I am pretty satisfied with all that I accomplished yesterday. I spent most of the day playing around with the new ornament design and I am at this point about half an hour from calling it a wrap and getting to cutting. There are eight birds in this set, as with the first set and the framework is the same so I found it quite easy to draw them up. It seems for me that once I start on a certain style, I get on a roll and things happen very quickly.
I will be cutting them out tomorrow, as I wast to spend the majority of today painting. Even though tomorrow is a deadline for submissions for one of my biggest catalogs, I need to schedule in painting and other things that I consider down time so that I keep my sanity. I have been trying to carefully guard myself from feeling burned out and this is one way that I feel helps with that.
Part of me wants to cut the ornaments out today, but I also want to work on the painting project that I started last week. While I was able to spend last Sunday working on it, I am sorry to say that I haven’t worked on it all week long. The original plan was to work on woodworking during the day and then painting in the evenings. However, usually other things came up or by the time I was finished with my daily work I was too tired to start. I found myself not allowing time for painting and it was getting to be pretty frustrating.
Besides, if I put scrolling on hold one day a week, it will feel much better tomorrow when I do get to do my cutting. While I would enjoy seeing these ornaments cut out today, I know I will feel like I short changed myself in the painting department when all was said and done and start to feel badly about that. Since the painting is becoming part of the business again, I no longer have to feel that I am slacking when I take time to do painting projects. Even though what I am working on is not my own design and intended for gifts, I still feel that the practice helps the overall cause and in some roundabout way helps the business. Besides – I want to do it.
I find myself playing these mind games with my work schedule all the time. I suppose that part of me feels guilty because I like so many aspects of what I do so much that often it doesn’t even feel like I am doing any work. So many people do what I call ‘work’ for pleasure that I feel kind of guilty about calling it work. After all, work isn’t supposed to be fun or pleasurable, is it?
In any case that is the plan for the day. I am going to take the first part of the day to finish up that little bit of drawing though. I want to have that under my belt so that I can start cutting fresh tomorrow. I also need to organize and set up the submissions to that I can present them in a professional way to my wholesaler. Hopefully she will like the first set of bird ornaments enough to allow room for the second set. I won’t have pictures of the second set completed for a couple of days (obviously) but in the past if she know that they are coming, she allows some extra room. I think it would be worth it on her part, as the first set is selling nicely and I would think she would want to be able to offer them.
For those of you following along with the scroll saw class, I am looking at having the next lesson (lesson 9) up by next weekend. On average, it takes the better part of a day for me to prepare a lesson and I just haven’t seemed to have an extra one to spare. I do plan on spending one day this week working on it though, so be looking here for an announcement on that. I have been very pleased with all the nice responses – both on the forum and privately – from those who are participating and learning.
I am again tempted to join in on the new chip carving class that is being offered, but I think I know better at this point. As much as I want to learn to chip carve, I know that I can’t spread myself in that direction just yet. At least the classes will be archived so that when I do get time, I will be able to give it a try. It is something that I have wanted to do for the longest time and when I do finally decide to give it a go, I want to be able to have the time needed to dedicate to learning. Right now that just isn’t the case.
Today will be a good day. I have been looking forward to it all week long. Changing gears like this does me good and keeps me excited and fresh.
I hope you all enjoy your Sunday. Remember to take some time to do some things for yourself. It will replenish your soul make for a happier life.
Sunday clears away the rust of the whole week. ~Joseph Addison
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