We have a great group of friends who by themselves keep us busy with their creative ideas. There is rarely a day where someone doesn’t call, text, email, or Facebook us an idea they have for themselves or for a gift. These are probably our favorite things to do because we’re making someone’s vision a reality. Now not everyone always has a concrete idea of what they want made and that’s okay.
Our favorite example is during the summer a friend called up wanting a gift for an upcoming wedding at the Garden of the Gods in Colorado. We recommended a cutting board because they don’t take up a lot of space in your luggage. So then we asked what they wanted for the design. Our friend didn’t really know so we just asked her to tell us the couple’s story and what they like. We found out they moved to Colorado to start a doughnut food truck out of an old VW Bus. The entire story was so great it gave us just enough inspiration to create the cutting board below.
The couple ended up loving it and our friend was pretty excited that she gave them a gift that they’ll cherish. You don’t have to be our friend to message us at all hours of the day with crazy gift ideas. Facebook, email (firstname.lastname@example.org), and Etsy are all ways to get a hold of us for commissioned pieces.
A couple of weeks ago my friend messaged us about doing something for her son’s football coach for the end of the season party. I assumed it would be something like the generic plaque that every coach gets at the end of the year. “Thank you coach for your time and effort. The boys learned so much from you.” Instead she wanted an engraved sign of one of their favorite football quotes with the team name at the bottom. We worked out a design and below is what we created.
The coach loved it and was excited to hang this in his home. For us there is nothing better than getting an email or text from someone who has a vision for something special and wants us to help create it. So for the end of the season gift for your favorite coach contact us and we’ll put together something that is one of a kind.
I was talking to an 18 year veteran of the craft show circuit yesterday and found it to be an enlightening experience. We spoke about what a grind it was putting together inventory, hauling it to the show, sitting around hoping people like your stuff, packing it all up, and repeat. We will be at our third show in three weeks and our constant battle is for efficiency. We only have 6 days in between to replace anything that sold, come up with new ideas of things that might sell, and pack it up. The early mornings and late nights are totally worth it once we get to the show and people come and talk with us. It’s a fun experience because we get to see them observe our work and watch their imagination flow once they get an idea of a custom order they might want. The greatest experience is knowing that something you made is going to be given as a Christmas gift or will hang in someone’s living room.
My friend did pottery for all those years and got out of it as other things became more important to her. She spoke about how she had started back at it little by little. The grind is tough, but the reward is worth the work you put into it. We’ve only done three shows now, but we’re hooked. I have to imagine that she feels the same way and will get back to the grind.
It has been a while since our last blog post and thankfully for good reason. When a business is growing faster than expected the ability to prioritize is somewhat hard to do. So while I doubt there are any regulars to our blog it’s a good creative outlet when all other time is spent designing, cutting, uploading things onto Etsy, and also trying to keep up with the rest of life.
That brings me to this topic, why are we always counting down to things? I know I’m guilty of counting down to most everything. My habit started in 1st grade when we made paper chains on Dec. 1st to take home and tear one off every day until Christmas. It was something I kept doing until well past the time I probably should have. Now I just have an app on my phone that I can use to countdown until vacation, holidays, even silly things like when a movie that I want to see comes out. I guess the daily reminder builds anticipation for the big events in life but using technology is somewhat hollow. That’s why without question my favorite signs that we do are our countdown signs. A simple design and a spot for chalkboard paint on birch plywood is all the signs are but it’s the daily routine of seeing the number get smaller that adds to the anticipation.
While I know that there are exactly 41 days, 16 hours, 21 minutes, and 13 seconds until Christmas according to http://www.xmasclock.com, I still prefer the our sign to keep track. We have many more countdown signs designed and will introduce them to our Etsy site over time, we’re always interested in hearing things that other people countdown toward. Let us know via email at email@example.com or Like us on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/littlefoxengraving and have a conversation there.