Thursday, March 27, 2014

A Thank You and Goodbye



Don’t laugh now, but I’m going to share with you something quite personal.

As a little girl, I dreamed a life of a fashion designer. When I was in my teen years, I was knitting, crocheting, and sewing my own clothes. But when I immigrated to the USA in my early twenties, there was no time for such “trifles” as needlework. It was time to study, to work, and to acquire a “meaningful” profession (which I did, I’m a proud Statistics graduate from the University of California, Davis). 

But soon a most wonderful thing had happened to me. I became a wife and a mother. Not only that, but I am one of the fortunate women who have the opportunity to stay at home and raise their children. And this has been the time for my youthful dreams to reemerge.

As I stared working on this blog, more and more people began showing interest in my crochet. People started asking me: What stitch did you use there? with how many chains did you start? could you explain this stitch in more detail? etc.

All the questions, comments, and your thanks encouraged me to learn more about crochet, to try different crochet techniques; they ignited my imagination for creating new things. I began to believe that I really do have a talent for crochet and that one day I can become a real designer, selling my own patterns, publishing books, and being featured in crochet magazines. 

Those were silly but oh so sweet dreams. And even they are shattered now. “What’s the point?” I ask myself. The world, and especially the world of the Internet, is full of crochet designers.

I recently had an unpleasant encounter with one of such designers on Etsy. My attention was drawn to Carolrosa shop because I recognized the photograph of my own crochet work. In the About section, the shop owner proclaimed herself a crochet designer, who “offers her original designs at reasonable prices”. The prices were reasonable, but the designs were not original

Carolrosa obliged to my request to remove the listing of my baby blanket pattern, but of course she wouldn’t remove the rest of the violated patterns: 


"Your pattern was removed immediately yet you are still not satisfied. There are others selling on this site who will ignore your requests to remove the pattern and you will be left with months of corresponding with Etsy until they remove the pattern. You could at least be thankful that I am reasonable."



Yes, my pattern was removed. But no, I’m not satisfied and I’m not thankful because other copyrighted and stolen patterns are still there. I am not satisfied that there are so many cheat-designers on the web, who take advantage of other people's work.

I am overwhelmed. I am bewildered. I am disheartened.

I need a break!

From the bottom of my heart, a huge thanks to all of my wonderful readers and followers. Thank you for your comments, for your support, for your appreciation of my work. I really enjoyed sharing my crochet projects and a bit of my personal life with you. The year 2013 had been the best for me as this was the time when I truly discovered my creativity and was the most prolific in pattern writing/designing. 

I am taking an indefinite break from blogging. I don’t know when I will be back and if I will continue this blog at all.

Olga




47 comments:

  1. Aw, it seems I just found you, only to lose you. I don't blame you in the least for not posting after what happened to you. It takes all kinds of people and it only takes one to ruin a good thing. It's hard to believe that people would take someone else's pattern, claim it as their own, then come back with a snide remark. I hope you keep crocheting because you definitely have a beautiful talent.

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  2. Olga, i only recently found my way to your blog and was so pleasantly surprised to see that you posted so many pretty patterns for free. you seem like such a genuinely nice and generous person. I can't help feeling that you would be giving the jerk on etsy way too much power over your life if you run away from your blog and let her "win."

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  3. I'm so sorry to hear this Olga, I can understand hoe you feel but I do hope that you will return to blogging and very soon. :)

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  4. Wow Olga I'm so sad to hear about your horrible situation and you will be missed. Thank you for all of your sweet comments on my blog. Thanks so much for sharing with us so many of your wonderful patterns. I wish you all the best in whatever directtion life takes you. Good luck and much success in your future.
    Julie at Julie's Lifestyle

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  5. Dear Olga
    I'm very sorry about everything!!! Some of my greek friends have also found their recipes and photos in other blogs and sites!!! This seems to be common in internet but it doesn't mean that people should continuously steal others imagination or projects!!! Good luck to you and your dreams!!!
    Hugs
    Marina - Greece

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  6. Olga I am so sorry that this has happen to you. Blogging is almost like having kids, you have alot of joy and alot of heartaches with it. It is horrible that there are people out there that would do what they did to you. I hope you do return to blogging.

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  7. I forgot to ask you if you other blog is still up.

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  8. Dear Olga..I am so sorry that this has happened to you. So many of my beading friends have had the same situation happen to them. One of them even teaches and had a beader steal her pattern and convinced a shop owner to contract with her to teach my friend's pattern as her own. I will never understand people that do this type of thing.

