way. :D
Happy Father's Day! If you have a great relationship with your dad, that's wonderful! Consider yourself very lucky. Celebrate it together! But, for those that have a strained relationship, Father's Day can be a tangled conflict of mixed emotions.
IF the relationship has potential to be salvageable in a healthy way, here is what I think. Today is Father's Day. You're going to think of your father today whether you want to or not. If there is even one atom in your body that is dancing for you to make contact, don't ignore it. Start where you are. Try to focus on the big picture. Is the love, respect, and caring there? It there hope for the future there? Is all the important stuff there? If it is, that's enough to build on. Don't worry that you don't have the rest of the world's version of a "perfect" relationship with your father. The fact is, you never will - and that's perfectly fine, because you are not "the rest of the world". (Not to mention, I don't think it even exists!) YOUR relationship with your father is unique, and so is the (manageable!) baggage you share. So don't let THAT idealistic, mythical mind-set get in the way of something REAL that could start TODAY if you are both willing to put in the work and are both eager and optimistic about rebuilding. Cheers! Here's to your future 2.0 relationship. Happy Father's Day! Now go pick up the phone.
Making lemonade out of lemons is, in general, one of my specialties! But, I was REALLY tested over the past month on my lemonade-making skills. And I REALLY didn't get it right every time. Some days, it was just waaay too sour. (Understandably so, of course—I was pretty much terrified out of my skin for a couple of weeks there, and I had a right to be). There were days when I didn't feel like I was getting better, when I felt like I was getting worse... (and some of that time, I was). Besides the physical pain, I was just so frustrated by the state of helplessness I was in. I felt alone on a raft with no compass a lot. Not a good feeling. At all.
I have some GREAT friends and family who really showed up for me. They cheerfully drove me to my appointments and helped me get daily essentials and called and texted and emailed on the regular. Even when I didn't feel like talking. Which in hindsight, considering my state of mind, was probably a very good thing!
Last week, the tides turned. I have slowly been improving since then, and I could not be more thrilled / relieved / happy / ecstatic about it. I'm on the upswing... FINALLY. YES!
We are also... TA-DA—Moving!
We've been in the process for awhile (quite
awhile). But NOW, it's FOR REALS. This weekend, we will be IN the new place. I know what you're probably wondering. HOW on EARTH did all this packing and planning happen, what with me sick in bed for the past month?? Well, I am wondering the same thing. One word: Matt. Seriously, he's better than Lance Burton
. And no, I'm not really even sure how he managed to get it all done. I'm just... grateful. Grateful. And LUCKY. :D
Whew, what a week! More twists and turns than a rollercoaster ride. (Not the kiddie one that looks like a choo-choo train. The scary ride with hairpin turns and people wearing creepy masks jumping out to scare you.)
Earlier this week, I told you about my post-surgery complication and the accompanying drama/mystery. Brief replay: I went in to see Doctor on Monday morning complaining of the pain and tenderness around my belly button. I did not get to see my surgeon but I saw another doctor in the same practice. She said the pain and inflammation was likely due to an irritated suture and/or scar tissue; that there could be an infection brewing, but she was erring on the conservative side. She was really on the fence about that, doing the wait-and-see. And antibiotics are not to be given willy-nilly, and I am totally on board with that. I was very much willing to listen and to follow her directive for a day or two, watching for improvement. BUT... in all honestly, I still thought it was a hernia. And nothing else was even on my radar, for that matter. My next appointment would be the regular post-op appointment scheduled for three days later (Thursday) with my surgeon.
I only lasted a day before I called back. I was in unbearable pain and not improving at all. I felt like the subject of one of those Mystery Diseases shows: helpless, no answers, and in the meantime just getting worse and worse. Bacterial infection was then strongly suspected at that point, and I immediately began a round of strong antibiotics and anti-inflammatories. Since mine is a below-the-skin infection (it's called Cellulitis), it is sometimes not visibly noticeable in the beginning. But you can sure feel it. From day one, it hurts... and then the pain quickly escalates and becomes unrelenting and hideous. I dealt with it at full blaze for a few days before treatment began. Man, I never knew an infection could hurt so bad!
