You be the judge!

@jillhill (37384)
United States
December 31, 2007 4:18pm CST
My sister and I went shopping on Saturday. She has a camera phone and in two different shops we found something that we liked but knew we could make ourselves....so she took pictures of them. She was very shy about doing it but wanted a picture so we didn't forget what they looked like. One was a bag that was decorated so cute for a birthday present and another was a candle holder that a snowman was painted on....I paint on glass. Do you think we were wrong to take pictures of them? We almost felt like thieves stealing someone else's ideas! But on the other hand why buy it if we could do something similar?
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@carolbee (16241)
• United States
31 Dec 07
I don't think you did anything wrong by taking photos of items you want to make. If you didn't do this, someone else probably would or did. You can make different variations of the items you saw so you won't feel like you're infringing on someone else's ideas. Enjoy making your new projects.
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@jillhill (37384)
• United States
1 Jan 08
My sister was parinoid...LOL...made me stand in front of the items! LOL...but I am sure what I saw I could have found in a craft book too! Thanks Carol! (I always want to put an e at the end of your name because my sister name is Carole)
@carolbee (16241)
• United States
1 Jan 08
Now that's funny......lol You stood in front of the items so your sister could take pics. You 2 were working as a pair. When I was in grade school, every other girl was named Carol. Most of them without the "e."
• United States
31 Dec 07
I don't think it was a bad idea if you do make something like what you seen its not like it will be exactly what you say it will have its own unique diffrences. so don't think it is a big deal. you could have been taking the pictures to show someone thats what you want for a present never know.
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@jillhill (37384)
• United States
1 Jan 08
You are right...if we do it again I'll mention that! Thanks for posting and Happy New Year!
• United States
1 Jan 08
Nah, what you did was fine. You btoh have artistic abilities and you just want to be able to do something like it yourself. I, myself, like to draw. And I'm always drawing pictures off the internet or from magazines. It's the same thing...I don't believe I'm doing anything wrong, and neither did you. Have fun making those things! They sound great! Can I have the bag when you're done? ;P
@jillhill (37384)
• United States
1 Jan 08
If it turns out you can have it! LOL....
• United States
4 Jan 08
Yay! hehe. Can you share the pictures you took in the store so we can see them? Or do you feel uncomfortable about doing that?
@twoey68 (13651)
• United States
23 Apr 08
I don't think you did anything wrong. After all, if you'd seen the same two items in a catalog you could have still made your own. If your able to make your own, why on earth would you buy it...that makes no sense. **AT PEACE WITHIN** ~~STAND STRONG IN YOUR BELIEFS~~
@jillhill (37384)
• United States
23 Apr 08
Well you are right...since we can make it why not?
• United States
3 Jan 08
You are not thieves.And I don't think it is wrong to take a picture. What would be wrong is taking the idea and selling it to a big chain like Walmart as your own. But if all you want to do is make a copy for yourself, that's okay. And besides, taking a picture these days doesn't mean you were " stealing " the idea, you could be just taking a picture to show someone which item to purchase.
@jillhill (37384)
• United States
3 Jan 08
This is true! We weren't going to sell them anyway...just wanted them for us! Thanks for posting!
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@deebomb (15323)
• United States
1 Jan 08
a couple of years ago when my granddaughter was shopping for a prom dress she took a couple of pictures of the ones she like to get some friends opinion when the shop manager happen to seee her takeing the picks and told her that it wasn't allowed, because the dresses could be copied. Of the pieces that you took the pic of are copiewrited and you wanted to sell your items then it would be wrong. but if you are makeing them for family or for yourself nothing wrong there.
@jillhill (37384)
• United States
1 Jan 08
Right.....we wanted to make the bags for gift bags! And they sell the stuff to make them with in that store! Hope they turn out!
@DJ9020 (1596)
• United States
1 Jan 08
My aunt used to be a seamstress at a shirt factory and could sew just about anything just by looking at it. We would go shopping and I would find something that I liked and show it to her. About half the time she would look at it for a few minutes then say, I can make that! We would go find similar material and sure enough, she would have a shirt or skirt or whatever almost like the original and just as good.
@jillhill (37384)
• United States
1 Jan 08
How lucky for you! Your aunt must have had a gift for it though! And you were the lucky reciepent~!
@secretbear (19466)
• Philippines
1 Jan 08
i think there's nothing wrong with taking pictures of it jill. and there's nothing wrong with making something like it too. it only goes wrong when you copy the product and you sell it commercially. i mean, its okay if you will make something like it and intend it for personal use. but to sell it commercially, it would be a crime. it would be like piracy. ^__^;;
@jillhill (37384)
• United States
1 Jan 08
Good point secretbear!
@sid556 (31006)
• United States
1 Jan 08
no you were not wrong at all. I would have done the same thing. when im out shopping, i do often come across things that i think i could make myself....i wish i could take a picture cuz i tend to forget by the time im back home.
@jillhill (37384)
• United States
1 Jan 08
When my friend and I go we carry notebooks and take notes or make reminders to ourselves about something we like..she also whips out a tape measure when it's needed! LOL
@AmbiePam (48123)
• United States
1 Jan 08
We all get inspiration from different places. I mean think of all the fashion designers. They don't always come up with an idea that is original with them. Same as painters. Many Old World painters inspired the later Masters. You didn't do anything wrong. I sometimes get inspired to do things by nature. If it is wrong, then I guess God will take it up with me later, LOL. You're too sweet!
@jillhill (37384)
• United States
1 Jan 08
So are you!!! Thanks and Happy New Year!!!!!!!
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