    I can tell you are discouraged and are withdrawing. Please do not let your talent wither away. I hope you will find another outlet for your work. You are a very gifted designer.

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  9. Πολυ λυπαμαι,ευχομαι να το ξανασκεφτεις και σε λιγο καιρο να ξανα εισαι κοντα μας,να εχεις ομορφη συνεχεια στη ζωη σου ,καληνυχτα.

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  10. I am sorry this has happened to you. You can of course sell your patterns or like Lucy at attic 24 go down the route of getting really well known on the Internet using your blog and free patterns and make money with articles and workshops I hope you enjoy whatever route you take.

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  11. I am so sorry that this happened. For as many wonderful people you meet on the net, there are miserable creeps, too. I think there needs to be a system in place to fine these individuals and keep them off the net forever. Take good care Olga, you are very talented. xo

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  12. Oh Olga, please don't do that. You cannot set aside everything that you have worked so hard for over the years, for one dishonest person. Such people exist everywhere, but we do not or rather cannot quit our jobs or break off relations just because of such incidents at the office or in the family! So please do not let it affect your crochet or your blogging. I know you are passionate about both and in fact you were my inspiration for starting my own blog. If you are moving on to crochet pattern designing, then all the very best to you. But do come back to Blogland after a (very) short vacation! :) Sending you lots of love and good wishes.

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  13. Dear Olga ! I'm so sorry for what happened to you and understand your annoyance. You need a break but I hope, one day you'll be back...for us, crocheters who really appreciate your art !
    Despicable people make us stronger...don't let them win !
    A big hug !
    Anna
    excuse my english...

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  14. Dear olga ! I'm so sorry for what happened to you and understand how your feeling is,but please consider one thing,you crochet & blogging for yourself and for those who loves your blog from 10000 miles far from you ( myself ) and your blog is my home page,this is so hard to know you are leaving blogging for punishing some jerks , don't let them win .please re-consider your decision for those who love you so much. take a break & come back soon,although i respect your decision ,good luck with your plans & designing in future,much much hugs from IRAN,your follower zohreh .xoxoxo

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  15. Ольга, вести или не вести блог это Ваш выбор, ведь на это тратится ценное личное время.Я всегда с радостью читала посты и находила в них много интересного и полезного, а сейчас вяжу шарфик по одной из ваших схем, за что Вам благодарна. Надеюсь, что в Вашей жизни и в настроении все переменится к лучшему. С уважением!

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  16. You will be missed. I am so sorry for the miserable people who have taken advantage of your sincerity and kindness

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  17. I can understand your frustration Olga. You generously share your work and then someone comes along and steals your ideas and your work. I know it can be disheartening. Sometimes all it takes is a few dishonest people to ruin everything. I reported the owner of the Etsy shop you are talking about because I also saw many copyright infringements. She is selling patterns that are not hers to sell and claiming them as her own but I don't know if Etsy will do anything about it. Sometimes I wonder how can these people get away with it? How do they sleep at night? I will miss your posts but I do understand. Take all the time you need...
    Beca

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  18. I will miss reading your blog and seeing your wonderful designs. I will say that this happens all the time. Etsy is supposed to contact the people and have them remove the patterns. Alas, with the frequency of this happening, I wonder if they really follow through. Anyhow, much luck to you!!!

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  19. So sorry that this happened to you! You are so talented! I will miss your blogging and the sweet comments you wrote on my blog. I hope you will return to blogging very soon.

    Liz

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  20. Dear Olga, So sorry this has happened to you. I loved, loved reading your blog and seeing your patterns. I tried a few myself, but never would even imagine telling someone that I could have made up the pattern. Wishing you only the best in the future. Hoping that this horrible experience you had will not put a damper on your imagination and creativity in the arts. Hugs!

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  21. Take heart lovely lady and know we appreciate everything you did for us.

