Today’s post will once again be rather quick. On Wednesday night, we received a reorder for Haunted Masquerade kits from Artist’s Club and we needed to switch gears so we could get them done:
I was happy to get this order so early in the year. That means that they are doing well and hopefully there will be more orders to follow.
We immediately turned into “production mode” and got about half the order done yesterday. The printing of the patterns actually takes longer than cutting the pieces, and we knew that there was no way that we would be able to ship things out today, so we have the weekend to put everything together so the order will ship on Monday. I must admit it did feel good to cut production again. I don’t mind it at all and it was a nice change of pace. I love that our work takes us in so many different directions!
In the mean time, I have a picture of day seven of the “12 Days” ornaments that I am working on. This was finished the other night:
Again, I am happy with how these are looking and I will hopefully get some painting time in tonight after we finish cutting today. My goal was to get them done by the end of the weekend, but with things changing, that day may need to be bumped up a little bit. But that is OK. It is a good problem to have.
It dawned on me that the two most important things you need when you own your own business are patience and flexibility. You need to realize that there is no such thing as ‘overnight success’ and that developing a business from the ground up is the best way to go about things. This takes a huge amount of patience and time, but if you offer a good product at a fair price and work hard to achieve success, eventually things should pay off.
The flexibility part is also important. You never know what will come your way or when, and you need to be able to change your focus at a moment’s notice in order to do what is best for you and your business. Sometimes that is difficult for the type of person who has their own business, as many times they are disciplined and can be a bit regimented in their routines. But you need to know that frequently situations come up which cause you to reassess and re-evaluate your priorities in order to do what you need to do to make your business grow.
It is all an adventure, and can be exciting and fun if you are up for it.
On a final note for today, I want to mention that once again, Ryan MacLeod at MacLeod Dragons is auctioning off a piece. This will be his final piece that will be available before he once again works on his lengthy commission list. It may be the last chance you have to acquire one of his dragons for a long, long time. The piece is called “The Red Dragon”
It is another beautiful piece. If you wish to look in on the auction, or to join Ryan’s Facebook page so you can see his amazing creations come to life, you can go here to do so:
I understand that Ryan is also in the process of creating some beautiful 2014 calendars as well as coffee mugs with pictures of his dragons on them. This is a great way that those who aren’t able to acquire an original sculpture can still have a nice keepsake of his dragons. I think it is a great idea for him to offer these and I hope if you are a dragon fan, you will check him out.
Well – that is all for today. I have to jump in and get to work. So much to get done, but also it is very exciting for me!
Today is the Summer Solstice which marks the beginning of summer. Finally in the last couple of days it has warmed up to the point where it is beginning to feel like summer will actually come after all. I hope you all have a great weekend!
Have fun and enjoy the season!
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"