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My Journey As A Scroll Saw Pattern Designer #706: Carpe diem

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 824 days ago 917 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 705: Scrolling Time Two! Part 706 of My Journey As A Scroll Saw Pattern Designer series Part 707: Regrouping »

Well, we are in the home stretch of completing this order. After only two short days of working, we can tuck it under our belts and wrap it up. It’s a great feeling to look at the piles of pieces and see how much we accomplished in such a short time. It feels good to me, and I hope it does to Keith, too.

Working together like this is something that is new to us. While we are partners, we are usually each working on our own individual projects, which are at different stages more so than not and we more or less work side by side. But working on the same order is something that we don’t do very often, and it is good to see that we are compatible in that way too. I realize that this isn’t always the case with two people, but it certainly appears to be so here.

I can only speak for myself, but I think that this is a great answer for growing this part of the business. I must admit, when I first received the order two days ago and the previous order wasn’t even out the door yet, I was beginning to worry. Yes, I wanted to be successful, but I knew how hard I had worked up to that point, almost pushing myself to the limit, and saying I was beginning to feel a bit ‘overwhelmed’ would be an understatement to say the least.

But I also realize that this burst of activity will soon end, and then I need to rely on the longer term things to sustain my business, like wholesale and holiday patterns. It is a delicate balance to keep all the animals fed. And if I let one starve, it won’t be there for me later on when I need it and could make it a very long winter for me.

I am also thinking in the back of my mind about the next items that I would want to do for Artist’s Club. Especially since I have found such success there at the moment. I need to strike while the iron is hot and they have a good taste in their mouth of what I can offer them and I don’t want to lose that momentum. With the Christmas and Holiday season deadlines coming up quickly, I realize that I need to get at least one set (if not two) to them for consideration in their catalog. I have probably four or five ideas to develop, and need to get on that as soon as possible while my items are still selling well there.

I also need to get back to my own designing for the scroll saw patterns. I left the birthday add on for the calendar project hanging in the balance and the birthday word pieces not quite complete. People have shown interest in both of those projects and I need to write the instructions and make the packets so I can add them on the site.

So here is the plan . . .

We have about three hours of cutting left to do today. Believe it or not, the pieces for the 250 kits will be done. I am still printing the patterns, as I have been doing for the past two days and they should also be done later on today. I had ordered more ink on Wednesday afternoon – just in case – and I couldn’t believe it arrived already yesterday. I am happy I did because I would have just had enough black to finish this job and would have been running low on it. I have plenty now for several more orders like this. :)

I am waiting on the clear ziplock bags that I package the kits in. I have only about 100 and need 250. This company is also very reliable and they were supposed to be shipped on Wednesday, the same day I ordered from them. We have a holiday here on Monday (Victoria Day) and everything is closed so the earliest I will get them is on Tuesday. That’s OK though – I will be able to switch gears and do other things in the mean time.

After the cutting today, I only need to drill the holes in the pieces. This typically takes about three hours for this amount of pieces. I am thinking that I will take the day off on Sunday and drill on Monday. This will give me a break and a chance to work on the patterns and the update for the site over the weekend. And if I get time I will work on the new projects too.

All in all the turnover on this order will have been about four business days. If it weren’t for the holiday in there, it would have shipped on Tuesday. Considering the quantity (and quality) of the work, it isn’t really too bad.

I am very happy that Keith wanted to help me with this. It made all the difference in the world. Not only physically, but also my mindset was different knowing that someone was there in the trenches with me working for the same goal. I realize that sometimes partnerships don’t work. I have had several that haven’t worked for one reason or another. But sometimes you are able to find two people who are in tuned with each other and there is no issues with egos or things of that nature and you are able to work together to achieve the same goal.

Because of this I am very optimistic that things will continue to look up. It has so far been a long journey to get to this point. But there is still a long path ahead of us and I am excited to see what is behind each new door of opportunity.

But whether what is behind those doors is good or bad, I know I won’t have to face them all alone. I have my partner, and you my friends here by my side.

Thank you so much.

I believe that I am only at a beginning, only knocking at a door, and I believe that the best is yet to come. -
Pat Buckley

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"



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Bearpie

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#1 posted 823 days ago

Keith is owed some warm hugs and kisses! (Not hard to do!) ;-)

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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grizzman

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#2 posted 823 days ago

yea, shelia and your the one who has to give them, right keith…, im sure glad you both could work on this together, and it went so quick…isnt this what you would call easy money….lol…....have a great weekend.

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#3 posted 823 days ago

Well, guys – we finished all the cutting. Three days and 3200 pieces. Not too shabby! :) It sure is a lot more fun to have someone else to do things with. Hugs and kisses all around!

Sheila

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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Joe Lyddon

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#4 posted 823 days ago

Sheila... you just love to be cutting up all the time…
Don’t you? LOL

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#5 posted 823 days ago

I try to smile every day, Joe! It sure makes life a lot easier! :D

Sheila

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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HamS

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#6 posted 823 days ago

Sheila,

It is a wonderful thing to have a compatible partner! I would never try to do a project like that with Julie, but she and I can collaborate well in our areas of expertise. She is the professional musician and I am the amatuer (but shhhh don’t tell her, but I made more playing in the band than she made playing in the orchestra and teaching this year). We never try to collaborate on music because playing (and singing) bass in a country gospel band is so far from playing viola in a quartet and symphony that you are barely in the same county. I am glad the order went out and you are back to the design work.

I seem to be just missing your morning posts so I have been mostly lurking recently.

The garden is mostly in and the great garage cleanup is almost done and the kitchen remodel is now heating up so I am not bored, let alone that I have to go to the office every day to write programs so I can earn my daily bread.

This is Leo, who is now in kitty heaven:

-- My mother named me Hamilton, I have been trying to earn my nickname ever since.

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#7 posted 823 days ago

We do pretty well together, Ham. We do have our moments, but for the most part, we are respectful of each other and when we don’t see eye to eye on things, we find a way to compromise. And on the rare occasion when that is difficult, we just agree to disagree. I think the most important part of getting along and working and spending so much time together is communication. Talking things out is far better than holding ill feelings inside and letting them fester. We do spend a lot of time together and most people say it would drive them crazy. But we each also have our own individual goals and interests and we encourage each other to pursue them. That way neither one of us feels like we are not being supported. It may not work for everyone, but it does work for us.

You certainly sound like you have a lot on your plate. Kitchen renovation is not always fun. I am sure it will be worth it though. I am happy you are able to stop in from time to time to see what I am up to. It is nice to hear from you. :)

Your Leo is magnificent! He looks like he has some Maine Coon cat in him. I am sorry he isn’t with you anymore, but I am sure you gave him a good life while he was. You know how much I consider my pets part of my life. It would be pretty sad without them.

You have a wonderful Sunday!

Sheila

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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Roger

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#8 posted 823 days ago

I know you will open that door, (one of many), and boldly go where no one has gone….. hummmm, sounds familiar, where have I heard that… Carry on Sheila & Keith, carry on

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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Joe Lyddon

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#9 posted 822 days ago

I agree…

Communication is extremely important…

Without it, about all you have left is Mind reading… which is not very reliable for most of us… LOL

It’s nice to know what the other is really thinking about… especially when working together. LOL

Have a good one!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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