The majority of orders that I fill are custom, which is the reason why I really haven't updated my etsy since before Christmas. I'm still climbing out from under a mountain of custom orders without much time to create stock for my shop. While it's time consuming to create each piece to order, it's a privilege that I wouldn't trade to create pieces that are uniquely significant to each customer. The amazing thing that I've found is that more often than not, the quotes end up having special significance to me as well.
It always seems like I'm working on the right thing at the right time. During a particularly hard week right before Christmas I pored over these words from Joshua, "Be strong and courageous, do not be frightened and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go." It seems there's a pervasive providence that delivers the perfect quote to meditate on at a time when it's most needed.
And then there are stories that just tug the heck outta my heartstrings.
Stories like this one:
An old friend from the church I went to growing up wrote to me with a request for a custom piece. Her grandmother had just passed away and she wanted to give her grandfather a gift to honor his wife. She explained that for the last few years her grandmother was in a nursing home and her grandfather would visit her faithfully every day to take care of her and make sure she got her meals. And each night before he'd leave he would sing to her.
Til we meet tomorrow
Sleep will vanish sorrow
Tears and parting may make us forlorn
But with the dawn a new day is born
Though I'm not beside you
Still my love will guide you
Dreams will enfold you
In each one I'll hold you
Goodnight sweetheart, Goodnight
If you got through that without crying I need to shake your hand.
Isn't that the most touching thing you've ever heard? Kirsten asked me to handletter those lyrics to give to her grandfather with a picture of her grandparents when they were young and another picture that was taken more recently. It was such an honor to be able to help create such a meaningful and tender gift, and the story is so beautiful- such a testament of love and dedication that I couldn't keep it to myself.