Today is going to be one of those ‘tying up loose ends’ days that I have every so often. It seems that when going in several directions, I leave a trail of unfinished tasks that I need to do and some of them are completed in only minutes while others take a couple of hours. But having them hanging around seems to get bothersome and clutters up my already cluttered mind until I can tuck them away neatly and check them off the list.
These aren’t usually exciting days. They aren’t like when we are making a project and finally see it come to life, or when we are painting a painting and see the eyes looking back at us and seeming to take on a life of their own. They consist of things like crossing the ‘ts’ and dotting the ‘is’ and writing directions and pulling the furniture out of the corners of the room so that I can vacuum the tumbleweeds of cat hair (and stray saw dust) that reside under the couch.
The other evening, we had some friends stop by for a bit and bring their one year daughter. It was a day when we were both pretty busy throughout the day. I had just finished posting the video for my class and my partner Keith had literally just finished turning a pen.
For those of you who have had children, you know how little ones are. They are curious and into everything. Although this child was not walking yet, she crawled like the wind. The cats were horrified, as in thinking back I don’t believe that they had ever encountered a little human before in their lives. They each looked at her and kept their distance (thankfully) while the girl squealed with delight in seeing them. I could almost read their minds and I was sure each of them was wondering where they put their Harry Potter Invisible Cape so they could still observe this incredible creature but not be observed. Whenever the child caught one of their eyes, she would let out a laugh and point and you could see the offending cat recoil as if it had been struck, even though it was half way across the room. It was quite comical (although not for the cats!) Coco was the only cat with the presence to flee the scene altogether and after the first few moments, remained in hiding. Who said she wasn’t the smartest?
Besides the cats, one thing that was said to us was “Wow, we thought there would be sawdust all over the place!” from our guests. They knew that we did woodworking here from our little place and I suppose everyone probably thinks that about it here. Perhaps they thought by surprising us that they may catch us in a mess. I was happy to say though, it was fairly respectable. We do probably vacuum more often than most people and we do keep our mess quite confined. The tools we use inside here are probably the least offensive ones in your shop as far as mess is concerned, and most of the nasty stuff like routing is done on the deck outside. So it isn’t too bad.
But yesterday we needed to retrieve a pen from under the couch and gave it a quick clean under there. It wasn’t horrible, but one thing led to another and it turned into a half hour cleaning session – since it was already pulled out of place anyway. But I find I keep up pretty good and it isn’t too long in between the deep cleaning sessions. In all seriousness, the cats probably are messier than the woodworking.
I also need to write a couple of patterns today, which is a much more daunting task. The beautiful little polar bear pull toy is still hanging around here and I need to get him ready to send to the magazine for publication. It was a couple of months ago that I finished him and I thankfully took many pictures of the process and I spent a couple of hours yesterday working on the 30 or so pictures that I am sending them to use with the project. Thank goodness I had that many though (the original count was over 70 and I whittled them down to about 30.) The process of building him was not my usual and was quite a bit more involved. The pictures are a great reminder of what I did and when I did it and it helps me tremendously to have them as reference.
I also need to make the packet for Fiona, the Halloween pull toy so I can post it on my own site and get the instructions to the wholesaler. (What have I been doing with my time, anyway?) Since Fiona is built similarly it would be a good time to do her instructions too.
And of course, if I am wildly optimistic, I could say that I will attempt to put the witches hat pattern into packet form too. But even I, sitting on the pinkest cloud in the sky don’t see that happening today. If it does, I deserve a day off and a box of chocolates! (Godiva, no less!)
Oh, and I need to take a couple of photographs of some new projects that Keith has finished. We are planning to update the site by next weekend and want to have the new stuff ready. So what am I waiting for?
These things are perhaps a bit less glamorous, but a necessary part of the business. (Well – the dust bunnies under the couch weren’t, but they were necessary for my own emotional well-being) Although they aren’t exciting and fun, they do take a good amount of time and getting them all accomplished will be a good thing. Then perhaps I will be able to work on designing again. It seems like forever since I have done that. :)
I hope you all have a wonderfully productive (or not!) Sunday!
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"