Father Son Matching Pizza Taco Pie Tees

Father's Day Gifts Dad and the Kids Can Enjoy Together, Matching Father Son Shirts and Dad Daughter T-Shirts!

 

5 of the Best Father's Day Gifts on Amazon Handmade for Dads Who Love Pizza

5 of the Best Father's Day Gifts on Amazon Handmade for Dads Who Love Pizza

Looking for unique gifts for Dad for Father's Day? Or specifically, dads who love pizza? Here are 5 picks from Amazon that fit the bill!

 

Pizza Sign Lighted Marquee Made out of Rusted Steel by American VIP

Rustic Pizza Wall Art for Dad on Amazon

 Canvas Black Pizza Apron for Dads Who Make Pizza by Xenotees

Round Sturdy Hand Made Pizza Plate by Domspottery

Stoneware Pizza Plate Unique Gift for Dad

Pizza Chart Letterpress Print by Archie's Press

Pizza Art Fathers Day Gift on Amazon

I Love You More Than Pizza Card by PepperZone

Father's Day Pizza Card

*FTC Disclosure: This post contains Amazon Associate links. If you make a purchase after clicking on the links, Xenotees will get a small commission.
May 09, 2021 — Noelle Burke
Introducing Our New Cat Mom Design on Hoodies, Cardigans and Magnets!

Introducing Our New Cat Mom Design on Hoodies, Cardigans and Magnets!

Our new original "Cat Mom" black cat with a heart design is now on super comfy clothing and cute fridge magnets!

Cat Mom Cardigan - Made in the USA, in pink or gray!

 

 

Cat Mom Hooded Eco Sweatshirts in Rose Pink

 

Cat Mom Fridge Magnet - the perfect little gift for cat ladies!

 

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May 09, 2021 — Noelle Burke
The Best Last Minute Cat Mom Gifts for Mother's Day on Amazon Handmade

The Best Last Minute Cat Mom Gifts for Mother's Day on Amazon Handmade

April 30, 2021 — Noelle Burke
Gifts for Birders Ornithologists Bird Watchers on Etsy

5 Unique Handmade Gifts on Etsy for Bird Nerds

Looking for the perfect gift for your favorite bird lover, bird watcher, or an ornithologist? Check out this round up of our favorite finds on Etsy. Give your birder friends something to remember!
Western Art Glass Stained Glass Bird
Why we love this...
Western Art Glass is a long-time favorite Etsy shop. Brian Western creates
exquisite pieces using recycled bottles and German stained glass and focuses 
on wildlife and nature. Not only does he make gorgeous suncatchers, he also makes
creates stunning earrings and necklaces. 

Bird in Hand Painting by Clare Elsaesser
Why we love this...
It's easy to become smitten with Clare Elsaesser's paintings, this being no
exception. Since she offers gorgeous giclee reproductions, it makes them the perfect
priced gifts for all!

"Bird in Hand" giclee print by Clare Elsaesser, $35 and up on Etsy
 inmybackyard bird card on etsy
Why we love this...
Katie is an amazing artist from New Zealand. While she has many wonderful
choices for gifting bird lovers, this one seems to be the most appropriate for 
the time in which we currently find ourselves. Pair it with any of these
other finds for a truly impactful package.

Sending Love Bird Card by inmybackyard, $4.75 and up on Etsy
Why we love this...
Vintage finds on Etsy are pretty remarkable, but bellalulu has always been a
destination for us when looking for super quirky and especially interesting
finds, like this parrot hook. How could this not be a a fun gift to unbox?

Vintage Red and White Parrot Hook / Snyder Products by bellalulu, $48.00 on Etsy
Hand Knitted Brid Lover Gift by tintabernacle on Etsy
Why we love this...
Karen is an incredible crafter from the UK, and she knits true pieces of art. She
has a few birds to choose from right now in her Etsy shop, but this one caught
our eye first.

Knitted Red Factor Canary Bird by tintabernacle, $45.00 on Etsy
April 02, 2021 — Noelle Burke
The Copycat Chronicles - Part 1. The definitive guide to getting illegal copies or counterfeits of your work removed from AliExpress.com

The Copycat Chronicles - Part 1. The definitive guide to getting illegal copies or counterfeits of your work removed from AliExpress.com

Are you tired of seeing copies of your designs or photos pop up on platforms like Amazon, eBay, Etsy, in shops hosted by Shopify, Instagram and Pinterest? Or counterfeited outright and sold as your product? It turns out, a lot of those copies are coming directly from sellers on Aliexpress.com who have lifted your designs (and quite often, your photos) in order to wholesale your ideas, for next to nothing.

