Another Monday is upon us. Why is it the Mondays come so quickly? It is hard to believe that we are nearly half way through with November already and approaching the end of the year. Again. Looking back on the past year, it all seems to be a blur. I know we had a car trip to Cape Breton in there somewhere. Several days in the summer were spent cutting out witches’ hats and boots and Christmas stockings and packages. The day on the beach when I drew the snowmen. It all went by so quickly.
I haven’t done much painting lately. While I promise myself I would do that at least on Sundays, it seems that there is always other things calling me that are difficult to ignore. It isn’t that I don’t enjoy the other things, but perhaps there are just too many things that I enjoy doing and there just aren’t enough hours in the day to accomplish everything.
Yesterday was a good day. While I didn’t achieve everything I set out to do, I did accomplish quite a bit. I need to teach myself to be happy with what I DID accomplish rather than scold myself for the things that I didn’t get to.
I got the house in order for the most part. I also worked on the pictures for the new ornaments. They came out lovely I think and today I will be completing the pattern packet for them and getting them, as well as the slotted designs onto the site.
I did a stupid thing too. While cleaning off the disk of the camera, I inadvertently deleted some of the step-by-step pictures for the pattern packet which showed me applying the beads to the ornaments. I had thought that I had already transferred them to my hard drive, but after dumping them off of the camera, I realized that I had not done so yet. I now need to cut an additional piece and take them over again, which won’t take too long, but will still take some time.
Yes – there is such a thing as being “too organized.”
I did design and cut a new ornament to give away for free on the site. It is also a slotted ornament, and I hope it will allow people who haven’t tried to cut something like that to stretch out of their comfort zone a bit and give it a shot. It is a Christmas Star ornament, and while it is simple, I think it is nice.
In looking at the calendar, I realize that there are only a couple of weeks left for Christmas designs. After all, I can’t really expect to introduce them in the middle of December and have them do well. I have quite a few things that I wanted to do this year and it seems that I only have gotten to a fraction of them. I don’t know if that is a good or bad thing. I suppose you could look at it either way. On one hand it is unfortunate, as I would have loved to introduce many of these ideas this year. But on the other, it is what I refer to as “job security” for myself and I know I have a great line up waiting for next year. Usually by then too, the ideas are refined and even better than I had originally thought, so waiting can be a good thing too.
There is just no way to mass produce these new ideas. I know other designers can crank out designs at a much faster rate, but I like to actually build the projects. After all, that is why I began doing this in the first place. I cherish my time at the scroll saw and can honestly say that I thoroughly enjoy it. As I do the painting projects. Otherwise, I would think I am in the wrong business.
Oh, and I didn’t forget about the video either. I have several segments that need to be edited today and uploaded. I hope to have that on my YouTube channel by tomorrow.
It is going to be a busy and exciting week, I think. Mondays are a fresh start and to me like starting a new chapter in a wonderful book you are reading. I always like the thought of them. It is going to be a great week of accomplishment and progress and I can’t wait to begin.
I wish you all a wonderful week too!
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"