This is my second attempt at the blog this morning. I had one partially written and something came up on my computer that made me shut down my browser and when I got back it was gone. Its a bit frustrating, seeing as things are supposed to be saved every so often, but sometimes things just happen.
It wasn’t that exciting of a post anyway, as while yesterday I accomplished quite a bit, most of what I did was website stuff and pattern packet writing and stuff behind the scenes. That doesn’t really make for good writing, I am afraid.
But it was a good day.
The pattern packets are all finished, the web site is all updated, and we even packaged up our latest projects to be shipped to the magazine for publication (Keith made some cool ornaments and I had the mouse cheese tray.) We won’t be able to schedule a pick up before Tuesday, as many things like deliveries are closed here on Monday due to the holiday, but it feels good to have everything in order and ready to go.
Today I plan to do some cooking and baking, as we are expected at Keith’s parents tonight for dinner and going to go to Bernie and Ellen’s (my friends in Digby) for Easter dinner tomorrow afternoon. In between that I plan to work on some of the next production cutting and push that pile a little bit. I am setting my goals low, but I figure even if I spend an hour here or there to get started on it, it will lessen the time I need to finish when I give it the big push on Monday. My hopes are that on Monday I will get the majority of the second set of cutting done (the boots) and then I will only need to finish up the pumpkins, which are the simplest designs of all.
As with the hats, I need to cut 1200 pieces for the kits of the boots. While the kits aren’t due in the warehouse in Ohio until mid-May, after seeing how long the original pieces took to reach the offices in Portland, Oregon showed me that I am far better off getting things done ahead of time rather than wait until the bitter end. Ideally, I will have all the pieces cut by the end of next week, and the kits in the post soon after that. Ideally, that is.
I was finally able to post my Calendar Project on the site and offer the patterns up for sale. I began designing it in September, and the project spanned over three issues of the magazine. The final installment was published about a month ago and I am now safe to be able to sell it myself and present it on my site. In seeing everything together like that, I had forgotten how much I liked it and I am excited to see how it does. As soon as the production work is done, I want to get to work on making some additional overlay packages with some other themes that people can use with their set. I am excited about that and look forward to working on them.
Then I need to start thinking about Christmas and the holiday issue. That deadline is up next, after the issue which will carry the cheese tray. I have some ideas but need to still think about it more and figure out what will be the best thing to submit. We shall see . . .
So I am going to get going on the stuff I need to do today. I hope you all have a good and productive day and are enjoying some nice weather. It is beautiful here, albeit cool, but sunny and very ‘spring-like’ outside. Last night we went for a walk and the sky was clear and the full moon was so bright it was almost like daylight. Very pretty and nice.
Have a good day and have fun!
-- Contributing Editor, Creative Woodworks and Crafts, Sheila Landry Designs http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com "Knowledge is Power"