Today will certainly be a full day. Right now it is quiet, but as soon as the hour is decent, I need to start working on my two trays to cut out. I had a good day yesterday. We went to our friend’s house on the little lake and the colors were just amazing. Even though it was raining and the skies were gray most of the day, it didn’t take away from the incredible colors of the trees. It is that rare time when you can see all the colors at once – red, orange, gold and green. I wish I could just freeze time and it would always look like this out.
We had a wonderful dinner at the lake. Even though it rained off and on, it didn’t ruin the pleasant atmosphere. I snapped a picture of the trees across the lake, but it didn’t really do it justice. Sometimes you just need to be there.
All in all it was a good, relaxing day. And for those of you who worry, I did very little woodworking! :)
Today will be a bit different. Besides having to cut the trays out, I still need to tint the heart tray and also I need to finish these two and take photographs. I am realizing what a tall order this will be, and I am somewhat counting on the fact that they tend to be quite loose with the deadlines at the wholesalers. Especially if they like the things. I had told my contact that I would have the pictures to her “by Monday”. I didn’t really specify a time. I am thinking that I will be doing well to have everything cut today and finished, but I suspect that I will need at least part of the day tomorrow to do the photography properly. One reason being that I prefer to use natural light whenever possible, and I seriously doubt I will be at that point before the sun goes down tonight. Sometimes it just happens like that.
I am not trying to take advantage of her or showing disrespect for her deadlines at all. I do get things done on her schedule most of the time and many times far before she needs things. I gave her a choice as to if she even wanted these designs and she jumped on them sight unseen. She has told me in the past that if she knows that something will be coming, she will allow room for it and then just drop the photograph into place when she has it. I don’t believe a day or two either way will matter, as she also requested that I reshoot the Wright Inspired candle tray on a lighter background so it would show up better with the small picture in the catalog.
I don’t mind her suggestions and input. I am always very happy how she presents my work in their catalog and I think she has a good sense of marketing. She had me re-shoot some pictures from the last round of projects with a different colored background and I think they came out much better. Sometimes another set of eyes is very helpful, as I tend to lose my objectivity when working so long on something or at such a pace. I believe that it is very important in my type of job to listen to what others have to say and consider others opinions very seriously. It helps me keep in touch with the rest of the world and understand what may be in demand. After all, a main point of my job is to sell patterns. If I don’t listen to others, how can I expect to be successful?
In any case, if things go according to schedule in the next couple of days, everything will be fine. While making the list of new products, I noticed that I will now have a total of 13 candle trays. My goodness, I thought! How did I do so many? I know I had said that I could do about fifty, and I am realizing that it is not out of the question at all to do so. I still have so many ideas in my head as to different versions and just need to make them into reality.
Hopefully, I will have some more pictures for you by tomorrow. I am very much looking forward to spending the day at the scroll saw today. I already have my dinner planned and it will be good and easy and I am excited about seeing how these look when they are actually cut. It is always a great surprise to me how much nicer they look in wood than on paper.
So I will sign off and leave you with another picture of how beautiful the colors can be here.
Have a wonderful and colorful 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"