This is quite a busy time of year for all of us. I find myself pulled in several directions at once, even more so than usual. Yesterday I spent a great deal of my day answering emails and questions and hunting down information.
Needless to say, this hasn’t helped me move ahead in the drawing department very much. With no immediate deadlines placed in front of me, other than what I impose upon myself, the sense of urgency is not there and it seems that other things just win out. It really isn’t a bad thing, as I enjoy helping others and it is a good part of my day. I just slows the progress of the new stuff a little bit.
But there will be time for that. . .
I also have been somewhat distracted thinking about the last few things that I have on my list to make others. There are some gifts that I still have to think about, but I don’t want to present them here. I don’t mind showing the gifts or talking about them for people like Ellen and Bernie who don’t have a computer, but some of those on my list are here every day or stop in occasionally and I don’t want to show it all just yet. So it leaves me to try to think of other interesting topics to discuss with you all here in the morning.
Like others, I have been wracking my brain on what to get one or two people that are on my list. These are what I feel are the most difficult gifts to decide on, as they aren’t really excited by some of the stuff I do. While in previous years I could fill in with some painting stuff, I am sorry to say that my brushes have been idle and I haven’t had the chance to really have a go at painting (and that is something that I vow to change in the near future!)
I subscribe to a blog every day that I really love. I had found it on Pinterest and while I don’t like signing up for lots of things (I have so much email to begin with!) I find that many, many of the ideas in it are useful and fun. It is called One Good Thing and is written by Jill Nystul. It is a daily dose of recipes, crafts and nifty ideas on a variety of subjects. While it may not be for everybody, I feel like it is worth looking into for those who are interested. This girl must be really busy finding cool stuff every day to blog about!
On one of her recent blogs, Jill had many ideas for ‘giving back’ that were wonderful if you were stuck with finding something meaningful to do this holiday season. You can read that entry HERE. You will also find the links to her other blogs on that page and a place to sign up if you choose to do so. I think it is something many of you will enjoy.
As for me, today I really need to get on my ‘elf hat’ and finish up some things.
I had a brainstorm during the night as to what I want to make someone who I was having a particularly difficult time deciding what to give. I want to run with the idea and get it out of the way today. It is one of those things that I can’t really share here though, so I need to apologize about being so secretive.
I looked up as I was writing this, and saw a beautiful pinkish-orange glow. The sun was just peeking over the trees and the sunrise was breath taking:
I am afraid that the picture just doesn’t do it justice, but it was beautiful nonetheless and I wanted to share it with you. What a wonderful way to start the day. I know it will be a great one!
Have a great Friday!
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"