I suppose that you could call yesterday my ‘weekend’. As I said in my post, it was a time when I was on top of things and I went into town and did some errands, and I decided to get something that I had my eye on since before Christmas. I suppose it could be a small tool gloat if you want to look at it that way. It is a slick little set of four boxes that can store all that small hardware that we tend to accumulate. Lately, I have been also using several types of beads and jewelry finding and small pieces for embellishing and building my projects and I find that I have drawers filled with many little bags that I need to sift through in order to find the pieces I need. This would be ideal for keeping everything in one place and easy to get to.
It has a plastic case that holds four plastic drawers that slide out:
Inside each drawer there are dividers that you can arrange to any size you need:
And if you turn it on its side, it even has a nifty handle that you can use when transporting it:
It cost only $25 so it didn’t break the bank and I think it will fit on my closet shelf very nicely. I may even go back and get another one if I see the need, as you can stack them on top of each other.
I love finding stuff like that. As I said, I had seen it before Christmas and I had too much other stuff to get at the time so I put it off, but I have been meaning to go back and get it ever since. I can’t wait to get rid of all those little bags of small stuff and have everything neatly in one place.
We spent pretty much of the day poking around the stores in Yarmouth. We were looking at some of the gift shops and looking at the possibility of Keith selling some of his pens through them. He hasn’t come to any decisions yet on that, as the mark up for them that selling them that way would probably be prohibitive. He feels that there is no hurry though, and he doesn’t want to jump into anything without thinking it through completely.
Even though the weather was windy, cool and foggy/rainy, it felt good to get away for the day. It had been a while since we had a day out and I thought the change of pace was needed.
I got home around dinner time and I actually got just about an entire pattern drawn up in the evening. In evaluating my situation with the wholesalers, the magazine and selling my own work, I realized that it was time to do another couple of projects for the magazine. The wholesalers are good for a month or so and I just finished five projects to sell on my own site, but the magazine only has stuff for the next issue and then will be out of stuff of mine. I don’t want that to happen so it was high time I do something for them. It seems that I do their stuff last because I know once it is done, I won’t see it for many months. For example the article that I wrote on my shop is in their current issue, which I haven’t even received yet. I had a couple of readers already contact me about it and my editor also said he has received some positive feedback on it also. I remember that I wrote that article sometime last summer (July, I think) and I forgot completely about it. I can’t wait to see how it was presented.
So today I am going to work on the new project for them. As I said, I did all of the drawings last night and I am kind of anxious to see it come to be today. I was thinking about it a lot yesterday during my travels and I refined the idea over and over in my mind. It will be a good day making it today.
Stepping back and taking a breath did me good, I believe. I still have some organizational stuff to do, but that will come in due time. Until then, I have plenty of good productive directions to focus my attention on and keep things moving in a positive way. It feels good to be where I am.
I wish you all a productive 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"