It snowed last night. Not quite the storm that they were predicting, but then again it never seems to be. I think that is how we become complacent and then when we are least expecting it we get hit. I can’t really tell how much yet because it is still dark out, but everything is white and I haven’t heard the scraping of the plows against the pavement yet. So I expect it isn’t too much. I am thinking that I would like to take a walk in the woods today. I haven’t done that yet this winter and it is both beautiful and refreshing. Most of our walks have been at night. While they hold their own enchantment (especially when the sky is filled with stars) we do stay on the road, as it is quite dark some nights and it is like walking through a tunnel. The other night, when the moon was full I was amazed at how light it was even at nearly 9pm. The moon lit everything up so brightly that it could have very well been dusk. It was truly beautiful.
The past couple of days have taken their toll on me and I find myself slightly behind in what I wanted to accomplish. I am not upset or discouraged though, as I feel that the slow time has been necessary and I am not going to apologize for it (even to myself!) Things happen, and if everything in life were neatly packaged, it would be quite boring and mundane. Highs and lows are necessary to feel the full breadth of living and I don’t want it any other way.
I did manage to finish both the ornament set and also the pendants from the shamrock patterns. I took the presentation pictures, too and they look pretty nice:
I also used my usual staining technique and stained the birch set different shades of green. This will look fun on my little tree and also add a variety of color.
I embedded little green crystal beads in both the natural maple ornaments and also in the pendants. I like that bit of glimmer that they give and I feel that it gives a polished and finished look to the pieces, which are otherwise quite simple. I may even brush some clear sparkles on the green ones. Whether people choose to include them or not will be entirely up to them, but I like to offer the option.
Keith teases me because I like to add sparkle to things. On Friday when we were heading to Digby, we were cleaning off his car and I noticed that my car sitting next to it had a thin, even layer of frost on it. It looked really beautiful over the bright red paint and somewhat resembled glitter. I jokingly said that I should paint the car with a clear coat of glitter paint and he just shook his head and rolled his eyes at me. (I love to push his buttons and get him going!) Of course I was only having fun with him, but it was worth it just to get his blood pressure up for a bit when I told him I was serious.
I plan on finishing up writing the packet for these ornaments today and hopefully I will be able to get the site update done before the day is over. Keith has completely redone our 20 page catalog over the past week and it will be nice to be able to offer that to our customers. It is a huge job and this time around he took all the pictures (hundreds of them!) and standardized them so that they are smaller files. Since some of the patterns are several years old, the formatting on the pictures was a mixed bag of resolutions and sizes and to be frank, some of them weren’t that good. He actually took every single picture in we have and optimized it and readjusted it to look its best and download quickly. It will be interesting to see the final size of the catalog, which at present is about 4mb. The important thing though is that the quality will not decline, and will in all probability be better than before. A win/win for us and our customers.
I look forward to wrapping things up today on these issues. It will feel good to start off the week with a clean slate. I have lots to do and new designs that I am thinking about and it will be good to have reached a finish point on many of these things that we are working on.
I hope you all have a good day today. Thank you again for your kind thoughts yesterday. It has been a somewhat difficult week for me, but knowing I have so many wonderful friends certainly makes things better. I am a very fortunate girl.
Take care and enjoy the day!
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"