I wasn't sure if I was going to write about this, but I've had some time to process things and I have decided to share it.
This past week I have been getting ready for Bead and Button. Mostly through a benadryl induced fog, after I broke out in mystery hives.
I had to get work done for the show, but it was slow going and thank goodness a lot of what I do doesn't require much more skill then a helper monkey, so I plodded through.
It was perhaps this time spent focusing on specific things I needed to accomplish that made me able to move forward.
A few weeks ago, it was brought to my attention that someone was selling a type of beads on Etsy that looked like mine. So much like mine that at first I wondered if they were perhaps mine, but they were not. They just looked so incredibly close to mine that I could have been fooled.
That was not the only thing that threw me. I have known this bead maker for years. I like her, she is a good person and someone I would call a friend.
So I sent her a email about it, I was not angry, I was more confused and knocked off kilter more then anything. She sent a thoughtful response. We did not see eye to eye on this particular issue and things were left as they had stood before. And I thought about it for a long time. I thought about energy I have and how I wanted to spend it. I decided that I would move on and not dwell. I can't control what other people do and for better or worse I am responsible only for what I do.
So I am focused on moving forward, moving my work forward and finding new ways to do what I do.
It so much more exciting and liberating then worrying about what other people do