For the past several weeks I have been working on Christmas ornaments, now I need to finish some Halloween projects. Do you ever wonder why I don’t know what time of year it is?
I really don’t mind though, as I just seem to displace the holidays and celebrate any of them at any given time. It doesn’t bother me in the least.
The magazines work are funny that way. While I projects for the holiday issue were due several weeks ago, the issue following the holiday one will be focusing on autumn and Halloween. I suppose the scariest part of that is that I am actually beginning to understand why it happens that way. (EEEEk!)
The magazines are geared to people who make things as projects for certain holidays. Most of us can look at ourselves in the mirror and see someone who may at one time or another (cough! cough!) has procrastinated on doing projects for the upcoming holidays. (Me??? NEVER! wink wink!) Add to that the many craft shows that lots of us participate in and you can start to see the need for having these magazines come out with their patterns quite a bit earlier than the actual events.
After all – I think we would be pretty disappointed if say the Christmas ornament issue came out in at the first of December. How the heck would anyone have the time to complete the projects that they would like to do in that short of time frame? And at that busy time of year?
So having a Christmas holiday issue come out in August seems to make perfect sense. Doesn’t it? It gives people time to not only make things for the upcoming holidays, but also for the fall craft shows that so many crafters like to attend. And following that logic, it is perfectly understandable that Halloween projects would be presented in September. Which means that things have to get to the publisher in July.
It all is perfectly logical. ;)
With all that said, as you could probably figure out yesterday, I am working on a Halloween project for the magazine. I already have my Crow and Pumpkin Pull Toy project slated for that issue, and I have had the opportunity to do a Halloween project also.
I really wanted to do a project that involved a little more scroll sawing, so I decided to make a scroll sawn skeleton. That would have been cool enough, and people may wind up just cutting and assembling it in different varieties of wood and be done with it there.
But you know me . . .
I am one to think of a single project in many different ways. With all the wonderful (AND inexpensive!) products that I have access to from DecoArt – my head was (once again!) spinning with ideas. After all – anyone can make a skeleton, right? But I decided to put some “Sheila Landry Finesse” into the project and make it really FUN and special. And so far, I am thrilled with how it is coming out.
I actually cut 8 skeletons out – four of them being larger and four smaller ones. Of course people can make them any size they wish, but I wanted to be sure that the smaller pieces were possible to cut and I am happy to say they passed the test with flying colors.
Speaking of color . . .
Here is what I did with the first set (the smaller set) of skeletons:
These are painted solidly in DecoArt's Neon colors. They actually have six Neon colors, but you will see tomorrow why I chose these four.
I think they really came out amazing (so far!) and there is part of me that actually wants to leave them just like this. But I have other plans for them and this is just the beginning. ;)
It’s funny – Keith thought I was crazy for cutting out 8 full sets of skeletons, and now I wish I had more so I could leave these just as they are now. (OR – paint them with a coat of matching Neon Glamour Dust Fine Glitter Paint – which would bring it up another notch, or even some Glow In the Dark paint!)
But I have other plans for these little guys. And you will just have to wait and see!
I could have literally cut dozens of these fun little skeletons out and finished them all differently. While I understand that there are some who would just like them “plain” I like to take things further so that people can choose what they want to do with their own pieces. I look at it as a ‘smorgasbord of creating.’ I offer the options and people don’t have to choose everything, they can just choose what appeals to them and perhaps do their own twist on my ideas. That is what makes designing fun!
With that said, I have LOTS to do today to continue on with this project! I’ll give you another progress report tomorrow, and you will better be able to see what I am thinking. In the mean time, I hope you all enjoy your Sunday and have some fun today. I know I will have a great day again. The sun is shining and the weather here is just beautiful and it will be great fun to see these little guys finished up. Stay tuned.
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"