Every four years we get an extra day. I never really thought about it before, it really is something that is kind of special.
Those of you who read regularly have heard me wish from time to time for that evasive 48 hour day. There are so many things that I want to get done, that I am always looking for more time to complete everything. I suppose that my wish has come true and today is exactly that. Today we all received the gift of an additional 24 hours.
When you think about it a bit, February 29th is really a special day. If you were born on it, does it mean that you will only have a birthday every four years? The same for anniversaries. I know if my partner Keith had a birthday on February 29th it would drive him crazy. He is the type where everything has to be in order and fit in perfectly. Throwing in an extra day to the year every four would certainly not be acceptable to him. (I smile when I say that because I think I am far more easygoing then him. After all – I had kids and three cats. You learn to bend a lot as anyone can tell you!)
So what am I going to do with this extra day? Where do I begin?
I already started drawing my next project. I need to continue to work on that and I also need to finish up the pattern for the pumpkin tray. I was going to do that yesterday and ran out of time. I talked to my editor yesterday and she eagerly accepted the kitty chalk board for the magazine. While that means that I won’t be able to offer it to my own customers until probably the beginning of July, I am working on some other things that hopefully will be equally cute and desirable. So far in my head they look good!
I talked to my liaison at DecoArt yesterday and inquired about whether they are thinking of making the chalkboard paint in other colors. While they now offer it in black, pink and blue, I would love to see it in white and also maybe traditional green. She informed me that they were going to discontinue the blue and pink, as sales for it were not what they hoped, but she did have some good news to share. It seems they are in the process of developing a new product called “Chalkboard Varnish” that is a clear varnish that can go over any acrylic paint color to make it into a chalk board. I like this idea and I am very excited over it. It really will open a world of possibilities design-wise and I think it is far more practical than limiting people to pink or blue. The black will still be made, I do believe, so the traditionalists will will be OK with that.
I put in to be one of the first testers of the product and I am certain that I will have a report for you here. Even if you don’t scroll saw, making specialized boards can be something that you may want to incorporate into your regular everyday woodworking. I am really happy about it.
Finally, in speaking to my editor, we discussed some new directions that she is planning to take the magazine. After many years with the same editor, Robert Becker, he is retiring and Debbie McGowan is now going to be the new boss. I have worked with Debbie for many years and we have a wonderful working history together and I am looking forward to continuing a long relationship with her. She has some exciting new ideas to try for the magazine and asked if both Keith and I would like to be a part of them and we enthusiastically consented. It is good to change directions every now and then, as it will keep things fresh and exciting not only for the magazine, but for the readers, too.
All in all, I don’t think I will have a difficult time filling up my ‘extra day.’ As usual, I will be leaping around from one thing to another and I am sure that before the day is over, there will be even more things in the mix to think about.
It sure keeps things exciting and I look forward to each new challenge that is sent my way. It makes for a happy life.
Well, I had better get “hopping!” I hope you all have a wonderful 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"