It’s going to storm here today, it seems. It actually looks quite gloomy. That’s OK though, as I have lots of indoor things to do today and being inside will help me stay on them and get them done. Although it is a holiday in the US, it is a pretty normal Monday here in Canada. I wonder if there will be any mail yet, as it is quite slow in getting back up and running.
I had a really good day yesterday. I cleaned up a lot of odds and ends and got things set up for the 72 skating pond sets that I need to cut. The setting up part is not my favorite. I have sheets of 30” x 30” 1/8” Baltic Birch plywood that I am using for the figures. I worked the pieces out on the computer so that I could fit 20 sets of figures on each piece. This leaves a 6” wide strip down the side for extras or to use later. I am going to be cutting the pond pieces stacked four high so I will actually be cutting four sets at once. By setting things up this way, I will come out of it with 80 sets, which gives me some extra either to start on the next batch when ordered or to fill in where pieces may not be perfect.
Setting up and the initial rip cutting of this was not what I call ‘fun.’ The sheets, as I said, are 30” square and the throat of my saw is only 21”. This means that you have to cut in as far as you can, back out and cut from the other side. It isn’t really that hard, but with going through four sheets of that size. it can be tricky. Especially if you need to maneuver around little arms and legs. But I just took my time and I am ready to go.
Now I have 20 little sections like this:
With a thickness of this:
It is far less intimidating to me to have things set up this way. Now, when I have an hour or so in between things I can just grab a piece and do some cutting and before I know it I will be done. I plan on getting these done by the end of next week and even though I realize that I will need to take a full day or so to complete the job, chipping away at it here and there will make it far less tedious and I am sure it will go quickly. In the mean time, I will begin printing out the written material to go with the pieces. I also need to order the bags to package the sets in today. They come from Ontario and usually get here in a couple of days, but with the mail still recovering from the strike, I don’t want to take any chances and I want to get things moving on getting the bags here.
As far as my wholesalers go, my photographs are due to her tomorrow. She is going to get what I have done and that just has to be enough. I have two candle trays to write the instructions packets on and I will be doing that today also. And the instructions for the Halloween Kitty Pull Toy. After completing that, it will be time for another site update. This time I want to change the free pattern that I am offering, and I also need to change the sales page. I haven’t decided what to offer there, but I will figure out something.
I am planning on posting the introduction to the class either tomorrow or Wednesday too. I have been working on how I am going to present things to everyone so that everyone can follow along. I am going to err on the side of going slower so that people can get on board and also so we don’t lose anyone who is new to it, so the people with a bit of experience need to bear with me. Besides, everyone has jobs and families other projects they are working on and I want this to be something that everyone can make a little time per week from and really learn something. Some lessons will be more time-consuming than others naturally, but that is the great things about the way we are going to do things here. It will offer a great deal of flexibility and will be easy to jump in at any time. Also, everything will be there so if people do have other commitments or fall behind, it will be easy to catch up. I will be doing an entirely separate blog which will be just the class, so keep an eye out for it.
Well, that should be enough stuff to do to keep me out of trouble for the day I think. I also have a painting project that I am working on and want to spend a little time on. I have been meaning to get to it for a couple of days now.
I really had a good couple of days. Yesterday I was able to do most of the set up for the pond stuff on the deck. The sun was shining and it was breezy and not hot and beautiful out. We started walking again too, and I had forgotten how much I missed that. It is amazing how taking an hour to just walk can clear your head. MsDebbie – you were right. We can’t forget to make time for that in our lives. I even sat on the deck with Pancakes for an hour and made some new kitty toys for ‘the gang’. I hand sew simple little felt mice and stuff them with a bell and catnip. Their tails are of pipe cleaners that I bend in a spiral and they are the ‘ultimate toys’ for them. I made one for my three and one for Lee’s bunch (my neighbor who has five cats) and one for my partner’s parents’ cat Lacie. I had given her one for Christmas a year and a half ago and she still has it and plays with it every day. It looks like it went through a meat grinder though. I have been meaning to make new toys for quite some time, but hadn’t taken the time to do so. It felt good and made nine cats very happy. :)
Happy 4th to my American friends! And happy Monday to everyone! I hope you all have a fun and safe day.
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