It’s pretty quiet around here today. It’s one of those days when I can’t wait to get to the scroll saw, but it is only 7am and I don’t dare until another couple of hours. I was able to finish another drawing last night of a fretwork liner that I am going to market to set under the large jar candles. It will resemble the dresser tray in concept, but it will set underneath the jar. Many people thought that the little dresser tray was made for that purpose, as the size was perfect. In thinking at how popular candles are, I figured ‘why not?’ and I believe I am going to do a series on them. Since the Yankee Candles seem to be the most popular, I went out and purchased a white one so it will be able to blend with any of the seasonal themes I choose to do for this. I may wind up getting more in the future, because I love the different colors and scents they come in anyway, but since these are my models, I don’t want to burn them too much.
I can see many fun and easy little designs to do and I probably have a list of about 20 in my head. My partner thinks I should package them in sets when I market the patterns, but I think that individual items are better. If I do a set of two or even three and someone doesn’t care for one of the designs, it may discourage them from getting them. I will just keep the price within reason, as most of my patterns are sold electronically anyway.
I love candles and it seems that many others do also. My editor is leery about doing any type of candle holder or lantern type item because a couple of years ago some idiot made a candle holder pattern that was presented in the magazine and then proceeded to burn his house down to the ground with the candle. I don’t know all the details, but Robert (my editor) told me that he tried to sue the magazine for printing the pattern and the cost of his house. Sheesh! No wonder our economy is in such a funk! Blissfully, he wasn’t successful, but now most of the time when I present any type of candle item to Robert, I do so using the little cheesy battery operated candles you can get at the dollar store. (poopie!) Nothing like making your work look cheap when you are marketing it! I just get sad because it seems that people just don’t have to take responsibility for their own actions anymore. Everyone is looking for someone else to blame for their own stupidity. Every day it seems that another law is passed which alleviates the consumer of any and all accountability. (Oh, I could start a nice long rant here, but I think I will pass for today and spare you my thoughts on that! I want to stay positive today!)
This series of pattern, however are going right on my site and to the wholesalers. I don’t even know if the wholesalers will want them or not for the same reason, but I like them so I am going ahead with creating several in the next couple of weeks. I think they look cool and I am excited about them and want to do them. So there. :)
Well, it is Canada Day here in my foster country. I don’t want the day to pass without me saying Happy Canada Day, Canada! On holidays such as this, it is strange living in a country other than the one you grew up in. Days like today when everything is closed here and it is business as usual in the US are when it is most evident that I am no longer in my native country. Eventually I will take the citizenship test for Canada, because even though I got my Permanent Resident papers last year, they only last for five years and I have to reapply. (I guess I am ‘temporarily permanent’) It took me five years the first time to go through the process and I understand that reapplying isn’t anywhere near as tedious and time-consuming, but I figure that I may as well go for the citizenship test because once that is done, I am really and truly done with red tape and I only have to do it once. I will be a dual citizen because I never want to give up my US citizenship so that will be the avenue I will take. But I have several years until I have to think about that and with all else that is going on in my life right now, I think I will wait a bit.
So other than that, I guess nothing exciting is going on. This will be a short post by my usual standards. I hope everyone has a productive day and I hope I have a wonderful project to show you tomorrow. Happy Canada Day to all my Canadian friends! :)
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"