My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #618: The Final Layer

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 02-19-2012 12:01 PM 8459 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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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 ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#1 posted 02-19-2012 12:09 PM

Good Morning Sheila,

Tax time is a good time to take stock. I like the faces, it makes it look much more interesting. The plain one is a nice plate, but the faces make it interesting and perhaps give the crafter the freedom to express a bit of individuality.

-- Haming it up in the 'bash.

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#2 posted 02-19-2012 12:17 PM

Good morning, Ham! You are right. So many people dread “tax time” but I really take it in stride. If things were done properly all along, there should be no surprises. Last year Big Tiny had a blog about keeping records and had some great tips. It was called “Basic Financial Planning for the Woodworking Pro” and the link to it is HERE While I always kept decent records, there were some additional pointers there that were very helpful. (Thanks, Paul!)

As far as the tray – I was happy with it yesterday and really kind of scared that I would screw it up by painting the faces on it. But like you, I thought it would add to the interest and make it a bit more fun. I am finally getting to the ‘what have I got to lose?’ point with my painting and getting a bit more brave. If I botched it up, I would just have to do another, I suppose. Not all bad. Since so many people like such different things, I found it is best to give as many options as I can. Besides – it makes it more fun for me!

Thanks for the comment. :) Sheila

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#3 posted 02-19-2012 02:13 PM

I like the different faces. Gives it a more fun look. my $.02 :) without is nice also

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#4 posted 02-19-2012 05:37 PM

those faces is funny :-))

lucky you if you only have to do it ones a year

here we have a law that say if you live by selling something you have to add 20% tax to the price
but you can deduct the same =25 % if buy to resell to costummers that will say you add your proffit
to the raw price and then add the 20% tax
or if its something you need to ceep your busyness running you can deduct the 25%
the difference between those two have to be paid 4 times a year to the goverment
lot of paperwork just to let the endconsumer pay that tax :-(

what you have bought of bigger things over 4000 $ ( I think it is now) of inventory to the busyness
you can only deduct (I think is ) 20 % of the new price
and next year another another 20 % of the rest and so on = it will always have some value
though it get lesser every year ontill the item is scrapped
all under the 4000$ you can deduct up to around 10000$ whats over you have to do the same as
if it have cost over 4000$

yep its meen your account have to do alot of work for the money if you use one
luckely the goverment have said if you use the new softwares to ceep track of everything you do
in a smaller busyness you don´t need an account if you use softwares that is updated all the time

but its still a good advice to use them ones a year :-)

take care

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Joe Lyddon

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#5 posted 02-19-2012 05:38 PM

Those are cool trays…

I don’t know how big they are, but it looks like they would be good for Chips too… with maybe some Dip in the middle.

Sounds like Canada has Income Tax just like USA…

The days are nicely getting longer! Thank God! It’s nice to be able play in the Shop a little longer before dinner time!
... and the sunrise seems to be getting earlier too!

Have a good day!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#6 posted 02-19-2012 11:48 PM

Well thank you all! I just crawled out from under a pile of paperwork! I like the faces too, Roger. It’s fun to get a little crazy with them! I like the plain pumpkins too, but the silly faces I enjoy a little better.

Wow, Dennis! That sounds like it is a lot of paperwork! As long as I pay it when it is due, I only have to file once a year. It is up to me though to keep track and pay on tax day. Oh – and since my business is in the USA, and I am a citizen there, but living here in Canada – I get to file in BOTH countries and pay in both. It is just the way it is. But since most of my customers are from the USA, it wouldn’t really benefit me to move the business here to Canada. So I leave it where it is and pay both countries each year. (But remember – lots of people think I am getting RICH here! LOL)

I could deduct the larger equipment over time (they call that depreciation here) and I will see what my accountant thinks will work best for me.

And Joe – The inside is setting on the table and I bevel cut so the outer edge (the area around the center moon on this design) is raised up just abit (about 1/4”) giving the piece a little interest. Just like my scrolled trays. Chips and dip would be a cool idea. I need to think about that one a bit. Someone on Facebook suggested I make an egg plate and I do have an idea on how I can do that. I think it would be cool.

Thank you all for your nice comments! It was nice to come back and see them. Have a great evening! :)


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#7 posted 02-19-2012 11:53 PM

As always Shelia, your work is amazing.

-- I just don't understand. I have cut it 3 times and it is still to short.

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#8 posted 02-20-2012 08:05 PM

: – )) I cuoldn´t find the word in the dictonary (I gess even my abc is slipping )
and I didn´t knew if you had it over there
to deduct over time is fine if the item is paid over three or four years
so the deduct fits with the payment
but if the item is paid full out when you get it I think the best is to fully deduct it the same year
once my account said no we only use the 20% rule since you will have higher income
the next few years and we can use it to bring you under the line for the highest taxes
and by that I wuold benefit twice for the same amount of money ….......DOOH that was way
over my level of knowledge to our taxlaws but it actuly paid the account for those years ..:-)
I can see why bigger company´s hire the best there is ….. even though they ain´t cheap

have a great day

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#9 posted 02-20-2012 08:10 PM

Yes, Dennis. I don’t mind paying (good) accountants as much as I mind paying lawyers. :) At least with the accounts, they (most of the time) earn their money back for you!

Thanks for the help though. :)


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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