Running a small arts business—and I’m sure any small business—is a bundle of emotions and feelings: excitement, hope, stress, exhaustion, worry, curiosity, positivity, wonder, and so many more.
It’s when things are gearing up or a small business is super active that things can bounce between both joyous and at times, incredibly busy. But then there are other periods that lulls happen. It’s just the nature of life and business…especially during a pandemic.
Custom orders are some of my absolute favorite things to make for my customers, whether they’re adjustments to currently offered items in my shop, or brand new ideas full of love just waiting to be lettered for someone special.
That’s why, when I received a custom baby announcement pot request, I knew I had to add some options like it into my shop line-up. Talk about the cutest pregnancy announcement ever—with an adorable hand lettered garden pot to announce the news, so someone special to the family could grow something alongside the growth of the little baby-to-be?!
It never occurred to me when I first started hand lettering that I’d so quickly end up wanting to letter on pretty much every surface except paper. I mean, sure, I practiced calligraphy on paper and still do…but almost right out the gate, I was determined to try it on any other surface imaginable. First it was glass, then plastic, then random things (my arm, for example)…and, surprisingly fast, it was on wood.