Early this year I began a venture of creating a product line with a company that from outward appearances was everything I wanted: family-owned, American-made and quality product. I created designs, produced production-ready files and publicly promoted their company and forged relationships for them with other companies I know and work with closely.
After months of conversations and work, I finally see an end-product and start getting really excited about my new chipboard product line being sold in major online stores. In the course of 6 hours, through a series of online exchanges, lies were uncovered. While I was willing to discuss to reach some sort of compromise where all parties could benefit, I was met with a barrage of back-peddling emails where everything "promised" was not only retracted but also "all previous conversations" were no longer valid. The conversation I was attempting to have in no way rated the reaction that I received.
Those of you who know me know I put a great deal of emphasis on integrity, honesty, and honor. If you are not true to your word then you are a liar, plain and simple. I cannot be a part of that.
What this means for you my loyal followers is that I no longer have affiliations with these people. They have not paid me for my designs. They are not theirs to sell. I have written a letter calling for them to cease production and sale of my product line.
I will not be lied to or bullied into something because someone has decided to retract everything they said--in essence the entire agreement. I am disappointed by this turn of events--I will not lie--BUT I have the desire to move forward and not to let this pest ruin my bloom. I know by the reaction of the online entities who wanted to purchase my product for their store that my designs are good and valued. I will find another way, an honorable way, to see my dreams realized., This is merely a pesky bug and will in no way effect my ability to thrive and bloom. Thank you for your time! Now let's move forward. Blooming.