Yesterday was a full day of all kinds of things. But all was good.
People often ask me how I stay so organized when I am doing so many different things. I think that the answer to that is quite easy – maintenance.
Even though I wanted to charge into the next project(s) that I am thinking about, I looked around here and things were getting a little shabby around the edges. Not myself actually (although I am sure some would argue with you!) but the usual tell tale things like my kitchen table, my computer desktop and my general living space. With living in a small place here, it is imperative that we keep things in order or we would be surrounded by clutter and crap. And I don’t like working like that. After all, I can’t focus on my drawings and designing if my senses are bombarded with clutter and crap all around. My brain can only process so much information at once.
So as much as I would have liked to move ahead with my designs, I decided that it was time to pick up things and get them in order and organize. It was the perfect opportunity because Keith had some errands to run and would be gone for several hours and I had the place to myself to play some good music and get things done. So that is exactly what I did.
I know that doesn’t make for great blog reading, but it seems that many of you look on our little setup here and believe that things just fall into place. That is really not the case at all, but all it takes is a little time on a regular basis and instead of becoming a big problem, it is something that can be brought under control in a relatively short time.
Not only did I clean, but I also organized my computer files (again) and everything is in tip top shape. I even got my files together to submit the “Snow” lettering that I showed yesterday to my editor for her to consider for the magazine. I also wanted to do an accompanying article on using the Weathered Wood product, much like I did with the MUD in the previous issue.
I am happy to say that the article that I did on the MUD for the holiday issue has so far received a wonderful response! Not only am I happy for Margot, but I am also happy that it seems that people are interested in learning these new techniques to make their woodworking projects look a bit more snazzy. Sometimes all it takes is a bit to make things stand out among others in a craft mall or show and I have many products like this that are just for that purpose. Since the magazine, Margot and myself have all received nice response from the article, it shows that people are looking for this kind of information and encourages me to do more.
I am happy to say that my editor got back to me within a couple of hours of me submitting the project and wanted not only the project, but the article too! I am excited about this and think it is a wonderful opportunity for me to not only show how to do this process, but to also do another (shorter) video using the suggestions I was given regarding the first one that I can reference to in the article. I think that it will be quite helpful if the readers not only have pictures to follow the learning process, but a video too. It will really be cool.
So it was quite a full day and I am really happy because everything is in order and I am ready to move ahead. Keith went to the nearby lumber yard and picked up some ash, beautiful curly maple, poplar, and birch and went to the mill near us here and had them planed to the thicknesses I need for my next round of projects. We are once again set for a while and are both full of new ideas to develop. It is quite exciting!
Today I need to run to Yarmouth for some shopping and some errands. There are some things that I want to use for designing that I need to get, and it just seems like a good day to get out. I am going to try to get some drawing done so I can perhaps cut tomorrow, but in my head I am still sorting through some of the ideas I have. I have several versions of some designs that I want to do, and I need to sort through them so that I can present them in an organized way. I could easily take one pattern and show several versions on it, but there comes a point when you have to stop and divide things into things that are manageable. I am almost there, as things are evolving into more of what I was thinking, so I just need to take my time and let it come on its own. Nothing like shopping to clear my head. :)
I wish you all a wonderful day today. It looks to be a good one here already and I am sure that I will have a fun day ahead of me. I hope you all do too!
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"