I really appreciated everyone’s support after my last post. But I need to tell you straight away that I was wrong. Totally and utterly wrong.
I wasn’t the only person to come up with this idea and in fact Dawn, of Kiki La Ru, had her idea prior to mine.
See, after my post, Dawn emailed me because she saw my last blog post in which I put forward my view that I was the first person to have the cake bunting idea. And that that idea had since been copied.
Well, Dawn also came up with cake bunting entirely on her own and has an earlier blog post to prove it.
I am pretty upset that I upset Dawn by implying that she copied me (which I totally did imply) given that that was not at all the case. I was so very pleased with my mini bunting idea and so sure I was first (Dawn’s blog post didn’t come up my searches) that I just motored ahead making assumptions. And you know what they say about assume, it makes an ass out of u and me.
Dawn contacted me through Etsy and has agreed to let me publish her email to me in full. It’s a really good lesson: for me; for everyone to remember to give people the benefit of the doubt. For chrissakes people, I’m a lawyer and I did NOT accord other cake bunting-ers the presumption of innocence. I broke the cardinal rule. And for that I apologise whole-heartedly and deeply to Dawn for implying she copied me.
But I also wanted to include Dawn’s email here because it basically sums up everything I think is good about the crafting community.
My name is Dawn, and I own the shop Kiki La Ru.
When I saw your cake bunting on etsy and read in your product description that your cake bunting was the original, I followed the link to your blog. I was surprised to read a post where you were very upset because you believe your idea for cake bunting has been copied. Because I have called my cake bunting shop the Original, and call my cake bunting the Original cake buntings, I am assuming this post is directed at me. I feel it’s necessary that I respond to clear up any misunderstandings, and to hopefully give you some peace of mind.
I wish you knew me personally, because then you would know for certain that I would never steal someone’s idea and call it my own. I think if you would visit my personal blog, you would see that I am a very genuine, honest person.
I had the idea for my cake bunting, with two rows of handsewn vintage and upcycled fabrics hanging between two wooden sticks and topped with bakers twine, back in February 2009. I had this idea in my head that I would like some tiny fabric bunting flags hanging over my cake, so I googled the words ‘cake’ and ‘bunting’ but nothing came up besides large bunting in the shapes of cupcakes. So I fashioned my own and used it on my birthday cake. My blog was very new at the time, I think my mother was the only one reading it back then. I posted a tiny picture of my cake bunting here:
I was very proud of my little creation, and that’s when I started making them for friends and family on their birthdays.
When I decided to open up an etsy shop, I checked to see if anyone else was selling something called ‘cake bunting.’ There wasn’t. After I began selling mine, and it gained in popularity, a few other shops began selling their versions of cake bunting. That’s when I decided it was necessary to label my shop and my products ‘the original.’
One woman wrote to me, saying she made something like these 40 years ago for her children. Are there any really original ideas anymore? Probably not. But I do know I was the first etsy shop to sell cake bunting, and to me, this gives me the right to call mine the original, at least on etsy.
I hope you can put any negative thoughts about me and my shop behind you. I really believe we can all flourish and prosper on etsy in our own right. Our cake buntings are different, and I even told one customer who wanted a name on their bunting to go to your shop, because that is one of the defining features of your cake bunting.
I hope we can have a harmonious experience from here on out on etsy and in the blog world.
Wishing you all the best for your etsy shop,
So people, here we have a genuine case of two people coming up with the same idea. As Dawn says, it’s probably not even a new idea and to be accurate I should probably say “re-inventing” an idea.
I am grateful Dawn is a person of such generosity of spirit. And in that spirit I am going to remove all references to “original” in my shops and cease selling non-personalised bunting in my Etsy shop. Because that way, both her and I have our own niche in the cake bunting market. Gosh, did you ever think you’d hear such a term: the cake bunting market. I can just hear stockbrokers all over the world muttering ” I wonder how stocks are performing in the cake bunting market”.
I’m still going to sell both kinds in my Made It shop that is Australian based but sell only personalised bunting in my Etsy shop.
I’m also going to link to her shop in my Etsy cake bunting listings to direct people who are after plain (ie, non-personalised) bunting or double strands.
You know what? I’m not feeling like the kind of person I like to think I am. I really wish I had contacted Dawn directly before I published this post but for myriad reasons I didn’t. But I also feel intensely relieved that I can now totally let that yucky feeling that I had been copied go. The irony is, Dawn told me she had exactly the same yucky feeling when other people on Etsy began selling cake bunting after she opened her shop. That was what led her, and rightly so, to add the word “original” to her descriptions and listings.
Dawn and I have since had another lovely email exchange and are both happy at the thought of now being friends and Etsy colleagues.
And so they lived happily ever after.
PS: I am going to edit my previous post to reflect this resolution and also to say that comments to enter the cake bunting giveaway should now be directed to this post. Anyone who has already commented on that post will though, of course, still be entered in the competition.
PPS: I’m off to have a big fat bowl of sheepishness.