Tuesday evening was my first dose. I had a lot of faith and hope that the medications would be effective. it was all I had to hold on to; I was so desperate. Wednesday was pretty much the same but not worse. But by Thursday, I was noticing improvements! They were modest improvements, but hey, improvement is improvement. It is not a minor infection and I have to understand it is not going to clear up overnight. Any questions or conerns, I knew I could hash out later with my Doctor.
Today is Friday, and that is where I am right now. Improving. Slowly, BUT, it IS happening. I am thrilled that I am now FINALLY on the road to recovery. i am not 100% out of the woods so to speak-I have not jumped that hurdle yet - but I am extremely optimistic. Now's the time to be extra-careful too. NO SETBACKS. I am so grateful I am finally getting better and I can't wait to get back to my regular everyday.
(please forgive the wacky formatting of this post)
I am still here, although posting from my bed! It's been quite a long and winding road over March and April and now we are into May. Where have I been? Well, you already know all about the renovation on the new house. If you don't, take a scroll down and check out some older posts to catch up. (Update: we are not completely moved in yet, but the relocation is imminent!)
What you might not know is that I had surgery a few weeks ago. I hadn't talked about it online before the fact because, well, YES... Even I have my limits on what is Too Much Information. Ha ha. Well, water under the bridge... I had surgery on April 29. (The surgery was for removal of severe endometriosis and ovarian cysts.) Recovery was tough (just being honest here) but it was moving along well and without any real issues... until last Saturday.
A small pain in my tummy that popped up on Saturday afternoon had escalated into something much more painful in the space of 24 hours. I saw a doctor on Monday and her conclusion was that the issue is an inflammation from a suture in my tummy and/or inflammation of scar tissue. Made sense to me, though in the back of my mind, I knew that time would only tell. Now, after a 24 hour period of following orders, my best guess is that this is a post-surgery hernia. We shall see on Thursday when I have my official follow up with my surgeon. Until then, I am once again on bed rest, this time with an ever-present ice pack.I am telling you this just to give you the 4-1-1 on where I have been. But bogging down this post with details on my medical issues isn't really where my head is at. I wanted to touch base with you, to let you know what's going on and to share why things in WWWorld have come to such a screeching halt for the time being. A couple of weeks ago, in anticipation of both my surgery as well as the move, I temporarily closed my main web site and shop as well as my Etsy shop. By now, I had planned to "be back". But, curveballs do get thrown, and we have to either catch them or get knocked upside the head by them. (And, hey, sometimes both, right?) So I got thrown a little curve ball here, and, it's OKAY. In the big scheme of things, this is a small, annoying little blip. It's just that, right now, for me, this blip is taking a lot longer to un-blip than I had originally anticipated.
We can't plan for everything, we have to take life as it comes and try and make the best of things, which brings me to something that's been a bright spot over the past week. I've been sketching my quirky quotes, and then posting them to Instagram (regularly), Facebook and Twitter (occasionally). (I've tagged them #wellerwisdom on Instagram.) Really, they've been a life-saver (and a soul-saver!) for me. My sketchbook+my Dr. Grip pencil+my iPhone+social media has been my little life boat over the past week. Posting my quotes has given me something positive to share, has helped me to feel more connected to all my friends on social media and has helped me to feel way less isolated, while I'm stuck in bed icing my tummy over here. So, until I am back in action for REAL, please come visit me on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. I'm a captive audience. :)
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Things are finally coming together in the new place. We are almost there, but not quite yet-- there's so many details yet to be executed, and other details that have been executed that need to be revised. There are large appliances (like a washing machine) and pieces of house (like a sliding shower door) that are coming in a minute. There's backsplash to be tiled, there's sink and granite to be installed, there's a breakfast bar to build, floors and stairs to finish, and so much more. But a lot of this is now in motion and it's going to be happening fairly quickly. Throughout all that we've been through with this so far, and knowing that there is still so much more to come (not just with the reno but with the actual packing and moving part) there's a new theme that keeps surfacing for me. I illustrated it at the end of this post. In the meantime please enjoy some of these progress shots. We're still not there yet but the transformation is amazing and truly glorious. Funny thing is, I never took any "before" pictures at the beginning before demo because 1) it really, truly wasn't anything I ever wanted to document or thought I'd want to look back on because 2) I just never had a reference point to dare to imagine that we could so drastically, dramatically, honorably transform this formerly dark and dreary space into the joyful, positive, happy little space of a house it is now becoming. It's like a caterpillar turning into a butterfly.
