One thing I find about holidays is that when we have one, the week just seems to fly by. I know that it shouldn’t matter to me because I work from home, but it just seems as if the week is cut too short and I have to do more just to keep caught up.
Lately it seems that I have been all over the board. I say ‘lately’ but in actuality it has only been a few days. It seems odd that it was a week ago that I drew my last project and since then not only finished it, but also did several other things that are really imperative to my business. However, I still don’t feel like I am doing enough.
Perhaps it is because there are so many ideas swimming around in my head. I have so many ideas for autumn projects, ranging from scroll sawing to segmentation to painting and other things in between. Now it seems that it is time to move past even the Christmas holidays and start designing for spring so I can be on schedule. This will also be a time when I will designs much of the non-holiday stuff that can be around all year and the general things. I think in part that is why I feel like time is moving so quickly – I am always four to six months ahead of things. I just need to take the time to enjoy the present.
We worked on the web site most of the day yesterday. While my partner was programming and setting things up, I was at my computer making the pattern packets for the recent new projects. I am just about done though so everything will be to the wholesaler today or tomorrow. I didn’t get to work on the pond figures at all and I have the day set aside so that I can redraw them to submit for the estimate.
In working with the site again, it reminded me that there is so much more I want to add on there. Many people want more painting patterns from me, along with the step-by-step instructions. I had posted some pictures of a butterfly a while back and that pattern went over very well at the shows. I need to add it in on the site, as well as other patterns that offer painting skills such as that. There are some painting patterns I have had on the site from years ago, and I have neglected that side of my business for quite a while. Once the skating pond is done, I realize that many potential painting customers will be interested in seeing what I have to offer them. It would be a shame to lose their attention by not having anything else ready. I am trying to have a few of the new patterns available so at least there is something there of substance. But I don’t want to lose the momentum I am gaining here on the woodworking side of the business either. It is just now starting to see a profit.
Decisions, decisions . . .
I wish I never had to sleep. :)
I know too that when I go to New York in the spring and see that wood show I am going to be quite charged up. Quite a large part of the show is lathe work and although I have not worked on a lathe before, my friend Jean is quite proficient in it and she wants me to work with her in designing some lathe projects which include scroll sawing. She believes there are many who would like the crossover and it would be a whole new market and unique for the lathe workers. Since I am going to be right next to the magazines, it will be the perfect opportunity for me to get my foot in the door with them. It will be quite an adventure.
I suppose the best thing I can do is to take a breath. I find that there is so much diversity in the woodworking field that it can be quite overwhelming. I have read in the recent past that “scroll sawing is dying” (which by the way, I don’t believe) and that woodworking in general is a dying art. To me that is nonsense. I think that as with anything, it has its highs and lows and people find a great deal of satisfaction and relaxation creating with wood. As with many other hobbies, it goes through cycles of ups and downs but I do believe it will always be here.
So I will keep with my plan. And I will see what the future brings for me and where I will land. I found that when I am in doubt about something or which direction to go, just to back off and not force the issue. It always seems that things have a way of working out for the best. If I have to push myself too hard in one direction or another, perhaps it isn’t the right decision after all. On days like today when I feel overwhelmed, I sit back and do what I know is required (like my line work for the skating pond) and see what the day will bring. More so than not, the fog will lift and I will soon be heading down a path that I am clearly supposed to be on. The key for me in this situation is patience.
In rereading my post, my writings are all over the board today. Perhaps that is indicative of how I feel at the moment. Today’s goal will be to refocus and prioritize and put things in front of myself one thing at a time. It is time for me to slow down and take a breath and evaluate things so they don’t get the best of me. Taking a step back and organizing will not only give me some peace of mind, but will also allow me the clarity to move ahead and accomplish. Sometimes I forget who is the boss.
My thought for the day . . .
”Out of clutter, find Simplicity. From discord, find Harmony. In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.”
—Albert Einstein, scientist
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"