I had a decent day yesterday regarding work, although I would have liked to get a bit more done than I was able to. There’s nothing new there, as it seems that most days are like that. I suppose I set my goals a bit high but I don’t necessarily think that is a bad thing.
After going through the morning mail, I had to get some things done around the house. I also got to talk to a friend of mine that I haven’t spoken to in a while, and it was good to catch up and hear what was going on in her busy life. I had seen on Facebook that she is making some really pretty beaded jewelry now and thinking of starting a business doing it. Her five children are grown up and the younger ones are teens and she finally has some time to do some things for herself that she enjoys doing. Not that she didn’t enjoy the kids. All of her children are settled and accomplished and she had dedicated many years to their well-being. It is just her turn.
It was nice to take the time to talk. While we do stay in touch on Facebook and kind of see what is going on with each others’ lives, it is sometimes much better to take the time out for a nice conversation on the phone. It was good to hear her voice and talk for a change, and once in a while we both like to do that. It was good to hear how so many people have been buying her jewelry and I was really happy to hear how well she was doing. She has always been creative and we shared a deep love of crafts over the many years we have been friends. I love seeing her finally able to follow her dream and have some fun and perhaps make some money too.
I spent the afternoon working again on the pumpkin candle tray. As much as I liked it at the point it was yesterday, I wanted to also offer an additional version of it to broaden its appeal. When I left of yesterday, it was at this point:
While it was really nice, I wanted something that would look more ‘primitive’ and whimsical. I decided to paint some faces on the pumpkins to make them look a bit more mischievous and fun.
Since the tray is painted the same whether you add the faces on or not, I think this is a nice option to offer in the pattern. If someone wants to make the tray in a more traditional style, or one that would be appropriate from September through the beginning of December, they only need to leave the pumpkins plain. Those who enjoy celebrating Halloween will hopefully find the fun faces appealing and make it up that way. Some may even want to do it both ways.
In any case, it will give more value to the pattern without adding to the cost of it. I like that and I try to make many of my designs so that they can be used in more than one way. While it isn’t always possible, this piece is the perfect candidate for doing so.
I like the final piece, and I will be working on getting the instructional packet together in the next day or so. I need to do breakdowns of the pumpkins so that I am able to do step-by-step pictures to show the shading and highlighting process so that even beginners can follow along and learn. I think that is important.
Today however, I am going to be switching gears for at least part of the day. I have an appointment with my accountant on Thursday and I need to go through my receipts and tally everything up for my taxes. I usually am pretty good about keeping everything, and this year is no exception. It is mostly a matter of sorting and listing the things that I can deduct and running some sales reports. There is also a little more to it because of having a partner working with me full time now. Fortunately, he is meticulous with his records which will make everything much easier.
While it is not my favorite way to spend a Sunday afternoon, it won’t be bad either. Usually doing this only takes about a day, and when I am done it is always good to be organized and see the bottom line on things. The business is doing better each year and it is more important than ever to keep things in order – something that I have always pretty much done anyway. Once things are all tallied, I will have a good idea of which direction I will want to head in order to continue to grow. And that is always a good thing.
The sun is already up and it looks to be a sunny and beautiful day. While it is still cool out, there is little snow left and it just ‘feels’ like spring is right around the corner. Every day when we take our walks we can feel it. I hope you all also have some nice weather and have a chance to enjoy it too. Have a great Sunday!
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"