Wow! Some mornings it really is getting to be a pill to post a blog here. You all know I am not a complainer (well – not really!) but lately it has been a real pain to get a post put up here in the mornings here on Lumberjocks (where I write my original blog post) Today just clicking on the ‘add new blog entry’ tab resulted in watching the spinning circle for nearly five minutes. That is way too long for my patience. Adding pictures is another thing that has really hung me up in the morning.
Don’t get me wrong – I love the site and I realize that it is huge and free and all of that, but there are just some days when I am – well, busy – and need to keep things moving along. I admit though that some of the reason in these recent days when I haven’t posted a blog was because I was just too darn busy to wait. There is just too much I need to accomplish and have to keep things moving.
That being said, I will get on with the post for today.
Last night I finally finished the new pattern for the “SLDP215 12 Days of Christmas Ornaments!” That was a big milestone for me, as it seemed like it took me quite a while. It wound up being 20 pages long with 26 color photos and I am very pleased with it. I still have a final proof reading to do this morning as soon as I am done here, but for the most part, it should be good to go. I was just too tired last night when I finished to do a proper proof reading and I know that if there are any errors, they should be small. So that is good news.
I wound up retouching the pictures a couple of times, which is where much of the time creating the pattern went. The one thing about painting patterns is that getting the color accurate can be somewhat of a challenge. Seeing something on my computer screen doesn’t mean that it will come out looking the same from my printer and since I am not a publishing house, I don’t have the luxury of working with high end equipment that costs thousands of dollars. So I do the best that I can with what I have and so far it has worked well for me. It just takes a bit of time initially to get things right.
Keith helps with that too because he has such a ‘techie’ mind that he is able to set my camera so that it takes optimal pictures to start with. That means less adjustments on the computer. Here is a copy of the cover picture for the pattern:
The colors are accurate and true and it looks crisp and clean. I am happy with it. After today it will be good to be able to put this pattern behind me and move on to other things. :)
While I was completing that, Keith was working on creating a new and updated catalog of our designs. It had been a couple of months since we updated the catalog, as we only do so a couple of times per year because we are also so busy. This time there were over 60 new designs added into the catalog, and adding them in is no small task. But he did a beautiful job with it, and it looks amazing!
If you want to obtain a free download of it or see it in its entirety, you can go here to do so:
It is always nice to be able to see everything we do in one place. It is hard to believe that we actually make all that stuff! We are really proud of what we do and the quality of the work that we have to offer.
Today I will be writing and sending out a newsletter. For all of you who are on our mailing list, you should be expecting one some time later on today. If you want to sign up for our mailing list, just follow the link here to do so: http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com/mailing-list
As always, I never share emails with anyone and we only put out one to two newsletters per month which tell of our new designs, new sales, and general information as to what we are up to. Just be sure if you join to put my email address on your ‘safe senders’ list so that it doesn’t get thrown into your spam folder.
We had a weekend full of a foggy, misty, light rain and it appears that it will continue to be that way for the next several days. The temperatures are cool and it feels more like autumn than summer. I am beginning to wonder if I will ever see the sun again!
We plan to take a couple of days to head to the city, and we may do so tomorrow. We haven’t been there since last fall and we are really due for an outing. I will report more as to what we decide to do when the time comes.
I also wanted to let you all know that Lee Valley Tools has FREE SHIPPING until July 8th on orders of $40 or more:
(and who can shop there without spending $40, really??)
I always use this time to stock up on the things that I want from them. I like using their Rare Earth magnets and they have the Glue Bot glue bottle that I reviewed a couple of months ago and some other nice things. If you are thinking of ordering from them, now would be the time to do so.
Well, that is about all for today. It is Canada Day here in Canada and everything is closed for the celebration. I wish all those wonderfully friendly people here in my host country a fabulous day today! Thank you for making me feel so welcome in such a beautiful place!
I wish everyone a great Monday too! I hope summer has found its way to you and you are enjoying all that it has to bring. As for myself – I will enjoy the day rain or shine.
If I run out of things to do, I can always count the raindrops! :D
Have a great day!
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"