Kitchen/living/dining open concept first floor space
Open floor plan
dining & living room space
More to come! And here's that quote...
Hello, Happy Monday! I'm going to do a full-fledged apology to you today because, honestly, I have been so off the radar! I have been so busy that I have been neglecting not only my blog but Facebook and Twitter too. (I have been Instagramming
though! Not completely regularly but more often than I've been able to do anything else.)
We will be back to regularly scheduled programming (including the missing-in-action Well It's Very Nice To Meet You
interview series) as soon as possible. And as soon as I have the time to post a renovation update with photos and scribbles, I will! It's been extremely busy, a mile a minute around here and I'm still recovering from being sick a week ago. Please have faith in me and bear with me! Soon, I'll be back in full (or at least 80%) swing!
I'm not a big blog-apologizer. (It's NOT because I don't love you, though. I do.)
Every time I feel like announcing "I'm sorry!" into the air, I think... for what?
For not meeting my own expectations? For being human? Kind of silly, so I try and stop myself.
But, by this
time, there IS a certain expectation from you that, after all this time, I will at the very least show up semi-regularly and post something mildly amusing. And I greatly appreciate that trust. So I do my best to do that because 1) I love to blog and 2) I love to share stuff with you. (Duh! ;D )
But sometimes, not ALL the time, not even a LOT... but sometimes, like right NOW, life just goes sort of crazy-busy and things fall off the rails a bit.
I can't complain about a bunch of it-- I am really in a very good place & feeling super (good) challenged with WW work. But (
...and, aside from the little thing called my day job, hello!) I have a LOT of other things going on at the moment too... Namely, the home renovation which has completely overtaken our lives. And while it is absolutely yay-exciting and rah-rah-rahawesome it has also been fraught with unexpected adventures around every corner.... Kind of like living on a rollercoaster. Exciting for a bit but really, really
hard to maintain, coffee flying everywhere...
So, if I'm not around as much as I usually am, here and everywhere else, if you're thinking "where's my Wishing Well monthly email?" No, you didn't miss it in your inbox. That is what's up.
But pretty soon, the water will be calmer, spring will be sprung, and we will be in a new chapter with all-new adventures awaiting... I am ready!
Maddening, disappointing, unsettling, frustrating news this morning: I discovered my art has been infringed upon.
At first, I thought this was a fan-based post. But then I quickly realized that I'd come across a social media vulture-stealer-infringer-seller who is selling my designs and many, many others, through their social media outlets.
|Beaumont Stuffs Instagram account: Now Private!|
Of course once they got called out by me, most of their accounts are suddenly private... Guilty!!!
(As of this writing, their Twitter is still public - so feel free to tweet
|Beaumont Stuffs Facebook account - Now Private! |
The ONLY place that had access to these exact same designs other than myself is Society 6
, so I'm going to be contacting them as well. Really, REALLY disappointing. I joined S6 last summer and actively had a shop/presence there for about a month or so, until I decided to go indie with Case-Mate Aug./Sept. 2012.. Of course, I *trusted* Society 6.. But my designs leaked out into the underground illegal art trade. So, nice. Now that's a sad state of affairs. When you join Society 6 and sell through there, you are in business with them and entrusting them with your work. It's such a violating discovery to find that the designs I made specifically for my Society 6 shop were leaked. I do not think Society 6 is *directly* to blame for this. But I *DO* think they need to take some responsibility. It is clear that they have a security leak (or more than one?) and they need to get to the bottom of how this happened and figure something out so that it does not happen again. They have GOT to treat this SERIOUSLY. I have read about this happening in the past with Society 6 and I have heard that they were unresponsive to infringement claims such as this. Well, now I am about to find out for myself.
I'll be contacting every social media outlet and every avenue I can to stop this. Please comment if you know of any resources that might help me, if you can spare any advice, or if you just want to offer support!! I truly appreciate it ALL.
