Things didn’t quite go as I would have liked them to yesterday. There were several things on different fronts that brought news that was not what I would call ‘good.’ Some of it could have been helped, and some of it could not. That is just part of life I suppose and I need to deal with things as they come.
It was a tough day for the ‘pink cloud’ and it rather took a beating. I only mention this because I try to be honest when I write and not only focus on the good things that happen. That wouldn’t be realistic and wouldn’t be a fair portrayal of how things are in life and I would fear that I am not giving a clear picture of how things really are.
While some of the issues were personal, some of them did have to do with the business. In that instance, it was a matter of mis-communication on both parts, but I do take full responsibility for it. I should have asked more questions and not ‘assumed’ a couple of things. I find that I believe a large part of the troubles we have in this world are that people shun responsibility for their own actions. I try not to be like that. If I am wrong, I do my best to own up to it and accept the consequences. It is the best way to learn.
I received my order yesterday for the kit pieces I am making for the Artist’s Club. It was quite sizable and should take me about a week to do I am thinking. I had already ordered the wood and the bags for the pattern kits and I even ordered and received the ink for my printer and bought the paper. All is ready to go.
There was a ‘glitch’ though because there was a bit of discrepancy on the pricing of the kits. While I was discussing the price from the wholesale side, they were speaking from the retail perspective which meant that there was a bit of a gap between the two prices.
In all fairness, I had thought that I was almost getting ‘too much’ at the price I had thought I would be receiving. The pieces were quite easy to cut (far easier than the skaters) and although the pattern was quite detailed, I thought I was being ‘overpaid’ just a bit. When I first gave my price, I was asked if I was sure it was enough and told that I should be able to get more. Unfortunately, it makes more sense now because they were talking about retail price and I was speaking strictly from a wholesale point of view.
Long story short, by the time all was said and done, I will be getting a bit less than a planned. It was a bit of a downer for me, but I am still going to be making a profit – just not as much. Such, they say, is reality.
I suppose that I am more angry with myself than with anyone. They were very nice about it and the choice to continue on was ultimately left up to me. At a time when things are slowing down and it is tough all over, I am honestly grateful for the work and also the additional exposure that working with them will bring.
When I look at the cost of advertising to any of the places where the audience would be qualified, it is far more than the difference in what I will be making here. I do have confidence that once people try my patterns and see the quality of work I do, they will want more and it will bring more retail business to my own site. I need to count on that and have the faith in myself and my product or I have no business being in my business.
So onward I will go, and while the doing the production may not be for quite as much as I had originally thought, it is still fair to me and I have never been afraid of doing an honest day’s work.
The day turned out to be beautiful and we took a long walk in the woods. The bugs have yet to arrive so I was able to take off my jacket without fear of being assaulted and feel the warm sunshine and cool breeze. It was wonderful.
Later in the day, I got the Mustang going and took it for a ride to stretch its wheels a bit. It was after the events of the day had piled on me and I drove along the road next to the ocean while the sun was setting, enjoying the solitude and music I had playing. It did wonders to clam me down and I was once again able to shift gears and bring my attention to the important things in my life and the beauty and wonder of our planet. All would be OK.
Today I am going to lecture at a middle school near where I live. I was asked to do so by a dear friend of mine who works with and lectures on women and girls who have been abused or mistreated. I had met her at a very difficult time in my life and she helped me through some very hard times. I had always said that I wanted to give back to the community and now that I am on ‘the other side’ and finding some success in both my business and my personal life, she feels that I am a good role model for the ninth graders that I will be speaking to. It is something that I feel strongly about, but I find it hard to bring up here for some reason. However, awareness is very much key to prevention in this area and I think it is an important thing to mention.
So that is my day today. I need to go to Yarmouth and pick up my taxes too, so I will have another chance to take a ride in the good weather. It will be a good day, I believe.
I hope you all have a good day too. Have a good one.
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"