It seemed to me like I spent the past week rather stuck in the mud. Between fighting this silly cold (which can’t decide if it is going to be a full cold or not!) and working on some of the older patterns, I didn’t seem to make much forward progress.
However, one big accomplishment that I did make was that I designed my next project for the magazine, start to finish. As always, it felt good to see the box go out the door and know that I was caught up in that direction.
The design was for the March issue, which seems like a million years away right now. Half the leaves are still on the trees and although they have passed their peak, there is still the remnant of pink and golden brown colors that signify the season. There was little breeze yesterday, yet while I was doing the dishes I was looking out my kitchen window and noticed the leaves of the large birch tree were falling . . . falling . . . almost like a light snowstorm. It was peaceful to watch this gentle change of season, but it made me realize that soon we would be on to the next, and with it would come the ice and snow of winter.
Time certainly passes quickly these days.
With the clean slate in front of me and that important obligation met, I am left to my own choices as to which direction I will now head. I am torn between wanting to create new scroll saw patterns for my own customers, as well as continue to work on the larger patterns for the new venture. It has been nearly a week since I worked on the larger things, and I feel in a small way that I lost some of the momentum that I was gaining, but I think that I had strong enough of a foothold on things to pick up where I was at without too much difficulty.
I have a long list of new patterns I want to create for the holiday season, but I fear that time is already running out. It is times such as this that I wonder if I should abandon thoughts of the holidays altogether and just move ahead to the time frame of spring, where I can get ahead of the game a bit.
But I don’t think I will go that direction just yet, as there is still time for some new things to come to be and I have the ideas in my mind ready to execute. Spring will come soon enough. But by then I will be looking again toward winter.
I still sound a bit muddled, don’t I?
It is at times like this that I take a breath and try not to look too far in the distance. The distant future holds far too many variables and trying to think of ‘what may be’ tends to overwhelm me when I am in this state of mind. While thinking ahead is something that needs consideration, there are times when taking things one day at a time is preferred. Small doses if you will. Things will come as they may.
So that’s the plan for today. We’ll see what we can come up with and which direction my thoughts will take me. With so many good directions to follow, I am sure that it will be something interesting.
Have a wonderful weekend.
If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with success unexpected in common hours. – Henry David Thoreau
The woods near our house.
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"