This is one of those blog posts that have been going around in my head for weeks in a 'should I, shouldn't I' kind of way and earlier on today, I had all of my thoughts clear but now it's not working so well so bear with me.
Before I went on holiday I found someone copying my work. I was cross. I wanted to shout from the roof-tops the name of this person who used to be one of my customers, who started her shop making completely different things and definitely not sewing-based before deciding that the party was at drawstring project bags so she would rip one of mine to pieces, rehash it, use the same fabric as some of my bags, take rubbish photos then charge 60% of the price of mine.
I'm not stupid enough to think that my bags are a revolutionary design; they are a fairly simple shape and style but if anyone was going to make their own, not using my bag, would make it slightly differently, they might make the top casing differently, they might even make the bag a slightly different size , they might not use the same amount and style of beads, they might have a different style. They might even chose a name that isn't a play on my shop name. But this person didn't. Some will say complete coincidence. That's fine because actually, I am still a bit cross and I'm still a bit sad that a couple of my customers have bought from them but I'm over it. If you want to copy me, I can't do anything about it and I'm moving on.
Since I re-opened my shop this week and started working with some of my new fabrics, I have had some great comments from customers, old and new and been inundated with orders. I have been featured in this fab treasury on Etsy which is, I agree, 'Outragously Bloody Fabulous' and I am going to continue doing the things that you all want me to carry on with and with the new things that I have planned.
So thanks to all of my customers, friends and followers on Facebook and Twitter and to the copycat, thanks for making me realise how important Nicsknots is to me and how it is going to continue to grow in the direction that I take it.