Sunday, May 23, 2010

To post or not to post...

There has been a lot of talk of late of whether to post picture of our work on Facebook or sell on the internet. Does this make you a target for people stealing your ideas? what makes your idea your own and how to safeguard against people stealing your ideas.

I started out by making gifts for friends - i used the softie book to make many of my first creatures, these were all given as gifts, which thankfully for me was the correct thing to do. I have since read that it is a breach of copy right to sell these items, which i think we all would know. 

(Little red monster on the left is one of the softies i adapted from the softies books made with love for many of my little friends - Jon, Drew, Harrie, James, Max, lennon and Julia)

To sell something it must be your own idea something that you thought of yourself. I am noticing more and more on facebook and madeit that there is a lot of copying going on and this concerns me (hasn't happened to me but i am seeing lots of similar items posted). You go to the effort of designing something then some one copies...but in the modern age this goes with the territory - i guess the people copying will know what they have done - and the reality is the copies are never as good.

So if you see me post something on facebook or made it will be my idea and my design, this is why many of my items are one of a kind (OOAK)

(Miss Molly on the left is my original creation she is a OOAK)

Haha thats a rant! be original your customers will love you for it!

Liz x

BTW - When sarah met liz will be at billycart markets on June 26th come on down and get an orginal handmade or hand embellished item for your beautiful little ones.


  1. Thanks for posting about this topic. We just looked at knock offs in the handmade sales environment too. Follow the link if you are interested.

  2. I agree in that I recently hesitated in posting an album of 'coming soon' pictures on Facebook in case someone used my designs before I got a chance to list them in my store. I ended up deciding it was more important to share my excitement and build curiosity. Just yesterday I purchased a pendant from a coming soon album! Now I can't wait for it to arrive =)