It doesn’t take long after finishing one project to figure out that there is still a lot more to do. One thing that is for certain is that I will never be bored.
After finishing up the new ornaments and patterns yesterday and getting them posted on the site, there was little time to rest on my laurels and sit idle. There is still a catalog deadline for one of my wholesalers coming up quickly and I want to submit a couple of things at least. Even though I have been working constantly, much of my time was spent on the painting side of my job and I haven’t had as many scroll sawing patterns as I would have liked to submit to them. I am sure I will feel it in the fall if I don’t get moving now.
I also heard from my editor that the projects for the next issue were due shortly. It seemed that it was just the other day that I was finishing up the Christmas items for them, but in reality it was several weeks. Time to get moving on that.
I decided to do the magazine project first, as I have a pretty good idea of what I wanted to do. My editor didn’t want an over-complicated project (whew!) and I had a good idea for a nice item that would be attractive and also fun. I spent the day mapping it out yesterday and I need to go this morning and pick up the wood that I will need to cut it out. All of the wood I have on hand here is thin and I need something that is at least 1/2” or thicker. So it is off to the lumber store I will go.
I also spent a bit of time fine tuning my computer. I love reformatting because it gives me a chance to reorganize and clean out lots of old files that I don’t use or need. It seems that each time I do so, I am a bit better at setting up my system to be the most efficient and easy to navigate. Formatting used to be a dreaded task, but since I back everything up anyway now, there is very little risk of losing things that I need and each time I am done I am even happier with the results. This time it has really been rather fun. It is quite a pleasure working in a clean cyber-environment and things are running very smoothly.
I am still working on my music files little by little each day, and I am on the “d’s” now as far as properly tagging and organizing everything there. I spend just a few minutes each day and re-name and sort things and slowly but surely I am seeing progress. I am thinking that it will take several weeks to finish, but I am even adding dates to the albums that I have so that I will be able to sort them by date if I wish. I love good filing systems and when they are set up properly, they are both functional and efficient.
We are quite a bit overcast today with a little rain falling. It is cool now, but it appears that it will be clearing and warming up by the end of the day. Nothing like my friends in the States have been experiencing though. I have heard so many stories of the unrelenting heat there and I am very happy that I am here in Canada. We haven’t moved past the mid-80’s so far this year, yet my friends and family in Chicago has been in the 100’s for most of the week. I truly don’t envy them and I am happy that I am where I am.
I hope you all get a break if you are in the hot areas. Be sure to drink a lot of water and give your pets extra water too. I saw a picture of a dog with raw paw pads from walking on hot pavement. I suppose that sometimes we don’t think of things from their perspective. It is as if we were walking without our shoes, and I imagine it could be quite uncomfortable. The other day when I was at the beach, the sand was quite warm on my feet even though it was not all that hot outside.
I often give my kitties some ice cubes in their water on the hot days. Even though it hasn’t been as hot here in Nova Scotia, it has been quite warm and they are all wearing their fur coats. Our poor Pancakes has taken to sprawling in the center of the floor on his back, airing out his furry belly. When you touch him you can feel the heat coming off of him, and it makes me realize that he is much hotter than we are. We don’t have air conditioning (as most people don’t here) because it usually isn’t necessary, so on those few really warm days, we do tend to feel it more. At least it does seem to always cool down considerably in the evening, and last night I needed my blankets.
I still like the fall and winter months the best. I suppose that I can cope with the warm months too. I take them as I come and make the best of what is given to me.
I plan to finish my drawing today, and perhaps get some cutting done if I am able. It should be a good productive day and I am able to work at a nice pace and enjoy what I am doing.
Have a great Saturday and enjoy your weekend!
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"