Once again, I need to just do a quick blog today. I have been working on my computer all morning and it is already getting late. Today’s work will include typing up and sending out a newsletter announcing our new patterns and kits that are going to be available on the site. I spent the early part of yesterday finishing up writing my pattern packets, and then I spent the afternoon and evening at our good friend’s house for a nice, relaxing dinner.
I have mentioned Ellen and Bernie many times here in the blog. I refer to them as my “Canadian Parents”, as they have pretty much adopted me from the time I met them nearly ten years ago when I came to this country. Bernie immediately offered to ‘share’ his shop with me and handed me a key soon after we met. We do all of our major shop work, such as dressing, planing and major sanding of the wood at his shop. By the time we bring it here to our little place, it is ready to cut and only needs a finish sand when we are done with our projects. It is very helpful for us.
Even though I moved from Digby five years ago, we have remained good friends and I try to see them as often as I can. Bernie is in his 80’s now, and we have noticed him really slowing down in the past year or so. Both Keith and I want to really appreciate the time we have with him, and I am grateful for all he has taught me.
His wife Ellen loves to entertain and we were invited along with Keith’s mom and his visiting auntie for a nice dinner last night. It was just wonderful, as always and we feasted on baked ham with all of the trimmings. Afterward we visited for a bit and I thoroughly enjoyed our time together.
But today we are back at work and with all the new items we added, we need to put out a newsletter to let our customers know. We have been looking into formatting our newsletter differently so that it appears the same to our customers no matter which browser they are using. There is a learning curve of course and I will be happy to get it out today, and then I can move ahead to new things.
I am going to give a quick review of our new items here for those who don’t subscribe. The new items added are as follows:
”SLD451 – “Marshmallow Bunny Basket Pattern
This basket is also available as a KIT with pre-cut pieces for the painters:
You can also purchase the Dream, Wish and Magic plaques separately (They are available on the home page of our site as individual products.)
I think it is a nice assortment of new things. As always, we are working on more things every day.
I am going to be spending the weekend cutting some wood orders that I have received. I like providing surfaces for those who don’t cut wood, as it keeps me at the saw a little longer. I remember when I painted and didn’t have the skill or ability to cut my own pieces and it was very frustrating. I am happy that people are coming to me for this service and I try to do it as efficiently and cost-effective as possible. What I can’t do, I send to my friend Leldon, who also enjoys making special orders. It seems like it is a win/win for everyone.
We also received a nice sized order from the Artist’s Club for my ””S:DP212 Springtime Bunny Painting Pattern Kits””:http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com/product/SLDP212
Even though I missed the cutoff for the catalog last year when I designed these, they liked them enough to carry them this year. I was really happy about that. I will be selling the kits through them as well as on my own site. They are fun to cut and there are numerous ways to paint the ten cute bunnies for the spring and summer seasons.
So all in all I am very busy. Business is doing well and we are both happy and keeping out of trouble.
Thank you all for making our business such a success. We love being able to do what we love!
Have a wonderful Friday and if you are on our Mailing List, watch for your newsletter later on today.
Enjoy your 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"