The day seemed to fly by yesterday. I spent the better part of the morning and early afternoon catching up on paperwork and emails. It always amazes me how quickly I can fall behind in those departments. It seems that if I am not on top of things for even a day, they seem to pile up quickly.
I like corresponding with my customers and my friends. My customers are nice and pleasant to talk to and they always have some good ideas or thoughts on my patterns. I love to see what others do with my designs because it encourages others to be creative too. My partner suggested yesterday that we have a contest of some sort which would invite customers to improvise on my patterns to see what they would come up with. I think that would be kind of a fun idea and it will be a great way to get people involved.
One of my weakest areas in my business is keeping up my ‘customer’s gallery’ page on my website. I have had several customers send me in wonderful pictures of their projects made with my patterns and I would like to show them all on that page, but I just haven’t seen to find the time to post them. I am bad enough at posting my own projects up here, and finally put one up yesterday. I noticed on my home page here that it showed the pumpkin candle tray from mid-October as my last project that I posted here. I suppose that they have all been here in the blog, but then I forget to put them on the project page. I will catch up eventually though, and will try to get one up every several days so not to flood the project section by putting them all at once. I wish there were a way where we could add projects to our gallery without them appearing on the page.
After the correspondence, I spent the rest of the day drawing. I had submitted the list and the pictures of the new stuff for the catalog on Monday and I had another few photographs to send over yesterday. My partner made another set of small tea light and votive candle trays that really came out nice. We wanted to include them in the submissions. The theme he used on this set were deer. Here is the picture of the votive holder:
And here is the tea light holder:
I like them both very much and think these smaller sets will be very appealing to everyone.
I finished drawing another design, but it took most of the rest of the day and early evening. Since the next catalog is due out in the next month or so, I wanted to have something for Easter. Easter eggs are fun to scroll saw because the infinite number of designs you can have in them. I only had a small area to play around with though, as the eggs are just over an inch tall, but I came up with some fun designs and alternated them with some ‘chocolate’ bunnies. This will be another design where I can use pastel colors to make the eggs stand out and also some dark brown stain so the bunnies resemble chocolate bunnies that we are all familiar with. I also included all eight egg designs as the charms, so with the tray they will get a bonus set of ornaments. I figured it would give my customer a small bonus and make the pattern more valuable to them.
Here is a small section of the drawing:
|From SLD343 Easter Bunny and Eggs Candle Tray|
I can’t wait to cut this one out. I am really excited how it looks even on paper. I am going to need to wait however, because my partner is in the middle of doing an absolutely awesome design and will be using the saw today. He designed smaller candle trays for the votive and tea lights that he loosely based on my art deco candle tray and the designs he came up with is amazing. I believe the one holder has over 400 internal cuts in it and he should finish it today. He then wants to start on the other.
I am so pleased at seeing him produce such a high caliber pattern and I am thrilled to say that I just love it. It is wonderful to be able to work with someone who does such a great quality of work. I will try to sneak a picture of it when it is done and post it here tomorrow.
I can see a future where we may have to get an additional scroll saw (just kidding!)
I am going to continue drawing today. I am working on Spring and Summer themed projects in hopes that they will make the time cut into the next catalogs. If not, I will be in good shape for my own site and they will make the next one. It is a win/win situation. I like having these deadlines to work towards. I think I do my best with time frames spelled out. It gives me a clear goal to shoot for.
I look forward to a productive day and hope you all have one also. :)
-- Contributing Editor, Creative Woodworks and Crafts, Sheila Landry Designs http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com "Knowledge is Power"