Yesterday seemed to fly by and before I knew it, it was ten o’clock. It was one of those days where you get so caught up in a project that you look up and it is already dark. I am not done with the project yet. I thought I would be by now but it was one of those times when I underestimated what I was doing and things took a bit longer than expected.
Now I am not saying that is bad. I have actually enjoyed making this project quite a bit. That is after all what it is all about, isn’t it? For most people who don’t do this for a living and make things as a hobby, the joy of creating and seeing something come together as a project is quite nice. I am no different. I find for myself that I have quite an arsenal of items that I offer so there really is no hurry to get a set number of new things done.
I also compiled a list to submit to my biggest wholesaler for their next catalog (this is the one where the deadline is coming up) and seeing how many new items that we have made in the past few months makes me realize how busy we have been. It is a good feeling, and the well is far from running dry.
My partner has been quite busy, too. In between creating new projects, he has been turning away and making some incredibly beautiful pens. Last night he tried to show me a flaw in one of his creations and even upon scrutinizing it closely, I couldn’t see what he meant. I am quite picky myself on details and for the life of me I can’t see anything wrong with it. He said it isn’t a huge thing, but it bothered him. I do respect that because I find myself doing the same thing with my work – always seeing absolute perfection. But I can’t believe how incredibly good he has gotten in a short two months (all the while he is making some awesome scrolling designs) Here is a picture of his latest:
This is a burl and acrylic mix and is absolutely beautiful.
For those of you who are wondering, I haven’t touched the lathe yet at all. I think with all that I have on my plate right now, it wouldn’t be a good thing for me to spread myself thinner and start another entirely new aspect of woodworking. At least not now. I still need to do some chip carving and I want to go back and take a look at the quilt square class that was offered here on Lumberjocks when the time is right. There has just been too much to think about with the new scrolling things I am doing and also the painting supplier. I will know when the time is right for me to try these new things and I am looking forward to it very much.
I look back and I am thinking that this year is half over already (and where did it go?) I know the trip took up a chunk of it and I really enjoyed it a lot, but I don’t know if I will be going next year or not. I suppose I will have to see what the days bring before deciding for sure.
Life seems to fast-forward sometimes. The days fall into months far too easily and before we know it, another year is under our belts. I have been trying to appreciate each day for what it is and live them to the fullest. I can honestly say that I don’t feel that many days are ‘wasted’. Whether it be spent working on projects or catching up on emails and friends, I think that I am satisfied with things. As I lay my head on my pillow each day, I try to think of all the good things that each day brings and I rarely come up empty. There are always people, projects, family, friends and colleagues that seem to add to the good side of my life. I certainly can’t complain.
So I will be working on and possibly finishing up the Halloween project today. It is really taking shape and all of the elements are cut. I still need to do some shaping and sanding and then the assembly begins. It will be fun to see this one come to life. Right now all the pieces are in a box and I am in the process of sanding and shaping them. Here is a little sample of one of the trim pieces for it:
Everything on it has worked out OK so far. There are a couple of things I need to work out, but up to this point it has come together nicely. It will be fun to see it finished and interesting to see how close it will be to what I had originally pictured in my head.
I hope you all have a good day, too. It’s Friday and people are usually a bit more chipper on Friday. Have a great day and have some fun!
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"