It has been a busy couple of days and I have spent them trying to catch up. I have wanted to start drawing my new design, but I haven’t had the chance to do that. There have been so many ‘miscellaneous’ things to do with the business that I just haven’t had the chance. (I haven’t done any needlework either!)
Please understand that I am NOT complaining! This is really a lot of FUN and it is just how I like my business to be. There is such a great variety of things to do that it really keeps things fresh and exciting for me. I suppose the only reason I am mentioning it is because I had said on Monday that I would have some new drawings to show and I have yet to put the pen to my tablet this week! But I THINK I will be able to move forward on this today, as I am pretty caught up with everything else.
Yesterday I spent the day doing some cutting of special order things. I cut a set of blocks for my “LOVE” word art project that I gave for an exchange:
(The bears are designed by Holly Hanley (http://www.hollyhanley.ca) and she gave me permission to sell the wood pieces)
I also cut several sets of LARGER ballerinas for a customer who requested them. I really liked the larger pieces. They are approximately 7” tall as opposed to the original size which is 5” tall.
I can think of SO MANY uses for these larger pieces! It was fun to do and gave me some time at the saw.
I enjoy cutting wood pieces a lot. It really helps boost our business numbers as well – especially in slower times. (Remember my post on “diversification” from a couple of weeks ago??)
I also got my magnets ready to go out for another exchange I am in. I love doing exchanges because it gives me the opportunity to enjoy others’ artwork and talents.
And finally I had to do some things like gather the information regarding renewing my passport. I can’t believe that it has almost been TEN years since I came here to Canada! Where does the time go? Like all government issues, it was no easy task to find out what I needed to do in order to get it renewed. Since I live three hours from Halifax, it is a hardship to get to the US office in person, and you need to make an appointment on line to even SPEAK to a human! But after some time I was able to find someone who could direct me and I know what has to be done. This is important for me because I am planning a trip at the end of March, which is only a couple of weeks before my passport expires. I could wait until I return to renew it, but I am one of those “if anything happens” people that would feel better having the new one before I leave. But in order to renew, you have to send in your old one, which means I am without one and sitting here hoping that it won’t get delayed or lost. I am sending it registered with a courier just in case.
Keith and I also spent some time planning our class that we are teaching in New York. There is much to do for that and we want to give an excellent presentation where people will walk away happy. Now is the time to get things in order for that though.
And speaking of classes . . . If you are interested in chip carving, my friend Marty on Lumberjocks.com is hosting a free Chip Carving class. He is an excellent teacher and I am sure you will enjoy what he has to offer. The link to the class is here:
Feel free to scoot over and check it out! I am sure you will have a lot of fun and learn a great deal!
Well, that is all for today. I have to skee-daddle and get some things done. I can’t believe it is Wednesday already and I NEED to get drawing!
Have a beautiful day today!
-- Contributing Editor, Creative Woodworks and Crafts, Sheila Landry Designs http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com "Knowledge is Power"