Tuesday, April 30, 2013

An apology from my soap box.......

Hi Friends:)
I just wanted to take a second and apologize to those whom I have offended,
or have failed in any way. I know I have misplaced and just plain forgotten requests, or taken 6 months to
finish one. I really am sorry. I'm so grateful for all of you, and am doing my best. Please understand that I do have a full time job as well as a family to look after. 
To those who are irritated by the content or pricing of my work, thank you, for taking the time to review it and offer your advice. I take each comment into careful consideration. I realize that graphics are priced differently from other artists. I stand behind the work that I produce. It is hand drawn. I very rarely use the same graphic in more than one bundle. Maybe I'm just not the artist for you.

Now, off my box:)
Thank you so much to all of you who have stuck by me, and have watched my work morph
into the quality of graphics I can offer today! Thank you for your encouragement, ideas, and patience. But, most of all, thank you for your friendship.... both old and new. YOU are truly the reason I draw silly kids at 3:00 in the morning,lol. Love you to bits!


Ms. Lium said...

I LOVE your work and think it is reasonably and competitively priced. People can learn some patience in this fast paced "reply back to my email the same day" sort of world. You are amazing and shouldn't have to apologize. Aaaaaand thank you for even taking requests in the first place! That in itself is a big appeal to customers! Anyway, much love from Alaska.

Teaching in the Tongass

Renee Dooly said...

Try not to get too discouraged. I, as well as many others adore your work. You are a true artist!

Fantastic First Grade Froggies

Tiffany May said...

Your work is AMAZING!!!!! Stay encouraged and keep the good faith.

(( HUGS ))
One Fab Teacher

S. Simpson said...

I want to say thanks to YOU for always creating such great products. Your talent is AMAZING. I can't wait to see what you create at your next 3:00 am session.

✰ Stacy

Simpson Superstars

crazymom said...

Your work is the best I've ever seen! Your work brightens my classroom and bring smiles to children every day! You just keep doing what you are doing and be confident that there are so many who love and appreciate you!

Jenn Bates said...

Your work is AWESOME! Try to ignore the negative Nellys (I know it can be hard.)
Finally in First

ike said...

Your work is wonderful - I love all your little characters :-)
It annoys me so much the sort of people who are out there !!! It's amazing what you do AND working AND being a MuM. Good on you
Girl - don't let the b"st"rds grind you down !!!!

Sarah Cooley said...

Thank you for sharing the amazing art you create! My students and I love it--it is all over the walls of our classroom, on worksheets, etc. Keep on creating, and ignore those haters. You have a true talent, and it is appreciated by so many.


Jessica said...

I definitely support you!! I LOVE all your work. You are so talented and have served as a source of inspiration in my teacher creations. Thanks!!

Apples and Papers

Sylvia Parker said...

I love your work; in fact, I used it today to create a center for my students. Keep on creating! Thank you for supporting teachers.

Cherrie McCain said...

You have a great gift and talent as an artist. I'm certain that you have blessed many people with your thoughtful drawings. You often freely give your images and that is commendable. Your work is valuable and should be treated as such. You have a great many supporters and fans. Each time you upload new images, I am so anxious to see what you have done. You have quickly risen to the top because of your quality of work and giving nature. I, for one, appreciate all that you do. Have a great week.

Camille said...

...and we love you!
An Open Door

Rhonda said...

I have purchased HEAPS of your clip art. Why?... because I love your work and it is good value for money. You only have to look on TPT and see all the sellers that have products with your graphics. I hope you don't get disheartened by your critics. Stand tall and be proud. Keep doing what you are doing. Remember you are well respected and loved by your followers.I am your NUMBER 1 fan!!

Classroom Fun

Mrs. McHaffie said...

You are amazing! Let no one tell you otherwise!
Keep 'em coming, because I'M going to keep buying 'em! :)

Beg, Borrow, Steal

Positively Learning said...

I'm so sorry someone didn't appreciate you :(
Your work makes me smile & even more important...it makes my students giggle & enjoy learning.
This is your business and you can choose whatever content you want & charge whatever price you want. It's the buyer's decision to purchase or not.
Keep on keepin' on & know that I (as well as many others) eagerly await each new release from Melonheadz!!

