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The Birch Cottage is a personal blog written and edited by Pamela Baker. I may occasionally have guest contributors who write for this blog. This blog resides at http://www.thebirchcottage.com.

Disclosure Policy

In compliance with the Endorsement Guide of the Federal Trade Commission {FTC} and General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) (EU), it’s important that we disclose the following to our readers:

  • The content of our blog is a source of income for us and therefore may be used to promote products, services, or other businesses.
  • We will only choose to promote products/services/businesses that we have, in fact, used and that we feel will be beneficial to our readers.
  • Products provided to us by our advertising partners for our review are given to us free of charge with no cost to ourselves. This does not ensure a positive review of the product in any way.
  • You can trust us. We will always give our genuine opinion about a product or service whether or not we are partnering with the service provider and/or receiving payment to do so.
  • Our number one priority is accuracy and fairness to our readers, and we would never compromise the truth just to make a buck. Ever.
  • Mentions of associated products/services/businesses within the content of our blog may or may not be noted as an affiliate in every reference.

We hold ourselves to the highest standards of integrity and strive to deliver interesting, helpful, and encouraging content while generating a small profit to compensate us for our time, research, and ideas. We love and appreciate our readers and make it our goal to be up front and honest with every post we write.

Privacy Policy

Our blog does not share personal information with third parties nor do we store any information about your visit to this blog other than to analyze and optimize your content and reading experience through the use of cookies. Ever.

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We use third-party advertising companies to serve ads when you visit our Web site. These companies may use aggregated information (not including your name, address, email address or telephone number) about your visits to this and other Web sites in order to provide advertisements about goods and services of interest to you.

We are not responsible for republished content from this blog on other blogs or websites without our permission.

This privacy policy is subject to change without notice and was last updated on May 24, 2018. If you have any questions feel free to contact us at pam {at} thebirchcottage {dot} com.

What we collect

We may collect the following information:

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What we do with the information we gather

We require this information to understand your needs and provide you with  better service, and in particular for the following reasons:

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Security

We are committed to ensuring that your information is secure. In order to prevent unauthorized access or disclosure, we have put in place suitable physical, electronic and managerial procedures to safeguard and secure the information we collect online.

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Our website may contain links to other websites of interest. However, once you have used these links to leave our site, you should note that we do not have any control over that other website. Therefore, we cannot be responsible for the protection and privacy of any information which you provide whilst visiting such sites and such sites are not governed by this privacy statement. You should exercise caution and look at the privacy statement applicable to the website in question.

Controlling your personal information

You may choose to restrict the collection or use of your personal information by contacting us at any time. 

We will not sell, distribute or lease your personal information to third parties unless we have your permission or are required by law to do so. We may use your personal information to send you promotional information about third parties which we think you may find interesting if you tell us that you wish this to happen.

Sharing Policy

Obviously, I blog because I feel like I have something valuable to share with my readers. Unless otherwise noted, all photographs, recipes and projects are my own. If you’d like to share content from The Birch Cottage blog, please follow the Sharing Policy:

Sharing Images

You may share one image from The Birch Cottage with appropriate credit and a link to the original post. Please do not share more than one image from a post without explicit permission. To obtain permission, please feel free to email me at pam {at} thebirchcottage {dot} com.

Sharing Content

If you want to modify a recipe from this site, please do so with appropriate credit  and a link back to the original post. If you want to republish a recipe from this site, please re-write it in your own words and link back to the original post for the ingredient list.

One image or photo with a link to the original post may be used, providing that full appropriate credit is given to The Birch Cottage and a link to the original post.

You may not use more than one image, photo or a post in its entirety without direct written permission from The Birch Cottage. Please do NOT crop, edit, remove or add watermarks to The Birch Cottage photos.

You may contact The Birch Cottage via email at pam {at} thebirchcottage {dot} com.

Comment Policy

My mom used to say, “If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all.” This doesn’t mean you can’t use constructive criticism, but was does harsh criticism or negativity really gain anyone? To be quite honest, women sometimes are the quickest to put someone else down. We, on the other hand, are better than that. We’re all here to inspire one another and to share genuine thoughts. Please be kind. Use your nice words or else I’ll have to resort to telling Dad!

Affiliate Information

Amazon Affiliate

The Birch Cottage is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to amazon.com. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.

Other Affiliate Advertising

We also use other 3rd party services for affiliate type links.  This all means that if you click on my links that direct you to a product or service, I may receive a small commission for referring that sale.  This comes at absolutely no extra cost to you, and allows me to keep this blog going and being able to share content for free.

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Susan

Friday 18th of February 2022

Pam, I just started the Birch Cottage Dishcloth. I would consider myself an advanced intermediate crocheter. In row 3, I noticed you left out the Ch 1 after the single crochet. I read it several times to be sure before I contacted you. I looked up the moss stitch on Pinterest and there is definitely a Ch 1 after the sc. I love this pattern and will continue to use it for many more projects. Thank you for the pattern. Don’t hesitate to let me know if I misread the instructions.

Pamela Baker

Friday 18th of February 2022

Hi, Susan. I looked at the instructions and they are written with a chain 1 after the beginning sc stitch. I’m not sure what I’m missing?? Thanks so much for letting me know about this,

Pam Baker

Josephine

Sunday 17th of October 2021

I've tried 4 times to subscribe on your page for the free 3 pumpkin patterns, I receive this message:

Following fields are missing or incorrect

Security Nonce is invalid!

Please help, I would like to make these for my out of town sister. Thank you very much.

Cheryl Baker

Thursday 7th of October 2021

I have tried to subscribe but have not received the confirmation email. I get an error message when I hit subscribe. Is this site still available? Thank you

Pamela Baker

Thursday 7th of October 2021

Cheryl, can you tell me which page you were on when you tried to subscribe? Thank you!