Friday, February 22, 2013

I See the Moon and the Moon Sees Me! Lots o Handmade Cards

Have you noticed I have not been so stithy lately?  Well the stitcheries I made which are four so far, and three of them being a garden theme will just have to wait until I can find another garden theme to make my four panel quilt. When the artist comes out with another garden theme I will stitch for the 4th garden theme, click here to see the ones I made so far.

Today I made 6 handmade cards

God bless the moon and God bless me, I see the moon and the moon sees me.

I was dying to make this card today but I made it last, but it is first in my blog.

The other cards I made for Easter, at Valentine's Day I gave all my family the bunch of Valentine Cards I made. I am going to make some more. I also have planned to make some other cards, rainy days and more.




I used the Special Edition Memory Box rose and Daisy die and stamp set. Made my own grass with fringe scissors, but I like the Memory Box border die the best for making grass. 

On all the cards........I made the grass borders once again using the Memory Box Fringe border die. The bunny is a from a punch and the eggs, flowers, other bunnies and stamped greetings are from a die and stamp set by My Favorite Things/Dienamics. I used the Daisy Flower from Memory box.  The top of the cards I used a punch that says Spring with cute little butterflies. I also used a Memory Box filigree egg die over the top of some of the eggs.   






These flower stamps and dies are a special edition by Memory box, I just love them!   

I was going to blog hop but I am so tired I can hardly hold my eyes open, it's 9:15 pm. Gees...so tired. I am going to take a hot bath and go to bed. I will visit blogs later I guess.

Have yourself a great weekend! 
~Kat

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Lots of Rainbow Crystal Angel Suncatchers & European Style Chunky Bead Bracelets


What I have been making this past month @ Krystal Kat's Angel Suncatchers and European Style Bracelets!


I have posted to my Krystal Kat's lots of Angel suncatchers this past month. Yes Angels with Quadruple/Quad Wings ha ha.



Irish Eyes Crystal Angel Suncatcher with four leaf clover face



I have been working on this also making pre-made European Style Bracelets, here are two themes I have posted to my online shop.

A Saint Patrick's Day Theme European Style Chunky Bead Bracelet made with Swarovski Crystal BeCharmed Beads These beads fit like Pandora beads, you can take them off the bracelet by unscrewing the ends and make up your own theme or take off and add new beads.  
I hand stamped the flower with four leaf clovers and put in a green Swarovski Crystal in the center, added a cute four leaf clover CZ charm and lots of gorgeous Swarovski Crystal BeCharmed Beads with Silver beads. So cute!


 This is the Princess Pink Theme, European Style Chunky Bead Bracelet made with BeCharmed Beads by Swarovksi Crystal they also fit like the Pandora beads. 
I made this bracelet with Swarovski Crystal BeCharmed Beads, Sterling Silver Beads and hand-stamped a heart with an initial K but I will stamp whatever you want for your initial and added a cute pink crystal heart. 

I have another 5 more i will be adding in the next week to my online shop Krysatl Kat's.

This is just a sampling of what I have been doing. After March I don't create much until the late summer again.

Have a great weekend!
~Kat

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Yummy Ice Cream and Other Stuff

So this week it was my son and his family we spent part of Sunday with.
We took them to Leatherby's family creamery for some yummy ice cream.


This is my son Shane being silly getting ready to eat his ice cream. Yes poor kid has curly hair like his mom. Yes I know he is no kid.


I have been on a little diet for about three weeks, I have lost about 6 or 7 lbs.
I went off the diet for one day out of the whole time for some ice-cream we had some banana split. Everyone should have this at least once a year! yummy!


  
Morgan and her mom share a carmel ice cream, looks good. Morgan also has super curly hair.  

I was talking about in my last post about my grandson having the red hair.
Here is a cute pic I took of the family while we were at Coloma the weekend before. I was thinking about Rylan and his red hair as I mentioned it in my last post. Well Rylan gets his red hair from my family, my mom had ginger red hair until her early 40's then it darkened a bit. My niece has bright red hair and now Rylan has red hair. Kirsten my daughter and Rylan's mom had strawberry blond hair when she was a child it was a gorgeous head of hair. She still has gorgeous hair.
My dads side of the family and my moms both have Scottish and Irish Ancestry.
I just love to research my families Genealogy and have traced several lines back to Scotland, England and Ireland. In many instances I am 4th generation American. In other lines I found that some family has been here since the beginning of our great country. 
Well back to the red hair.     
What's funny is one article talks about how most red heads have fair skin and light eyes...well all the red heads in our family have light skin, but they all have brown eyes.
My mom, my niece Sarah and now Rylan all have brown eyes with the red hair.  
My dad had dark hair and my mom red and my brothers and I all had blond hair and light eyes, my brother's eyes are bright sky blue and I have a mix of green/blue eyes.
I just always think it is interesting about such things. 
The other two kids in the photo are her two step kids, Brandon and Kayla. They both have brown eyes like their dad, Kirsten has green gold cat's eyes. I don't guess she will passing those down unless she has another baby and that baby gets her eye color gene, that would be nice.

