I know that I haven't been blogging as regularly as usual. There have been some things going on that have just sort of gotten in the way. Part of it was because I have been fighting a cold and it has taken its toll on me a little. I don't have my usual energy and I have been working at a slower pace and sometimes I feel like it is best to get to my daily tasks rather then take the time to write about them.
I speak often about how busy we have become, and I certainly appreciate that. I realize that as a small company we are very fortunate to see our followers grow, as that is the goal of being in business in the first place. But with that growth comes the added responsibility of tending to increasing tasks. There is more paperwork and correspondence, as well as time needed to go our general working operations. Again – it is all good but something needs to give from somewhere, and there are times when I have to pick and choose which direction to head first. So I see myself missing a day here and there with my posts and hoping you all understand that it is not because I am not busy, but pretty much the opposite.
I spent the day yesterday finishing up and packaging and shipping some wood orders that I needed to do. I really do enjoy this part of the business, as it allows me to play in the sawdust a bit more than I used to and I think of each and every customer as a fellow painter and friend and I delight in the thought of me providing them with a nice surface to transform into something wonderful.
I'ts funny how I think that way, isn't it?
But each and every piece that I carefully cut and wrap I view as something that will be 'tomorrow's treasure.' For me it is a very satisfying part of the process and it means a lot more than just cutting and sanding wood. One of my customers told me that the pieces that I sent out yesterday would be gifts for her daughter and daughter in law for Christmas. She was going to paint on them and put their favorite characters on them. I found myself thinking about how happy they would be opening the package when their faces saw the unique and wonderful things their mom lovingly painted for them and it made me truly happy inside for the small role that I may have played in that.
I suppose I am feeling particularly nostalgic these days though, as I see so many of my friends creating items for future gifts that they plan to give and sell. Especially now it seems that hand made is the best gift you can give. At least in my circle of people. Perhaps it is because I am at the age where I don't 'need' much of anything that I don't already have. While what I have may be meager by some people's standards, it is certainly adequate and then some for me and I have lived on this planet long enough to appreciate that it isn't how much you have, but how much you enjoy your daily life that is important. In that respect I feel I am richer than most.
So enough of this mellow rambling on my part. I have a lot of work to be done today!
I plan on cutting my new Christmas ornaments out today and hopefully assembling them. They are dimensional ornaments and a little bit different than what I have made before. But I think they will be nice.
I also need to get back at the pull toys and continue to finish up the other four designs. I hope to get them finished over the weekend as well, and have the pattern and wood kits on the site with the next update (Yes – I said kitS – I plan on making kits for both stand ups and hanging ornaments for them!)
Once again, I find that time is not my friend. I love this time of year and it always passes by much too quickly. I think of all the wonderful ideas I have for creating both Autumn and Christmas projects and there is probably no way that ten people could accomplish them in just a few short months. So I resolve myself to doing what I can as my list for "next year" grows longer and longer. I do feel that I am not alone in this dilemma, as many of my artist and creative friends seem to say the same thing. But isn't it a wonderful problem?
Keith has been working hard as well. He has several new items for the next update already and is adding to them daily. I am so much slower than him at creating though so I always feel that I am behind. Here is a sneek peek at one of his newest plaques:
It will not only be appropriate during the Thanksgiving season, but all year as well. It will be on our site shortly. You will have to watch for the next update, which should happen next week.
With that said, I had better get moving today. I have a lot to accomplish and the clock is always ticking. It is a windy and rainy autumn day and very dull and dark. A good day to stay in and "make pretties".
I wish you all a wonderful Friday!
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"