Well it was good to get that out of my system. Sometimes it is best to take the plunge and just do what has to be done. I am not going to say there weren’t some rough spots. There was a point in the mid-afternoon where there was lots of stuff all over and I was beginning to feel quite overwhelmed. But I forged on and sorted and actually threw out the stuff that was no good and no longer useful and it was just about dinner time when things were back in place (only a bit neater!) and I actually made a lot of headway. Even the sun was shining as I grilled my chicken breast for dinner. I had made a wonderful marinated olive salad too earlier in the day that was just yummy.
Perseverance paid off.
Now I am not saying that there isn’t still work to be done. But I see enough improvement to at least feel like I accomplished something and have a good start. Keith is still in the process of designing and building a storage unit for the lathe and it will also have much more room for the other stuff. One step at a time.
Organization seems to me like it can be a full time job. It seems that no matter how organized you are, if you don’t stay right on top of it, it is vary easy to slip back into a state of disarray. Judging on the words of encouragement that I hear from others, I am not alone in this train of thought. It seems most people are struggling to achieve that magical “organization utopia” where our house/shop looks and functions like the places we see on TV or in the movies. In thinking about it though, I know very few people who actually live like that. Most of us are fighting a daily combat of keeping the disorganization monster at bay, be it in our tool boxes, clothes closets or even our kitchen cupboards. Not to mention our computers and for us girls, our purses. It is a seemingly never ending battle that is always lurking in any place where we have the ability to put ‘stuff’.
When we break it down simply, there are really only two choices. We can put our stuff in the right place or put it in the wrong place. After all, why would we consciously choose to put something where it doesn’t belong when it has a place? That sounds almost too easy, doesn’t it? I think that the underlying problem is that there is usually only one right place, whereas there are many, many more wrong places. In the “wrong” department, the world is our oyster. Let’s face it too – when we are in the middle of something “important”, the easy road is mighty appealing. John Madden (the coach of football’s Oakland Raiders) had a famous quote – “The easy road goes through the sewer.” I wonder if his closet looked like mine did when he thought that up?
So I have moved up at least a notch and a half on the organizational scale and that is enough for me for now. It is a sunny day out and I want to get back to work. I woke up this morning to a beautiful warm day and the hazy sunshine is streaming through the windows (and I am ignoring the light layer of dust that it shows on the furniture!) I am feeling like I am in the mood to do some drawing and I want to draw up a couple more candle trays. I know you are all probably getting a bit tired of seeing so many candle trays, but I have so many ideas for other ones, as well as suggestions by customers and they are selling, so I want to keep making them until I run out. (or at least until I do something else now and again).
I have made that mistake before. I had a series of what I called Forest Leaf Plaques which are many types of animals scroll sawn into leaf-shaped frames. I designed them about ten years ago and I started with about 15 and then it went to 20 and then 40 and then 60. I even did a smaller series (16 plaques) of Little Leaves which were three smaller leaves that had related animals in them (ie., three bears, deer or eagle poses, etc.) When I was in the process of designing the last fifteen or so of the leaves, I was truly tired of doing them. Even though they were doing extremely well in sales (actually, they took the scrolling world by surprise and I seriously couldn’t print them fast enough. They were literally flying out the door and put me ‘on the map’ as a pattern designer), I had had enough of them and wanted to do other creative things. I remember my editor saying to me “why would you stop making them when they are still selling?” and I thought if I were sick of them, then others must be too. Besides, I wanted to stretch my ‘artistic wings’ and do other things. It didn’t matter what, as long as it wasn’t shaped like a leaf.
I am not sure if it qualifies as the biggest mistake that I have made in my lifetime, (I have had some whoppers!) but I certainly think it is in the top ten. Looking back, I think to myself “why the heck would I stop making something when people are buying them and asking for more?” (Oh – gee! That sounds like what my editor had asked me(!) Humm . . . .)
Do ya think I am figuring things out with this business??
Perhaps there is a glimmer of light deep in the back of that dark tunnel.
So trays it is! :D
Besides – I only have about 25 or so. I have a long way to go! AND I do have some nice ideas of cool things to make for them and ways to do them that are a little different. So why not?
So that’s the plan for the day. Oh – and I have some errands to do too and (hopefully) will get a chance to take a walk on the beach. I haven’t been to the shore yet this year and there are fewer bugs there so I think it is high time to take a half an hour or so and clear my head. I may even be really bad and treat myself to an ice cream cone too. After all, a little self-indulgence doesn’t hurt, does it?
So all in all it looks like it will be a good and productive day today. I won’t even think about if my editor will accept my polar bear or not and that I should hear from him today. :)
We will see what the day will bring, but I am planning on only good things. (We follow where we focus and all of that . .)
Have a great day yourselves! (And treat yourselves to some ice cream too!)
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"