I love it when people commission things. I love the idea of making something specific for someone. I love working with people to get exactly what they want.
Well, I love the idea of it.
The reality is that I always give an enthusiastic “yes!” when someone has a custom request and then I spend the entire creation period worrying that they won’t like it.
If you’ve visited my Etsy store you may have seen my New York City HOME sign
I, of course, eagerly said “yes!”
And then commenced my campaign to make her think I was a lunatic.
I’m sure she thought she could make the request, settle on the price and then sit back and wait.
But she had no idea who she was dealing with.
The poor thing got (almost daily) long emails discussing possible fonts, possible sizes, possible images and finally, just when she thought I was gonna pop it in the mail she got another email because I’d had a brainstorm about how to make a base for it that would allow it to stand on its own.
She responded graciously to all my missives but I could tell, after a while, that she was probably thinking I was a bit of a nutcase.
It’s off in the mail today and, honestly, I couldn’t be more pleased with how it came out (actually what I couldn’t be more pleased with was that I managed to cut it out correctly on the first try! I assure you this seldom happens with me and I had assumed I was going to have a lot of failed attempts).
Its 12 inches high and 1 ½ inches thick and, despite these pictures, comes with its own, clever, base!