So this week, I had a few orders to make some shirts for a gal that was planning a bachelorette party with the bridesmaids and of course with the bride. She wanted to get 7 shirts, 7 favor boxes, and a banner put together all before the first weekend of March. Kinda of short notice, but I'm unemployed, so I have nothing better to do. So on Tuesday she gives me a brief description of what she's looking for. I Wednesday I go out and buy the supplies. Wednesday night she confirms what she wants, boom---Thursday I'm done making the shirts for her by noon. Still waiting for confirmation about colors for the banner. Thursday I go and babysit my friends kids until 8pm. They love the shirts, and confirm the colors for the banner. Friday morning I go to a job fair. I get back by 1pm and I'm done making the banner around 3 or 4. It felt really good to get this whole order done in a couple of days. She needed it in her hands by next Thursday, but I can get it mailed out 5 days ahead of schedule as soon as I recieve payment.
One of the best things about custom ordering from any small business, is the amount of attention to detail and the high level of customer care that comes from real people trying to do a great job to make ends meet. I'm glad that I can help my customers make lasting impressions through crafts. I still find it a privelage that people actually want to pay for the stuff that I make in my spare time. I'm glad that I can help people set the tone to make great memories by adding the finishing touches that can't be bought at Party City, Target, or Walmart. There is just something so special about the little extra personal touches that come through crafts that just can't be found in a store. It just says I cared enough to take the time to go out of my way to make your day even more special. It means even more nowadays because everyone is so busy. Taking the time to make and/or support people that make handmade items is truly an investment in your friendships because it shows that you cared enough to invest time to make the event extra ordinary.