December 4, 2016: Hola everyone! Winter has arrived in Milwaukee and there are snow flurries today. Despite several hard freezes remarkably my "spikes" in two of my patio planters have absolutely refused to die. The rosemary and thyme plants I nursed inside the house through last winter spent the summer in their pot outside next to the side stoop off the driveway, where they get plenty of sunshine all day long. I transplanted them into a cozy sheltered spot right next to the stoop in October and they are still green and growing, too! With the delay in getting the drywall patching done in the relatively minor "reconstruction" work I had done in my kitchen, I am way behind my time in getting the house decorated. But yesterday I got my wreath decked out with extra lights and dressed the front door of the house, and my battery-operated traditional candles were put up on the window sills all around the house Friday evening. It becomes a ritual to go around at dusk and turn the tops to the right to turn the candles "on" and at bedtime to go around and turn the tops to the left to turn the candles "off." Today I put some "glittery" throw pillow covers purchased new last month from H&M on three of my sofa pillows to glam things up a bit in the living room and add some sparkle. Later on, after I sufficiently fuel myself up with wine and snacks and probably to distract myself while I listen to the Packers game on the radio, I will huff and puff and pull my artificial tree up from storage in the basement. I will decorate it simply this year. Every year I say that, and every year I end up throwing just about everything except the kitchen sink on the tree. I am very proud of myself this year, though. I did not buy a single new ornament or Christmas doo-dad for the house (throw pillow covers don't count!!!) Happy Holidays to all, with hope and fervent prayers for 2017. I've a feeling we're all going to need a lot of help from Goddess in the coming year. Jan

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Content Thieves!

Unrelated to Maison Newton, I've been involved in a website of an entirely different type for 13 years now - Goddesschess.  During our time online, we've had things stolen from us without either suitable credit to or a link back to the original source.  It's very difficult to track thieves down, if you can, and it takes a lot of time -- and that was back in the "early" days of the internet when people weren't as "sophisticated" as they are now about copying your work and covering their trails.  Ultimately, there isn't much one can do, particularly with content thieves from another country.  You can email, you can write, you can complain to hosts.  And usually nothing is ever done.

So, now, whenever something of ours (original written content by us or our contributors, original artwork and graphics) is hijacked, if we find out about it (and we usually do, sooner or later), we publicize the theft.  Thieves usually don't like that very much.

Anyway, I am writing about this because of a post I came across at Addicted 2 Decorating blog -- it was at (I think) one of the recent parties I visited at one of the decorating blogs I visit regularly, but for the life of me now I cannot remember which one.  Ach, been trying to track down where I saw it but now I can't find it, only the link to the actual post itself that I emailed to myself because I intended to write about it here.  Doh, Jan.  Here's the link to the original post from Addicted 2 Decorating.  It's enough to make your eyeballs boil! 

The post has generated lots of comments and sympathy from around the web.  I hope that Pinterest acts quickly to take down the page (or whatever it is called) with the stolen images and Kristi Linauer's incredible idea to make a fantastic wreath (it is stunning - take a look at the original post for her actual copyrighted photos and instructions).  I don't have anything here worth stealing, thank Goddess! 

We all need to speak out against this sort of thing when it happens to us and to others when we find out about it.  And I hope holy hell is breaking lose on Pinterest right now against the THIEF OR THIEVES!

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