Copyrights

Hi!  I have been silent lately.  Trying to figure out what to think, what to say, and which way to go.

Recently I’ve found some of my copyrighted 1999 locker hooking photos (of my actual hands!) used on 4 blogs/websites to advertise their own products and others (not mine).  My photos have actually been linked to their sites without any mention of me or my business, or the fact that they are copyrighted and used without my permission.  This is just WRONG!

I just don’t understand how people can do this.  It is easy to copy and paste but how can they live with themselves knowing they are doing not only something illegal, but it is just WRONG, and it hurts people!  This also happened to me 11 years ago when I first started my business.  My son, Justin, took several photos of me locker hooking at our patio table ( yes, these are the same photos).  I used them on the front and back covers of my first locker hooking book (registered with U.S. Copyright Office and the Library of Congress), as well as in my second book.  They are used as my Logo, on my business cards, used to advertise my website, blog, facebook page, my classes.  They are registered under Copyright Laws.  But people still steal them.

The first time this happened I pulled back and stopped sharing my locker hooking photos and the ones I did and do share are all watermarked.  Over the years I gained back my faith in people and even took a class about sharing internet social media last June, because I really do want to share.  I would love to have my name out there, that is what the internet is all about.  It’s wonderful!  But when you get punched in the stomach again and again, it affects your trust.  I’ve pulled back again.

I’ve sent letters to violators and some people are nice and others not.  I’ve deleted my photos that I do not want to share publicly, but I continue to battle, trying to get them off permanently and I am frustrated.

I’ve changed my hardcore policies and asked people if they are going to use some of my copyrighted photos, at least ask me and link them back to me or my business.  We will see……………….

So sadly, I’ve come to the same conclusion as when I started this business………………my wonderful locker hooking photos and knowledge will remain in my books only.

Donna

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Alaskan Crocheted Rocks

Bring a piece of “Alaska” indoors!

As you know I’ve been crocheting glass covers this summer and I got to thinking about picnics and my daughter’s outdoor wedding coming up.  How do you keep the paper napkins from blowing away?  So……….I’ve been having fun crocheting rocks that I’ve found on the beaches in Alaska!  I soak them, scrub them, and then crochet the rock using 100% cotton thread and sign them.  They are natural Alaskan rocks!  A long time ago I crocheted two rocks for bookends to use in my store (for my Laurel Burch journals) and they are just as pretty now as then.  But this time I’m getting more creative and adding beads, buttons, ribbon, crocheted flowers, and more and having an absolute blast doing it!

Collection of "Alaskan Crocheted Rocks"

One of my collections of Alaskan Crocheted Rocks

Jake and I go to the Alaskan beaches and hand-pick each beautiful naturally flat and smooth rock, which we lug home.  We have a favorite beach but you have to go down and back up a very, very steep cliff to get back to the car.  Of course it is so much easier to do in the fall when it’s cooler outside.  Put them in the back of the car and they help with traction in the Alaskan winters!  My husband is such a good sport!  At first he thought I was crazy, but now he actually thinks it’s really cool and he even uses them at work!

I make my Alaskan Crocheted Rocks to use as napkin and paper weights, book ends, door stops, decorative and conversational pieces like in bowls and windowsills.  Great for picnics and barbeques!  Or decorate your garden!

And they make perfect unique little gifts!  This is the crocheted rock I gave to my dear friend, Rene.

Rene's Rock

Rene's Rock

Donna

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Beaded Glass Covers and Doilies

Hi!  I’m back to crocheting glass covers!  I’ve been making these for a long time and thought I would share them with you.  Because I live in Alaska, when summer comes everyone gets out of their homes and stays outside until the snow comes again.  Well, we have a picnic bench under some trees and the leaves, dirt, bugs, not to mention the pesky mosquitos fall into our glasses!  So I came up with these colorful glass covers to protect water or wine, or whatever you may have in your glass.  They work well for coffee mugs too!  I also make larger sizes to cover food bowls.  If you don’t want to use them on top of your glass, just slide them under your glass and you have classy glass doilies.  And when they aren’t on your table, they look really pretty under potted plants, etc.

We have been saving all sorts of glass jars and that is what we use for our ‘everyday ware’.  They look really cool on your table!  In fact, we have so many now that our cupboards are literally over flowing!  The glass covers also look quite elegant on wine glasses too!  For red wines I use dark color thread and for white wine, it doesn’t matter.

