Sarcasm Talks ©opyrights

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In this extremely overdue post, Sarcasm talks copyrights, more specifically about being bullied by other like-minded beaders and crafters who are (like I am on most subjects) a little confused by copyrights and how they apply to their particular craft. You all (hopefully!) read my reviews of the bead boards I did a while ago, and how two particular makers of said beading tool has been sending ummmm well frankly, threats in the form of emails, public social media posts, you get the drift, threatening legal action, claiming that the bead board was originally their own idea, yours are just knock-offs, yada, yada, yada.

click reference really owe all of you apologies for not posting in such a long while, but I am having some pretty intense health issues, to the point that I am unable to even beading on a regular basis [sce emoji=”sadness”/]. In fact, if trips to the emergency room and doctors earned frequent flyer miles I could have circled the globe a few times over! [sce emoji=”facepalm”/] The new medication that the doctors want me on is so new, my insurance doesn’t cover it, so that means you just “might” want to click on the “Donation  to Paypal” button at the very top of the page! [sce emoji=”nod”/] I can not afford it. Plain and simple.

Now, back to the copyright issues for any type of crafter. To, again use the bead board tool as an example, I received tons of messages, emails, and comments about how some form or another of the bead board had been around by other makers, and for that matter, literally centuries. There is even an authentic Native American bead board in the Smithsonian Museum’s National Museum of the American Indian. (Sorry Bead On it and Silaba, but you did NOT invent the bead board tool.) I even have a picture of my Cherokee Great-Great Grandmother using hers. Fortunately, I have been informed by what has turned into a literal network of crafters and bloggers that I am not the first (and there have been more since) person literally bullied about copyrights. As it turns out, the one who hollers the loudest about it is the one who never got one to begin with, because it was turned down by the U.S. Copyright office several times.

There is a HUGE amount of misinformation about copyrights floating around the crafters and artistic communities, and why we have copyrights. In Article 1, Section 8, of the U.S. Constitution, congress is empowered “to promote the progress of Science and Useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors, the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries.”  To understand U.S. Copyright law, it helps to understand their purpose, as presented in our Constitution. It isn’t about promoting the individual artists and poets. It is about promoting progress, by limiting rights to ONLY creators of certain works, for a limited time something that is in our society’s best interest (even though that limit is 70 years past death of the original artist)! Progress is a GOOD thing, remember?

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It is also helpful to understand exactly what can (and cannot) be copyrighted. According to the U.S. copyright website: “Copyright does not protect ideas, concepts, systems, or methods of doing something. You may express your ideas in writing or drawings and claim copyright in your description, but be aware that copyright will not protect the idea itself as revealed in your written or artistic work.” To be more precise, Section 102(b) of the U.S. Copyright Act states: “In no case does copyright protection for an original work of authorship extend to any idea, procedure, process, system, method of operation, concept, principle, or discovery, regardless of the form in which it is described, explained, illustrated, or embodied in such work.” In plain English: Your words and your pictures are your own, and no one has the right to censor your own expression of an idea, but a craft item, tool, or procedure is the red pill reddit dating hookup nyc la NOT copyrightable!

There is plenty, and I mean PLENTY of circulars and other helpful information about copyrights HERE. I strongly encourage you (especially if you are a designer who writes and illustrates tutorials) to familiarize  yourself with as much copyright knowledge as you can squeeze into your brain.

In a nutshell, if you or the original crafter/artist/designer have been deceased for 70+ years, and you come up with something  new or not so new, PUBLISH IT right away. Whether or not you have the little “c” in a circle does NOT matter. It’s yours – claim it! From the moment you publish it – anywhere, whether it be in print, the internet, or written on a scrap of paper, it is YOURS and will remain so until 70 years after your death, unless your descendants file for an extension. Period.

Until next time (and it will be a few weeks due to hospitalization), say smart or stay smart sassy!



