Custom Orders – #CIJParty 2016

Contributor post by Sheila from BeadyEyedBird

Those of us who do custom orders can appreciate what a special gift a custom order can be — to the buyer or to the person the buyer is giving it to. It’s not just any old thing — something mass-produced that anybody could find or buy. Instead, it’s something that incorporates the unique spirit of the artist, perhaps even something that is designed with a particular person in mind.

We asked our friends at Christmas In July what kind of customized item/s they offer, and their experience has been with designing/producing for particular clients. Here’s what they said.

Alexandra Richards from EyeLoveKnots said:

One of the first orders for my shop was a custom order for some ceramic tile coasters in hot pink with bunnies on it. I did some digging for bunny clip art and found the cutest one! My client loved the idea, and ordered a set, and has since been back to put in several different custom orders.
It is so wonderful being able to work so closely with clients to make their visions come to life, and it’s even more wonderful when you hear from them about how they use their item, how they gifted it or what they like about it.
It takes lots of time and patience to put together custom orders, and sometimes you have to step outside your comfort area and get creative and resourceful, but in the end, I think it’s way worth it. Not only do you produce a new item for your client, but I also feel like the flood gates open up with similar ideas or different ways to approach the idea.
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Hot pink bunny ceramic tile coasters

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Dawn Whitehand from DeeDeeDeesigns said:
 I definitely do custom orders! Making a range of table wares I can custom make sets of plates or cups or bowls, in custom sizes and custom colours.

I can also custom make jewellery. I have had many custom orders for specific ring sizes, which can be tricky given the shrinkage that occurs with clay, however, I have worked out all my shrinkage rates and regularly create successful orders.

I usually make a few rings, and the spares I list in my shop!

My most recent custom order was for a set of earrings. the customer was replacing a set of broken earrings and wanted a set as close as possible to the originals. I think they turned out wonderfully!

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Blue ceramic earrings -custom order

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Dana Hamant from LilybeanzBowtique said:

 A majority of my items are custom items. I originally stocked my shop with ready to ship items. Almost all of the orders I have received since opening in February of 2015 have been custom items. I love when I get a custom request. Some customers have a very specific idea in mind and want me to produce it exactly. I find these to be the most challenging, yet rewarding. I love seeing their vision come to life in my hands. Most of my customers have an idea of what they want and tell me to “have fun with it.”

The cover picture in this listing is my most recent custom order. This was for a local customer. She wanted a fabric wreath in her local school’s colors: Red, White, & Black. I had so much fun going to the craft store and matching up the fabrics to create this piece.

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Made-to-Order Wreath, Holiday Decorations, Country Style Decor, Scrap Fabric Wreath, Rag Wreath for Door, Fabric Wall Wreath, Outdoor Wreath

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Valerie Brown from FirepanJewellery said:

I definitely do custom orders, ranging from enamel earrings (the client wanted each earring to be a different color), one of a kind silver pendants, gemstone jewellery, and of course engagement + wedding rings!

I just recently had the pleasure of making the wedding rings for my friends. I had made her engagement ring four years ago. We collaborated on the initial design which incorporated elements that were meaningful for the both of them. We used diamonds and sapphires from her Grandma’s Art Deco cocktail ring and I carved a lotus into the gold at the bottom of the ring as a very personal reminder of his Buddhist beliefs. When it came time to make their wedding rings, she just wanted a simple, plain band and he got the custom design ring. His wedding ring is a very wide band with a lotus cut out (this is meant to be on the bottom of the ring, to mirror hers). Aside from being able to incorporate very personal elements into their rings, they were able to choose different materials for their rings. Hers is 18K white gold, and his is 18K yellow gold (this was done to suit their skin tones better).

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Custom wedding ring set

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Wendy from wendysuniquecreation said:
I accept custom orders on everything I make except for upcycled glass pieces. Even with some of them I’d accept custom orders since some pieces may be customizable to an extent or if the customer wants a specific theme.

My most memorable custom order started when a Facebook game neighbor posted they had excess game resources I needed. From there we became game partners and then friends. We’d chat daily and one day I noticed her sending me lots of minion characters in Facebook chat. I proceeded to say she must love minions and she responded by saying she’s a minion nut. Well, I mentioned that I have a minion slipper pattern for ladies and when looking for that pattern, I found a minion hat pattern as well for sizes 0 – adult. She ended up buying a minion hat, minion slippers, and minion purse that I enjoyed making for her since I too love minions. My favorite part was where we would joke around and laugh, resulting in me making a blue tongue for both her slippers and hat instead of the usual pink tongue. Since then she has placed 2 more custom orders with me and she loves everything I make her.