I love to choose different colors and add the beads on the ends.  The beads look pretty and are functional by weighting the cover down.  I’ve used charms and buttons too.  I’ve tried using plastic beads because they can go in the wash (inside a delicates bag), but they don’t hold enough weight, at least for outside.  I’ve even gotten fancier and made lacy glass covers (like doilies) but I have to keep the stitches tight so little bugs don’t sneak in.

Do you prefer a set of the same color or a mix of different colors glass covers?  Each one is unique even if they are the same color because they are handmade!  You can find the “Crochet Pattern” for it  on my website.

Crochet Glass Covers

Crochet Glass Covers

Wine Glass Covers

Wine Glass Covers

Glass Doilies By Donna

Glass Doilies

Have a GREAT summer everyone and protect your glasses!

♥Donna

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First Stuffie

Hi!  For those of you who don’t know, last Christmas I received the BEST gift ever!! Shaunna and Matt bought me a ticket to fly to Colorado for a week to spend time with Joseph. He was about 9 months old.  I had the best time ever, soaking up all the “Joseph time” I could get.  It was so awesome to hang out with my daughter and her baby (yes, my first grandchild!).  It was a strange but a wonderful feeling, something you cannot put into words.  They are such good parents.  I will treasure every memory forever! I sure miss them!

I was able to meet up with my first stuffie I had made and a bunch of others I had given to Joseph, Shaunna, and Matt.  I took photos because I didn’t have one of my first stuffie.  I made it before Joseph was born, not knowing if they were going to have a boy or a girl.  There are also a lot of “Steelers” stuffies in their home because Matt is a big fan and Joseph I know will be a fan too (Go Seahawks!).  Anyway, that purple stuffie was the start of it all and it was so cool to see Joseph loving it!

My First Stuffie

My First Stuffie

Joseph

Joseph organizing his stuffies

“Stuffie”=a soft, cuddly, crazy, cute, stuffed creature that makes you laugh and smile (straight from my dictionary!)  Some have pockets for treasures, some have crocheted beanie caps, but all have hearts!

Love, Donna

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Stuffies In Stores

Hi!  For those who haven’t met “Ivars”, here is a photo of him.  He has long arms you can tie in front that lay on his tummy.  He looks just like I do when I watch football with Jake.

 Jake's Alaskan Stuffie

Jake's Alaskan Stuffie

Jake posted some photos of my Alaskan Stuffies on facebook and WOW they just took off!  A very cool store called the Artic Rose Gallery, Anchorage, Alaska, saw the photos and bought 10 stuffies!  Awesome!! They were having a “First Friday” that week and I got them there just in time.  Here is a photo of some of them.

Alaskan Stuffies at Artic Rose Gallery

Alaskan Stuffies at Artic Rose Gallery

And then  our dear friend, Rene, who we saw on New Years Eve, bought 12 Alaskan Stuffies for her store, Blaines Art Supply, Anchorage, Alaska!  What a surprise! But I didn’t have any left and I was leaving for 1-1/2 weeks to visit Joseph!  So being the sweet person that she is, she said no worries I could make them when I got back.  So needless to say when I got back from my trip I had to make 12 in one week!  I worked literally day and night!!  Blaine’s was having a “Last Friday” of the month and I got them there in the nick of time.  I stayed for the  party and had so much fun watching people smile and laugh at my stuffies.  Such silly little critters that bring so much joy!!

Alaskan Stuffies at Blaines Art Supply

Alaskan Stuffies at Blaines Art Supply

Yes, I look pretty tired!!

“First Fridays”  and “Last Fridays” in Anchorage are the first or last fridays of every month when the shops & gallerys open their doors that evening and display featured art and artists.  People hop from place to place and check out the art and feast on wonderful food! It is very fun! Jake has been featured numerous times and his paintings will be featured again at Stephan’s Fine Art Gallery, the first friday of April 2011.

Love,  Donna

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Alaskan Stuffies!

Hi!  It’s been a long time since the last! I have been busy crocheting,  as I had two big Holiday Shows in November. I made lots of  matching scarflette & hat sets and big Christmas stockings!  And I made a whole lot of locker hooking books too! I did real well this year at the shows!

I’ve been making Alaskan Stuffies, which are soft, cute, colorful, crazy stuffed creatures. They make you smile and laugh and are fun having around! They are about the size of a small pillow. Alaskan Stuffies have a pocket for wishes and treasures and they all have a heart. And each one has a “Made In Alaska” tag I sew on their little bottoms, so you know for sure they are handmade in Alaska, by an Alaskan! You have to qualify for a permit in order to use the tags.

