Today I will be able to get to the saw for a bit. I say that like it is an ‘event’ because frankly, it kind of is. I realize that I say that a lot, but as a designer there are so many steps to making a pattern, that the time spent actually cutting at the saw is many times the shortest part of the process. I really don’t mind that though because it does keep everything fresh and helps keep that sense of desire burning inside.
While you may think that I will be cutting the many pieces of plywood that I sanded on Sunday, it isn’t quite time for that yet. There are other deadlines that are calling a bit louder than that at the time and I need to attend to them first, although I may do some test cutting.
In front of me this moment are a couple of things that need to be done before I can get started on cutting the big project. First off, there is the next deadline for the magazine. This is for the late summer issue and I need to not only finish drawing the pattern up today, but I also need to work on getting it cut out. That means that I should be taking step-by-step photos along the way (something that I am in the habit of doing anyway) and documenting the building process. The goal for me will be to get everything ready to go out the door by the end of the week, or the latest on Monday.
A second goal that I need to accomplish is to get things ready for one of my wholesalers, who has a catalog deadline coming up in a couple of weeks. This company only puts out two catalogs per year, so I really don’t want to miss this calling. I have a couple of things that I am working on and finishing up that I want included in the submissions, and I need to work on getting them finished so that they can be considered. Among them is the three part calendar topper series that I had in the magazine. Since all three parts have been published, I am finally free to submit them and also include them on my own site for sales. This means consolidating the three patterns into one large pattern that includes the topper piece and all twelve months. I can then begin to build the additional overlay packages and make them available to the customers who are looking for other special themes such as birthdays, cats, or any other that I can think of. It is in itself a bit of a job to get everything organized, but I have had many inquiries about it and look forward to getting it ready.
I also have a couple of miscellaneous projects that were in the works that I need to finish up for them to be available. I had done a candle tray in a seashell theme that will be really nice for the summer months and I only need to cut it out to take the picture for the pattern. I hope to accomplish that today, as it will be nice to see it come to life after only seeing it on paper for many months. It is just about time.
Keith is also working on many new things. Among them are a set of beautiful and intricate butterfly ornaments that he is planning on submitting to the magazine. Here is a glance at one of the finished pieces:
It is times like these when we almost need two saws. But realistically, there is plenty of choices of things to do when the saw is occupied. I spent the bulk of yesterday drawing, proofing patterns and organizing things on my computer. All the while in the background my printer was humming and printing out the 300 patterns needed for the kits. I believe by tomorrow I should be done with the printing, and ready to start packaging things up. I can’t say enough good about my little Canon printer. It has preformed flawlessly.
All in all, things are going well. We had some snow flurries yesterday, which showed that the cold weather isn’t quite finished yet. I have ordered the new tires for the Mustang and should be hearing from them in the next day or so. I am almost ready to bring it out again, but only when I am sure the roads are clear. The snow yesterday didn’t stick at all, which is a good sign and I look forward to having my wheels back and being able to come and go here at will. While Keith is great about taking me when I need to, I still enjoy not having to ask and having my own independence.
I look forward to getting to the tasks at hand. Although it is busy, it is busy in a good way and not stressful in any aspect. I look forward to my time at the saw and seeing the new designs come to be. It looks to be a good day.
I wish you all a good 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"