It turned out to be a very good day yesterday. I was able to stay focused and not only finish up my work for the customer that had draw the plaques for him, but I also drew up another tray (start to finish) that I will be able to cut today.
I like days like that. I felt as if I accomplished a lot and got to check a couple of things off of the list. For some reason, it seems that when there are lots of little loose ends hanging they tend to overwhelm me. It isn’t as if they take a long time to accomplish, but it takes up a lot of my thought process and feels like it is much more than it really is. When things get this way, I find it is easier to just take the time and get them done, instead of dwelling on them. It is a very liberating feeling to accomplish these small tasks.
I believe that I will do a bit of cutting today. The new tray will be one that I am going to submit to the magazine, as they agreed to consider one. That is, of course under the stipulation that they like it. They are accepting submissions now for mid to late summer, so I chose a Bee themed tray to offer them. The tray itself consists of hexagon-shaped cutouts to look like a honeycomb. It will then have several bees cut from separate pieces of 1/8” stock to sit on top of it and also the charms will, of course, be bees. This is the first of the tray series that I decided to do overlay pieces on. I attempted to draw the bees right into the honeycomb shape, but it looked too busy and flat. I like the idea of the thin overlays not only because they will be easier to cut, but also because they will look much more dimensional and fun.
I also want to use the gel stains for the bees. This will look much more attractive I think and it so easy to do. Of course the customers can leave them in natural wood if they want. I will leave it up to them.
Another thought that I had was to make the bees into little mini-segmentation pieces. I am leaning more and more toward that option. I had done the “Bee Happy” plaque last year which had some segmented bees that were quite cute. These bees however are a bit larger and would be quite easy to accomplish. I can always offer the instructions for both options in the pattern and let the customers choose.
I am excited about this project and it should be really fun to make. If it is not accepted at the magazine, it really won’t bother me at all because then I will be able to put it right up on my site. Sometimes it is difficult to get excited about putting something out there for the magazine articles because it is such a long time frame before they are published and I am able to sell them. Perhaps that is one of the most difficult parts of that aspect of my job. Before long, I am going to have to start thinking about Christmas projects to send to them for their holiday issue. Usually everything has to be to them by mid-April or there about. Sometimes it is hard to think that far ahead.
I also have some painting that I need to do perhaps today on a project that my partner designed. A couple of weeks ago, he made a little set of wooden animals that are scaled in size to Lego building blocks. They are really cute and simple and we are going to offer them just as a beginner type pattern. They can easily be sized up and are just a fun little project that will be quick and easy to do.
My partner also started working on designing some smaller candle trays that will compliment the ones I have for the large jar candles. These trays will continue on the same theme as my original trays, but will accommodate both the small tea light candles and also the votive sized candles. So far he has designed complimentary pieces for the “Sweetheart” candle tray and also the “Autumn Leaves” candle tray that I did earlier and they are all really beautiful. I will take some pictures later on today and post them tomorrow. I really like the idea of complimentary sets, and I think my customers will also. It will be a great way to use up the smaller scraps of wood in a nice way.
If I have time, I also want to cut out the large snowflake for my own painting designing. I don’t know if I will get to it today or not, but I would like to at least have it here and cut so that when I have some time I can move ahead with that. I would love to get a couple of cute and simple painting designs together so that I can offer them to the other company that is interested in my pond. That may turn out to be a whole new source of income for me and I don’t want to let it go.
It is good to have so many definitive goals in front of me. Whether I choose to draw, cut or paint, there is something fun to do. I like when my job is at this stage. I find that I am most creative in situations such as this and accomplish a lot.
I hope you all have a great Sunday and enjoy your day also!
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"