59 listings are going to be gone from my Etsy shop FOREVER.
Don’t Freak OUT! We all felt this time was coming. I’m going to be 100% REAL with you right now. When I got started I was making designs taken from the things I loved. Star Wars, Legend of Zelda, Every Comic Book Character EVER. And you know what? It’s a teensie bit illegal.
Now, I’m not afraid of no police showing up on my door and taking me away, but all it takes is one lawyer to rip the carpet right out from under me, and then FoxyFunk would be DEAD.
So this is it! Any designs that are a direct symbol from a game, show or movie are outta here! I know 59 sounds like a huge number, and it is. But, there will still be over 115 designs left and I plan on making a whole lot more designs that are as beautiful and weird as you are. 💖
I have made a special Section of my Etsy Shop that includes ALL the designs that are going bye-bye and taking a much needed rest. They are all 30% OFF and remember I do FLAT Shipping ($3.95), so go crazy!
I love you all SO much! If there is any design you’d like to add in your life that I can help you with, let me know! If it’s a design I end up putting in my store, you get a huge MUSE Discount!
The first time Amazon was announcing their Handmade category, I was pumped! I applied and then… denied. Sad face. 🙁
But, just a quick 3 years later, I am back at it again and… Success! I am currently working on getting items into the amazon warehouses so you can benefit from their Prime Shipping!! For now, there are a few designs available and even more “Exclusive to Amazon” designs coming!
PLUS: All Earrings will feature Stainless Steel studs or hooks! Sensitive ears rejoice!
Another benefit 👉 Everything comes in a GIFT BOX! Noice. Real noice.
I have decided to start a vlog where I document my excursion into new ways to make some mundo moolah! If you’d like to learn and earn along with me, be sure to check out my youtube page and like & subscribe!
MY GOALS are to Figure out HOW TO:
1. Maximize Profit on Etsy and eBay!
2. Experiment with Thrift Flipping and Retail Arbitrage.
3. Make Online Store of my Handmade Products.
4 See idf Depop or Poshmark are worth it.
5. Maybe try Dropshipping??
Come with my on my journey to find MORE ways to make MORE money in less time! My ultimate goal is to start earning enough money to go to Disney World!
But, what about the costume!? I do make CUSTOM costum pieces, for that hard to find last finishing touch! I also have staple costume jewelry sets for costumes such as Sailor Moon, X-Men’s Jubilee, and even pixel hearts for Undertale fans!
As some of you may know I also have a Retail Shop in downtown Loveland called Laser Moon: Nerd HQ! I will be at Fort Collins Comic Con with a lot of my jewelry AND all sorts of great things from the shop! Laser Moon not only features a lot of local artisans, but also has an eclectic mix of anime, sci-fi, fantasy and superhero themed merch and games!
Find the LMND table at M2:
Hope to see you this weekend at Colorado’s most Northern Comic Con! 😀
Sooo… Got my final warning from Etsy for Copyright Infringement!!!!!
What am I to do!?!?!
How did I get here, you ask? Cuz I’m a big fat NERD. I love videogames, superheroes, aliens, tv, and so much of that pop culture yumminess!
Some designs I make are very “inspired” as in similar shape, color or “feeling”. Some things however, I admit it, straight up from a thing. I’m sorry. 🙁
Nearly everything that has been taken off of Etsy was from a video game! I have had 8 things in the last 2 years (exactly) taken down. Every one was from FallOut, Pac-Man, Portal, or something along those lines. However, the last “straw” was a Pac-Man design I have had in my store for nearly that whole 2 years being open. However, the Portal design I had up was taken down within 24 hours.
Wondering how many you can have taken down before they shut your doors? I have heard 3 strikes and your out, but I think it really is a case by case situation. There’s really no way to know how long you can “get away” with something. But should we even try to “get away” with it??
From Esty’s Fact Guide: “It may be tempting to include names of popular brands or celebrities in your listing titles, tags or descriptions – for instance, the name of a luxury handbag company that inspired your purse design. But using that brand’s name in your tags has been considered problematic by certain IP owners. Similarly, just tacking on “inspired by” or “____-like” in the tags or description may not prevent you from receiving a notice of infringement from the IP owner for a number of legal reasons, such as causing confusion. The same goes for any items that were “inspired by” popular books, movies or television shows.”
If you are wondering if you can get away with it, don’t chance it! And for the record, that “10% change in a design thing” – is NOT a thing. Don’t let a lawyer have to tell you. 😛
Am I mad? NOPE. I am GLAD I was able to share this fandom of a beloved game to the masses. I hope every time someone wears what little I have dispersed into the world gives a smile and cheer to the people who wear and see it. I hope it sparks conversations of how great that game is and share memories of their past. I hope it sparks a friendships that last a lifetime! I wish I could afford to get proper licensing for such big brands so I can keep spreading this love, and hopefully one day I can!
