I feel very relieved this morning. Yesterday afternoon I finished the written instructions for each of the four projects that are going to be published in the holiday issues of both Creative Woodworks and Crafts magazine and also Scrollsaw Woodworking and Crafts magazine (Yes! I know it is confusing! The only two magazines that I know of that are geared to scroll sawing have such similar names!) While I have been a contributing editor to Creative Woodworks and Crafts for over 15 years, this is the first time that any of my projects are going to be published in Scrollsaw Woodworking and Crafts. It is very exciting for me to be contributing to two different publications.
It felt a bit different working with a new magazine. While in some ways things were similar to what I was used to, as expected, each company has their own way of doing things and there was a bit of a learning curve to deal with. But that could be expected. I would be lying though if I said that I didn’t feel just a little bit of pressure. While I always try to do my best job, I wanted to be extra sure that everything that I did was complete and correct. I hope they liked what they saw.
The same went for my own magazine. Having three projects included in an issue is something that doesn’t happen often. I wanted to be sure that even though there were several different projects sent, each one of them was done with the level of work that they had come to expect from me.
As I finished everything up yesterday afternoon, I felt a great deal of relief. It felt good to have those under my belt, and even though I still have a load of other things on the go, it was nice to take a breath.
It was a beautiful day out yesterday, and we decided to take a walk around the river. The breeze kept the dreaded black flies at bay (I am allergic to their bite) and it was very good to just get outside and walk for a bit. I must admit, we haven’t been walking much at all lately. We still go to the gym several times a week, but we need to still get outside and appreciate the fresh air. It seems that walks and taking time off have been shoved to the back burner lately, and I need to give it a higher priority. After all, we were in all winter and soon winter will be upon us again. We need to spend some time outside. It is just too easy to be too busy to do what is good for us, and in the long run it will slow us down even more.
I finally remembered to bring our camera, as there are two families of Canada Geese living just down the street from us at the little pond across from the river. I got some pictures of the two families and their children. The goslings are really growing fast. It is nice to see them when we pass and it seems that they found the perfect place to raise a family.
There are two families – four adults and several children. It is nice to drive by and see them swimming in the pond or even in the river. From the looks of it though they will be soon moving on, as the babies are getting big.
The mill looks nice too. The year before last, part of the dam broke and it took until last fall for them to repair it. It looks nice again though and is very picturesque.
I am going to end now, as there is much to do today and the site here on Lumberjocks is really giving me trouble. It has taken at least ten minutes to upload each picture, and in between that, I nearly lost the whole post. Good thing I learned when the site gets quirky like this I quickly paste what I have written onto my clip board. Otherwise there would be another day without a blog.
Today I am working on a painting pattern. It is a small one that I want to offer free on the site. Here is a sample of the line work. It is a simple pattern, but I hope to make it cute and entice new people to try painting.
I need to spend more time doing some painting things, as I love to paint and I have many new ideas for pattern. It is all a balancing act.
I hope you all have a great day today. It is cool an overcast here. I hope to finish this little pattern today (we will see if I can accomplish that!) and also I need to catch up on some book work. Then I have more deadlines that I need to contend with.
There is always something fun to do!
Have a wonderful 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"