My pins have been doing very well guys, I’m actually down to the last few which has really been a dream come true for me. They’re being sold here in Riyadh at Draft Cafe and The Designers Hub, and doing really well (thank God). One of the things that I’ve loved the most is people sending me pictures of themselves wearing my pins, it’s really beautiful seeing a thought come to life and make it.

Of course with success of any kind comes hardships (ugh). About a year ago a woman from Kuwait bought a large quantity of my pins. I had a weird feeling over it all and canceled the order, because upon further investigation, I found that she had her own pin ‘store’. It was the worst when I found it, because there was tons of pin designers that she had stolen from, she a. buys pins and puts them on her own labels or b. sends the design to China to have copied. Her entire shop was this way, and it broke my heart.

When I canceled the order she took it upon herself to just take my pictures and send them to China to make herself. Fortunately, I spent a lot of time and money on my designs, and you can tell, hers looks very cheap, but still it was very hurtful to me as an artist and all the others she did this too. I also learned a valuable lesson, to not share your work before it’s actually created. I had put my next pin designs up, and she also sent those and had those made before I was able to put them out.

Anyway, lesson learned that you while you have innocent thoughts and want to show others your process, there are people who steal and have a black heart, so you have to be careful, don’t make my mistake! I’ve decided to only make one batch of each pin, so they’re collectors items and I’m working on my sending my new designs to the printers as we speak, I can’t wait to show you all the new stuff. And please follow @smuugpins on Instagram.