Sunday, May 27, 2012
Recently, I was asked by a family friend and member of the church that I went to growing up, if I would consider making a bracelet for his wife, to celebrate their 40th anniversary. He was also the leader of our youth group and my Sunday School teacher for many years. Part of me cringed inside, because I knew I didn't have the heart to say, "No."
I had little direction and what direction I did have, was followed by, "I know she'll love whatever you make."
No pressure, right?
I wanted something to infer the relevance of the gift, since it was their 40th anniversary but I didn't want to put both dates or "40th anniversary" That seemed too overt.
So, after much thought, I decided to put the date in Roman Numerals on the front and he provided a special quote for the back, from their favorite song.
Time was of the essence as part of the time that I would have to work on it, I expected to be out of town, so it was a very quick turnaround. Even now, as I write this, I haven't heard whether he is fond of what I made.
I included a line from a song that was important to them.
I cut and pieced the handle of a sterling souvenir spoon from the state where they live. I'd been saving this spoon for something very special and it worked out perfectly! It also enables the wearer to wear it this side out since it functions much as a cuff.
How do you feel about doing custom work?
Is it something that brings you much anxiety or do you handle it with ease?