I have been quite busy this past week, doing many things to organize and also tying up some loose ends. I finally had some time to ‘play’ with some of the rhinestones that I received and try them out on one of the sets of painted masks. I had talked to my editor, and she was happy to allow me to write an article on embellishing projects. I am excited about doing this because I receive many requests from customers who wish to make their projects stand out from others when they sell them at craft fairs and shows.
I think that even though people know there are options available for decorating their pieces and going that extra step, they really like to see examples in front of them. Many times, I have explained some of my ideas to others, but only when I actually have shown the finished pieces did they really understand what I was talking about. I think that is my fault, as I must be a better ‘thinker’ than an ‘explainer’. (I made up that word)
Adding some sparkle to the painted masks really made them go up another level. While they were pretty before, that extra bit of “bling” really made them stand out and look festive. I found myself having a great time designing and playing around with different color families and sizes of stones to add just the right touch.
I took pictures of each, but they still look better in person. But the pictures aren’t bad and they do give at least an idea of the possibilities.
I think that they really look pretty nice. They look finished and professional and I am sure that I will use these for future projects. In the life of a designer, my holidays projects are right around the corner and I can think of many instances that I want things to shave a little bit of sparkle.
Today I hope to begin drawing some new designs. It feels as if I haven’t been at the drawing board in quite a while, even though every day has been filled form sun up to sun down. I suppose that all the behind the scenes work that both Keith and I have been doing hasn’t made really exciting blog material. So much of the time we spend is on marketing, computer work, book work and customer service that some days it leaves very little time for being creative. But that is a good part of the business and we are very happy that it is growing.
So many times I receive emails from people who want to start their own business and say to me “it must be nice just to cut on the scroll saw (or paint) all day!” Those of you who read on a regular basis know that idea of how we spend our days is quite far from the reality of how it really is. I truly look forward to just about every part of the business. But the actual cutting of the designs or painting them is just a very small part of the big pictures.
But to me, that is what makes it so fun and exciting. You never know what kind of day you are going to have and you never know who you may ‘meet’. So many of our customers become our friends and It is truly wonderful to get to know them and see what they make and share our creativity with them. There truly isn’t a day that goes by where I am not grateful for the job I have chosen – even on those days when I have to do paperwork!
With that said, I am going to sign off for today. I plan to spend the day planning and working again on some of my paperwork for taxes. I need to make an appointment next week with my accountant so I can button things up for 2012 and look ahead to 2012. The good news is that we definitely had a great deal of growth last year, even though the economy was hurting. So we must be doing something right.
We want to thank you all very much for your continued support and advice and suggestions. Whether you are friends or customers or advisers, you help make our business as good as it can be and we truly appreciate you all.
Have a great Saturday and do something that you enjoy to do. Doing something you love makes life so much better. I can tell you that from first hand experience.
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"