Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Holly's Crosses

Ok, now that holiday season is almost over I can take a deep breath and share a little of what I've been up to. Life hasn't been too hectic, but an awful case of seasonal affective disorder (SAD) almost sent me over the edge. Now that I'm hip to what the lack of sunlight does to me, I made some major adjustments in how I approached this year's festivities. Basically, I was a slacker. That's right... killing myself with stress was not on the agenda this year. So you can just stop checking the mail for my Christmas card... it ain't comin' !

With that out of the way, I feel so justified in confessing that I put the brakes on business during my peak sales period. Actually, Mama Mayborne Designs intentionally experienced it's slowest holiday season in the five years I've been doing this. I only participated in one small show and only accepted one custom order.

That order was for a friend of mine, Holly, who asked me if I could make her a cross pendant with her favorite verse. Of course I told her "YES" and made her a quick sketch. Next thing I knew she wanted six!!

Now I had to figure out how I was going to pull it off. Just so you know, I always get nervous in between the "sketch" and "do something" steps. Think it took me two weeks just to get my mind around it all. But I kicked out a better sketch, a template and something to practice on (in this case, hand-scribing the verse was freaking me out).

After I had one done, I showed it to Holly to see if it was what she wanted. ***Fellow artists take note: Just because there is agreement with the initial sketch doesn't mean that is what the client wants. What they really want lies somewhere between the sketch and SOMEthing else. You'll never guess it on your own so go back for feedback, preferably before you use up all of your time and raw materials.

In this case Holly didn't like the "plus sign" looking cross when it jumped off the page and into real life. She preferred to have the traditional-shaped cross. No problem. New sketch, new template and everyone is happy!


Jeanne Selep said...

Hello Brooke! The crosses turned out beautiful! And you made a post before the end of 2008. Thanks for checking out my blog.

geschichtenvonkat said...

ooo yes, we are very familiar with SAD in our house...congrats on taking it easy on yourself this holiday season though, so nice to read your honest and humorous writing.

holly said...

The crosses were beautiful, and everyone absolutely loved them. Now my daughter in laws and my daughter can hold dear to their hearts one of my favorite verses. BE STILL AND KNOW THAT I AM GOD.
Todays world is just to busy and too noisey, we need to be still and listen to God. I am so thankful that such a wonderful talented artist agreed to make these beautiful gifts. Thanks Brooke you are a blessing....