This was surely a busy week. It is quite rare when I get to say this, but “I seem to be quite caught up”. All the animals are fed – the magazine has six projects/articles, the wholesalers have all the required material they need for their next catalogs, the site is all changed and up and running with everything new (although it was brought to my attention that there is a glitch in one of the tables that needs tending this morning), even my facebook page is updated. It is one of those rare moments when all the stars and sun lines up correctly and there are no screaming deadlines. Am I jinxing myself by bragging? Time to take a breath!
I was going to take at least part of the day to visit some friends who have a place on a little lake. It has been hot and sticky here all week and I was looking forward to laying in the sun or taking the canoe out for a paddle. But as I look outside, it is literally pouring rain. :) The gathering was contingent on the weather, as their place is not large and too many people in an enclosed area on a warm day wouldn’t be much fun for anyone. But it is only 7am and we will just play it by ear. What will be will be. Personally, I wouldn’t mind just puttering around here all day and doing little. I am really tired and I feel as if I just finished running a marathon. The cool air is very welcome here and the sound of the rain falling is almost intoxicating. I can think of worse ways to spend the day.
For those of you who have expressed an interest in Intarsia, I am offering a small gift tag patter for free download on my site. Although it is segmentation, which is a bit easier than intarsia, I think it is a good way to get your feet wet with the process and makes a nice little gift (or you can enlarge it to make a plaque). I hope those of you who are on the fence regarding this type of woodworking will take a look at it and consider giving it a try. I think it is a lot of fun and the results are quite nice. I am already thinking of doing a tutorial article on segmentation. I think that would help encourage others who are afraid of it to give it a go. Below is the picture of the finished project:
|From Free Download|
I always welcome any and all feedback on the pattern too, as it helps me see more clearly if I am on the right track in my explanations of things. Any thoughts as always are greatly appreciated.
I hope to spend what part of the day that I am here reorganizing and getting everything backed up (and hopefully filling some orders!) I already woke up to a couple of orders, which is a good sign. I want to recheck and re-proof everything too, as I am certain there must be some little errors here and there with the quantity of paperwork and instructions I finished. Nothing should be major though, as I read through everything in the past couple of days. It will just be different to do so without a clock ticking next to me.
I have the mailing list issue ironed out for the mean time. I created two categories of customers (“A” and “B”) and since I had almost 800 names on my list, I divided them in half. As I said before, Google allows only 500 emails per day, so the 400 cap on them is well under the limit and allows me to do my own correspondence without the danger of going over the 500 mark. I just emailed group A yesterday and will email group B today. It took a couple of hours to organize and re-categorize everyone, but now it will be easy to keep in order. As the list grows, I will just add more groups and work with it that way. Problem solved :)
Oh, and I also want to get the nativity ornament project posted here. It will be doing that right after this. I have put all the ornament sets on sale for a ‘Christmas in July’ event on the site and have sold a couple of sets already, along with the Inspirational ones. That is a good sign.
So with that said, I hope you all have an enjoyable weekend. I am already planning on a new batch of things to draw and I still have a special project I can now spend some time on. Rain or shine, it will be a good one for sure. :)
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"