Have a great mid week!

~Kat   

Friday, February 15, 2013

Coloma California with the Family

I decided to move on tonight from this stalker woman on Etsy. I have created some outstanding designs this week and she can have the 4 wing beaded angels. I know if something does not sound right it is not right. But I don't want to be stuck on stupid and be like my dad was his whole life, he would not let things go. I have enough imagination to come up with something more beautiful and I did. The whole situation just makes me try harder and work harder this is suppose to be my positive blog.  She had another of my angels removed with her bogus document, (it is probably for one angel....maybe... but I doubt it, she would not show it to me). If it were I, I would gladly show it. Each design would require a new patent for each, she had three of mine removed from Etsy, but I still have them on my website, no proof... so I don't care what she does on Etsy my site is mine and I will not take them down without the proper proof.  which really would be a patent according to my brother. Did I say that already? I am so tired. I am not going to pursue it because I don't want to go and work for my attorney to pay off his work for me, it is just not that important to me, it just makes me angry don't want this bad energy.     

I will reserve my energy for my family. Here is our trip to Coloma CA with half my family. Kirsten my daughter did not want my son, his wife and Morgan to come, she wanted to spend alone time with Steve and I. I was a little apprehensive about that, but since her husband is gone a lot I thought it to be okay. I am probably not popular with the DIL because she does not like to be left out of things, or my son I will do something with them perhaps on this Sunday we will see.

So here are my family photos of our day trip we had a great time.

You know my husband is the greatest guy most of the time he is super sweet for a guy. Look at him passing out the Kentucky fried chicken to the kids and my daughter Kirsten.
I didn't eat that kind of chicken the original recipe I had the grilled and some green beans. 

As you can see the park is gorgeous--Here is Kirsten with my grandson Rylan he is growing up so fast. Our little red head boy. My brother has a daughter Sarah who has bright red hair as did my mom when she was young. She married my dad he had dark hair and they had my brothers and I and we all had blond hair blue eyes, my eyes are blue and green. My mom had  brown eyes, my dad green, the Irish in him.
Here my daughter is walking with Rylan in the park as we are going to the Teepee and the kids and Steve are far ahead of her, Rylan is walking as fast as he can right now.
When Rylan saw the Teepee he was so excited!
Here we are at the Teepee the kids loved it
I forgot what this is called it slipped my mind I think it is called the logging ? oh well it will come to me. oh ya saw mill. 
 This is where they mined for gold in the american river
Kayakers  
On the narrow bridge one car at at time in either direction, Rylan pointing at the Kayakers. 
He has a black eye he fell a few days before 
Kirsten with Rylan he loves his mommy
Rylan did not want anyone to hold his hand and they were not through exploring so I took him to the car while the kids and Steve explored and gave Rylan cookies, he is so interested in that cookie.
The bridge we were on looking out over the american river.

We were tired after out day and home we went and it was a nice Sunday drive. I have missed those this winter. 

Have a wonderful Friday, I hope you had a nice Valentine's Day.

~Kat   
         

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Copyright Registrations Etsy no Proof of Claim Items Disabled

First off I want to say why I am writing this, it is not to be mean or nasty but to let other sellers on Etsy know what can happen to them if they choose to sell on the Etsy Venue. As well as the fact they do nothing about other sellers harassing you. Nothing at all!

