Latest Update: 3/30/13
Note: Policies can change. Please check back for changes :)
As I sit here, faced with the task of updating our Frequently Asked Questions, I understand why legislators are so reluctant to update their state’s constitutions… it’s NOT FUN! But given the fact that we have evolved, grown and changed so much over the years, it is task that cannot be swept under the rug. So here I sit, with no more enthusiasm than when I originally worked on our FAQs, but determined to get it done as quickly and as painlessly as possible!
Although I would like to think this is the last time I have to address this issue, I know it won’t be. If any info in the FAQ changes or if we add additional content, we’ll highlight those in our blog. Please take the time to read through our FAQs. I would hate to think I invested the time… yet again… doing this for naught! So… go grab a cup of coffee and meander through with us. If you think of a question we left out or if our answers are unclear, please, please, please speak up! Contact info can be found at the end of this article. So here goes!
Who are you guys? Fair question :) Wee Folk Art is a mother/daughter team with a mutual love of crafting and the gentle art of homemaking. With the "wee folks" in mind, most of our crafting is focused on children. We do, however, throw in crafts for the home, self or yummy recipes just to keep it interesting. I am Kimara, the "sage" mother, and have a degree in elementary education and home economics, which I received just this side of the dark ages! Michelle, the "innovative" daughter, earned her degree in fine arts from a rival university in the much less distant past, majoring in graphic arts and photography. We are both stay-at-home moms, guess I’m now a stay-at-home Gammy, that spend our days homeschooling and crafting. We both share a belief that less is often better, as long as the less has quality. We love working with natural materials, and are ever mindful of respecting our environment. We hope that is reflected in our crafts.
All of the patterns on your site say Copyright. What does that mean? All of our patterns and directions are original. Although the “concepts” cannot be copyrighted… hey, who would own the copyright on a doll or a coaster, BUT, the patterns, directions, PDFs, and photos ARE copyrighted. In a nutshell, nothing from our website can be copied without our permission.
We do give permission for people to copy patterns and directions for their own use. We do give permission for people to use one or two of our photos online if there is a direct link back to us. Our photos, directions and PDFs should NEVER be downloaded directly to your site or altered in any way. (You do have permission to download one or two photos from an article to share on Facebook, Pinterest or your blog as long as you give a link directly back to Wee Folk Art.) If you wish to use our materials in another manner, please email us for permission at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Can I sell items made from projects on your website? Yes, with these conditions:
*You contact us to receive permission. We reserve the right to refuse requests.
*You must give credit to Wee Folk Art for the design: "Designed by WeeFolkArt.com".
*The projects are made by you and sold by you. In other words, you cannot use a third party to make the designs that you turn around and sell. We are giving permission for small, cottage industry business and charitable groups to use our patterns on a small scale.
*You may never sell or distribute photos, pdf's or instruction for any reason.
*We reserve the right to reverse our decision at any time and for any reason. You will be contacted via your site if that should occur and you will be required to immediately discontinue the sale of items made using our patterns.
We are doing a fund raiser. Any chance I can make some of your projects to sell for a non-profit organization? First off, we'd like to commend you for your charity. We are delighted to play even a small part, such as sharing our patterns, with charitable efforts. Please make sure to follow all the guidelines listed above in the "copyright" and "selling items made from our patterns" section. As stated above, we reserve the right to refuse requests.
I know your online pattern pieces are on PDFs, but it would sure make my life easier if you turned all your directions into PDFs. Any plans to do that? We do not have plans to do that at this time. Perhaps someday. In the meantime, if you'd rather work from written directions instead of the computer, you can copy the directions, take them into a word processing program, and print them for yourself. PLEASE NOTE: Our directions are lengthy and there are tons of photos. You may want to go through and delete the photos so you don't empty your ink cartridges :)
Can we link to your website? Absolutely! As a matter of fact we LOVE being linked to. It is the “bestest” way to make new friends. You can either link to us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Flickr or a blog. If you have a blog, feel free to incorporate one of our totally sweet BUTTONS on your site. And, thank you for wanting to share our site with your friends! And, now for some total hypocrisy…
Will you Link Share? You may have noticed we do not maintain a blog roll, and seldom link to another site. That is not the nature of our blog. There are so many wonderful blogs out there that we deal with every day, we would feel awful if we didn’t include all our friends and their fabulous blogs. So, instead of hurting anyone’s feelings, we chose instead not to link to other sites. (Hardly seems fair, does it, when we encourage others to link to us?)
