Well folks, it seems I am finally going to be able to finish this up today. Yesterday I spent most of the day working on photos for the pattern packets of the new ornaments. Since there were 24 ornaments (12 of each finish), I wanted to have a single shot of each and also group shots with each type together. That’s a lot of editing, even if it is only a couple of steps.
Then I had the step-by-step pictures to work on before I could begin writing. I have gotten in the habit of taking pictures along the way whenever I make a new project and I try to include them in the pattern. With all the resources that I have, it costs me no more time and I find that it really does make a better pattern packet. Not only does it help me organize my thinking when remembering how I did things, but I think it also helps the customer who may have not done this type of project before to better understand the process. All in all it is a good thing.
It takes a while longer to do things this way, but I really like it. I got into the habit of doing things in this manner and I see no reason to go back. I would rather err on the side of providing too much information or being redundant in my instructions than leaving something out and assuming that people know. I always try to look at things with the attitude that I am teaching the process to someone who is new to scroll sawing and hope that I can instruct them properly. How else can we work to expand our craft and keep the newcomers interested?
I hope at some point today to get the new project up on the site. I usually like to update things when I have at least a few new items to present, but there has been many inquiries for this project in the last few day and people are looking for it, so I want to get it up there as quickly as possible. But I still want to make sure that it is done properly and proof read and correct – especially since I know that so many copies will sell quickly. I picked through the line work quite a bit the other day and dare I say that everything in that department is where I want it to be.
So I don’t have much to talk about today except I am moving right along and getting things buttoned up. Sometimes even my work is a bit ‘routine’ it seems. Everything is working well.
I hope you all have a wonderful weekend. The cold front has arrived and it is quite windy out. It rained pretty much all day yesterday, but it was quite warm for most of the day too. The cold air didn’t arrive until nightfall. Winter is definitely on its way.
It may seem like it is taking a long time to finish this project up, but I really don’t mind. It feels good to take the time it needs and I am completely enjoying the process, knowing that the final results will be what I envisioned.
“To finish the moment, to find the journey’s end in every step of the road, to live the greatest number of good hours, is wisdom” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"