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Dear Facebook and Flickr user Makena Becker. you are not me. those photos are not yours. and those children certainly aren't yours either. your creepiness has me reeling. you have five hours to remove all my photos, all my words, and all your really skeevy claims to be someone you are not before i take legal action. you have infringed on my copyright. and i am pretty freakin' ticked off and grossed out by it.

thank you to reader paola for letting me know about this.

i would have loved to keep this a lot more vague and focused more on the idea of creating your own life, how figuring out who you are, little by little, and being true to that potential and the people you love is what makes life really great. and i think the higher road is to maybe leave names off.. but i can't. this is just too weird and violating and there is no possible explanation i can think of where someone would do this "innocently." if you have an idea, i'd love to hear it. i'd love to have something to wet the fury burning in my chest.

until then, i've got a birthday party to prepare for.

also: i have operated this blog the same way i try to live my life- based in faith and happiness and expecting the good rather than fearing and expecting the worst. this is not the worst, but it is really really weird. and i may need to adjust things around here for awhile until i figure this out..


ADDED: dear people (the non creepy ones), i love you. i sincerely do. i wish you were all here in person. i would hug you and thank you, wipe away my angry tears and take you to the park for a big picnic. we'd eat fruit, watch kids run around, soak up the sun and celebrate life (and the fact that the pictures were all taken down! hooray!!). after getting in our fill of spring at the park, you'd help me try to foster a little bit of sympathy and a little understanding for those who do things that aren't right, but then we'd let it go and move on... and after all that i'd try to sucker you into helping me make cupcakes and clean and decorate for tomorrow's party.. i've got a lot to do and am suddenly sooo very tired. 

thank you again. truly. 


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come back!!!!! please?
still reading old posts---love 'em!!
all our best from the UK.

March 18, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermonica cano

I discovered your blog tonight from the quilting tutorial. Love, love, love it and can't wait to try it!
As a very new sewer (I just sewed my first dress last week) I absolutely love your posts and hope that someday I can have a fraction of your sewing talent. Hopefully that day will come before my kids grow up! I just spent hours pouring over your blog posts...specifically the sewing ones. Laughed out loud numerous times at the humor in your writing. Thank you for your posts. They are lovely to read.

March 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMegan Camp

we miss you!!!

March 27, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermaya

Do you think you will start blogging again? It has been over a year .... and I still periodically check your sight in case you start posting again. I miss looking at the wonderful things you sew and create :-)

April 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPenelope

Please, send us an answer, just one....
We love you...

April 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSonja

I found your site last year while looking at your great science activities (blogged in May 2009) when I was looking for science party ideas for my son! I really enjoyed looking at your craft/sewing articles too. Sorry to see how things have panned out but I would have done the same thing - family comes first (I have a 7 year old and 4 year old - I understand). Hope you can one day come back to the web in some capacity. Kind regards, Christine in Australia.

April 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterChristine

Enjoyed your blog. Hope you'll post sometime soon. Greetings from Amsterdam.

April 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSinead

Hi, just saw an ad for pinhole press with your two lovelies...just wanted to let you know seeing them made me smile, and I got to thinking of you and hoping you are well and happy!

April 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJolie

This is really creepy! I'm so sorry this had happened. I hope you get this resolved as soon as possible!

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April 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHomeowner Insurance

Hi Katie !
As usual just a short note ... here's to the hope that you'll come back some time.
Miss reading you ...
Love to you and your family from Germany.

May 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEmma

i secretly wish that u will somehow continues blogging..... in 1 year ++ time, i still open your blog hoping that u will somehow writes again!

May 21, 2011 | Unregistered Commenteraddicted reader

never commented before but i do check every now and then if you might have come back... you are a great writer and your posts were always inspirational! -anne

May 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnne

just found your blog and read the whole thing (over a few days :P)! your family is too cute, sorry about the creeper, I hope you decide to blog again soon!

May 27, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermiya

I'm sorry you had an invasive and violating imitator/ stalker, and I hope that you are doing well now. It seems you've decided to stop writing here, and I'm also sorry you needed to make that decision, but you need to look out for number one. In any case, I just found your journal, and I am inspired by it, so even if you are not still contributing to it, I hope you know that it still brings joy to at least one reader. And hopefully that is worth something. I hope this hasn't destroyed your ability to trust people you don't know well. I still think most of us are good people, and I thank you for your years of posting. Good luck with your future endeavors, Katie et al!

June 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPam

Katie, I'm good friends with Sarah Fulton and Roxy (formerly Asami). Some of my girlfriends and I were talking about how awesome your blog was and how inspired we were. If you ever start up again we would LoVE it. But we are moms too and we completely understand you need to stop. ***Hugs from a couple Mormon moms in manhattan***

June 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKiasa

I stumbled on your blog and spent a lovely chunk of time enjoying reading it. I don't know if you ever check back here anymore - I imagine you don't, after what happened - but even so, I want to say thank you for what you shared. Best wishes for you and yours,

July 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJannette

Oh, Katie I just love your blog. I spent a few days reading the entire thing :). I totally understand you not wanting to blog anymore... I have kids too and would be so freaked out if someone stole pic of my kids and posted them as their own. But i still, selfishly, wish you'd come back to blogging. You are so creative and funny and i love reading slices of your life!

Blessings from Seattle.

July 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJordan

I've been looking for your blog for almost a year. Stumbled apon it once and then, BAM! lost it. Hope you return!

July 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterVIlma Christine

Oh wow CREEPY! So sorry this happend to your family.

July 31, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCynthia

Love your blog, keep hoping you'll come back. But I trust your judgement....only you know what is best for your family. Sending love from a Mormon mom in a tiny apartment across the bridge. (I wish our paths would cross...I think we'd be friends.)


August 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterShanna

Wow, you are a woman after my own heart. Not every one would speak out the way you did and I'm damned proud of you. Ann

August 8, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterann

Wow, you are a woman after my own heart. Not every one would speak out the way you did and I'm damned proud of you. Ann

August 8, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterann

I'm not sure how many times I'm going to check back here! I keep asking myself to stop, but I have hope!

August 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterElise

You are so inspiring. Your site was the very first blog I ever stumbled upon, and I LOVED your enthusiasm for making life a happy, beautiful, and memorable place for you and your family. I completely understand how this has spoiled all that is lovely about a blog. Thank you for opening up your home to us when you did. And if you're ever ready to do it again, know that there are hundreds of us ready to give you a shower of support!!!

August 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKate

I understand the story as showing a tyrannical "authority," who is not the true creator but an angel imposter, who has inspired the religious leaders to oppress its peoples by spreading lies and keeping them in ignorance.

August 31, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterParty Bags

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