Not too long ago, I received an email from a loyal customer asking if I could make her two custom fabulous felt necklaces, one featuring an iguana and the other a green quaker. I was flattered, excited,
. . . and a little scared. I'd never drawn an iguana let alone fashioned one out of felt, and I had no idea what a green quaker was. But then the little voice inside me said, "What kind of defeatist attitude is that?" So, I Googled the two critters (a green quaker, as it turns out, is an adorable little bird), printed out a couple of images, and worked up some sketches.
Fabulous Felt Iguana Necklace
Fabulous Felt Green Quaker Necklace
Nevertheless, when it came time to ship the necklaces to their new home, my trepidation set in once more. Sending your hand-crafted items away is like casting your children out into the wilderness (or so I imagine). Despite your hard work and best intentions, you just don't know what will happen. So I waited with the proverbial bated breath for an email or some other form of contact until this message appeared in my Etsy feedback box:
"The iguana necklace is beautiful. Love my quaker necklace Thanks so much."
Just reading that made all the angst worthwhile.