I can almost see the finish line. It is a good place to be. This job has been going so slowly it seems, but I have tried to be extra careful and take my time and get everything just right. It feels odd not to work at my usual pace. I fight the feeling that I am slacking, but there is a part of me that knows better and I am just being thorough so that I don’t miss anything. This is important.
I watch the days tick off of the calendar and it is hard to believe that we are almost half way to Christmas. Where did the last six months go? It seems like only yesterday I was reading on my Facebook how everyone was complaining about how cold it was out and the snow. Now I am reading about how everyone is hot. My heart goes out to those who are enduring the heat and humidity. That is one thing I really don’t miss at all about Chicago. The heat to me is more debilitating that the cold. My philosophy being that you can always put another layer of clothing on to warm up, but once you are down to nothing and still sweating, you are kind of stuck.
I feel bad for those who have shops with no cooling in them either. I remember the days when I lived in Oak Lawn and I was working in either Cari’s garage or my own and the sawdust would stick to you as you cut. And the sweat would drip on your pieces. It was not a fun place to be.
I am fortunate here, as the weather is very moderate. It is nice and cool this morning, and although it rained last night, the clouds are now thinning and it is brightening up. I expect it will be another nice day.
I finished the painting on the figures last evening. They are all ready for their stands. I will be making them this morning, and they will need to probably dry overnight before I am able to paint and glue them. I want to take pictures of the process too, and I am debating how many I will use for the pattern. I want the instructions to be easy to follow.
I’ll be making the smaller skating pond today, too. I am thinking that instead of the polyester batting around it for the ‘snow’, I will use the Sno-Tex product that I used on the bridge. I think that will look nice and be easy to explain.
I also need to check at my bag supplier and find appropriate sized bags for the set. I want them to be packaged nice so they look professional. The nice thing about working with this company is that they are all for self-promotion. Anything that I send to them can have my own contact information on it however I wish it to be. It is refreshing to work with a company that has no restrictions for a change. It increases my opportunity to bring new customers to my own site and expand my customer base.
So that is about all for today. If all goes well, I will be shipping the entire package out on Monday. My deadline for having it to them was the 27th of this month, so I will be a couple of weeks ahead of things. I will have the weekend to go over everything again and make any necessary changes before I ship it out. That will do fine.
Slowing down is good sometimes. All the while I am working on these projects, I am thinking of more ideas for scrolling. Kind of organizing my next steps. Once this is behind me, I will be able to hit the ground running and hopefully have several new things for the July deadline for the catalog. So I am multi-tasking after all.
After all, we are almost half way to Christmas. :)
I wish you all a nice and productive day.
-- Contributing Editor, Creative Woodworks and Crafts, Sheila Landry Designs http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com "Knowledge is Power"