After working on something that has consumed me so much for the past several days, it seems strange to finally have it completed. Even though the time I had spent on the previous project was really only about a week, it seems quite a bit longer because of the hard time I was having with it.
Someone said the other day how they like to just sit back and admire their finished projects for a bit after they are done, and I find myself kind of doing that. Even though I had completed a much larger set last year, I think I am training my mind to accept this newer and smaller version.
I did opt with putting a coat of fine glitter glaze on the pond and snow banks under the skaters yesterday. This isn’t the kind of glitter that you used in kindergarten, it is a very finely ground breed that is suspended in a clear acrylic base. It gives a subtle iridescent shimmer that ice has and after brushing on a single coat of it, I was satisfied. I didn’t re-take any of the pictures, as it is so subtle that you would not see the difference, but it was a nice final touch that brought the piece to completion.
The day was warm and sunny and pleasant yesterday. It was lower 80’s F (about 26 C) and there was a gentle breeze. My partner’s parents had an anniversary on Thursday and we went out on Friday night to celebrate it with a fine dinner. As a gift to them, we decided to detail their SUV, as they were looking for a place to have it done. We felt it was better than giving a gift of something that would sit around and gather dust.
They own a Ford Escape that is about four years old and they maintain it properly, but it needed a good cleaning and freshening up. Originally, we had planned to do it today, but the forecast was calling for showers and yesterday was just beautiful. It was one of those times to take advantage of the day.
We headed over there with our Rigid shop vac and bucket of cleaners and spent a couple of hours giving it a complete going over. It was kind of fun actually. They live on a hill across the main highway overlooking the ocean and it was fun to visit and it made us happy to see how much they enjoyed it. More then once they said how hard it would have been for them to climb into and around the vehicle to clean it. They are both getting a bit older and Keith’s mom and dad both have knee problems. It was nice to do something for them that they really did appreciate. They spent almost the entire time we were cleaning sitting out with us and chatting, and I feel like they liked that part of the gift as much as the cleaning. I know I enjoyed it.
When we were finished, the car looked showroom new. It really made them happy. It was the perfect gift for them, as they have just about anything they want. After we were done with the explorer, I did a quick vacuum of my own car and cleaned it inside and out. I hadn’t done a thorough job on it since before we went to the US.
All in all it was a great day of changing gears. We came home tired and got some sun, fresh air and exercise too. And we made some people very happy.
Getting away like that once in a while is good for the soul. You don’t have to sit on a beach and drink iced tea to feel relaxed. There are many ways to clear your mind and refresh.
The next few weeks, I hopefully will kick into high gear with the last of my Christmas designing for the catalogs. Of course I will be making more holiday stuff for my own site, but the deadline for the big fall catalog that comes out the beginning of September is in a few weeks at the beginning of July. It will be my chance to get those patterns out that people can use for their craft fair projects and such, and is traditionally one of the most important catalogs of the year for me.
I am tying up loose ends on my patterns today. I still need to write the instructions for the shell candle tray I designed the week before last (it seems longer ago than that!) Then tomorrow I will send off this project once and for all to the Artist’s Club.
It is overcast today, but still and calm out. I am happy that I took my day in the sun yesterday. Sometimes you just have to let nature dictate your schedule.
Have a wonderful Sunday!
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