Yesterday was what even I would call a ‘productive’ day.
Between Keith and myself, we cut nearly 1000 ornaments (960+ extras to be exact) drilled them, and printed patterns and packaged them into 80 pattern kits that are sitting here ready to go out the door. We feel pretty good about it.
The more important thing though was that it was actually FUN to do. I realize that we all have different ideas of what “fun” is, but it was really quite enjoyable work and looking at the finished outcome, we feel quite accomplished and happy with how we are able to get these orders done.
We have everything down to a science, it seems. Even the preparation of clearing the miscellaneous “stuff” off the counters and putting everything in its place was a positive. When we finished the cutting part, sometime mid-afternoon, and did our after-cutting clean up, the place looked neat and orderly and nicer than ever. It was just an added bonus.
I spent the next couple hours packaging the pieces and patterns (that were printing out all day) into kits, and by early evening, the box was packed and is waiting to be picked up and on its way, a mere 30 hours from when the order was placed for the 80 kits. Not too shabby.
I tell you all this because it feels really good to have this part of things figured out. As those of you who read often have seen, it takes some time and much trial and error to develop a ‘system’ that works well. Yesterday was an example for us of just how smoothly things can work with a little planning. We had the supplies ready. The $80 printer with its ink system worked flawlessly (yes – it is still the older one and we have two newer models in reserve for when this one finally gives up!) We had the wood sanded and stacked in layers and ready to cut. We had extra bags for packaging in supply, and everything was set and ready to go. It made the job easy, relaxing and yes – FUN!
My only ‘regret’ if any was that I wasn’t able to cut my new ornaments out. But that will come.
Unfortunately, it won’t happen today either. We need to take a ride up to Bear River and pick up Keith’s pens from the shop there that was selling them. They close for the winter and he needs to bring what didn’t sell back here. The sales were modest, although he did sell more than last year, and he is probably going to continue to sell there next season. We will have to see where we are at.
We also need to spend some time in Bernie’s shop and plane and dress some wood, so we are going to spend the rest of the afternoon there today. It is good to get everything in order at once as the weather will soon change making it harder to travel. With November approaching, it is getting close to that time to park the Mustang for the winter. It is just as well, as I am also ready to settle in for the cold season.
I pretty much stayed off of the computer yesterday, except for filling orders and questions that needed immediate responses. Needless to say, I won’t be on it today either, as I won’t be here. There is a bit of a back log in my email box that will have to wait until the weekend, so if you emailed me I ask you to please be patient and I will get to you as soon as I can.
I also wanted to say that I really appreciate the responses on the tape that I received yesterday. There was a lot of great information from all the places that I post the blog and I need to take a bit of time and sort through things. I am going to summarize all the information I got and (hopefully) that will be the topic of tomorrow’s post. All the information provided was most helpful and I am sure that many others will appreciate it very much. Networking like this is a real asset to everyone.
So with that said, I will head out today. Another week will be under out belts and we are already into the month of November. Once again time is just going by too quickly. But we need make the best of each day and enjoy it to the fullest.
Time is the coin of your life. It is the only coin you have, and only you can determine how it will be spent. Be careful lest you let other people spend it for you. ~Carl Sandburg
I wish you all a wonderful Friday.
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"