Saturday, April 28, 2012
Monday, April 23, 2012
Sunday, April 15, 2012
Saturday, April 14, 2012
Let me start off this post by saying I usually don't jump on my soapbox too terribly often. I prefer to do what is right and not get all caught up in uproars about different things. But I've got to say what I heard yesterday really saddens me. I've been a permanent member of Artecy.com for many years now. I've downloaded a lot of her free to members patterns as well as bought some of her exclusive charts. I am even currently working on The Great Wave that she adapted for cross stitch. I have a stack of her charts that must be a foot tall. I'm waiting for retirement to stitch them. So it really made me ill when I read that she was closing the members free patterns because of so much illegal downloading of her charts. You can read all about it here. It sucks to think that people will steal a designer's blood, sweat and tears that go into charting a design and profit off of it! Why can't we all just play nice? Now I realize that cross stitching has gotten more expensive recently with the advent of hand-dyed fabric and silk flosses. But if you can't afford it now, wait till you can. Save your change. You'd be surprised at how fast it adds up. Use less expensive materials. Do whatever you have to to avoid the illegal activities which are ruining our industry. Pretty soon more and more designers will give up in disgust and then where will we be? Consigned to working out of our stash, that's where. And honestly how much fun would that be? Seriously let's all do whatever we can to stop all this crap that is slowly strangling the creativity of this once wonderful hobby.
Monday, April 9, 2012
It seems like the newest thing in social networking is Pinterest. Personally I thought it was a great idea. It was a fun, easy way to save pictures of things I liked or was interested in remembering. You know how it is. You see something on the internet and then can never remember where you saw it. So I joined and started pinning. I even had a few followers. But the more I got into it, the more something began to bother me. And it wasn't just some of the semi-pornographic photos that some of my followers had pinned. I got to asking myself whether we had the right to pin someone else's work without permission. Remember Napster? Now I never downloaded music from there but I do remember reading about how the music companies sued 12 year old girls for illegally downloading hundreds of songs. Or how about sites where cross stitch charts are posted for anyone to download, thus depriving the designer of his or her due. Don't the owners of the images have the right to not have them spread all over the internet without their permission? I know you're supposed to link back to the original site but I know I never took the time to do it and I'm willing to bet not many people do. They just pin the image usually off Pinterest. Not feeling right about all of this, I deleted all of the images and the boards themselves. Now if they had private boards open only to the owner, I'd feel better about the whole thing. I do understand that is supposed to be coming but it's not available yet. I have also noticed some sites actually have a Pit It button on pictures. So I've started pinning again but only where it's obvious that it's okay with the owner of the site. This subject has been bugging me for a long time and I just decided to put it out here for discussion. I'll get off my soapbox now and you may all return to your regularly scheduled stitching.
Tuesday, April 3, 2012
Just a quick update on Quaker Gone Tropic for this week. I've been making slow and steady progress on it. And yesterday I got the brilliant idea to stitch a secret into it. Now I'm not going to tell anyone what it is but here's a hint. It has to do with a couple of sports teams. How's that for cryptic? Seriously, I am having lots of fun with this. I haven't enjoyed stitching on anything as much as this in a long time.
Monday, April 2, 2012
I had a wonderful surprise yesterday. Lee-Ann has nominated me for the Liebster Award. This award is given to new bloggers or those of us who have been around for a while but have less than 200 followers. With so many bloggers to choose from, it can be hard to reach new people and this is a lovely way to do that. Liebster means favorite, dearest or beloved in German. There are 4 conditions which go with accepting this award:
- Choose five up-and-coming blogs (with fewer than 200 followers) to award the Liebster to.
- Show your thanks to the blogger who gave you the award by linking back to them.
- Post the award on your blog. List the bloggers you are giving the award to with links to their sites. Leave comments on their blogs so they know about the award.
- Share 5 random facts about yourself that people don't know about you.
Some of my favorite bloggers have been around for a while but don't have 200 followers so I'm including them. So here's 5 of my favorite blogs:
Coral - Coral has an amazing blog. Her quilting and stitching are exquisite! She is definitely one of my favorites.
Bronny - I love seeing what projects Bronny has chosen and have watched her yearly projects with great interest.
Tina - This blog isn't necessarily all about stitching but it's about Tina's travels with her long-distance truck driving husband and their dog Molly. I love the recipes she posts as well as the beautiful photos.
Bronzemom - Bronzemom has been in a slump and I've really missed her posting about her stitching. She has some beautiful projects and I'm hoping to see more of them.
Beatrice - Beatrice is another stitcher I've been following for a while. I love see all her gorgeous stitching as well as hearing about the stitching retreats she attends.
Now for the hard part. 5 things about me:
1). I would love to live in Australia or New Zealand.
2). I was adopted at birth.
3). Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. I love stitching turkeys and pumpkins.
4). My all-time favorite book and movies are the Lord of the Rings. I can't wait till this December when the first Hobbit movie comes out.
5). I am in the process of editing my first novel.