The past couple of days have been truly busy. All of a sudden I went from being practically caught up with my designs to having several important deadlines looming over the next couple of weeks. I did not miss writing because I was slacking or taking time off, but rather I took the extra hour or so it requires for me to post to catch up on correspondence and emails and other things like that. I am sticking by my usual complaint of not being enough hours in the day to complete all I would like.
I am “getting there” on my projects though, and I do admit that I miss the correspondence that I have with you all through writing these posts. While I realize that it does take some time out of my day to keep up with things, I also realize that because of how I do things, it is the source of a great source of joy and inspiration for me each day, and I have missed that.
It is our slower season for selling patterns. But like the story of “The Ant and the Grasshopper” that I retell every now and then to you, this is the time when we sometimes need to work our hardest. It is time to lay the ground work for the autumn and holiday seasons and not a time to slow down.
I am always concerned about things during these months, but with each passing year I realize that it is just part of the cycle for our business, and I need to allow it to play itself out and not let it cloud my thinking. It is however a good opportunity to start thinking about new venues along with new designs and that way we can continue to expand the business and allow it to grow. So I look at it as a good thing.
The design that I was working on last week was accepted by the magazine that I submitted it to. I was thrilled to hear that, as it will be the first time my patterns will be published with this company, and will be the first time that I will be seen by a somewhat different demographic. I suppose that is part of why I felt a bit of pressure when creating it, as working in a new arena for new people left me with lots of unknowns, which can be frightening. While I never take for granted having my projects displayed in Creative Woodworks and Crafts magazine, after working with them for fifteen years I am familiar with their expectations and I have earned their respect and I don’t feel pressure.
However, working with a new publication is much like the first day on a new job. One feels a bit awkward and unsure of themselves, even if they know they will do a good job. It takes a couple of rounds I expect to feel a bit more at ease. That will come with time.
This week has been pretty much consumed by designing a new submission for a painting kit. I still don’t really want to show it just yet until I am completely done with it. It is a bit involved and I have been really and truly working about it diligently every day. There have been a couple of instances where I spent hours painting only to take the sander to the piece and do it over, changing some of the aspects of the design to better suit what I was thinking. It is just a slow process. But I am happy with what I have done so far, and I am in the home stretch. I may even finish it up today.
When it is completed, I need to refocus on my other deadlines. I have them all lined up in order of urgency. It is possible to accomplish them, but only with strict attention and discipline. But I am pretty good at that for the most part, and I think they are all attainable.
In the mean time, I may not post every single day. As I get a sound footing with these new ventures, I would rather err on the side of being conservative rather than show my hand before its time. While Creative Woodworks likes that I show and promote my work here for you all to see, I am not sure of the policies of the new magazine and I would rather wait just a bit to do that until I am positive that it is OK to do so. I don’t want to start off on the wrong foot.
As far as my painting that I am doing, it is more for my own peace of mind that I hold my cards close for just a little bit on this one too. I work in a competitive business and I have been told more than once that I put myself out here too much or too early. Part of me doesn’t think that would have a negative impact on things, but as I said, I am sitting on the cautious side lately so I thought I would play it safe®. Such is the world in which we live.
So for today, I settled for posting a new project in my gallery. I tend to fall behind on that part of things and I had intended to get all the new pieces in there in the next couple of weeks. I posted the Pocket Full of Posies candle tray for those of you who may have missed it.
It is fitting for the time, as spring has definitely come to our area.
It is somewhat foggy here this morning, but the fog should be lifting shortly. I had forgotten how that happens in the summer months, as the sun is up now at 6am and more so than not, it is overcast early only to be clear and sunny by noon. A sure sign that summer is on its way.
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"