Julie Stowe said...

Don't Stop creating graphics your way, in your time. They are brilliant!!!
Keep on shinning. You are gifted.
From an Aussie fan!

Leslie - The Groovy Teacher said...

You are such a talented and amazing artist Nikki, I LOVE all of your creations. I am so grateful to have found you and am blessed to call you my friend. You have a gift and thank you for sharing it with us. XO

Kim and Megan said...

You're work is fabulous and worth every penny! If someone would rather purchase some clip art that is cheaper, than there are others to choose from. But for me, I love your stuff and will gladly pay your price. Hugs!

Mrs. Nicolau said...
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Mrs. Nicolau said...

I love your work Nikki! I think is worth every single penny!! Thank you for an amazing and quality clip art you offer! We love you!! Keep on rocking friend!!! :) I will be here waiting for more fun clip art to come!! :)

Brinca Into bilingual (Mrs. Nicolau)

Beverly Elrod said...

Your work is awesome! IT is all over the walls of my classroom and brings a smile to my face! Keep on creating! It is impossible to please everyone. I think you are amazing!

vicky1970 said...

Girl...you don't have to justify anything my friend. I'm am obsessed with your drawings and I hope I'm one of your best buyers. You always make me happy and when I look at covers over at tpt I'm drawn to your clipart first. LOve you friend. xoxox
Traditions, Laughter and Happily Ever After

PS I am in love with the personal graphic you made in honor of my mom. <3

Jacque said...


I don't know what planet these "other people" are from!!!!! You have amazing graphics, and they are definitely priced reasonably. You work really hard, and with little sleep to go on. I have nothing but great praises for you, and major kudos. Please don't let just a select few people put you down, because it is obvious that I'm not the only one who appreciates your time and work that you put into these drawings!!!! And in my opinion, those who put others down only do it because secretly... They are jealous! Sorry to be so blunt, but it is the truth. Keep being the amazingly talented person that you are!!!!!

LOVE YA TONS, GIRL!!!! Please let me know if you need anything. Remember, I am not even a block away. :)


Heidi said...

I just have to say that I agree with everyone's comments, you are an amazing, giving, thoughtful, TALENTED, loving, friendly, etc, etc, etc, lady. I love everything that you have made, (now if I just had a reason to use all of them). I got to know you through people that have known you for a long time and have nothing but good to say about you. I hope that you will keep your head up and know that you are loved! Thanks for all you do, and most of all just being a friend to those you come in contact with.

Gina Coniglio said...

Before too long I think I'll own your whole collection! LOVE your work! It's worth every penny!! xoxo
Beach Sand and Lesson Plans

Angelica Sandoval said...

Thank you for sharing your creativity with us! I love your work and I truly appreciate everything you do!

cassie-o said...

I think you do great. I keep buying from you because of it. :) Thanks for even taking requests!

Embley Veronica said...

I don't see why any apology is needed! You create some of the best digis out there and I think your prices are quite reasonable. I hope my question about b/w vs. the color bundle didn't come across as a complaint! I did NOT mean it that way, and I think your prices are quite reasonable! Your bundles are worth every penny and more. I only wanted to know what the policy was, and if it's better to only offer the b/w and color together, I will still happily purchase your sets. I enjoy your stamps and site so much. Thank you for always being so generous with discounts and for sharing your talent with us!

Pam Saltmarsh said...

Make no apologies - you are great!!! Love ya neighbor :)

Brittany Weidlich said...

I heart your clipart and think it is AMAZING!!! Thank you for creating such fantastic clipart!

Lovely Literacy & More

Sue Cahalane said...

Don't let the haters get you down- you rock!!

Science for Kids Blog

Brianna Price said...

You are an amazing artist. Your work is so detailed and AMAZING! You put so much work into all of your graphics, they are more than reasonably priced! Don't let any negative comments affect you! You are amazing and I (as many others) will continue to support you! :)

The Price of Teaching

Karen said...

You are an amazing artist! I love all of your graphics and look forward to each new set! Thanks for sharing your talent with us!

An Apple a Day in First Grade

Leslie said...

No worries here in central Alabama!

