Monthly Archives: September 2005

Fair Wins

Taj Mahal by Chatelaine – 1st Place and Best of Show for General Cross Stitch:

Teresa Wentzler Birth Sampler – 1st Place and Best of Show for Specialty/Other Cross Stitch:

Chatelaine Aer Bellpull – First Place for Bellpulls

Vampyre Choker – 1st Place for Handcrafted Jewelry

Angels Ornament – 1st Place for Seed Beadwork:
My cat Kismet with no fur on her back legs because she chewed it off while I was gone:

Just threw the last one in to see if you were paying attention 🙂


Problem solved

I got this email this morning:

“After thinking about it for the weekend and having the hubby look at the stand, I’m going to go ahead and paypal you the rest of the money. He said he would get the new clamp for my anniversary present.”

I sent her an email back telling her I’d meet her halfway and for her to only paypal me $25 more. I’m happy with that, and hopefully she will be too.

I am so upset I could cry

I offered a stand for sale on the TWBB. It’s an Ergo floor stand. I found a buyer. She wanted to pay in two installments of $50 and I said fine. I sent her the stand after I got her first $50 payment.

Today I get this:

The Ergo arrived today. I do have a question about the clamp. It’s not like any of the Artisan Design clamps that I have, nor is it like the 8 yr old clamps that my friend Vanessa has. It’s not finished like an Artisan clamp. Did you replace the clamp with another brand?

So I respond:

I think the clamp came from K’s creations but cannot be certain – I had the clamp from a previous stand and it worked well with both qsnaps and scroll frames so I kept it. I don’t have any extra clamps running around that I can find, just the one that came with my current K’s creations lap stand which is the only other stand I have.

And I get:

You never mentioned that you didn’t have the clamp that came with the Ergo. I have never cared for K’s Creations products. For me to replace it with an Artisan Designs clamp would cost me an additional $35 plus shipping. By the time I give you $100 plus shipping, then I turn around and buy the clamp from Artisan, I could pretty much have paid for a brand new Ergo. Needless to say, I’m not happy at all about this. I feel that you sold this to me under false pretenses. There was no mention at all about this not having the original clamp.

So I respond:

I am very sorry that you are upset. I was not planning to ask you to pay the shipping anyway. As far as I can tell, base price on the Ergo is $164 and the chart holder is $43. So the total for that would be $207 plus shipping brand new. I sold you mine for $100. I was not going to ask you for the shipping because you are a fellow BBer.

What do you suggest we do to resolve this?

And I get:

“You also didn’t mention the chartholder, which is something that I would never have purchased in the first place. If I had wanted the chart holder, I could have purchased it for half price last week at Hobby Lobby. If you can come up with the original clamp, I’ll gladly pay the remaining $50. Paying $100 for a used Ergo that was complete wouldn’t be bad buy, but this one is pretty beat up and doesn’t have the original clamp, so that further devalues it.”

Ok, pretty beat up? Not really. It’s actually in very good condition. It has a few scratches on the part that goes under the chair – that’s the part that goes UNDER the recliner and it’s going to get scratched. $100 for a $200 stand – that’s really good in my opinion. And I was nice enough to send it to her BEFORE I got her full payment, which is something a lot of folks wouldn’t do. And since she was OBVIOUSLY having financial issues, I was not going to ask her to pay shipping.

For someone who sent this as an original email:

“Hi Melanie-
I saw your post about selling your Ergo. I’ve been wanting one for a long time but just couldn’t afford one. I would love to buy the one that you have but wanted to know if you would take payment over the course of two weeks.

She sure has turned into a nightmare. I’ve NEVER had a problem with a trade on the BB before. NEVER. This is horrifying to me. And very upsetting to be ACCUSED in this manner. It frankly makes me feel like she’s trying to get something for nothing.

Then I just got this:

“You should still tell whomever buys it that it does not come with the original clamp. It was a big shock when I opened the package and found some other piece that obviously didn’t go with it. And since you’ve edited the original post, I don’t know if it mentioned the chart holder or not. I don’t recall that it did. Even so, you need to be forthcoming about the condition of the stand and every thing that comes with it.”

Will she not let it go?? Did I not just SAY fine?

I sent her this:

I’m sorry you’re unhappy. I will refund your $50 when the stand returns to me.

Please ship it to:


HELP!! Am I wrong here??? Or is she being a b*tch???

Cookout on Saturday

Daria (our German Shepherd) and Nala (Preston’s Mutt) play in the yard.
Daria’s winning.
This is my beautiful girl – Black Forest Lady in Red aka Daria.
This is Graham. Graham is 2.
I love Graham. He’s my dear friend Becky’s son.

Monochrome SAL

I’m stitching The Token by Long Dog on Platinum Lugana with Dinky Dyes silk thread in a lovely green.

OK, so I started on Thursday. And made the discovery on Sunday night that the fabric was too small. Eek.

I restarted on Monday. Here’s the Monday progress:

And made more progress last night: