I had a very busy, yet very productive weekend. It rained most of the time here in Nova Scotia (as it is now) so I didn't really mind at all. I never really mind working though, as I really do love my job.
I worked on getting the first big batch of carousel kits completed. It was a milestone for me because it brought to reality something that I have planned for and dreamed about for nearly two years. I am really proud of them.
As I look at my kitchen table this morning, this is what I see:
It represents months of work and it is nice to know that every single piece was created by hand with care and excitement. The ladies that ordered these kits ahead have been wonderfully supportive, and I thought of them every step of the way while cutting, sanding and assembling things.
Today everything will be getting packaged and boxed up and I will start shipping them out. I expect it to take all day. In a world where everything is automated and done by machines, it is nice to have a business where I can still be personally involved with my customers.
As our business grows, I know it can't always be like that. But I want to enjoy the moment while it is here. I hope that no matter what comes my way in the future, I will still be able to offer beautiful products and personal service.
I was really, really tired last night. I pretty much got all of the cutting you see here done in under a week. Along with that, I created a new pattern for Tole Town as well as a video. My days have been really full.
After dinner last night I did something I haven't done in a while – I embroidered. Even though I could have started packing things up, I choose to take a couple of hours to just sit and do my needlework. I figure I kind of earned that.
It will feel pretty good to ship these kits out. It will feel even better to hear that they all arrived safely and to see what the ladies do with them. As a designer and a teacher, I know the joy is just beginning.
I am going to take a breath, and then I have more to create. I need to design some scroll saw projects and I have more painting projects already on the drawing table. The best is yet to come!
I am really happy to be able to do what I love. I appreciate so much the great support of my customers. Your encouragement and friendships really make my job fun.
Happy Monday 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"