Friday, July 18, 2008

A bit moody:)

Hi dear guys!


Sorry I wasn't posting much - I'm not feeling quite alright... No, LOL, I'm fine and I don't have any health issues... actually it's the thinking thing that makes me sick :) I'm feeling a bit of down that I'm tied with that stupid non-compete clause and can't sell right away. Yup, less than 3 months left but... Really we're not doing very well these months (after DD's birthday which was quite an expense! LOL) and my monthly earnings were of great help to our budget. I was just wondering how could anyone prevent one from EARNING HIS LIVING?... the most stupid and heartless thing ever. Luckily I have my awesome beloved DH who earns enough for us three. Imagine a single mom in this situation?..

Now not to make you feel down with me... I've been super busy and have a whole new bunch of fresh and great stuff to go to the store in the fall! Some of them include 4-5 papers and 16-17 elements as I've promised but now I tend to create 8 papers and 25 -30 elements- yup, you can never get enough of the elements! Now worries for dial-up users - I split the zips for your faster and easier downloads! :)


And, since I'm guilty of not posting thru' the week I'm here with an elegant freebie for ya!!! It's called the Solitary Flute and it was available for sale once - now given away for your pleasure :) If you like it please leave some love - I'm soooo needing it right away! LOL thanks guys!





Hugs & wishing you a spectacular weekend!
Irene


49 comments:

Ruth said...

*Hug*Hug* hope u feel better Irene... ^.* very nice freebie:) love it...thanks for sharing ya! Have a nice weekend!

Toni said...

Big ((HUG)) sweetie, try to keep smiling through the trials - we are all counting down with you. Thanks for the gorgeous kit, can't wait for those super sized ones on the way.

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Sharon aka Scrapcat4914 said...

HUGE GIANT HUGS!!!!!!!!!!!!!
TY so very much for this GORGEOUS goody!!!!!!!!!!!

Deb said...

Wow this is so beautiful! Thank you so much!!! I have to admit, I wondered why you wern't selling yet, and your right, that is just soooo not nice, especially with it being SO long, that you have to wait before you can again. Hang in there! Hugs. :)

Bec said...

I hope things are brighter for you. You have a huge talent and we are all very fortunate that you share it with us. I'll be wishing for you lots of inspiration so you can design and rake in the mega bucks as soon as you are able. Thank you, give your little one a big hug - that will make you feel much better.

Hannah said...

oh gorgeous kit and beautiful colours thanks for sharing Irene!
Hope you are feeling better have a great weekend
xox :)

Rarole said...

Irene. Thank you for your openness and honesty with your feelings. I can only imagine that this time of "waiting" is frustrating. But one time, in my own 'waiting room', I realized that God was doing some wonderful things which I would have been too busy to see at any other time. Waiting is hard when we don't see the 'why'. But just think about this time as a gift - time to re-group, think things through, create without pressure and grow. And when the window finally opens you will be fully ready for it. Thanks for your wonderful free gifts. I love your work - it is soft, beautiful and creative. Can't wait to see what develops in you during these weeks while you are "waiting". {{hugs}}

Shawn said...

((((( Irene ))))) I totally understand your feelings on the financial front. My hubby is the sole income earner for a family of 5, and probably will be until next fall. These next few months will fly by before you know it. Hang in there. :) <3

Tnanks so much for another gorgeous freebie. Amazing as usual!!

redheadrev said...

yeah, that seems stupid. But, I love your stuff and it's worth the wait! You make beautiful stuff! Be happy! :D

Laura Lou said...

Gorgeous work as always, Irene. I about bought out your store on the last few days I could, and you still manage to find beautiful things I didn't get to buy. When you can finally sell again your store is going to be super-busy!!! It will be PARTY TIME!!!

Angel with a Vengeance said...

It is ridiculous that you cannot sell. I found it strange when you mentioned in other posts that you were only gonna sell in october (?), what the heck? Well, maybe there is a good to find in this and now you have enough time to make those gorgeous kits.
thanks for the freebie, gorgeous as always!

fa11enan9e1 said...

