Our last day of September went out with a bang. It was probably one of my most 'unfavorite' days of the year weather-wise. (Is that even a WORD?) It was very warm and humid, but it was also very rainy and windy which made it difficult to have the windows open without the rain blowing in. YUKKY! I was warm and uncomfortable most of the day. Thank goodness that it seems much cooler this morning. It is still breezy out and overcast (and I believe raining a bit) but nothing like yesterday. I feel much more comfortable and happy.
The last few days have been a whirlwind for me. On top of several orders that had to be cut and shipped, I have had several deadlines to meet as well. I had thought that with the magazines not being around anymore that things would have slowed down a bit, but I think the opposite has been true. It seems that there are more opportunities than ever ahead for us and keeping up with everything sometimes turns into quite a juggling act.
Believe me though – I am NOT complaining! It is what I have been working towards for many years and it is fun and exciting to see everything unfolding. I hope things keep going in this direction for both Keith and I.
Yesterday I completed the pattern for the cool Autumn Harvest banner that I showed you all last week:
It is now available at Toletown and free to members. If you are not a member, it would be a great chance to join and give it a try. There are many very reasonable ways to become one. You can also purchase individual projects and classes I do believe, so you can look into that as well. It will be available on my own site in November.
The pattern is very detailed, as I geared the instructions all levels of painting (even beginners!) and has over 45 step-by-step photographs to guide you through the easy painting process. I find that when things are broken down into small steps, it makes things very easy for people to learn and gives them the courage to try. I hope I accomplish this with all of my patterns.
Checking that off of my list was a big accomplishment. I still am going to create a short video showing some of the painting techniques, but I will be doing that over the weekend.
I have some other deadlines to finish today as well, and I will be moving on to them next.
I also wanted to mention that Keith added another beautiful pattern to our site last night. He made this lovely SLDK616 Hark! The Herald Angels Sing sectional plaque pattern to go with his SLDK615 Silent Night sectional plaque pattern that he created last week.
I think both of them are lovely and will make beautiful gifts as well as keepsakes.
I hope you stop by our website and see all the wonderful holiday patterns we offer.
Today I am finishing up on (you guessed it!) more deadlines. I have a couple more ahead of me before I can start on some new projects of my own. I hope to keep pushing the piles though and creating patterns and instructions that everyone will have fun making.
I used to think that being self-employed meant that you got to do whatever you choose. The more successful our business becomes, the more I realize that the opposite is true. Without deadlines (self-imposed or otherwise) we wouldn't have a successful business and be able to do what we love. They are great guides to keep us on track and keep our productivity high. They also help keep us organized, which is probably one of the most important things to being successful.
I wish you all a wonderful day! Happy Thursday 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"