I took the day off of blogging yesterday because I slept in a bit. By the time I awoke it was after 8:30 am (which is LATE for me!) and by the time I got through the morning mail, it was already rather late to begin writing. I figured since I was in 'recovery mode' from the previous weeks work, there wouldn't be much to miss anyway. The world would get along without me for a morning. ;)
We spent a good part of the day updating the site. While Keith does most of the computer work for that, I do the writing of the newsletter. For those of you who read here often, the newsletter is probably not really 'news' to you, as you see what is going on with me nearly every day. However, there are lots of customers we have on our mailing list who only receive the bi-monthly newsletter, so for them it is new information. Besides – we do add some things like special offers for subscribers only and announce our new sales and such. (If you want to subscribe, you can do so on our Mailing List page. We never share your information with anyone and we send out approximately 2 newsletters per month.)
While I naturally mention new patterns and so forth that we have at the site, I really don't try to make my blog here about selling. I like it to be more about the day to day processes of creating and running a small business in today's world. I realize that many (if not most) of my readers here do some sort of selling themselves – be it patterns or finished products – and I honestly hope that by seeing someone else's perspective, it helps them with their own ventures. I also hope that my blog here helps expose people to new techniques. Whether they create for pleasure or business, it is always fun and exciting to learn something new. It hopefully acts as a springboard for their own creativity and helps them enjoy this life a little more. I think communicating with other creative people and networking is really key to finding success. It is good for everyone and helps the industry as a whole grow.
With that said, I did want to mention that we have some really good new specials on our site. We decided to give even deeper discounts on our most popular pattern sets. Since this is a slower time of year for us (especially with summer just beginning and people finally being able to do outdoor things after this LONG winter!) we decided to offer these sets to encourage people to build their pattern stock up for the autumn perhaps. We hope everyone takes advantage of the savings. You can see all the sales on our Pattern Specials page on our site. We will keep them there for a couple of weeks. :)
Other than that, I am kind of in between things now. I am at the drawing board and hope to be cutting some of the new designs by tomorrow.
As usual, my head is spinning with designs, so I am working on several new things at once. Many are for scrolling and some are for painting and I am thinking of some other new things as well. I can't wait to see them come to life!
For now – I can only give you a small sample:
While these may look like something 'ordinary', by the time I finish with them, I assure you that they will be anything but that! It is going to be a wonderfully fun project that will take something simple and turn it into something really, really cool. I can't wait to show you all!
I hope you all have a wonderful weekend. I can't complain, as we have had just beautiful and mild weather. They are supposed to be starting the work on my car this week and hopefully I will have it back in a week or two. I can't wait.
Until then, I will keep my nose to the grindstone and enjoy my work.
Have a wonderful weekend! Happy Friday 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"