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Etsy treasuries

7 Jun

Two of my handknit berets have been included in treasuries this weekend.

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Whine

18 Feb

(and totally a first world problem)

I wish more people who are happy with things–services or goods– would leave feedback.

At the day job, it’s not rare to get rant-y, scream-y, threatening emails from the higher ups because of anonymous negative feedback from customers (and also from ex-employees who really should know better). I try to leave work behind me the moment I clock out, but when I get acerbic text messages at 6:00 am from my boss on my day off because of such emails, it’s not easy to do.

Then there’s Etsy.

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Just because you wish it…

13 Jan

and just because you believe “it’s just fair,” it doesn’t mean it’s legal.

Yesterday, Kell Smurthwaite of Kincavel Krosses commented on my latest post on copyright, explaining her position (which boils down to, “why should others make money off my hard work” and “if I give them a gift, they should do with it what I tell them to do and no more”), and asking how I would like it, were it my designs that others used to profit from¹.

I know there are many crafters and artists who feel exactly the same as Ms Smurthwaite does–that was the point of the post.

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I don’t think you can do that…

12 Jan

I am not (by any means!) an expert on the limitations of copyright, but I’ve read a bit on the topic (see here, for example).

I’m always a bit puzzled by people’s attempts to direct what others can do when offering free patterns or charts. For example, Kincavel Krosses offers a free chart for a cross stitch project, with the following “permissions“:

  • This design is copyright to Kell Smurthwaite and Kincavel Krosses
  • You may use, copy and/or share this design, and you may change it to your liking for your own use
  • You may not sell this design or use it to make up kits
  • You may sell the finished piece for charity, but you may not sell it commercially

I have no quarrel with the first three–not only do they make sense but fall well within what I understand of copyright law: you can offer a chart or pattern, or even images, for use without a fee, yet you retain copyright of said pattern/image.

The last one, though? Not so much.

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What’s the point then?

9 Jan

I really enjoy scrolling down CraftGossip‘s blog. It’s usually a treasure trove of links to interesting tutorials and/or true works of art that start as crafts (such as this).

I like it enough to have the little widget thingie on the sidebar over there–>

I don’t click on every link they feature, but when I do, it annoys me a little to find that it’s to yet another compilation blog. How hard is it to follow the link trail and link to the originator of the work? I asked this, more or less, and got this response:
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May your Christmas be joyful!

25 Dec

Xmas gift tags quilled poinsettias i

From all of us at casa aztec.

Thank you, Jenniebellie!

17 Aug

I’ve mentioned how lately I’ve been feeling rather down. One of the first things that goes away when that happens is the mojo–both the reading (and reviewing) mojo, and the creative one. So despite my resolution to create more, nothing had been happening for ages.

Until yesterday, when all of a sudden I started crafting and just didn’t stop until I had finished making three little mini notebooks/journals. Nothing fancy, mind you, but at least I made something on my day off, instead of re-reading something for the seven-millionth time. (Not that re-reading is a bad thing in and of itself–only when it means that I haven’t reached for any of the many, many TBR books that comprise the mountain chain currently occupying my house).

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