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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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hey lady,
you are alive? please come back your readers . we miss you and your lovely girls very much. please give us a little voice please....

February 7, 2012 | Unregistered Commentertukimu

That's a creepy story!
I love your style, your blog!

February 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterEmma en Mona

oh really really yuck! I am blowing virtual balloons for your party.

February 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTracy

I was just on a blog that had a link to a party supply site. While looking around I noticed a few familiar faces (though a shy bit older). I hope this isn't another unauthorized use of your darlings...

February 23, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKelly

I found the same pictures as Kelly above and instantly recognized your children and came on here to tell you. I hope you will one day return to blogging again, until then I will just enjoy the archives...

February 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPetra

Katie - I have recently found your blog through other sources and have been so delighted to read your past posts. I am so sorry that such a crappy thing happened. I am glad to see your ideas still popping up on other blogs and your darling kids on pinhole press! I just wish you were still sharing - too bad for me. I know you are still out there doing marvelous things, I would just love to see it all!

April 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAndrea

I am so sorry this happened to you. It is a complete & personal violation of someone when this happens. I had it happen to me about 6 years ago, and I was just utterly flabergasted. WHY in the world would someone try to take someone elses photos as their own? People find out, this is a SMALL, SMALL planet we live on - how someone thinks they can get away with it is beyond me. I hope you get this taken care of soon, and things smooth out for you. Best of luck!

April 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTabitha

Hello fellow New Yorker -
I am so angry, both on your & your family's behalf and, selfishly, for me! I just found your journal and it's lovely, I am reading the archives. The clothes for your kids have inspired me to start sewing clothes for donating again -they're so fun & forgive me, but appropriate for kids - kids clothes should be comfortable and fun and suit their personalities, and not be a tiny tacky version of a slightly slutty pop "star."
Really, they're wonderful.
As so many have said - it's an invasion and violation, and it's outright theft of your creations.
I hope to 'see' you some time soon.

May 7, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterelisathon

Still missing you too... I can't stand coming here from times to times to see your beautiful creations (and your kids aren't the last ^^).

I hope you have a quiet life now, with your happy family.

June 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJub

Still missing you. :)

June 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

I enjoy your blog so much. I've seen a couple of your posts for and it gives me hope that maybe you'll come back. I have a boy and girl and I wonder all the time what fantastic things you are making for your son - in addition to all the fantastic things you've made for your girls. I really wish you had an Etsy shop where you sold some of your patterns or just some tutorials on how to make the things you've made. I know there was a time when you had thought about creating some... I wish you would come back - you still have such a loyal following!!

July 12, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMary W

Katie, always a pleasure reading your blog. It is unfortunate that all that happened. I'd like you to come back and your creations, too.

August 7, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterNastya

When are you coming back? I keep visiting to check whether you've posted anything but its been-what-two years now? Don't let the idiot that stole from you win. Come back!

September 2, 2012 | Unregistered Commentertheperfectnose

Are you coming back? I miss your posts sooooooo much. What are you making, doing, enjoying now? Please come BACK! I miss your unique creativity. It was your influence that started my blog...

September 18, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterchaz

is it crazy i still come back and check on you? hoping you still might come back one day...miss your wonderful stories and amazing talents...

October 21, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterbecca This isn't the first time. I'm sorry for such trash that we must live among.

October 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterChristi

I miss you. I spent my teenage years reading you. and after all this time, i still come and hope that you have come back to start your blogging again. please come back :(

December 2, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterParis

Yikes! Just so you know, I've seen this happen before and people like that often don't stop at just one copycat account. It's a sick compulsion that keeps these people going and they often keep up several accounts at a time. Stay vigilant for other names/accounts with your info!

No matter how many times I see this, it alwasy creeps me out and makes me rethink my online life.

December 14, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterharlie

hey dear,
look at your comments!
we dont know you. we are strangers. we are from so far away country
but we love your creative mindfull posts
and we still follow YOU!
please come back!
we are waiting for you,
still, again...

December 16, 2012 | Unregistered Commentertukimu

i didn't know you were famous

January 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterE$

i just found your blog after i realized i had pinned several outfits you made for your girls. i have just taken up sewing for my daughter who is 1 and your clothes are so fresh and playful i just keep looking through your blog over and over and finding more inspiration. i hope you will come back soon or sell patterns or just be somewhere on the internet. i know you could inspire a lot of people, and you've already inspired me. i'm sure you are still making amazing clothes for your girls. best, jackie

February 6, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJackie

Still missing your wonderful posts! I hope you enjoy life and all the little life-pleasures!

March 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNadine

I don't know what's more creepy, the fact that someone imposed themselves as you or the fact that after three years I still come back here every few months to see if you've returned!

March 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterShannon

I used to read your blog all the time and was so sad when you stopped blogging. I haven't checked in in a while to see if you were back, but I just thought of this blog again and figured I'd take a look. While it's sad to see you're not back, it's cool to see that as of two days ago people are still posting on here. We miss your posts! I would love to see how your children have grown...

March 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKate

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