I am feeling quite a bit unsettled today. Sometimes it is when I am in between projects that I get like this. I also had some not-so-great news the other day and the scope of it is really sinking in. I guess it was the timing. If I were in the thick of things and pushing at this point, it wouldn’t give me as much time to think. Maybe that is why I like being pushed so hard or pushing myself. :)
I did get a lot of work done yesterday. I finished the five new candle tray pattern packets and they are ready to go. That, in itself was a big thing. Writing instructions is such an important part of the process, but especially on projects such as these, where the process is quite similar, it can be tedious and mistakes can be made. It would be so much easier to do one project at a time and then write the pattern and then do another totally different project and a pattern, etc, etc. But you all need to remember that this is my living and it isn’t prudent for me to do things that way. As artistic as i love to be, there is some point where I have to think of making a living and what will profit me and my company. I have to do this in order to stay in business.
I have a very dear friend who I have known for over ten years who is an excellent scroll sawyer who is proofreading my patterns for me. He lives in Alabama and we met in a forum such as this called ‘wooders’ in 1996. He was just a young teen then and already had a wonderful interest and talent in scroll sawing. Over the years, we have met up at several of our woodworking shows and he has grown up to be a great young man. He is the same age as my son, and I kind of call him ‘my other son’. We had kind of lost touch when I first came here to Canada, as I had with many of my friends, but we have reestablished our friendship and he has been a great help to me with my business.
Anyway, he graciously offered to proof read my patterns for me and I couldn’t have found a better person to do it. His extensive knowledge of scroll sawing and different techniques have really helped me to do a better job. Not only does he find little typo’s and stuff like that, but if he has a question as to how I explain something, he will let me know and I get another point of view and perspective of how what I am saying is received. His questions are very valid, and help me reevaluate how I explain things. He also brings up points that I may miss or leave out. All in all it is a great help and I know he is helping make my patterns much better.
So with Leldon’s help, I actually completed all five pattern packets for the candle tray holders. It will be nice to offer them with confidence that they are probably error-free. I always worry about that when introducing new patterns. Especially at the pace I have been working. It seems no matter how many times we read things over, things just get by sometimes. I was talking with my editor’s assistant about that earlier this week, as we were going over some stuff that was going to be in my next magazine project. This is an area where it is definitely good to have another set of eyes helping out.
I will be spending most of the day getting things ready for the site. I want to have things up there by tomorrow, and I need to load all the new products up there and shift things around a bit. I also have to do an update and a letter to send to my mailing list. And I have some new pictures for the customer’s gallery that I want to display. One customer made 75 of my dimensional moose ornaments as favors for his daughter’s wedding! I loved that and thought it was incredible. I guess she liked moose! :) And finally, I want to make the flier for the show next weekend. I didn’t get to that yesterday and I want to be sure to get it done today.
Finally, I want to thank everyone on the thoughts on finishing yesterday. I learned a lot and I hope to be able to apply the knowledge to my next project. I gave the table back and got the new one in yesterday and my land lady was happy. It was a good chance to practice and learn something.
It is raining here and quite dreary, but they are promising a nice, sunny weekend. I believe it is the perfect recipe for tying up all of these loose ends. :) I hope you all have a wonderful day.
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"