Etsy did take down my items as threatened by (theresajune@aol.com).
She apparently does not have to show a certificate stating such a claim that she has copyright of a particular placement of Swarovsk Crystal Beads for angel wings. 
I wonder what Swarovksi Crystal will think about this since they are in the business to sell beads. The two items Etsy removed from my shop look nothing like hers. I have read about Copyright and in order for her to do this, she has to submit a photograph and state style, size, shape and color, and of course in this instance she would have to have permission from Swarovski Crystal as well. 
I don't understand why they only removed two items when the email I received from Etsy says 3 and more she claimed she has a copyright to. I was not able to get any satisfactory answers from Etsy at all today. 
 Are you kidding me? why didn't they take them all down? no explanation from Etsy as to why she made several claims and they only took two down. No reason why except she claims they are her designs. My angels that were taken down were not even the same size drop or colors as her angels have in them. 
 How do I know she won't do this again on the Etsy Venue to every single thing I create and make using Swarovski Crystals?
 Quite interesting in fact that she knows my website address www.krystalkats.com and she has not tried to take me down there, why? because she is lying. In one of her emails to me she said she would show the cert number but never did, fishy for sure.   
I am posting about this on my website because I can talk about what I want here, even though apparently I am not allowed to create what I want with Swarovski Crystal beads on Etsy without fear from this woman.    
True to her word she has done this many many times and gotten away with it and of course she knows she can without repercussion. 
You know I guess I have to spend my money and time to proof she is lying instead of her proofing she has the certificate and is legit, is there something wrong here?      
It makes me wonder if I should waste anytime selling anything on Etsy at all, because they have very stupid rules that don't make any sense at all and they are not concerned with the sellers they have on their venue. 
The use a 1998 http://lcweb.loc.gov/copyright/legislation/dmca.pdf that they sent me in a email which they use.  
Anyone can do this at any time to another seller on Etsy and they will allow it. 
When you write them they just say there is nothing they can do you have to get an attorney, they don't even give me the copyright certificate number.   
 The particular beads I purchase and most Swarovski Crystal sellers purchase that make suncatchers are all the same pieces, you can only make so many creative ideas with these same type of crystals....... many people are creating similar things and similar colors and styles that is called competition. Fair or unfair that is the way life goes. 
It's not like myself or another person has their own creations from Swarovski that we can make something so unique it could never be copied or made into a similar design.
I am going to contact Swarovski Crystal and I am going to check to see if she has the Cert. I am not going to allow people to bully me and force me from selling my own creations. That is just not right.
 If I want to place four beads on a Swarovski Crystal Drop to make an angel I should be able to do just that, she does not have copyright to corner that whole entire market of bead placement on an Angel. 
I am really really disappointed in Etsy.      
You know even if it was true that she has this certificate it would be illegal and could be challenged in a court of law because Swarovski Crystal would not give her permission to do this as they are in the business to sell beads. She did not pay to have this particular bead made especially for her, this is what I told Etsy and they don't care. I even told them there are many people making angels with Swarovski Crystals, but she claims she is the only one that can have four beads on an angel wing. 
I have a great idea, I need to get 5-10 people to make angels with the beads I use and create a listing on Etsy for 20 cents per listing and then if you sell it you pay the PayPal fees plus Etsy seller fees, but you keep the rest of the money you made off your creation. To bad I could not really get people to do this that would be a hoot.   

Here is the link to all that Etsy needs from another person to deactivate your listings? I want to know who is the idiot that would allow this to happen without any proof. No one is safe to sell on Etsy with these rules. Ridiculous!  
The six pieces of information they require is not sufficient information from the person making such claim. Below is all you have to do to make your claim that someone is infringing up your copyright. Crazy! 

A physical or electronic signature of a person authorized to act on behalf of the owner of the copyright or intellectual property right that has been allegedly infringed upon (by fax or regular mail – not by email, except by prior agreement);
  1. Identification in sufficient detail of the material being infringed upon (for an allegation of a patent infringement, please provide a patent number);
  2. Identification of the material that is claimed to be infringing upon the intellectual property. Include information regarding the location of the infringing material with sufficient detail so that Etsy is capable of finding and verifying its existence (for listings, please provide item numbers);
  3. Contact information about the notifier including the name of the intellectual property owner, the name and title of the person contacting Etsy on the owner's behalf, the address, telephone number and, if available, e-mail address;
  4. A statement that the notifier has a good faith belief that the material is not authorized by the intellectual property or copyright owner, its agent, or the law; and
  5. A statement made under penalty of perjury that the information provided is accurate and the notifying party is authorized to make the complaint on behalf of the intellectual property or copyright owner.

Why Were My Items Deactivated?
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1)  Etsy received a notice from Theresa June Byard (theresajune@aol.com) of pearlplaceNmore.etsy.com. The notice said that Ms. Byard owns the Copyright Registrations "Theresa June Byard Sun Catcher Collection" #1, #2, and #3, among others. According to the notice, certain material on Etsy is not authorized.

2) The notice drew attention to 2 listing(s) in your Etsy shop
including: 122321927 and 122323478.

3) The letter stated that these listing(s) incorporate designs,
symbols, language, images, or photographs that infringe upon
the concerned party's copyright or other intellectual property
right.

