Monday, June 28, 2010
Dear Valued Swirlydoos Subscribers,
 
It is with a very heavy heart that I write this letter to you. Over the past 3 days a nasty, vicious *insert really bad expletive here* person hacked into our website and functionally destroyed it. This person got into the system and deleted every single photo, graphic, text, layout, everything. It is all gone. You've no idea how crazy it makes me to have to type that. I put a year and a half of my time, heart and soul into that website and they took it all down in a matter of days. BLAH!!!!!!! Anyway - I'm getting emotional. I apologize. We are going to have to completely re-build swirlydoos.com. We lost all of the forum posts, we lost all of the previous kit photos. But, we did NOT lose our desire to have a tremendously talented and kind online community of the best scrapbookers in the world. We did NOT lose our drive to continually support you in your art while putting out the most gorgeous kits and products we can get our hands on. They may have TRIED to put us out of commission, but they've only hardened our resolve (and made us hurry up and re-design grrrr). By the end of this evening when you go towww.swirlydoos.com you will be automatically redirected to our blog site. This is where we will be putting all updates and Heaven forbid our Kit Reveal for Wednesday. ALL KITS WILL BE GOING OUT ON SCHEDULE - August kits will be ON SCHEDULE. Nothing has changed with the kit shipments, none of YOUR personal information has been compromised. The only changes you will notice right now are that obviously - the site is gone, the gallery is gone and the store is gone. We are working diligently at this very moment to get it all put back "somewhat" the way it was and it is my personal hope that we will have some semblance of our beloved site back up and running on reveal day. I am very sincerely sorry for any trouble this may have caused any of you - trust me if I could get my hands on these people..... If you have any questions at all please do not hesitate to contact me. The most important thing right now is that you all know that NOTHING has changed with the kits and the shipping, and all communications will be via email or our blog for the next few days.

Best scrappy wishes to you all, The Swirlydoos Team.

44 comments:

Cheryl said...

Oh no!!! I'm so sorry Krissy. How incredibly heartbreaking. But I know the Swirly Girls will bounce back from this.

Hugs to you and all the people that put in the hard work to make this such a great site.

Bonnie aka Cinnabon said...

Oh Krissy! how horrorable! All your hard work! Well, we won't let no idot get us down! I know I haven't been a Swirly all that long and don't have near the amount of layouts to repost in the gallery, but what ever it takes, we will be with you 100%. I am sure that all the other Swirly's will feel the same! {{{{hugs}}}}}

Angelica said...

Krissy, this is just terrible!! But you know all the Swirly sisters completely understand.
This will only make Swirlydoos stronger!!! NOTHING can break the savages down!!!!!!!

SCREW EM!

lynne1 said...

OMG some people are just idiots with too much time. Pleased to hear they can't break spirit!

Bonnie said...

Oh, Krissy, how terrible!!! How can somebody do such things???
However, don't let this bring you down. I'm sure that with the help and support of the Swirly savages, the new website will be even better than before!
Hugs,

TerryE said...

It is amazing how destructive these "people" are! And what was the point??? I'm sooooo very sorry this happened Krissy and all the team whose lo's are gone from the site.
I hope the cyber cops can help!

Diana Joy said...

oh my gosh....I'm so sorry some evil person did that to you. So so sorry. Best of luck getting it all up and running (re-created).

Tina said...

Krissy so so SORRY and sad about this:(

You have our love and support, and you know we understand. We'll do whatever it takes to help out!

Swirlydoos will stand strong, for sure!!

Luv ya xoxoxoxo

Rae said...

Oh nooooo! I am so sorry Krissy! We will survive this!

Vicky Alberto said...

OMG, how is this even possible and why on earth would someone do such a horrible thing? Hopefully bad karma comes back to bite them ten times over!

Adriana - DRIARTE said...

Oh, Krissy! this is just terrible!! But the new website will be even better than before!
Hugs,Brazil.

Jan said...

Krissy, I am so sorry to hear about this. I want to cry myself. But, you know we all understand and support you. It won't change anything for us in the long run. I am thinking of that country song, "I'll Pray for You" right about now. Whoever did this will get what they deserve.

~~Mia~~ said...

i'd been trying to get on all day and finally checked the blog...and read this post. i'm really, really, really sorry that this happened. i can not comprehend the mentality of some people to be quite honest!!!

huge huge hugs krissy!!!!!!!

xoxoxox

Anonymous said...

I have no words for this kind of people, we stay behind you Krissy and I know that you do everything to make it work again.
Hugs, Andrea

Ayelet {Jenny} said...

