Hi, everyone. Yesterday, I posted about cards from shop whose designs really caught my attention. The shop’s owner mentioned that she had used “papers” that she felt were just itching to be made into cards. I thought that I recognized the designs, but they were framed so perfectly that I didn’t go with my gut and posted about the cards, anyway. In actuality, these papers were from a calendar by another company.
This was my mistake, and I own up to it and have removed the post. I should have gone with my gut and didn’t, posting about the cards while feeling that I had seen the designs somewhere else. No one gets it right 100% of the time, and I realize, as some of you have said to me, that this was unprofessional and affects your view of me and this blog. The fact is that I’m human, and I make mistakes. This was one of them, and in the future I’ll be sure to vet submissions and paper goods that I find more thoroughly before posting. I’m sincerely sorry for the mistake.
Update : Mary, the shop owner, has let me know that she owns a wholesale license with the company who created the designs and is authorized to use their designs commercially. So, while she did not create the designs, she has permission to sell her cards both per her wholesale license and per Etsy’s policies. While I still feel that it was my mistake in not recognizing these designs as the original source’s and discussing any copyright issues with Mary before my post, I’m glad that Mary filled me in and that the situation was resolved quickly.