OK, so it might seem like a complete about turn to moan about someone using my words and images in one post then turn round and address this topic in the very next but bear with me (I hasten to add that the person who used my blog as a source for their own definitely DID refer back to me here).
Now it seems that other people are going too far in the other direction. Shabby Chic is a term I have heard used about a style of decor for a few decades, can't remember where I heard it first but I think it was an Interiors Magazine and it was referring to the french influenced version of finding old things in skips and tarting them up, eclectically mixing differing eras and style to achieve a relaxed and comfy look. Well, apparently now someone, Rachel Ashwell to be precise, OWNS the term SHABBY CHIC!!!! Not only that but Ebay are now removing listings that use the term without warning and refusing to refund the sellers because RA's people have gotten on to them about this breach of copyright.
See this blog entry, for an ebay sellers first hand experience of this Draconian reaction on Ebay's part. Ebay actually seem to HATE their sellers. It is the only explanation for the way they treat them these days. I have been lucky and mostly had pleasant transactions there over the years but the playing field was no longer level once they stopped sellers from leaving negative feedback. Over the following years Ebay has tilted the pitch so far in the direction of the buyer that I see the sellers (those few who aren't huge multi-million pound retail operations) struggling to keep breathing in the muddy water as both dishonest buyers, and Ebay itself, kick balls at their heads... Shabby indeed!!!