Holiday Deadlines

I am getting personalized Christmas orders together, and wanted to give you a heads-up that if you want your loved ones to find a custom piece under the tree or in their stocking, the time to order is now. Orders confirmed before December 6 will be in the Holiday queue, but custom requests after that may not be completed by December 24.

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These are my (often blistery) hands creating each piece, and it is better to have some time to gather the materials and measurements than to rush through a creation that is intended to last. Like Elf, my hands work at the speed of a cotton-headed ninnie-muggins, and rush orders don’t work too well.

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Multiples of a piece will also require additional time, as I generally limit how often I re-use a color combination or a verse/hymn (for ornaments in particular). Since my pieces are intended to be one-of-a-kind, I have no more than 5 ornaments of a similar shape in stock at a time, so any number beyond that will have to be created from scratch.

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You can order custom pieces anytime, but you might need a token placeholder for it if you order after December 6. I am also showing at 2 fairs this week and another mid-month, which takes a bite out of studio days.

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Etsy orders of existing pieces should be made by December 16 to ensure on-time Christmas delivery. Note that items may wander off during the December 14 & 15 Bucktown Holiday Show, so you might want to call dibs by the 12th (I do take layaway orders).

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The pieces pictured in this post are on Etsy, (and a few more to come after December 6) so poke around there for holiday gift ideas. The Etsy shop will be closed December 4 and December 6 for the fairs, as well as on December 14 and 15, reopening with the latest inventory updates after each fair.

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