The other day, I gave my neighbor a few mugs.


I just moved here and an opportunity arose to be neighborly.  By way of introduction, I thought I’d give my neighbors a little something from my studio.  In the spur of the moment, I grabbed some mugs off the shelf and trotted across the yard to their house.  As these were freebies, however, I didn’t give them my best.  I grabbed a decent mug and a dud, a plain-jane with some bare spots.  Now, these folks don’t know me or my work from Adam. So, um… shame on me!

This was a week ago.  Nearly everyday since, I have seen their house through my studio window and I’ve kicked myself for giving them a second-rate mug.  What kind of first impression was that?  I produce better work and it’s my fault my new neighbors don’t know it.  Moral of the story?  It’s never a good idea to mail it in.  Ever.  ∆

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