My daughter has a word-of-the-day app on her phone. Most of the words are ones that are seldom used and neither of us know what they mean, but the one she told me the other day was bespoke.
It’s an old word that dates back to the 1500’s and is rarely used in normal conversation, but it’s become a somewhat trendy word today.
According to Merriam-Webster, bespoke refers to things that are ordered before they are made.
My husband and I got quite a few orders for our bespoke handmade wood totes with built-in paper towel holder, so we both got busy working on them last week.
It’s a multi-day process to make each one.
First, he cuts out all the wood pieces. He labels the top of each piece so I know which direction to place the top of the stencil.
Next I stencil all of the pieces, stain them, and let them dry.
The next day he uses his Kreg jig (affiliate link) to drill pocket holes in them, and he assembles each tote.
We got three done this week, and still have more orders to fill.
Normally I use the Home Baked Pie stencil on one end and side, and the Flour Sack stencil on the other end and side, but occasionally a customer requests both ends and sides to have the same design on them, which is no problem.
He has most of next week off from his job, so being the good guy that he is, he’ll be spending some of the time catching up on the rest of the orders and hopefully getting extra pieces cut out so we can get a head start on more totes as the orders come in.
In other news, I received something wonderful in my mailbox this week.
It’s the latest American Farmhouse Style magazine, with my Shed-Turned-Guest Room featured in it!
Being featured in a magazine just never gets old, and it’s such an honor.
The magazine is available on newsstands now, or can be ordered online.