Boy, the days are just flying by! I can’t believe that another week is done and we are already at Saturday. It truly amazes me how quickly time seems to pass.
Yesterday turned out to be a really good day. I needed to make a trip to Digby to do some things and I got to see some friends that I haven’t seen in a while. I also got to stop at Bernie and Ellen’s and have a short visit with them. As usual, Ellen made a wonderful lunch as soon as she heard I was going to stop by. It was awesome and it is wonderful to have such kind and wonderful friends in my life.
I didn’t return until about 4pm, but there was still enough time to finish getting the site updated and I spent the evening doing that and also getting the newsletter out to my subscribers. I really do like seeing the site updated every month or so, as it looks fresh and new and keeps people interested.
Even though there were only maybe five or six new items this time, it seems as if it is plenty to keep people happy. In making the list of new products, I noticed that the new stuff covered several different types of scroll sawing for my customers to enjoy. There was a portrait style picture, a segmentation, some general fretwork and some painting among other things. I like that. It gives new choices no matter which type of scroll sawing people like.
I woke up to several emails with various questions about both the new items and other things on the site. I like the interaction I have with people like this very much. It makes me feel like I really get to know my customers. I also had a couple of suggestions and requests for patterns that I will be adding to my list of things to make. There is such a variety on that list that I don’t think I will ever get everything done.
I am often asked how I keep coming up with ideas. Between the customer’s suggestions and my own thought process, I suppose I keep pretty busy. I had seen a picture of a metal antique horse toy somewhere and it triggered me to think about the new pattern that I just finished. I don’t even remember where I saw the picture, and once the concept was in my head, I came up with my own version of it. This is probably the best way because I am sure my horse is quite different from the original one that I saw, which will keep it unique in itself. From that one idea, I plan to make similar toy replicas of other animals, such as a giraffe, duck, rabbit and of course cat as well as others. They will all have that nostalgic look with different interesting features.
One thing that I needed to stress however is that the horse should not be used as a toy. I needed to mark it very clearly on both the pattern packet and also on the site that it is only intended for decorative purposes and to keep it out of the reach of small children. It is a shame that I have to do so, but with all the lawsuit crazy people today I suppose a disclaimer was necessary. I have also read debates here on LJ’s and in other forums that discussed how everything from the finish to the wood itself could be considered a hazard. I sometimes wonder what the world is thinking, but I try not to think about that aspect too long. Pretty soon we are not going to be able to sell anything unless we encase it in a glass box! (Oh – I forgot – the glass could break and someone could get cut and sue me for that!!)
In any case, I am going to keep doing what do and count on people to think sensibly about things. I sit here wondering though if there is still such a thing as “common sense?” Hummmmmm . . . . .
So for today, I will be working on the special project for Bernie and also moving on to new stuff. I have decided that for at least the mean time, I am going to add a page on my own site for selling prints of my paintings and note cards and then later on I will have another page for selling the one of a kind prototypes. I may dabble with Etsy in the future and list maybe one or two things to see what the interest will be, but I certainly don’t have the time to set up another site (not to mention to maintain it!) There is only so much one person can do. Besides, why should I pay additional fees when I am already paying fees for one site?
I do again appreciate your thoughts that you shared, both as comments and personal messages. I am doing my best to answer everyone back, and still catching up on that. It is really nice to have such a good variety of feedback and I am grateful to those of you who take the time to do so.
It is sunny and warm out and it looks to be another beautiful day. I can’t wait to get started on things today. :)
You all have a great one!
PS – If you want a good smile, be sure to check out Steve’s video on the iWood. It is truly funny and I think you will enjoy it a lot!
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"