Okay, so I have to make a confession. I am addicted to this site.
Reality hit me in the head like a ton of bricks this morning. When I first woke up and came to my computer things were fine. There were several messages in my mail box that were notifications on various projects I was watching and new posts that my Buddies here had put up overnight. As usual, I spent the first half hour or so of my day with my first morning coffee reading through everything and occasionally commenting.
Lots of good stuff happens here. There is a new blog by RonPeters that will take us through the process of him creating a violin. I reread Jordan’s posts on working on the sole of our shoe. There were several nice comments about the projects that were posted yesterday. All was fine.
I warmed my coffee and sat down to write my daily blog. When I clicked on the ‘New Blog Entry’ button, instead of taking me to this screen, I was cyber-whisked to a page on GoDaddy that said that the domain name I was looking for expired. I thought, OK. I messed up. I clicked again. Same thing. I went down my list of emails and other messages from LJ’s and every one that had a link to anything on the site went to the same GoDaddy page. Now I like Danica Patrick as much as anyone else, but I needed my LJ’s fix.
I tried not to panic. I went and showered and made the bed and did all my morning stuff and checked back. Same.
Now I was really wondering. I emailed a buddy and asked if they were able to get on. As I waited, I phoned a friend I needed to catch up with and thought what my day would be like without my ‘friends’ here. Since I wasn’t getting notifications from here either, I figured something was up with the site itself. After all, look what happened to my own site last week. I tried not to panic, but felt like a big something in my morning was missing.
I couldn’t write my blog. Would I be missed? Would people wonder? How will I carve my shoe without the tutorial? I had my bits now and didn’t really know where to start. Most of all, I would miss my daily interaction with all of my cyber friends from around the world.
After a little time passed, I saw I received a response from the friend I wrote. All was well with the site on their side. I sighed and thought, we will just have to see. A few minutes later, a notification came in from LJ’s and when I clicked on the link, it worked! I tried all the other links that previously brought me to Danica and they were all fine. YAY! I am back!
The total time of the hiccup was less than two hours. However, it showed me again how much I love this place and all the people here and how I thrive on their creativity and support. Is this a good thing? I think so! So its back to business for me. I now have to make up for lost time!
Yesterday turned out to be a really good day. I spent the morning with my photography hat on and I took what I would consider pretty decent photos of many of the projects that I needed to submit to the wholesaler for the next catalog. I had a good time doing so and made sure the light was good and made a pretty good presentation. I felt I did my best and didn’t just send here some half done pictures. I do like the photography part of the process and I am little by little improving and learning in that area too.
I made the list of products, assembled the PDF files and sent them away. About an hour later, I heard from her that she wanted to take ALL 21 items that I had submitted! Even the holiday ones! (This catalog is for post holiday distribution, but I figured she would keep them for next year) She said that she was thinking about sending a targeted email to their customers with the holiday items in it so that they would still be able to purchase patterns in time for their holiday scroll sawing projects. What a great honor that was for me. She even chided me about renaming the company to include part of my name in it, as I had so many things in their catalog.
That is great ‘job security’ for the future for me. She asked me to send the high resolution photos to her by next week, along with the specifications for each product, and I had everything ready to go and had it loaded up to Sendspace and the list to her within the hour. She was thrilled.
I love being on the ball like that and having stuff ready when needed. My editor had shot over two emails yesterday morning too where readers had asked questions and he asked if I could help them. I knew the answers and was able to direct them almost immediately and help them out.
I keep my computer on all the time. With living in a small place, the screen isn’t far from sight no matter what I am doing. I like the feeling of being ‘there’ and being able to respond so quickly whether I am scroll sawing, taking pictures, painting or whatever. I love my “window to the world” here and even though I know I am highly addicted to the computer, this site, and my friends, I wouldn’t have it any other way. There are far worse obsessions I could have, I guess.
So for today the goal is to draw, draw, DRAW! I have four more candle trays I want to get to the wholesaler by the deadline and I think I can do it in the next week or two because I have been partially working on several of them at once. It is the final implementation of them and making the prototypes (the fun part) that is left so that should roll off fairly quickly.
With that said, I had best get on to things. I am back on track and ready to move ahead. I picked up my bits last night and perhaps by this evening I will be able to start on my shoe in earnest.
You all have a great day. Keep in touch! :)
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"