Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Custom Orders

Starting a business is not an easy task but it's not without rewards too.  The ability to create as you please and get compensated for your creations is extraordinary.  I'm not just talking about compensation in monetary terms either.  The feeling of knowing someone likes what your doing and shows that by repeat business.  That's the feeling of satisfaction like, "hey, someone gets what I'm trying to do here."

I really enjoy doing custom orders.  Why?  Each one is a challenge.  Challenges can be a good or a bad thing but it's one that keeps you reaching for new ideas.  Usually people are looking for something they've imagined but just can't seem to find.  When you create their ideas into reality that is a satisfying feat.

Here's some special orders that I completed recently.

And I just had to include this photo of some bridal jewelry I did almost a year ago.  I love this picture of the bride and her sister goofing around.

I am so excited because I'm finally taking a lampworking class on Easter Sunday.  I've had all the pieces to get started for over a year now but I've hesitated because...well, I don't want to burn the house down.  Wish me luck!

And have you signed up for the giveaway yet?  I'm having a giveaway on April 12th for my  Punalu'u Black Sand bracelet featured in the April issue of Bead Trends.  I'll be offering this bracelet along with the April issue of the magazine so sign up.  Just tweet, blog, or facebook about the giveaway and come back to the original post to sign up.  Please leave a comment stating how you "spread the word" and followers get extra chances to win.  Make sure to leave a separate comment for each way you entered for the random number generator ;)

There's wonderful sunshine today so I must leave you now to take advantage of the good lighting for photos.  Have a great Wednesday!


  1. Custom orders are just not my favorite -- I feel creatively stunted for some reason.

  2. I love your custom pieces. That one with the tree charms is perfect. I thrive on custom. I think that is why it has been hardest for me to start a shoppe...I really prefer the challenge of the custom order, I know others shy away from it. I like the idea that someone gets what I am making and it is just for them. These are lovely. Thanks for sharing!
    Enjoy the day!

  3. It is always nice to get a pat on the back. We put so much of ourselves and time into what we do and when we are appreciated for it, it just makes it so much sweeter!
    I just love the bee cute!!

  4. These earrings are beautiful Leslie. I'm so glad you like custom work. It does show how much they appreciate your attention to detail and makes people feel very special. Great job. Posted your giveaway on my blog! Take care, Riki

  5. I love both of those earrings, beautiful. I like custom work when I have something to go on. I hate a custom order when the buyer says make something for my friend. ACK! Then I feel blocked.

  6. Off to post on my blog:

  7. oooh! a new adventure!! how cool!! have fun with fire! love the bee earrings--love what you did with the wire underneath! Looks hammered flat and coiled? I've never seen that before! very cool!!

  8. Goodluck on the lampworking class.

    I'm really behind on reading blogs I follow, so I'll be sure to take part in the giveaway.

  9. sweet earrings!

    post again on your lampworking class.

  10. What lovely earrings! Have a great time with the lampworking class...that's something I've always wanted to try as well...then again I want to dabble in just about everything.

  11. Oh I just made it in time for your lovely giveaway, found you through Riki. I'll post about you on my sidebar!