Alaskan Stuffies

Alaskan Stuffies

It all started when my daughter asked me to make a stuffie for Joseph, my new grandbaby, and they just kept coming!  That was even before he was born and I had no idea what she was talking about!  I make each one freehand and they are machine washable and safe for all ages! Adults love them too and some collect them. A friend bought a pretty stuffie as she enjoys painting dolls, along with lots of other cool subjects.  I can’t wait to see her painting!  I made several for Joseph for Christmas gifts and got them off on time (which is hard for me!).  Jake loves them too and for Christmas he asked for his own Seahawks stuffie and so “Ivars” was born……that’s what he named him, after Ivars Seafood in Seattle (absolutely the best!). He wanted one so he can yell at it (with it?) during the games! Jake has already scared the dog away but now he won’t be alone!

Love, Donna

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Alaskan Fireweed

Hi!  Anchorage broke a record a few weeks ago for raining 31 days in a row for a summer.  It’s been cold and gray skies.  Reminds me of living in Seattle!  But the few days of sun have been wonderful and reminds me why I’m sooooo in love with Alaska!

Several weeks ago Jake and I went to Homer.  The ride from Anchorage to Homer is breath taking with the huge snow capped mountains coming straight out of the ocean……….and FIREWEED!.  In July the fireweed blooms and it’s the most beautiful pink sight you’ve ever seen!  I took this photo in Homer behind a bookstore.

Fireweed in Homer

Fireweed from my camera

There is a story about fireweed that Alaskans love to tell.

Fireweed is a well known wildflower (OK, a weed) in Alaska.  In summer you’ll see fireweed all over Alaska, like a velvety blanket of bright pink.  It is one of the first plants to come alive after a forest or brush fire.  Isn’t that amazing?  It multiplies very quickly (that’s probably why they call it a weed and not a flower).  Fireweed looks like large tall green stalks with bright pink color flowers.  The rich pink flowers are one reason how fireweed got its name.  Usually in July, you will see them bloom starting in the middle of the stalk.  The flowers continue to bloom one above the other ones until the pretty pink flowers reach the top of the stalk.  They are truly gorgeous! I personally think they should be Alaska’s state flower!

In August, the flowers on the lower part of the stalk start falling off and they turn to seed, a fluffy like cotton.  Very awesome!  The wind carries the cotton off to reseed for the next year and this is when Alaskans say………… there are about six weeks until winter begins.

In September, the flowers are gone and the stalks slowly change color from green to red with bright red-orange leaves and this is when Alaskans say……….that summer is at an end and Fall is upon us. Now, all you see is this beautiful bright red ground, miles and miles of red!  This is the second reason how fireweed got its name.

They say the inside of the fireweed stem is nutritious and is used to make jelly, syrup, ice cream, ointments, soaps, lotions, honey, and the early leaves are used in salads.  I bet you didn’t know that!

Did you also know you can buy fireweed seed in Wal-Mart, Fred Meyers, and Safeway?  Many who come to visit and want to take home a little “Alaska” will take it home and grow their own fireweed!

I LOVE fireweed! And I don’t care if it is a weed.  It’s beautiful and I look forward to it every summer!

Donna

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Christmas In August

Hi!  Did you know Alaskans celebrate Christmas in July?  JoAnn Fabrics always has a big fabric sale on their Christmas fabric in July and a furniture store gives great prices at their “Christmas in July” sale.  I get flyers through the mail and I see advertisements on the TV.  I never have really understood why?  But the craft stores now have Halloween and Christmas items on their shelves (already!).  When I was in retail business I remember I’d have to start thinking about what I’m going to buy for the store for next Christmas, like right after THAT Christmas (or earlier).  Company reps would come up that winter or early spring to take Christmas orders and if you didn’t have orders in by summer, you were sunk.  I’m glad to be out of that life!

So……….I’m celebrating Christmas in August because  I recently posted some of my “Big Holiday Stockings” on my Etsy shop.  It felt weird taking photos outside and no snow yet, but it was so much FUN! I put a few tree branches in the tops of the stockings and hung them from a tree (a great suggestion from a friend & locker hooker).   I will be making more big stockings and I’ll get some photos in the snow.  We get snow in October and sometimes in September.

