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Last week, Facebook demanded that I 'prove' the name I use here, and pretty darn near everywhere, publicly, privately, online and off, is 'authentic'.   Now, to me, determining a name a person chooses to use in their personal life is authentic is invasive.

They gave me 7 days to provide documentation, which I did yesterday, meanwhile, my account has been deactivated while they decide whether my name is authentic enough or if they need more documentation.

People keep saying they're targeting the drag queens, the transgender, the Native Americans.  Not anymore.

They are targeting *anyone* with a name that they think isn't 'authentic'. 

I have used my name for over 20 years, in my personal life and as a pseudonym for my business. It is the name my friends call me, that my family calls me, that my customers see on their invoices.  It is the name I use because I do not wish to be stalked and harassed by certain estranged members of my birth mother's family, to include her.  In fact, I was found by one person about 5 years ago and the anxiety and fear resulting from it was so bad, I called my husband in tears, demanding that we move, right now, and I didn't care where.

They lie when they say that you no longer have to provide legal documents, as in a government issued ID.  That is *still* required, even with any other documents you can provide with the name you go by.  They claim it's so they can see that the birth dates match, whatever that's supposed to mean.

You have 7 days to comply with their wishes of verifiable documentation- and the verifiability of such is at their whim, and after those 7 days, your account is *still* suspended.  You have absolutely no access whatsoever.  To rub salt in the wound, if you set it up that way, you will *still* get email notices of things your friends post or their status updates, yet you can't even look at them.

You have no way to know where you stand in their verifying process either, the only thing you get is a notice that they will get back to you if they need more documentation (I'm waiting for that to happen, I have 20+ years worth for them).

They claim to have clarified the language to mean the name you go by in public, and yet, the TOU still says you have to use your real, legal name.  And they get to decide whether that name is real enough, authentic enough or not.  Not you.  Not your family.  Not your friends.

Their authentic name policy is not helping anyone.  It is driving users away.  I'm sure their investors must be so happy about that.

And no, I *still* do not have access to my personal page.
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While I wait for my creative muse to come back, I'm working through the backlog of photos from the last year.  Most are from vacation, so expect quite a few Zoo photos as well as a few train photos.

We now return to regular scheduled blah, blah blah

Journal Entry: Wed Nov 7, 2012, 10:13 AM
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Couple new cuffs posted, a third on the way, 2 more in progress.

Yup, it's that time of year when I bust butt to list a bunch of stuff in hopes of a good selling season.}:)

In between being morbidly fascinated by my new Venus Flytraps.

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Not much going on here lately.

Journal Entry: Wed Oct 17, 2012, 11:39 AM
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Made the decision to reopen my Etsy shop, temporarily.  I'll be listing my kumihimo cuffs there, now through Jan 1, 2013.  Hoping to drum up some sales.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Busy Busy

Journal Entry: Fri Jul 6, 2012, 1:53 PM
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Working on a special project- a few special kumihimo bracelets.

See, we're doing the Walk for Alzheimer's again this year. So I had the crazy idea of doing some purple and white kumihimo bracelets, with a purple ribbon charm on them, to help raise money for my team.

I'm currently waiting on the charms.

The Walk is Sept 15th, so I'm getting a late start on this crazy idea of mine.  Since I plan to do the Walk next year too, I'll be better prepared, as I'll be able to offer these all year round, lol.

The plan is for 7-8 of them by next week, double strand, adjustable lobster claw clasp- allowing you to adjust the size from 6.5" to roughly 8.5"- they'll be offered at $10.00 each, plus shipping/handling, with the proceeds going towards our Team Donation fund.  (Of course, if you'd like to simply donate, that's always welcome as well.

Why am I walking? For my grandfather who died in Sept of last year, from complications of Alzheimer's/Dementia and the rest of my family.  So that we can find a cure and no one else has to go through the sorrow of watching the person you love vanish before your eyes.

Also, coming by Sunday, I have a new silk scarf. Of which you get a sneak peek-

Lovely shades of rose, lavender, purple, and greys.  15"wide x 60" long of lovely, filmy Habotai silk.

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New stuff coming soon

Journal Entry: Fri May 18, 2012, 9:56 AM
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Have 4 new scarves to post photos of and 3 new cuffs, as well as various photos from this spring in the garden.

Hope to get a few things up this weekend. So stay tuned!

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Wow. Idiots abound.

