I’m going to start today with somewhat of a rant. Those of you who know me and read here from time to time know that I try to stay on the positive side of things and that I try to look at things in a positive way. I kiddingly call it my “pink cloud” way of living. But even “pink clouds” turn grey from time to time.
Yesterday it was brought to my attention from one of my “Buddies” here on Lumberjocks that he was approached about one of his projects that was made from one of my patterns. The fellow Lumberjock asked him if he would share the pattern with him. Being ethical and also a friend, he told the person “no”, to which the person replied
“That’s OK. I’ll just make a pattern off of the pictures she puts up on her blog.”
Apparently, this person is also a “Buddy” of mine here on Lumberjocks.com. If you are reading this now, you know who you are (or maybe there are more than one of you with this attitude – I guess I will never know!) All I have to say to you is “Thanks.” (< – - sarcasm)
If after seeing how hard Keith and I work to make nice patterns for people to use and how much we put into our business, you still want to take the time to trace screenshots and steal patterns from pictures that I post on my blog, which is also meant to help people learn and be more creative (yes – and to help my business) then there is something in your own personality and conscience that won’t even register what I am saying here. Yet in all probability, you will probably be the one complaining the loudest about how there aren’t any “decent” patterns on the market and the high cost of the ones that are.
Soon there won’t be any more decent designers left because it is impossible to make a living from doing something that others regard with no respect and they feel free to share their stolen patterns with their friends, clubs and fellow woodworkers. These will be the people that will be oblivious of the part they played in the situation and probably the first to gripe about “the way things are.”
So, unfortunately, I am going to have to start posting lower resolution, skewed or crappy pictures here. I realize that this isn’t really going to do a lot, as it only takes one customer to post a full on shot of one of my finished designs on any forum, social site, or selling page such as Etsy or Ebay to help these types of thieves. But at least it will not be me who hands things to them on a platter.
So I apologize in advance for the forthcoming crappy pictures. Thanks to my “Buddy” here on Lumberjocks (and I am sure there are others like him) I have to think a little harder before showing you something. What a shame.
And a sincere “thank you” to my Buddy who came to me and told me. While I knew it happens, I suppose it reminded me that it is closer than I realized and that I do have to watch more closely.
On a good note, I had another Buddy come to me a couple of days ago and ask me some questions. His wife was just starting to scroll saw and he needed advice on some beginner patterns, etc. I steered them to my class here and sent some information on starting her out. I also offered to send her a free pattern to start her off that I thought would be a nice appropriate pattern for a beginner.
Yesterday, not an hour after I found out about the other guy, I received an order for a pattern, along with a thank you note from the second Lumberjock. I wrote back that I would have sent the pattern for free, but he told me that because of all the time I take and how I contribute to this forum and scroll sawing in general, he wanted to buy it from me.
His timing couldn’t have been better.
I really felt down about things yesterday. While stealing designs and patterns in this way are common online, it hurt to know that it was done by someone who asked me for friendship and became my “Buddy” here. While I don’t personally know everyone on my buddy list, I always try to support them and comment on their things in positive ways and encourage them. Now I wonder which of these people has no regard for me or how hard I work. It is bad.
But I also realize that there are more people like the second Buddy that I talked about in my life. The good kind of person that makes me want to work harder and take more time to really teach people so that they have fun being creative.
I have made many, many friends here through Lumberjocks and also through my Facebook friends, and just because there are a few who are ignorant and disregard decency, it shouldn’t poison me about everyone who is kind and caring and who I consider true friends.
And that’s all I am going to say about that . . .
I had intended to write my blog today about the rhinestones that I ordered from Rhinestone Canada last Friday. I received my order yesterday and they are absolutely awesome! I will do my blog tomorrow on them, and show you how cool they are. I got back from picking them up last evening and I just HAD to play with them. And the results is amazing!
I’ll show you one picture of what I did with them to start off:
This is just to get you started. You need to come back tomorrow and see just how cool these are and how EASY they are to apply and how economical they are.
I can see a very “sparkly” future here! (And I’ll end on that good note!)
Have a great Friday! :)
-- Contributing Editor, Creative Woodworks and Crafts, Sheila Landry Designs http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com "Knowledge is Power"