Irene, sweeetie!! I'm so sorry you're feeling a bit moody.. That stupid non-compete clause!! *mwah* we love you at the orchard and CAN'T WAIT FOR FRICKING OCTOBER!!! Your work is absolutely gorgeous and we're sooo lucky to have you. You're the sweetest ever! :D

P.S. ADD ME ON YAHOO! LOL

sunny1972 said...

Hugs Thank you for the freebie. I must admit I have followed you from a certain site which i have become disheartened with, its so hard to keep up with all the kits there! anyway its not a nice think they have done to you, I hope you have a real good blast at SO they seem a real happy bunch!

Katherine aka Scrap Yard Kath said...

hopefully the time will fly right by. Enjoy the summer and I look forward to your new shop in the fall! thanks!

caraffle said...

Oh, sweetie, I promise, budget or not, I will be ther as soon as you post kits like this one or like Citrus Caramel. I will be coming to put some more LO's in your gallery as soon as I fide the files.

Keep your chin up!

Lisa said...

Cheer Up, Irene... The 3 months will go by quickly and will give you time to create more of those fabulous kit of yours!

That clause is the major reason I never applied there as a designer. It's just plain silly. It's not like they have any trade secrets. I'm not a single mom, but still, my income, is my income and no one should have the right to deny their natural talents, whatever they may be!

Everyone is waiting for you, don't dispair... you certainly are not forgotten!

Lisa
DigitalCraftCottage.com

deb said...

Keep your chin up, Irene!

And about that non-compete - it's ILLEGAL in about 1/3rd of the states in the US. The binding rules of US employment contracts are what state the resident is in. (Well, it's a little more complicated than that, but that is what it boiled down to for me.)

So you might want to look into whether the agreement is valid where you live.

In fact, in many of the (US) states where a non-compete clause is legal, it's STILL not permissible to prevent someone from earning their living.

But, I'm not a lawyer - just been there done that and got to tell the big corporation where to stick their non-compete clause.

:)

deb

Jan said...

That stupid non-compete clause makes
me really not want to buy from that
site anymore. You were the most talented designer there and their
rule are really unfair to you. But
you have them all beat in the talent
so, just hang on. We all love your
designs and will follow you where
ever you may go. While the other site
is giving their site a bad name.
You were much to talented to stay
there. Thank you for another wonderful kit that I was unable to
buy because $$$ is short for my family. If you ever have a CT call
I want a chance to work with you. :)

Vany® said...

Thanks for the freebie, Irene... hope soon everything is gonna be ok for u. You're so talented and deservs earning with your special talent... Kss

Lei said...

Thank you for the freebie. Can't wait till you can start selling again. Love your work!! :)

Aleah'sMommy said...

Sorry to hear about the probs with selling kits. Also thank you so much for the gorgeous freebie. I hope things get better for you soon =)

Hoozieg said...

Keep in mind that WE LOVE YOU! We're also not happy with that agreement . Neither are several other designers we know and love! Put some ads on your site and we'll all click on them!

neety said...

Thanks so much Irene for yet another delightful little kit. You bring so much joy to so many people. I am eagerly awaiting the opening of your SO store - so hang in there! **HUGS**

Peggie said...

This is gorgeous. I love this color.

sandygb said...

Irene - so sorry you have to wait 6 months to sell your designs, but I presume that you DID knowingly sign a non-compete clause? They are standard in many businesses in the U.S. My daughter who is a physician, also had to sign one when she went to work agreeing not to get another job within 50 miles of her current employment. I believe the point is to prevent her from "taking" patients with her. The same would be true for lawyers and sales people to prevent them from taking customers away from a business. No fun having to wait, but think of all the kits you can get ready!

Pam said...

Hi Irene,
I can understand your frustation. But, on a positive note, by passing out these awsome kits you are building the anticipation for those that love your work and a larger fan base. I know you will do exceptionally well in the new store. Also, it's not around Christmas time, which is what happened to me when I left the store I was selling at before opening mine. That hurt a little! I wish you all the best.

Pam ;)

MisticaDesigns said...

dear irene,

what is a competive clause? never heard of that...why aren´t you allowed to sell?
i would love to offer you your own place for your designs - at digitalscrapgirl.com (i´m the owner ) some designers are belonging to a mall, we all have our own stores and just do some collabs and activities together. so very easy going. you get your own store for just some dollars per month, no 25% etc plus an introduction - so if you like to get in touch with me write to monja@misticadesigns.com

GrannyNKy said...

