I’m not going to beat myself up over not getting to blog yesterday. There was a time that I would have done everything (forgo sleep even) to be sure I blogged on a schedule. Nope.
Here’s the mystery hoop I was talking about when we last chatted:
It’s received the most likes of any image uploaded for me on Instagram. I must say, I was a little unsure of the colors because the skin tone melded together so it was hard to read, but – people like it, so into the shop it goes! If you have any thoughts on how I can make this “read” better, I’m all ears.
Yesterday there was no post! But, it’s not like I wasn’t thinking of this space, or you, dear embroidered friend. I received my very first custom order email! The customer wanted a Christmas ornament (4″) with her daughter’s name, date of birth and the day of her passing, along with her daughter’s favorite scripture. I knew instantly it wouldn’t fit on a 4″ hoop, so I gave her the 4″ ornament with some elements she mentioned and an 8″ hoop with the scripture, name and dates. I don’t want to show you the whole sketch, but here’s what I will show of the 8″ hoop:
Here’s a sneak peek of the 4″ Christmas ornament:
I also received another custom order and I began working on that night. This will be another custom Christmas ornament for a child the woman miscarried. I have a soft spot for anyone who’s suffered the loss of a child. I miscarried my first pregnancy, and well – you wonder what it would have been like at every milestone your children on earth live through. This ornament will have the date, name and scripture on it. I’ve not gotten around to designing it yet because we were working on the color palette. We were having a little bit of fun on Design Seeds to come up with a palette she loved.
Here’s a sneak peek:
As I was drawing up the first ornament, I noticed I had zero self confidence in my letter writing abilities. How do I know that? My hand started to hurt and I was searching Google for faux calligraphy hand lettering references. I was also using pencil.
Well, 6 ripped out pages from my notebook later, I pushed the phone aside and just thought about this woman’s daughter, and the woman’s struggles, pain and sadness. I said a little prayer, took a deep breath and began to design. It was perfect that last time.
Funny how when we try to be perfect, we inevitably exaggerate what we create and it’s ugly. If we just release the grip we have on life (or in this case, the pen), it unfolds beautifully imperfect and with a depth we didn’t know we had.
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