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« on: December 16, 2010 04:09:16 PM »

I need to vent, and it's 100% craft related so..
(correct me if it's in the wrong board.)

I have a sort-of friend. She considers herself to be my best friend, though prefers everyone over me, and I consider her as an acquaintance.
She was never crafty before she met me. She isn't really now, but you get the point. I used to bring a lot of my crafts to school, as a lot of them were functional, or to give away as presents. Then she started copying me. She takes everything that I made, changes it a bit and flaunts it out to everyone so that they compliment her. I don't flaunt or brag about my work, because I do it since I enjoy it. Here are some examples of her stealing:

-At some point I had a lot of friends whose birthdays were around the same time, so to add an extra special touch, I would make them charm bracelets. I would make the chains myself with wire.
3 days after I gave out the first one( One that had silver buttons as charms) She brought to school a bracelet she made herself. It was horribly made, with dollar store puke green buttons and the rings were not rings, It looked as if she sculpted them by hand, without some sort of round form, and then chewed it. When I asked her about it, she said her brother stepped on it, but bracelets she made later proved otherwise. Then she stuck it under everyone's nose and flaunted the fact that it was handmade.

-I had a few keychains/bracelets made with all sorts of knotting techniques and bead animals, that she saw when she visited once(for homework), and a few weeks later her versions were popping up everywhere, and she even dared give me one and flaunt the fact that it's homemade!!!!!

-Most recent, is that I'd made a felt mascot one night and stuck it in my pocket when I was done. The next day I wore the same jacket to school and found it in my pocket, not knowing what it was, when I did, she saw, and wanting to look more closely at it, she grabbed it out of my hand. A month later (a.k.a today) she gave us Christmas/late Hanukkah gifts, which were felt mascots. The were all the characters I had come up with, who's doodles and some finished projects she saw at my house. She gave one to all our "friends" and since they don't know about most of my craftiness, they didn't realize how poorly made and unoriginal it is, let alone the fact that she downright copied. She actually gave me a mascot of her (yucky) rendition of the mascot I found in my pocket that day. Her stitching is awful, the thread was dirty, and most of the details were glued on, so the thing was as stuff as cardboard.
GRRRRRRRRR!!!!!!!!!!!

and these are not all the things she's done!!!

*rant over* I feel better, but not the best..
« Last Edit: December 17, 2010 07:04:46 PM by kunoni » THIS ROCKS   Logged

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« Reply #1 on: December 18, 2010 06:44:12 PM »

I'm sorry, but she would cease to even be an acquaintance of mine after all of that. I wouldn't give her the opportunity to see anything of mine again.
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« Reply #2 on: December 19, 2010 06:36:57 AM »

It sounds like she is maybe a bit jealous of your talent. She clearly thinks what you do is awesome. I guess in this situation you can cease being friends with them OR you could take her under your crafting wings, if you will, and help her learn how to make things properly. Maybe once she has the tools to be creative, she will be able to come up with/execute her own ideas.
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« Reply #3 on: December 19, 2010 04:34:39 PM »

Sadly enough, she is a part of the group I hang out with. I have tried shutting her out completely, but it is hard. I am much colder to her now, but in order to remain on the good side of things, I can't cease being "friends" with her.

As for helping her, every time I try, she acts like a huge snob (this coming from me, and I do try to see the very best in people).


Thanks for the input guys! even just venting makes me feel better. I'm just going to continue doing what I love and if by "chance" some of them see my crafts and realize what she's done, i won't deny it *evil laugh*
Especially since  they've seen almost all of my crafts, including softie making, just not mascots. They know what I've made. Luckily we're in different classes this year, and next year in different schools, so if I slip and bring something to school, she won't see it.
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