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  22. Olga I'm really very sorry that you've made ​​the decision ... but I understand you completely!
    On the one hand it's nice in the "Google world" dive in and leave to admire the pretty work or inspired ... on the other hand to do many bloggers hard to write "the idea is ... that I have instructions from .. ., etc
    I wish you all the best
    Bye, bye, Elli
    Please excuse my English. :-)

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  23. Can you not add your name or the name of your blog to your patterns or pictures like I see in other blogs to keep people from stealing your patterns or design? is that what they truncating? I know nothing about it but it seems there has to be a way to protect your patterns? sorry this has happened to you,

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  24. Oh Olga, this is such sad news, I love your blog and have used some of your beautiful free designs. But I understand how disheartened you must feel in light of the dismaying situation you have on your hands. I wish you peace in your heart, and so hope you will grace Blogland again in the not too distant future.
    Pat @ Sunshine and a Sewing Basket :)

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  25. I just love your blog and your creativity. I'm not a designer, I have made a few things of my own that I can call my own, but designing is a talent, one that you have. It takes many hours to design and create the pattern. I can understand how hurt you are. I hope that time and a break will heal and I hope you will be back. Just know that many of us will miss you and your creativity and that we are praying for you. Please, don't give up your dream!

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  26. Oh, this make me so sad. I'm so sorry. I've loved so many of your patterns and I've enjoyed interacting with you about our different projects. I'm sorry that you've been so hurt by such inconsiderate people. Hugs and blessings.

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  27. Olga, I just recently found you on here. Your work is so beautiful. Please don't let a few (or more) dishonest people take from you something you love. Your passion for crochet shows in all the beautiful work you do. You are generous enough to share so much with us. People like me look forward to your email every day. I've known of this to happen before and once posted followers of the artist reported every time they seen copyright being used dishonestly. Thus saved the artist much time looking thru other web sites. Olga, please don't let these butts win. Please don't let these butts keep you from teaching and inspiring others like me. I know you must follow your heart. Wish you peace while you take some time off but I look forward to seeing you back on here.

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  28. Olga
    Sorry to see you leave your blog. However, I do understand why you are leaving. I just want you to know that your designs were beautiful and I want to give you a very big thank you for sharing with us. It is amazing how some people can do what was done to you and feel no remorse and think what they are doing is ok. Again, thank you. I wish you well and hope to see your designs again. Barbara R.

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  29. I am so sorry that you came up against such a dishonest person. Unfortunately there are people like that in the crafting community. Please do not let her put you off sharing your talent with those who appreciate it as much as we do.

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  30. Oh dear Olga, I wish I could reach through my laptop and give you a hug, and then sit down with a cup ot tea and talk this thing over. I would ask you to reflect on what you like about blogging. I would remind that there is an international audience who sees the beauty of who you are in the way you share your handiwork and love of beautiful, delicate handmade items. Your desire to introduce others to this traditional art comes through loud and clear. The majority of people who visit your blog either come here with the same love or have it awakened by your exquisite images. There are a few who will miss the point of being welcomed into your world, and exploit your graciousness. Of course, I mean this short-sighted selfish (and rude) etsy-seller. She has a lot to learn about character and personal integrity. Any time anyone defends their unethical actions by pointing out that there are others who are worse, they are standing on shaky moral ground! I am glad that you shared with us how she responded to you. It makes it very clear how petty and immature she is.
    You have stood up for yourself and have withstood her insults and ungraciousness. You have walked away with your dignity, self-respect, and the respect and admiration of your followers. And you are not alone. Not only do you have the support of all of us, but there are many, many others who have been stolen from too. It might help to look about a bit on the etsy forum to see if there is more you can do to report this seller, or leave feedback somewhere. She has earned a ding to her reputation as a seller, and it is appropriate to deliver her one. (If you feel so inclined.) Whatever you can do to take back your own power (within the constraints of your own personal morals, of course) will be therapeutic. In time, it will become clear whether you wish to continue to share your creative endeavors casually, or if you'd like to open your own shop through your blog, or Ravelry or Craftsy (or etsy?).
    Selfishly, I hope you will come back to your blog. I only found you recently, and was so intrigued by your work and your story, emigrating to America and all.
    Take care, sweetie.

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  31. I found you recently too...so sorry for you..a big hug from Sunny Belgium

    Marjo
    Marjo's Cosy Corner

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  32. It's only natural to turn in market, after all this ungratefulness for the free staff a person provides.
    This is my practice also finding out lately how much credit and recognition others get copying my work.
    I think you'll express now your talent more and fine patterns will come out. Certainly following you!!!

