Wow…um, I really don’t know how to respond.

I have had a complaint about my ribbon shares. I’m not sure how to respond, but just in case there are others out there that feel this way – I felt I should explain to the masses.

I am not doing the share as any part of a store thing. I’m not in the business of selling ribbon. Personally, I wanted to collect a bunch of grosgrain ribbon colors. I use 1/4 in grosgrain on a lot of projects. My two friends wanted to join me in collecting it. So I looked around and found a place to order 100 yd rolls from. Since I do not need that much ribbon, I decided to cut it up in to 10 yd segments and offer the extra for sale on my blog. The main purpose being to be able to order large quantities and collect all the colors.

The first time I only ordered one roll of each color.  That left 7 slots for sale. They went very quickly. Since so many seemed interested, I decided to try to do it prepay next time so that more people could be involved.   When it didn’t work out timing wise for me to be able to do that 2nd round, I ordered twice as much so more people could be involved.  However, this was not my original intention. I decided to offer it to more people because there were people who wanted to participate.  The entire process is quite time consuming.  I don’t mind doing it, but it was never my intention to have huge ribbon shares or to treat it like a shop thing.  It’s just been something that sprung out of some friends getting together to buy bulk ribbon.

I have never moderated comments on my blog, but this time I have.  I am posting this message to let you all know the why and how of the whole ribbon share deal. I did not intend to hurt any-one’s feelings (I truly took the first emails I got), to create drama, or anything else of that nature. I’m sorry if anyone felt that way, I would never do that!

While this was all probably too much information and I’ve truly debated posting it at all…..I wanted to have the chance to explain and to apologize to any of you who may feel the same way as this person.

Now, back to regularly scheduled posting – ok?

44 comments to Wow…um, I really don’t know how to respond.

  • Kim

    All I can say is…Wow…someone had a complaint? Egads! I don’t even get it when folks complain about someone trying to be nice and “share the wealth” of supplies out there. Sorry you had a cranky response…While I don’t usually participate in the shares, I think it’s an awesome deal and you get a high five for taking the time to do all the work required for the share! 🙂

  • Alta

    I am a big fan of shares since I don’t have buckets of money lying around to spend on stuff and I love to get a bulk price. I am sorry you had such a negative response. Please don’t let it stop you. I loved your coaster share last fall and even though I didn’t have the $ to get in on this one I totally will in the future.

  • All I can say is wow. You put it out there…only so many people could participate and that person didn’t make it in time. That is how life works. I’m sorry you have had to deal with that. I hope you have a fantastic weekend and I can’t wait to see more artwork!

  • Wow! I can’t believe someone was so cruel to you! I’m new to all of this but even I know that you only do this once in a while and that there are only a few slots available. Don’t let someone like that get you down! It’ll all be ok! Have a great weekend and thank you so much for sharing your beautiful artwork!

  • Kelly Schelske

    Oh my Emily! I have no clue why someone would complain about not getting in or what-the-heck-ever their problem was, when out of the goodness of your heart you are offering a share. It’s your time, effore, and resources that were put into this and that’s too bad if they “missed the boat”…either be faster next time or get over it. I really hope this doesn’t stop you from doing any furture shares….one had egg can’t ruin it for everyone! Kepp your head high darlin’ and have a super weekend!

  • Julie C.

    Awwww…I know you have a good heart and are way to giving to intentionally hurt people’s feelings. I hope they understand that from your explanation! I’m watching for another one of those Fabriano card shares **wink**!!

  • I missed the ribbon share too. Totally forgot about it till it was too late. I think it sucks that someone can get a bee in their bonnet when it was just a missed oportunity. After all you are not trying to make a profit from this just share the love. I for one will eagerly await the next round of you decide to do one.

    BTW thankyou for your comments on my blog. I just loved your Post-it tutorial. It’s true they are


  • Oh poop, people sure can get their panties in a knot awful easily! I sure never thought you were trying to make money on the ribbon, seemed like a fabulous deal to me. So sorry someone decided to spill rudness on you. I love coming to your blog to see what you are up to. You seem to be a pretty straight forward non-drama-queen to me. I hope you can let the comment slide off your back cause you really are a sweetie 🙂

  • You know I think that people in this country are starting to get too sensitive. Everything, even little things seem to personally offend. I wouldn’t worry too much about it, some people are offended no matter how much you try and bend over backwards to help them. It’s really nice of you to offer the ribbon shares, I hope this won’t deter you from continuing to do them. HUGS to you Emily..


