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Stealing is Stealing and its NOT OK!

I’ve only been blogging for less than a year, and certainly not consistently.  That being said, its been brought to my attention these past few months about the INSANE amounts of intellectual property that is being stolen on a regular basis by various websites, many of which are claiming to “find” tutorials or do “roundups” of which are un-sourced.  Now we all know when you say “found” you really mean “stole” and manipulated it to be whatever you wanted.

How many people are aware of some of the many sites that are doing this?  I’ll admit I was in the dark about how important watermarking and logo placement was until this whole thing just became glaringly obvious.  That said, I am reluctant to share some of my projects or tutorials with the world here, if they might just end up in the hands of thieves.  In fact I’m trying to think up a way to keep certain sites from being able to access my page at all.  I think thats possible.

http://guang.taobao.com/   Chinese website that steals your tutorials and its almost impossible to find a way to contact them to take it down.
http://www.saifou.com/   “Inspiring Images” that don’t link back to their sources.
http://www.repiny.com/   Images are there and ready for you to pin to Pinterest, again with no links to the original source.
http://www.usefuldiy.com/diy-nautical-necklace/   This website is blatantly stealing, the images are watermarked and yet there is no link back to the source.  THIS is why its important not to put all the steps into one image!!
http://handmadera.blogspot.com/2012/04/braid-necklace-diy.html   Oh hey, where did this come from?  Because I know its not yours!!

And last but not least, there are plenty more stealing tutorials out there, Handimania, I don’t even WANT to link to their site!  But I want you ALL to know, stealing someone else’s tutorial, images, content, words, photos, and ideas is STEALING!  And it is wrong!  And we shouldn’t stand for it!!

PS.  Are you a handmade artist?  Do you think you’re safe?  Because you’re not!

Watermarking with your logo, your website, etc is incredibly important!  Learn how to do it!  There are a bazillion tutorials online to help you!  Here are some of my favorites: Add automatic group watermarks by Craftionary, Add a Copyright Watermark by PhotshopEssentials, Video on Youtube by Jen Swedhin, Create in Photoshop by PhotographyBlog, How to Watermark without Photoshop by ArtsyFartsyMama.  Figures, I can’t find the one I used, regardless, these all give great instructions and videos really help, plus if you don’t have Photoshop, no excuse!  Don’t make it easier for someone to steal from you.  Also, there is no shame in pasting your watermark right over your image subject!

And to go along with how insanely cranky and frustrated this whole talk makes me, I posted a comment to the Handimania Facebook page today for their “Ask us Anything! Monday” of which there are absolutely no answers, but like 20 questions.  Someone said “where do you find the instructions for things you find on pinterest? I always see awesome pics of the finished products, but I can never find the instructions.”  So naturally, I thought I would help out and give an answer: “The instruction are with the actual tutorial on the site they stole the content from.”  As of 10:20pm EST that answer has been on the site for 9 hours.  Soon after this, another brave soul made a similar comment.

I really think if we all spread the word, maybe more people, and maybe the people who don’t understand copyright infringement, will start to understand that its not ok to encourage this type of behavior.  That stealing is stealing regardless of where or how its done.  Just because you can’t hold it in your hand, doesn’t mean it wasn’t taken from somewhere without permission or without giving credit where it is due!

To make it easy for those of you who would like to share this message, I have made 2 screenshots of the above mentioned Q&A and already pinned them to some of my Pinterest boards.  I would LOVE if you would repin them: http://pinterest.com/pin/212443307395164061/  (currently located in my Digital Scrapbooking board and includes both mentioned comments)   &   http://pinterest.com/pin/212443307395164142/   (which only includes my answer and is located in my DIY Projects board).  I WILL be spreading these pins along my other boards, on my Twitter account, and to any other blogger I can.  You don’t have to be a blogger or DIY-er or Handmade-maker to support this and say no to stealing.  Every share could make a difference!

