I don’t know where to begin today. I suppose I want to start off by saying that I was rather overwhelmed at the response from the interview article that was in the Lumberjocks Emag yesterday. Not only did I receive many nice messages in all the places that I posted this blog, but I also received many private emails from people that I have come to know, and even people that I haven’t met until now. It brought things into perspective as to the scope of people that I reach here every day.
I usually don’t think too much about that. Perhaps it is just easier for me when I sit here in the dark of the morning, with some soft classical music playing (Vivaldi Oboe concertos today – I have recently explored Vivaldi’s music beyond the depths of The Four Seasons and have found it to be something that I truly enjoy!) and a cat sitting on my lap in the quiet of the morning. I enjoy mapping out my day and perhaps recounting the previous one. What I write here is pretty much off the top of my head, and there have been times when I go back to my posts later in the day and see typos or incorrect grammar. I cringe, because by then the read count is usually rather high, and I picture all of you out there that have seen the errors and wonder what you must think of my writing ability.
But I try not to let it get to me. If I think ahead too much than I am certain that things would not come out the same and it would ruin the entire process for me. And probably for you all too. It already feels awkward to even mention things like this here. But I did want to acknowledge how much I appreciate having all of you as friends and allowing me the privilege to visit with you each day. It has certainly made my life better.
So at the risk of typos and pre-caffeine grammar errors and wandering, nonsensical thoughts, we continue on our journey.
Yesterday was one of those busy days where it seemed that I accomplished little. We had some errands to do in Digby, which meant that much of the day was shot. We needed some supplies to be ready for our next wholesale order and we also needed to hook up with Bernie for some things and make several stops along the way.
I was also able to meet with a good friend of mine that I haven’t had the opportunity to visit all summer. We spent several hours catching up, and it felt good to be able to visit face to face instead of on the phone or through emails.
We had the top down on the car, as it was a beautiful day, but I noticed that the tops of the trees are beginning to get ‘crispy’ and some of them are even beginning to change color. Fall and winter is definitely on its way.
We were disappointed that when we arrived at Bernie and Ellen’s, they weren’t home. I did try to call the previous evening to see what their plans were, but were unable to reach them. Since we had plans to be in town anyway, we took a chance that we would catch them and unfortunately we did not. Later in the evening after I arrived home, I gave them a call and found they were out at their camp for the day, but we made plans for Thanksgiving dinner which is only in a few weeks. I still am getting over the fact that Canada’s Thanksgiving is nearly two months prior to the USA one. While it seems strange, it is nice to celebrate twice, and have two good meals on top of it. I usually cook a full meal here, even if it is only us, as I still want to hold on to the tradition of my American roots.
We got our supplies and stocked up on the things we needed, and we were half way home before it dawned on me that I had forgotten to pick up my glasses from the eye doctor. I had brought them in when we arrived in town, as I had (almost) sat on them and bent them up a bit several weeks earlier and I wanted to see if they could repair them. I had inadvertently laid them next to me on the couch and since they are thin black frames (and I don’t see well when they are off) I had forgotten that they were there.
Instead of waiting for them to be repaired, I opted to do my errands and had intended to come back before we left town. But it completely slipped my mind until I was half way home. They are my back up pair anyway, but I feel rather scatter brained and foolish. I suppose I am getting old.
Today I plan on finishing up the site update. I have five new patterns to post up there, and Keith has a couple also. Some of the new designs are Christmas already, as it is that time of year when people are starting to think in that direction. Among them is my advent calendar chalkboard plaque:
The center of the plaque is coated with the clear Chalkboard Finish from DecoArt. I like it because it allows the beauty of the walnut to show through and you can still write on it and it erases very easily. I found however that it worked best when I coated the walnut with a couple of coats of clear polyurethane first, to seal the wood. I sanded in between coats so that it was as smooth as possible (so not to catch the chalk dust) and then I applied a couple of coats of the coating.
The star has a felt pad glued on the back, with a rare earth magnet placed inside. My board is also has magnets glued on the back so that I can easily mount it on the refrigerator. Since our place is small and I don’t have lots of room for shelving or nick-knacks, using magnets is a great way for me to display seasonal things temporarily. The rare earth magnets are great because they are small and ever so strong and there is no risk of the items falling off.
We find that people like to receive notices of site updates every couple of weeks and don’t find us bothersome in doing so at that rate. I have some new designs sketched out for Halloween and autumn, and I need to get back at the saw again to cut them after this update is complete. There is still time I believe to post a couple of quick projects. I also need to work on some patterns for the new supplier. There are some great new ideas in the works and I think it will expand our business in directions we haven’t gone in before. I am very excited about it.
So that is the plan for today. It is just beginning to get light out and it is breezy and overcast and grey. Very autumn-like.
I wish you all a wonderful 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"