“Daylight Savings Time” they call it. I am not really comfortable with it, as I much prefer the autumn when we turn the clocks back and gain an extra hour for the day. 25 hour days are good in my book. Not to mention that I got curious this morning and Wikipideia-ed it and spent another twenty minutes reading about it. After getting up while it is still dark for the past several months, I can’t help but feel like I am being lazy when I see the light streaming in my window in the morning and I am still in bed.
But much like the weather, there is nothing that I can personally do about it, so adapt I will.
I was wondering today if doing paperwork counts as woodworking? After all, we all know that paper is made from trees. Or do you need to see actual grain in what you are working with to qualify? It seems that the closest I have come to woodworking lately has been pushing paper. (Oh, how nice it would be to have to sweep up some sawdust for a change!) I miss getting my hands dusty and creating. I know that “now isn’t the time”, but I will be looking forward to when I get back and can get the sawdust flying again.
I talked to Jeannie yesterday and things are going well in preparation. My paints already arrived from DecoArt for both the big show and the subsequent classes. Two big boxes! I ordered enough so that I can demonstrate the Antiquing and Staining medium in my second (intermediate) lecture. I think that will be a good thing, as I have had a lot of people asking me about it since I introduced it in some of my projects.
I also talked to Ray from Seyco on Friday and my saw is going to be shipped directly to Jeannie’s. There was still time to get it here, but it would have been kind of under the wire and with having the little Mustang and so much other stuff to bring, I thought it would be best to ship it directly to her. Ray had wanted me to have time to play and familiarize myself with the saw before the show, but obviously he didn’t realize that probably the last thing that I would have time to do a day or so before leaving would be “play with the saw”.
This will gain me precious real estate in the back seat of my car for other things like clothes and clean socks. As it is, I will probably be wearing the same couple of outfits for the entire three week of the trip. Good thing I am not a glamour girl! Wardrobe is not an issue that I have even really entertained yet – although there have been moments where I thought about it in the back of my mind. Good thing that I am not a “shoe hound” either. The only shoes that I will be bringing will be a little pair of black leather flats besides my LLBean hikers. After all, I hear New York still has a lot of snow. I may bring one good outfit in case by chance we need to go out to a fancier dinner, but the chances of that are rather slim and I will have to see how much room I will have.
I spent the day yesterday printing out note cards of my good paintings to sell at the show. I know that doesn’t have a lot to do with woodworking, but when I talked to Jeannie before, she thought that they may do well. I know from my own experience at shows that many bring their significant others and stuff like jewelry does really well. When I used to do shows, I found my note cards did surprisingly well. My photography skills and printing skills have improved very much since then, and I found a place that supplies me with the clear sleeves to put over each individual card. This makes a beautiful and professional presentation. I sell them for $4 each or six for $20 and many times I sell out of them. Since they only take up a small bit of space on the table, I think it will be a nice diversion for the non-woodworking people (do they even exist?) and see how they go. I have nothing to lose. Many people enjoy my paintings and this is an inexpensive way that they can have copies of them.
The only real piece of the puzzle that I am missing is the paint brushes. I was supposed to hear from the one company by Friday and I did not. That doesn’t necessarily mean that they aren’t going to help, but that they need a prompting. I will write them again on Monday and see what they say. I also haven’t given up on the second company, as they are busy also. There is still time.
I have a full day ahead of me today with continuing to print and write. We have over 200 full catalogs to bring right now, and we prepared a double-sided one page flyer for when the catalogs are out. We printed over 500 of the flyers already and I think that should be sufficient. If we run low, we will have the printer there with us so we will be able to print more. I still need to make up order forms too, but that should not take too long. And I need to print some more business cards.
There is about a week left until I leave, and it is with guarded optimism that I say that I think I will be ready. I was considering having a square pool where you could all bet on what I was going to forget, but I thought that would be thinking in a negative direction and thought better of it. After all – we follow where we focus as I always say. :)
I hope you all have a great day today. Enjoy the day and do something fun!
-- Contributing Editor, Creative Woodworks and Crafts, Sheila Landry Designs http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com "Knowledge is Power"