We had a lot of fun with our Squshify My Pet contest last year. So we're doing it again this year!
We started making framed felt animal portraits this year and they've had pretty positive response. This made us think, if people like portraits of random animals, how much would they love a portrait of their pet in this style? This year for the Squshify My Pet contest, 1st prize will be a framed custom felt portrait of the winning pet!
A couple weeks ago I did a review of 2014 and all the fun events and things we did, but I completely forgot to post about 2 of the big projects of last year!
I had to keep one project entirely secret because it was a big surprise gift for a wedding. The other project was also part of the wedding, not quite as secret, but I didn't want to post about it until after the big day.
I'd spent so much time not talking and sharing both projects that it totally slipped my mind to include them in the recap post. Luckily I had a reminder from the bride, who is long time friend, that I should include them in the recap post. They're big enough to merit their own post though. Ready to see?
Our first step in making a custom order is creating a sketch based on the information and photo provided in the custom order request. Once we have a sketch we send it for feedback and review.
In our last post about our custom order process, we showed you all 3 of the sketches we did for the winning pets. We also emailed the winners their sketch for feedback. Two out of the three sketches were approved.
Now that we've announced our winners for the Squshify My Pet contest we are going to show you the process of a custom order. Our most popular custom request is for ornaments that look like pets.
We offer a selection of dog breed and cat breed ornaments in our shops, but sometimes they just aren't the right match for your pet. Maybe your pet is a wonderful mix of breeds or has different markings from what we offer on our standard design. Or maybe your pet is a breed we don't currently offer in the shop.
The first step in creating a custom ornament is making a sketch.
I am so relieved that Jason and I decided to pick 10 finalists, instead of trying to decide a winner ourselves. Narrowing it down to these 10 photos was super hard! We spent a long time going through the pictures before deciding on these 10 pets as the finalists. We really wish we could have picked so many more, but that would have made voting unmanageable. This was not an easy decision.
Now we leave the final decision in your hands. Each photos has a number in the right hand corner. Please leave a comment with the numbers of your 3 favorites.
August might seem too soon to start thinking about the holiday season, but for a small handmade business, August sometimes doesn't seem soon enough! The holiday season is a very busy time for fulfilling orders, in person events, and our own personal family holiday commitments.
The holiday season is also a very popular time for custom orders. We love custom orders! Over the past years we've made new animals we never made before as ornaments and hoops.
I was doing good there for a while actually updating the blog weekly. Oops. I haven't posted in weeks! I did take a few work in progress pictures on the Squshies Instagram. I'm almost always listening to an audio book while I'm sewing so it is easy to take a quick pic with the Ipod. Guess I'm going to have to do week in review posts with Instagram pictures.
Although the blog has been neglected the last few weeks there has still been a lot of new things with the Squshies!