Did you ever hear that little quip that goes, "Merlot and email do not mix"?
Well, in rereading my last post, I begin to understand that there may be some truth to that. God, what an annoying, aggravating ass I have become. What a bitchy, boring, butthead I sound like sometimes. What a silly, snotty, sourpuss I am. What a whiny... O.K. I can't come up with anything that goes with whiny, but I think you get the picture.
And just so you know - it wasn't Merlot that affected my ability to behave rationally, it was Pinot.
Due to a pact that I made with myself early on in this blogging process, I can't remove the post. I can only apologize, take responsibility for my actions and move on.
Here goes. My name is Laurie and I am a Wine/Blog offender.
O.K., feel better now. And, in the hopes that I can do something kind in return for my pathetic ramblings of a few days ago, I am going to forward some info that I hope you jewelry makers will be able to make use of.
There is a seller/buyer on Etsy who has allegedly made fraudulent claims about the beads she sells. She claims to make her own beads from her studio in Milan. Her name is U*** and her Etsy store is no longer in existence. It was closed by Etsy for reasons related to what I'm about to tell you.
In fact, Ullja allegedly does not make her beads, or at least not many of them. In fact, Ullja allegedly buys the beads of other lampwork artists, using various ID's on eBay, as well as buying directly from individual artist's sites and then resells them on Etsy, claiming that they were handmade by herself in her Milan studio. Allegedly, she is currently under investigation by Etsy and possibly the FBI(?) for fraud. Definitely, she has been permanently banned as a member of the SRA, which is an independent artist's registry.
Just a few of her known eBay ID's are gerbera28 (previously posted as gerbera31, which is actually unconfirmed), cocinella31 and ullja31. Her website is currently only posting her own beads, as far as I know. She has, as mentioned above, been removed from Etsy.
I know these things because, in addition to dozens of my lampworking friends who were allegedly ripped-off by this cow, she purchased my own beads and then allegedly resold them under the Ullja name. I saw them with my own eyes. Allegedly, that is.
Also, if her studio is in Milan, it must be Milan, Texas because Texas is where I mailed her my beads.
I am allegedly finished with this post now. I hope you found it helpful and interesting. Now, on to the Merlot. Er....Pinot.