Even though I stayed pretty focused and worked all day yesterday, I still didn’t complete the pattern that I was working on for the painted Halloween masks.
I was a little disappointed in myself, but what I have so far is looking good, and I know that the small things that I am doing for the pattern are going to be what makes it the best it can be. I suppose I just need to take my own advice and be patient.
I don’t make as many painting patterns as I do scroll saw patterns, and because of that, I forget just how involved they need to be. Not to mention that I try to make the packets as attractive as possible, finding cute fonts and having very clear photographs that are properly color corrected so that they can accurately show the step-by-step process. I somehow forget how much time this takes. This pattern has 43 photos in it and it took most of yesterday to work on them all and get them all consistent and accurate, and that ate up most of the day.
I am able to show you the cover though, and I think it looks nice.
I am quite happy with the outcome and while it may not matter what the pattern itself looks like to others, I certainly does to me.
So (hopefully) today, I will be able to finish up adjusting the line work and the actual writing of the instructions. That is actually the easier part of things and not quite as time consuming. Then I can finish another site update and move on to other things.
In the mean time, I wanted to post something here for my friend Silke. Those of you from Lumberjocks will know Silke as Dennisgrosen’s pretty daughter. Silke has recently had some surgery that she is now recovering from. I was happy to hear she is doing well, but I know she said she was a bit bored, as she had to take some time off of school. I wanted to send her something, but it takes so long for things to get all the way to Denmark and by the time I got something posted, she would probably be back out playing with her friends. So I decided to post something here for her that you all can also enjoy.
It is no secret that I love cats. For as long as I remember, we had one or more cats in our lives. We used to dress them up and put them in our doll buggy and parade them up an down the block where I loved in Chicago. One day, I was on one of these ‘walks’ with my beautiful black cat “Cindy” (whom we named because she was black as cinders!) While passing a neighbor lady, she stopped me and said “May I see your little baby?” thinking that she would be peeking in on a doll.
I opened the hood of the buggy and out peered Cindy, dressed in a pink flannel night dress complete with a matching granny cap. The neighbor gasped! I think it surprised the heck out of her! I can only imagine that the jet black face and big golden eyes were the last thing she expected to see looking back at her! To this day I remember her reaction and smile!
My grandmother used to read us a story called “Whiskers” when I was young. It was a wonderfully delightful story about a naughty cat named Whiskers and all the trouble he got himself into. The best part about it was that the photographs throughout the story were those of real cats, dressed in various outfits. Needless to say it was (and still is!) my favorite book of all time!
Several years ago, while creeping Ebay for something or another, I saw that book listed. I immediately purchased it and now have an almost perfect copy of it for myself. It still remains one of my all time favorites and I want to share it with Silke today to help her pass the time. Of course you can all read through it too.
I scanned in the entire book into one of my Picasa photo albums. The pictures are large enough and you can easily read it and follow along the story. The link to it is here:
|"Whiskers" by Marjorie Barrows|
I hope you all enjoy it as much as I do, and it brings some joy to you as it does to me. And I hope that it makes dear Silke smile just a little bit today.
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"