Yesterday was a good day. Not only was the weather near-perfect with a blue sky and warm air, but lots was accomplished and several positive things happened as well. I couldn't ask for more.
I spent the morning working on my new patterns for the website. We are planning an update to be completed by later on today and I will be sending out a newsletter then as well. I feel good about that because I have three new patterns that I will be sharing, and Keith has added four since our last newsletter. We like to keep things fresh for our customers and hope we give them lots of nice choices for creating many types of designs.
My three designs are the ones I have shown you here in my blog. They include my rusty gears (the ones that I did the video on) - SLD502 Gears and Cogs Scroll Saw Pattern
As well as the matching candle trays pattern (SLD503 - Gear and Cog Candle Tray)
I am also adding in a set of pre-cut gears for my painting friends. They will come in SMALL and LARGE and there will be 10 wooden gears in each set. The products will be available on the Painting Surfaces page later on today as well as in my Etsy Shop.
I will also offer the SLD503 Wooden Sheep Bowl and Baaa-Bins pattern on my site as well.
The finished bowl and "Baaa-bin" sets are available at my Etsy store as well. I have sold several sets already.
You may wonder why I would have an Etsy store when I have a full website. But I find that it is another good way to get my name 'out there'. I find that I do well there with the surfaces and finished items and it attracts a different kind of customer than the site may attract. Our site is for the most part patterns, as I find I am having most of the success from my Etsy store selling surfaces and kits. I am keeping the Etsy place small, but I am trying to keep it current with the new items and it gets a bit of 'different' exposure there. I will let you know how things work out with that, but so far I am encouraged.
Keith also has some new things for the update. In addition to his SLDK590 - Touched by God plaque,
he has the new Custom Home Sweet Home Plaque Patterns (SLDKC02)
and a new wildlife Wolf Napkin Holder pattern (SLDK591)
I suppose that is a lot of new things for a couple of weeks' work. :) Everything should be posted by tonight, as I am finishing up things today as well as the newsletter.
We spent the afternoon doing errands in Yarmouth. We had a couple of things to get and with the day being so lovely, we thought it would be a great time to get away. While it took most of the afternoon, it was a wonderful drive and very refreshing to get out for a bit. We took Keith's Miata and drove with the top down along the ocean. After being in so much this winter, I really have come to appreciate beautiful days like this. It was sunny and warm and the smell of the ocean air was fresh and invigorating. It is hard not to be happy living in such a lovely place. We had a quick lunch outside and made a couple of stops and it made for a wonderful day.
On a final note for the day, I am happy to say that my car is finally getting its work done. I knew there would be a bit of a wait when I brought it to Halifax six weeks ago, but I must admit, I was getting 'antsy'. After being housebound all winter, I just can't wait to be able to get out on my own and drive. I hate having to ask for rides and I truly look forward to having my own wheels back.
The shop is going to be sending me photos every day. That will be exciting to see. Yesterday they concentrated on removing the vinyl stripes that were on the car. It is somewhat
intimidating to see it being sanded and worked on, but I know the results will be amazing:
I am told it will take about a week to complete. I will be sent photos every day and will continue to share them if you like. It is kind of fun to see.
So that is it for now. If you are interested in any of the patterns or surfaces, please check back later on. I should have everything posted tonight, as well as a newsletter delivered to all of you who are on our mailing list. That will have details and links for you all.
I wish you a great weekend. I just got a call from our great friends to spend tomorrow at their camp. It is supposed to be a beautiful day. Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there too!
Happy Friday to you all! Enjoy all the wonderful things that this life offers!
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"