It all started when I drew one of my daughter’s names for a Christmas gift.  She had recently moved into a new apartment and I wanted to make her something special.  So I crocheted her own stocking with lots of colors and pretty yarns.  I even crocheted beads into the toe.  I had so much fun making it and used up some of my yarn remnants!  Jake was thrilled saying, “don’t stop now, what a great way to get rid of ALL your yarn!!”  OK, I do have way too much yarn, way too much!

Here are some of my Big Holiday Stockings!  I would love to hear your thoughts and ideas!  Thanks!

Donna

One of my "holiday stockings"

Fun with fun fur

Christmas stocking

Had fun with some novelty yarn

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Crocheting at night in Alaska

Hi!  I love to locker hook or crochet in the evenings, relaxing and watching the news. I am a night owl. Jake is an early bird.  Sometimes I’ll stay up after he goes to bed and hook into the night.  It is so quiet and peaceful!  We live up and on the side of a mountain.  We are in Anchorage and there are many who live up here, but we have lots of trees and privacy.  It feels like we live in the wilderness when we drive down our dirt road to home.  Nights are when I get a lot of things done. This is when my creativity juices flow.  I know I am not alone as many artists and crafters enjoy the nights solitude.

About two weeks ago, I was crocheting and watching a scary movie (I don’t very often at night!).  Jake and the animals were downstairs sleeping when I thought I saw a large black figure go past our front door window panel. I absolutely froze! We don’t get visitors here, especially at night.  And because we live in a dome home, we don’t have curtains.  It went up the stairs to the deck.  I shot up off the couch but my legs got caught in the yarn!  I could see he was coming back and by the time I reached the front door I came eye to eye with this huge black bear.  Scared me to death! I gasped and he went back to the deck while I flew downstairs yelling for Jake.  Well, by the time he came upstairs the bear was gone.  I was really freaked out! We have black bears here in the summer but NEVER that close!  Well apparently our neighbors left their garbage out the night before and they don’t have a bear protected garbage can.  Jake said there was garbage spread all over the street in the morning.  Also bird seed attracts bears (we found that out the first year we lived here!).  Several days later we hear that a bear nearby tried to enter a home and was shot.  Wow, it could have been me!

Last week I went back to crocheting on my couch and enjoying the solitude of the night, feeling safe again.  The dog started barking (she doesn’t very often) and I turned to look and we both looked right into the face of a black bear!  AGAIN! The bear went up and down the stairs to the deck.  When I got down to the front door window, I was looking right at this huge bear’s face, eye to eye!  We were both standing.  Then he suddenly leaned over towards us and took his huge paw with long claws and took a swipe at the dog, scratching his claws against the glass, then slowly walked away!  This time I came running downstairs yelling “where’s the shot-gun”!!  I love Alaska, but this is ridiculous! I knew if that bear came back again he would definitely bust the door down and come in.  I haven’t slept well since!  Jake didn’t think he could.

A few nights ago Jake and I were watching the news and they reported that for the last two weeks they have had trouble with bears trying to get into people’s homes on the hillside.  Last Thus. three black bears broke down someones door and came into their home and they had to shoot the bears.  But one got away!  Jake and I looked at each other.  I was thinking “I knew it could happen!” and he was thinking “Maybe I should have believed her!”.  At least I hope he was thinking that.  So……one is still roaming around!

Everyday living in Alaska is an adventure!

Donna

Some of my crochet rag rugs

Some of my crochet rag rugs

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A Warm Welcome!!

I want to welcome you to my new blog!

My name is Donna Jacobson, an author, teacher, crocheter, and avid crafter from Anchorage, Alaska.  In 1999, I started my business called Alaska Locker Hooking Etc., when I wrote and self-published the first locker hooking book written on fabric entitled, “Locker Hooking With Fabric Strips”.

I know you’re thinking, “WHAT in the world is locker hooking??”

Well, it’s an old rug hooking technique that started around the early 1900’s in Great Britain.  Using fabric strips (or thick yarn or roving), latch hook canvas, a locker hook (which is a 6.5″ long crochet hook and the other end has a large needle ‘eye’), and strong yarn (which is threaded through the ‘eye”), you can make beautiful and sturdy rugs, wall hangings, clothing, belts, blankets, pet beds, lots of kitchen items, frames, purses, baskets, and tons of home decor and accessories.  Things that you can actually use and wear!  It’s really easy, quick, inexpensive, portable, and just plain fun!

A locker hook

A steel locker hook used in "locker hooking"

It’s really great for those who love fabric and yarn and a great way to use up those scraps!

No….it’s not latch hooking.  It’s just different!

I have soooo much to share with you!

Donna

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