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  33. I loved your blog! You showed us so many beautiful projects. Return to blogging someday :) We will all wait for you! Have a nice break :)

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  34. I'm so sorry you're not going to blog any longer. I enjoy your outlook on life and on crochet. As angry as must be, by quitting you just might be "letting the bastards win." (and I apologize for my language, but it seems somehow appropriate this time.) I'm not a designer of crochet, or even a pattern maker. I one of "those" who look for free patterns, but I also pay for them too, if something catches my fancy enough. Personally, if someone stole from me the way they do you and other designers, I think (after a break) I'd become their worst nightmare (evil grin), they'd learn that my "bitch karma" would and could match their bastardly ways..lol. I'd haunt them to the ends of the earth until they screamed uncle. Take a rest, sweetie, you deserve it. but please return to the rest of us who love your designs and enjoy what you share.

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  35. Those who ruin it for the rest of us...shame on them. And, they've ruined it for you too! You will be missed, your talent will be missed as well. I understand completely, but I don't have to like it! Thank you for the lovely creations you've shared with those of us who behave with morals and grace. May the joys of your childhood dreams still be magical in the comfort of your own space. Hugs, Annette

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  36. Oh bless your heart Olga, there are some nasty people out there, but I hope there are many, many more that are wonderful. You have been an inspiration to me and I hate that you are letting this person ruin things for you. Take good care of yourself, I hope you venture back soon.
    Meredith

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  37. Olga, you do beautiful work, created from your heart. Press on, follow your dream. I'm crocheting the shell baby afghan from your creations, and it is turning out lovely. I'm sure we'll see you one of these days promoting a book, or in an article creating beauties. Thank you for sharing your lovelies with all of us.

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  38. Oh, I am so sorry! You have been such a blessing and encouragement! I will miss you and hope you will return soon. Shame, shame, shame, on such hateful people! Marie

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  39. I am just reading your blog for the first time and so sorry to see you go. I just signed on as your 972 Follower in hopes that you will be back. I like to crochet and would like to expand my knowledge as I now only crochet hats, scarves, baby blankets, and Prayer Shawls. You have so many beautiful items on your blog that I am inspired to try something new. Hope that after your much needed break that you will be back.

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  40. Olga, I can understand your reaction ,
    but please think twice.....
    take a break of couse if you need it,
    but think that there is so much love in all the people that follow your blog( I speak for my self ) that for those who take away other people ideas and creation.
    Please do not forget your dream ... , please shared we us .

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  41. Dear friends, I appreciate your support and kind words. I have expressed everything I had to say on this issue, and it's time to close it.
    As I said, I'm taking some time off to reflect and to recharge my batteries.

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  42. Oh Olga!
    I am SO VERY SORRY someone has done this to you ~ hurt you in this way!
    I am appalled!!!
    You truly are gifted! I will miss you here and will keep you in my prayers as you decide what to do about all this.
    Love to you,
    Danette

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  43. This broke my heart. Your patterns are just so beautiful and you generously posted them free. If you move them to an online store, I will still support you and your wonderful patterns. Don't let the bastards bring you down! Best wishes from Down Under. Hugs from Janet.

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  44. Olga, I'm so sorry that you have to go through such a bitter experience. I can understand very well how bad you must be feeling. I have experienced something similar few months ago. Someone notified me about a seller who was using my photos to sell her items. Not only mine she was using several other designers' photos. Anyway, I wish you all the success with your online shop. You will be missed a lot. Hope to see you again here soon.

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  45. Olga, I'm incredibly saddened with the response of the person you contacted. It's just unbelievable that someone would try to sell your own patterns, with your pictures no less. Your work is so beautiful and such an inspiration. I do hope that you will be back as your work is so beautiful. All the very best to you, Olga. Thank you!!!!

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  46. olga te voy a echar mucho de menos, te doy las gracias por compartir tus bellos diseños con todas nosotras!!! espero volver a leerte en breve ;un beso muy grande . maria:)

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  47. Dearest Olga,
    Oh, I know that feeling. I've had people steal my writing about antique French Christofle knife rests and PUBLISH it in a top Newspaper and getting paid for it. I did however manage to get that pulled off by writing to the publisher. But how much work it is to go after that? On Pinterest they posted my copyright protected work. And yes, I've also pulled that off but quit doing so as I lack the time... Who not?!
    There are so many people nowadays that cheat ongoing. They steal from others and brag about having created, designed, written things themselves. So many bloggers steal photos from the Internet without ever bothering to credit the source!
    Let's forget about that and I want to wish your Nicolai a very happy Birthday.
    May you as a family have a blessed Easter and let's forget about all those that cheat us. One solace; they WILL eventually have to face their final JUDGE!
    So let's not fret about it ourselves, things will work out in the end.
    Hugs to you and hope all is well.
    Mariette

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