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Tuesday, November 5, 2013


Recently Etsy decided to accept wholesalers as sellers.  This is a crushing blow to those of us who are artists of handcrafted merchandise.  We will be over run in no time by mass produced items at rock bottom prices.  For beadmakers, like myself, the quality of beads you will soon find on Etsy will be inferior.  Beads that are made by wholesalers are often made by children in sweatshops.  The beads are not annealed.  Annealing is a process by which the molten bead is slowly cooled down over an 8-12 hour period.  This insures that the bead is strong and it will not break under normal use….now, if you take it out in the street and let a Mac truck run over it, that's a different story.  Kiln wash is used on the mandrels, which are the small stainless steel rods on which the beads are made .  It keeps the glass from sticking to the mandrels.  Beadmakers, who make beads as pieces of art, clean the kiln wash out of each bead and smooth the holes, where the mandrels were, before they sell their beads, not so for most wholesale beadmakers.  Etsy used to be a wonderful place.  A person could find many beautiful, one of a kind, items there.  Now you will find an item listed as one of a kind, but if you do a search you might find 20 other items that look exactly like it…….So I had to tell you this before I could tell you want else I wanted to write about tonight.  I play candy crush saga…..OCCASIONALLY.  It is not working like it used to, which is kind of making me a little grumpy, and that could be because I am getting bronchitis for the FIFTH time this year.  After a trip to the doctor I started on antibiotics and PREDNISONE……and we all know that I am never at my best when under the influence of PRED.  Well, it does make my joints feel better, but my sweet disposition just gets lost in the shuffle of all the madness, so I wrote this on FB tonight

Dear Candy Crush Saga,
Yes, I play your game periodically and to me it a great time waster, but there are parts of my day (or sometimes night) that a time waster is exactly what I need. I don't have to think about anything but getting little candies all in a neat little row. Kind of sad, but true. I know you are a money maker for Facebook, which is why I don't understand why I, and so many others are having the problems with you that we are.  For the last 10 days I have not been able to collect one gifted life or extra move.  Oh, I've been gifted many.  It's just that every time I start a game you refuse to work, so I have to restart you several times. Restarting makes all those extra gifts disappear. I've cleared my cache, tried Google Chrome and Firefox.  They all do the same thing, eat the bonuses and require a restart.  I'm wondering if this is a ploy to get players to spend more money?  You wouldn't do that to your faithful players would you? Seems like there are other venues on the web who are changing the rules so they make more money.  Etsy comes to mind  See, I don't have to win, I just keep playing the same game over and over, because it's kind of mindless, like I said.  However after playing the same game for 10 days with no extras that were gifted to me, I'm getting a little cranky and I'm thinking I will go back to one of the other games I play…on another channel.
Just my two cents

  I wonder how long it will stay.  Okay, I'm done.  Just pretend you never read this.


  1. I don't play FB games but I do play online Mah jongg and compete with myself for time. It's also rather mindless and a good time waster. Here's a link to one of the sites I go to:
    I'm sorry you're getting sick again but while on Pred., get the vacuuming and dusting done with all the extra energy.
    The etsy issue: everybody's out for the $$$ - screw quality art, eh?
    Speaking of quality art - how did your show go?

  2. My show was adequete. Not the very best, but not the worst either. How about yours?

  3. Mine was good. Not fantastic but nothing will compare to my open houses of years past.