Monday, March 25, 2013
Piled High and Deep
It's Shameless Commerce Tuesday, and although I have listed a new Spring table runner and two new baby bibs in the last couple of days (you can see them on the scrolling widget in the upper left-hand corner of my blog), today I've decided to share what has become the biggest part of my Etsy business this month --- custom orders.
Pictured above is a stack of 120 batting layers (3 per side x 2 sides per mitt x 20 mitts) --- actually only 108 are in this photo, because I've already finished quilting two mitts. I have also cut out all 20 oven mitts (40 pieces) -- and all but 2 were chevron mitts that required some fussy cutting to match side seams and extra time to quilt. These mitts will be gifts for guests at a cooking-themed birthday party. I guess the birthday girl will pretend to be Rachel Ray for a day? Cute idea!! I'm sure they will have fun, and each guest will go home with new recipes and a new handmade oven mitt in a color chosen for her by the hostess,
Earlier this month I made custom Easter rompers for twin toddlers along with 3 bibs. This week I made a Spring table runner. I'm in "Convo mode" on two more possible custom orders, and I have a local custom request for a prairie dress, apron and sunbonnet for a 4th grader's Pioneer Day... And two wedding registry listings... And a custom baby gift set with bibs and burp cloths... And it's still tax season!!!!
While custom orders can be quite time-consuming (lots of back-and-forth communication, hunting for special fabrics, etc.), and sometimes stressful, it is a joy to help a buyer create exactly what he or she wants for a special occasion.
Often an item I've initially made as a custom order leads to a new product listing in my "regular" Etsy store -- orange, green, pink and black chevron oven mitts, for example, all started as custom orders. And I didn't start making bibs for the Etsy store until after I'd made a BIG batch for a custom order in 2011 --Now boutique baby bibs have become one of the largest Sections in my Etsy shop, Pasque Flower Creations.
T minus 20 days until the end of tax season and counting!
Gotta go sew!
LeAnn aka pasqueflower