Tuesday, April 28, 2009

eBay, PayPal & Me

Sorry guys no photos this time, in fact it will be the last post from me for a little while because I am using my daughter's computer, but I will use it as often as I can and I can still get emails via my phone and my iTouch and even look at sites on both but much too hard to write on the phone or the iTouch entries for this blog but I can answer emails in short sentences or else I will break my nails. Now for the story of eBay, Paypal & Me.

I have had a little Apple Mac for about 3 or 4 years. Anyway last November/early December I tripped over the charging wire, flex whatever you call it and it broke. Well the flex thing didn't break but when I bought it instead of it being magnetic like it is now it had a male and female part with the female part inside and that was what had broken so it couldn't be charged or used off of the mains. So I took it to my local Apple shop to see if they could fix it for me. The outcome of it was the guy in the Apple shop told me to take it home and claim on our household insurance because it was going to cost far more than any excess we had to fix it. The outcome, even after my pleading with them (the insurance company) to fix it was that they couldn't and because it was second from top of the range they had to replace it like for like. So I ended up with the new Macbook Pro which was 15.4" big instead of the 13" I had and so it was bigger and heavier than my original little Mac and the keys were more spread out and no matter how hard I tried to like it like my original I just didn't. So I decided to sell it on eBay and buy myself a smaller one.

Now the sale ended yesterday with a man buying it on eBay after telling me it would be better if we didn't involve them and that he would just pay me via PayPal and leave eBay out of it altogether. I replied that I was definitely not prepared to do this under any circumstances and if he didn't want to go through eBay and PayPal in the proper manner then just forget it. So all day I'm waiting for him to pay with one excuse after the next. Finally at around 5:55pm I checked my PayPal account with him standing here and sure enough the payment had gone through. So I let him take the computer. BIG MISTAKE. BIG BIG MISTAKE.

The next thing that happened was I got an email from PayPal telling me that the payment was fraudulent and they had put a freeze on it. I have been calling them and calling them and eBay and the outcome, so far, is that eBay have banned this little sh*t and sent me an email telling me this and PayPal are still looking into it. So for now I have no laptop and no money and the laptop sold for £1125.00 (around $1800).

Now the moral of the story is that if you sell something on eBay and even if they pay you through PayPal if you haven't MAILED it and they collect it you have no proof and aren't covered under their sellers warranty thingy. SO NEVER EVER LET ANYBODY COLLECT AN EBAY PURCHASE FROM YOU just make sure you mail it recorded delivery so you have proof that it has been sent.

Now as far as my PIF is concerned this month's was gong to be a RAK anyway, I had decided, but I will be putting on some more things as a giveaway again so keep watching. I will try and post a photo of the RAK as soon as I am sure that it has been received.

You know they saying buyer beware well in this case it is seller beware as well.

So until next time ...

Lots of Love

Patti xxx

Nobody can make you feel inferior without your permission - Eleanor Roosevelt

P.S. I called the police three times after this happened yesterday and they did not want to know in any shape, form or size. They are more interested in catching people speeding!

P.P.S. At the behest of my husband's nagging (yes husband's do nag - at least mine does) I phoned the police again this afternoon and they were interested, in fact very interested and they have taken down all the details and even given me a crime number and said they would be in touch with both PayPal and eBay to ascertain exactly what is happening and told me I could call them anytime up to 11pm any night. So that is a little result at least. Also I managed to get the serial number from Apple as I had registered it so all the Apple stores have been notified that if anybody brings in a Macbook Pro with my serial number on it they are to just keep it and give it back to me. To another result. No money but at least I feel like something is happening.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

According to Random Org my New Winner is ....

List Randomizer

There were 50 items in your list. Here they are in random order:

  1. CindyMae
because I have yet to hear from Stitchingranny I decided to do a new List Generator thingy, but don't worry if Stitchingranny does eventually email me she will still get the chart she hankered over plus more because trust me I have loads.

Anyway will CindyMae please email me with her full name and address and the charts will wing their way to you as soon as I have this information.

Now on to more better stuff. First as a condition of Nina's Blogaversary gifts you had to leave a comment on her blog plus you had to take and show a photo of your collection of scissors so here is part of mine. I just can't find some of them. So TaDa just for you Nina ...

