I made some headway yesterday on things, but I still need to remain focused. I realize that this is a time of opportunity for me and I don’t want to let it pass me by. I suppose that puts a bit of pressure on me, but I am rather used to that and in some ways I think I even thrive on it. Sometimes my best work comes from being under the gun. We will just have to hope that this is one of those times.
I spent a good part of the day creating the pattern packet for the birthday calendar overlay pieces. It took a bit longer than I thought it should and I was wondering to myself if it wasn’t because my mind was still thinking too far ahead to the other things that awaited my attention.
I did finish it up though and it came out nice. It offers a couple of different options of ways to finish the pieces and the explanations are complete, including some step by step pictures. I like putting pictures in patterns, as it really helps explain things properly and assists even the novice in understanding the process. I think that is important in keeping the hobby growing.
While I was doing that, Keith was writing a great article to add to the site on fine tuning the Excalibur scroll saw. Since he does much of the technical stuff, it is more his forte than mine. We frequently receive emails from customers who ask the same questions regarding optimizing the saw and minimizing the front to back motion of the blade. The article he wrote is clear and also includes several photographs to help people tune their saw to work to its best. We are offering it on our “Free Stuff” page of our site so that now when someone asks those questions, we are able to quickly refer them to the article to help them. The link to the article is here:
Once again Keith is showing what a great asset he is to our business. I don’t mean to harp on that, but it is especially during these busy times when I appreciate having a partner to help on a daily basis. This is by no means a ‘one woman show’ and once again without him, I am sure things wouldn’t run nearly as smoothly.
While I was writing the pattern packet, I received an email which stated the deadline for the next submissions to the Artist’s Club (the site that is doing so well selling my Halloween kits.) In order to have items considered for their September catalog, which will be filled with holiday and Christmas items, I need to have photographs to my contact by the middle of next week. I have a couple of ideas that are living in my head as to what I wanted to submit, and now is the time for me to push and get them to reality. I don’t want to miss that cut off date and I need to click into high gear this next week and get these things done. No fooling around. I want to keep interest up in that area of my business and keep that line of communication open. I think that is extremely important.
Today I am expecting the ziplock bags to arrive. I will be able to check at the post office around noon or so. I obtained packing boxes yesterday and spent the evening packing up what I could using the bags I have on hand. After writing the article, Keith finished drilling the hanging holes in all the ornaments so they are waiting to be packed here too. If all goes as planned, this order will go out tomorrow. It will feel good to have another one under our belts.
I am going to work on completing the site update today. I only need to add a couple of products and change the sales and create the newsletter. We are also going to offer a special discount for our mailing list people to encourage them to get some patterns now. I like doing that from time to time, as it is kind of a bonus for them.
So it is a busy day ahead of us. But nothing that we can’t handle. It actually feels good to have so many positive things going for us. And it keeps us on our toes.
Have a great 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"