In my commitment to taking down copycats and counterfeiters across the internet, I am writing this post to help other designers who know the crushing feeling of being copied, and the awful consequences it can have on your brand. When you ignore copycats, you don’t benefit anyone but the copycat. When you address the issue, you not only tell them it’s wrong, you also help others who have been copied. (Most of the platforms do take copies seriously- although I have yet to go through the process of removing copies from eBay and Amazon in other countries, but I will definitely write about that when I do!) Look for upcoming blog posts relating to removing copies from other platforms. It’s easier than you think! Most often than not, these sellers will get dinged by the platform, and multiple violations will result in their closure. Double victory!

Why do all this work? Why take all the valuable time to report copycats, when you could be creating new work? Why not just let them get away with stealing your blood, sweat and tears? Your originality, your creativity, or your identify as a brand?

  • You are telling the copycats it’s OK to steal
  • You aren’t helping yourself, or any other artists by ignoring the situation
  • Your brand is getting diluted, sometimes beyond repair

Addressing that last issue – there have been some companies whose work is stolen and sold on Amazon. The customer is confused because it is sold under that brand name. How Amazon can allow this, is beyond me. Someone is currently using my brand name there to sell really crappy copies of OTHER people's work under the name Xenotees - oh, the irony! Amazon will do nothing about that part until my trademark is complete... Anyway, I digress. Those customers are going to the ACTUAL brand listings, and leaving negative reviews because they received an inferior product. Negative reviews on Amazon are more damaging than practically any other platform and they (from what research I’ve done) are pretty much impossible to get removed. At least on Etsy you have to be a verified buyer to leave a review! Amazon, um, no, anything goes. Yeah, that makes a lot of sense... If you'd like to learn more about this topic, I encourage you to read interviews with Susie Ghahremani (of BoyGirlParty), and her fight to end the unauthorized copies of her work on Buzzfeed and NPR's Here and Now. (Thank you for all your hard work Susie G.! You are a hero for us all!)

Back to Aliexpress---
At first this may seem fairly daunting, but if you get copies taken down there, you are essentially cutting off ALL of the Hydra's heads at once, in many cases. Aliexpress sellers are usually the ones directly supplying people with counterfeit copies of your work. Again, I will also provide links and instructions for dealing with copycats on Etsy, Amazon, Pinterest, Instagram and Shopify stores in future posts. I have been successful in getting copies removed from all of these platforms, but it is an ongoing battle, unfortunately.

STEP 1

You have to register with their platform and provide proof of your original designs. It’s obviously helpful and easier (in a way) if you have an actual copyright number. If you can't provide a copyright registration number, do not fret! They have a form (I will provide later) you can fill out verifying your ownership. Both methods work! I've done it!

First, you must "Create a New IP Protection Platform Account". This requires a scan of your passport and other personal / business information. I can’t remember how long it took- maybe a few days to a week? Anyway, once you get that done, you are on to the next step...

Create a New IP Protection Platform Account on Alibaba


NOTE:
While you are waiting for your registration to be approved, you could make a short list of your most copied product or product, or photos- whichever you need to have removed. You can also search on Aliexpress.com to get a feel for what has been stolen. Make sure to look in secondary photos if it’s a photo that has been stolen and manipulated to have a design other than your own. (This happened to me with my infamous Pizza dad/baby photo, thanks to a disreputable seller who stole the image first, and manipulated to appear that their “design” was printed on the tees (I use design in quotation marks because they are just producing the same basic designs so many others are doing, like copy/paste). Pixy is also another avenue you can use to find copies of your photos. It is quite effective! I haven’t paid for any of their take-down services, but they do provide some.

STEP 2

Once you are registered with Alibaba, you can log in to your account and start uploading proof of your original material.

Alibaba IP Protection Platform Login
As mentioned previously, you do not need to have a registered copyright (although you should, and they are only $35 each). You can fill out an affidavit form. Save it as a PDF file before you upload it to the website. (I simply named my files by what they represented as my intellectual property.)

Registered copyright holders, here's your IPR submission screen:

IPR Submission on AliExpress

Non-registered copyright holders, here's your IPR screen shot. You can see on the bottom where you have to upload your additional pdf affidavit previously mentioned:


Now you have to wait again (they really don’t want to make this easy or FAST to deal with, but it is worth the perseverance. Trust me!)

STEP 3

Once your designs and/or photos are approved, you can then start submitting complaints of copies you have found on AliExpress. If you have one design that is copied a multitude of times by different sellers, they do allow for bulk reporting, which is basically providing links to each copycat. You will need to click on "Submit a complaint" on the left of your accoutn screen, which will take you to the next page where you can choose "AliExpress".



