I had intended to take the day yesterday ‘off’ and slow down a bit. After completing the eight new patterns, I thought it would be good to take a break. We had a beautiful day here in Nova Scotia, with mild temperatures, a gentle breeze and lots of sunshine. We were very fortunate compared to the weather that others are experiencing.
But as things had it, I wound up spending much of the day “Spring Cleaning” and doing a bit of organization. Keith was gone for much of the day and I had the house all to myself. One of the first things I wanted to do was tidy things up. From there it was a domino effect of chores that I have been putting off until later and began crossing off my list, one by one.
It started with me replacing the door screen. It had a small tear in it and we had it off since last fall. Since the weather was so mild, I wanted to allow as much fresh air in as possible so I used a screen kit we had purchased last year and did the repair. That led to me taking down all the front screens and cleaning them. Of course I needed to clean the window sills then. And the windows. (You all know how that happens . . .) Before I knew it I was even pulling out the refrigerator from the wall to vacuum under it (after all – we have three cats!)
I didn’t mind though, as I had some good music in the background and our little place is nice and neat again. I still need to do some organizing of the closets, but I think I made great strides.
After Keith came home, he took me out for a bite to eat. I planned on making a nice roast for dinner, but he was hungry right then and there and invited me to go out with him. I jumped at the chance, leaving my things as is and we had a nice meal. When I returned though, I still had to finish up one of the largest jobs that I had decided to tackle – Sorting my many types of paint.
On Friday, I received my order from DecoArt that I had placed the week before. The Americana paints that I use so often had some new colors, and I was eager to get them and add them into my supply. They also had a new type of paint called “Americana Multi-Surface Satins” that I wanted to try, and they were included in that order.
This is a new product offered by DecoArt that is supposed to be a great indoor/outdoor paint. It needs no primer or sealer, and it is suppose to have superior adherence to any surface, including glass and plastic. They say that it is a ”do-it-all paint can be used on wood, metal, glass, terra cotta, ceramics, papier mâché, most plastics, fabric, and canvas.”
As I often have many questions from people who are making outdoor items as to how to prep and finish them, and what types of paint they should use for them, this seems to be quite a promising product. I have used DecoArt products for many years and they are known for their high quality. I hope to try this paint on some things and see how it holds up, as I do plan on making more indoor/outdoor designs and yard art and I would love to have a product like this that works.
You can see more about the line of paint here: http://www.decoart.com/cgi-bin/Products.cgi?Americana_Multi-Surface_Satin
I will certainly keep you all posted as to how I feel these paints work on both indoor and outdoor projects.
Storing a whole new line of paint for me was a bit of a challenge. As many of you know, we have quite a small place here and I like to keep everything at hand and accessible. It did cause me to start sorting through all of my paints and I was able to incorporate the box into things without too much difficulty (after re-sorting everything else!)
Thus went my day.
I feel good though today and I hope to finish the write up on the Crow and Pumpkins Pull Toy for the magazine as well as the article on doing one pattern in several different ways. After that, I will be able to start the next new sets of designs and move forward.
Having the place organized is a good feeling. Since we are in a small place, it is very easy for things to get cluttered quickly. It is much easier to stay on top of things and tidy things up as we go rather than let things accumulate. I realize this takes a lot of discipline, and much has to be either thrown out or donated or given away elsewhere. It is very easy to accumulate things when we are constantly creating new things, and it just isn’t worth the time and effort for us to try to sell them.
So I am starting out Monday with a fresh, clean palette. My ‘day off’ turned out to be nice after all, as I prepared my work area (which in this case is my home) for the next projects. In the long run, it will make everything much more pleasant and easier to find.
I hope you all had a good weekend too. And I hope you have a nice and productive week ahead. Monday is a good day to start a fresh new week. I hope I can accomplish a lot.
Have a great day!
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"