2016 Holiday Commission Wrap-up

Happy holidays, followers! I hope yours were enjoyable and relaxing. We’re back from the traditional family visits and I am contemplating cleaning out my work space….

Hmmm, this looks like a lot of work…

Hey, who wants to see some commission photos?

2016 was a good year for variety; I had a lot of new requests that really tested my claim that I can “make anything from polymer clay.” Overall I think I did pretty well!

 

I learned a lot from my first full year of craft shows, including just how much fun bartering with other artists can be. Alicia Gribbin of “Hold Still!” Portraits for Your Pets had the perfect gift – custom cat portraits! – for a friend, and was happy to trade for a set of custom jewelry made to look like her pet turtle, Tummi.

 

Heather Bivens of Weathered Heather has gorgeous jewelry I’ve been coveting since my first visit to a Syracuse craft show. When she offered to trade I leaped (read-did some back flips) at the chance. Her requests were unusual, and a lot of fun to put together – a miniature of the first running shoe, complete with waffle tread and box…

 

…and a miniature cosmetics case that opened to reveal a full eye shadow pallet.

 

Pet commissions continue to be popular, and my first was an order of two cats, giving me a chance to break through my feline artistic block!

 

This customer wanted a pet figure for their family that could be kept out year-round, which gave me a chance to pull out my favorite craft impulse buy – the wood burning tool.

 

This little Yoda-loving guy on snowshoes was a gift from his grandparents.

 

Finally, I made an Orthodox-inspired cross for a Greek family. The more I use crystals in my work, the more I love them.

I hope you enjoyed my attempt at procrastination I MEAN my holiday commission round-up. It’s been a very exciting first year in business, and I have a lot of new plans and products I can’t wait to share with you all! Have a happy new year, and I’ll see you in 2017!

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