It’s funny how even though we weren’t able to make the trip to Saratoga Springs, I still feel like I was falling behind with things. I think that all the planning and packing and anticipation of leaving home for a week really took a toll on me.
Fortunately, I had met all my deadlines with my magazine prior to leaving. That was one thing off of my mind. Another good thing was that we made sure that our wholesalers were in good shape and that they were completely updated with all of our patterns and designs and everything like that.
So you would think that we would be able to coast along since we had an extra week to do things, wouldn’t you?
Apparently not because I feel like I have been busier than ever. Worrying about the weather and Rich and all the other things really took its toll on me I believe. And even though we didn’t leave after all, we still had the task of unpacking and getting back into a working mindset.
Had we gone, we would have been returning home today. Yesterday and last night the weather in New Brunswick was once again horrible. They experienced snow and ice storms and even some blizzard warnings. We would have had to drive right through the terrible weather once again had we gone and it made me feel much better about our decision to stay home. There are times when you just know you did the right thing.
Yesterday was our first big day back to routine. I finally feel that I am once again catching up on things and ready to look ahead to design more. I have so many ideas lately that I am finding it difficult to sleep. Even though I went to bed after midnight, I found myself lying in bed “thinking” around 4am and at five I just decided to get up and start my day. I don’t think that is a bad thing, as I find I am very productive in the morning. But I reserve the right to take a little cat nap later on today if need be.
I finished my pattern for my ””He Is Risen Candle Tray and it is up on the site ready to sell.
We also added our new BOOK (Getting Started With The Scroll Saw) as I mentioned yesterday, as well as two new patterns that Keith created.
He made a beautiful overlay plaque called “Bless Our Home” that came out really nice:
He also created a companion plaque for the holidays that is in the same style. It is called “Peace On Earth“
I think they are both going to be really popular.
I even was able to send out the newsletter, which meant that I am all caught up with things.
I love when I get to this point, because it means that I will be able to ‘play’ and design the entire day. I have some new scroll sawing designs in mind as well as some new painting designs. I also am going to be experimenting with some other materials and finishes to give the scrolled pieces a new look. It will be interesting to see how everything comes out.
It is hard to believe that it is April already. As the sun came up, I saw that there was another layer of snow on the ground. I began redecorating my “all season tree” here and I want to put a Spring motif on it. All the icicles and polar bears and penguins went back into hibernation until next year. Hopefully that will encourage some warmer weather here. Even though I do love the snow and winter, I think I had my fill of it.
I hope you all have a wonderful day today. Perhaps if we all think warm thoughts, spring will eventually arrive.
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"