Journal Entry: Tue Mar 6, 2012, 8:58 AM
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It amazes me how many people don't bother reading the Terms of Use here and are uploading screenshots and photos from other websites, into galleries that make them appear as if they had created them, instead of their Scraps where they belong, or not at all.

4. Copyright

deviantART is, unless otherwise stated, the owner of all copyright and data rights in the Service and its contents. Individuals who have posted works to deviantART are either the copyright owners of the component parts of that work or are posting the work under license from a copyright owner or his or her agent or otherwise as permitted by law. You may not reproduce, distribute, publicly display or perform, or prepare derivative works based on any of the Content including any such works without the express, written consent of deviantART or the appropriate owner of copyright in such works. deviantART does not claim ownership rights in your works or other materials posted by you to deviantART (Your Content). You agree not to distribute any part of the Service other than Your Content in any medium other than as permitted in these Terms of Service or by use of functions on the Service provided by us. You agree not to alter or modify any part of the Service unless expressly permitted to do so by us or by use of functions on the Service provided by us.

That means, people, that you MAY NOT grab photos from a website such as Game Informer, of the new Assassin's Creed III and upload them into groups or your own Gallery here on DA, because YOU DO NOT OWN THEM.  And I know that Game Informer and Ubisoft would not have simply given out permission, willy-nilly, for  anyone to grab their works and upload them, inplying that that person created them.

So, stop posting the April Game Informer cover in Groups- it is not yours. You did not create it.

Stop posting screenshots from AC III into Groups- they are not yours. You did not create them.

Stuff like that does NOT belong on DA in the first place. Only things YOU YOURSELF CREATED do.

Or you know, you could keep doing it and leave yourself open to a potential copyright lawsuit by Game Informer, Ubisoft or any other website you steal those images from.

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Still Busy...

Journal Entry: Wed Nov 30, 2011, 3:58 PM
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Seven new cuffs/bracelets now listed in my Artfire and Zibbet shops.

Two more in progress- need beading/clasps.

Two more ready to be started.

One necklace ready to be started.

All I need now are some sales.

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Journal Entry: Tue Nov 1, 2011, 8:42 AM
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This is my busy time of year, personal life wise.

We lost my grandfather to Alzheimer's/Dementia the end of Sept.  Honestly, back in June when my mom told me that the old Apple Tree out at my grandparents' had been lost in the freak storm that came through there the day after we headed home, I knew it was the beginning of the end for him.  My grandmother confirmed it last week, saying that he took a turn for the worse and went downhill fast after that Tree fell.

We just got back from vacation up to see my family and visit my grandfather's grave. I have over 400 photos to sort through, as well as others from this spring and a few from the summer as well.  It's not been a good year for editing/posting photos really.

Have a few new beadwork/kumihimo projects in the works. New yarns to play with, etc. So hope to get a few new cuffs made and listed before December.

Stay tuned for a Yule sale in my Artfire and Zibbet shops soon as well.

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Walk to End Alzheimer's

Journal Entry: Tue Aug 16, 2011, 11:12 AM
On Sept 10th, Mark, Caena, my SiL, BiL, niece and I will be participating in the National Walk to End Alzheimer's.

These are my grandparents.  My grandpa is battling lung cancer.  He was also recently diagnosed with Alzheimer's/Dementia.  He is the reason we decided to join this campaign.  I realize there may not be a cure for this disease in his lifetime, or possibly even mine, but someday, there will be. Someday, someone else will be spared watching their loved one slip away in front of them, like my family is doing.

Click to Donate!

So I'm asking that, if you can, will you help us out and donate to this worthy cause?  Every little bit helps. And maybe that much sooner, we'll be able to find a cure.

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It's spring...

Journal Entry: Sun May 1, 2011, 8:28 AM
So that means the garden is blooming.

Expect quite a few Iris photos- several that have not bloomed before are blooming this year.

Got a few Azalea photos too, from Happy Hollow Gardens, although, we managed to get up there just past peak for them, unfortunately.

Working on a new piece of beadwork, so should have photos of that within the next few weeks.  Then it's back to working on some kumihimo again- I have a project lined up already, for when I finish the beadwork piece.

So stay tuned!

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Journal Entry: Tue Feb 8, 2011, 10:00 AM
This is only a Test. If this had been a real journal entry, you'd know by now.

This concludes the test.

You failed. Go away now.

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Devious Journal Entry

Journal Entry: Tue Oct 19, 2010, 7:46 AM
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I just cannot win. Now my monitor decided it didn't want to work. So, I'm shutting down the shops for a week or so. If I can't SEE anything, then it's best that I not sell anything & protect my perfect ratings in that way.

