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A Sewing License

blog_beauty2“Most pattern publishers categorically deny anyone the right to sell items made from their designs,” says oliverands.com, a popular fashion design website featuring children’s clothes and sewing patterns. What does this mean? In essence: You cannot make an article of clothing from a pattern and sell it for profit. Hear that, seamstresses? It’s illegal. Think copyright law. I know someone who was planning on doing this very thing. I hope she reads the blog and realizes she can’t do that before she starts selling stuff and a lawsuit comes her way. And when you think about it, it actually makes sense. This is artistic property here—patterns are made by someone for someone else to make something, not make money off of. And so, just like using a song in your film, you have to get a license to use a pattern. The adorable children’s clothing company, Oliver + S, has done just that as a way to reach out to people who would like to sew garments for others. Now, keep in mind this is not a mass production business offering, it’s for small sales. For a $6 fee you can buy a license and you are registered on the oliverands.com website as a Custom or Readymade Boutique Sewer. Of course, you can avoid all of this if you design your own patterns, but for novice sewers, this isn’t an option until their skills are honed. Even still, regardless of skill level, Oliver + S offers some adorable patterns, so why not stick to the finest?  Visit oliverands.com for more information.

 

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In defense of Valentine’s Day

 

“be(ing) of love (a little) more careful”—e.e. cummings

Wednesday (Feb. 10) is Ash Wednesday, when Lent begins. Friday (Feb. 12) is Lincoln’s 207th birthday. Sunday is Valentine’s Day. On Ash Wednesday, with foreheads marked with a cross of ashes, we hear the words, “From dust thou art and unto dust thou shalt return.” Reminding us that our bodies, made of matter, will remain here on Earth when we are called back. It is our Soul that will take us home again. Lent offers us 40 days and nights of purification in preparation for the Resurrection (Easter) festival (an initiation) and for the Three Spring Festivals (at the time of the full moon)—Aries, Taurus, Gemini. The New Group of World Servers have been preparing since Winter Solstice. The number 40 is significant. The Christ (Pisces World Teacher) was in the desert for 40 days and 40 nights prior to His three-year ministry. The purpose of this desert exile was to prepare his Archangel (light) body to withstand the pressures of the Earth plane (form and matter). We, too, in our intentional purifications and prayers during the 40 days of Lent, prepare ourselves (physical body, emotions, lower mind) to receive and be able to withstand the irradiation of will, love/wisdom and light streaming into the Earth at spring equinox, Easter, and the Three Spiritual Festivals. What is Lent? The Anglo-Saxon word, lencten, comes from an ancient spring festival, agricultural rites marking the transition between winter and summer. The seasons reflect changes in nature (physical world) and humanity responds with social festivals of gratitude and of renewal. There is a purification process, prayerfulness in nature and in humanity in preparation for a great flow of spiritual energies during springtime. Valentine’s Day: Aquarius Sun, Taurus moon. Let us offer gifts of comfort, ease, harmony, beauty and satisfaction. Things chocolate and golden. Venus and Taurus things.

 

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