After a crazy week of holidays, it’s hard to believe it is Friday already. Between Canada Day here and Independence Day in the states, the week certainly seems to have gone by quickly. Fortunately for us here in Nova Scotia, we haven’t had to experience the searing heat that many of my friends and family have endured. While it has been a bit warm and muggy, it is nothing like what others are going through and for that I am thankful.
I spent yesterday writing the instructions for both the birdcage ornaments and the plaque that I am now offering free on my site. (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com/free-pattern) We did a quick update and before I went to bed last night, everything was up and running.
While I didn’t cut the plaque out for the free pattern, I knew it would work because the birdcage used in it (which was the most difficult piece) was one of the ones that I did cut out for the ornament pattern. Keith was busy at the saw all day cutting a new pattern and I wanted to get the project ready and up for the weekend, so I chose to Photoshop it instead. I think it gives a clear enough idea of the project and is quite acceptable.
Here is what I decided to do for the plaque:
I don’t normally do things this way, but I have so many other things that I am working on that I thought it would be a better use of my time since the most difficult parts of the plaque were already test cut. I may wind up cutting the piece later on if I choose to put it in my regular pattern arsenal and charge for it. I imagine that it won’t take too long to cut (a couple of hours) but there really seemed to be little reason to do so, as I have many projects piled up here in storage as it is, and I am trying to take advantage of the window of time I have available in between other things. I like the pattern though and I think it will give others a chance to test cut the birdcage ornaments and see how they do.
Today I plan on beginning drawing my next project. It is another one that I have been thinking about for quite a while. I hope it goes smoothly and that everything works out as it is supposed to. I think it should though, as it is not over complicated.
I still have to get in touch with the glue people and see what they have to say. I had intended to do so yesterday and I suppose I got distracted with writing and everything else. By the time I thought about it, it was too late and after hours.
As I finished both the patterns up last night and they were posted on the site, I looked up at the clock and it was about 9:15. I smiled to myself as I thought that I finished up rather early for the night and it felt good to have a productive day under my belt. I like days like that – where I can actually see the results of the hours of work. There are days where I spend all day ‘working’ but somehow there doesn’t seem to be anything tangible to see when it is over.
Our huge shipment of kits finally made it through customs. It was held up there for several days due to my own error. Apparently the value of the shipment exceeded a certain level and additional paperwork was needed in order for it to be imported to the United States. What a headache that turned out to be, with six large boxes held in limbo somewhere in New York. I had no idea that this would be the case and once again I am learning from experience. I was very relieved that things were able to be resolved and when I checked on the status of it this morning, it was, indeed once again moving toward its destination. A huge relief for me!
There are so many ‘little things’ that take up time it seems. As my company here is growing, there is always something new that I am learning about the business in general. I am fortunate that I am growing at the pace that I am, as it means that problems such as these are not so big that I can’t manage them. While it takes some time and effort, most times I do learn from it and it isn’t difficult to do things properly next time and prevent it from happening again and again.
I hope that in some small way that me discussing these issues can save others who are starting small businesses from having the same headaches as I have had. I find that networking with others has been very useful for me, and if I can pass what I have learned onto others, than that is all the better.
It is warm already here today, with a grey covering of clouds overhead. It is probably going to be quite warm again later on – especially if the sun come out. It will be a good day for drawing.
I wish you all a good Friday, and I hope those of you who scroll saw will enjoy the free pattern.
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"