Seeing that we are moving into February, it is time to do one of the most “un-fun” parts of the job – the book work. Although I must say that I am much better prepared than I have been in previous years, as I have pretty much been keeping track of things all along.
As the business keeps growing, this is an important part of it that needs to be attended to on a regular basis. This was the first year that I set up a spread sheet on the computer and have been posting all of my expenses and income throughout the year. Prior to that, I had just clumped everything in one folder, saving the sorting and tallying for one massive session or sessions before I headed to my accountant.
I have been (pretty) good about things this past year, having kept up with the posting until the last month or so of the year. That means the task at hand is much smaller and will go by rather quickly and with much less anxiety. And less things, such as expenses and deductions will be missed. It is all very advantageous to me.
Besides getting the rest of the receipts posted, I am in the process of repainting the mask ornaments and creating the pattern packets for them.
For myself, I find it necessary to paint them a second time in order to refine things and take step-by-step photographs for the instruction packets. When I am in the “design mode” of painting, it is very much a trial and error process. I am pretty much working out of my own thoughts and not sure where the pieces will wind up. After the first batch is ‘finished’, I like to paint them again, this time writing down colors and taking step-by-step photographs during the process. I also change anything I feel necessary to make the piece better. I know this lengthens the process of making these patterns considerably, but I do think the results is far better. I began doing this yesterday and I already see a great improvement over the original pieces. It is just the way I like to do things, and will also familiarize me more with the process.
So that is what my weekend plans are to be. I don’t know if I will be writing tomorrow or not. We will see how things go and if I think of anything that may be of interest to you all.
It is back to snow here this morning, and we are supposed to have some cold temperatures for the next few days. But that is OK. All of my errands are done and the cupboards are full and it will be a good chance to really concentrate on the tasks at hand.
I wish you all a great weekend!
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"