It was a restless night. The wind was howling and gusting so loud that it was difficult to get a restful sleep. It is muggy out, but opening a window meant hearing the violent swirling of the wind through the trees as they complained with loud rustling and creaking. I would say that it is raining, but besides a sharp smattering here and there against the window between the blasts of wind, it does not appear to be so. The ground is only slightly wet and there are no large puddles. When the wind subsides, I can hear the birds chirping cheerfully. It is a bit unsettling.
Such is spring.
We unplugged all the computers and equipment last night, expecting to have the power out for at least a bit. So far though, that hasn’t happened, and everything has been steady. But as the sun is coming up, I can see the tops of the tress across the road by the river violently swaying in the wind and I hear the blasts against the window from time to time and I know we aren’t out of the woods yet.
To the west of us, others had very cold temperatures and snow yesterday. Usually that means that whatever weather system they experienced is heading in our direction, although many times by the time it reaches us here in the east it has changed quite a bit. Whether it intensifies or lessens remains to be seen. I have long ago learned that we just have to take it as it comes. “It is what it is” and there is little choice but to accept it.
While I do watch for the alerts that come across the internet in regards to weather, I have learned not to panic. More so than not we are advised to take precautionary measures, and as it turns out, what arrives is typically a great deal less than anticipated. It is good to be prepared though, and we have to guard ourselves against becoming complacent in regard to these warnings. We don’t want to be caught with our guard down when a real storm hits. So we are watchful.
I think having no television is helpful in these matters. It seems that the media hype of things like this is so constant that the public becomes desensitized to the warnings. I am sure that one would think it odd that we don’t have access to television, but rest assured, it is our choice and it is one that I don’t regret. It is probably one of the reasons that I can be so productive. Besides . . . everything we need is accessible on the internet. Why spend over $100 per month for something that we feel we can do well without? We don’t even stay caught up with the shows that we watch for free online, let alone flood ourselves with all the other things that cable TV has to offer. We do well as we are.
I feel as if I accomplished a great deal last week. Even though I am not quite finished, I am almost to the point that I need to be. I have the pattern packets made up for six of the eight new patterns and I plan to finish the other two this morning and get them available on the site today. I also plan to send a newsletter out to our subscribers, announcing the update.
Making this many new patterns in this amount of time was a lot. Keith has said that I probably should have made only a couple at a time, finishing them before continuing on, but I honestly didn’t want to do things that way. It may have been easier in some ways, but I felt that I was on a roll and wanted to keep going. As I said when I finished drawing, I could have kept on, as I have many more ideas for the next batch.
In between doing my own new designs here we put out a sizable wholesale order and I also built the little crow and cart for the magazine as well as an article with eleven variations on one pattern. I think I did OK. Sometimes stopping in the middle of drawing and taking time to finish what I started breaks the rhythm that I am in and I somehow lose that inspiration. I don’t know how, but it happens. So doing things the way I did was probably the best way for me to proceed.
I have one more design to show today, although I made it a couple of months ago. It was one that I created for the magazine that I will be able to now sell on my site, as the issue has been released. It is also a candle tray with some dimensional pieces. The subject for it is dragonflies, and I really like how it came out:
As with many of the other trays, I also added some color to this piece:
I think that the simple colors of the piece really makes these dragonflies look great:
I am happy that so many of you who don’t like seeing wood painted enjoy seeing these pieces colored. The Staining and Antiquing Medium from DecoArt is so easy to use, and it really does allow you to see through to the wood grain, which helps the paint look subtle and soft. It isn’t as if I just painted solidly on the pieces. The character and figure of the wood is still visible, only enhanced. That is why I like this product so much. The best part is that you need little painting skill to achieve a good result – which is something that many woodworkers really like. I hope to encourage even the hard core woodworkers to give it a try.
So onward I go today. I hope to be able to accomplish all I set out to do and finish up the patterns and update the site. So many of you have been asking for the patterns for these new projects and I hate to put you all off. I really am working as hard as I can. But they need to be right, and they need to be complete, and making them the way I do takes a little bit of time. I truly appreciate your patience. I know it will be worth it though, as I am pretty proud of what I have accomplished so far.
I hope you all have a good weekend. It has been a rough week for many – especially in the USA. Between Boston and Texas and flooding in Chicago and storms in the Midwest and South it seems that many of my dear family and friends have had a heck of a time. I wish you all the best and I hope you are all safe.
Have a good Saturday. Remember the good things that you can be thankful for.
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"