I feel accomplished today. After what feels like I ran a marathon, I reached the finish line last night and completed the next set of painted ornaments in time for the deadline (which is today!) While I was a bit tired, I still must say that I finished all that I had set out to do and never had a doubt that I would. It is a good feeling.
I decided to call this next set of ornaments “Let’s Wrap It Up.” They are a dozen package shaped ornaments, painted in fun and bright Christmas colors and can be used for ornaments, magnets, wreaths and garlands, gift tags, or just about anything.
As with the previous holiday Christmas stocking set, I am submitting them for consideration to the Artist’s Club for their holiday (September) catalog. The deadline for the submissions is today, and I hope they choose to take them.
Here are the finished pieces:
Once again there is a variety of levels of painting there. Some are maybe a bit more difficult than others, but they are all easily accomplished with a bit of patience.
Even if they are not accepted, I am happy that I got them done. Either way they will be a good addition to the painting patterns on my site. And besides, I do like them. :)
But they are certainly not completed yet. Both these and the stocking ornaments still need the patterns written. That would include repainting them and taking step-by-step pictures for the instructions. But most of the ‘thinking work’ is done, and the rest should come quite easily.
Today I need to switch gears completely. On Monday, we sent our Christmas items to the magazine for publication. My goals for today and tomorrow are to finish up all the instructions for those projects, as well as write an article for using the texture paste that I used on the bell ornaments. I will be happy to get those things under my belt too.
When all that is done, I will finally be able to go back to finishing up the new bird cage ornaments that I was working on last week. I can’t wait to get them cut and see how they look in wood. It will be exciting to work on them and I am anxious to do that too.
I suppose you could say I am busy. :)
Things here with the computers are all back up and running. After spending much of the day yesterday troubleshooting, Keith discovered that it was his new power supply that was causing the low level hum in the speakers. He had to pack it up and send it back, and he tried ordering a different one. That probably won’t arrive until at least Monday, so for now he has his old one in there, which is adequate. It is good to have backup components for times like this.
So for now, it is back to normal. I will be anxious to hear if the designs are accepted or not, and I hope they are. Either way though I did OK. It will be a good day and I will be happy to work at a more relaxed pace and be able to take my time and catch up on answering emails. I really don’t mind deadlines though. I think they are good ways to push myself a little harder and keep me moving in a positive direction. And only good things will come of that.
On we go . . .
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"