I really enjoy doing custom pieces. Today I have been working on a crown for one of my lovely customers, whose vision for her upcoming winter wedding is a Narnia style woodland fantasy. How fun is that?! For her crown, she would like lots of greenery and wood, with some sprigs of ivy, and a few deep colored flowers. She also sent me some beautiful inspiration photos that she found on Pinterest. So, I set to work creating a ‘sketch’ of the piece I was envisioning for her. I don’t draw very well, so instead I create mock-ups or rough samples of pieces during this initial phase of the design process. I think of them as the equivalent of sketches, since their purpose is to give me a chance to experiment and to share my vision with the person (or people) I’m working with.
I used natural grapevine for the base of the crown, which gives it a very free form, organic look. I found some really pretty ivy with rich berry colored accents, and a flower in a similar color. A few sprigs of dried eucalyptus, dyed to match, and voilà! A crown fit for a (woodland nymph) queen
When I first opened up shop, I admit I was a little bit hesitant to take on custom work. I was nervous that my vision for a piece wouldn’t match up with what my customer had in mind, or that I would put a lot of energy into something that didn’t turn into a sale. After many, many successful custom orders, however, I have completely changed my attitude towards them. In fact, they are now one of my favorite parts of my job. They do take a bit more time than standard orders, but the insight I gain from learning what my customers want, and the fresh ideas, inspiration, and feedback are invaluable.
Hope your weekend is getting off to a good start! Josh & I have decided to spend our ‘date night’ holed up in our shop, catching up on work, and tackling some of our organization projects. It wasn’t a very productive week, with snow days, and kids home sick, so we both have plenty to do. Don’t feel too sorry for us though. I just made each of us my new favorite cocktail ~ Gin & Tonic with Hendrick’s and St. Germain. Holy crap is it good. Best. Drink. Ever. I’ll share the recipe with you soon, I promise…it’s too good to keep to myself
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