I must have 'Sucker' written on my forehead. That's the only explanation.

(This is just a rant so if you're not here for that kind of drama, don't keep reading!)

- Our lawyer, who I knew from my old job in high school and has been practicing for many years, gives us a great meeting and then takes a month to get back to us. Then there are spelling errors up the wazoo all over our documents.

- Our fence company, who gave me an amazing sales pitch and came highly recommended, has been dicking me around for two weeks now. I still have no date for my fence install and we paid the 50% deposit almost a month and a half ago. It's come down to "I think we'll be there next week." "we were delayed by the rain we'll be there end of week" and now, no response.

- I got a custom order for a scrapbook for a baby shower for people to write parenting advice in. There must have been 10 back and forth convos the day of the order. I'm only charging $18 and it's an 8x8 album. Chipboard covers, with regular pages inside. Twins are boy and girl, so alternating blue, pink, yellow, green, etc. And an animal on the cover. Customer wanted to see a mockup of the cover and an inside page before making the album. So last night, I spent about an hour putting these two mockups together:

Sample page:

Sample cover (information erased):

And I get a response - oh, can you take off the embellishments from the sample page (no problem) and can you remove the shoes from the cover (ok) and can you make the cover "less pink." The shower is for two men having twins. First I heard about this part. But second, no, I can't make the cover "less pink." I don't design and print these pages myself. I wrote back that I could do the first two requests, no problem, but that I can't make the cover "less pink." Instead I'll have to change the cover entirely. Please let me know what you'd like to do.

I fear I'm going to be spending my weekend doing mockup after mockup for this customer only to have something be not right with it. I figure I'll give it one more shot but if she's still not satisfied I'll refund her money and wipe my hands of it. This is a LOT of work that I'm doing for very little money (my own fault, I should have charged more) and it's not worth wasting another entire evening doing a "mockup."

I just don't get it. Something about me screams "take advantage of me, please!"

And along similar lines:

- At work, there's a woman who just DOES.NOT.GET. that I'm not making jewelry right now. She keeps asking about stuff. "Why aren't you doing jewelry?" "When are you going to be making stuff again?" Next year, maybe. Why? Because the jewelry market is saturated, I am not enjoying it, no one seems to be happy no matter what I do, and because I do not have the time to do both the paper and the jewelry. Deal with it! Stop asking me when I'll do it again. She asked about a pair of earrings to match a bracelet and that I offered to do, custom. Unfortunately in my 40 cases of beads I have at home (I have filled an entire wall in my bedroom closet) I don't have the exact color pearls to match her bracelet. And she doesn't get why. Why can't I go out and get them? BECAUSE I'M NOT DOING JEWELRY RIGHT NOW.


  1. Unfortunately, I just went through the same thing on my Etsy shop. We had over 35 convo's back and forth and I just felt like I wasn't going to be able to please her so I told her I was going to have to cancel the order. Of course, she ended up not being happy and gave me negative feedback. I didn't take the opportunity to leave her feedback and at first I was upset, but now I'm like whatever. I know it took over a month and way to many conversations for a $15 frame! I was definitely not going to be making much $ on that after all that time. Good Luck. I didn't mean to ramble on, just wanted you to know you aren't alone, and unfortunately we can't make everyone happy.

  2. Thank you for posting your story. I can't believe she left you negative feedback though! That is so wrong. :(