Today was the first morning of the season that I had to close the windows and wrap myself in a blanket (and a cat) while writing this morning. I awoke to a definite chill in the air and even though it has been for the most part cloudy and rainy all week, today the sun arose to a beautifully clear sky and the sun is shining. It is going to be a beautiful late summer day.
I had to take a drive to Yarmouth yesterday to do some errands, and I noticed a slight blush on the tops of the trees. Had it been a sunny day, I would have paid no mind, as it would have easily passed for the reflection of the sun on the tree tops, but it was overcast and off and on rain and still the subtle golden tones were evident on the hardwoods. Summer is coming to a close.
I love this time of year. It has and probably always will be my favorite. With the cool, crisp air comes thoughts of making chili and baking. This is something that I haven’t done much of in several months. While i was at the grocery store, I made my annual investment in buying assorted nuts that I use for my holiday treats. I bought a kilogram of each walnuts, almonds and pecans and look forward to the many delicacies that are to come. I love nuts and the cost for them is exorbitant in our areas, as I expect it is in most places.
Last year I found a recipe for Cinnamon Almonds that remind me of my Chicago days of sitting on Navy Pier sampling a small bag of warm cinnamon almonds while listening to the music and watching the people and gazing out at the beautiful lakefront. That also reminds me of my dear friend Cari whom often shared those moments with me, and I think about the good times we had together and how we used to laugh at the stupidest things and walk our kids to school together on these cool early fall mornings and return home to a cup of coffee with a touch of cinnamon in it and spend the day scrolling or painting new projects. Those are good memories of good times and perhaps that is why when the air changes as it is doing now, I feel the warmth and comfort of my dear friend who will always be with me in my heart. It has been over five years since we lost her to cancer, but she will always live in my heart.
So anyway, I have certainly been keeping myself busy. Besides the errands that I did yesterday, I was finally able to manage to finish the instructions on my Snowflake Damask Silhouette plaque that is due for the next magazine article. That is a big load off of my mind because I fear I was running late on it, even though my editor assured me I was fine. Maybe because in my mind it was completed later than I attended that I convinced myself it was late I felt that I was running behind, but it was a good thing to get behind me nonetheless. Today I need to do a short update on the article that I wrote several months ago regarding applying the scroll saw patterns. I received a sample of the Scroll Saw Stick 'n' Release Tape from Workshop Supply Online and it worked beautifully to apply the pattern. It is a great alternative to the double sided dropcloth tape that I had talked about in the article because it is clear and you can see what the wood is like underneath it (which helps us avoid knots and imperfections) and also because it can be shipped to the United States at a reasonable cost. Since the first article came out, I had many inquiries regarding the dropcloth tape and unfortunately it was difficult to find in the United States.
The other thing that is at the top of my list to finish is the final painted ornaments/keys that I have been working on. Since I last posted here, I have completed four more of each set. The keys . . .
And the ornaments . . .
I absolutely love how these are coming out! I only have one more key and one more ornament left to paint and then I can write up the packets and get them onto the site – probably within the next day or two and hopefully by the weekend.
When I am done with the first set of pictures, I want to add some rhinestones to them as well. They are beautifully sparkly as they are, but I think little rhinestone accents here and there will be a nice final touch.
I truly love painting and creating these patterns. While I love wood and the beautiful grains and tones, I also love the bright colors of painting and I have been working hard so that I can do both.
I am also in the process of trying to get ahead a bit in cutting the kits for these ornaments, as there have been many requests so far. I like that with creating the painting patterns it allows me the chance to provide kits as well. It keeps me busy in several directions and I take a great deal of pride in offering high quality wood pieces for some of the painting designs that I create. It is all good and makes my days a lot of fun.
With that said, it is time for me to get moving. There is lots to do again today and I hopefully will accomplish all I set out to do.
The short week is almost over and the weekend is upon us. I hope you all had a great week and I wish you all a wonderful weekend as well. Enjoy your day!
-- Contributing Editor, Creative Woodworks and Crafts, Sheila Landry Designs http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com "Knowledge is Power"