The past several days have truly been busy. I have so many things going on right now that it is hard to decide which thing I want to do first. Usually I wind up working on the project with the nearest deadline.
Mixed into all the work projects and things that I do for my business, I have also been making some ‘secret projects’ which I like to send as little extras and give to people in my life. It may seem odd, but doing this is something that I truly enjoy and I consider it as time off from my regular work, even though it is quite nearly the same thing.
I suppose that is a true testament to how much I love what I do for a living and it reminds me how fortunate that I am to be surviving in a field that allows me to be creative every single day.
In looking back on my posts here, I realize that sometimes I may sound sappy or overly enthusiastic. I almost want to apologize for that, but I really can’t bring myself to do it because when I honestly think about it, I am only writing about how I feel at the time and most of the time I am pretty darn happy with my life and my business and the way things are. I realize that the way I do things and live my life isn’t for everyone. I am at a point where the circumstances of my life allow me to live this way. I do live very simply for the most part and besides the obsession I have with woodworking and painting, there are few things that I choose to fill my time. Perhaps it won’t always be that way, but for now it is where I want to be.
Earlier this week, my friend Steve Good put a word in for me on his daily blog regarding the recent update that I did for my website. I had asked him to mention that the new catalog was just completed and ready for download and also let his readers know that I have a newsletter which they can subscribe to. I first corresponded with Steve almost two years ago when I came across his blog on the web. He writes a blog every day related to scroll sawing and on most days also gives away a free patter for scrollers to download. He has many followers and offers his subscribers not only the free patterns, but many instructional videos too.
What I noticed most about Steve is his dedication to the scroll saw community and also his willingness to give to others to help them. When I first contact him about donating a pattern for his blog, he was friendly and helpful and very grateful and gracious. I feel like we became friends quickly and over the short time I have known him, he has helped me many times without hesitation. Steve is in fact the one who first told me about Lumberjocks.com and pointed me in the direction of this site. I would have never imagined that it would begin such a wonderful relationship that I have found being here or so many other friendships which have branched out because of this site. I am very grateful.
In the wake of his recent announcement on his site regarding my own website, I was quite busy yesterday answering emails and filling orders. I knew that many of the new customers were a direct result of the mention, as I ask people to let me know how they found me when they sign up for the mailing list. I want to express my appreciation to Steve for his continued support of me and for all the people he has pointed in the direction of my site. It is good to have a colleague such as this, as it only helps to get word out about scroll sawing and grow the industry.
I am somewhat all over the place today in my thinking. Although it was the kind of day where nothing really remarkable happened, the realization that I have developed a decent and successful business in itself is something that is worth mentioning.
I still have a way to go before I can feel good that the business will support me through my old(er) age, but seeing the improvements little by little show me that I am heading in the right direction.
I am very grateful for the past couple of years and the time I have spent here on Lumberjocks and also on Steve’s forum and Facebook. Not only have I made some wonderful friends who share common interests with me, but I have also learned about so many aspects of my business that I would have not known about had I not joined in.
I want to thank Steve for taking the time to help me out. He is a role model that we should follow not only in the woodworking aspect of our lives, but in all aspects. I am very happy to have met him.
Have a great day!
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"