Oh... and also: feel free to "friend" them and screenshot any pages you gain access to, and send them along to me. THAT would REALLY help a lot!!
I'm not one to dwell on something, to pine and to wallow. I am a positive person and I like to move forward and upward from difficult situations. But, I am a completist, I like to finish what I start, and I like to be thorough. I like to help others through my own experience, and to share information that may benefit others. We artists (and friends!) need to stick together... and speaking of which, I so greatly appreciate all of the support that's been shown to me over the past couple days!
Here is my letter to S6, their response, and my reply to it. If it helps someone, I'm happy.
My email to S6 (email #1)
February 25, 7:27pm
Dear Society 6,
I recently discovered an Instagram "shop" selling my Society 6 art as well as MANY designs from MANY other Society 6 artists. When first I discovered the post (yesterday), it was 22 weeks old. I am 100% certain that the stolen art was art that I specifically designed and prepared exclusively for products in my S6 shop. I just wanted to let you know that those designs have been stolen and are now floating around Indonesia on products I never approved and will never receive any income from. And the "seller" has now disappeared from social media, at least under their former name.
My own case of infringement is not the first that I've heard about from former S6 shopkeepers, and sadly, it probably won't be the last. I don't know how the international illegal art market is obtaining the art— whether you have a hole in your servers, or a bad apple in your bunch. That's for you to know and handle. But, however you deal with it, please deal with it. This IS happening. Ignoring the problem is not going to make it go away. And there will only be more and more people like me that voice our own stories about copyright infringement of the work that we prepared and posted exclusively to our S6 shops.
When we join S6, we understand and acknowledge that you take no responsibility for copyright infringement. But (and I think I can speak for everyone on S6 here) we go in with a certain expectation that S6 will take, at the very least, reasonable measures to protect our work from getting ripped off. Moreover, S6 is more than just a shopping site. It is also a community. In order to keep your community healthy, thriving and undivided long-term, there has to be a certain level of goodwill coming from you toward the individuals within the community whose art is taken from S6 and infringed.
A healthy community helps it's members out as best it can within it's own set of guidelines, though limited they may be. There is a humanity and helpfulness there built in the system. After reading comments and stories of other former S6 artists being shut out (and shut off from their accounts) after voicing the international infringement of their intellectual property which they directly connected to their involvement on S6, I see that there is a serious, fundamental problem. If you are part-shop/part-community, you need to step up to the plate a little. Not asking for a lot here. Acknowledgement and some support, in a seemingly small way, would go a long way in the goodwill department. (How about a community forum for users, with this issue as one of the discussion boards where people can share, unite, and call out infringers?)
Anyway, I am a fan of your site, and I truly hope you will make this issue a top priority to fix.
(attached to message: screenshot from Instagram providing infringing sellers' name)
REPLY from S6 (email #2)
February 25, 7:37pm
Thank you for contacting Society6 Support.
We don't know what "shop" you are referring to, but we'd sure like to see it if you can report it?
(Note: the following portion of the email, in grey, is content lifted directly from Society6's Copyright page)
Please allow us to share some very important information regarding your Copyrights.
First, please be aware that when you post your work to the Internet, no matter the size or resolution of your images, no website (and we mean NO website, not a one) can make it impossible to prevent it from being copied.
It is also incredibly important to us that you understand that while we do everything in our power to maintain your trust as an artist, we are not charged with enforcing the laws that we are required to follow.
Copyright infringement is generally a civil matter, which only the copyright owner can pursue - this means it is your responsibility to make sure that you are upholding your legal interests in your work, we are not authorized to do it for you. We are prohibited from giving specific legal advice on your rights, whether in connection with particular uses of copyrighted works, cases of alleged domestic or foreign copyright infringement, or other matters of a similar nature. You may wish to seek professional legal advice from a copyright attorney and to discuss your legal options.
Please remember, finding your artwork on another site is usually a good thing! In fact we encourage and support the sharing of your artwork as long as it is done correctly and with respect to you as the artist. So if you find your work on another website, please make sure the website is actually unlawfully infringing your copyright and not making "fair use" of your content, or reselling your products (buying them from you and reselling them for a profit). You won't make any friends if you're issuing unwarranted DMCA takedown notices to someone trying to give your work more exposure because they admire it!