Next is a photo of the Scissor Fob I got for my friend Carol's (no blog sorry) birthday

Then I got an early present from my friend Chris (another one who has bags of time to stitch because she doesn't have a blog either and nor does she spend hours looking on the computer at other peoples blogs) who I stitch with most weeks and is also a member of The Sampler Guild

And finally there is some stitching. Now this first one, in fact they both are exchanges. The first one is going to be a bookmark believe it or not, I promise you it will be and I will show you the finished article once it has been received by it's new owner. It has to be mailed on or before Apirl 30, which it will be, and it will be finished into a bookmark and I will take photos of the front and back of it. I stitched both things on 40ct one over two with the called for threads.

For the last piece of Stitching I have put some silk over the Person's initials who is getting this from me. I have to say I was really disappoined with the threads that were called for in the one pictured below because they were Crescent Colors, which I don't think I have ever used before, and I found that they had hardly any variation in them. I don't, on the whole, like threads of more than one color but I do like hand dyed threads to be various shades of one color, which sort of goes from dark to light etc., the best and I sort of expected this because they were hand-dyed but it just didn't happen. Again it isn't finished, well the stitching is but not the actual finishing and it will be I promise because this one doesn't have to be out until the end of May but it will be received way before then, probably so that I can show you the finished article in all its glory.

So until next time ...

Lots of Love

Patti xxx

Nobody can make you feel inferior without your permission - Eleanor Roosevelt

P.S. The Cat on the House is a free design by Sheepish Designs and if anybody would like it if you just leave me your name and email address on where you write comments I would be pleased to send it to you.

Monday, April 20, 2009

And the Winner is + More Eye Candy

There were 51 items in your list. Here they are in random order:
  1. Stitchingranny
So Helen (aka Stitchingranny) can I please have your full name and address and the charts shall wing their way to you.

Now for the eye candy. If you remember when I took the photos as Britta's I only took one photo of my friend Chris's eye candy. But that was easily rectified as I see her all the time, so, when I went to her house I took all of these photos (Chris doesn't have a blog):

This is a smallish basket that Chris got from Sandra and try as I might I couldn't get a good photo of this so here it is in the basket and now I know chart (thanks Carol) on the inside of this basket was by Merry Cox and is called
Where Thy Heart Belongs
(all photos are once again clickable to make them larger)

The left side of it

the right side of it

The bottom which shows who she is and when it was stitched

This is the smallish basket next to the tiny basket which you can see below

This is the tiny basket and trust me it is really tiny

This is called (I think) The Mother's Tree by Marilyn Levitt Imblum

I don't know who designed this but it is just absolutely gorgeous as you can see

The Four Seasons

Another box with Red Reindeer in it by Birds of a Feather

Don't know who it's by but I do know that I love it

And finally the Piece De Resistance
Village of Hawk Run Hollow

Well that's it from me for today but I do hope you have enjoyed my sharing of Chris's photos with you because her stitching is amazing and her finishing is equally so.

So until next time ...

Lots of Love

Patti xxx

Nobody can make you feel inferior without your permission - Eleanor Roosevelt

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Yes there is still a giveaway but ...

which is still going on until April 20 but I just had to show you all what I received from Wendy Jo yesterday. I just couldn't wait any longer. I signed up for Wendy Jo's PIF and the deal was I would receive a stitched item from her and in return I would in turn send a PIF to three people who signed up with me. Well as the signing up had been really slow, and to be honest I didn't give it very much time, I just decided that I wanted my PIF to be that I would stitch something every other month and giving it away on my blog as a PIF, I have to be honest after I decided how happy I was with doing this once, I went on and signed up for two more PIFs, one giving away 2 stitched items and another one giving away 3 so in all I signed up to give away 8 things and so far I have given one away with another one happening on the 1st of May with the photo of what you will get going up on the 21st of April.

So on to the beautiful Pinkeep I received from Wendy Jo and without further ado here it is in all it's glory and it really is quite quite glorious (sorry Wendy Jo I pinched your photos because they were there, they were very very good and it was easier) and I really love it to pieces

I also was very very lucky to be sent by Wendy Jo a birthday present which is a Shepherds Bush kit that I had been wanting since I saw how Deb stitched and finished hers (Deb is a PHENOMENAL finisher who does other peoples finishing (for a small fee) btw as well as a really really good stitcher) over one instead of two and as I am really into stitching over one I will, now that I have it in my (greedy little) hands, do the same with it. What you can see here is the photo of the stitched item along with the scissors (which I do not have YET):

Now here is what Deb has done with it, and I shall copy because I don't think I have ever in my whole life had an original though in my brain so here stitched over one with great finishing by Deb (pictures courtesy of Deb too)

So until next time ...