Having just said that… there are two ways that you can be linked to on our blog. First, when you leave a comment, feel free to link to relevant information or photos from a personal blog, Flickr account, Ravelry, or other social networks, BUT, it is not meant to be used solely for the purposes of advertising. Comments made with the express purpose of personal gain will be removed.
Wee Folk Art does have a Facebook account. There, I link to our readers’ websites all the time. So, although we don’t usually link to other sites on Wee Folk Art, I just might link to your website on Facebook! BTW... if you have a project that you think we'd enjoy seeing, just send us an email or post it on WFA's Facebook Wall, and we will definitely drop by a take a look :)
I think your website is great and I just gave you an award. Will you pass it on? We receive many awards from our readers and are touched each and every time we do. We always take time to acknowledge them and say “thank you” but trust me when I tell you, I’m a weak link! I’m always the killjoy who breaks chain letters and emails. So, please, please, please, do not take it personally if we don’t play along, pass along awards or post our accolades on the site. We’ve decide not to post any awards instead of accidentally missing some. I am just such a slacker when it comes to those things… but an appreciative slacker!
How do you handle criticism? If I find a mistake do you want to know about it? The answer is, yes, of course, especially in our tutorials. As all of our patterns and directions so cleverly state:
We are sharing patterns we have designed and made for our own children, families and friends. Every effort is made to share information in a clear and accurate manner. We offer preemptive apologies for any mistakes that may be made. Please let us know via comments or emails if you stumble upon a mistake or if you encounter directions that leave you scratching your head! We will rectify the situation as soon as humanly possible!
Please remember, we are turning out patterns at an alarming rate… and without a net! (AKA editors!) So, if you notice a typo, just grin and know we actually are decent spellers, and that spelling mistakes just slip past us sometimes. We can live with a few typos. But, if we’ve left out a step in the directions, mislabeled a stitch, or have done anything else that impacts the quality of a project, please let us know immediately. I suppose, in that respect, our readers are our editors! It is best to post a comment under the offending post. We check comments more frequently than emails.
And on that same note... our "DISCLAIMER"!
We make every effort to share patterns and directions as accurately as possible. But we are human, although I often long for superhuman powers, and as humans, mistakes will be made. Before beginning any of our patterns, think of yourself as a Beta Tester. We do not have a staff, editors or even volunteers that are crafting our projects before we share them. YOU are the first to have a go at them. As such, other than a heartfelt apology, we accept no responsibility for mistakes made, or in an extreme circumstance, for time or supplies wasted. Please tackle our projects in the same manner that we are sharing them, with a spirit of goodwill and global friendship!
Who designed your blog and where is it hosted? Who takes care of your personal computer issues? Or… Nitty Gritty blog talk! For those of you who don’t “know” me, I meet my darling Tim on Match.com years ago. In my profile, when asked what I was looking for in a man, I said… “MUST be able to repair my computer!” True story! Since that day, the man has been dinking around in my computer. I have him changing things and writing new programs as often as I have him move perennials! I say… “I want…” he says… “Not a problem.” How lucky am I? He tells me, and I have to take his word at this, that we are hosted on Host Gator, and our platform is Drupal.
As for the absolutely adorable web design… that is all Michelle! She has a degree in graphic arts and definitely has an eye for detail. She frets over things I can’t discern, but since the final product is flawless, I can only assume the Devil’s in the detail! Can’t argue with success, right?
Can we advertise on your site? We are no longer accepting sponsors. It was too stressful when we were treating Wee Folk Art as a business. It is simply a passion and a hobby.
Email Kimara and Michelle: email@example.com
Wee Folk Art Flickr Group
Wee Folk Art on Face Book
Wee Folk Ravelry Group
You made it through. Good for you and thanks for taking the time. Whew!