Tuesday, November 29, 2016

My Psycho Copycat on Etsy

I had started on Etsy in January of 2011 and got into teacups about the late Summer or early Fall of that year.

I came to have an emphasis on vintage teacups in my Etsy shop, ShoponSherman.

In the past year or two I started seeing shops copying me.  They'd copy my keywords, and titles.  And they started copying my slanted pic style.

Then the beginning of this year I noticed a shop also trying to copy my pic style of close-ups, and I could see she copied my titles and keywords.

It is this shop, vintageteacupshop:

You can see it in this listing:


And in her entire shop:


You can see she went to a blue background like mine.  And that really bugged me.

And I told her about it.  

I told her that her entire shop was copied.

That even her shop name was copied.  She copied a part of her description from another shop too.

I should have let it go.  I should have let her go.

But I didn't.

And it cost me my shop.  It cost me all the nearly 6 years of every day work.  And all the success.

It is very bizarre how she copied so much of her shop.  She copied a lot of me and my pic taking style.  Her name.  Her description.

She has mental problems.

Hope she gets help.  

ShoponSherman is CLOSED.

I was in a dispute with another seller for copying me.

Etsy closed my account permanently.

Sad.  Disappointing.

Time to do something else.

Where are you Christmas? Faith Hill

Vince Vance and the Valiants - All I Want for Christmas is You

Monday, November 28, 2016

Thank you, Angels, for the Inspiration

As part of an order I just sold a brooch in my vintage Etsy shop.  I have about 6 boxes of vintage jewelry and I didn't know which box it was.  I did know that a few of my boxes of jewelry were in a back room.  I was planning on go back and digging them out and going through them.

Then I thought that the brooch was in the box of jewelry right next to me here at the computer.

I opened it up and looked through it....and there it was.

Thank you, Angels, for the inspiration and for helping me find the brooch.

Of course, I have known for a long time that I should be thanking God.  And saying thanks to  my angels.

But I have not.  Not nearly as much as I should have over the years.

But they help me, and I can feel it every day.  In the little thoughts and feelings and impulses of inspiration. And in other ways.

Thank you again, Angels.

Almost time for bed.

Kelly Clarkson - Underneath the Tree


I have the tv on with a rerun of Spin City on Laff.  I was upstairs on the computer when I decided to go down and get one of my items to pack.  I stepped into the front room and sat down in front of the tv to watch a little bit of the episode.   Just after I sat down the Mayor of New York talk to Paul at the water cooler he had put into the office to start conversations.  The Mayor said that maybe people aren't using the water cooler for conversation because they didn't have anything to discuss.   And what if they had something to discuss?  Then he pulls out his handmade sign with "God?" on it.

Back to work for me.


Wow.  Just after I clicked "Post" on the above post I got a sale in my vintage Etsy shop and checked on it.

It was the Sezzatinni tray with the fingers of God touchign Adam's finger from Michaelangelo's Sistine chapel.

Now, back to work.

Ann Coulter on Single Mothers

309 Etsy Search Views Yesterday! Woo Hoo!

The Christmas shopping season has begun.

Yesterday was the first day I had 300 views from Etsy search since February or the beginning of March.  Mostly because of Etsy's 2nd declumping change in March.

Etsy had "declumped" page 1 by only letting 1 shop on the front page.  But shops were having more than 1 item on page 2, 3, onward.

So this March they declumped further back.  And that hurt my vintage shop.

I believe it was in 2013 into 2014 where I had one long period where I was averaging in the 300's with days in the 400's of views from Etsy search.

Even through last late summer through the beginning of this year I was regularly in the 300's.

I even had some freaky highs because my vintage shop was trending.

No longer.

This summer I was below 200 views from Etsy search most days.  I had a day of 270 in August and thought that was the beginning of higher search views, but I was wrong.

So yesterday was a Sunday, and after Thanksgiving.  So this is just the Christmas shopping bump.  I believe it will last 2-3 weeks.

In years past it would last through March.

Oh well.

I will enjoy these next 3-4 weeks and see what happens.

Time to get to work packing orders.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

200 Search Views after 6 PM

So it is good to see the high views from Etsy search.  Although it is a Sunday.  And a Sunday after Thanksgiving.

I might finish with about 270 views from Etsy search.

I did have that many back in August and thought my search views had finally come up, but they went back down into the low 200's and even mid-200's.

I have not reached 300 views from Etsy search since the very beginning of the year before Etsy did their 2nd "de-clumping" in March.  I used to regularly be in the 300's with some days in the 400's this time of year.  Those days are gone for good.

Back to work..

