Well, we are all getting into the final countdown. It seems like I haven’t been at the scroll saw in years! I think it is good to get away though for a couple of weeks and shift gears to something else. I have a list of things I want to do soon after the holidays and I am very anxious to get at it. And of course there is preparation for the show.
I think there is much to be said for diversification. It is good for us on so many levels. Perhaps that is why woodworking is such a great hobby. There is so much to do and so many overlapping aspects of woodworking that it seems that we will never have all the tools we need or try all the technique we want to try. There always seems to be something fresh and exciting to try.
I watch everyone else from my own little corner of the woodworking world in awe. There are times I long for a full shop to be able to attempt some of the techniques and processes that I see done here. I am sure that we are all like that to some extent. it seems that no matter how many tools one has or how large the shop is there is always room for expansion and new techniques to explore. Places like Lumberjocks here exposes us to so many different types of styles and aspects of woodworking that it is like a candy store to a child.
I am sure that diversifying will also help my business too. I am starting to get excited because I know when I go to the show in March, that I will be exposed to so many other wonderful types of woodworking and I will learn so much. I also think that it will inspire me to incorporate new techniques into my designing patterns that can be accomplished mainly on the scroll saw. Hopefully I will add some more dimension to my designing.
Yesterday we worked on a couple of ads for the Skating Pond Vignette pattern that are due to my editor today. After initially being told that it would appear in several of the magazine publications, I am now down to one ad in my own magazine. For those of you who followed the story, you may remember the roller coaster that I have been on with it. When I sum it up it looks pretty depressing.
It went from being spread over several issues, to being put on the shelf for months, to being in one issue without any contact information printed with it. Then as compensation for the error, it was to be in 4 craft and painting magazines to now only in a scroll sawing magazine half page ad. As nice as it is to get a half page ad at no charge, I can’t help but feeling very disappointed because the targeted audience for that magazine is very unlikely to attempt that pattern. Scroll sawyers in general don’t like to or want to paint. It is just a plain and simple observation that i have made over the years. In fact, woodworkers don’t like painting very much either. I can’t help but feel as if selling this ad would be like selling ice cream to Eskimos. However at this point I suppose it is better than nothing and I need to take what bone is thrown to me.
Even the ad is a bit controversial. At first, I could have sworn that I was told that I could put anything in the ad I wanted. Anything. I was thinking that I would have the focus of the ad for the skating set but also put a couple of little pictures of other things (scroll saw patterns) that were offered on my site to generate some interest among the people that wouldn’t do the set. After all, isn’t that what an ‘ad’ is?
But in talking to my editor the other day, he made it pretty clear that by ‘anything’ he meant “anything to do with the skating set.”
So we actually came up with two versions to present him with today. One being totally about the pond and the other having a small side bar highlighting some general patterns that I offer. I am going to pitch both versions to him today and see what will happen. I will certainly let you know.
If I hadn’t taken the matter into my own hands a week or so ago and approached the painting pattern company with this project I would probably be a little depressed right now about it (or a lot!) Situations like this one in business are what I separate the girls from the women if you will. I have said many times before that I believe in this project and I think that being exposed to the proper audience it will be a very successful one. That is not a ‘never say die’ attitude which could very well cripple a business by spending too much time on something that just wasn’t meant to be. I feel it is more of a ‘I am not going to let it go until all my options are exhausted’ attitude. Most others would have given up by now. There is something inside me that just isn’t ready. When the time is right, I will let it go but I put too much work into it to not give it a fair shake with the audience it needs to be shown to.
Besides, the majority of the work is done and this part of the process – the knocking on doors – requires little time and more waiting than anything. In the mean time I am working in several other directions and it is on the back shelf of my mind. I forget if I mentioned here that I did hear back from the painting pattern company and they do want to run it in their catalogs next summer when they will be starting to present their new holiday stuff. So my patience and tenacity may pay off yet. We just need to see. In the mean time, it is selling well on my site (with its limited audience) and I do believe the ad will come out sometime in February or March. All I can do is wait and see.
On a final note regarding the mishap of no contact information, it has been almost another two weeks since my last attempt to contact the editor of the magazine that made the mistake and I have not heard back from him yet. My initial (and only) conversation with him was in early November and I was told he would get to the bottom of things and get back to me “in a day or so”. Since then, I have written several times and left a voice message with no response. My final recourse is to go to the publisher directly and mention it and see what can be done. I have been with that company for over 14 years and have contributed over 100 projects to their publications and have never been treated like this before or had this problem. I don’t know if it is the thing to do but I want to do something to make someone accountable. I suppose at this point in the game, I am not expecting anything and that is one cause I am about ready to abandon. I do feel though that this final effort is warranted and then I will put it to rest. If only for my own peace of mind. I suppose it will be a kind of test to see what the company is made of.
So on to better and more positive things:
The latest pictures of the sewing box. I painted the quilt yesterday:
|From Diana's Sewing Box|
And then added the sleeping cat:
|From Diana's Sewing Box|
I was amazed at how quickly painting the kitty went. I think I am finally getting into the groove of things. I used a larger brush than I used with the bears for the fur, and I believe that gave it an overall softer effect.
|From Diana's Sewing Box|
There is part of me that wants to go back and re-do the bears, but seeing that I have much more on my plate right now than I can handle, I don’t dare. For this project they look fine and I need to leave them alone.
I now only need to fill in the bare areas with sewing paraphernalia and it will be finished. I think that it will be a nice gift for my friend and I do think that she will like it. We were over at her house the other day and she had other things that I had made her on display and it felt good to see.
Well, this post got quite lengthy. Sorry about that. It always seems that the days when I am not sure what to talk about turn out to be the longest posts. I guess I get on a roll. :)
I hope you all have a wonderful Monday! Have a fun 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"