Lots of Love

Patti xxx

Nobody can make you feel inferior without your permission - Eleanor Roosevelt

P.S The final two links to Deb - the first one goes to her blog but the last one goes to her finishing album which if you click on make sure you have at least an hour to spare because I promise you that you will be there at least that long!

Monday, April 13, 2009

A Giveaway + Some More Eye-Candy

Ok it's time for another giveaway. I am having a really huge stash clear out and it's been at least a month since I had one so here are some charts that one lucky person will win in a draw on the 20th of April 2009:

These are:
  1. Roses are Red by La-D-Da
  2. Mostly Ghostly by Waxing Moon Designs
  3. Willow House by Backbird Designs
  4. Daisy Love by Trail Creek Farm
  5. Granny's Apples by Full Circle Designs
  6. Flame of Friendship by Full Circle Designs
All you have to do to win these charts is just leave a comment saying you would like to win them.

Now for the eye candy. These are the photos I took of Sandra's wonderful stitching at Britta's in February I think - it could have been March but I can't remember. Please remember I have the brain of a gnat (mosquito) now! Anyway this is the last of the photos I took at Britta's so enjoy. Sorry I can't remember what each one is. Though I am pretty sure the first one is a Stacy Nash design, the second one is Ghosties & Ghoulies by Moss Creek, the third one is a class of Merry Cox's that Sandra took at Criss Cross Row, and sorry that's all I can remember.

Truly these photos never do justice to anybody's stitching but especially not to Sandra's whose stitching and finishing are second to none and just extraordinarily GORGEOUS!

So until next time ...

Lots of Love

Patti xxx

Nobody can make you feel inferior without your permission - Eleanor Roosevelt


Saturday, April 04, 2009

I am just so lucky

Well it still looks like my biscornu hasn't arrived so I'm getting ready to stitch another one, after I finish my bookmark exchange piece.

The reason I am so lucky is because I received my biscornu this morning from KathyB and it is literally to die for as you can now see along with three gorgeous Crescent Color Threads

This is the whole package including the lovely card as well

This is the front of this amazing Biscornu. I love pink and I love hearts and Kathy must have read my mind

This is the back of it which has both our initials, the year and the fact that it was
a Tiny Treasures Exchange

Thanks to my friend Carol I found these great plate stands on eBay and ordered just 10 of them. Don't worry I shall be ordered more. It has made the top of my little fire so much neater and they are just perfect for displaying smalls of all kinds. Thank you so much Carol.

Now thanks to Deb I managed to fall in love with these Scissor Fobs by Zecca I managed to buy two from The Loopy Ewe but on looking now I have found a much better selection at Stitching Bits and Bobs who sometimes take ages to deliver things but if you are prepared to wait a while I would order from them. Thanks so much Deb and you call yourself my friend! Ok you are really and I really do love these fobs so much ....

... that I bought two of the. One for me and one for my friend Carol (sorry no blog) who just loved it to pieces. I gave her the choice of the pink one or the blue one (which is rather like the third one pictured not in this photo but the one above this one) and luckily enough for her she chose the right color and left me with the pink one.

I also bought her this Puffin Thread Separator which you can get from here in the U.K. and I don't know where anywhere else but I'm sure they are around. The really good thing about buying this in the country where I reside is that it didn't actually cost me any extra and Holliestitch doesn't charge for postage in the U.K. either.

Now these are the absolutely gorgeous silks I received this morning from Vikki Clayton to do Houses of Hawk Run Hollow in and I am so excited to be starting this I just can't tell you but I am going to finish my exchanges first before I become engrossed in this. I have also ordered more fabric, Wichelt again, from Needle in a Haystack to be sent straight to the lady that is going to grid it for me to stitch ATS. Now I know you have heard me talking about stitching this for well over a year but I have been too chicken to start it and will now it will be gridded so I can't make any counting mistakes on it.

Finally Renae is having a surprise giveaway so pop over to her blog and leave a comment! The winner will be posted on April 20th.

until next time ...

Lots of Love

Patti xxx

Nobody can make you feel inferior without your permission - Eleanor Roosevelt