So what to do now? Out of fear of my shop closing, I took down a bunch of things. It was kind of sad… Then I thought to myself, “Hey Mere-bear, you got style gurl. You got some bangin’ designs all of your own! You gotta take those designs and blow it up, lady! You ARE a designer! You have talent… and dammit… people like you!”
Gave myself a pretty good hug after that pep talk. You be prepared world! Be prepared for new FoxyFunk Designs like you’ve never seen before!
I hope I can inspire YOU to be the BEST you ARE and spread that jam all over this peanut butter sandwich! If you have any questions about your Etsy experience or copyright and trademark rules, please message me!
GalaxyFest is my favorite way to start the con season every year!
Last year was my 2nd time at this con and I am so happy to be going back for my 3rd time in a row! It is a place for the whole family and every type of person with any sort of fantastical interest.
One of my very favorite things about it is that it is truly a gathering of allfandoms! While some may have only a steam punk, fantasy, or sci-fi theme for their con/fest, GalaxyFest has open arms for the whole lot! We are all the same deep down right? Be one with the whovians, the zombies, trekkies, ponies and Darth Vader too!
Another great attribute of this wonderful yearly event is that it is to support S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics)
Dedicated to Supporting STEM, Literacy and the Arts, with the support of Space Foundation featuring real live astronauts at GalaxyFest 5. GalaxyFest supports small business and the Colorado Springs downtown as a signature event in 2016. –GalaxyFest.org
They are in it to win it, folks! It turns out you’re not going to a great event just for cosplay, shopping and experience, but you are also helping your community and the ongoing efforts to educate our communities to enrich all our lives! If you needed justification before, you’ve got it now! 🙂
GalaxyFest has so much to do and see! There are craft tables for the younger crowd, panels in every interest and genre, a kickin’ list of actors, artists and cosplayers ranging from Star Trek, Walking Dead, WWE and then some! See the complete list here!
Speaking of what to do, there is so much more than just interesting panels. There is also a Kid’s Room, Game Room, Makerspace, Theater, Zombie Crawl, Drag Show, Rocky Horror Dance, Costume Contest for kids, adults and pets… to name a few! Check out the schedule and plan your weekend now!
It is held in downtown Colorado Springs at the Antlers Hotel this February 19th-21st. Tickets range prices from $15 for Friday Child Pass and up throughout the whole weekend! (0-5 year old kids are free!)
I am quite a fanatic when it comes to classes and programs at my Rec Center here in Loveland. So naturally, when I was perusing the Fall catalog and found a silversmith class, I got excited! I actually signed up for this class months ago, and it is finally here.
Why is this so awesome? Well my hopes are to soon be able to make a slew of higher end, fancy pants and ever-lasting jewelry for all of you! Once I have some practice, I would also like to start an engagement and wedding ring line specializing in all our favorite fandoms! Allons-y!!
Here is my success after week 2. This is NO WHERE NEAR DONE. But I am excited. By mid-December this piece, and maybe another, will be done. The progress will be most impressive! 😀
13Recently, I have been re-watching The Tenth Kingdom, a miniseries from a time long past (2000).
This miniseries came out when I was 14 years old. I have to say it just might be the worst thing to show any coming of age young person… Mostly because of the typical story line of completely sexualized, out of context and enraging unrealistic relationships between all of the characters. But this is not a plot hole, feminism, nor realism comparison article. Overall I really, really like this miniseries.
“A father and daughter are caught in a parallel universe where the great queens Snow White, Cinderella, and Little Red Riding Hood have had their kingdoms fragmented by warring trolls, giants and goblins.” – IMDB
Essentially, Virginia and her dad get stuck in a fairy tale land and accidentally have to care for a prince-turned-dog, whilst being helped by a bad-turned-good wolf man who falls in love with Virginia. A wicked witch threatens to take over the world, or 9 Kingdoms in this reality, as is their stereotype.
There is drama, suspense, action and adventure! Oh, and love too… You can easily expect that each characters personal journey is riddled with good intentions gone wrong and triumph over impending doom. The plot twist is both typical and well played and there is a happily ever after, as to be expected.
I have always enjoyed fairy tales, as you might expect from my line of “Once Upon a Time…” items, especially when the tales of the past meld with the tales yet to be. I recommend it if you have never seen it, but maybe don’t watch it with your kids. 😀