I am finding out that having a blog that is somewhat popular makes it very difficult to write sometimes during the holidays. While I like to talk about the current projects that I am doing and things that I am working on, there are many things that I want to be a surprise to the recipients, and I know that most of them stop in from time to time to read here, so I can’t even mention them.
So today, I still have some preparations to make. I need to remain here in ‘stealth mode’ for the next week, and the posts will probably be quite short.
It may not make the best reading material, but it is still fun to share stories and hear from you each day.
These past days have been busier than ever, but like everyone else, I am still doing holiday things. Besides the baking and wrapping and creating the gifts themselves, I am also organizing things and getting ready to begin the new year on a good note. In my travels, I found a wonderful new notebook that is beautifully decorated with (of course) a very contemplative cat. Since my old notebook is nearly finished and down to its last few sheets of paper, I thought it would be appropriate to begin the year with this new one.
I use this book to jot down any design ideas that I may think of in the course of the day. Most of what is in there is scribble, that would be of no use to anyone but myself. But I look at it as a valuable window to a creative world of designing that awaits me in the future. On the days when I feel “stuck” and want to move forward on a new design, it helps jog my memory of things that I have seen or thought of or dreamed of and had the presence of mind to write down.
While some of these designs never materialize, many of them appear in some form or another and become some of my most exciting works. I believe having a notebook such as this is imperative for someone like me, as it allows me to keep my ideas safe while not having to remember them at the moment. Often I will open the book and look back and say to myself “gee – I forgot about that” and it will be a nice springboard for working on something new.
I have many, many new things that I want to accomplish in the upcoming year, and doing this exercise of once again reorganizing things will certainly help me reach my goals.
I worked on two gifts yesterday, as well as shipped some things out. We had a nice dinner at Keith’s parents’ house last night for his dad’s birthday and relaxed and enjoyed the evening. While there, I went through some of my things and found the little nativity scene that I designed a couple years ago. I have some ideas about making it into large yard art sized pieces for next year.
It had been packed away for the past two years and I had forgotten how nice it was.
In the storage box, I had both the painted and natural maple versions of this set. I like the painted ones so much though that I think I will paint the maple set too. I have an idea of someone who will like it next year. ;)
I have one more box to go out today, and then I am through with my shipping for the year. I started giving out the wonderful soap that Kelly (Rivergirl) made and those who opened the little treat really seemed to love it. It felt good to see the looks on their faces when presenting them with the small, unexpected gifts. I find that to be the best part of the season.
My beloved cat Coco has been up to her old tricks. While for the most part she is good as gold, she does have the nasty habit of eating the ribbons off of the wrapped packages. As you can imagine, this doesn’t sit well in her tummy, and actually is downright dangerous. I have had a heck of a time keeping the wrapped things away from her and yesterday went into my room where the wrapped things were being stored to find her happily munching on the ribbons of the packages on my dresser. I would have thought her too ‘stout’ to get up there, but where there is a will, there is a way I suppose. Of course it made her sick, and I then had to deal with that mess in addition to worrying about her insides and what the ribbon would do to them. I didn’t see much missing though and I believe that I caught her before too much went down the hatch.
It is a reminder to me that our pets are like small children that never grow up. I know it is my own responsibility to keep these things that can harm them away from them, as they don’t have the capacity to look after themselves or to know any better. Fortunately this turned out OK, but it was a good reminder to me to take better care in keeping things that can harm them out of reach. It is something that I think a lot of people can relate to and worth mentioning.
I have many things planned for today, but again, most of them I can’t talk about. It does feel good to shift my focus from ‘work’ work to doing things for my friends and family. I think that taking this mini-sabbatical is something that I needed to do. Things will get back to normal soon enough.
Try to enjoy yourselves in your busy days and have fun in what you are doing. I love hearing stories of your holiday plans and baking and what you are up to. It is the best part of the season.
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"