Every time I get a custom order I get excited. The deal is a person has an idea and during the course of the order I can create something just for them and in the process I usually stretch myself and find a direction for my work. The last such order was an ethnic nativity. There is also a good feeling I get when I ship out something so personal.
Often after a custom I will continue with that theme in other work. I owe my customers gratitude for all of the inspiration they offer me.