I am still enjoying my little bit of self-imposed down time today. As promised (to myself) I intend to do some painting and work on some silly projects. I suppose you can call this my very short term sabbatical (if there is even such a thing) in order for me to regroup and plan out the busy months ahead. As I mentioned yesterday, it would be nearly impossible to keep up my usual pace without some clear time to replenish and rejuvenate. I want to use today to map out some goals and think about some of the things that I need to accomplish over the next several months and I want to be clear-headed when I do that.
Painting is a great release for me. Today, I am planning to paint some ornaments designed by a wonderful designer whom I have followed for many years (Peggy Harris). Her work is inspiring and fun and she herself is a wonderful teacher and advocate of painting (and she is also a wonderful person.) I have looked forward to working on these ever since she showed the pictures of this pattern last week. I immediately ordered the patterns and I have been thinking about it ever since. It is just something that I need to do.
You would think that since I also design painting patterns that since I am still painting it would be the same as me ‘working,’ but for some reason that isn’t true. There are worlds of difference from when I do others’ designs and when I am in fact designing myself and it is a true luxury to take the time to work on a pattern that is not mine. It is an entirely different ball game.
I really look forward to having fun with this pattern and seeing how it will come out.
Yesterday, I attended a friends wedding and that in itself was a great break from the every day routine. The weather couldn’t have been better. The sky was deep blue with very few clouds and the air was crisp and cool and there was only a slight breeze. You could not have ordered up any better. Our friends got married in a little church on top of a hill overlooking the ocean. The church itself was lovely and had murals painted on some of the walls and I sat there and admired both the painting and also the woodworking throughout the building. There was fretwork here and there and the trim was done in interesting patterns and the building itself was a small work of art. (Does my mind ever really wander far from woodworking and art?)
At the reception, we sat with some friends we haven’t seen for nearly a year. Not only have our lives become busy, but also the lives of our friends. We had a wonderful dinner and caught up on what each of us were doing and vowed to get together more often and spend some time. It was a very pleasant evening.
We work so hard to achieve a certain quality of life. That quality doesn’t always need to directly relate to money or a huge house or fancy things. Every person defines it differently. In my life it means being happy and enjoying the things and people around me. Sometimes we work so hard for these things, that we forget to take the time to enjoy them. We don’t realize that we have much of what we desire right under our noses. I think it is good to stop and evaluate things and take inventory once in a while so that we can understand and appreciate all the things that we do have.
I titled this post “The Calm Before the Storm.” Usually I don’t add the title until after the post is written, but this morning, I had the title before the blog. I called it this because I realize that this time of rest and peace will not last very long. Soon the deadlines will once again begin to creep up on me and I will once again be back in the whirl of designing and creating things for the holidays. I wanted to take this time to enjoy a few days of clam while I am able to and appreciate them for what they are. Ultimately, this time off now will help me better cope with the activity that awaits me in the near future. It is essential in achieving the balance in life that we all seek.
Have a wonderful day today. Take some time to enjoy these final days of summer and make some memories that you can carry though the long winter months with you.
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"