September 12th, 2006
I did manage to squeeze in a little crafting before I packed up the sewing machine (which was a really sad experience. It felt like packing up my cat!). I wanted to make a few farewell gifts for friends and colleagues. I think this is the happiest I have ever been with one of my craft projects. I love the colors and patterns–it makes me think of a dreamy seascape. These really don’t take long after the cutting and pattern choices are nailed down. I’ve made a tutorial to help you on your path here.
I don’t usually use this space to rant, but I have a sharp one today. I’ve had the worst experiences with eBay. Nothing ever seems to go right, whether I’m buying or selling. This time around, we decided to auction off some media items and ran into an obscene customer and are having Paypal issues. Have any of you noticed the annoying ads and propaganda to get users to “upgrade” and use credit cards? I had no idea that this was no longer a choice each buyer could distinguish; if you use Paypal and your buyer decides to pay with a credit card, you may not ask them to pay with a bank account to avoid the charges. Between charges on eBay, shipping at the post office, and charges on Paypal, I am vowing here and now to never use eBay again. Craigslist, baby, that’s where it’s at. I would like to note that I received a very snooty email from Paypal after the nasty user (I sent a very sweet note reminding him that our eBay notes said Paypal bank payments only, and he fired back cursing and contacting all online authorities) lodged a complaint with Paypal instead of working it out with me. I’m a nice person! I’m easy to work with! Why are people mean!? Paypal is not my friend!