I think everything is running normally now. At least I hope so. I was happy to say that I woke up this morning and was able to access my site by typing in the normal address. (I had to clear the cache in my browser, but it worked right away when I did) I had a couple of orders yesterday too, so it appears that all the mechanics of the site are functioning properly. It will probably take a day or so for the servers to catch up with the domain change but everyone should be able to access things by later on today.
(Big sigh of relief!)
As a bonus too, we finished the new Fall catalog and it is up on the site for download. My partner did it and it is really great. He is big on details and consistency, and that makes it look nice and professional. It is weird seeing everything that we have done in one place. I don’t always realize how much there is. The same with the site. I did eliminate some of the really old stuff that wasn’t selling, but most of the stuff there is fairly recent.
Thank you all for checking things out and giving your suggestions. I very much appreciate the input. It seems we have been looking at the site for weeks and at some point it becomes difficult to be objective about it anymore. I do take the suggestions to heart and they help me look at things from another viewpoint.
As far as the behind the scenes software goes, I am very pleased with it so far. The organization and ease of making global changes is going to streamline things a great deal when adding or changing things. That was a big problem before. Many of the items fall into more than one category or page and if you needed to make a change, you had to remember to do it on all the places it was showing. It was very tedious and complicated with the amount of stuff I have. Now it is one click and everything is changed across the board. Very easy.
The mailing lists and customer information will also be easier to deal with too. I send out mailings when things get updated – about once or maybe twice a month – and it was difficult to segregate customers into groups and determine whether or not they wanted to be notified. I now have a good system so that I won’t be sending notices to customers that don’t want them. And the ones that do will be kept on the list and informed.
Today I am going to begin sending out the notifications of the update to everyone. It will be a pleasure to be able to do knowing every thing is in place. This is a huge milestone to reach and I believe it will be a great asset to the business. I can’t believe I am really finished with it.
For the rest of the day, I will be working on the skating pond scene I think. It is time I finish up my sets here and get it into packet form I have about three weeks or so until it is published and then I will be able to sell the patterns and kits myself. My friend Leldon is going to help me cut the pieces, so between us we will handle the task. If it gets to where there are many sets ordered, I will have the laser cutting to fall back on. Leldon is in the United States and also said he would ship the US orders from there so that will also be a great help. I will ship any Canada orders from here. Things are falling nicely into place it seems on that project.
It will be good for me to switch gears and focus on the skaters for a bit. I haven’t felt like I painted in a while and I miss it and look forward to spending the time doing so. Cutting a couple of sets of the skaters will be nice, easy cutting and a welcome change for me. The instructions are pretty much written so it will be a matter of just putting them into booklet form to sell.
And then there is my shoe . . . .
I plan on taking at least a full day to get caught up a bit on it. I know once I get moving I will get involved and it will be a good focus. While I couldn’t feel comfortable spending the time I needed to on it in the past few weeks, I do feel that there is a good break in things now and I will be able to give it the attention it deserves. I am glad I waited. Now I can look at working on it as a learning experience and not have the pressures of looming deadlines hanging over my head and clouding things up. This is probably one of the best times I will have to give it a try.
I like working like this. Although it is a strange feeling to not have pressures screaming at me and it does feel odd. I am so used to being under the gun for one thing or another that it is different to be totally caught up with things. But I am going to enjoy it while I can, as I am sure before the week is out that I will be looking at more deadlines (self-imposed or otherwise!) and back to ‘normal’.
I have all my weekly shows to catch up on while I paint today. I enjoy a good movie or background show while I paint. I also love watching movies. The weather is beautiful and cool and it is a great day for a walk, too. Maybe I will get some pictures before all the leaves hit the ground. The river is finally full enough that the water is falling at the mill again, and it is quite pretty. I am looking forward to a great and fun and relaxing day.
I wish you all a wonderful day too.
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"