Hopefully this will be my last day of writing for a while. It seems that I spent the entire week at the computer, and while I enjoy writing a great deal, I am really anxious to make something new. I am looking forward to a weekend of doing something for the scroll saw, and also begin on working on some new painting projects.
Yesterday I got the majority of my article written for the magazine. I only have to work on the accompanying photograph and I can button that up. Then I have to write the instructions for the “America!” and “O Canada!” word art pieces that are going to appear in the magazine. I had taken many pictures while creating them and I still need to write the step by step instructions. But word art is not very difficult and pretty straight forward, so hopefully it won’t take too long. The finishing of the pieces seems to be the part that is more involved, but at least I have the video to refer people to so they can better understand the processes that I used. That is a good thing.
I am finding that those videos are very helpful in explaining things. That way, if I am not quite crystal clear in my instructions, at least my customers have something visual to help them through the process. Sometimes I think that actually seeing how things done can really clarify people’s understanding. While they do take a while for me to make, I think that the benefits that people get out of them are well worth the time spent making them. Even though I still get a bit nervous when making one, I have received a lot of positive feedback that people felt they were helpful. So I will continue to make them for now. :)
The sun has just come up and it appears to be another overcast and dreary day. When I did my errands yesterday I was surprised just how cold it still was outside. But perhaps it was me. I am finding myself missing my car more these days and getting anxious to have it back out on the road again. Once the threat of new snow has passed, I will start driving it again. Not that I want to really go anywhere. Sometimes just knowing that I can makes a big difference. Like many things, it is a mindset.
So once again I am keeping it short here. I have found it to be a bit difficult to talk about writing these past couple of days. Even though I have been working many hours, it has all been technical things that I don’t feel would interest you all as readers. But it is a part of the business, and an important part at that.
I am pleased with the progress we are having with our business. Even though we are no longer working with one of our largest wholesalers, we are making up for it in other places. The transition has been gradual however, and hasn’t happened overnight. But somehow I feel that it is best that way. Laying a solid foundation takes time and it seems that the things that are thought through with the most care are the ones that make lasting and positive changes.
So all is good.
It’s Friday already and another week has nearly passed. This weekend we put our clocks ahead, losing another hour.
(Or paying back the hour we borrowed in the autumn. I think it is a matter of how you look at it!) It is always amazing to me just how quickly time passes. But pass it does. It marches on relentlessly without regard. My aim is to use it wisely, and appreciate each minute that I am given.
”Time is an equal opportunity employer. Each human being has exactly the same number of hours and minutes every day. Rich people can’t buy more hours. Scientists can’t invent new minutes. And you can’t save time to spend it on another day. Even so, time is amazingly fair and forgiving. No matter how much time you’ve wasted in the past, you still have an entire tomorrow.” ~Denis Waitely
Have a great 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"