Well, today I am really slow getting out of the gate. Not really slow I guess, but woke up to several things that needed my attention. The first and most pressing issue was that I didn’t have internet. I am sure lots of you can relate to that crisis very much. We had some bad thunder and lightning storms last night (which isn’t really typical for Nova Scotia) and thought it was a safe bet to unplug everything electronic from the wall. We have everything on power bars and they are good ones, but a couple of years ago I lost my last computer to a power serge or flicker or something and I much prefer to err on the cautious side.
Rebooting everything is an issue because I have a phone line that runs through the internet. It really is great most of the time and allows me to call anywhere in North America and five countries in Europe for a flat fee that is less than half of what I was paying before. I can also call 24/7 and there is no time limit so for me it is perfect. I love it. It does however add to the already complex set of wires that makes my communication with the outside world possible. It is funny that even with as many wireless devices as possible, there is still an octopus of wires to deal with. When reconnecting, you need to go in a certain sequence and it can be tricky at times – especially at six in the morning when it is still somewhat dark and the coffee hasn’t made it to my brain yet. So after much rebooting in several various sequences and some under-the-breath swearing I got it to work.
Ahhh, technology! . . . .
I then did my daily mail check and noticed that there was a thread started on the other site as to how people liked my patterns and the way they were written. I guess it sprang up from the thread that I was talking about yesterday, but it was like a nice pat on the back and it made me feel great. It is nice to know that others feel I do a good job and the general thoughts on the thread were very positive about my work, my company and my customer service. I know many of you won’t understand this, but that means more to me than money ever will. I love what I do so much and I always say if I ever win the lottery, I would be doing the exact things I am, but for free. The only other thing I change is that I would do more shows because I love meeting fellow woodworkers. That would really be sweet!
Speaking of shows, the other thing I needed to do was to package up and schedule a pick-up for the patterns to get to my friend Jean so she can teach the painting class in two weeks. I have had the patterns printed here for over a week and I kept telling myself that I would get them out, and here it is another Thursday and here they sit. So I took the bull by the horns and got them boxed and scheduled the pickup for today and that is cool. She is only in New York, so she should have them by Tuesday I would think. Plenty of time!
Yesterday I did finish my drawing and I actually cut the entire design out for the new candle tray. This one is an Autumn Pumpkin one that can be left out from September until Christmas. As usual, it started out a bit different in my mind. I wanted to include pumpkins of course, but also vines and leaves winding throughout. I redid the vines a couple of times and I didn’t like how they were looking. They were sparse and the leaves were lost and hard to distinguish from the vines. So i went with a kind of fretwork-y look and made a bunch of curls and twists. I really think it came out cool looking.
In cutting it, it will be a great exercise in spiraling to the left and to the right, as there are 40 curls in total on it. It will also be a great exercise in cutting sharp corners, because there are many little triangles. I think it would be a great teaching piece and I am thinking it will be a candidate to demonstrate at the New York show I will be teaching at next year. It was extremely fun to do and I thoroughly enjoyed the cutting process. I think others will too. I plan to have the charms for it as a pumpkin with a couple of leaves dangling. I am still debating on whether or not to stain the pumpkins, but I am leaning to yes on that. I will, of course, take pictures prior to staining so that I can show both versions in the patterns.
For now, here is a picture of a section of it as a teaser:
|From Autumn Pumpkin Candle Tray|
I still need to do the sanding and finishing today, and I should be able to post it in my gallery later on this afternoon. It is quite overcast still so I don’t know how the lighting will be, but I think it should be OK later on.
I am also going to begin drawing my next design today when this is done. So far I am still doing great on my schedule. I hope the designs keep up at the quality that I have so far achieved. Quality is far more important than quantity to me. I think though that this tray will be right up there with the previous three. I am very pleased with the outcome and hope I can continue on this path.
So far, the well hasn’t seemed to dry up yet! :)
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