I was kind of all over the place yesterday, with much to do and several different directions to go in at once. while some designers have the fear of not knowing what to do next, I think my problem is the opposite – which idea do I develop first.
While it is good to be in this creative mode, I think from time to time we have to walk away from things for a bit, take a breath and regroup. That is exactly what we did.
Since we didn’t go out or do anything special on Tuesday, I was asked by my partner Keith if I wanted to go to Yarmouth with him and have a nice dinner. Besides being Valentine’s Day they day before, we kind of, sort of celebrate our ‘anniversary’ around this time. I say “kind of, sort of” because to be honest, neither of us remembers exactly the date when we met and started really being a ‘couple.’ We just know we met sometime in February and became friends so it is difficult to pinpoint an actual anniversary date.
Neither of us are that big on dates though, so we just look at sometime in February as our ‘anniversary’ and are both cool with that. Valentine’s seems a good date, as it is easy to remember, but neither of us get all mushy about things. We are both happy we are in a good place.
We wound up poking around the malls and stores for a couple of hours after we ate, which was nice. It is funny how little we bought or need to buy sometimes. I don’t know if it is because I am getting older or if it is because I am settled and content with things, but there is very little that I want to buy. I looked around for some beads or garland that I could use on my little tree (since Valentine’s Day is past, I need to redecorate it in shamrocks and was looking for something green) but there was nothing that appealed to me that didn’t look cheap or disposable. I certainly don’t want to waste my money on crap just so I can fill up the landfills. I have the ornaments that I cut last week and they will have to be sufficient. While I would have loved a little sparkle of green garland, They only had furry looking stuff that looked cheap and I could picture the cats having a field day ripping it apart. So we will work with what is at hand and think ahead to the spring theme which will follow.
Work-wise I did finish the article that I was writing and felt good about that. I now have the day today to work on the new project that I showed a hint of yesterday and I look forward to that. I found some good wood that I will be using for it and will be able to cut some things out today. If I am on the ball, I will begin the painting process, too.
I was also able to update the Customer Showcase page on the site with some nice pictures that were sent to me from people.
This jewelry tray was done by Jim Cameron for his wife’s birthday. I love seeing how people enjoy my patterns and their projects!
I talked to several nice customers yesterday too. It really makes the business nice when I get to talk to and hear from so many people. I enjoy answering their questions and helping them.
We are invited to Keith’s parents for dinner tonight, and I do look forward to that. Since we have been so busy, we haven’t been there in over a week and I miss visiting with them. It also means that I won’t have to think about cooking tonight, although I had wanted to make cookies over the weekend and still haven’t been able to find the time to do so.
The weekend snow has melted and it is quite ‘spring-like’ out again. I noticed the days are getting much longer on both ends – it is lighter early and dark much later. While it is only February, I am starting to believe that this winter will indeed finish off quietly and that should make most people happy. I only hope it was cold enough for a long enough time to kill off those dreaded bugs that come in the spring and summer.
So it is a quiet blog today. Not much excitement, I am afraid. Hopefully soon I will be able to show you the progress on the new designs soon. I know I will enjoy seeing them come to life.
Have a great day today.
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"