The name "Ideal" is, admittedly pretty plain, but it’s got a history. While most shop names are pretty clever, this one is decidedly not. It’s a carry over from my Dads business name. It carries a tradition that I want to keep. It's a promise to treat others like I want to be treated and to always do the right thing.
My degree was in education with an art minor. After many years as a classroom teacher, I was even a full time art teacher for many years (How great a job is that?). But now I can make art full time. I'm not a professional welder or fabricator, but I know people who are, and I'm not afraid to get help and ask questions. Lots of questions.
Doing the right thing means getting all the details right.
This is especially important because many of my items are bought as gifts.
Packaging to prevent damage - I spend extra money on strong, well fitting boxes, extra cardboard, tape and foam. It might not be pretty, but better safe than sorry.
Everything Included - You might get more than you expected. If it requires a piece of landscape fabric, or a spare fastener, it will be with the shipment.
Free Shipping - Anywhere in the U.S. or Canada. I'll pick up the tab from Alaska to Florida. I don't have a brick and mortar shop to pay for, so I think it's fair to spend the money on shipping.
Completely Assembled - It may cost more on shipping, but I don't want to loose the "Wow" factor when the package is opened and I don't want to turn a gift into a project.
Heavier than expected - My designs give a feeling of value and strength. Heavy steel plates really stand out, mostly because we don't need to ship it from the other side of the world.
Keeping it personal - Etsy folks buy on Etsy for a reason. Just like a friend would drop by my shop, I hope you won't hesitate to ask me a question, or send a note. I always include a hand written note with any special instructions of comments. Sometimes if it's a gift, you can tell me what you want to write and I'll put in a note with your words for you.
Hope to hear from you..