While it didn’t seem as if I got as much done that I wanted to yesterday, I did accomplish a few things. I notice that these type of days seem to pop up right after a big push. I just needed a day to catch up on the house stuff and do things like clean my desk, organize my supplies and sort through my files. I still didn’t get the newsletter out, but I will be doing that today. I found that every time I began writing I got distracted so I thought it would be best to wait one more day and start fresh. Some days are like that.
I did get the final version of the painted boot pattern submitted to the Artist’s Club for their consideration. They already have the hat one and I still have time for one more project to make before their meeting in a couple of weeks which will introduce their fall items. I have a new idea and I want to see how to make it possible to work. I have some thinking to do on it so I don’t want to say too much just yet. I think it could work though and be something that will have expand my business a little bit more. It is just a matter of figuring some things out.
Today’s goal will be to get the newsletter done for the website and emailed out. Now that it is updated, I want to let people know about it. I also want to include a special discount for the mailing list people and I haven’t decided what to do on that front yet. I like to offer discounts to our regular customers as a show of our appreciation. I think it is a good incentive for them to get their patterns with us.
Keith started working on his taxes yesterday, which reminded me that it is time that I do the same. I have all my paperwork and receipts, but it is just a matter of organizing and categorizing them for the accountant. I had made an appointment to see her in about two weeks so we can go over everything and things will hopefully be easy. Since I need to file and pay both in Canada and in the United States, I try to be accurate and get all the deductions that I can so that I receive the proper credits in both countries. The tax laws are ever changing and are getting so much more complicated. Even if you have lived here in Canada for years and work here, the US wants you to file there too. Since my business is based in the United States, I have always done so, so that isn’t a big deal for me, but I know people who have lived here in Canada over 20 years who are from the States and now they are required to file there too even though they have been living and working here for many years. I suppose everyone wants to get their hands into it.
I don’t feel much anxiety about it because I have always done what I have been required to do with my business. Hopefully things won’t change much for me and it should all go smoothly and not cost me an arm and a leg. I always feel a bit of relief though when all is said and done and I have those figures looking at me in the face. It will feel good once it is done.
So today’s post is rather short. Just a run of the mill day for me and not a lot of excitement. That is good though, and I think I’ll take it.
I did receive a link to a cool video story about some scroll sawyers that I wanted to share with you. It was posted yesterday by Gary Lucas, who is a Lumberjock here in his blog. I think it would be of interest not only to scroll sawyers, but woodworkers in general and others who create. I liked it in any case.
I hope you all like it too. Have a wonderful day today!
Oh, and Happy Valentine’s Day, 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"