As the days pass by quickly, I realize that I am down to four weeks until it is time to leave for the show in Saratoga Springs. One by one I am getting things lined up and ready. I spoke to Jeannie today (who is my friend that is deeply involved in the show and nominated me in the first place) and we went over several details about the coming event. All is falling into place.
I was getting (just a little) worried because Jeannie was to set up my hotel arrangements and find a place for us to stay. Something reasonably priced, yet clean and safe. I am not picky and with the little time that will be spent in the room, all we want and need is somewhere clean to lay our heads and shower. Jeannie told me yesterday that she was cleaning out her craft room so it would be ready for us to stay there with her and her husband Bill. I was thrilled to hear that because not only will it save us the cost of the room each night (lathe money!), but also allow us for some good quality time together ‘after hours’ when everything calms down. I am so fortunate to have such a good friend.
Coincidentally, yesterday on Facebook another friend posted a video taken at a wood show that “our group” attended approximately seven years ago. The show was in Tennessee and our usual group gathered from Iowa, Alabama, Georgia, Wisconsin, Michigan, New York, Illinois and other places. The weekend was like a family reunion, and we all booked the same hotel so we could all hang out together. This particular hotel had a central indoor pool and the pool area turned out to be our gathering area in the evenings when we would ‘unwind’. Also, it was our friend Rick’s birthday so we had gotten a cake and silly gifts to celebrate. (I found at WalMart a 6 ft long stuffed catfish, whiskers included, that he says he still has to this day!)
It was a festive party and a fun group and inevitably we got a little rowdy. It was only a matter of time before someone wound up in the pool. Actually, there were two victims – my friend Leldon and our friend Pat. It seems that Rick was on the balcony looking down with his camera at just the right moment to record a video of them getting pushed in. It was quite funny and although blurry, you could tell who the offenders were.
When I first watched the video, I was instantly brought back to a great time with wonderful people. What good friends we were and what fun we had in each others company. Then, after reading a remark of ‘revenge’ from Leldon on my facebook, I watched it again and realized that I was one of the ones who was “very close” to pushing him in. I honestly don’t remember being an instigator, but after watching a couple of times, it was indeed me who helped give the final shove, and then stood there clapping like a seal once they were in. It’s funny how we forget some details, isn’t it?
Many of those people are going to be at the show, including Leldon. And from talking to Jeannie yesterday, there are many more fun people to meet. There are so many people that are involved with the core of woodworking in that area that I will be meeting and working with and learning from that I get more excited every day.
Jeannie wants me to teach a painting class too, so I spent the day working on the projects to teach for that. I finished drawing up ten sea shell ornaments that I am going to make into pattern packets to teach at the show. I am only going to teach one ornament per class, but then I will send home the pattern and cut outs so that the students can continue to try to apply what they learn on their own. I think shells are a wonderful little subject because they are quite forgiving in their design, yet use several of the basic techniques used in decorative painting. It will be very easy for someone to be successful at making this project, even if it is their first attempt and the final ornaments can be used in many applications with other crafts.
I went through hundreds of photographs of shells to pick a group of shells that varied in size and shape, yet looked nice as a set. I think I have a nice group though and they really look good together. I finished drawing them before dinner and cut them out last evening, and I plan to work on getting them painted today. I want to get them finished today so that I can notify DecoArt which colors I need for the class, as they have agreed to supply paint for the event. I also need to look into getting some paint brushes that I can use to teach the class at a reasonable cost. It would be difficult to teach without brushes.
It seems that one by one, I am getting things lined up and everything is falling into place. Jeannie tells me that they have arranged for someone to take videos of when I saw at the class, and I also asked for some sort of dry erase board and easel so that I can illustrate some of the points that I want to make prior to me demonstrating by cutting. After the painting class material is finished, I am going to start working in earnest on the written materials that I am going to hand out for the class. I already have basic outlines of what I am going to talk about, but this will solidify things more and I will go into detail about certain ideas and techniques and really help me in finishing up this part of the planning. It seems that my biggest fear of “running out of things to talk about” will not be realized.
The days are busy and short, it seems. But in four short weeks, I will already be on the road. I know from experience that the time is going to go by so quickly and if I don’t check things off now, I will find myself pushing and wishing for ‘just one more day’ to prepare. I don’t want to do that to myself. I want to be able to enjoy every aspect of this opportunity without the self-imposed stress of not being prepared.
So far, so good.
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"