Lately, I have so much that I want to get done and it seems like I have little time to do things. I have a list of ideas a mile long and during the time it takes to check off one thing, there are probably two or three more that I have added to the bottom of it. Yesterday I worked on the third set of stand-up ghost word pieces. I had hopes of finishing them up yesterday. But in the process of getting things done, I went ahead too quickly and ruined the paint on one of them and had to rem...
I finally feel that I am getting caught up with things. My little crow and cart is all packed up and soon will be on its way to the offices of Creative Woodworks and Crafts magazine in New Jersey for the final photographs for the project article. I really hate to see him go, but I know that he will be back one day and I will feel just as excited about him as I did the other day when he was completed. I spent the past two days working on the pieces for another article that I am doing for ...
I feel very relieved this morning. Yesterday afternoon I finished the written instructions for each of the four projects that are going to be published in the holiday issues of both Creative Woodworks and Crafts magazine and also Scrollsaw Woodworking and Crafts magazine (Yes! I know it is confusing! The only two magazines that I know of that are geared to scroll sawing have such similar names!) While I have been a contributing editor to Creative Woodworks and Crafts for over 15 years, thi...
It was a great relief to finish the set of ornaments that I have been working on for almost two weeks. Having the pieces finished and in front of me was very satisfying. I liked how they came out, and I am very appreciative of the warm kind and encouraging comments that everyone has shown regarding them. But painting the pieces is only part of the process. Now comes the work of photographing them for the pattern packet, as well as adjusting the step-by-step photos that I had taken along...
I am not sure why I am so excited about finishing up a pattern packet. Perhaps ‘excited’ is the wrong word. ‘Satisfied’ may be a better way to describe it. It was nearly 10pm last night when I finally finished everything together into a packet form. I had worked on it all day. I didn’t have any errands to run and only took short breaks for meals. It probably took a little longer than I expected, but as I am looking at it now, I know it was worth it. The...
The sun is just coming up this morning and I can see that there is no snow on the ground. Already it is a good day. It’s going to be one of those days which involves lots of running around, and part of me feels as if I am not going to accomplish a lot. But that is a bad attitude, and I should try to see if I can get my mindset in another direction. After all, we can’t only measure our accomplishments by the number of pieces we produce every day. We all know there is much mo...
Yesterday seemed to go by in a blink of an eye. Both Keith and myself are working at top speed not only to finish our newest patterns for the projects and are heading to the magazine, as well as squeezing in a quick website update at Sheila Landry Designs and preparing everything we need for our trip. So far, so good – with one more day to go! We were able to put four new projects up on the site yesterday. So far, they have been pretty well received as they were some that were i...
I had a fairly good day yesterday. The past several days when I wasn’t feeling so well, I was able to draw up three new candle tray patterns and they were all at the point where they were ready to be cut. In keeping with my own tradition, I like to tackle the most difficult/time consuming one first. I don’t know why I like to work this way, but for me it always feels good to do the hardest thing when I feel the freshest. I really liked the way the butterfly candle tray looke...
I had kind of a 'catch up' day yesterday. With all that had been going on lately and with getting the new patterns up on the site, I was beginning to feel a bit frazzled. So many things to do and so many directions to head. I didn't know what to do first. I find that if I don't give myself a little break from things, I really start to feel it. Then I wind up running in circles and becoming overwhelmed. After doing my usual chores, I decided to pick up a paint brush a...
No one said that just because we are self employed that we have to like every aspect of our jobs. As with any occupation, there is good and bad. I suppose the trick is to be able to do much more of the good stuff and keep the bad stuff to a minimum. I think for the most part, I am able to accomplish that. But sometimes you just can’t avoid doing stuff you don’t really like. Some of you may remember way back in January when I teamed up with another designer who makes awesom...
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