It will be a flurry of activity here in a bit. There is much we need to accomplish today. Besides filling the order at hand, we have to be in Halifax for Keith’s brother’s wedding this weekend and won’t be here. I mention this because I don’t think that I will be able to write tomorrow or Saturday morning and I know there are lots of regulars who will wonder what happened. We need to get out of here quite early and if I did write, it probably wouldn’t be anything of interest anyway. We will have access to our laptop for orders, but this time is for family and besides that, I don’t think I will be around much. I know you all understand.
We did well yesterday, cutting over 1700 pieces between the two of us. And that was with starting late morning and quitting by dinner time, with a couple of breaks in between. It is nice when you have a system in place that works. We rearranged our place a bit to remove all the excess clutter and when we were finished for the day, we spent about half an hour deep cleaning and by six pm everything was good as new with no evidence that we had spent the day cutting except for the large box filled with pieces.
The printer was in top form too. I refilled the ink only once during the process and about half of the patterns are already done, with the other half to be printed today. On Monday when we are back, we will drill and package up the kits and they will be ready to go on Tuesday, when I will schedule a pick up. Not too bad for putting out 250 kits.
The snowmen kits will be a bit later, as I am awaiting UPC stickers that need to be on the patterns. But that is alright, as they don’t need to be in the warehouse until mid-October. We are planning to cut them as soon as possible, but since we kind of dropped all that we were doing to get this order done, there is some unfinished business that we need to attend to.
Speaking of that, I did want to show the pictures of my Halloween mini-plaques and ornaments. These are the pictures of the plaques, with the ornaments being about an inch smaller. I still haven’t decided how I was going to divide them into two patterns, and I need to make the pattern packets to get them ready to sell, but I really like how they came out.
I am also going to have a pattern for an easel to hold each size of them, so that people can display them on a mantle, table or anywhere they wish without having to put holes in the wall or have a tree or place to hang them from.
They aren’t the easiest pieces to cut, but with a bit of patience, they aren’t too hard. I am going to suggest that if one doesn’t feel that they would be able to cut them at the smaller size, they could enlarge them a bit and it would be much easier. In the process they will hopefully build their skills and eventually give it a try.
I am going to end here for today. There is much to do and the clock is ticking. While we are about 2/3 of the way done cutting, we figure it will take another maybe 4-5 hours to cut the remaining 1500 or so pieces. So I had better get at it.
Have a good day everyone. I believe it is Friday, and that makes a lot of people happy. Enjoy the day!
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