Well, everything that is going to be submitted for the catalogs this holiday is sent. Here it is only the middle of the year and I can’t help but feel my retail fate is sealed.
That sounds ominous I realize, but it just seems kind of foolish to me. Even the magazines don’t take five months to get their publications out. I suppose that I am not doing their job though, so who am I to say. I have resigned myself to the fact that things are that way and I don’t want to waste my time worrying about what I can’t change.
As far as yesterday went, I spent nearly the entire day doing the written instructions and photograph of the Halloween Cat Pull Toy pattern. I had taken pictures along the way, as I always do when making a project, and I wound up with over 15 photographs and five pages of text. It isn’t that the patterns are that complicated, but it is that there are a lot of little details in making it. It seems that with building each of these little pull toy animals, I am finding better and easier ways to do so.
I am happy that I took a lot of pictures along the way, because it documents not only the steps that I took in building the project, but also the order I did things. It isn’t always as cut and dry as you would think – especially when there are lots of pieces involved in the process. After going through things and really evaluating what I needed, I narrowed it down to about 18 pictures. I then put them in order and used them as a guideline while explaining the building process. In the end, I think I only used 15 and eliminated some that were redundant. After working on it for several hours uninterrupted, I finally finished the written text. Now I need to integrate the photos, graphics and text into one file to make the pattern.
I walked away from it around 6:30 because I just couldn’t think anymore. My goal is to get these new pattern packets done by the end of the week when I update the site and I felt that it would be best to give it a day or so and then go back to it. After reading through some things so many times, I think my mind tends to block things out and I want to be sure that the process is correct. I made great headway and that is the important thing.
I look back to the first of the toys like this that I created (the Rocking Reindeer) and I know that there is a better way to do things. It isn’t that the way I made them was incorrect, but I feel that I have a much better handle on the process after doing several of these. When I get the release on the pattern after it is published, I think I will remake it and modify the instructions a bit. It will be much easier for people to build I think.
Not too long ago, I spoke of modifying older patterns and making them more up to date with how I do things now. While it was not practical for me to change things that I created years ago, I think that this is one instance where it would be good to update it before it gets put on the market. It will involve rebuilding at least one of the pieces to get the proper photographs, but in the long run, I will just feel better about the pattern as a whole.
So what is on the agenda for today?
I am going to be writing the blog to introduce the scroll saw class and I should have it up by tonight or latest tomorrow. I am excited about it and want the announcement to be stated so that people will know that it is not my regular blog here and it will hopefully bring in some new people to give scroll sawing a try. I still haven’t quite figured how to do sign up and roll call and all of that, and I also need to figure how to get the PDF files to everyone so they have patterns to follow along with, but that will be my homework for today. I realize that the class will not be conducted exactly like the other classes have been, but I do think that it can work well for all of us.
I am excited about the class, and I hope that those of you who want to participate are too. I want everyone to learn something, but most of all I want us all to have fun. Throughout the class, I look forward to your input and suggestions. Although I may not be able to implement them all, I will certainly consider them and hopefully they will help me address issues that I hadn’t thought about and answer everyone’s questions.
It is going to be an adventure for all of us.
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"