Yesterday I discovered a store out of India selling at least 5 of my card designs and quite a few designs from other quillers. I had literally just decided to re-open my shop the day before, on Saturday afternoon. I was sent into a frenzy of anger over it. And, very much unlike myself, I posted it all over FB. (That's the foot in my mouth part.) Perhaps that is the way most people deal with things but I allowed myself to get way too upset over it and I am sad that I did. I strive to be a better person modeled after Jesus who was meek and mild tempered (1 Tim. 6:11). I am ashamed that I allowed myself to be blinded by anger and hurt and this is my apology to all who may have witnessed that.
The topic of copying is a dead, beaten horse at this point. My designs are not amazing works of art but they are very personal to me and they mean a lot because I have used them to help in healing my broken body and they represent moments and experiences I have shared with my loved ones. At the end of the day there is nothing I can do except hire a lawyer in India and spend thousands of dollars to wage a war against 1 of the many people who do not respect the intellectual and artistic property of others. That may very well be something that others feel is worth doing but I can't add poison to my already delicate state of health. Stress is my number one enemy and I like to associate my creative process with relaxation and fun and joy.
Anyway, I am sorry to all of you who saw my angered post on Facebook calling out for a revolution against this person. I will try hard never to let it happen again. I have deleted the posts and have decided to move forward.
In other news, I had a great time up in Massachusetts with my family. I wish I owned a cute little cottage up in the cape where I could escape to and warm up by the fire on cold winter nights. Here are a few pics of our little getaway:
I'm happy to be back and I'm trying hard to find my footing while not putting my foot back in my mouth. ;)
Have a SWEET September week!