Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Ch ch ch CHANGES!

My head is spinning. American Crafts acquires a favorite brand- again. This time it's Crate Paper.
Just when I started liking them. 
Acquisition or as I like to call it- the big chomp chomp chomp. You know what comes after right?
The inevitable indigestion and rapid expulsion of all acquired materials.
This tag project for a Kreatorville Krafts swap is now up and you can link up your own "first tags I ever made"
If you have a specific brand affinity (or as I like to call it- fanlove) I suggest you disconnect from that and start focusing on your work, family and spiritual life (you pick the order of course)- the next few months are gonna be SCARY.

Uhm Michelle..
When, exactly, did this become a business news blog?
Just reacting- thinking and learning.
Heidi Swapp has a wonderful take on this... issue? Situation? Problem? Reality?

I want to thank all of you who stood by me this week and also those who unfollowed this blog because of the things I say. I'm learning a huge lesson- some people will not like what you say and leave, some will agree and stay and some will disagree but stick around to tell you why- and all groups have value and importance but that last group is the one I need to hear from most because they challenge and prod and keep me accountable.
Above all we need to keep the lines of communication open people- across political or philosophical lines, across religious and racial lines, across socio-economic and cultural divides- make it your duty to keep talking and thinking and learning- only then will we find our way out of the Minotaur's Maze. Unfazed.

MuChOs SmOoChEs!


  1. Best. Blog. Post. Ever. Love it, keep on keepin' it real!

  2. I liked reading about Heidi Grace - first hand report on 'how it works'. I have also discovered from reading other people's comments on the matter that I am not a realist (far from it) nor even an idealist (too technical). But I don't intend to change. I will remain a fantasist and be happy with it.

  3. Ooh! Ooh! What did I miss? What did you say to get people to unfollow? I actually find that VERY cool! Going to have to go make a cuppa and read back now - my nosiness has been piqued.

    Just checked out the link - wow.

  4. I agree with you and yes I have been there, did that... but didn't get that f***in' T.

    Communication is vital för life. That's it!

    PS. Love that text we found the other day. :)

  5. Running a business is tiring; running it with limited resources is exhausting, if not impossible! And when your business is a labor of love and your customers are like family, sometimes getting a larger company with more resources to come in can be mutually beneficial to all, customers included. My husband and I have been eking out a living in the bicycle industry for 15 years. Our customers are patient and kind, understanding, the BEST. They know we are just 2 people supplying excellent product to 60+ different countries so they are willing to wait when we are low on stock, etc. Sometimes we think everyone would be happier if we were picked up by a bigger brand. It's a tough decision Crate Paper made. I'm sure there was a lot of thought and sleepless nights as they weighed all the pros and cons. I think it's great that Lisa will stay on as creative director. I wish them the best!

  6. There! And now I am an official follower, Michelle! Keep up the great posts! I love your spunk and the way you think! You keep my brain working! <3

  7. Great post Michelle! Totally agree with Kristen. Thanks for keeping it real!!!!

  8. You rock, Michelle. I think you have said what many, many people have been thinking. It's sad that so many in the paper crafting industry feel that they must put on a mask, or pretend they are something they are not. I personally find the coated with frosting types scary and boring at the same time. Sometimes being confronted by honesty hurts...but it always holds us accountable. Super post. I'm a fan...and have your back.


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