  • Danielle Oakes in Virginia

    Emily, you are a doll for doing the share and an angel for explaining your position. I bought a few things from you for Christmas presents and I check your blog almost everyday. You are very talented and kind to share in the ribbon share. People that complain, throw stones, it can be an opportunity to encourage character in ourselves. You rose to the occasion. Have a great day!

  • Sharon

    Thank you for all that you share….whether it be your ribbon share, coaster share, your inspiring projects and even your personal family life. I’m very grateful to you. Never mind those that don’t appreciate all that you give. There are a lot more of us that do!

    You are such an inspiring and giving person, don’t do anything any differently than you do now.

  • Gretchen

    You cannot make everyone happy, I read your blog every day and I don’t think your ribbon share was unfair at all. I wouldn’t loose any sleep over it.

    Thanks for your blog! I really do enjoy it!

  • I agree with Shannan 🙂
    Keep doing what works for you and if someone doesn’t like it… that is thier problem!!
    Big HUZ!!!


  • Tamy R.

    I can not believe people complained about this! I thought it very nice of you to offer this!

  • Amy

    I’m with Shannan. Mean people *%#&. I’ve had my share lately of a few crabby commentors and had to change my blog to NOT allow annonymous comment anymore. You handled it well Emily!


  • Kathleen

    I can’t believe people are upset about this??? If you want to do this it’s your blog—you can, and you can have a store if you want!!! (I know you were waiting for my permission! LOL) Sorry for you that you had to put up with that—YUCK! Have a better weekend~

  • Carmen

    Holy cow… some people need to do something better with their spare time… perhaps a new hobby that doesn’t involve ribbon??

  • Sorry about what happened. Gotta love people…

  • It’s a jungle out here! Sorry this happened.

  • Sandra

    I agree with everyone (at least everyone here)!!! What you have been doing is super nice and cool of you!!! I hope whoever it was that complained now feels GUILTY!!! Hope you will not let this deter you. You are great!!


  • All I have to say is….BAH HUM BUG!! 😉

    Sorry that’s all that came to mind!

  • Melissa

    How rude!!!

    (don’t let them stop you!!!)

  • Em, you know the old saying, “you can’t please all of the people all of the time” … or is it, “don’t sweat the small stuff and don’t pet the sweaty stuff!” … I’m not sure now?!

    Keep up the good work and thanx for posting how you store your ribbon. Thanx again for all you do!

    later, alligator!
    – a fan, SueB

  • dawn

    When you have to package all of that and mail it and take time from your family to do it that is a blessing to us. Thank you for doing that and I hope this didn’t sour you on that type of thing. I would like to get in on the next one. Life is short people- grow the heck up!

  • No good deed goes unpunished!

  • I simply can NOT believe that someone had the audicity to complain about something, anything, that you chose to do with YOUR ribbon on YOUR blog!!

    Everyone, complainers in particular, should remember that YOU tracked down a ribbon supplier, YOU paid upfront, YOU did all the measuring, cutting, and sorting, YOU prepared all the packaging, and YOU got all the packages to the Post Office.

    I for one totally appreciate your kindness and generosity for ALLOWING me to participate in YOUR ribbon share. Anyone that doesn’t feel lthe same way, whether they got in the current share or not, are mean, unreasonable, unfair, and definitely unappreciative. You need people like that like you need water in your boots. And these are the same people who would probably drive you crazy AFTER the share, too: “I don’t like this color,” “I thought it was wider,” “I didn’t realize it was grosgrain,” “That pink looked a lot brighter in your photo,” and on and on.

    Please don’t let a selfish ingrate or two get the best of you! You’re preforming a kindness here … and no one should lose sight of that.

    Your rock, Em!!

    ~Hugs, Deb

  • Vicki

    I read your blog every day, you offer great inspiration to me and I appreciate you taking the time to share your expertise.
    Please don’t let the complainers of the world get you down. It’s unfortunate that there is always someone ready to make waves. I wonder if they would ever use their time putting together something as labor intensive as your ribbon share?
    Take solace in knowing there are way more people who appreciate your kindness and there are people who are finding something to complain about.

  • I am a faithful reader of your blog. In my RSS feed. You are so creative, obviously kind and decent, and caring. I’ve never posted a comment to you before, but I felt compelled to tell you that I appreciate all the effort that you would put into a ribbon swap just to be nice to other people. Who missed the point???? Being nice to others !!!

    Your response was fair and diplomatic. Don’t let mean spiritedness bring down the wonderful things your blog represents to lots of us. I mean, I got to go with you to CHINA, for heavens sake just be reading your posts.

