If you would have been a fly on the wall here yesterday, you would have thought we were actually working! Things were really rolling here for most of the day. The printer was humming all day, spitting out page after page of patterns and all the while we were sanding, gluing and then ultimately scrolling out the pieces for the new kits.
Some time mid-morning the Purolator guy arrived to take the four boxes from the previous order out to be delivered. That was good because it made room for this order. I can’t say that it wasn’t kind of exciting. All in all it was actually fun and I enjoyed the day immensely. There is that moment when the adrenaline kicks in and you kind of hit a rhythm and everything clicks. It is a sweet moment.
I don’t know if the difference was having someone else by my side working on the same project. I think that had a lot to do with it. I am so used to working on my own and even though both Keith and I are here on a daily basis working, we are usually focused on our own projects. It is somehow different when we are working toward the same goal. Better in many ways.
In looking at the pile of prepared boards that need to be cut, they are somehow not so intimidating because I know that I have someone who will help me. After getting through the last two large batches of work, I knew that if need be, I would be able to do it. But sharing the work and also the rewards to me makes things so much better. It is good on so many levels.
I truly appreciate Keith taking time away from his work to help. I think that he may have seen that this was starting to overwhelm me a bit and I am very grateful he wanted to help me tackle this order. I want to be able to keep designing these kinds of kits and knowing that I won’t have to go it alone will play a big part in how much I am able to do. I do admit that when I received the order and the previous order was not even packed up yet, I felt a sense of dread. Not because I didn’t want the kits to be successful, but because I was still not finished with what was in front of me and I felt I was losing control of things and falling behind. It was like jogging over a hill and thinking you are nearing the end of the race only to find a bigger hill on the other side. It was hard not to feel like I was sinking.
But as soon as Keith offered to go and get the paper and prepare the boards, I began to feel better and I once again was able to be excited about the good things that this meant. And they are good. This could really be a whole new avenue for the business to go. And it is doing something we like to do.
By lunch time we had all the boards prepped, the patterns printed and we were ready to start cutting. We spent the afternoon with two scroll saws going full speed and probably got about 1/3 of the cutting done. It was great. I was thinking how it was a ‘happy accident’ that we had the DeWalt saw here and while we were sorry that our Excalibur saw was out of commission for the week, we are happy that we have two saws to work in so we can really get this job done quickly.
I expect this order to be out the door by next Wednesday. Here in Canada, Monday is a holiday and the post office will be closed. I need to wait for my clear ziplock bags that I use to package the kits to arrive, as I didn’t have enough to fill this order. Fortunately, the company I order from is in Ontario and ships very quickly. I was planning to reorder more anyway and I called them within an hour of receiving the new order. There is a slight possibility of them being here today, but it is more likely that they will arrive on Tuesday. But that is OK. Everything will be waiting to be packed by then.
I plan on cutting for most of the day today. I would like to nearly finish today or latest tomorrow, as I do have other things that need attention. I am sure with the help of Keith, we can accomplish that goal and soon have more new patterns available soon. There is so much to do. But it is a good place to be.
Have a great Friday!
“Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it.” – Henry David Thoreau
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"