It seems that these past few weeks I have lived a rather ordinary life. (That’s not a complaint!) It has just been a bit more of a challenge for me to think of some interesting things to write about. But recently, a friend of mine shared an idea with me that got me thinking. And that has led to making some fun plans.
Going about my day to day work however has not been boring for me at all. In fact, it has been rather exciting and while it may not make for good reading here on the blog, it has been a very positive time for me.
With the autumn season in full swing, I can really see things picking up in the woodworking and painting departments. Things have been pretty busy and more people are emailing me and asking questions about projects they are working on, patterns, etc. Sometimes it seems that half of my day or more are spent on emails.
I don’t mind it though, because I love to hear about people’s projects and I also learn from the questions that they are asking me. Perhaps I didn’t explain something in enough detail in my pattern or something was misunderstood and I needed to make things a bit clearer. As I stated yesterday in my blog, we are always learning and I find that learning by teaching is one of the best ways because in hearing and answering questions, you get a chance to look at things from the point of view of someone who may be looking for guidance and with that understanding you are able to learn which points are important and which are not.
I also love seeing what others do with their projects and how they modify my patterns. Seeing different uses for them is so much fun and sometimes acts as a spring board for new designs for me.
The other day, Jim (from woodworkersworkshop.com) sent me a link that his wife found to making a pumpkin 'Die-o-rama' Well – loving Halloween so much, I HAD to try one of these. Here is a pic from the site that I linked to for those of you who don’t like to click on links:
I don’t know why, but this got me really excited. I knew I HAD to make one of these! While mine may be a little different, I have since then been ‘collecting’ some cool things that I can add to my piece and make it work. I think it is a fun and cool way to enjoy the spooky season.
Besides answering emails, I drew most of the day yesterday. After dinner, when I usually tried to settle down, I talked Keith into getting in the car and running to Yarmouth with me to get some supplies I would need to make my ‘Die-o-rama’. We went through all the places we thought would have cool trinkets like that and I picked up a couple of treasures. There were some things that I wasn’t able to find, and my mind has been busy thinking of how I could improvise and use many of the supplies that I have here on hand to make what I want. I have a couple of ideas though and I can’t wait to implement them and show you all.
I decided that this is going to be my project for the weekend. Since I kind of worked through last Sunday, I am really going to work hard from now until then so that I can do this on the upcoming weekend. I also have a real pumpkin to carve and I am very determined to get that done too. The past several years I have bought pumpkins with “good intentions” and never got around to carving them. I do that all the time. One year when I lived in Digby, I wound up keeping the real, un-carved pumpkin in my kitchen until August of the following year. It was a real conversation piece, as all that came to visit me throughout the spring and most of the summer would ask me “is that real?” I got to be rather proud of that pumpkin hanging in there for so long. I was rather hoping that it would last until October and I would have had it a full year.
But alas, it started to get soft spots sometime in August. I knew that it would not be able to hold on until Halloween. Sadly, I had to dispose of it just two months before Halloween. It was like losing an old friend.
So this little project of mine should be quite a bit of fun. I couldn’t find a foam pumpkin quite as large as the one pictured, but I got one that will certainly suffice. In any case, it will be a wonderful thing to work on this upcoming Sunday. I find myself daydreaming already about what I am going to do. The ideas keep changing though, and it will even be a surprise to myself to see what will come of it.
I think I will have a day and ask you all to post pictures of your pumpkins here on the blog. I would love to see them and I think it would be a fun way to share ideas. There is still a couple of weeks left before Halloween and sharing what you have done (with or without your children) will be a lot of fun. Let me know what you think about that.
But today, I still need to draw and work on my next patterns. In the mean time, I can daydream about the weekend and have something really cool to look forward to.
Have a wonderful Wednesday.
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"