4) Etsy removed the listing(s) based on Etsy's Copyright and
Intellectual Property Policy: http://www.etsy.com/copyright_policy.php.

If you have questions about this claim or if you believe there
has been a mistake, please refer to the information below. You
may also want to directly contact the party who submitted the
notice or infringement using the contact information above.

Thank you,

Etsy

legal@etsy.com



I wrote them again for a certificate number and this what their reply was to me.




FEB 12, 2013  |  09:25PM UTC
Kathy -

We understand these issues can be difficult.

We adopted our policy toward copyright and intellectual property infringement in accordance with general U.S. intellectual property laws and the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (http://lcweb.loc.gov/copyright/legislation/dmca.pdf). Etsy received a notice about material in your shop. We are not a judge or jury. We are a venue, and as such, we complied with our policy and removed the material specified in the notice.

We sincerely hope you can resolve this with the appropriate party.
Jason
Etsy Legal Support 



Oh I may add also that I have notice throughout life that liars and manipulators are so good at what they do.

Some good new at the end of this day....I noticed that one of my angel suncatchers that has four beads on the wings has been left up, it was the #3 I bet, referring to notice above, I am just wondering and others, what are the others. I am glad they did not take more down.

I had a convo with the woman this evening and I asked her for the proof the document she refuses to give it to me, she says she gave it to Etsy and that is all she needs to do. If she was telling the truth she would show me the copyright. I would..... I mean that would put this matter to rest, but only liars like to hide from the turth. Truthful people will be very open and upfront.     

 ~Kat

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Fixing Mistakes

I've been a busy girl this week and I guess you can say bouncing here and there from one thing to another. I guess that is normal for me...LOL!

I made a card today but it's not cute anymore because I ruined it by touching the side of the tree with some copic markers, so then I tried to fix it by adding a shadow with the marker and it just looks awful. Although I look at it now it's not so bad, I just need to water color it to fix it or something. I mean... I love this card it was going to be a masterpiece! LOL! Lets see what I do with it this week. Maybe next time you come by it will be beautiful. Perhaps that will be a good challenge this week.


Tomorrow we are going for our ride to Coloma CA about 40 minutes away for a picnic with the kids, that will be nice.

I keep getting spammers at my blog, it is really pissing me off! I am losing my patience with the Internet today period!
Today on Etsy I got an email from a woman who apparently sells suncatchers on there as well and she wrote me a nasty email with most of it in caps saying (Yelling), she has a copyright to a beaded winged angel that has four beads on it, she used the term "quadruple". which is a better description, although I had not thought to call the angel a Quadruple Winged Angel because my focus was the rainbow. I made the angel to have 4 beads on each wing because there is seven colors in a rainbow. if I made the angel with just 7 colors in the wings that would be a lopsided angel so I added an extra bead using two different greens for the green part of the rainbow. Brilliant right! I know...he he...but apparently me thinking this way is stealing. Not!!
Here is the offending angel. She is a rainbow. I think it is cute.

 What a shocking thing for me to want to create rainbows right!... I am being sarcastic LOL!
She was threatening me and telling me I better take it down and on and on. The email was awful, rude and mean.
I have never seen her suncatachers before as I told her, and quite frankly I don't surf the Etsy to see what others are selling. I should for many reasons, but I don't because I don't have time and I enjoy coming up with my own ideas, don't really think I have a problem there. LOL again.
I mean look at me I am always creating something. Well I went to her site after she wrote me the mean threatening email and I checked out her stuff, sorry don't think my stuff looks like yours in any way. I have a lot of colorful creations, hers were not colorful at all and I found her suncatcher quite stark. Since she accused me of stealing her Quadruple winged angel idea I told her that I was not in love with her suncatchers and there was no ideas for me to steal. Good Grief Charlie Brown!

 I mean I really cannot believe it that she actually told me I had to take down my angel suncatcher from Etsy and that she has a copyright to beaded quadruple winged angels! does she think I am that stupid?  Her emails were really nothing more than harassment as far as I am concerned so I told her so and I wrote Etsy and told them as well. She has threatened me that Etsy is going to remove my angel from their website. I guess we will see what we will see. I will believe it when I see it.
I spent the better part of a year schooling to get my Paralegal Diploma and worked for an attorney. I think I can see fraud, lying, threats and harassment all over this, not to mention bullying.
I am sorry she is jealous or perhaps in her mind she really does think someone is stealing her idea, but four beads on an angel wing...come on that is just ridiculous stuff.
 I was reading on Etsy that this is quite a problem on there.... accusations flying around all over the place from one seller to another accusing them of stealing their ideas. That can really be very upsetting I have had it happen to me as well where someone has taken my very wording and wrote it for their adds. I am not even a great writer so it was quite the shock to me. LOL! I took it as quite the compliment. he he.
Okay off my soap box now.

