What a beautiful day it is today. The sun just came up and the sky is blue and the clouds are pinkish-orange on the bottom. In our area, the trees are really beginning to show their color, and it is one of the prettiest times of the year. We had a week of wind and rain off and on. While driving by the ocean yesterday it was churning up like I had not seen it before. I suppose that is a sure indication that autumn is here.
This week went by quickly – more so than usual. I am sure that it is because we had the two Thanksgiving dinners that broke up the routine. It still strikes me odd having Thanksgiving in the middle of October. Even after eight years of being here in Canada it is hard to get used to. But I have learned to embrace it as another chance to visit and see people I care about, and that is a good thing.
Yesterday was a full and busy day for me. I continued to work on cleaning house, both figuratively and actually cleaning up around here and getting things in order. I didn’t get a lot of designing time in, but I did organize many things with the business and catch up on paperwork and work on some advertising and some things like that. While I may not have anything physical to show for the day as far as ‘new work’ that I have done, I have a peace of mind that everything is in order the way it should be. That means a great deal to me.
I have several good things in front of me for the future. I spoke with my editor from the magazine and we were planning the project for my next submission. That is always a positive thing and gets me thinking into the future.
I also have some new ideas for painting designs that I am going to be working on. I am going to see how today goes, and if all goes well I may take the day tomorrow for some painting. I would love to once again dedicate Sundays to doing anything I want, which usually means I paint.
As for today, I have a load of computer work to do on some new patterns and designs that I am working on. Besides some cool new Christmas projects, I have some new larger yard art designs that I need to work on and finish up. The other day Keith and I worked really hard to come up with a formula for the layout of our designs that would be appealing and functional. We don’t want to simply mimic what is already out there. We want to develop a style of our own so that when people see that there are patterns that are made by us, they know what to expect. We want the large format patterns that we are developing to have the high standard that we have set for our scroll saw patterns. Something that we hope will set us apart from the others out there.
I feel good about today. It is one of those mornings where I just know that I will get a great deal accomplished. While I always have the intent of doing so, it seems that some days the feeling of opportunity and promise is just stronger than others. Perhaps it is the cool, crisp air that is motivating me. Or the excitement of seeing what the future brings. Or even the thought of seeing my new designs unfold and become reality. Perhaps it is just a little of each.
Whatever the reason, I’ll take it.
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I hope you enjoy your Saturday. Remember to take time to appreciate the season and all the opportunities that come your way.
The world is all gates, all opportunities, strings of tension waiting to be struck. – Ralph Waldo Emerson
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"