OH no! Why would anyone be so horibble? I am so sorry Krissy! There is nothing anyone can do to stop us from loving swirlydoos and spread the word about the amazing person you are!
Good luck building the new site, I`m sure it will look fantastic! XXXX

Maletch's Mommy said...

OMGOSH, my eyes are filled with tears! I can't believe all your hard work, just gone! Why would anybody want to do such a vicious and pointless thing? I am sure *they* WILL get theirs, and I really hope they get caught!
Everybody is right, this will not break the beautiful company you have built, it will only make it better!
Hugs and Prayers!

Lisa aka Raining said...

Boo Hoo **sniff sniff** JUST UNBELIEVABLE!!! We love you Krissy! Hang in there. We will patiently await the new site and will fill it up with our endless banter and beautiful Swirly style lo's in no time! ((((GIANT HUGS))))

LISA said...

This my letter to Krissy...

Words can't describe what I want to say, because I am a lady....But if I could say what I want to say if I weren't a lady, it would be....Still cant say it...I am so sorry that this has happened to you Krissy, to us. Who have worked so hard on Swirlydoos, to make it one of the most desired places to visit in the scrapping world. But, there are also new beginnings..And I look forward to ours. If there is anything I can do to help, I will. I have saved my tutorials, as the old ones are in a folder on my computer, and the new ones are on my blog. There are a couple that I did not save. I have the pictures but no written instructions and those are the ones I posted in the forums. I knew I should have save them. I can recreate it, it will just take time. If I appear to be MIA while the site is down it is because, I am at work and the hospital blocks all blogs. Even on the one computer I found that can get to Swirlydoos, wont get to blogs. I usually try to get on while I am at work, but blogs are a no go....I work Tuesday Wednesday and Friday this week. I had LOTW all set to go, and will just post it on the blog...It seems unfair to give that person recognition for just a few days, so I will wait until Sunday and forgo it this week. blah... Ever watch the movie Little Nicky with Adam Sandler??? Remember what they did to Hitler???...Well I kind of wish that upon the evil doer (cause they can't be human) that hacked into our beloved Swirlydoos the same punishment...Long Live Pineapples...And for those of you who don't remember or didn't see the movie...Go see for yourself...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rMEv8YYOEgc
♥ Lisa

We will survive...We have the best following out there!!

Peggy said...

Sad and mad and oh! so sorry, Krissy!!!!! All of the hard work of so many months...
Well, they could not make the love and the savagery at Swirlydoos disappear, and that's the important thing!!!
Lots and lots of {{{{{{{{{{HUGS}}}}}}}}}} for you and all of the Savages,
♥♥♥ Peggy

Michelle aka mberry117 said...

OMGosh!!! I thought my computer was doing something crazy!! I started having problems getting to the site on sunday evening. I was losing my mind yesterday! Oh, Krissy this just so sucks! I can't imagine everything you are going through to get things up and running. Who in their right mind would go after a scrapbooking page?!?!?! That is just nuts!!

I know I'm new, but if I can do anything just let me know!!

mberry117

Kim said...

Krissy,I am so sorry that this happened. I haven't been a savage for long, but I truly love the site. I do know that YOU/WE will be back better than ever.

I never posted any of my layouts (hangs head in shame), but I am going to make a pledge here today to post layouts on the new and improved Swirlydoo site. The other members have been such an inspiration to me, I should try and do the same for someone else.

I am not sure how I can help, but I am here willing to do what I can, just let me know.

JRABS -Jennifer said...

I am just so sorry about this wicked act.

Krissy, we all have our saved pictures and can repost. We are a community of friends that will all pitch together to get you/us through this onto the other side - which will be amazing!

This attack was done to discourage, dishearten you. We are here to help lift you up.

We are here to help and support.

JJ Sobey said...

That is just horrible!

Does your hosting provider not have backups?!?? Mine (which is far from high-end) does backups.

A Few of My Favorite Things said...

I don't understand why anyone would do this, it's awful and malicious. I'm sad and angry for you and for all the swirly savages. As everyone else has said, we're here for you 100% and it doesn't change the awesomeness that is Swirlydoos. I'm so sorry this happened. ((((HUGS))))

Anonymous said...

From Merrihew:

Just so sorry this happened Krissy! I know the new site will be awesome! Keeping you in my prayers as you work towards getting back online!

Hugs,
Cheryl

SandyB said...

