We have all heard the saying “Good things take time.” As I work on these new ornaments, I am finding that statement to be true. While in my mind I start out thinking that they could all be done in a day, in reality, they cannot. I still have too many ideas jumbled up in my head and I have to do all I can not to be overwhelmed by them. There are only so many directions that I can think of at once without being completely stopped from overload.
I found that for me the best thing I could do is not think past right where I am at the moment. When looking at a dozen blank pieces of wood, it is easy for me to get in a muddle as to what I will be doing next. This may sound silly, but if you all knew the amount of time I have wasted in the past because I am thinking about several things at once and as a result paralyzed because I don’t know where to start. When this happens, I need to just take one piece, put the others away, and start to paint or draw.
It’s that simple.
I found myself in that very predicament yesterday as I began working on these. But once I realized I was in that place and did indeed focus on one piece, things started moving. As a result, I finished the first three ornaments of the set that I am going to call “Haunted Masquerade.” Here are pictures of them for you to see:
So far, so good.
Once I got rolling on them, they really started to take shape. There will be 12 in the set altogether, and they will all be Halloween themed.
I find that photographing them was quite a challenge, as they are all finished with pearl, iridescent or metallic paint. They also all will have rhinestone studs accenting them as you can see. After spending quite a bit of time trying different lighting and settings on my camera and being quite unsuccessful, I remembered that we had the wonderful light box that Keith had built and it worked beautifully. (Sometimes I can’t see the nose in front of my face!)
I found though that I have on hand a limited quantity of rhinestones on hand, and it caused me to do some online research prior to writing this post to find a distributor that I could both order from and recommend in the pattern for others.
I think I hit the jackpot, as I found a company that is out of Canada, but ships to the USA too. Their variety of rhinestones is amazing, as is their prices. They ship the same day too and the cost for shipping the tiny stones is minimal. I am going to place an order as soon as I am done writing here this morning, as I want to have a quantity on hand for not only the rest of these, but other designing too. I find that many people love my embellished ornaments and projects and it is so easy to add some “bling” to them using rhinestones. I am going to be like a kid in a candy store!
I will let you all know how I do with them. I think I am going to hold off adding the rhinestones to the following pieces until my shipment arrives. I would rather wait and have a better variety to choose from.
Well, it’s Friday already and we are supposed to get a really cold spell here in our parts for the next few days. We have to run out and do some errands today, but after that we can settle in for a nice productive weekend. Hopefully I will get the rest of these done in the next couple of days. I hope you like what I have here so far.
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"