If you're still not comfortable with your work showing-up on another site, always start by simply asking the website owner to remove the infringing content. Our experience shows that a polite email to the website admin requesting the image be removed is usually all it takes to resolve the situation.
In cases where your works appear for sale or where someone is claiming the work as their own, contact the individual asking that the works be removed immediately. The next step is to contact the company hosting the site containing the infringing work and ask them to disable the content or the account. When Society6 members have contacted sites like Etsy or Facebook in the past, these companies have typically responded in a reasonable time frame and suspended the content or the user. Please remember that most sites have systems, or specific processes (i.e. DMCA requirements) in place that you must follow in order to handle these matters.
If your desire is to sell your products, please know that we take every action to both protect your images, but also make them compelling for customers to purchase as products, and easy to promote thru social media, blogs, and other websites on the Internet.
Society6 secures your hi-resolution files and only ever provides a low resolution preview of your work on our site. Our product previews are presented at 600px, even though a larger 800px image is now the industry acceptable standard for product previews. It has been determined that at this size (and at screen resolution) there is no way to reproduce a printed product fit for sale.
We do not enable watermarks over your images as research shows it deters people from purchasing your products. There is no other successful online retailer that uses watermarking technology. You may find another site that offers watermarks, but you will quickly discover that all youâ€™ll end up with is watermarked images and dismal sales.
We enable right clicks because this is a great way to allow members and other people to link to your work and give you additional exposure. We believe that disabling right clicks is not a true protection and does more harm than good - anyone that is stealing images understands how you can still copy right click disabled images. Furthermore, even if you disable the click, you can always take a screenshot.
We recommend that you research the relevant copyright laws and their application to your work on the Internet (links below), or consult legal counsel if you are unsure about copyright law.
We recommend that you research the relevant copyright laws and their application to your work on the Internet (links below), or consult legal counsel if you are unsure about copyright law.
We also suggest that you review Society6's Terms of Service http://society6.com/help/terms with respect to our Content & Copyright Policy to ensure that you are in compliance at all times.
We really appreciate your understanding and appreciate your continued support.
(Name of S6 support person)
My Reply (email #3)February 25, 7:52pm
Hi (Name of S6 support person),
Thanks for the reply. The shop that infringed S6 artists' work, including mine, has disappeared (I mentioned that in the 1st paragraph of my previous email).
It was really not a shop at all, but an Indonesian seller who has a bunch of S6 stolen art for sale on iphones via Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. They sold under the name Beaumont Stuffs.
The seller left all three social media sites after being exposed by the online community. (Though I'm sure they will pop back up with another name.)
I attached a screenshot in my original message to you of the Instagram post where I first discovered my work on their phones. I put it in my original message to you, but here is it again.
Thanks for the rest of the copyright info in the email. I already read it on your site.
Good luck and I hope you can fix what is broken over there.
I'm going to go remove my account now.
You gotta look down to look up...
Why? 'Coz he said so.
Charles River. Boston and Cambridge.
A dirty snowbank that looked like a gorilla head.
...see what I mean?
Seeing the world a little differently right now.
...and back home to my lovely little Daisy waiting for me.
This has been a VERY nutty week for me! I do not mean nutty in an entirely negative way, not at all. Just in a wild, "WOW" kind of way. In one week, a lot has happened, and my head is still spinning. (You know me, I always look for silver linings.)
The infringement, um, 'party', which began on Sunday morning provided some natural caffeine of course, as the first thing I woke up to. Then on Monday, I learned I will be having a surgery in a couple of months. I have never had any surgery before, unless you count my wisdom teeth removal! ( Please do not worry though, it will all be fine!!)
In other 'natural caffeine' news, signed a new contract (yay!!!!) with a company that I have wanted to work with for a really long time. So, that's wonderful! I have also been very busy preparing work for presentations for another partner. I love doing work for presentations not only for the obvious reasons but because I love to collaborate and creating something great as a team, and presentations are where all of that starts. Plus there's so much hoping and wishing mixed with great ideas mixed in with elbow grease-an excellent combination! So, I love it.