I believe a happy customer brings repeat customers and word of mouth is the best free advertising.

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Many thanks to everyone who shared their stories with us!

Until Next Time,

Sheila

#CIJPopUpMarket #1 – DesignstheLimit

Contributor post by Catherine of DesignsByCnC

#CIJPopUpMarket #1 Shop – Richard and Tatiana from DesignstheLimit

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DesignstheLimit

1. What is name of your shop and what is unique about your shop?

At Design’s the Limit we provide the best quality in both products and services and specialize in completing custom orders for any design you have in mind. We are proud to be a part of our customer’s gift giving occasions throughout the year and around the world. We want every gift recipient to be amazed by the gifts they receive.

2. What is your favorite July activity where you live?

We live in Virginia Beach, but our answer may surprise you. When we are not working in July, you will find us in Williamsburg enjoying the roller coasters and shows at Busch Gardens and riding the waves at Water Country USA. We also go to the beach sometimes.

3. If you could travel anywhere, where would you go and why?

Rome, Paris, Dublin, Venice, Tokyo, and many more. If you have never had the opportunity, the one we would like to have spent more time in is definitely St. Petersburg in Russia. We recommend taking the vacation of your dreams between the Summer Palace and the Hermitage. From the elegance of the subways, to the beauty of waterways, the design and architecture of the city, the rich history of the arts and sciences, and the experiences of the cathedrals and museums. Prepare to be amazed.

We specialize in completing inspired design picture frames for vacationers and travel professionals for any destination or a combination of locations and often find ourselves daydreaming of all of the wonderful locations we have yet to visit. What vacation would you like to take again?

4. What is a skill you’d like to learn and why?

To be in two places at the same time! Between running a small business and our family life, there is never a dull moment!

5. What are your social media sites?

Facebook: www.facebook.com/designsthelimit
Twitter: www.twitter.com/designsthelimit
Pinterest : www.pinterest.com/designsthelimit
Google+: plus.google.com/+designsthelimit
Wanelo: www.wanelo.com/designsthelimit
Instagram: www.instagram.com/designsthelimit
Tsu: www.tsu.co/designsthelimit
Tumblr: www.designsthelimit.tumblr.com

Treasury Challenge Winner September – BeadsandThreadsbyAmy

Guest Post By Kristy from KrystalKlarityBeads

On Etsy many shop owners curate treasuries. A treasury is a curated shop gallery composed of 16 items from any shop. Most of the time they are done by theme, color or anything you can imagine. These are done for promotional reasons and also are sometimes just done for fun by those that really enjoy making them.

The Christmas in July  team has challenges to create treasuries centered on themes of our choosing. We then pick a winner based on views, creativity and so on.

The September winner for our Back To School challenge is Amy Spock  who started BeadsandThreadsbyAmy. Amy enjoys several crafting areas; starting with beading and quilting it has led to a love for creating custom patterns for businesses and individuals. I asked Amy some questions about being on Etsy.

How long have you been creating and what first started your love for beading?

I have been beading for about 12 years now. A friend of mine is a beading fanatic, and put together a kit for me for Christmas several years ago. The kit was for a beaded ornament cover, and I have been making them ever since. I also create jewelry, but I always love those so much that I keep them for myself!

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You also do embroidery. What got you started with your love for embroidery?

The embroidery side of Beads and Threads started with quilting. My small machine just wasn’t cutting it, so I started shopping around for a new machine. I got a great deal on a floor model, single needle embroidery machine. I loved it so much, that we ended up investing in a larger machine. Now, we are able to do hats, shirts, towels, bags, and just about anything else you can imagine!

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 What do you think is most important for a new business owner to know; something that you wish you had known?

I think the hardest thing for me has been pricing items. I tried formulas and seeking advice from friends who also sell their crafts. At the end of the day, I had to decide for myself what profit margin I am comfortable with while still offering my customers reasonable prices and quality items. I would encourage new sellers to really scrutinize their costs and make sure they pay themselves a decent wage for their work.

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 You do custom work also I see. What is the most rewarding thing about this for you?

We love custom orders! We have designed patterns for customers, digitized their business logos, and put together patterns for special occasions. It is so rewarding to work with our customers so closely to help them get exactly what they want.

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 If you had to choose just one type of crafting, what do you think it would be?

Actually, if I could choose one type of crafting, it would be knit and crochet. My mother tried to teach me for years, and I have never been coordinated enough to actually do it. I would love to learn how.

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What are your social media sites?

https://www.etsy.com/shop/BeadsandThreadsbyAmy

https://www.facebook.com/BeadsAndThreadsbyAmy

http://beadsandthreadsbyamy.weebly.com/