Thursday, November 29, 2012

Cookies For Santa

Everybody loves cookies!  Especially Santa Claus!
My personalized Cookies For Santa plates makes awesome gifts!
They are 10", made of sturdy plastic, and can be done in a nice cranberry red or pine green.  Personalization is done with white high quality vinyl.
Check it out here!

Tuesday, November 27, 2012


Hey there!  You guys might remember a couple of weeks ago when I posted about the Christmas ornament that I was selling with the hopes of donating 50% of the cost of each one to revitalize the Jersey shore after it was devastated by Hurricane Sandy.  If you don't remember, you can read about it here.
I had gotten a request to do 20 of them that would be added to gift baskets being auctioned off to benefit those who had lost everything!  It made my heart soar that I was going to be able to help so many people.
As I was working on finalizing the details of this deal, I got this message from Etsy...
Listing Deactivation Notice for Infringement

Dear Eventuallycottage,

We have deactivated some item listings in your shop per Etsy's
Copyright and Intellectual Property Policy.

We kindly request that you read the following information
carefully. Do not reactivate these item listings or relist these
items until the issue has been resolved.

This is a confidential matter, and we request that you not
discuss this issue in the Etsy Forums or otherwise violate the
confidential nature of this email.


The following item listings have been deactivated:

114252400 - Jersey Strong Ornament


Why Were My Items Deactivated?

1) Etsy received a notice from Kenneth Flore representation for Stephen P. Roma of WOW! Work Out World. The notice said that Mr. Roma owns the trademark JERSEY STRONG and JERSEY STRONG WORK OUT WORLD (Reg. Nos. 3,709,168; 3,705,853). According to the notice, certain material on Etsy is not authorized.

2) The notice drew attention to 1 listing(s) in your Etsy shop
including: 114252400.

3) The letter stated that these listing(s) incorporate designs,
symbols, language, images, or photographs that infringe upon
the concerned party's copyright or other intellectual property

4) Etsy removed the listing(s) based on Etsy's Copyright and
Intellectual Property Policy:

If you have questions about this claim or if you believe there
has been a mistake, please refer to the information below. You
may also want to directly contact the party who submitted the
notice or infringement using the contact information above.

Thank you,

WHAT????  This guy is trying to tell me that he OWNS the trademark to the term Jersey Strong???  Are you freaking kidding me????  If you do a search on Etsy for Hurricane Sandy there are hundreds of items with the term Jersey Strong.  Why the heck is my item being singled out???  It's not worth my energy to get upset about this or to fight it.  However, I really am angry, no hurt.  This is what you get when you try to help others, when you are passionate about a cause?  I'm very soured on this experience!  
Thanks for letting me vent!  I feel better now!

Christmas Cuties!

Hey there!  Sorry I've been a no show at my own party lately!  Things have gotten ca-razy around here!  More on that later!

I'm so unprepared for Christmas this year!  I just can't get focused!  I'm sure it has to do with the other craziness going on here...again more on this later this week!

I got my butt going and added 3 new Christmas signs to the shop today.  Finally!

I chose to use lime green and red as the color combo of the year for me!

This 6"x6" sign would be perfect sitting on your mantle or shelf.
$12 plus $4 shipping

This 6"x6" sign is also designed to sit on a mantle or shelf.
$12 plus $4 shipping

This 4"x12" sign can be hung on a wall or set on a mantle or shelf.
$15 plus $4 shipping

Check them out in my Etsy shop!

Friday, November 23, 2012

Small Business Saturday

Today is Small Business Saturday!
Instead of braving the crazy crowds at the mall today, check out the fabulous handmade shops of Etsy, Storenvy, Big Cartel.  

In honor of Small Business Saturday, I'm offering 20% off your order from my Etsy shop today only.  Use coupon code SMALLBIZ!

Happy Shopping!

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Jersey Strong

As I mentioned in my Hurricane Sandy post the other day, the Jersey shore holds a very special place in the hearts of our family.  The devastation of our favorite vacation spot is heart breaking.

I have been trying to come up with a way to help in the restoration/recovery of the shore.  My friend, Paige from Artsy Anthrology contacted me last night and asked me if I'd like to participate in her efforts for the cause.  My response what "of course"!

I quickly got to work on my laptop and designed a Christmas ornament/sign and will donate $5 or from the cost of each ornament to directly aid in the recovery via the Hurricane Sandy NJ Relief Fund set up by the First Lady of NY!  Each ornament/sign will sell for $10 ($2 shipping)...that's a donation of 50% from the sale of each ornament! 

Won't you help me help the beautiful Jersey Shore???

You can purchase this ornament in my Etsy shop here.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Oh Sandy!

As you all know, my beloved East Coast sustained a direct hit from Hurricane/ Super Storm/ Frankenstorm Sandy this past Monday and Tuesday.

While my family was personally lucky that we didn't suffer any damage from the storm, so many in our area were not so lucky.  The tragedy that continues to unfold from this Super Storm is absolutely heart-breaking.

Life is beginning to regain normalcy around here slowly but surely.  Power is coming back on a little bit at a time.  Our schools finally opened up today for the first time in a week.

I took some pics before the storm...

This is my favorite walking spot on the Hudson River the morning before Sandy hit.

This is Croton Point Park before Sandy.

I also took some pics from after the storm...

Here's my favorite walking spot again, with a boat in the middle of it!

See this boat on the train tracks?

And this guy definitely doesn't belong next to the bath house!

But check this one out!  This huge boat is more than a mile north of the yacht club it was moored at!  It's hanging with the freight trains for now!

If you've hung out here with my for a while, you know that our family takes an annual vacation to Lavallette on the Jersey Shore.  Well, our beloved vacation spot suffered enormous devastation from Sandy.  The beautiful beach that we have enjoyed for 15 years looks like a war zone.  Many of the gorgeous little beach cottages were washed clear to the other side of the island!  

My daughter was watching news footage and freeze framed it until she found the cottage that we stay in every year.  It is still standing, but it makes me sick to my stomach to think of what it looks like in person. 

Please keep New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut in your thoughts and prayers as they attempt to recover from this tragic storm.