Friday, November 25, 2016

Carson at HUD spells trouble for Obama's diversity rule

Carson at HUD spells trouble for Obama's diversity rule: Ben Carson's appointment to head the Department of Housing and Urban Development likely would mean trouble for President Obama's new housing diversity rule and would put a noted skeptic of many government anti-poverty programs in control of many of them. The famed neurosurgeon and former presidential candidate will spend Thanksgiving thinking about the possibility of serving as President-elect Trump's HUD secretary, a spokesman said Wednesday. If he takes over the agency, many housing advocates will be left to wonder what his agenda is, given that he has no record on housing-related issues. Diane Yentel, president of the National Low Income Housing Coalition, said the choice of Carson would be surprising, given his apparent lack of experience with or knowledge of the programs he would oversee.

2 of My Favorite Christmas Commercials

These 2 Christmas commercials still make me laugh out loud every time I see them.  I think they are brillaint,  And well done visually too.

The first is the M & M commercial.  "He does exist!".  "They do exist". *faint* LOL.

One part I think is well done is showing the M & Ms in the gold Christmas ornament.  And also the close-ups.

And the 2nd Christmas commercial had me laughing out loud the very first time I saw it.

It is the Planters Peanut Christmas party commercial:

It has great visuals too.  The showing of only the root beer.  To showing the band-aid on Mr Peanuts head. lol.   And when the nutcracker opens his mouth when Mr Peanut turns around I lost my breath the first time I saw that!  LOL.  Great!  lol.

Two brilliant and very funny commercials.

I wish I could think like those creators think.  To say so much. So cleverly.  In a short segment.  And to present them so visually well.  Well done.

Looking forward to the new commercials for Christmas 2016.

Thursday, November 24, 2016

On Thanksgiving, Remember Abraham Lincoln, One of Our WORST Presidents in History

Thanksgiving was created as a national holiday in 1863 when Abraham Lincoln declared a day of thanksgiving and praise to God, our Father in heaven.

And, of course we have all been told about honest Abe and how he freed the slaves.

But the truth is much different.

It was I discovered Thomas DiLorenzo's book, The Real Lincoln and Lincoln Unmasked, that I learned the truth about Abe, and how he was one of our worst presidents.

Not only did he commit many UnConstitutional acts, he was terrible for States rights and the press AND..
he actually did not like blacks and was PRO slavery and was willing to add it to the Constitution:


Thomas DiLorenzo talks are very interesting and enlightening.  He is a Libertarian.

From him I learned that the Civil War was over tariffs and State's rights.

There are many reasons why Lincoln was deified. Mostly political, I am sure.

But, the one thing we need to do is to pray to learn the truth.  About all things.

Happy Thanksgiving..

Saturday, November 12, 2016

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Only 19 Search Views at 5:30 AM

Within the past week I had a day of search views in the 260's, and I thought they had finally come up for the fall and the shopping season.

I guess I was wrong.

Here on a saturday morning, usually one of my highest search view days of the week, I have only 19 views from Etsy search.

Even when they have been low all summer I'd still be in the 30's or 40's by now.

I will probably end the day with fewer than 200 views from Etsy search.
2 days ago I finished with only 166.  When on the same day last year I had 255.

It has been a very good 11 days of November.   So I can't complain too much. And I'm doing slightly better than last year for the past 30 days.

And search views are only about 160 fewer than last year for the first 11 days of the month.  Which is not nearly as bad as I was thinking.

But they are not nearly as good as I thought they'd be.  I could be doing even better this month and this Fall if I had the search views I had last year.

Back to bed.

11:11, 4:44, 5:12

I worked at my garden job yesterday.  It was a day of clean-up.  I cut down the hydrangeas, blew leaves, put away the water features, put away some small pieces of furniture, and a few other tasks..

I was carrying the shop-vac to the concrete birdbath when I thought to check the time.  It was 11:11

After work I walked down to the Goodwill.  I did pretty good.  I was glad I went.  I got a nice old looking pencil signed print and a pair of very cool clear glass candlestick holders, and some other things.

After leaving, when I got up to the bus stop I thought to check the time.  I looked at my watch and it was 4:44.

I got home and checked my email.  I had an email from the owner of the garden.  He thanked me for my hard work for the day.  He had sent it at 5:12.

Back to bed.

Sunday, November 6, 2016

283 Search Views Yesterday, Sat Nov 5th: HIghest Since Beginning of the Year

So in my vintage shop since Etsy changed search again in March to deal with clumping after page 3 my search views went down and stayed down all year.

In August I reached 274 and thought my views were going to come up again for the Fall.  But they dropped down to below 200 again.

Until yesterday.

I finished with 283 views from Etsy search.  The highest since the Spring.  And probably since February or March.

I have not reached 300 views from Etsy search, a number I reached regularly prior to the "declumping" since the beginning of the year.  Probably the end of Feb or beginning of March.

And now here at 3:50AM I already have 45 views from Etsy search.  300 search views today????  Or soon???

Back to bed.