My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #948: Carnival of Animals

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 01-31-2013 12:59 PM 2143 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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What a crazy night!

In the eight years that I lived here in Nova Scotia, I don’t remember ever experiencing winds like we had last night. As I read the status’ of my friends that are to the west of us in both Canada and the United States, apparently it is just our turn. And while we are currently experiencing 11 degree temperatures (Celsius), it is supposed to go down below freezing by nightfall and we are to have up to 10 cm of snow. Crazy.

I only mention this because I spent the night in somewhat of a carnival atmosphere. This wasn’t your usual run of the mill carnival, it was an official “I’m-a-cat-and-the-weather-is-crazy-so-I’ll-be-crazy-too!” carnival. I am sure that all of you pet owners have full understanding as to what I am talking about.

Even though we are safely inside, the weather outside has the effect of rocket fuel on them. They torpedo through the house, scrape at the window and howl. They are on high alert, as if they need to be on top of things in case of a disaster.

It began around 8pm. We heard the winds picking up and one of the two plastic recycle bins we keep on the side of our porch lost its lid. This was quite frustrating because without lids they are useless. This occurred last year, and since then I purchased the type with locking handles, after a lengthy search of the neighborhood, including the woods behind us. Nothing was found, to I invested in the more expensive bins to insure that it wouldn’t happen again.

But the winds were brutal last night, and we heard the loud “clunk” of the bins against the steps (even though they were half full) and when Keith checked them out, he reported that we once again were missing a lid. It was a small thing, but aggravating.

Then our landlord for some reason decided we needed full blast heat. The way the furnace is set up, when it gets too warm, it overrides the thermostat and the heat is delivered whether or not we want it. As a result of that, we tried to crack the windows open just a small bit, which allowed cooler air, but amplified the noise of the gusts and got the cats even more revved up.

It was a no win.

Eventually, I went to spend the night on the couch. Sometimes when they are wild like that, having their human near by tends to calm them down. But between the clunking of the bins in the wind ever couple of minutes, Richard yowling, Pancakes scratching at the window, Coco getting sick, and all three of them taking turns snacking their “crunchies” like a tag team from World Wide Wrestling, there was little sleep to be had by me.

Finally, after 4:30 or so I was able to fall asleep. The cats had performed well and their carnival had ended. When the sun arose around 7:30 I was grateful to see the lost lid of the bin on the front lawn. How it didn’t sail into the river across the road, I will never understand, but I am grateful.

Point being – my post is late and I am in slow motion today. I reserve the right to nap later on. I am sure the trio of performers will be happy to join me. Perhaps that was their plan all along.

On the work front, it was a pretty good day yesterday. I nearly finished the last six of the dozen Halloween masks that I am designing for my painting customers, and submitting to Artist’s Club. While there is some ‘tweaking’ that I need to do on them, they are for the most part finished.

Below is a picture of the final six:

The pictures aren’t great, but I do promise that I will take better shots for tomorrow. Besides the metallic paint accents being very reflective, I did use the crackle on some of them to give them interest. This looks really cool in person. In this shot you can see it a bit better:

I’ll end this here today with just those pictures. It is already nearly nine and I need to get moving. I will be finishing these up and taking better pictures later on. I will then start repainting them so that I can step-by-step pictures for the patterns. That is something that I don’t just do as I go along, unless I really know what direction I am heading in with the pieces, which I usually don’t. I have some other things that I want to do with these masks too, for my own enjoyment, so having two sets of them will be good. But that will come later on.

I hope all my friends west of me are safe. I know that weather has played havoc with many all over the USA and Canada and I wish you all the best.

Take care and have a great day today.

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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Jamie Speirs

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#1 posted 01-31-2013 04:23 PM

Sheila we also had bad winds. Tharchin the Tibetan Monk
lives in a horse box with his power cable through our letter box
Well his wee hoose was rocking so much that he thought it was
going to roll and it is on the back of a 5t Ford truck.
Me I slept through it all surrounded by my big brave boxers.
In South Africa they call the wind in the Cape The Cape Doctor as
they reckons it clears out all the cobwebs. :)
Those masks are all soo great last one being my favourite the harlequin
or maybe it’s the spiders web, but I also like the black and gold, Hell I like
them all
Have a stupendous day

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#2 posted 02-01-2013 03:31 AM

Good evening Sheila. I sure hope your winds have died down and you will have a peaceful night. Our weather patterns are changing so much all over. Rain and misty where I was today in Maple Ridge (east of Vancouver city) but on returning to Richmond, I found it had been sunny for a good part of the day!
The masks are beautiful. My favourites in this set are the top left hand one and the middle right hand one but they are all great. i like the way you did the harlequin one with part crackle paint.

-- Anna, Richmond BC

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#3 posted 02-01-2013 04:18 PM

Super nice masks Sheila. Stay warm. It’s cold and windy here in Kansas also. bout 15 degrees right now.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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