Wow, I am glad that is behind me! I must say that yesterday was one of the hardest times I have had writing directions in a long while.
Note to self – DON’T wait two months after doing a project to write the instructions for it – especially if it is one that is involved like this one is.
So what caused all of this anxiety for me? The little guy below:
|From Polar Bear Antique Pull Toy Replica|
You would think he was pretty simple to make, right? After all, wasn’t I the one who was used to doing projects with hundreds of holes in them?
But this fella had to be built and it was a little more involved than what I am used to. Also, it seems that with each of these pull toy animals, I find better and more efficient ways to put them together. After all, I want my instructions to be ‘fool proof.’
It didn’t help that I waited so long to do the written part of this. That was just plain stupid on my part. Thank goodness I had lots of pictures along the way to kind of remind me of the order that things went though. But there was even one point when that was confusing, as I changed a couple of things along the way when I was making him so things were a little out of order. I began with almost 30 images and by the time I was done, I wound up with only 24. I know that still sounds like a lot, but I would have liked to add some more in showing how I made his little icicle necklace, but I think it will overwhelm the people at the magazine. I already know that there is no way they will use 24 images, and I wonder which ones they will eliminate. But that will be up to them.
At least one of the good things about sending this project into the magazine is that there will be other people going over the instructions with a fine tooth comb and if there is anything incorrect or missing, between us all we will find it. I think that will really help a lot. I can also use this pattern as kind of a template for future projects such as this because I feel that the process I used to make this one was the best so far. I know I used the same method for Fiona the Halloween Cat Pull Toy which is my next pattern to tackle. The cart was put together pretty much the same and the rest was also.
I seriously worked through writing these instructions all the way up until dinner yesterday. Even though it was a beautiful day out and sunny and warm and it would have been a great day to go for a ride by the beach. I was rather proud of myself for my restraint. Some days I am good at self-discipline.
I will admit though that after supper when my partner suggested we go for a drive to the beach and watch the sun go down, no one had to ask me twice. Since I had that pattern under my belt, I jumped at the idea. There is this nice stretch of beach near the fish plant where there is nothing but sand for maybe a kilometer or so. There are some huge rocks up by the ridge but no houses at that place so it is kind of a public area, although no one is ever there. Last night was no different. It was still beautiful out – warm but not hot and the tide was just beginning to flow out. There were some small wispy clouds overhead – just enough to break up the clear sky – and we watched them turn from back lit to pink and finally to purple as the sun fell behind the hills of the neck across the bay. I love how the orange glow lights up the sky and the hills in front are so deep in color. It is really beautiful. The whole process was done in less than an hour.
It was a truly satisfying end to a good and productive day. While I sat there watching the show in front of me and thinking about things, I couldn’t help but feel very fortunate about so many things in my life. It isn’t always perfect, and I certainly have my share of turmoil, but it is moments like this that make it worth while. And it is also knowing enough to allow myself time to enjoy them. Without that – what’s the point?
I hope you all take time out to enjoy the good things that life has to offer you too. Sometimes the best things are the simplest.
Have a great Monday.
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"