Sarcasm designs a pattern


My week has been a week of pure Gamma love. What is Gamma love? Gamma love is loving your grandbabies unconditionally at any given time. This week I had my 11 month old Doodlebug Adalyn for 5 straight days (and nights) while she was SICK, SICK, SICK! Only a Gamma can appreciate how to love a child when they are fussy, snotty, coughing, eyes infected, and running four straight days of fever. All of this on top of running a fever above 100 for 2 straight days. Yes, we went to see the pediatrician on the 3rd morning. By the time I took her home yesterday, she was well, happy, playing, and wanted nothing more than to hug on her “Bubba” (code name for her big brother, my 5-year-old grandson Jackson) and to kiss her mommy and daddy non-stop. It was a very sweet thing to see, yet made me sad at the same time after the closeness we had over the last few days.

Anyway, because of her being sick, I sort of neglected taking care of myself and ended up in the ER yesterday with a blood clot in my arm that had progressed into thrombophlebitis. That sucker was the size of a walnut! What really ticked me off was that it was in my right arm, and as I am right-handed, I couldn’t do much with it this week as far as beading or crochet.

BUT, I’m not going to leave you hanging, in fact, I’m going to bring you something I released last year, not only for sale on my website as finished earrings, but I also have the pattern available so that you too, can make them. They are my Starfish earrings made with turquoise Picasso superduos and size 8/0 seed beads. It’s a really simple pattern to follow, and a lot of fun to make. You can purchase the ready made earrings at my Storenvy store, or the pattern to make them yourself.

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I loved making these. They were quick to work up, and didn’t require a lot of thought process behind it (not that I have a lot of them!). They are perfect to wear to the beach or with summer wear in a night out with friends. If you would like the pattern please visit my Storenvy page or you can shop directly from my Facebook page.

In crochet news: I have finished the sunhat for Adalyn to wear in her 1st birthday pics and currently working on her dress, but still have a ruffled diaper cover to go with the sunhat. I would have posted a picture of her wearing the sunhat, but you don’t want to see a sickly baby as a model! I will post it, along with the entire layette that I am making for her birthday pictures in a future blog.

As always, please leave me a comment with any questions about these earrings or previous posts, or just to let me know what you think about my blog! Please be kind or sarcastic!

Until next time, stay smart or stay smart sassy!


Sarcasm faces a challenge


So every month for the last few months I have been participating in the Dry Gulch Beads & Jewelry monthly color design challenge. You can find this month’s challenge here. They post a color pallete every month and you have to design something amazing using those colors. I love the challenge of finding something that will fit withing the color parameters, and they are generous enough to award a $50 gift certificate to their 1st place pick, and a $25 gift certificate to 2nd, to be used in their store or website. This month’s challenge was unique in that it was all one color family. Simple, right? Nooooooo. I had to make it difficult, and pull out every stinking green shade of bead, gemstone, ribbon, etc. that I owned and try and put them ALL together. Then, while checking out a newer beading technique I had been reading about over on Fusion Beads, I decided to try it out with those colors and voila! This is what I came up with! I posted my entry on the challenge page along with a little challenge of my own: what to name it? The winner? I present to you “Twisted Tranquility.” I made this using 6mm Swarovski pearls and size 11 seed beads with a silver clasp. The technique is called a flat spiral rope.

watermarked-Twisted TranquilityI have also come across some incredible opportunities with wire wrapping and crochet this week, thanks to some free patterns from some very generous Facebook friends. With wire wrapping, I am working on the “Down in the Valley” cabochon wrapping tutorial, thanks to Linda Taylor-Ricci of Ricci Designs Wire Wrap on Etsy. In crochet, I am (and cussing, but with love) making a dress for my granddaughter’s first birthday pictures from a pattern by Strings and Cuddles. I will post the finished pictures of both when I finish swearing my way through them!

Well that about wraps (wire, yarn) it up for this week!

Stay smart or stay smart sassy!