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|Written by Miss Smartypants|
|Monday, 18 October 2010 00:00|
Dear Miss Smartypants,
In my side business, I do event decorating. Recently, I thought a mosaic table top would be a nice addition to my stock for signing wedding registries, holding gifts, lighting unity candles, etc. When I told my family about this, my eldest expressed an interested in doing the mosaic for me. She's normally not that into my work, so I was pretty excited. The problem is my husband. He's worried about the expense, and what will happen if she makes a table that I have to remake. Even though it's my business, I don't think a table's worth falling out over. Though I do think we should encourage her artistic pursuits. Who's right, my husband or me?
The Matter Has Been Tabled
I agree with you: this is a great time to let your daughter explore her interests and find out where her passion can take her. This is also a great time to learn what it's like to work with a client. You could go one of two ways: have her sketch out a design and keep working on it until you both agree or have her create a design that you draw. When you purchase the glass, go to the store together and discuss colours and quantities. Before you mix up the grout, have her lay out the tiles (as best she can, some may need to be cut), so that you can both see what the final product will look like.
There's no reason why you can't encourage her and cut down the expense. Tell your husband you've got it well in hand. And, hey, if it turns out and she likes working with/for you, think of all the cheap labour!
Best laid plans,