I know a lot of you are probably wondering why things are constantly going wrong with this site, believe me so am I because based on the time and money I spend on it this should be an awesome site. However let me share some insight into what I am trying to achieve, why I am trying to achieve and why things don't just work like they should. I do enjoy creating these designs and I like to be able to give a way a free design daily. I like to be fair about it and make sure that everyone has had a reasonable chance to get the design.
In order to achieve that it needs to be set up in an automated...I know a lot of you are probably wondering why things are constantly going wrong with this site, believe me so am I because based on the time and money I spend on it this should be an awesome site. However let me share some insight into what I am trying to achieve, why I am trying to achieve and why things don't just work like they should. I do enjoy creating these designs and I like to be able to give a way a free design daily. I like to be fair about it and make sure that everyone has had a reasonable chance to get the design.
In order to achieve that it needs to be set up in an automated fashion so that I don't have to log in at the exact same time each day and post the freebie. To achieve this I use software called opencart, which on its own works fine. The problem is that if something does go wrong then I have around 30 people sending me an email to inform me of the problem. I can't respond to every one of them because this website is a hobby, it makes no money so I do have to spend my time trying to make an income and obviously, I cannot spend that much time responding to emails that are all asking the same question. So I wanted to add a community site so that I can answer everybody's questions in one place, I didn't want people to have to login to a different area, I could have achieved that very easily, in the most part that works even though some people still email me. However, the problem that occurs then is when you try to cobble the systems together, You need to have a sort of container to put them in and that is why I use Joomla. with an extension for my community jomsocial and an extension for opencart,
The extension that I was using for opencart was very buggy and as we all know was creating problems, so I have purchased a new extension which I am hoping will work better but I have not got it up and running properly and I am waiting for some help from the developer.
I also wanted my own community where we can all chat about sewing and embroidery or whatever else we want. I have been on other community sites but I stopped going there because although most people were really lovely, there were one or two people who made me so uncomfortable and annoyed I had to stop participating, because I pop onto this site most days I get to decide how people can behave towards each other and I will not tolerate anything that is remotely like bullying. So that is the other reason why getting the systems to work together is so important to me. I hope that all makes sense and that you can all understand where I am coming from. I thank you all for your patience. Show more
I am having an issue where when I try to checkout I can see paypal as the payment option but not the free checkout. I am then getting the prompt that there are no payment methods selected. This should not be the case as the free checkout should appear when only the free item is in the cart and paypal should not be there at all. Is anyone else having this problem?
Hi Alice, welcome back! I've been looking forward to your return. I never had any issues with your site or the shopping cart process, before your short break or now. Yesterday's 'Baby On The Moon' came through just fine. Today's 'Beaver' came through but was a different beaver (as pictured) though. Thank you so much for sharing your talent and so generously offering these designs to us for free. I greatly appreciate it. Mellisa Xx
I have put this site back online but I will be spending the next couple of days testing and troubleshooting. I have random designs for free between now and the 7th September. These designs are given with no guarantee. If all goes smoothly the Cowboy Alphabet will start again from the A on 8th September.
The solution may be to close down the site as I really can not afford the financial cost to keep running it and the time to deal with the technical issues. And I am sick to death of people emailing me about it. I have removed the contact form and these rude people are going to my other site to send me a message. So over it.
This quilt has been restored for a family. All done by hand. Going to do a label this weekend and return the quilt to the family. Happy Stitching
All right ladies, let see some photos. photos of your projects, your family, yourselves, where you live. Let's get to know each other a bit better.
Most of the ladies that come here are very lovely and appreciative, but I do get the occasional person like this one who makes me furious. I have removed the names to protect the guilty but she knows who she is. Anyone else who wants to talk to me like this I will remind you that this is my site so be respectful or don't come here at all.
I have removed the contact form. It is pretty clear that some people will completely ignore instructions so I have had no choice but to remove it. If there is a problem please post it here.
I am thinking about removing the contact form altogether as people only ever use it to ask about free letters when it explicitly says not to. I am also curious as to why people go to other sites to ask questions about this one. I am not on those other sites, I am here. Post questions about the free designs here, not on other sites and don't email me about them. Rant over. (for now)
I am constantly flabbergasted at people saying they sign it at the same time every day and they missed a letter, I am curious. many of you would visit lots sites that give away a free letter daily, how many of them have the free letter in the same position of EVERY PAGE of the website and a clock telling everyone what time it will change over? The letter being missed does not happen very often and I always put it up for at least a day if is missed.
I see the clown fish has popped in unexpectedly. But don't panic, the Clown G will run tomorrow.
This is not a picture from a calander, this is my precious granddaughter Zahalia, photographed by my very talented sister in law at Charlie B photography. charliebucket.com.au/
The Butterfly Z was not skipped it was posted at the correct times. If you have emailed me about this you will not get an answer I have very clearly written that I will ignore emails about the free letters. If there is a problem with the free letter on a given day it should be posted here so everybody can see the answer. I don't think I can make it any easier to get the free letter, the clock tells people exactly when it will change the letter on every page of this website so nobody has to go looking for it.
I have ironed out all of the glitches, there should be no reason whatsoever for people not being able to log in or download the letter. The emails I am getting now are from people who have made mistakes with their registration. Please remember the letter is free and my time is valuable so please take care when registering.
Welcome Back everyone, I have a started the butterfly alphabet again but the A will pretty much only run for one day. then the letter will change daily. remember if you are having problems post a comment on here if somebody has already posted the same issue then add a comment to their post, don't make a new post. This will save me time answering your questions. other than that, please get active in the community with photos of your projects your families whatever you like. don't forget to change your profile picture to something unique to you.