I missed posting yesterday because I didn’t really feel that I had anything unusual or interesting to talk about . Things here have been really busy and I find that some days I just don’t have a lot of new information to share. I am coming up on four years of writing here now (I had to check – I thought it was only three!) and while I have many, many new readers, I sometimes feel that I am being redundant when I tell of the ‘routine’ things that I did on the previous day. Although many of these day to day tasks are what really has made my little business grow. And it is growing! Both Keith and I are amazed at just how much and we are very pleased that not only are we holding our own in what has been a troubled economy, but expanding as well. I feel very fortunate.
The last couple of days have been very busy. On Wednesday we spent the day cutting the remainder of the large wholesale order for Artist Club. Yesterday I spent a good part of the day packaging it and it will be heading out today. It feels good to have it behind me. I do love working with the Artist’s Club and doing these large orders from time to time. I like having at least one kit in their catalog at all times, as it really helps boost our income. I have a couple of ideas for them for next autumn and winter, and I need to start developing them as soon as we return from our trip.
Speaking of that, now that the order is finished, I can concentrate on getting ready for the NWA 23rd Annual Fine Woodworking Showcase in Saratoga Springs, New York. We are leaving in less than three weeks and we have much to do to prepare for the four classes that we are teaching. It is all coming together though and everything should go well.
Keith was gone most of yesterday, as he went first to the lumber yard to purchase wood (we finally were running low, and we also needed more for the class projects.) He then took the lumber to Bernie’s in Digby to plane and dress it and get it ready for cutting. I could have gone with, but there would have been little for me to do except to watch him push the boards through the planer with Bernie. I really felt that I had a lot to do here, so I passed on the visit and stayed here at home. I felt that was a better use of my time.
I spent the latter part of the day working on the next project(s) and article that I am doing for Creative Woodworks and Crafts magazine. I nearly finished drawing up the first project, and I should be cutting it today.
I also found when Keith got home that I received my package of beautifully embossed card stock from Ravenwood Treasures. My goodness the card stock is beautiful! I can’t wait to incorporate it into my project! Below is an example of the card stock I received:
It is honestly even prettier in person.
There were even some wonderful neutral colored pieces:
I have some great plans for these as well. :)
I plan to do some great SCROLL SAW projects using these papers and I think they will be something fun that you would all like to try. I am going to do both a project and accompanying article on them for the magazine and I think it will help you look at your scroll saw in a new way.
I want to get these projects done before I leave, which means that I have to work really hard in the next three weeks in order to do that. But it is all going to be fun because I just love working with new materials and finding quality companies to order supplies from. It really makes my life exciting.
I have some other things that I am working on as well, which I will talk about as I further develop them.
So that is pretty much it for now. I think that should keep me busy and out of trouble for the time being. As usual, I am really excited about these new things and I can’t wait to share them with all of you.
It sure is sunny out today. Yesterday was beautiful as well. I must admit that even though I love the winter and the snow, I am looking forward to getting my Mustang back on the road and enjoying some warmer weather. It will be nice to see others at the show as well.
Remember that this weekend we “spring ahead” and move our clocks forward an hour. That means it will remain lighter for an extra hour in the evening. I know lots of people enjoy the thought of more sunlight and longer days. It should help to brighten up those gloomy moods.
I can’t wait to get to work today. It will be thrilling for me to see these new projects come together. I know I will have a great day and I hope you do as well.
Happy Friday everyone!
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"