Monday, January 4, 2016

Making a difference while crafting

My Christmas craft for this year was wooden signs.  Each year I pick a craft and create as many as I can and sell them to customers to give as gifts. Last year is was Frozen headbands and the year before it was custom pillowcases.  This year was the year of the wood sign.

I began around Thanksgiving and did not stop till three days after Christmas.  I have a problem with saying no, so that last sign did not happen until the holiday was over and folks where still asking for more.

Two signs really made an impression on me and making them was the highlight of my holiday "crafty" girl season.

The first sign was for a local gal who wanted to give her brothers something special to remember their dad by.  He had passed away earlier this year and this would be their first Christmas without him.  I took his handwriting, from a card he had written, and make it into a sign.  He had a wonderfully loving saying he always signed his cards with.  Love Ya Maddly!

Along with his handwriting I also create signs with his greeting but in a font picked for his sisters and niece.

This project was very moving for me.  I was so happy to be a part of this and being able to keep this beautiful memory alive for this family was a wonderful gift for them as well as me.

Here is the wonderful note I got from my client after the she had given the signs to her family.

Hi Maryfrances,

I just wanted to take a moment to thank you for the beautiful signs you made for me in memory of my father. There was not a dry eye in the room when each person opened it on Christmas Day. You helped preserve a very special memory in 5 homes. Your work is beautiful and I will definitely keep you in mind for all of my future needs! 

Thanks again and God bless!

Projects like this just make me one happy "crafty" girl.

I also got a last minute request from a client for one of my MINI Christmas signs.  This person lived far away and would need the sign made for the next day and shipped quickly so she would receive it by the time her and her family left for their holiday.

Her daughter just bought her MINI Cooper this summer and is having such fun with her "new' baby. How could I not help out a fellow MINI lover...I just had to.

The sign did arrive, although it was a little scary tracking the package and not having the updates telling me where and when it would be delivered.  I almost thought it wold not arrive....but thank goodness it did.

Here is the lovely note I received from my client.


I'm speechless. This sign is absolutely perfect. I'm also very moved by the duck story. 

My daughter will adore the sign and the story- she finally got her dream mini in June and has had great fun going to mini club events.

I mentioned that we were leaving town tomorrow- our family will travel to our beach house in the Outer Banks in North Carolina for a Christmas by the sea. 

The name of the town where our house is? Duck, NC. 

Minis are magical. I'm guessing Ed Maximini had a hand in all of this. 

Thanks for your kindness and efficiency in getting this precious package to me. She's going to love it.

Merry Christmas!

All is all it was a wonderful holiday season for this "crafty" girl.  I love all the custom work requests I get.  Making someone happy and allowing them to cherish their memories means so much to me and is why I love doing what I do.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your family.  May 2016 bring you all the happiness you deserve.  Happy Crafting and make sure to make time to do what you love.

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