I woke up this morning to a quiet and gentle rain. Even now as I am sitting here writing, it is a wonderfully soothing sound. It is still dark out and I can feel the cool air coming in from the window – almost to the point of needing a light blanket. Autumn is definitely on its way.
I find myself retiring early, just so I can awake earlier to enjoy these mornings longer. I know these next few months will pass quickly and I wish to enjoy every second of them that I can. The early dawn hours are the best part of my day, with my (still naked) all season tree dimly lit in the corner, the lounging cats in my lap, my cinnamon laced coffee, and a sense of calm. Many days I also enjoy Mozart or Vivaldi playing softly in the background, but this morning, I choose to listen to the rain. It is a peaceful and serene way to begin the day, and in most instances, I am able to keep the mood with me for the duration. These are my most productive times.
I think that atmosphere is extremely important for being creative. At least for me it is. I have always been someone to ‘nest’ and make whatever place I am occupying something that I find comforting and suitable to my needs. I remember doing this as a teenager when I first got my own room at the age of 17. It was the first time I had a small slice of the world to call my own and I clearly recall the joy I experienced from making it my own little space. In it, I felt happy and safe and calm. I would listen to my music up there and read books and do my needle work (I used to love to embroider) and it would be a place that I could escape from the rest of the world.
I have found that ever since then, I do that with each place I have called ‘home.’ Most of them weren’t fancy, but no matter how basic they were, I was always able to transform them into a place where I felt comfortable. And some of my fondest memories from each of the places I have lived are much like this morning – filled with all the things I liked best.
Today will be a good day. I finished packing our latest wholesale order and it will be picked up and on its way before noon. Another assignment will be checked off the list for me and I will be able to progress and draw new designs. As I was sealing the last box, the Artist’s Club sent an email out which featured my two ornament sets (the packages and the Stockings) They really do a nice job of presenting them:
When they did this type of ad with the witch’s hats and boots, it was only a day or so until we received an order for more, so we are bracing for another round of cutting in the near future. Yesterday, while I was packing, Keith went to Digby to pick up the wood supply that we ordered so that we could stay ahead of things. I think that is the way to go with everything. We keep enough wood in stock so that we can produce a large order immediately. As soon as our stock goes down, we replenish it and have it ready. We do the same with the ink for the printer, the bags for packing the kits and the paper. At any given moment, we are able to produce a sizable order without having to go out and purchase supplies.
I understand that this may be difficult for you to do if you are just starting out and money is tight. When I first started with these kits, it seemed like it was a large risk for me to stock items like this. But after seeing them sell the way they are selling, I felt a bit more confident that I wouldn’t be ‘stuck’ with any of the supplies and it became easier. It seemed my first larger check from the company was reinvested right into the supplies, but at that point I saw they were selling well and it helped a great deal that the several kits I produce use only those four products. Keeping things simple is certainly a help. Besides, if another kit is never ordered, I will be able to use all the items for other things and not lose out.
I suppose that is my advice for today. If you are going to begin production of any item, it is helpful to make the supplies used to create it generic enough to be able to be used elsewhere if necessary. That will lower the risk you take pre-purchasing tremendously.
So today I am drawing some new things and I hope to be cutting today too. I have lots of drawing in front of me, and I want to do several quicker projects in the next week or so and really get moving on these ideas. The seasons are short, and they will come and go quickly, and I don’t want to have to wait to next year on all of them. I realize that some of them will be put on hold for a year, as there is no way that I can do everything I am thinking about right now, but that is good, as I am sure by next year there will be even more to consider.
It’s a good way to be, and I am quite happy. We have some other good things on our horizon that I will share with you in the future. I am happy that our little business is growing and doing well and that I am able to be able to live the way I live.
Have a wonderful day today. Wednesday already. Enjoy the day and the season as it comes.
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"