Well, the site update is all completed and everything is up and running. All the new patterns have instructions and they are all checked over and ready to go. Even the Spring catalog is completed and posted and ready for download. It was really a busy weekend.
My plans for yesterday of painting and finishing the little ornaments seemed to go by the wayside. I did decide to offer up the little heart tray to my mailing list customers, which means I needed to make the picture in Photoshop for the pattern cover, which was a bit quicker than cutting it and finishing it. I usually don’t do that, but it was a last minute decision and I wanted to offer it up free for the mailing list people and include it in this mailing so I figured it was Photoshop or delay the update another day.
The design was simple and it wasn’t something that I needed to cut to insure that it would work, as the other trays with the same motif were fine so I figured it was better than not having it at all. Here are the results of my efforts:
Although I much prefer really cutting something to just drawing them up in Photoshop, it does OK in a pinch. Since the pattern is being given away for free, I don’t think anyone will mind. Many designers do most of their patterns this way. I will, however cut it out and replace the cover picture soon. I will just feel better about it.
Today I will be writing the final set of instructions for the Bee Hive Candle Tray and preparing it to be mailed out tomorrow to the magazine with another plaque that my partner made that was accepted. I still need to color correct the photographs and write the instructions which will take a couple of hours at least. Preparing a pattern for the magazine is far more detailed than what I do for pattern packets and I want to be sure that everything is correct.
I also have some correspondence to work on and some further investigation into the different saws. I have the name of a contact at General International and I want to talk to him about the Excalibur. I don’t know if he ultimately will be the one to talk to, but he should be able t set me on the right track. I don’t know their policies regarding supplying tools for shows and such but I am sure that I will find out.
I hope to have these things tied up by the end of the day today. I am anxious to really start making out a lesson plan in detail for the classes. Once these last few things are off the books, I can really start to concentrate on getting things ready. I am about seven weeks away from the show and the time will certainly pass quickly. Before I know it I will be packing up to leave.
I also need to decide which projects to bring there for my own display. Jean (the woman who got me involved with it in the first place) wants me to bring my skating pond set. She tells me that many people in her clubs and groups are interested in painting and finishing and it would be good to have it there. I also need to talk to DecoArt to see if they can provide some samples of the Antiquing and Staining Gel. I want to demonstrate how it works in one of the classes and it would be great if they had some small bottles for people to take home and try. They are wonderful with supporting things such as this and I think it would bring them a lot of business. I at least need to get some literature to pass out on their products.
I also need to touch base with my representative from Olsen scroll saw blades. He had told me he would be happy to provide samples of blades for me to give out at the show. Those of you who read regularly have heard me talk of how I really think their blades are the best and I am very happy to give out samples and let others try them. I think people will be surprised at the difference they will make.
One other thing that I want to work on is making a sign for my booth. Of course, it needs to be scroll sawn, but I want it to be something really nice. I am wondering though if I shouldn’t just use the font that I normally use on my letterhead and all my patterns and on my site. It is something that people are familiar with and I want to be consistent. Cutting letters is one of my favorite things and I think I can make something that looks really nice for the show. It will be a nice added touch.
So there is lots to do today and many details to attend to. So much for taking the day and painting and designing yesterday. :) But that is what priorities are all about. There will be time for that later on and it feels good to get these important business things in order and accomplish them.
Have a wonderful and happy Monday!
-- Contributing Editor, Creative Woodworks and Crafts, Sheila Landry Designs http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com "Knowledge is Power"