Thursday, July 11, 2013

Removing a Pest from my Bloom

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of back-peddling emails where everything "promised" was not only retracted but also "all previous conversations" were no longer valid.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.


  1. Wow Leslie that really stinks! I'm so sorry to hear that you were taken advantage of by a company who didn't have any integrity.

  2. Sorry to hear of that stumbling block. I have seen, been inspired and blessed by your heart-art works and creativity. Seen & shared on sites I have hopped by and your blog. Your talents and determination will turn it into a stepping stone under your feet. I will be believing with you and praying for God's hand to put the right people in your path. Hugs

  3. OMG, I am so sorry to hear this. I know you are an honest person, obviously these people have no sense of morality. I truly believe in karma, so, they will get what they deserve.

  4. So sorry about that LR, I hope you find a better venture with someone else ! xoxoxoxo

  5. I'm sorry to hear about this set-back. I know the quality of your work though--so I know that's what it is. Just a set-back to the eventual success of your product line!

  6. Not the direction I was hoping things would go for you...


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