I finally got my wish. When I awoke this morning, it was crisp and cool outside. Just how I like it.
It seems that finally the autumn season has arrived here in Nova Scotia, and for that I am very happy. Perhaps the stickiness and humidity of this weekend was the last song of summer, and from now on these cool temperatures would be the norm. At least for a while.
As I sit here and write this morning, I have a blanket AND a kitty on my lap (Pancakes) and I believe we are both very content. I know I am and he certainly seems to be too. It has been a while since we have been able to snuggle like this and I admit that I have missed it. I find a great deal of comfort in having a purring kitty nearby. It is calming and very pleasant.
I spent the day yesterday doing a variety of things and working on the new patterns. It was time for me to sort through my many paints and finishes and so some organizing. Some of the bottles that I had were items that DecoArt had discontinued and I wanted to be certain to pull them out of my regular stock. In the past, I have accidentally used colors or products that were no longer available and you could probably imagine the confusion that it caused. I try to cross check things every once in a while just to make sure that I am keeping up and no longer recommending a product that is not being made. DecoArt is a large company, and it is introducing new products all the time. It is understandable that as they bring in new items, they drop items that are not selling well. This is just part of good business. But with all the new products that I am experimenting with, I want to be sure that what I am using is current, and I found that it is best to check. I want to be sure that my customers can obtain what I am recommending in my patterns.
I also worked quite a bit on the current pattern packets for the new designs. While doing this, I found myself on YouTube watching several tutorials for Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator. I use Illustrator for all the line work and drawing of my patterns, and Photoshop for the presentation and photographs used. It always fascinates me how deep and involved those programs can be, and their capabilities are amazing. I often find myself on YouTube looking for an answer to just one question, and then getting ‘sucked in’ as other tutorials are suggested. I LOVE learning that kind of stuff and the improvements that are made with using the techniques on my pattern packets are amazing. It is definitely a good part of the process. But it does take time and it is difficult not to go off on a tangent. (But is learning something new ever really bad? I think not!)
So today will be a continuation of the process. I had much positive feedback regarding the project I featured in yesterday’s post and I will also be working on the packet for that so I can get it up on the site. Many times writing the instruction packet takes much longer than creating the project itself, as I try to be a thorough as possible. I try however to make very detailed instructions so that all levels of skill can enjoy the projects. It just takes time.
So my post here is a bit short today, and I fear not very interesting. But soon there will be more new designs and hopefully some good things to come. I have lots in the works and can’t wait to share them with you.
Until then, I wish you a happy day. Enjoy the season.
-- Contributing Editor, Creative Woodworks and Crafts, Sheila Landry Designs http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com "Knowledge is Power"