Thank you so much!!!! Cyber hugz coming your way and I hope this cheers you up some...because I so appreciate the way you generously share your talents with us all, I would like to pass this award on to you...check it out here
http://grannynky.blogspot.com/2008/07/whoababy-another-award.html

LindaJD said...

Sorry to hear about the problems hun! I hope the time flies by for you and that you use the time to create more of your Gorgeous kits! as I am sure you have :D thank you so much for this Gorgeous freebie.
Take care and as someone already said try to see if it's legal what they are doing to you..

mel_h said...

hi irene, something to DEFINITELY make you feel better! i am passing on a blog award to you, come check it out! and i do hope you feel better!
much love,
mel_h xxxxxxxx

Trisha said...

Thank you for the lovely kit Irene! I'm so sorry you're feeling down but you're getting close to the end! Sending HUGE HUGS your way!

tape said...

OMG this kit is fantabulicious! Thank you for making my day, Irene! *hugs*

MomSoto said...

I hope things get beter for you soon. We are all thinking of you.
Thank you for the freebie :) Your new freebie was just listed at Twisted Challenges Freebie Listing

LadyTigr said...

Fabulous!!...Thank you so very much for sharing your talent and your hard work!..I for one am truly grateful and thankful for your kindness and generosity!...Thank you again for sharing!

:::hugs:::
Angela in NC

Alexis said...

hi. :) just wanted to let you know I used one of the word arts you shared sometime ago in a page I made for my niece and I. :)

I've got it here:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/themagickbox/2688433738/

Alexis said...

oh, i also downloaded Solitary Flute. It's very pretty. Thanks for sharing :)

Gunilla said...

Hi!
I made a LO with your kit CanCan, but I don't know how to share it with you... Rookie, you know....

Would like to show you what I did, please help me!

Love your work, by the way!

Hugs from Sweden

gaelicgal said...

So sorry you're having a rough time. Wish I had some marvelous words of wisdom for you, but the only thing I can come up with is a lame thing my gram used to say, "This too shall pass." How helpful is that?! It's true, but...sheesh! ;-p

Hang in there, and know that what you do matters in this world!!

Sláinte ~ Kirsten

elnorac said...

Thanks so much for the freebie! Sorry about the non-compete clause, but you'll be past it before you know it! Hug!

Basswife said...

Sorry to hear about the troubles about the non-compete clause - I also left you a comment at 4Shared, which was a bit more ummm, direct, I guess you could say. Unfortunately, I can't download the wonderful kit. 4-shared keeps giving me an error message. I'll keep trying, and you keep your chin up. Plus, you know it's gotta piss 'em off that your giving all the kits that you were selling there away for free. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA. You're not competing, and yet you are growing your fan base. The other site is so full of cliques, it's always the same old people winning everything anyways, so I've completely giving up. I guess I' just not one of the popular kids. LOL. YOU GO GIRL!! You'll be back in business in October with a new fan base, a new site (which looks like a GREAT site btw) and you'll be better than ever!! This digi-chick is rooting for you, and I know many others are too. Keep your head up girl!!

RayneScraps Designs said...

First I want to say a huge TY for the things you are sharing with all of us!

Second -- on the non compete clause-
THAT is so WRONG on so many different levels and knowing the site that is using it just stunned me! I have rarely shopped there and will NOT be shopping there again knowing that they would stoop so low as to prevent a designer from earning money. NONE of us makes enough to live on scrapping alone as it is and to find a site that is so blatently against their designers leaving and making money elsewhere just stinks! Sorry but that is my opinion! You hang in there and don't let it get you down! You have your own following and it seems to be growing daily! Sending you cyber hugs and well wishes!

Sue said...

Thank you very much for this lovely kit! :)

Lois said...

I'm just loving the colors you use in your kits. Thank you so much

Kendra said...

Just lovely! Thank you.

Ephémère, Qc. said...

Wonderful, thank you.

Tiffany Webber said...

this kit is gorgeous!! I love it and thanks for sharing!

glynis said...

Thank u for this beautiful kit, it is lovely:)

glynis said...

thank u for this lovely kit. :)

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