We saw the new house yesterday and saw some major progress. The walls are all in now, and we have really turned a corner. It's coming along, and I'm hoping things move quickly and we will hit our mark for the move date.
Yes the fun never ends around here and speaking of the Big Move, tomorrow I will kiss my beloved treadmill good-bye. (Cool thing is, it is going to a great new home!) I will also meet a potential buyer for my Bodyguard stair stepper.
Dismantling my workout space was hard to wrap my head around for me. It took some time. But reality did, eventually, set in--we simply will not have the room in the new house. And that is totally okay-I am fine with it. I am getting used to the idea of walking to the gym, working out and walking home. I am even starting to think about what iphone viewing will keep me company at the gym (obviously, Survivor) and what season I want to tackle first (...again).
So that's my week in a rather large nutshell.
And... everything is going to be just fine. :)
Today I have artist Littlestar Cindy
on hand and I can't wait to share her sweet art with you. Her work exudes a whimsically innocent quality that definitely falls in the "kawaii
" camp but at the same time, it also seems like it's from a completely different era. For me, LSC's work feels like it's been rolled in candy sprinkles of 1940's art and animations like Popeye
and Felix the Ca
t, and vintage swedish fairy tale art
which I remember covered these little wood puzzles we would get when I was a kid. To discover that essence of that feeling in LSC's work is such a treat! I hope you enjoy Littlestar Cindy's adorably odd characters and cute art.
|© Littlestar Cindy|
Can you tell us of a favorite creative activity you enjoyed as a child?
Painting! Painting with lots of colors without limitations and rules.
When I grew up, however, lots of rules and limitations around us result in less and less color that I can use.
Therefore, I hope I can continue to use a lot of colors in my paintings and also remind me that don't forget my innocent child heart in this chaotic era.
|© Littlestar Cindy|
What was your first job or position as a creative professional?
I'm a Freelance Artist and i really enjoy and love my job.
Although it's not my first job, it's my dream.
I always tell myself to do some meaningful things in my life….
I participated an art exhibition in Japan last year.
That was an amazing experience which could communicate and share my ideas and experiences with so many energetic people who devoted in art.
In addition, I learned how to enjoy and work with passion in everything I do!!
One of my artwork is greeting card design. It's very meaningful for me.
because you can imagine, people received the card may feel joy, touched or be encouraged.
Recently, I am working on the illustrations of children's books and i am also painting book games because the book have some game design for children to play. Education is very important and, of course, environment and children are also very important, they are our future.
I hope I can do something meaningful for this society, and do the best of myself.
|© Littlestar Cindy|
|© Littlestar Cindy|
What is your current favorite medium to work in?
My favorite medium for creation are computer and sketchbook.
I use the computer to create my works. On the computer, I work with "Photoshop" with "Wacom", it's amazing and I can use any color I want.
Also, I love graffiti so much. Therefore, I like the sketchbook very much. There are a lot of graffiti on my sketchbook.
|© Littlestar Cindy|
Whistle while you work: Do you enjoy working in silence, listening to music, a podcast, or a movie? Please share!
I really love listening to music when i am painting, it vitalize me! i'm very enjoy it!!
The music genres I love are：alternative rock , Country rock , pop music , Trip hop, art rock , new wave music, dream-pop, chill-out, indie music……
If you have any fantastic music or want to share music with me, please email me! It will be very welcome and I am appreciate it!;)
|© Littlestar Cindy|
|© Littlestar Cindy|
|© Littlestar Cindy|
|© Littlestar Cindy|
Thanks so much, Cindy!!
They did me so proud in all pf the packaging, including a bio card with each pass case....
...AND, Check out the exclamation point!
I am an exclamation-point over-user, so I'm a little extra-thrilled with my exclamation point! :D
These hang-tags are to die for! (And the back of each doggie pass has my copyright and name on it, too. Pretty cool!)
So proud of these adorable little pass cases... and of my partnership with Bestever Japan.
Can't wait to share what is next!
You can get your very own pass case from my collection with Bestever here
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