I will keep you posted on if Etsy makes me take down my angel and then there will be feathers flying because I want to see this copyright!

Have a great Sunday!
~Kat
    

Thursday, February 7, 2013

This and That Thursday

Happy Thursday Morning!

My husband was sick after returning from a 3 day fishing trip and Superbowl party in Reno. There is a nice lake near there him and pop like to go to and they stay at the Peppermill where there is a huge Superbowl party each year. To loud and wild for me. My husband thinks it is wild also but he goes with his pop and they enjoy some time together. 


It was very cold on that lake 17 F. on Pyramid Lake in Nevada.

This week I finally gave one of smartphone apps a try it's called "Out of Milk" this is a great app, you should give it a try. You can type your grocery list on there, you will never forget it again and you can also scan items to put on the list, it's a free app. I love it!


You can even cross things off as you put them in your cart and save your list, pretty useful app. 
it does not have to be for groceries it could be for anything.

One of my External hard-drives died, I had a lot of files on there that I cannot retrieve, although I was told to purchase a program and maybe I can extract them from the drive. I will give that a try.

I purchased a different external harddrive with two harddrives on it, it's the WD My Book Live Duo, this thing is awesome. 
Check out that photo above you can share all your files from it to your phone using an app, I love it because i can share my photos on the double hard-drives and from one of the hard-drives i can access my photos via my smartphone, the whole iphoto album! this is just fantastic. You can share in your own personal cloud and access your files while away from home and create a special folder for family and share whole albums with them and give them a special passcode. 
It was a bit pricey but if you have a lot of photos like I do Scenery and Family then it is well worth the $380.00. 
I am going to put my photos online storage also for more protection. I have not lost any photos yet, so I need to get this done, I would just be devastated if I lost my digital photos.

Have a wonderful day!    
    ~Kat

Monday, February 4, 2013

Sun, Moon and the Stars!

The sun, moon and stars beautiful Swarovski Crystal Rainbow Suncatchers


Quadruple Rainbow Cluster Starburst Suncatcher

On Etsy

More Stars and Starburst are also located on each of those shops of mine, here is the link to my Krystal Kat's Shop for all my stars and starburst. I have patriotic star Suncatchers in Blue as well and lots more to select from.

Visit me at my Etsy or Artfire Website.


The Swarovski Crystal Sun-Sun Catcher.


These sunny sun catchers are available at Krystal Kat's online shop or my Etsy shop.

I thought that photo turned out pretty beautiful with my sun on the fence in the background.










Have a wonderful Monday and Sparkly Day!

~Kat

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Saturday, February 2, 2013

Shopping & Stuff

Steve is on a fishing trip and staying in a luxury hotel eating wonderful food this whole weekend up in Reno. On Sunday they are going to the super bowl party that is held at the Casino hotel every year. He seems to be having fun catching lots of fish and then throwing them back in the lake. His pop and him are having a contest about who catches the most and biggest fish. 

Today I had lunch with my mom and I went shopping with her. I bought a cute short sleeve sweater top that goes over the top of your dress or top. I don't know what they are called right off the top of my head, I bought a matching purse for it, but I am going to carry this purse all spring and summer long. I don't buy that many purses. This one was expensive since JCPenny does not have the good sales anymore like they used to. I don't find many purses I like, so I did buy this one at $50.00 which is pretty pricey as far as I am concerned for a purse.   


This is the mint green sweater top I got to wear over some of my tops that will look good with it. I have this top and then I can wear it with black or white or other floral tops I might have. 
Here is the cute matching purse.
 

Pretty good match don't you think?





Next weekend I am planning a picnic with the kids up to Coloma CA about 40 minutes away this is wear they mined for Gold. Steve and I drive up there often and stop there on our way here and there, but we've not been there for a picnic yet and the area is beautiful under the trees. The weather might be 64 degrees there next weekend which is nice weather if it is sunny.

Here is a few photos that were taken in the fall of 2009 on our stop through there on our way home from Placerville the birth place of the painter of light Thomas Kinkade now passed away sadly and we were about the same age. It was interesting to find out things about him that were not public after his passing.

Look at the beautiful park there, it's just gorgeous. I hope the weather holds up for us. Have a wonderful weekend. 

~Kat

   
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