I am afraid that I don’t have anything exciting to talk about this morning. While that doesn’t make for good blog reading, it is somewhat good news for me.
I spent the majority of the day yesterday cutting the order of kits for wholesale. There was a moment there when I was cutting away, Keith was turning a pen and the music was playing in the background when I thought to myself – ‘Life is GOOD!’
I have been having lots of those moments lately. Sometimes it is the obvious things that trigger them, but other times it can be as simple as one of the cats sitting in my lap and purring and looking completely content. I suppose I am really and truly happy.
I had a couple of more orders for the kits too from my site. I was happy about that. I would like to become more known in the painting world and hopefully I will be able to provide these pieces to painters who don’t have access to wood cutting. I remember that was one of the things that got me started in scroll sawing in the first place – decorative painting. The old phrase ‘necessity breeds invention’ certainly applied to that.
As I pack up the kits for mailing out, I feel a good sense of pride in what I do. While it is sometimes hard to do all aspects of the process, there are also rewards when you know what goes into your products and work. Relinquishing some of the tasks to others, no matter how competent they can be, is sometimes difficult.
I realize that as my business grows, I will have no choice but to allow others to do more. I am trying to come to terms with that, and at least I know that I have people to help me who are as caring and qualified as I am. that in itself will make the process easier.
It is funny, but while I am cutting these hundreds of pieces, my mind is on the next set of projects that I want to submit to Artist’s Club for consideration. Christmas is right on the tail of Halloween, and if they are selling these kits now, it certainly won’t be long before the deadline for the holiday projects are due. It wouldn’t have to be a lot of things, but even having one or two projects in each catalog would keep my name out there and hopefully bring some more interest to my site.
I am learning to look at things globally. It isn’t just the money I am making for doing this wholesale work, but also the residual things that come with offering products to a company such as that. When I am looking for new projects, I tend to like one designer or another. After seeing or making one of their published projects, I tend to go to their website and see what else they have for sale. Even though I don’t get a lot of time to make projects that others design, I still get patterns and books from my favorites. On occasion, as you have seen here before, I have made a couple of ornaments and projects that others designed and I have no problem sending others in their direction. After all, getting other involved is beneficial to the entire industry. And hopefully those who try my patterns will like them and look for more things from me. In the long run this is a good thing for me in so many ways.
As I look around my little place today, it isn’t as tidy as it usually is. But it is a ‘good’ messy. The dishes are still done and it is generally neat, but there is evidence that there is a lot going on here. Here is a picture of my kitchen table:
I found that keeping the pieces neatly stacked as I cut them takes up far less room then tossing them into a box. Besides – I don’t have to sort them that way. Last time it wasn’t too hard to sort the shoes and hats, but the pumpkins are rather close in shape and it took a while. That metal container of pumpkins contains enough for 50 kits. It will be much easier for me to drill them and pack them with them already separated. I guess I am still learning as I go along.
We are going to head to Bernie’s and Ellen’s today in Digby. The wood I ordered has arrived and Bernie told me he already cut the 5’ x 5’ sheets into quarters. He is such a sweetheart. I also need to get some copy paper so I can print out the rest of the patterns. So we are basically going to just go to do some errands and have a nice lunch and short visit with them. It is good to see them and I do miss seeing them on a regular basis. I think I will make a batch of crepes to bring to Ellen, as she really likes the ones I make.
It has been raining for three days, but it finally stopped it seems. It is actually rather bright out and while there are still clouds, it isn’t gloomy at all. Just a nice spring day.
It’s all about balance I suppose. Work, family and friends. It seems that life is an ever changing kaleidoscope of situations and events and finding a good balance between the three is a key to being happy. It certainly helps when one likes their job as much as I do. It gives me a chance to be creative, and interact with so many other creative and talented people. And that is surely an inspiration.
I wish you all a wonderful day today.
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"