I suppose that there will always be deadlines that I have to think about. But that is a good thing – the more deadlines, the harder I push myself. I think that is one of the reasons that I am here everyday writing. By writing about what I plan to do, it puts it out here for all to see and that somehow keeps me pushing to get what I say I am going to do done. It sure helps when we are self-governing and have a day when we aren’t quite as ambitious as we would like. I know that even doing things this way, there have been times when I have missed or not been finished with a project or design when I would have liked to, but that doesn’t happen very often and when it does, it is usually for a good reason.
Our largest wholesaler of scroll saw patterns has a deadline that is coming up quite soon. It is for their fall and early winter catalogs (both) which come out in about October and then again right near Christmas. This is the final chance to present our projects that are holiday related – at least at the catalog level. Here we are in mid-July and the weather is hot and sunny and we are to be done with our Christmas and holiday designing. After fifteen years, it still seems strange to me. I am very happy that we have our site and that it does well, because it allows me to still work on seasonal and holiday patterns up until the last minute. Usually we can sneak a few last minute patterns on the site for Christmas all the way until the end of November and they will still be somewhat successful. At least we can be in sync with the season a bit. But for now, the deadline is once again looming and we have until the end of next week to get what we plan to present done.
For those of you that have been reading, you know that next week we were thinking about taking a couple of days off to get away. Besides the above mentioned deadline, we are pretty much on top of things and it seems like as good a time as any to go. The new Christmas ornaments will be up on the Artist’s Club website any day now and their catalog will be going out soon and even though we have sent 150 of each the stocking and package ornament kits, if they sell anything at all like the witch’s boots and hats, they will be ordering again before long.
So there is only a small window of opportunity if we are to get away at all. Sometimes it is difficult to make that decision. Especially when so many others are struggling to get by with the economy the way it is. But we need this time off to refresh ourselves and enjoy the weather while we are able. Soon the snow will be blowing and any type of road trip at all will be out of the question. We realize that this may be the only time when we are at this point, and while other opportunities may come up later on, we don’t want to allow this one to pass.
Yesterday I worked most of the day drawing a new set of ornaments. It is funny how things start out as one thing in my head and evolve to something so different in the course of the day. While these aren’t quite exactly as I pictured them to be in my mind, they are very nice and I hope that they will be something that others like too. I have a small picture to show you what they are looking like here:
I will hopefully be done drawing them by later on today, and move onto cutting them. It would be great if I could have them all cut out and looking at me by this time tomorrow. But that is quite ambitious thinking on my part.
I have one more quick idea that I want to do right after this. I am thinking that I can accomplish that over the weekend, and still submit it in time for the deadline. Then, I think we will take off the middle of next week and go on our car trip. The two or three days we will be spending away won’t make or break us. At the most, we would only be able to do one additional pattern during that time anyway.
Sometimes you have to make decisions such as this. While there are times when I wonder how the days go by so quickly, yesterday I tried to be very aware of where my time was spent. In reality, I only spent about half the day actually drawing. The rest of the day was spent packing up orders, getting them to the post office, answering emails and correspondence and other things like that. They are all a part of the job that people don’t really see being done, but if I didn’t do them, they would certainly notice. I am figuring out that ‘quitting time’ on a typical day is somewhere between 9 and 10pm. I am usually up at six writing here and tending to all the emails that have come in during the night. In between, there are meals to make and laundry and regular house chores that do take up part of the day too. Yet only so many hours. It’s funny how some days even with all that going on, I feel like I haven’t accomplished anything. I am figuring though that if that is the case, it is because of my own convoluted thinking. I haven’t had a truly ‘lazy day’ in a long, long time. But I like it that way.
I wish you all a good day today. Another week is under out belts and it looks to be yet another warm and sunny day here in Nova Scotia. I am looking forward to finishing up these drawings and then having some time at my saw. Yes, it is a good life that I have. And I wouldn’t change a thing.
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"