Part of what I love most about my job is that I get to ‘play’ and make cool things. While there are certainly many other requirements of running a business and keeping things in order, I still feel very fortunate for being able to call what I do a ‘job.’
Yesterday I worked on another new project. I showed you all a picture of one of the new ornaments that was in the set that I was creating, but that was only part of it. While the word ornaments were nice, I thought that they needed something else to make them even better. So I designed some additional pieces that would give them a bit more interest and make them a little more versatile.
I like giving lots of options in my patterns. While some of them need to be made pretty much one way, I think the best patterns (and the ones I have the most fun with!) are the ones that allow my customers to use them as a springboard for their own ideas and applications. By suggesting several different ways to use them, it allows people to develop their own creativity and personalize the patterns to their own taste and ideas. And I love seeing how others take my basic ideas and run with them. (Just like the beautiful quilt that I showed earlier this week!)
So as a continuation of the word ornaments that I teased you with yesterday, today I will show you the second part of the project. These little ‘charms’ are the second phase of the design:
Today I will be putting things together and creating the finished ornaments with them. As I write this, I still am not 100% certain how they will come out. My mind keeps doing little twists and turns and thinking of more ways to use them.
What fun I will have today deciding!
It is the first day of December today. Besides being my oldest son’s birthday (Happy Birthday Phil!) it is the beginning of the holiday season. I had some of my favorite holiday music playing in the background yesterday as I worked on these pieces, and I think I will do so today. My little ‘all season tree’ needs to shed its orange lights and beautiful autumn leaves and it is time to decorate it for the upcoming Christmas season.
Today will be a wonderfully fun day! I can’t wait to work on my ornaments and make them look awesome!
If you are looking for some new holiday ideas, DecoArt is hosting their own holiday celebration. They have started the “DecoArt's 12 Days of Christmas Ornaments” on their web page and will offer 12 days of fun and easy ornaments you can make. It’s free and many of them even have short videos showing the process used. It will be a fun way to introduce yourself to some new techniques and also inspire you to create your own projects. I hope you enjoy it.
It is a beautiful and sunny day here in Nova Scotia. Cool and crisp with another dusting of snow on the ground. Just cool enough to get me in the holiday spirit and inspire my work.
I wish you all a wonderful day too! Happy Saturday!
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"