Good morning on this beautiful Monday. Some time over the weekend, the season of autumn crept in and it is amazing how profound the changes in the morning are even though it is only a few days old.
As I wake up each morning, I notice that it is just a bit darker outside, and the cool, crisp air simply smells of the change of season. I look across the road to the trees along the river and each day notice that they are beginning to blush a bit and every so slightly the leaves are changing color.
Although the mornings and evenings have been cool, the mid-day temperatures have been warm and almost hot at times. I suppose it is what is expected at this time of year, as that is how the change of seasons tend to sneak up on us and before we know it, summer is gone and winter is on its way.
Some of you have noticed that I haven’t written as regularly as I usually do. It isn’t that I haven’t been busy, but I have been working on some things for myself and haven’t had the need to journal all that I have done. Much of it is routine – answering emails and printing out a wholesale order for Artist’s Club – and while that fills the hours of my day, I don’t think that it is anything remarkable that would interest you as readers.
Keith has had a type of flu. He spent much of the weekend sleeping and battling hot and cold spells. Living in a small place, I hope that I don’t catch what he has, although I suppose I won’t be surprised if I do. While he isn’t miserable, it is not comfortable and he is quite tired. I hope that he will rest and feel better soon.
Last week was somewhat of a blur. I spent the majority of my time working on orders and I did finish painting my first design for the “Painting With Friends” group that I am going to be a part of. For those of you who missed the day when I spoke about it, ””Painting With Friends a group of designers led by Terrye French, a wonderfully creative painter and designer. Terrye employs a select group of “Friends” to help her paint her incredibly creative designs. She sends us the line work and we do our own take on it and paint it and make it into a painting packet. The pattern is then marketed and sold through our own sites or the main “Painting With Friends” blog and Etsy page and everyone benefits. I think it is an incredible way to do things and it just goes to show how good things can be when creative people work together.
Each designer brings her own style to the basic designs and the cross-promotion between the group is a wonderful example of how working together with others can be a truly positive experience. I was so thrilled to be accepted as part of the group and I hope to contribute to it as much as I can. Being part of the “Friends” in no way restricts what we do on our own and working together with others for a common cause is both fun and exciting. Terrye is always full of wonderful ideas and using her drawings as a springboard for our own ideas is really wonderful and fun. I plan to do as many new designs as time will permit in collaboration with her.
My first assignments was a cute winter project called “Snowies”. Below is a picture of what I did with it:
Another nice thing about the “Friends” group is that you are encouraged to paint the design on any surface you choose. For my “Snowies” I decided to paint it on a snowflake shape, much like my candle trays. I think it adds a little fun and interest to the design. I will be selling the surface on my site when the pattern is available.
Today I am going to be writing instructions for not only this packet, but I need to prepare the packets for the several projects that were in the holiday issue of Creative Woodworks and Crafts magazine, as we are getting ready for another site update and I want to add them onto the site.
On Saturday I finished my little Prim Cat Masquarade (another Terrye French Pattern!) and I am thrilled with how they came out:
Here are the first three for those of you who missed them:
They are silly and cute and whimsical and something that I could have never thought of doing. I am giving the set to my daughter, who loves cats as I do and just got a new place to live and needs decorations. I am going to have a blast between the new baby and my son’s family and her! I love making stuff for them and I think they like it.
I am working on another one of Terrye’s patterns for autumn again. Yesterday when I began it, Keith mentioned that when I ‘relax’ it strongly resembled when I ‘worked.’ In thinking about it, I know he is right. But isn’t that a GOOD thing? I feel very fortunate that what I love to do for work is very similar to what I love to do for play. I find that painting others’ patterns is not only fun but also very relaxing, as I don’t have to think too much. They already did the thinking for me! Some say that I should be making my own designs when I ‘play’ but I maintain that once I do that, it crosses me over the line back to ‘working’ again. I know some of you understand that. :)
I have some cool scroll saw ideas that I want to work on as well. As usual, there just isn’t enough time in the day. So what I do is put one foot in front of the other and work on one task at a time and get things done. And in the mean time, I am happy.
I hope you all like seeing these little cuties that I do on the side. I am trying to keep a pact with myself that in the evenings, I will do my own thing and work on whatever I would like – or not work at all. But usually I find it both fun and relaxing to paint at night, so I will paint.
It feels good to have such a nice life. I truly mean that. There is very little that I want and I am truly happy with how things are going. That in itself is something wonderful.
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I wish you a wonderful autumn and a very happy Monday! I hope you have a fabulous week!
-- Contributing Editor, Creative Woodworks and Crafts, Sheila Landry Designs http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com "Knowledge is Power"