Well, it seemed like January just flew by! What has started out to be a mild winter has turned into a lot of snow, wind and sleet. I think that yesterday we had the biggest snowfall yet for this year, and they are predicting 30-40 more cm of snow tomorrow. Winter is definitely here.
I think the month went by quickly for me because I had so much to do. My work schedule was even what I would consider heavy – and it takes a lot for that to be the case. I had several deadlines to get my submissions into different online and paper publications on time, as well as a site update and the usual tasks of the business, and it has kept me pretty much jumping for the entire month of January.
No wonder it went quickly!
But I am proud to say that I met every deadline on time, and I can finally take a short time to just BREATH and enjoy things for a bit. But not for too long – as I have many new project that I want to create!
Those of you who have been reading already know of the Art Play Date course that I am involved in. I was invited to participate as one of the 25 teachers for this years' course. I spent most of the last week working on and creating my "Skating Party" project for the event, and today is the day that sign ups begin. (And I am READY!)
I am NOT a great sales person when it comes to my own work. I don't mind talking about it here, as I like showing you all what I am up to, but getting out there and selling has never been one of my strong points. When I was in high school I tried selling Avon for a while, but it felt unnatural and awkward for me and my 'career' only lasted a few weeks. As an artist I would rather give things away than sell them. But that is just my nature.
The one part of the Art Play Date that I am not thrilled with is the selling side. Our payment for teaching our projects is based (in part) on who signs up through our affiliate link on our site. There is computer software that tracks that so that each teacher gets paid according to how many participants came to the sign up page through her link. This is new to me and I am not used to that type of arrangement. It is weird because I have so much admiration and respect for the other teachers in this group and so far the projects that I see from them have been AMAZING! But it is a bit intimidating nonetheless and I hope I do OK.
Many of the other teachers are offering incentives for people to sign up with them. I decided to give a discount on the wood kit for the ice skates for those who choose to sign up through me. Each person that signs up through my link will receive $7 off the wood kit for the class, which includes two skates, the snowflake charms and the silver wire to hang them. For those who already cut their own wood pieces, I am offering another choice of the SLDP225 MUD Witches Boots pattern in lieu of the discount. I thought they would like this very popular project and it would be a fair substitute.
I made up this banner for my other social media sites:
If you click on it, it should bring you to my affiliate page and give you more information about my project. I hope it is easy to understand.
I realize that selling is part of the business of designing, and I also realize that getting out of my comfort zone is teaching me new business skills. Without the "business" end of things, I suppose I wouldn't be able to design and do what I love every day. It is just part of the package.
I really do hope you consider taking the course. Whether you are a painter or a woodworker, it is a wonderful opportunity to be exposed to 25 of the best teachers available. There will be a wonderful variety of projects that will suit all tastes and skill levels and you are able to download the written parts of the lessons and have them forever. The videos can be viewed for a full year, which means that you can do so on your own schedule, when you have time to relax and enjoy them.
I really do love the idea of this program. When it was launched last year, I jumped in to join immediately.
Did I make all the projects?
No. But I did look at most of the videos and I learned a lot of great tips and techniques that I wouldn't have learned otherwise. And I have a folder on my computer with all my written lessons, so I can go back and do the projects next week or next year or whenever. I felt that I more than got my moneys worth. AND I supported my favorite teachers. (I want them to stick around, so I support them when I can!)
I am truly excited about this course, and I probably will be mentioning it several times a week in my future posts. I apologies in advance for that, but I know many that only read my blog here occasionally and I think it is something that many people will enjoy.
I am going to take it slow today. I have a Valentine exchange that needs to go out tomorrow (if we have mail service that is!!) and I want to finish up the package and get it ready. I am also working on painting some new furniture that Keith built for yet another organizational project for our little place here. That will be fun to watch come to life, I hope.
Take care and stay warm. I hope my friends who have been hit with snow will remain safe and warm.
A wonderful and happy Sunday to you all!
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"