I spent the day yesterday mapping out a couple of new designs, as well as getting some things done around my home. It seems that the last several weeks I have been working from deadline to deadline, and it felt good to have things pretty much done and under my belt. I needed a short time to catch up with everything I think.
That's not to say that I don't have new deadlines to work on. It is great to have my focus a bit ahead and have some commitments that I want to fill to keep the business thriving. I still sometimes feel unsure of the direction to take, and I keep trying to test the waters in different areas to see what will bring the most success. It is all part of the process.
I was pleased with the response from my little "SLDP242 Magical Mice" ornament that I created for the Toletown quick paint. It shows me that every project doesn't have to be huge and complicated, and that sometimes people just want something that they can make and finish up in an hour or two. Even though it is quick to make, it is still kind of cute and I think I will try to make more projects like this in the future.
I have not only the wood pieces available for it, but also the pattern as well at my Sheila Landry Designs Etsy Shop. I like keeping the store active, because it is fast and easy to post and change things, without having to bother Keith with it. He likes to keep the site looking a certain way, and I kind of let that up to him. But I can add and remove products in my little store pretty quickly, and it is a good resource to have exposure to new and different customers.
I have some other new opportunities that came up in the past week that I will tell you about later. I am pretty excited about them. I also began drawing new designs for my woodworking and scroll sawing people to enjoy. It is all so busy! That makes me HAPPY! :)
Since I haven't been blogging on the weekends, I wanted to give a call out to my little two year old grand daughter, Willow who has a birthday tomorrow.
For my own birthday, my dear friend Leldon sent me this beautiful frame and photo of Willow:
He makes these awesome frames and does lots of other kinds of woodworking for special orders and for local businesses. I was really thrilled and surprised to receive this. The name is compound cut and he put it on an angle so that whether I had a picture in portrait or landscape orientation, it would work. I just love it.
It is another beautiful and sunny day here. It was warm again yesterday and seems to be warming up again today as well. Summer isn't quite over yet.
I hope you all have a good weekend and get some nice days to enjoy the outdoors. To me, the most beautiful time of year is approaching and I can't wait. I love the autumn and everything about it.
Have a great weekend!
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"