My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #760: Power Drawing

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 07-12-2012 11:16 AM 1242 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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We had quite a busy day yesterday. We hurried to get out to the gym and get home so we could be ready to make the trip to Bear River to take care of Keith’s pens. He had talked to the gallery owner Rob, and Rob needed him to come down not only to replenish the stock with some more fountain pens, but also to show him how to change the cartridges in them. I suppose that a couple of customers had inquired as to how to do so and Rob had forgotten.

Keith didn’t seem too anxious to go yesterday, as he said that Rob had told him that as long as it was prior to the 20th of the month, that would be good. Apparently he had a meeting with someone else who owned a store and wanted to perhaps carry some of Keith’s pens there too and he wanted to be sure to show how to refill them. But I kind of wanted to go yesterday and get it over and done with. Not only was it something that we could then check off the list, but the weather was absolutely beautiful for a drive. It was sunny and warm but not too hot. A perfect day.

Besides, we are in between orders right now and I didn’t want one to come in and have that short trip hanging over our heads. We are still hoping to get away for a bit perhaps in the next week or so and getting things out of the way as quickly as possible seemed like the thing to do.

Keith called Rob up to make certain he would be in and it was a good thing he was because he had a tour going through in the morning and asked that we come later in the afternoon. That was kind of poopie because we were ready to hit the road, so we spent the morning doing some extra work around here. Keith is in the midst of drawing a new pattern and I am in between things but ready to start on a some new patterns. It is hard to start up for only an hour or so and I really wanted to get this trip behind me so I could spend some quality time drawing.

I decided to work on some submissions that I had to do and clean up some paperwork and post some receipts. That was the perfect thing to fill in the morning and it also gave me a clean slate for today. We left a bit after noon and we had lunch at a nice place in Bear River that we had eaten before. It gave Rob enough time to finish what he had been doing and it was a great excuse to have a nice lunch on a beautiful day.

When Keith initially talked to Rob, he had said that all the fountain pens were gone. This got us quite excited because there were some really nice high end pens there. When we got to the shop, we saw that there were still a couple of them there, and while we were a little disappointed, Rob still took five additional pens (four of them fountain pens) to sell. It would have been nice to have seen him out of the pens, but unfortunately, he isn’t the most organized person around and had only thought that they were all gone.

But still, it was the chance for people to see some more of Keith’s beautiful pens and hopefully make some sales. While Keith was a bit disappointed, I think that it was a good thing that we went right away. After all, what little tourist season we have this year is short and every day you have things available means that you will increase your chance of sales. I am still glad that the trip is behind us and we are now free to continue our designing here.

Today will be a day of power drawing. I have about three immediate ideas for patterns and I need to get them drawn and cut. While it was nice to take it easy a bit after the bit push a couple weeks ago, there is much to do and we don’t know when our next big order will come. We want to be prepared for that.

Besides, if I work hard for the next several days, it won’t be as difficult to take off and take a couple of days for our mini-vacation. It’s a nice thing to think about while drawing and it will be a great reward for our work. Already we are planning our route and thinking about what we are going to see. That is half the fun, I think.

On these beautiful days, it is sometimes hard to be disciplined and keep working, but having a reward not too far down the line really makes it worth while. I don’t really mind working on the nice days when I can think ahead to being on the open road and seeing places we have never been. It is really a fun thing to work toward.

I wish you all a happy day today.

“The dictionary is the only place that success comes before work. work is the key to success, and hard work can help you accomplish anything.” ― Vince Lombardi Jr.

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

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#1 posted 07-12-2012 09:20 PM

Have a gr8, and safe weekend, to you both. Travel safe.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#2 posted 07-13-2012 01:03 AM

Hi Sheila,
Take care on the roads. One thing that a business will be known and will profit much is nothing but the marketing side. Just hoping that the best will always turn-out profitable with the marketing side for both you and Keith.
God Bless your trip.

-- Bert

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#3 posted 07-13-2012 01:11 AM

Thank you both very much. I don’t think we are leaving until the middle of next week. I was debating whether to make it a ‘marketing’ trip or not. I suppose it would have to be on some level – at least with Keith and his pens. It would be foolish to pass up the opportunity to visit so many tourist places without bringing his pens to show and possibly sell.

Stay tuned for further developments! (and thank you for the good wishes!)

Sheila :)

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

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