While Regretsy brings me great amusement, the amount of drivel that is featured and then sold hurts my soul a little. Okay, maybe a lot, because I produce and share pieces that are attractive, practiced, and destined to be around for a while.
Besides being a place to highlight the hideous, mundane, unnecessary, it is a great place to mock the deflicted. In fact, it's been condemned as a wickedly mean-spirited place.
Well, it is.
It's also full of unexpected wisdom.
As vangoghbabe was kind enough to remind us all:
You construct it, we’re here to criticize it!!”
Yup, I am going to keep those words in mind the next time, and every time, I submit any of my work for anything.
No longer will I weep at the rejection that comes with the words "Work that is merely technically proficient and visually pleasing is not acceptable." I will simply remember that those judges are simply doing the job I asked of them - judging me.
I will be strong in the knowledge that visually pleasing is an end in and of itself for us shallow girls.
Then I will log on to the nearest Regretsy-enabled computer and take out my angsty resentment on the nearest unsuspecting paperclip necklace.
Because deep down, maybe I am a little wicked and mean-spirited.