Monday, March 19, 2012

Can You Afford Pinterest???

I enjoyed my Pinterest boards....they were so pretty and it was relaxing to just go and look at all the pretties from gardens to jewelry and everything you can imagine in between! I have sadly deleted them all.

Why would I do this when I enjoyed it so much? Well, like so many things, it has gotten ugly out there and lawsuits are a very real possibility. If you belong to Linkedin, as I do, I am sure you are aware of all the chatter going on where Pinterest is concerned.

I hope I am not in any violation in reprinting this to my blog for all of you on Pinterest to consider.....

LinkedIn Groups
Discussion: Can you afford Pinterest?
For the first time when using one of these social sites i took the time to read about it first.Yes for the first time.When I signed for FB, Google+,Twitter and all the rest I just clicked the box.The difference this time was that a friend of mine was sued not long ago for breach of copyright.She had used a picture from the net to help her market her items.It was a very costly mistake.Basically when we pin something we are using someones pictures to help someone make money and it is not the owner of the picture.The next concern I had was when I read I was going to be liable for legals for Pin Interest as well if there ever was an issue.As a small person in this business world I just cant afford that.I do understand that the chances of me being sued are small but I am not going to allow any more risk factors to come into play.Etsy took the liberty of adding Pin Interest to their site without asking us sellers.I think this was not a very nice thing to do because they also didnt inform us of the pros and cons of using it either.They get to make money off the pictures that are pinned now as well.So I guess you can say well they make money off them anyways so what is a few more cents? The difference is that the contract I signed in for was for a site that basically works like a co-op and we all get the benefit of the group size.I pay for my listing and for sale and this effectively is my commitment to the site.I didnt give permission for my pics to be used in any other way that in the store I set up.So now Etsy says what?if you dont like it go somewhere else.I cant even block pinning of my pics from my store and so in some ways I am adding to the problem because by not doing anything it is implied as permission.
I choose not to play for many reasons.I do not say to anyone else to do what I do.I do say however, BE INFORMED.Ask questions, if you dont understand the answers, ask more and make sure you are comfortable with the information you get in reply.After all Pin Interest is not going to look after you if there is an issue.It says so in the fine print.
Just my two cents worth.

Posted by Tanya Boden

Thank you so much for stopping by....I missed St. Pat's Pink Saturday as we had so much going on here...Allie went off with newly made friends to the big St. Pat's day parade in downtown and then the girls had plans all day and so we were running them around and having fun, too. Green ketchup from Burger King was on the schedule! Now how do you suppose they make it green???

Talk soon!
♥ Jil

Sunday, March 11, 2012

I Heard A Robin Sing

Oh today was heavenly! It was sunny and 64 degrees! The birds were singing, kids had their skate boards out and the neighbor washed his car as he listened to a game....The next ten days are to be so much warmer and I will work in the gardens and forget all about winter....Hubby tells me not to be too surprised if we get a surprise snow, but I am thinking spring, not snow....I heard a Robins song, but could not find him, but soon we will have our usual nest in an outside corner of the porch and what fun it is to watch them grow!

I am working on spring and Easter things and above is a cute little bunny whose dress is actually a bag to fill with goodies... More bunnies on the way at < The Ruffled Rose>

Jil ♥

Friday, March 9, 2012

St. Pat's Pink Saturday

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Hello Sweet Friends....I have been MIA for the last couple of weeks getting ready for one of our darling granddaughters to come and stay with us for the rest of the school year. Yes, I am now trying to keep up with a 17 year old, our precious Miss A, which is a good thing and a huge challenge! :)

Our house is now "perkier" with this pretty lass. She is a high honor roll student with many talents....she debates for Model UN and has a singing voice that is so beautiful it brings tears. It is wonderful to have young blood and while she settles in and makes new friends, I worry she will get very bored with us, after all we are far, and I mean far from her peppy age and I know she is missing her mother and siblings...thank heavens she is patient and not demanding....she has checked out our new YMCA as she loves to exercise and keep in shape. I am so happy she found what she wants at the Y as this facility has a huge pool, basketball courts as well as a workout room and all sorts of wonderful programs for teens. The building is a new multi-floor building of glass overlooking the water....what could be nicer?

Where I slept in 'til I wanted to get up, I now have my alarm set for 6:30am and out the door to drive her to school at 7:15am. I will be honest and tell you, I was a little concerned about this, but after a couple of mornings I have found I really like motivates me and when the weather turns warm, I will get my gardening and watering done at the best time of the day. Then, I will have all day to create and keep the house and hopefully, get loads more done! And, it takes me back to when I was driving mine to school and makes me feel happy to do it again. ♥

I will keep you posted on the happenings here....I am sure there will be some laughs!

The pictures sandwiching my post, are two watercolors I treasure. They are by Arizona watercolorist, Jan Thompson. I was fortunate enough to meet her at a Prescott art show many years ago...they are my pinks and I hope you enjoy the amazing detail. I paint with watercolors and studied at Yavapai College in Prescott. She and my mother were and are my inspiration....Do click on the pictures to see them larger...

Have a fun and happy St. Patricks Day!
Warm Blessings To All!
Jil ♥