Nov. 30- Dec. 6, 2010
Oh, how do I start? I decided I couldn't go much farther without determining if this was a serious order. I have been excited many times by people inquiring about a custom piece, never to hear from them again. I didn't want to invest a lot of time into this until I knew she was serious. I also needed to know if her expectations of price were realistic- I knew this would be very involved and rather costly.
So I emailed Priscylla and we agreed on a price range that we both thought we could live with. I asked for a $200 nonrefundable deposit- both to cover the cost of the beads and to show that she was serious. I thought that if she backed out, at least I would not be out any money.
We decided the best way to get the money here quickly was through PayPal and it worked like a charm. I had the money within a couple of days and I got serious about the project.
I needed to get ready for my last show of the year, which was on Dec. 4 and 5, and I had some special orders I needed to finish up. I knew I couldn't devote any time to this project until after the show. But early Monday morning I got started.
She also sent a sketch of how she wanted the back.
I was getting a little bit of a handle on what beads to order. I wanted Priscylla to be able to choose what beads she wanted, and to OK them before I ordered them. But time was a concern. The wedding was Feb.12 and I had to allow 2 weeks minimum for shipping. The Christmas holidays and everything associated with them were fast approaching and I knew I would have limited time to work on the piece then. I would be out of town for about a week in mid January, also cutting into my time. After the order was placed, I would have to allow 1-2 weeks for the beads to arrive. And just figuring out the bead order was bound to take quite a bit of time. So I was getting a bit worried. We needed to decide on beads fast and get them ordered.
In my next post, I will show you how we managed the ordering. Thank goodness for the internet- I could have never pulled this off without it!!