As the big holiday approaches us, I am finding that there are a lot of last minute things I need to do. I will certainly be busy.
Yesterday, Keith and I decided to do a quick site update. I was debating on whether to do this right now or not, but Keith had finished three new wildlife plaques and we thought it would be nice to offer them as soon as possible. On top of that, we had several new customers on our mailing list and we wanted to get a newsletter to them as quickly as possible.
It seems that the mail issues that our hosts were having were somewhat resolved. When we tested a mailing with Keith’s hotmail address, everything went through fine. When the actual mailing went out, the rate of bounce back was only a fraction of what it was a couple of weeks ago, so we think things are on the right track there.
I think I need to put a note as people are signing up which will advise them to add us to their address book. This will help prevent the newsletters from being bounced. I sometimes feel as if I am ‘bothering’ people when I get these back, but I need to remember that they were the ones who signed up because they wanted to receive updates. I need to learn to stop thinking in that manner and not take it personally.
I decided to put another pattern on the Free Stuff page of our site. I wanted to do something for our customers for Christmas and I thought that this would be nice. After seeing how nice my friend Leldon’s office Christmas tree looked using the little charms from one of my projects as ornaments, both Keith and I thought it would be nice to make a stand alone pattern of the charms as simple ornaments and offer them free.
The ornaments are cute and simple and we also thought that even the people that were newer to cutting on the scroll saw would be able to accomplish them. Leldon left his natural wood color and they look good. But I also included the simple instructions to make them sparkle a bit. Either way I think that people will find many uses for them and I hope they enjoy them.
If you didn’t already, I invite you to go over to the site Free Stuff page and download the free pattern.
We also decided to give our mailing list customers an extra coupon code which will be valid for the next several weeks. These customers will get 15% off their entire order at the checkout. This includes Gift Cards too, so they can get the cards at a discounted price and use them at face value later on and make their own sale. I will send the newsletter to any new people that sign up too, so they can take advantage of the coupon, so if you are interested, you can go to the site here and sign up for the Mailing List.
I like giving special sales like this. Especially in these difficult economic times, we realize that everyone is very careful as to how they are spending. We always try to create great patterns and spend a lot of time on detail and the instructions so that scrollers of any level can use the successfully. With all the free stuff available on the internet, we want to make it worth their money to purchase patterns from us. I enjoy offering sales and discounts to our regular customers, as it is our way of showing them that we appreciate the support we get from them. It may sound corny, but it is truly how we feel.
Today I will be busy wrapping and baking. We are heading to Digby tomorrow to spend the day with Bernie and Ellen. Their family will be there too, as well as their new great-grandson! It will be a great day of food and nice to relax and visit with everyone and enjoy the day.
I am bringing my favorite stuffing (by request) which I will put together today. It is made with sausage, cranberries and apple juice and is really yummy. I have two different favorite stuffing recipes that I make. The other one is simply butter, eggs and onions and is much like a souffle. Since I can’t decide which one I enjoy most, I like to make them both and bring them for the holidays. That way we get to sample everything without having it too much.
I also have a couple of recipes of shortbread cookies that I will be making today. One is with anise and the other has a touch of cinnamon added. Both are again my favorites and I will enjoy sharing them.
It is a tad too warm here for me these days. It has been raining pretty much all week, on the brink of snow. Hopefully it will get just cool enough to give us some snow for Christmas. If not, I suppose we will live with it.
I wish you all a great day this busy Saturday. I hope you are all caught up with your things you need to do and take some time to enjoy the day.
Have a great one!
-- Contributing Editor, Creative Woodworks and Crafts, Sheila Landry Designs http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com "Knowledge is Power"