Yesterday was one of those days when I felt like I worked all day and still didn’t finish. I wonder where the day went. I suppose when looking back, I did accomplish quite a bit, but I wish that I could have finished cutting out the ornaments for the next project.
Before cutting, I needed to do some final ‘tweaking’ of the line work so that everything would be able to be cut without falling apart. In between that, there were other things to do and it was nearly 4pm by the time I got to the saw.
The small pieces are quite detailed and they are just about done, but not complete. It should only require about an hour or so more cutting today and I will be ready to carry on.
In completing them, Keith believes that the pattern should be labeled as ‘advanced’. I have trouble labeling my patterns lately because it seems that things are coming easier to me as my skills improve. Add to that the nice saw that I have and I am sure that it skews things in my favor a bit. I had no trouble whatsoever cutting these small pieces, but when I showed them to Keith, he said that they definitely should be branded as advanced.
Of course the larger plaque sized pieces were much easier than the smaller ornament pieces. I think that I will mention in the instructions that cutting the larger size would be recommended for those who are leery of the smaller size. The overlay pieces are cut from 1/8” plywood, making them much stronger, but I do see how they would be small enough to give some people a bit of trouble.
I find grading pieces with a difficulty lever one of the hardest parts of creating the design. Everyone has different strengths and weaknesses and it is so hard to judge what may be hard or easy for others. What may come hard to one person may be easy for another. I think at this point that I just have to take the word of those around me and err on the cautious side and hope that even if it is a bit above some people’s skill level, the instructions will be clear enough where they will be able to learn and advance and ultimately accomplish the design.
I need to spend the day finishing things up and getting to the writing part of this project. I want to have it ready to go so I can move on to the next idea.
On another subject, I heard back from Artist’s Club yesterday and they are going to take on the “Winter Snowmen” project for their November catalog. I was really pleased and somewhat surprised that they will do so. I don’t know why surprised, but perhaps because it was a smaller project with less pieces than the previous ones that I offered them, I didn’t know if they would want it. I am very pleased though because I want to try to keep something new there for each season and this will certainly fill the spot for the winter.
I didn’t want to submit too much because we will have the stocking pattern and the package pattern in the next catalog which I haven’t even received yet. With autumn being our busiest time of year, producing too many new things for them would really back us up and put us into a production mode over the next couple of months when we should be designing. This one additional design will be the perfect amount of work to keep us in the loop, yet allow us to get through our busy fall and holiday season – and give me time to design additional pieces for spring. It feels good to be in control of things like this and while it would have been easy to push in that direction, it would have upset the balance of things in other areas. I would rather be conservative and do things right that overextend myself and fail or do a poor job. Once again patience plays a big part in things.
Keith spent the day fine tuning the files and patterns in preparation of turning things over to the new wholesaler. As things happen, he also wound up changing things on the site internally and doing some good work there. It is quite tedious, but since I have had the site for over 10 years and things have changed so much with the type of software that I use to create the files and such, things were a bit of a mess behind the scenes. It is painstaking work for him to go back and fix everything so that it is consistent and Keith has spent several days doing so. I knew very little about file size and formats and such back then and some of the older patterns were created on software that doesn’t even exists anymore. Updating everything and having all the correct contact information is not an easy task and I truly appreciate Keith taking the time to do so.
But now things are really going to be in good order. We have a system that works for us and it is easy to be consistent and orderly and there is nothing up there that isn’t used or needed. I really appreciate all the hard work he does to make things run smoothly.
So that is about all for today. By tomorrow I should have some better pictures of everything. I am happy so far with how things are turning out and I think it will be a nice project.
I wish you all a good day today. Have fun and be creative.
-- Contributing Editor, Creative Woodworks and Crafts, Sheila Landry Designs http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com "Knowledge is Power"