Well, yesterday proved to be a good day. Having a focus and mapping everything out allowed me to see all the things that needed to be done and I was able to prioritize them and start getting things done one by one. it felt really good to move in a direction with certainty that I was actually accomplishing something positive. I believe that is part of the ‘magic formula’ for being successful – knowing your goals and what you need to get done. It sounds simple, but it is important.
For the first time in several days I felt really good about what I was doing. I felt a lot less stress too because I knew that my time was being spent on things that would definitely help the business. As I finished each task, I checked it off my mental list which gave me a sense of accomplishment.
If you are wondering if I finished everything, I will be honest and say that I did not. Finishing was not my intent, but getting things accomplished and organized and moving in a good direction was, and I am pleased to say that I did achieve that.
We made good headway on the wholesale order. All the wood for it is sanded and the patterns are applied and the pieces are ready to be cut. We are now using Krylon Easy-Tack to apply the patterns and it seems to be working a bit better than the Elmer’s Temporary Adhesive. It holds well for these simple shapes, but we wonder how it would do for more intricate fretwork, and we fear that it will pull up too easily for that. But since we use the blue painter’s tape underneath when we cut anything more complex, we feel that the Elmer’s could still work (at least for the time being.) What is important is that the Easy Tack works well on the bare wood and holds the pattern down while not leaving a residue when it is removed. And it removes very easily. When doing large quantities of work, it is important that the pattern pieces do not get stuck too hard, or it would be a nightmare trying to remove them off that many pieces. So all is well there.
I also finished my instructions for the next project that is to be shipped off to the magazine for publication. That actually took a great part of my day as I needed to edit the photos and write the article too. In the mean time I printed the majority of the patterns for the next shipment of kits. I must admit the little Canon printer is still humming away flawlessly. We still have two new printers in their respective boxes when this one has had it, but it is showing no signs whatsoever of giving up on us. What a great printer it is!
Today we have an early appointment so I have to skee-daddle out of here and get moving. I thank you all for the comments and emails that I have received in the past week supporting us and what we do. We are definitely the ‘little guys in the big pond’ and it helps to meet these struggles we are having with so much good advice and support from you all.
I am glad that I feel back on track again. I am finding I am easing back into my comfort zone and usually that means that I will have a very productive day.
I wish you all a great day also.
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"