Thursday, January 22, 2015

Jewelry & Button SALE tomorrow!


The place: Round Rabbit Shop 
The day: TOMORROW FRIDAY, January 23th, 2014
The start time: 12:00 PM EST
Watch the action on Facebook: HERE

 This week's update is all about BUTTONS! I have hoards of buttons so I thought I should probably start listing them instead of keeping them hidden away. 
In addition to all the buttons I am having a 20% SALE on EVERYTHING in my shop. That's right, a sale on all buttons and all jewelry!! Just use the coupon code JanuarySALE at checkout. :)








To recap: 
The place: Round Rabbit Shop 
The day: TOMORROW FRIDAY, January 23th, 2014
The start time: 12:00 PM EST
Watch the action on Facebook: HERE
 
Use coupon code JanuarySALE at checkout to receive 20% off your total purchase! Hope to see you there! 

Thursday, January 8, 2015

VALENTINE'S Shop update TOMORROW, Friday January 9th!



The place: Round Rabbit Shop 
The day: TOMORROW FRIDAY, January 9th, 2014
The start time: 12:00 PM EST
Watch the action on Facebook: HERE

 It's that time of year! Hearts, hearts and more hearts!! 
First up (shown above) are some large heart pendants. Some of you may recognize the pattern as being the same as the one that was on the coasters I designed for Anthropologie. That's because it is! I love how it works on these big juicy hearts.





Be Mine bracelet focals. 




 I'm in love with these large Gypsy Heart pendants! I went crazy with the color and they have a wonderful smooth, stone-like feel.




 Gypsy Heart earring pairs! Super sassy and boho.




Large heart rings! Perfect for leather or wire wrapping. 



Last up are some sweetheart double sided beads. Good enough to eat! 

To recap: 

The place: Round Rabbit Shop 
The day: TOMORROW FRIDAY, January 9th, 2014
The start time: 12:00 PM EST
Watch the action on Facebook: HERE
 
Hope to see you there! 


Monday, December 22, 2014

Shop update TOMORROW December 23rd!


The place: Round Rabbit Shop 
The day: TOMORROW TUESDAY, December 23rd, 2014
The start time: 12:00 PM EST
Watch the action on Facebook: HERE
 
 
Last shop update of the year! First up are some lovely Asian Crane shadowbox beads. This is a design I've loved for many years. I made the mold from the most beautiful antique button in my collection.




 Double sided pine cone beads.




 I just love these shield earring pairs!




 And who doesn't like chevrons! Great colors to get us ready for Spring!




It's the return of the LongBoard pendant! 

To recap: 
The place: Round Rabbit Shop 
The day: TOMORROW TUESDAY, December 23rd, 2014
The start time: 12:00 PM EST
Watch the action on Facebook: HERE
 
Happy holidays, everyone! 

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Shop Update TOMORROW - ALL JEWELRY!



The place: Round Rabbit Shop 
The day: TOMORROW FRIDAY, December 5th , 2014
The start time: 12:00 PM EST
Watch the action on Facebook: HERE

 This week's update is entirely jewelry! I've been trying to get my shop filled with finished jewelry for what seems like forever, so I decided to devote an entire update to it. :)

I will be shipping everything on Monday and Tuesday of next week.


 










Sunday, November 23, 2014

Shop update TOMORROW, MONDAY the 24th!

 
The place: Round Rabbit Shop 
The day: TOMORROW FRIDAY, November 24th , 2014
The start time: 12:00 PM EST
Watch the action on Facebook: HERE
 
 First up, I want to thank everyone for their support concerning my copycat issue. The matter has been taken care of and I am very pleased with the outcome. No, the person in question did not do the right thing, but copyright law was on my side and they didn't have much choice in the matter. I really wish this whole situation never had to happen but I don't take being bullied lightly and no artist should. So, case closed. 
 
Let's move on, shall we? First up, shown above, are some watercolor glazed shadowbox beads. They are a pretty good size and will make a lovely focal. 




Rainbow buttons! These are a lot of fun. Glazed on both sides, they would make a great necklace or bracelet closure. 




Snowflake disc beads, glazed on both sides! They will be sold in sets of two. 




Beautiful snowflake connectors. These will also be sold in sets of two. 




I'm really excited about these bead frames! They are about 3/4" square and will also be sold in sets of two. 




Super festive double sided beads! 




And lastly, here is a batch of earrings! 

To recap: 

The place: Round Rabbit Shop 
The day: TOMORROW FRIDAY, November 24th , 2014
The start time: 12:00 PM EST
Watch the action on Facebook: HERE
 
Hope to see you there! 

Friday, November 14, 2014

What does being copied look like?

It's been quite some time since I tackled the ugly topic of copying. I suppose I have developed a tough skin over the years as I have watched my style (a style I have developed over the past 11 years) be appropriated and emulated by many people. What can one do when their style is imitated? Not too much. And I realize this. I also realize that now and then it is possible to make things that look like other's work when that was certainly not the intention. I have been there myself. I have made things inadvertently that are similar to someone else's work because we may have owned the same stamp or used the same technique in exactly the same way. It happens.
 But when someone makes pieces that are identical in every way to mine I am completely within my right to speak up. And when that person has a history of following my work very closely I have no doubt that their actions are intentional. 

