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11  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: Murals of kids at play (image heavy) on: April 20, 2007 07:12:28 PM
Great job! Emily is my favorite, and to me, she looks like one of the Fisher-Price Little People kids! (My DS has a Xmas set that made me think of that).
What type of facility is this where you did this?

12  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Mother's Day / Re: cute or dumb? on: April 11, 2007 11:51:07 AM
To counteract the possibility of someone getting offended by the whole "cleaning thing", you could include manicure supplies, or a manicure gift card. Soooo... the gloves would be to protect the manicure!  Grin
13  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Craftster-inspired "Pop" Art Mirror on: April 07, 2007 02:30:03 PM
Oooh! That DOES sound cute! Be sure to tell her we want pictures when it's done!

My 13- year old daughter loves the mirror so much she is planning on making one for her room out of candy boxes!  She and her friends have been eating Skittles, Nerds, Runts, Lemon Heads, and Sprees for the past few weeks.  We've got about 10 boxes so far!
14  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Craftster-inspired "Pop" Art Mirror on: April 03, 2007 09:58:35 AM
Paperbag (and others here), thanks so much for the praise. I can't wait to see how yours turned out, because of course there are so many ways to do this!
Mr. Levin is obviously offended by my reproduction here, which indeed is not the way it was intended. I did start off by giving all credit to him for the design, even though, as stated before, it is not the only one like it. Check out Rachel Ray's website for a mirror which, incidentally, is much more like mine than his. Hers, made by her craft friend Peggy Brown, was made well before I made one, and I hadn't even seen hers until recently.
I referred to my project as "craftster-inspired" because that is exactly what it was. I found this forum, and was so impressed by the things I saw here, that I decided to push my abilities one step further. My normal artistic talents lie in painting and drawing, so this was indeed a new challenge for me.
Mr. Levin, I am happily adding a disclaimer to my original post giving you credit for the original design which you claim copyright to. I will also add that it is not, and never was, my intention to sell, nor suggest others to sell these pieces. If you would prefer that I remove the link to the catalog site showcasing your work, I will do that instead.
15  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Craftster-inspired "Pop" Art Mirror on: April 02, 2007 12:46:08 PM
Sir, although I do respect your desire to defend your creative ownership of this piece, I wish to clarify a couple of things.
I did not make this mirror to sell. I made it for myself. I used the link to your piece in my original post, only because I had first seen it on this forum, and I knew others might be familiar with it. I have seen different versions of these mirrors in the past though, as have other people. You may own copyright to this creation, but you are certainly not the only one making them.
However, the copyright concerns that have been brought up here were not in reference to you. The concern that people are debating here, refers more to trademark infringement, rather than copyright, on the part of the manufacturers of the sodas. If you search around this forum and elsewhere, you will find many stories from artisans who have found themselves in legal battles with those major corporations, by making items that included packaging from their beverages.
It was suggested to me by people both on this board and elsewhere that I should sell these mirrors. Again, it was never my intention to do so, but the thought alone led me to question the legal ramifications of doing so. As with the movie and music pirates, just because you and others are doing it, does not mean that it is legal.
And as for my mirror looking more "factory made" than yours, no offense taken. The most time consuming part of making this was cutting all the pieces precisely even. It would have taken me far less time to cut them all differently and then piece and trim them to fit. As I said, I made this for myself in the way that I wanted it to look, and am quite happy with the way that it turned out.
Just to inform all the crafters out there monitoring this artwork. This is not a big corporation making this piece but a husband and wife team who create artwork for a living. Great to be copied for personal use (we will take it as a complement!) But selling these does indeed infringe on our registered copyright. If you spent the time designing and coming up with the idea as well as making them you would understand. You said it took several weeks to make this. figure out the hours and you will understand the cost. Also take into consideration the website and catalog company are entitled to their percentage. The mirror you made is still only a copy and the original intended to be art as well as functional(hence more cans than mirror) and irregular in cut sizes embellishes the hand made artistic look. No offense, yours looks more factory made than the actual. My wife and I make a living, making and selling artwork and depend on our original creativity and designs for our income. I hope all the real artists out there understand this concept and don;t take offense to this reply but rather respect the nature of originality, creativity, copyrights and ownership. 
Making artwork for personal use is totally acceptable, but copying someone else's artwork for profit is actually no different than stealing. I am sure all of you have seen the ads at theatres now about copying movies or downloading music illegally being the same as stealing something, someone else has worked hard to create.

M. Levin

16  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Craftster-inspired "Pop" Art Mirror on: March 26, 2007 04:48:41 AM
Wow guys, thanks again for all the nice compliments! I am just so flattered <grinning ear to ear>! And a featured project? How cool is that? Thanks again!
17  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: come one come all, see the fiji mermaid and marvel on: March 07, 2007 08:01:47 PM
I don't know what to say... really!
This is the creepiest thing I have ever been infinitely impressed by! Fantastic work!
18  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Aaaand... a boring chest of drawers on: March 01, 2007 09:51:17 AM
I am completely in love with this dresser! Great job!
19  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Wheee! First dress - and it's reversible! on: March 01, 2007 09:45:50 AM
This dress is excellent, it looks fantastic on you! I'm not sure which way I like it better either... I think the square neck, but you're right, the versatility is great!
20  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 17 ENTRIES / Re: A Time for skulking on: February 28, 2007 10:50:23 PM
Wow... I love this... really cool!
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