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Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Copyright Infringement 2

I got an email from a designer regarding my older post on Copyright Infringement. They really liked it and said it was well written (however I re-read it and see quite a few errors...ahhh that's what I get for being a writer LOL) The designer also included 2 logo pictures for me, 1 large and 1 small that are being launched to help make people aware of the repercussions of copyright infringement within the needlework industry. Here are the designer's words about this logo and what it will be used for.

"You will see this popping up in various places very soon – it is part of an international designers copyright awareness movement with over 90 designers and copyright agents. People can report suspected infringements to specific designers and/or if it involves various designers to where it will be investigated.

Thanks again for your support,

I like how this logo gives the viewer a list of ways to help ensure copyright is not infringed. Specially how it talks about posting pictures of finished pieces as I had wondered if people could (and would) copy the pictures to turn into charts, rather than buy the chart themselves. (The above picture as well as the one on the right hand side are linked to the email address I was given) I know that some people do not consider copyright infringement that big of a deal, but I do. I think it comes from being a writer and having many of my works stolen and presented as someone else's work. I am quite happy to post this logo on my blog to help others learn more about copyright infringement and ways to help combat it so that they may continue to enjoy the vast array of designs that are currently available in the needlework industry.

I really appreciate the offer of a free chart as a present. Part of me would just love to say YES! (OK I am human, so sue me LOL). But as before, I did not report the violations I found in order to receive presents. I did not post on this blog before and now this post, nor did I add the logos to receive presents. So I replied with the same words I gave Mr. Saastad from Silver Lining "If you wish to send a free pattern I would be very grateful, but it is not necessary in any way. I did not do this in the hopes of receiving free things, or in the hopes of getting some kind of compensation. I did it because I dislike people who do things like this as I know how negatively it affects the cross stitch design business which is already competitive enough without having people deliberately making it harder."

Monday, September 29, 2008

YAY A finish!!

I finally got the second Cow done. Here it is:

silly cow 2 finished 9-29-08

In keeping with the "silly cow" type of theme, I used a rather silly/funky looking alphabet to sign the piece. I'm not sure I like the black for the backstitch, but I don't know what else to use so I left it. Now to wash these three charity squares ( to be sure they are clean) and get them in the mail. I hope the recipient of the quilts these squares will be a part of really likes the quilts as much as I liked stitching the three squares.

Now to decide what to stitch on next. Go back to the Winter Blackwork, start the Anniversary Chart, or work on one of my other WIPS. I dislike having this many wips so I hesitate to start another piece. I think for tonight I'll just go ahead and do some more on Winter Blackwork by Tam's Creations. I'll try to post a picture of it tomorrow! I may give rotation stitching another try. Set a certain day of the week for each of my large wips (The two TW ones: Stroke of Midnight and Woodland Fairy) and do at least 2 hours on each one. On other nights work on my smaller wips. I think I will give it a try, it can't hurt.

Mon: small wip
Tues: Stroke of Midnight
Wed: Stroke of Midnight
Thur: small wip (break from TW)
Fri: Woodland Fairy
Sat: Woodland Fairy
Sun: small wip

The smalls in there should keep me interested by giving me that wonderful feeling that comes with having completed something (Xmas ornies and such) and having the large WIPS on regular nights may help me to actually make some decent progress on them. It can't hurt to try anyway. LOL (wish me luck, I'll need it!)

I've been trying hard to pull myself out of my depression and since I can be quite stubborn when it is something I really really want, I've been doing pretty good! I've been doing more housework, stitching, reading, talking with the kids, and playing WOW. I've cooked dinner a few times also! My pain level is not much better, specially since I've been forcing myself to move around more, but at least I feel like I've accomplished something and it makes the pain almost worth it.

I have gotten a lot of support from my family and friends, including online friends. I can't begin to tell you how much this means to me and what a difference it makes to know that people think of me and are pulling for me (prayers, good thoughts, hugs etc.) It really does help! Thank you ALL so very much!

Got tagged: 6 quirky or just plain weird things about me

I got tagged by Henny.

So here we go:

Link to the person that tagged you
Post the rules on your blog
Share 6 non-important things/habits/quirks about yourself
Tag 6 people at the end of your post by linking to their blog
Let each person know they've been tagged by leaving a comment on their blog
Let your tagger know when your entry is up

1. I smoke. (I know naughty naughty naughty)

2. I tend to pile books on the floor on my side of the bed.

3. I play WOW.

4. I swap out candy (will eat one for a while, then not want it anymore but want a different one)

5. I re-read books that I love until they fall apart, then go buy another copy. (preferably hardcover as they last longer)

6. I am a night person.


the people I tag are:

1 Lilli

2 Litla

3 Spinster Stitcher

4 Christina

5 Edgar (Blacksheep)

6 NHStitcher (Desert Daze)

These are just 6 of the many blogs I enjoy reading. Check them out!

Friday, September 26, 2008

YAY Stitching again

I am almost done with the second silly cow for WOCS. Here is a picture

I'm working on pulling myself out of my depression again because it hit me hard in the last few months as my pain level went up daily. We had a few weeks of non-stop rain, and it just killed my back something fierce. This caused me to be unable to do a lot (read anything at all) and it killed my mood and everything. I realized it a couple weeks ago and had my medication changed to help me deal with it and have been forcing myself to do things I should be doing. I feel a little better so this is a good thing I think LOL

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

I swear I am still alive

I can't believe it has been a month since I last posted, but it has. My back has been pretty bad lately, we had a lot of rainy days one after the other and that always makes me hurt. My depression has returned, which is really annoying, so I don't have a lot of desire to do anything. But I'm trying to get myself out of it.

I did finish the Precious Moments piece and here it is: (not ironed yet)

I have started another of those silly cows to help complete a second quilt for WOCS and will send both cows and the PM piece as soon as the cow is done. I don't have a wip pic of it yet.

I received an email letting me know that Donna, my partner in the Christmas in July exchange on the San Man board received my package. Apparently it was a little worse for wear but the stuff inside was not damage. She said she really liked the ornie. I did not get a picture of it completed before I sent it, but I am glad she liked it. I took the Symbolic Christmas chart that I stitched and completed it into a pillow ornament, with a hand made cording hanger that had gold mettalic through it. Here it is stitched but not made into an ornament:

My daughter's surgery went okay. She had some complications and was in the hospital. This kept me off the internet for the most part for the first two weeks of August. I spent those two weeks waiting on her as she couldn't walk very well and had to use a walker. She was in a great deal of pain and mostly bedridden for most of the month. She has been getting better and she saw the surgeon again the other day. The cage he put in place of her disk at L4-5 has moved. He says if it moves again, he will have to go back in and remove it. She says the pain in her lower back has all but disappeared, but the sciatica in her right leg has not. It is possible that the sciatica is a permanent thing caused by the damage to her sciatic nerve root from being crushed between broken bones for two years. I'm hoping that given time, the nerve will heal more and the sciatica will become an occasional thing, rather than an all the time thing like it is right now. But I am so glad that even with the sciatica her pain level is very low! That makes me so very happy!

The baby turned 1 on Sep. 4th. We had her party on the 6th. She had a blast! She actually caught on to ripping open presents really quickly and she loved eating her cake. I can't believe how much she has grown! It has been 9 months since they moved here and it just doesn't feel that long. She is very close to walking, which means we're all getting close to having to run everywhere LOL Here are a couple pictures.

Look at those eyes!! Aren't they gorgeous!! Happy Birthday Bridgette!!