By the way... I'm in need of a police collection. Do you have one and I've just been unable to locate it?

Thank you for all that you do!

Natalies Nook said...

Nikki you are the most incredibly talented people I know! It broke my heart to read your post today and I wanted to give you a huge hug! Your amazing graphics make our work look beautiful! I feel blessed everyday to have you in my life and I will be forever thankful that I found you:) I am shocked that anyone would say anything negative to you! Your graphics are outstanding and I can't buy them fast enough! Read all the comments left today - you are LOVED girl!!! I will always be your number one cheerleader! Love you tons!!!
Natalie oxoxoxox
Natalies Nook

Teaching Fabulous Firsties! said...

I am horrified to think someone had something less than friendly to say about you and your talents! They must have forgotten to take their meds! ;)
Chin up! Your 1,417 followers can't be wrong!
♥Teaching Fabulous Firsties!♥

Libby said...

Crazy how just one comment can bring you down, but like everyone else above, I love your artwork! My only complaint about you Nikki is that you offer too many cute graphics and sometimes I just can't say no ding dangit ;)
First Grade Dual

My Teacher Desk said...

I too had a tough week, but the moment I come home, I always check for a post from you. Because YOU are my pick-me-up! I get so excited to just check out your images everyday. I may not buy them all, but I love Looking! As I told you before, I had a severe sprained ankle last summer and I discovered you. You are what got me through each day...looking forward to each daily post.
Blessings to you!
Dee Ann

Monkey Toes Too said...

I expect to pay more for hand drawn items. I think they ate worth it. I LOVE your work and wish I could buy more. That is more to do with our budget and not your prices. You keep doing what you are doing and those that love your work will stand behind you.

Emily Thubbron said...

Nikki, you shouldn't have to apologize for anything. You are an amazing artist and I don't think your products are over priced at all. Some of the other artist are charging $5 for one single image. I love your work and love working on your DT. Chin up my friend. You are doing just fine.

Nicole said...

Oh Nikki :)heart you!!

Lisa Hall said...

Dear Sweet Nikki...I love you so much and I don't know who in their right mind would ever complain about you or your fabulous digi's!
I am so sorry someone tried to bring you down. You don't deserve that!
Your prices are more than reasonable and the fact that you take requests is almost unheard of for custom digi's at your great prices!
I love everything you draw and I hope to one day own the entire collection!
Love You!
Lisa H.

Eileen Griffin said...

Don't apologize for running your business in the way you feel is best. All of us crazy teachers LOVE your work and will keep snatching up the amazing bundles you create. Keep the melonheadz coming.

Canuck Teacher said...

So did you get my email? lol
No worries Nikki! Anyone with kids and a career understands what a gong show it can be :) I've got a 4 year old, 5 year old and a 5 mth old and I am barely treading water over here!

As for the pricing of your graphics....yes, they are more expensive than some others BUT (not yelling here) the quality and detail of your creations are far superior. And way cuter. And far superior. Oh, I think I mentioned that already!

Dust yourself off and carry on my friend. Your in-basket will always be full and we totally understand!

Erin Palleschi
Once Upon A Classroom

Mrs. Lindsey said...

Your graphics are amazing. I puffy heart them!!


Laura said...

Nikki, I have always loved your stuff! Keep it up, my friend! Thank you for sharing your talents with us!
Peace, Love, and First Grade

Morgan Hardy said...

just throwing out there I think that you should charge way more tell them to shove it if they don't like it, like you said you aren't the artist for them I love you mom and I am proud of you for not wavering

Lili said...

Wow, Nikki, I felt truly blessed because I was able to find you. I love, love, love your work, that I have never, not even once, stopped to think about the price. I think you are both a gifted artist and a generous person. I count myself lucky because one of your bundles have my name on it, I feel so honored, it was the best gift I've ever received, thanks a lot for doing it for me!!!!!!!!!!!
Ahhhh, and I also have bragged a lot about it, to many, many people. You have tons of fans here in my piece of heaven.
Thank you for just being you, I love you for that :)


tara thompson-ward said...

Your kidlets make me smile...Your American Heroes are AMAZING... tell everyone else to just hush. :) <3