Friday, October 26, 2012

Spam Bloggers
-----  what a sad, sad life  -----
When I first began blogging a bit over a year ago, the spammers didn't know I existed.  What a wonderful time of blogging life, eh?  Well, "anonymous" has found me and apparently we are new best friends.  Anonymous leaves comments on my blog several times a day now.
That's ok, I don't mind.  I know right where the delete button is.  And I commend Blogger on a job well done.  Those spam comments never actually post to my blog comments. 
I'm not going to turn on word verification to deter them either.  That would be annoying to you.  And it's so, so simple to just go into my comments and clean out the spam and even easier in my email to just click delete on messages from my new best friend "anonymous".  This does not make my life miserable.  I see no good reason to make your life miserable with word verification. 
Blogger, keep up the good work against spam bloggers!
Some very lovely blogging friends have expressed concern in my less frequent posts.  Well, I've been busy with other than the pleasantries of stitching.  Please make note that this is not by choice. 
Sewing time is drastically limited these days and when I do get time, it's been consisting of small postcard projects...that will have been noticed I'm sure.  Good thing for me I LOVE making those dang things!  Thank you for missing me.  More sewing time will come and I will be ready for it!
I have been working at a snail's pace on something a little different.  Actually a lot different for me.  I'll be back soon...

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Sunday Postcard Art

this week's design challenge at
A blog of weekly postcard theme challenges
The Raven
The background is printed fabric from a digital collage sheet by Digital Collage, the leaf is from a silk fall arrangement and is floating.  Held in place by the stitching on the branch and the raven.
Ravens and crows and blackbirds all fall into the same bird box to me.  I love them for Halloween and Fall decorating, but the real things can be pretty annoying at times. 
The artists participating in these challenges are mostly paper crafters and digital design crafters.  But all mediums are welcome, so I couldn't resists participating this week since I've been playing around with Halloween/Fall birds lately. 
Autumn Day was traded to Sandra.  She is known as ladyinblack1964 on Flickr.
Blackbird In Fall is still traveling through our postal system to a surprise recipient.
Happy Fall

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Delivery Confirmation
This service can only track your package to a specific city and zip code.  It does not track to a specific delivery address.  
 I've gotten this same information from a post office in Wisconsin and just this week checked here in California to be sure the info hasn't changed.
But I kind of had to drag this specific info out of the clerk.  I'm sure she wanted to collect the money for the service if she could.  But that kind of service is a waste of money for two reasons:
1)  For delivery confirmation, I can contact the person I'm mailing the package to and ask them if it was received...for free.
2)  If this service cannot track to the address delivered to, there's no hope of getting a mis-delivered package back or delivered correctly...unless the recipient is honest and caring and returns it to the post office out of the goodness of their heart.
I know lots of folks are not going to believe me on this, so all you need do is ask a postal worker when you mail your package.  But be sure to ask very specifically if the package can be tracked to the specific physical address it was delivered to. 
You'll get information that your package was delivered within the city it was addressed and within the zip code it was addressed and on what date and at what time, but you will not be able to find out exactly what address it was delivered to. 
With the many varied swaps going on all over the world, the post office makes pretty big money on this service that does you no good.  I cannot count the number of times I've read that someone mailed their work with delivery confirmation and tracking.  I just shake my head and hope for them that it doesn't get mis-delivered, because this service will not help find where that package went.

May all our mail be delivered properly!

Fat Orange Cat is going to live with Ellen
 Little Red Birdie is going to live with Lesley