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I don’t believe in STEALING content from other DIY-ers and bloggers. Do you? If you agree that stealing is stealing and we should give credit to ALL the amazing people who take the time to show us how to make amazing things, SHARE THIS PIN! Tell sites like #Handimania that its NOT OK to take what doesn’t belong to them!!! #stealing #intellectual_property #stolen #content #diy #blogging #handmade #crafts #facebook

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The website #Handimania STEALS other bloggers tutorials and steals photos without giving proper credit to the creator. Help me tell them, STEALING IS STEALING, we are NOT ok with you taking whats not yours! REPIN THIS and lets make sure they know we won’t accept this!!! #stealing_content #intellectual #property #stolen #thief #handmade #diy #crafts #blogging #bloggers

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Refashion Fridays: Fabric Paint

So I have recently tried out fabric paint as an experiment for the “color-blocking” I’m going to be doing on a refashion.  I didn’t want to do it without first trying it out, so now I have and I love it!  I wish I liked the shirt more though haha!  But now I am confident I can do it on my latest real refashion, it will be a great tutorial for you guys too!

Glitter sweatshirt refashion

Not only does she show you how to make a baggy sweatshirt fitted, she adds glitter letters! By la vie en rose

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Oh look at that cool glitter heart….hint hint By WobiSobi

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DIY Glitter Heart Pillow by High on DIY

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JoAnn Fabrics Fabric Paint & Glitter Refashion

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DIY Watercolor Paints Tshirt by this heart of mine

Love these refashions?  Check out my Pinterest boards for diys, refashions, recipes, inspirations, my creations, and more!  Don’t forget to visit the featured blogs!

Refashion Fridays: Tshirts

I’ve been going through many of my tshirts to look for a way to refashion them so I actually wear them.  Like many of you, I have collected a bunch of tshirts through the years, many of them too big to actually wear in public, even though they look pretty cool.  So I’m trying some ways to make them fitted, add fringe, or cutouts.  Here is my round-up of inspirations!

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DIY Tshirt to Cardigan video by Mark Montano

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No Sew Halter from a tshirt by Wobisobi

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Men’s Shirt to Fitted Tshirt Inspiration by Hot Diggity Blog!

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Tshirt to Ruffle Shirt Refashion by Melly Sews

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DIY Tshirt Cutout Weaving & Braiding by Bunte Freunde

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DIY Drape Neck Halter from a Tshirt video by Whitney Sews – I actually tried this and ran into a problem. Will share with you next week and with ideas for what to do next.

So what do you think?  Are you interested in trying any of these?  Check out my Pinterest boards to see my DIY Sewing Clothes and Refashion boards, for more ideas.

Baby Shower Diaper Cakes & Sock Corsages!

My sister’s baby showers are officially over!  I can now share with you many of the projects I have been working on these past few weeks!  One of the projects were the Diaper Cakes my Mom and I worked on for both of her showers.  My Mom looked all over for the perfect accessories to add to the cakes.

If you have never heard of a diaper cake, there are lots of examples online to check out on Pinterest.  The basic gist is to take diapers, we chose size 1, and roll them up and stack them in layers, just like a cake!  We wrapped each diaper with a small hair rubberband, the kind you can find at Sally’s Beauty Supply, the color doesn’t matter because you will cover each layer with a ribbon around it.  Then you stack them, and the hardest part is done!  A great tip is to take a wrapping paper roll and stick it in the middle to line up the layers and make it more stable.

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The girl’s diaper cake

For the girl we found a pink rubber ducky, pink teether, headbands, pink sandals, baby wipes, sock roses, and travel size bath products.  We added a purple bunny to the top and it worked perfectly!  We used Basket Accent’s Cello Wrap Bag size 30″ x 22″ and it fit perfectly, I got it from JoAnn Fabrics, but I used the clear bag which is not online.

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Here’s the boy and girl diaper cakes. Next to it is a photo of my sister and I as babies!

Then I made a sock corsage for my sister to wear during the shower.  It was a little big, so I ended up making it a wrist corsage with 2 elastic bands.  I used 6″ of tulle and set it up accordion style as a backdrop, I used a piece of pink felt and taped or sewed everything to it, just worked my way layer by layer.  I didn’t use floral tape, but this tutorial shows photos with floral tape, this one gives great instructions for how to roll the socks.  I rolled and then taped up each sock, then added a leaf to each sock to make it look more like a flower, then taped each sock together, finally taping the whole thing around the pink felt.  Unfortunately I sewed the elastic bands last, so it was a bit more awkward to do, but still worked great!

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Sock corsage, 4 roses.

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white ribbon bow to try and hide all the tape

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The DIY Dreamer

Sorry I Haven’t Been Too Active Lately

Just want to say even though I want to be more active on the blog, the biggest reason I haven’t been is because I am getting ready for my sister’s baby shower(s) and its basically consuming all my time when I am not working, or trying to work on my jewelry.

