I had pretty much forgotten what it was like to see my kitchen table cleared. Or the counters for that matter. It seems that it has been months that I have been working on one thing or another and although I do manage to keep things fairly neat, there have been miscellaneous boxes, trays and wood parts placed neatly in piles here and there throughout the house.
It is part of working from home though and although we have a small place here, we are pretty good at staying organized and keeping things very neat. It is understandable that when we are in the midst of some of these larger orders things get a little cluttered, but it is always nice when the order is finished and things can get back to 'normal'. It adds to the sense of accomplishment.
Yesterday was what I would call 'the storm before the calm.' I spent the day organizing parts, packaging and counting things as I checked and double checked everything that needed to be packed for orders. I made myself a check list and went through it for each box to insure that every part was included. I had never offered such involved kits before as my Haunted Carousel and I wanted to be sure that everything was right. By the time it came to actually pack the boxes though, I had a good system and things went very smoothly. While things may have looked messy for the time being, packing was very systematic and in the end, there were no left over parts. (GOOD!)
I spent the evening filling out customs forms for all the boxes that are heading across the border. That was all but two at this point. Today they are stacked and ready to head out to the post office.
(That's "Inspector Pancakes" with the boxes! He's my favorite quality control officer!)
It feels kind of odd today with all of this done. After several weeks of working full force on this project, it feels a bit different to wake up and not have that urgency of getting things done or meeting deadlines. Oh – I have deadlines still, but for the most part I am pretty on top of them. Most of them are self-imposed.
I think I am going to take a short break for a day or so. I hate to say it, but my little 'all season' tree is still decorated for spring/Easter. The pretty pastel colors don't look bad, but I have something in mind for an everyday theme that I wanted to change it to. I may do that today.
I also want to do some cooking. It is raining again today and very cool out. I could use a nice home made pot of soup. I think one of the worst things about me when I get busy is that I don't cook nice like I should. I could use a good comfort meal. Maybe some cream of potato soup with bacon. (MMMmmm!)
I have some embroidery to do as well. I am finishing up something weird and funny that I decided to create just for something to wind down with at night. I was awaiting my thread shipment from South Africa and wanted to 'play' a bit with what I had on hand. I am nearly done with it and it is coming out a little nicer than it looked in the process. It is my own design and I didn't quite know where I was heading with it. (I still don't completely know!) But it is fun, anyway.
And of course, I have some painting and scrolling patterns to created. I already have some things on the drawing board that I want to play with. It won't be long before I am jumping in again full steam to both those venues.
But for now – a day or so without having to do anything sounds just about like heaven. We all need that sometime. No matter how much we love what we do.
I wish you all a wonderful day today.
"Apparently there is nothing that cannot happen today." Mark Twain
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"