I always have the best intentions of taking some time off and doing some things that are not work related. It seems though that more so than not, that doesn’t seem to happen very often.
This isn’t a complaint, mind you. I don’t for a minute want anyone to think that. I honestly love what I do, and most times it is very difficult for me to refer to it as ‘work.’ I realize that I am very fortunate in thinking about it like that and I know that it is rare for someone to enjoy what they do for a living to the extent that I do. I am very happy in that respect.
I suppose the problem that occurs is that my work and my recreational activities bleed a bit closely together, sometimes making it difficult for me to differentiate one from the other. What starts out as recreation somehow finds its way into work, and vice-versa. It becomes very hard to decide which is which.
So am I always working or always playing? I think I could argue both sides pretty effectively.
The plan for the weekend was to work on the pattern packets for the new designs on Saturday and take the day Sunday to ‘do what I wanted.’ We had hopes of getting the site updated by Monday or Tuesday, and sending out a newsletter then. Things were going along well, and then I received news that my exchange partner from my painting group received her ornaments from me. I sent her a set of the “12 Days of Christmas” ornaments in key form, as the key ornaments are very popular.
I don’t know if you all remember, but last spring when I created the “12 Days” ornament set for Artist’s Club and my site, I had debated on whether to do them as keys or as regular ornaments. Since there were so many key themed patterns going around, we decided to do the pattern in traditionally shaped ornaments and forego the keys, as perhaps they had run their course.
But it seems that they are still going strong, for when my partner posted the pictures of her gift from me, everyone on the painting page was really excited. I began receiving several messages and emails asking if and when I would have a pattern packet and kit for the keys available.
Of course, I was thrilled. I had liked my original idea of doing them in key form, as I thought they would have many applications in that format. Wreaths, garlands, etc. just to name a few. I thought they looked pretty cool like that and that it set them apart from other ornament sets with the 12 Days theme.
So when asked, I decided to create a pattern packet in that format and make it available for my painters.
I spent pretty much of the day yesterday redrawing the designs. I had the drawings for the larger ornaments, and I had painted the keys for my exchange, but I had never done finished drawings that would be sufficient for a pattern packet. I suppose that is part of what happens when I experiment with things.
I embraced the task with enthusiasm, and since it was fun to do, I didn’t look at it at all like ‘work’. It is just part of the creative process and something that I wanted to do. Plus the fact that people really seemed enthusiastic about them.
So I can’t really tell you if yesterday was spent “working” or “playing”. I suppose it depends how you look at things. We also finished updating the site and I am going to spend at least a portion of today writing and sending out our newsletter announcing our new projects. Besides the new ornaments and candle tray that I showed here, Keith has also added some great new projects. And we also have a new pattern on our Free Patterns and Resources page. It is a sample of the new set of ornaments that I had been showing here. I actually made 13 ornaments in the set so I could offer one for free.
I invite you all to head over to the site to download it and give it a try.
I am happy that I got so much done this weekend. Even though I am in Canada, I hope to celebrate Thanksgiving later on this week. It feels really GOOD to have everything on the site caught up and it will feel equally good to have this last pattern under my belt before the holiday. It will allow me to really focus on my friends and family and enjoy the couple of days I will take.
One of the best things about what I do is the flexibility that I have. We were able to take a couple of weeks and travel, and still keep the business running rather smoothly. While it seems that I may work most days, I feel that it isn’t really hard to do because I enjoy what I am doing so much. If I didn’t design or create in some way, shape or form, I don’t think I would know what to do with myself.
As always, I appreciate all the wonderful comments and notes and emails from you all. It really makes everything worth the time we put into things when we can come out of it with not only a decent business, but some genuine friends as well.
Have a wonderful Monday!
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"