This is a page from a recent wholesale catalog I receive. See the little tree with the dots on a stick. In 2007 I decided to make a little tree every year and this one is identical to the very first one I made and sold at holiday craft shows. Maybe I should be flattered that someone thought my little idea was worth mass producing.
You can buy 6 for $3.75. I sold mine for $6.00. It says it is "New". Maybe new to them but I have elaborated on them every year. I haven't decided how they will look this year, but mine will be handmade .
This was my 2008 tree.
and 2009 had a peat pot base.....
I went all out in 2010 and added pips and jingle rusty bells. And some words!
Well, that's the way it goes in the crafts world, nothing is safe as far as ideas, so you might as well laugh about it. I just think they could have changed it just a wee bit. It's good that I won't find out they made a ton of money on my tree- on- a- stick.
Some years back, I saw a sign at Pelham and Outer Drive in Dearborn. It said "Originality is the art of concealing your source." LOL