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Monday, March 28, 2011

KoiStudios: .net vs .com


Since 2005 I have had my website listed as koistudios.net. With much debate as to continue with my current host, I've decided to leave. I was having problems with my site and was not having any luck with customer support. In January I moved my website from WebHero.com to SquareSpace.com. I was able to keep my domain name and transfer it to SquareSpace. Well, last month, I was informed that my website wasn't working. Hmmm. That's strange. I was just on it. So I investigated the situation. Turns out that Webhero completely disabled my account even after I paid for another year for my domain name. Supposedly there is a $10 transfer fee that I was not informed of, and after a couple months, they just disabled my account. They didn't even send me an invoice to pay for it or no explanation. So two days ago, I went to WebHero and talked to a representative through live chat. He explained that I needed to pay $10 to transfer my domain name to SquareSpace. Okay, no problem. But here's the catch. I needed to give him my credit card information so that he could create a ticket. Um. Wait a second. That sounds a little fishy to me. I think I remember some where down the road that I'm not supposed to give out any bank or credit card information over the phone or internet. It's like common knowledge right? Or at least those rules you learn as a kid: Don't talk to strangers, look both ways before crossing the street...Okay, you get the picture. So afer a minute I ask him if I can just pay with my PayPal account since that is how I made all my transactions for my WebHero account. "Oh, yeah. I can do that," says Mr. Wayne. It will take a couple hours for the ticket to be created and sent to your email. I was informed that once the payment went through, the transfer of my domain name to SquareSpace would be immediate. YaY! Finally, my website will be up and running again as koistudios.net. Wait a second! Not so fast! This all happened on Friday and guess what? No email from WebHero, no ticket ever created, no response whatsoever. So this morning, instead of trying once again to deal with this company that is so difficult to work with, I decided to move on to another company. Since I am hosting my website with SquareSpace, they recommend Nettica. And now that I have made the big leap, KoiStudios is now a .com! I'm so excited! The new site of course won't be in effect until tomorrow. I guess it takes 24 hours, but once it is, my new domain will be www.Koi-Studios.com.

On a different note, I'm in the process of making something for my friend Robin. Can you guess what it is?

ready to bisque

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Shabby Chic, Who Me?

Love Red Pillow
My spring break is coming to an end. In between research and writing papers, I brought out the sewing machine and made a couple pillows and a table runner for the coffee table. Not too sure if this is what they call Shabby Chic or not, but I like it.

lilly's and a new tablerunner
matching pillow

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Spring is HERE!

pink mini roses
It was brought to my attention last night that I have been ignoring my blog since late last month. And it's not that I don't think about posting, but in all honesty, who really wants to know about the mundane life of a returning college student? I'd much rather write about a new painting that I've been working on or the little pink roses that are blooming in my studio window. But then there is that time issue that most people deal with on a day to day basis. Where do I fit the time in to glaze those pots, stretch that new canvas, or sew that pillow that's been on my mind?

planters that need glazed
....and then BAM, there's Spring lurking through my oh-so-dirty windows! This morning while I was thinking about my next assignment I thought I would procrastinate by doing some online window shopping. I've heard of this really cool store called Anthropologie, but have never had the opportunity to check it out. So I hopped on over to their website. WoW! Super cool stuff! and so I was inspired to whip out the sewing machine and make a springy tablecloth.

adding rick rack
almost finished
complete with a beautiful bouquet of tulips
Well, I suppose I've been procrastinating long enough.
Back to work.
Hope you all have a wonderful week!