I awoke this morning to several inches of freshly fallen snow, and it is still coming down as I write here this morning. While we have had an inch here or there in the past couple of weeks, this is the first significant snowfall of the year.
In checking on Facebook, there were announcements that all the area schools are closed, as we are supposed to get more snow throughout the day. Then on Sunday a larger storm is supposed to arrive. They are calling for up to 30 cm in addition to what has already fallen (almost a foot) and trying to prepare us for the worst.
Winter has arrived in Nova Scotia.
I do feel prepared however. While we could use a bit more milk to get us through the weekend, for the most part we have all the supplies we need. I don’t think that this is supposed to be a violent storm, but even if we happen to lose power, we have supplies, water and our bar-b-que to cook on if necessary. It is just getting light out now, and I don’t know if we will be able to venture out to retrieve our mail before the weekend and pick up those few things or not. I am prepared though to spend the weekend working on getting the final things that I want to mail out ready for Monday’s post, so we should all be fine.
It is hard to believe that Christmas will be upon us so soon. While just a short time ago it seemed like it was such a great distance into the future, it now looms ever so close and it is quickly becoming ‘crunch time’ for those of us who need to mail our cards and gifts. The days sure pass by quickly.
I did finish up the final work that I needed to do for my latest magazine article and project yesterday. With that under my belt, I feel like I have at least a couple of weeks to myself to get some personal projects done. Before long we will be looking to spring and summer things and soon after that it will be time to think of new designs for Christmas again (at least for the magazine) and the entire cycle will repeat itself.
Keith also finished up some big projects this past week. One important thing he did was complete our new catalog of patterns. It is available for you all to download it for free here. Just click on the title under the picture and follow the instructions for downloading it. It may take a few minutes because it is a larger file (7mb)
We are very proud of our catalog. Our little company is growing, and our catalog now has almost 500 patterns included in it. I think that Keith does a very good job of organizing them and fitting them into categories so that people can find what they are interested in quickly. That gets harder as we add more products, as many of the patterns fit into multiple sections or categories and it would not be prudent for us to list them twice. So we do the best we can and hope that everyone is able to find what they are looking for.
As our company grows, it is more and more difficult to keep things up to date. Both Keith and I realize that in the next week or so, when we begin adding new items, our catalog will already be a little out of date, as it is impossible to keep it completely ‘current’. It is for that reason we invite you to join our Mailing List so that you receive our bi-monthly newsletter. In the newsletter, I always highlight our newest designs for both scroll sawing and painting. Since we only are able to update our catalog about twice a year, this is the best way to keep current. We never use anyone’s information for anything but sending out the newsletters, so it is a safe and easy way to stay in touch.
Of course, you can also subscribe to my blog and see day by day the new things that I am making. I am trying a new service called Networked Blogs and seeing how that will work. Many people who like reading blogs are already signed up and it may be a nice way to receive notifications. Let me know what you think of it please, as I don’t know if it is worth it to be involved with it.
I am always looking for ways to get word out about our company. I certainly appreciate you all sharing my posts here and commenting and “liking” them on Facebook. My recent growth in the painting area of our business has helped a great deal as well.
It is all matter of baby steps. The longer I am doing this, the more I am finding out that there is no such thing as “overnight success”. Good companies are built slowly and steadily and only the results of hard work can sustain them.
I appreciate all your support and thank you all for helping us grow. We hope to continue to do what we are doing and truly enjoy being able to do something we love.
I wish you a great Friday and a happy weekend. No matter how busy you may be, I hope you take time to enjoy things as well.
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"