    Keep posting. You are fabulous!

  • Emily,
    Don’t worry about it we all have to deal with unkind people every now and them. I really love your blog and thanks so much for sharing your work!!!

  • Lucygail Henson

    Don’t let it worry you. There are too many people who complain about the smallest things. If losing out on a ribbon share is the worst thing that ever happens to me, I will be truly blessed.

  • Kate Hart-Sampson

    As someone (maybe Abe Lincoln?) said:

    You can please some of the people all of the time
    You can please all the people some of the time
    But you can’t please all of the people all of the time.

    Emily, you have a wonderful heart. Please let the negative criticism pass by you. Unfortunately there are some folks that are miserable and they try pass the misery onto others.

  • Melinda

    I agree with all the above comments. I am probably older than most of the above “posters”, and all I can say to that comment poster is- no one said life is fair, we all learned this in 1st grade so just deal with it.

    I loved your China blog, it felt like I was there! You have a gift with this blog and I look forward to my almost daily reading! Keep up the good work.

  • Hi Emily! Just to let you know, you are the best and I hope this doesn’t stop you from doing the ribbon share again because I want some!!!!! 🙂

    Happy Birthday! 🙂

  • Julie Phillips

    Hi Emily,

    This is YOUR blog. If you choose to do ribbon shares, that is your business. It’s that simple.

    Happy blogging

  • Cindy

    So, Emily, I appreciate your explanation, but you did not need to give it. How could anybody read your stuff and not get an inkling of the creative, kind, funny, sharing person you are? Take heart that you’re doing a good and nice thing and that there some people out there who feel obligated to criticize. And, I have a theory on that: when you’re not spending time doing creative, kind, funny, sharing things, well, that kinda opens the door for meanness to creep in. Just a thought.

  • Sherri P

    Emily Giovanni, YOU ROCK!! I’ve had a busy week, so had to catch up today, and was shocked to read that you’ve had to deal with crap like this when you’re doing something so generous. People can be disappointed that they missed out, but I disagree with coming down on you for that. You give so much with this blog and your contributions to SCS, and I am so thrilled that you do. Please know that there are far more people who are appreciative fans of yours, than the few disgruntled readers. Let ’em do their own shares!!!!
    And, I thought of you yesterday morning when I saw your boys on the Today show! I’m a bit older than you and am not as big a fan of theirs, but it put a smile on my face when I saw them, and their fans screaming so loud that their words were completely drowned out!! You’re not alone in your adoration for them!! Keep smiling and know how great we think you are!

  • Marisa

    You have risen above the level of your posting complainer – well done!! Some people feel life is out to get them or are too selfish to look beyond their own needs at times. Thank you for offering the swap. I personally would hope that you make a bit of money off it all due to all the work you have to do for it to work!! On another note, just bought some mailboxes of SCS and can’t wait to use your tutorial to make some up for my kids and their teachers — Target across the line in WA just never seems to have time in stock! Thanks for your wonderful blog and all you share with us 🙂 Hope you aren’t missing your sister and your nieces too badly (they sure are two little cuties!) Blessings.

  • Diane Lapointe

    All I can say is,You snooze You loose!!! I missed out on it,and heck I wouldn’t bite your head off!!! Here you are trying to be nice and this happens…hopefully that person will not be going on your blog,she doesn’t deserve it!

  • Glenda

    I think it is time that those that are offended go find another hobby…

  • Samantha

    That is just unbelievable! Grow up is the first thing that comes to my mind and few other not so nice things that I’ll keep to myself. I think it is so sweet that you arrage these swaps (ribbon and coasters). I have followed your blog and your postings on SCS for many years now. You are an amazing crafter and mother as well as wife. I’m so jealous that Matthew makes cards for you. Turning 30 isn’t too bad, I did in November and I lived, just barely!

  • don’t let the turkeys get you down, chica! Some people will *bleep* and moan about everything… Love the gnome card your hubby made you — he’s a keeper! : )

  • Becki

    Oh Emily I think it is really nice of you to do the ribbon shares and I am sorry if someone was unkind to you regarding it. Thats a shame.

    I really enjoy your blog, 🙂

  • Kirsten

    Wow I am shocked that someone would respond so neagtively to your generosity in sharing the ribbon find with well pretty much strangers. I am sorry that they have made you feel uncomfortable. Unfortuantely it is often the neagative voices that speak the loudest. I dont post very often to blogs but when I saw this I just had to give you the kudos you truly deserve. Thanks for your generosity in sharing all of your wonderful work with us.

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