I got a late start writing this morning. Even though I have been up a couple of hours, I have been busy doing some more research on printers and also working on some Photoshop things. Before I knew it the time got away from me.
The more I look into things, the more I think I will go with the Canon Pixma IP4920 computer. NCIX has it on sale for $75 and I did find the matching ink system that I need from the place I get it in Quebec. I had just purchased quite a good quantity of refill ink and I was waiting to hear if it is the same ink that is used with the IP4920 and it was. This means that I won’t have to switch or waste any of the ink I just purchased. My IP4700 is still working quite well, and that means that I won’t even need to open the boxes on the new printers until problems arise. So far, this printer has done all the large orders that I have recently filled, printing over 15,000 color sheets flawlessly. This printer is very similar in features and price to the IP4920, so I am expecting that I will be able to get at least that much printing out of the IP4920’s. For $75 that is a very reasonable price.
I already put in an order for additional plywood, even though I have enough here for a couple hundred additional kits. With the additional Christmas kits being picked up, it is only a matter of time before the order is placed and I want to be ready to get things done. If I find I have extra time (ha!) I will even start to prepare the wood or cut the Christmas kits out ahead of the order, so I will be able to ship it off quickly.
I worked much of yesterday repainting the Christmas Stockings and taking step by step scans for the pattern packets. I found it was much easier and more relaxing to paint them a second time, as I was following my previous designs. I even think the second paintings look better than the first, as I am tweaking the designs slightly as I need to. I hope to have both sets (the stockings and the packages) repainted and the pattern packets for both of them done by Monday so I can ship them out. If I can accomplish that, I will be doing very well.
When I finally called it a night last night, it was nearly 10:30. At this time of year, it doesn’t get dark until nearly 9pm, so it really didn’t seem that late. I have noticed that for the past few weeks, I have typically been working until nine or later in the night. Things have just been that busy.
A few people have told me how “lucky” I am that work is going so well. While I feel very, very fortunate that my business is growing (especially in these difficult economic times) I do honestly feel that “luck” has very little to do with things. As I looked across the room at Keith cutting out his latest ornaments patterns at 9pm and me painting my latest patterns, I am beginning to realize that this is what we would call a ‘typical’ evening in our house. Grant it we do take time to go to the gym three days a week – something that we started in October and I am happy to say we have been able to maintain – but other than that or a trip to the post office or grocery store, we do spend very little down time lately. We just can’t. There are too many opportunities in front of us and they won’t be here for long. I am sure that there will be a time when things will slow down, and then we will be able to back off a bit. But for now, we are both enjoying the process of running a business and want to keep the momentum heading in the proper direction.
I am very happy that things are the way they are. Spending the amount of time on work that we do is very easy for us because we do love what we do. When I get tired, I just think back to how things were when things weren’t going well and it is very strong motivation to keep going. I am also pleased with the quality of our work and I have high hopes for a very good autumn and winter. Keith’s new designs are wonderful and I am sure they will be very popular.
So it is back to painting and back to Photoshop for me. I need to watch a couple of tutorials and brush up on my masking skills so that the pattern packets will be the best yet. I am happy and excited about things, and enjoying every second of the day. I hope you all have a good one!
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"