OMG, I can't believe someone would do this to a scrapbooking site. I wondered what was happening when I tried to get on yesterday. I am fairly new to Swirlydoos but love love love your product and site as you are such an inspiration to everyone. It must be discouraging for you to have this happen. I hope you are able to catch them!! I'm glad you will come back - if there is anything any of us can do to help please let us know.

Just so very sorry this happened to you. But know that you have a large group of people supporting you in this.

VAWM said...

Krissy, I am sorry this happened to you. I really empathize with you. I wish that those who do these types of things would find something good to do in the universe with their energy. Good luck as you work toward getting everything back together.

Lisa said...

Krissy,
I'm with Lisa, I can't say what I'm really want to, but you can't stop me from thinking it!!!

You know that we are all here for you and will support you in any way we can. Things like this will just make us stronger!!!

Big hugs coming your way!!!

Fern said...

Krissy, I can't believe that someone could be so vicious and do such a thing... I'm so sorry!!!

Anonymous said...

UGH!! So sorry this happened.. MANY HUGS TO YOU!!! I am not so sure I know much about this blog thingy...
Cathy AKA Cooches
cant seem to log into this thing!!!!!!!!!!had to go in as anonymous

Darien said...

Krissy, like I told you before Who ever did this is a hater of your success!!! You go Girl!!! This wont stop you!!!!

Sorry that this is happening to you. I know you will do An Amazing job again!!!

A big HUG!!!

craftysprinkles said...

So sorry to hear what happened. BIG HUGS and I sure hope things can get cleared up or repaired quickly and easily.

Willea said...

I'm so sorry to hear about this! I'm a new subscriber, but I have been keeping an eye on your beautiful website for some time now, and I really loved it. I hope you can make a restart soon.

Hugs from Helena, Sweden.

Robin Shakoor said...

I have no doubt that Swirlyville will return even bigger and better! No way are we letting the idiots of the world break our spirit!

Robin (Loves2create)

Diana said...

"Sad and mad and oh! so sorry, Krissy!!!!! All of the hard work of so many months...
Well, they could not make the love and the savagery at Swirlydoos disappear, and that's the important thing!!!
Lots and lots of {{{{{{{{{{HUGS}}}}}}}}}} for you and all of the Savages,
♥♥♥ Peggy"

You said it quite well Peggy. Exactly how I feel. So sorry Krissy but know everyone is here for you! You are the bestest!!

Sandi Clarkson said...

Krissy, I am just in total shock .. and so glad I got to access the kit forum for a few minutes Sunday afternoon and see everyone's excitement over the new kit as well as the previous ones! If there were anythng I could do for you, I sure would! Seems to me that the Swirly spirit is still going strong though .. that should make you very proud!

Anonymous said...

Krissy, I am so sorry this has happened. I just can not even wrap my mind around why people do this sort of thing. I have no doubts you will be back and better than ever.
Sherrenae

Luz Maria Bruna said...

Hi Krissy I was a suscriber of your kit,but I always visited follow your wonderful site!
I`m so so sorry,but I`m sure with your wonderful team you`ll be ready soon bigger and better!!!
Luzma

cheryl said...

Dear Krissy, you may never know why this heartbreaking thing has happened. What we Swirlysisters know is that you are as strong as our group is big and wrapping our arms around you at this very minute. Take this opportunity to kick some ass rebuilding this site to an even bigger and better one. I have faith in you and each one of you girls are behind you.

"This too you will overcome."
Cheryl

east bay girl said...

Krissy, do you have any idea who would have done this? I don't understand why someone would be so hurtful.

Someone slipped me a virus that made my last computer worthless. I went to visit the site where it all happened with an older computer, and the same thing happened again! Nobody believes that this could happen the way that it did. But both my old computers were rendered inoperable after visiting the same site.

Julie Howard said...

Goodness sakes, Krissy! Manda was telling me about what happened with your site and I just couldn't believe it. So sorry this has happened to you... I can't even begin to imagine what you're going through and feeling right now. Try to stay positive through all of this. Consider the new site a phoenix rising from the ashes. A rebirth, of sorts. Hugs and best wishes.

Anonymous said...

I don't understand some people in this world anymore. Back in the day, people left your things alone. Now a days, they want what you have and take it. Boy how time has changed. Don't give up or give in. I am not going anywhere Krissy. Take your time and get Swirlydoos back in order. Hell, sometimes I think that is all that we have is time.

Big Hugs

Karen Couret

Fritchey said...

What makes people do such awful things? I am so very sorry that this happened.

Lynn Biermann said...

Ohhhh girls I am sooooo sad for you guys! All the hard work. Oh my. I know you guys can rebound! Hang in there!

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