When you get to the submission page, the Google translator tool is essential to decipher the process. There will be a dropdown menu from which you can choose your approved copyright submissions.


When you paste in a link, for some reason it formats better if you click the link (in the submission box). This may not be the same for you. Once you submit your complaint(s), it usually only takes 1-3 days for the offending listing(s) to be removed.

Best of luck! Please comment with any questions, success stories, or points that need clarifying in my post!

April 25, 2019 — Noelle Burke
Our Top 5 Favorite Cat Lover Gifts from Amazon Handmade Under $25

Our Top 5 Favorite Cat Lover Gifts from Amazon Handmade Under $25

If you're looking holiday gifts for your cat-obsessed friend, your favorite cat dad, cat mom, or your sister the "crazy cat lady" with 9 kittens, we've got you covered. Here are our top 5 cat lover selections, all found on Amazon Handmade for under $25!

1.You're My Purrson - Cat Shaped Mug by Lennymud, $18 plus shipping on Amazon

2. Cats are my Jam Tea Towel by Xenotees, $14 plus shipping on Amazon Handmade

3. Black Coasters for Drinks by JuliaWine, $16.50 on Amazon Prime, Amazon Handmade

Cat Ears Bed Pillow Case by Xenotees on Amazon Handmade

4. Cat Ears Bed Pillow Case by Xenotees, $19 plus shipping on Amazon Handmade

Cat Lover Canvas Tote Bag Gift

5."Cool Story Poe" Literary Tote Bag, Edgar Allan Poe by ObviousState, $24.00 free shipping on Amazon Handmade

*FTC Disclosure: This post contains Amazon Associate links. If you make a purchase after clicking on the links, Xenotees will get a small commission.

November 08, 2018 — Noelle Burke
4 Amazing Animal Group Nouns Products to Buy As Teacher's Gifts, Co-Worker Gifts, or for Your Favorite Bookworm!

4 Amazing Animal Group Nouns Products to Buy As Teacher's Gifts, Co-Worker Gifts, or for Your Favorite Bookworm!

At Xenotees, we're pretty obsessed with animal group nouns. From a murder of crows, to a bloat of hippos, to a cackle of hyenas, it's hard not to be hooked! There are literally hundreds out there, so we've rounded up some of our favorite Amazon products celebrating animal group names. These finds all make wonderful gifts for teachers, bookworms, co-workers, and the hard to buy for!

 

An Exaltation of Larks by James Lipton on Amazon
Our obsession began with James Lipton's An Exaltation of Larks: The Ultimate Edition (yes that James Lipton, from the Actor's Studio!) available at Amazon for $17.89

 

Our very own Collective Animal Group Nouns Kitchen Towel, available on Amazon for $14.00 plus shipping. Also doubles as eco friendly furoshiki gift wrap!

 

Also available as a sreenprinted wall poster. Animal Group Nouns Screen Printed Poster available on Amazon $20 + shipping.

 

This gorgeous illustrated book A Tower of Giraffes: Animals in Groups by Anna Wright. Available on Amazon - Kindle $9.99, Hardcover $11.00.

*FTC Disclosure: This post contains Amazon Associate links. If you make a purchase after clicking on the links, Xenotees will get a small commission.

 

 

October 30, 2018 — Noelle Burke
Xenotees' Cat Nap Pillowcases are featured in the Catster Magazine article, "Cat Decor Ideas and Tips From a Pro"

Xenotees' Cat Nap Pillowcases are featured in the Catster Magazine article, "Cat Decor Ideas and Tips From a Pro"

Press Alert! Xenotees is featured in the latest issue of Catster Magazine!
February 22, 2018 — Noelle Burke
Fortune Cookie DIY for Valentine's 2018

Creative DIY Valentine's Day Idea for Boyfriends, Girlfriends, or Husband and Wife

Here's a recipe for a super creative DIY Valentine's Day gift idea for your significant other! 
Rabbit Lover Pillows for Couple

Southern Living Magazine Best Valentine's Day Gift Ideas on Amazon Feature!

Xenotees is pleased to announce that our Best Bunnies Pillowcases were recently featured on the Southern Living blog for 35 of the Best Valentine's Day Gift Ideas on Amazon!
January 29, 2018 — Noelle Burke
Father Son Matching Pizza Shirt Set

Matching Pizza Shirts for the New Dad featured on the Kitchn!

The matching Father/Child Pizza tee set is in a super cute gift guide on the Kitchn dedicated to new parents.

December 02, 2017 — Noelle Burke