2 weeks left then the baby showers will be over, and I can start focusing more heavily on the blog, some DIYs, and some refashions I’ve been dying to try:

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I already have the lace ready, just need to pick a shirt!
Lace Insert DIY by DIY & Craft Tutorials

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This doesn’t look super hard, I could just try it!
Peplum Refashion by Merrick’s Art

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Zipped Up Sweater- Sounds fun!
Zipped Refashion by Cotton & Curls

I've already chosen the sweater, even have it measured!Sweater Skirt by Fashion Blog

I’ve already chosen the sweater, even have it measured!
Sweater Skirt by Fashion Blog

And then I will also be preparing for school to start on April 1st!  Lots on my plate this spring, but I am confident it will be very exciting and I will continue to share my handmade work and anything I DIY with you all!

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Birthday Gifts : DIY Infinity Scarves

For my Mom and sister’s birthday I made them scarves.  I wanted to do infinity scarves for them both, however I picked a silky fabric for my Mom and was unable to sew it by hand into a circle.  Instead hers became a silk scarf, but it still looks wonderful!  I was influenced by the lovely Infinity Scarf tutorials by The Crafty Novice, Fabric Mart, and Cotton & Curls.

I apologize for getting this DIY out so late, birthdays were mid-January!  This is the tutorial I hinted about here.  We have been very busy and I just took the finished photos of my sister’s scarf last week.  I always get so excited when I am finished and forget to take the final photo of the finished product!

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1. Gather your materials: pins, straight edge (I use a large non-ruled T-square), cutting mat, rotary cutter or scissors, coordinating thread
2.  Cut your scarf out, I bought 1/2 yard of this Simply Silky Print fabric, actually a little more because it was End of Bolt, I have leftovers, more than enough for a second scarf
3. Sew your scarf wrong sides together on the long edge, this way you can flip it out and the seams will be inside
4.  Now its tricky, I tried to sew it by hand as you see in the top right photo, but this fabric is too slippery for that
5.  I decided, after I was very unsuccessful, that instead I would fold the edges under (twice), and just sew it straight across with the machine instead
6.  and done!  This is not an infinity scarf, it is a long rectangle silk scarf.

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This fabric is so beautiful with colors of light pink, dark pink, black, maroon, a dark brown, and dark purple all together!  I am unsure what I will do with the leftover fabric, but I will decide at some point, or I will ask for advice!

On to the next one, a real Infinity Scarf!

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1.  This was made the exact same way, I eyeballed the width I wanted for the scarf.  I also bought 1 yard of this stretchy knit, though 1/2 yard would have been just fine!  (I have at least 1/2 left now) – Cannot find a link to this fabric, sorry!
2.  This fabric has ruffles and I chose to go the long way with them, it also hid any mistakes I may have made during the cutting/sewing part.
3.  I hand sewed the 2 short ends together, and because this is knit, I pulled a little too much and that’s why it is gather in that spot.
4.  This scarf lays very nicely and is so warm!

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I love the knit and the colors of magenta, light purple, and light grey on white look so good together!  I cannot decide what I will make with it next!!

I have another knit fabric, about 2 yards that I got from the Red Tag bin at JoAnn Fabrics, that I hope to make a Circle Shirt with.  You may have caught the Pinterest links I posted about Circle shirts here.

Disclaimer:  I am an employee of JoAnn Fabrics however I am not being compensated for this post or the mentioning of their fabrics.

I’ve linked this DIY up to these parties:

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Lil’ Mrs. Tori

Not JUST a Housewife Tuesday party

Refashion Fridays: Skirts

I love the idea of making anything into a skirt!  These tutorials make it look easy!

1 shirt and she made this skirt, plus a few more things!

1 shirt and she made this skirt, plus a few more things! by Come On, Ilene!

 

too long too big?  No problem, make it shorter and tighter! by Wobisobi

Too long and too big? No problem, make it shorter and tighter! by Wobisobi

 

A sweater refashion into a skirt by Fashion Blog

A sweater refashion into a skirt by Fashion Blog

 

 

Jeans to stylish skirt by Katie's Secret Blog

Jeans to stylish skirt by Katie’s Secret Blog

Thats it for today’s Refashion Fridays!  I hope I helped spread a little refashion for your weekend 🙂