I have been gobsmacked by your kindness and touched to the
heart of my felt bottom bottom of my felt heart by your generous words. I will reply to all comments over the next few days or so I hope. Many thanks also to kind Elaine (http://kitschandcurious.blogspot.co.uk/) who is virtually a friend sorry that should read a virtual friend (?android) sorry that should be a friend I have only communed with virtually! Elaine kindly manipulated my blog (not a phrase you come across too often!!!!!!!!) and here it is. Not so purdy as it was and it is feeling battered and bruised but 'I'm still standing' (join in...). I gave Elaine the password to my blog and trusted her completely....hang on a minute...just checking my bank account.....cripes my password is the same for everything....HELP!!! Ho ho - said for great comedic effect (account was accessed sadly but no money in there anyway!). Thank you also for those kind people who left messages on Pinterest requesting that my photographs be removed - that was an amazingly kind thing to do. Sadly I ended up sending in Copyright forms to Pinsect.
After many years of having one or two (cough, cough) photographs on Flickr I have sadly now closed that account to all but those listed as friends and family with a view to closing it completely once I have removed all the photographs (I have no idea where they are on my computer you see!). Flickr was great (that is how I met Elaine and Rose Red Cottage, Paula, Mary, Wend, Hen - lots of you) - I had absolutely no idea to the extent that my photographs had been taken from there and put on Pintcest (I pay for my Flickr account - what a mug I have been). Over the last few nights my sleeplessness has been put to 'good' use and just by tracking a seven day period of statistics from Flickr I found not one or two photos on Pinmess - not even 20 - but 100s of them - all retaken like some Russian Doll of photography.
I have marvelled how people have applauded Lori for finding 'such great images', how Becky found 'a fabulous montage' (Hen if you are reading my ramble I think that she also has photographs of your china attributed to Google no less), how Martha 'always finds the best things' or indeed Cari 'has such a great collection' All things from our home. I read in awe how Maddy was asked 'how she managed to make such beautiful purses and aren't you clever'. Captions changed so my fabrics become tablecloths ('great finds Caprice') and my purses became clutches (isn't that a wrestling hold? More comedic effect). I winced as I read that my lovely (I thought so anyway) cathedral window patchwork had been reduced to a single word heading 'hankies' (what the **&^**!). I gasped (a degree of comedic effect used here) as my 'Pretty maids all in row' post (my crinoline lady purses) had been renamed as 'cute pouches' (for me a pouch is akin to a codpiece and belongs in a different time warp) - that particular image had been posted only a few days ago and retaken 110 times with those three days!!! I contacted the person who posted them (she has some 30 000 other images but I am sure she treasures each one............more comedic effect) - she apologised and removed it and then of course I found that she had also taken my other embroidery photographs from Flickr - again I am sure that she treasures my tablecloths......They are not real for heavens sake!!!
So here is what I have done and what I have learnt:
I have learnt that it is impossible to track all of your images that have been taken by Pintest - the permutations are endless - putting in your blog address will not find them all - nowhere near. I discovered more photographs by using addresses with different country ending (au, nz etc) - I would have to go through the entire world domain endings to try and find them!! You also cannot track photographs from Flickr - those ones of mine I have found by lateral thinking and serendipity (which for me puts the mockers on any thoughts of flattery...how would I have known?).
So my Flickr account will be closing (after thousands and thousands of views and at last count a couple of thousand comments!) and Elaine has massaged my blog (!). I smiled this morning - last month there were 22 000 (none the wiser if that is a lot or not) views on this blog. This month on average there are 1 000 views a day. This morning there were 48 - hurrah I say and I think that is great because I really hope that those 48 people are nice kind generous souls who do not feel the need to take other peoples photographs. Be aware also to those of you who have said that you don't mind your images being taken - except those of your children. How would you know if they had been? Have you seen how many 'cute children' photographs there are?
The one above at least shows that I am good company with Mary from The Vintage Cottage and Hen from Minxy magic! (PS - my bag bottom right might be coming with me on Saturday - oh the decisions!) Embroidery top left is particularly deliciouso and I am looking at it as I write)
There will be some posts with some very odd photographs in as it is only by posting them here that I can fill in the Pinmess Copyright form - I have so far completed many, many of them and each one has many links to Pintergate within them. Cari kindly took photographs of my chimney hood (what was I thinking of in putting that on flickr.... you may well ask) - and our old garden gate (before Dom mended it) amongst others - sweet that. Here is that page and a few other preserved for posterity!!
Here Cari has kindly taken photographs of my old vases, my Talwin Morris books, our garden gate and a copper plate (that I bought at Camden Market 30 years ago by the way). Sweet. Other photographs included other books of mine - I can see our old carpet in the background!!!! I sent a message asking for her to removed the photographs - the reply came back...I couldn't wait....what would it say......'Happy Pinning' Oh the irony of it all....
I will do a separate post on Talwin Morris - not someone that I have ever discussed here (not really that sort of blog). If you do a quick Google search for him now......go on...I'll wait............................................click on images............go on, I'm still waiting (something for the EJ fans!) . See that photo of mine is the one that usually comes up first - I discovered that one all over the place too. There I am number one Google search (a daft boast) - now click on the image...........you should see that you can no longer view that web page....sadness. It has been a resource for specialist collectors the world over (you're not boasting again are you Jenny....) - I was happy to do that. I do like to share - I hope that comes across. Poor old Talwin reduced to a 'pin'.....
Pintergate will rumble on for a while - sorry.
I have also found that there is a great deal of 'I want' out there, coupled with 'I so need this'. My children get lambasted if that combination of wordage is used. 'I would like'...please and thank you...'. As I was listening to the radio this morning (06.00) and the recent reports from the Yemen I did wonder what on earth the world was coming to. Separate report about Yemen one day - I went there BY MYSELF when a youngster as our brother lived there for many years (arriving in Sana'a my brother was nowhere in sight....gulp). A truly amazing country and the people were/are incredible - I will route out a solitary photograph of me in the Empty Quarter one of these days. PS message to Gail - thank you for the message (I will try and call later today) and Robin rang last night (back from Angola but have you heard where he was thinking of going to next.....). See if you can reply here Gail!
Normal service is trying to be resumed:
A drop of food dye in the water brightened up the water
Waste not, want not - when they dropped I put the petals in the airing cupboard - pot pourri in a jiffy!
"Grow the roses, those rosy roses, grow the roses of success..." - sing along at the back....
Best that I can do today......