I have since started requesting payment upfront and I am much more honest with my custom order customers about what I feel comfortable doing style wise. Thankfully since that first horrible experience I have had many really good experiences with custom orders.
This weekend I finished a custom order that I was especially happy with. The only request the customer had was that I make her a wallet with red felt flowers on it. So I showed her some fabrics I thought would go well and made her this pretty little piece
I made and extra one with a yellow flower along with some other goodies I will start listing in my etsy shop this afternoon.