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Journal Entry: Mon Oct 4, 2010, 1:30 PM
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I just don't feel like doing anything.

I think I did too much over the weekend. Of course, it could be leftover vestiges from the half a prescription strength Benadryl I took at 1am too.  The poison ivy won't give up on my right knee and left ankle quite yet.

Of course, the weather going from sunny to overcast didn't help any.

Sat I started on the Oct Daring Cooks Challenge. That took awhile, and a lot of standing in one spot. Had a friend come over for PS3/PS2 games and dinner.

Sun I did the rest of the Daring Cooks Challenge and had the InLaws over for dinner, which was the Challenge. It went over very well, I think. It was tasty, definitely.

Also had the landlord by on Sun. He replaced the porchlight, so we finally have a light out there again. Then I had to show him where the poison ivy was out back. Turns out its worse that I'd thought- it actually spreads through 4 yards, not just ours and Alex and Chris' (it's a townhouse duplex, and it's in our backyard, Alex and Chris' and the duplexes next door both have it starting in their backyards.)

He's coming back next weekend to cut/pull out what he can- its imbedded with briars, virginia creeper and honeysuckle, so it was able to get a good foothold before anyone even noticed. It probably wouldn't have gotten as bad if Chris had kept up with the cutting of the back hill on his side (we put up a 6ft privacy fence partially up the hill between the sides, it was growing through the sections on our side and covers a good part of the fence on their side), but well, Alex and Chris are bachelors and aren't outdoors types, so didn't bother.

He's also coming out Friday night to spray the yellow jacket nest. Hopefully its not that big yet, and we can get rid of it in one try.

The poison ivy I'll have to get RoundUp and spray it as it tries to come back. That'll take a few seasons to completely iradicate. Which is why I told Mark I thought it was actually an alien plant come to take over the planet.

Got  my newest bracelet listed.

Kaeru Chi, Japanese for 'Frog Pond' is 12 strand kumihimo. Casey thinks the yarn was wool, and I think it's handspun, as it was varying in size as I used it, went thick and thin at times.  It's even better looking in person. I'm in love with those Delicas and need to get some more.

I'm on a kumihimo kick lately. I have a finished piece in purple-blue , that I'll turn into a bracelet as well. Then I have a nice, autumn-y colored one, that's a bit thicker, that'll be long enough to be a thick cuff. That one is about half made right now.  After that, it's back to a bit of straight beadwork. I really need to finish this cuff I've been working on for months now. I have a potential buyer for it, if I ever get it done.

The cats are good, Caena's good, the gardens are overgrown, and I guess that's my life so far.

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Been a few weeks...

Journal Entry: Sat Aug 14, 2010, 9:34 AM
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since I've been here.

I'm taking a break from most of the 'social' sites I tended to go to daily- Facebook, Twitter, LiveJournal, etc  and restricting the time I spend online doing, well, nothing really.

As a result, I've found I have more time to actually DO things around the house and to update, edit, etc, my own journal and photo sites.

I've stepped back from Etsy a bit, not renewing expired listings currently. My Artfire account is now back to a basic (free) account. Items are still sale priced in both shops for now, so if there's something you're interested in, check it out before I go change them back.

In a few weeks, I'm hoping to have several new beadwork pieces to list, next week will see 'grab bags' of both hand dyed and commercial fabrics- cottons, muslins, etc. listed on Etsy, as my fabrics have always done well there and I'm running out of room for scrap fabrics that I'll not use within the next 6 months. Yes, it's an effort to downsize a bit and streamline things around here.

So far, it's working. My house has never been cleaner, tidier or clutter free. I rather like it.

A side benefit of staying busy and offline is that I'm gradually, finally, starting to lose the excess weight that's accumalated while sitting around. Things means we get out more, we hike more and I take more photos, that in turn will be uploaded here.

I currently have 150+ photos to edit and upload, so stay tuned for some hopefully interesting ones over the next few weeks.

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Store Clearance Sale

Journal Entry: Sat Jul 10, 2010, 11:09 AM
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Running a 50% off Clearance Sale in my ArtFire shop.

I've recently downgraded it from a Verified(paid) Account to a simple Basic Account. With one sale there in just over a year, I couldn't justify keeping on with paying $12.00 a month and not having really anything to show for it.

So, since they've already charged me for the next month, I'm running a 50% off Clearance Sale, now, July 10th until August 10th.

As it gets closer to August, I'll revisit the thought of completely closing that shop.

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