Please use the "contact" button to the right of the screen to let me know if you need a custom listing for a family with a different number of children/pets/or adults.
Custom Families currently take about 6 weeks to make from purchase to post office bon voyage.
*1* Decide that you would like me to design and me to create a custom family for yah. Please make sure the above time frame works for you. If you have any questions, need another listing for another family configuration or would like to request a rush order (and would like me to calculate/aproove it/ create you a custom listing) please convo me.
*2* Select a listing or listings from the current listings in my shop.
*3* Purchase. Here is a grand etsy tutorial on how to purchase if you are new to etsy:
*4* Send me photos (at least one close-up images of and at least one that shows your height difference) of your family members. Please send me photos or links or descriptions of what you will be wearing. Please include shoe colors, hair styles, and details like glasses on or off. Please include your ideas and symbols that you would like me to include. Oh yes, if you would be so kind, I would love to know some sweet details about your family like what you love about each other, or what you love to do together. This is so my brain can be filled with joyful images of your family while I am drawing your sketch or creating with wood. You can send all these wonderful details to me in an esty convo as long as the files are smaller than 2M. If your files are larger you can send them to me in an email to urastarhouse [!at] yahoo.com.
Please be sure to title the email "custom family information" or something noticeable like that.
*5* I will take about three business days to create a pencil and paper sketch. I will then scan and send the sketch to you through email or convo (which ever way you gave me your details). You can then let me know what changes or additions you would like me to make. I will them scan you a modified sketch for your approval. Any additional changes will follow the same process of modification, scanning and approval until you say that you think the sketch is ready to transfer to wood.
*6* I then transfer the final design to local poplar wood (a fast growing hardwood sustainably logged from our friends' land near Asheville, NC). I cut the design out, sand the edges, burn on the details, and paint it with US made, non-toxic liquid water colors. I then take photos of your family (if there is time) and send you photos (these photos are for you to use how ever you would like, thank-you/holiday cards, blogs, ect. and if it is alright with you I will add then to a listing in my shop to be another example). The toppers are then finished with my homemade bee's wax and organic jojoba oil finish. The toppers are polished and then packaged and taken down to the friendly folks at my local post office, where they are shipped first class (unless they are too heavy) and generally arrive to your post/mail box in two to three days.
The family members will be between 4" and 6 1/2" tall and about 2"-2 1/2" wide. If you need then to be sized differently please let me know
Additional Children are $40 each, pets are $35 each, additional adults are $75 each.