It seems that most of yesterday was spent catching up with things and getting back to normal. Being offline for the day caused me to really get behind in my emails and computer things. While I accomplished a lot on the saw Saturday, there was a lot of stuff that I needed to do on the website that took a bit of time.
One area on the site that I can’t seem to keep up with is the place where I show other customer’s photos. I have decided to look into a way to simplify how that page on my site is set up because I think that seeing what others do with my patterns is a great way to spark the creative juices in others.
Yesterday I received a picture from a customer named Patty.
She had emailed me several weeks ago and was looking for some thin veneer to make the little quilter’s ornaments that I had a pattern for. I was able to hook her up with Lee Valley, where several years ago I had purchased a box of various veneers for a really reasonable price. I was happy to see that they still have that offer going and the box of veneer is still a great value. (if you are eve in need of veneer for smaller projects, you can check it out HERE) Although the price went up a little since 2004 when I got my box, it is still a great value. You get a large pizza box that is crammed full of many, many species of veneers. Most of the pieces are at least 10” wide and there is just about any color and species of wood included. These are great for using on the backs of ornaments or plaques, or lining boxes, etc. There is certainly enough of most pieces so you can use it in a nice project or projects. I hope I live long enough to use my supply up to the point where I have to order more!
Another thing that I noticed in Patty’s picture (besides her wonderful cutting!) was that she used a flameless candle for the candle holder. Last year I had purchased several of these with the intention of designing some projects around them. To be honest – I never really thought of using them with the candle tray patterns that I designed. But seeing how nice hers looked with the tray, it not only made sense, but I liked the look a lot.
There are many people who don’t like burning real candles for one reason or another. Some don’t like the smell of candles in general. Others have small children or mischievous pets and don’t want to leave something burning that may be toppled over or accidentally left burning. In any case, I think that this is a great option and something that I should somehow illustrate to my customers who like the candle tray designs, but aren’t particularly fond of candles.
Sometimes just receiving a photograph from a customer can spark an array of ideas and variations of how to use my designs. This I feel is one of the great residuals of networking with each other. It seems that the more my little company grows, the more photographs I receive from people sharing their ideas and showing their take on the designs. This is very valuable not only for me, but I think for other customers who are looking for different ways to work with the designs and use them. I think having a photo gallery would benefit everyone.
It always seems that I find more things to do.
When the kids were growing up, I used to always say ‘I wish I were twins’ because i wanted one of me to do things and take care of them and the other one to do the housework and crafts and the other stuff. As they grew up and things shifted into other directions, I had thought that it would ‘quiet down’ and I would find the time to do all the things I wanted to accomplish. But it seems that over the years, I just find more and more to keep me busy and I still long for that 48 hour day so I can accomplish everything that I set out to accomplish. But the realist in me knows that the more I get done, the more I find to do and I don’t think I will ever ‘catch up.’
I don’t think that is a bad thing though. The longing for more time is something that keeps me hungry for discovery and trying new things and it means that I will always have something new and exciting to look forward to. That is a good way to live, I believe.
I want to thank Patty and all of you who send me the pictures of your wonderful work. It is truly satisfying for me to know that what I do with my designing is liked and appreciated and somehow inspires you to be creative. Seeing others make my patterns and variations from them really fuels the fire as far as my designing. It means a great deal to me and makes me want to do better.
Today I am working on the third part of the calendar series for the magazine. I need to spend the day drawing and get that project finished up. There is a new layer of snow on the ground and more is gently falling. The sun is just coming up, but it already looks like it will be a good day.
I wish you all a wonderful Monday too!
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"