as a kid at Christmas time. December is pretty much the longest month ever to a 10 year old. I learned patience from my parents when I wanted something and knew I would just die if I didn't get it right away. I didn't die, and I probably didn't need that trip to soccer camp as desperately as I thought. It was in Alabama, and it was stinkin hot. I learn patience from my husband every day, and his patience abounds as copes with my indecision...on which cheese to eat for dinner and how many pieces of dark chocolate are too many. The answer to those questions are usually "Any cheese is good cheese dear, you love it all." And, "Two pieces of chocolate are good, three and I'll have to hear about it later." He knows me so well.
In my lengthy 27 year life, I have pretty much come to the conlcusion that nothing has taught me patience like letterpress printing has. I have talked about this before, but this weekend was a little reminder. I started a response card for an invitation suite yesterday, Saturday, at 4:00 p.m. This should have been easy. 70 flat cards, one color, about an hour, no problem. I finished them today, Sunday, at 6:00 p.m. That is after remaking the printing plate (two times) and switching from one printing press to another. I tried so hard to tell myself "it's ok, the customer won't realize that half of all the letters are missing and the color is faded from one side to the other. It's just antique-y." Then I told myself "somebody is paying me to do this, it's not that hard, and if I want to do it for the rest of my life I need to deal with it." I have a comfortable house, a family, a fridge full of beer and a dog who loves me. So I stuck it out. I remade the plate, I switched presses and I printed something I wasn't embarassed to ship out. I'm a day behind schedule because of it, but if I can keep calm and carry on I will have learned my lesson.
Now I need reassurance that I'm not just crazy, the left image is the first go round, the right image is the second. Now the key is to remember, IMAGES ON THE COMPUTER SCREEN NEVER COME OUT AS BOLD ON THE PRINTING PLATE. Someday, I know that surely someday, I will remember this the first time.