Let's take a look, shall we? 


The blue pair on the left were made by me over four years ago. The green pair on the right where made recently by someone who has copied me. Coincidence? I don't think so. You see, this person has a history of closely following my work. She has written to me on two occasions: the fist time she was asking if she could copy a necklace I made since I was no longer selling on Etsy. The second time, which was only in September, was her asking me if I would mentor and give her advice on where to sell her work. She has also very recently purchased from me. I had ignored her in the past, as I do with most people who I feel are emulating my work too closely. I try not to be distracted with such people because it is upsetting to me. It was only by accident when I was looking around on Pinterest the other day that I came across a board that was filled with my jewelry and a photo of my mold making process. Also on that board was the work of someone making pieces that look very much like mine. I clicked and it led me to an Etsy shop where I saw the earrings shown above.

The rest of her shop is filled with jewelry that is very much done in my style. Some of the designs are identical to ones that I have made for years. Since I sometimes use objects that are readily available to the public to make molds I realize that there isn't much I can do when someone tries to do the same thing with it. But when I alter a texture or stamp into something new, something completely my own, I will speak up. And that is what I did. I wrote this person a very calm email asking them to please stop making two designs of earrings that are in their shop. They are even making ear wires that are the same design as the ones I have made for my work for many years. It is painfully obvious that this person is trying to make work that looks just like mine.

What did she say? Nothing. I haven't heard from her but I have heard from her lawyer. You see, apparently it is I who is in the wrong! She hasn't done anything wrong, according to her lawyer, but if I go public with her client's name then I may be sued for slander. So let me get this straight...this person is concerned that if her name gets out as being a copycat it could hurt her business and make her look bad and that would be MY fault. So really, it's my fault that she copied me in the first place, by that logic. 

Anyhoo, a quick look around the internet and I easily discovered that her lawyer is more than just a lawyer. She is good friends with the copycat. She is a potter. And she makes jewelry. And that jewelry looks remarkable similar to my style. Imagine that.
I was pretty amused to discover that this lawyer has a shop on Etsy that I was already familiar with. In fact, I used to think that her shop and the shop of her copycat friend were actually the same person since their styles are so identical and they live in the same city. But nope! Mystery solved. They just work together, share molds, emulate other people's work, have no imagination...

The lawyer said that what her friend did was not copying because she used a brass stamping that is commercially available to make the mold from which the earring pieces were derived. By that logic it could be said that a jewelry maker who buys commercially available beads and findings can copy the work of another jewelry maker simply because they were able to buy the same supplies. We all know that is not true. It's what you do with the materials. And what you do with the materials makes it yours. 

What gets me the most in all of this is the lack of artistic integrity. Why in the world would any artist would want to make things that look just like someone else's work? For the life of me I cannot figure that out. I suppose that is the difference between an artist and someone who simply knows how to make things. 

Back to the issue at hand. This copycat is concerned that I am going to name her publicly and potentially harm her business. I don't need to do that. She has done all the work herself. When she chose to make jewelry that looks identical to mine she opened herself up to being discovered. Anyone who knows my work would spot her a mile away, and they already have. People know who she is without me having to say one word as to her identity. I guess she didn't really think that one out.

All I have asked of her is to remove the two earring designs in question. That is all. Instead of doing that she has gotten her lawyer friend to threaten me and try to make me feel as though I am the one who has done something wrong. What am I hoping to gain from all this? I don't want to sue her. I had no intention of outing her and humiliating her. I just asked that she stop making the earrings in question. But instead she had to have her lawyer friend threaten me. That is not the actions of an innocent person. And I won't be bullied into not defending my work!

One last note, the lawyer has actually given me permission to use her name. Her exact words are: "I am quite comfortable with my situation (sorry, not even a little bit ashamed) and if it makes you feel better, you can use my name and complain about me to whomever you want." 
 Her name is Marsha Taubenhaus.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Shop update TOMORROW Friday, November 7th!


The place: Round Rabbit Shop 
The day: TOMORROW FRIDAY, November 7th , 2014
The start time: 12:00 PM EST
Watch the action on Facebook: HERE

Winter is almost upon us here in upstate NY and to be honest with you.... I am looking forward to it! Call me crazy but I love the colder months here in the Finger Lakes. I don't like it when they last into May...but I'll deal with that when the time comes. For now, I am happy. This update reflects my anticipation of snow with a bit of a winter theme. 

Shown above are some lovely Victorian Snowflake Pendants. Just because Winter is coming doesn't mean I put color away. Never! 




Nice and large ornate shadowbox beads. Hide something special in the secret niche. 




I just love these little guys! Tiny Man in the Moon shadowbox beads. Super cute! 




Snowberry charms. Sold in matching pairs, these are perfect for earrings! 




Beautiful snowflake pendants. The perfect focal for your holiday creations! 




And finally, this time around I have a nice batch of new earrings that I will be putting in the shop during my update. Just in time for holiday shopping! :) 

To recap: 
The place: Round Rabbit Shop 
The day: TOMORROW FRIDAY, November 7th , 2014
The start time: 12:00 PM EST
Watch the action on Facebook: HERE
 
Hope to see you there!