I kinda hate to post a negative post (this is my happy place), but I wanted to share and it's really not that bad.
I've been "knocked off". In a way it is a bit flattering. Really, my little owl is worth copying?
So, as many of you know I have this little free owl ornament pattern. The key word there is free. It's my gift to you. But it is for personal use, not for people to profit from. And in reality, anyone's who's asked me if they can use the pattern to sew them for charity or even personal profit, I've said yes to. I'm fine with an independent crafter using it, but it was not intended for mass production.
Well, a reader sent me this picture:
Normally I wouldn't go right to "copy", because how many different ways are there to make a felt owl? And I know I've designed things on my own only to find that someone already beat me to it. But you be the judge. That's pretty darn identical to mine. Right down to the decorative blanket stitching. The only real difference is it's made by machine and glue.
Since it's a free pattern I put out there I don't really see myself trying for any actual recourse. In this case it would be pretty futile. And I'm OK with that. (No, that's not permission for someone to copy this or any of my other designs.) But it does floor me that someone, somewhere decided to mass produce something of mine without permission.
Someone else was making them for sale on a website called fiverr and, worse, he/she was using my photo with not credit and representing it as their work. Thankfully the site handled the matter.
Anyway, so that things don't stay negative on here for long, I promised to be back with another post very soon...