As I look outside across the road to the river bank, I see the beautiful stillness of the trees. The sky is overcast and grey and the bare birch trees look almost highlighted against the green pine background. While some may find this time of year a bit desolate and bleak, I find it soothing and peaceful.
The air is cool and in the weeks to come the frenzy of the holiday season will be upon us. First the bountiful harvest season which will peak with wonderful Thanksgiving meals, filled with food, family and friends. Then the Christmas rush begins – with shopping and craft shows and wrapping and decorating and all that we have come to associate with the season. It will certainly be a busy time!
So what am I sitting here thinking about on this beautiful cool and crisp November Sunday?
You would think that as I designer I would be working on Angels and Nativities and thinking of Santa and his reindeer. But that was long ago in my mind. I am in the process of finishing up my next project and article for Creative Woodworks and Crafts, and my thoughts are several months ahead.
The issue that is due is the March issue and the focus is flowers and bunnies and post-winter holidays. We are looking budding leaves and flowers and renewal on every level. Birds and bunnies and gardening and all the things we enjoy throughout the spring season. It is certainly like living in a time warp!
Perhaps that is one of the reasons that I never mind any one season. So many people say to me things like “How can you STAND winter? It is so dull and bleak!”
Besides the fact that I really don’t MIND the snow and the cold (I love having four seasons) I think that with me being a designer, I am never really living in one single season at a time. My thoughts are always months ahead and while I am physically living in one season, my mind and thoughts are somewhere else completely. I think this is a good thing.
It wasn’t long ago when I was working on some of my Christmas projects for the magazine. I was sitting here in shorts and a tank top, having lunch on my little deck with my cat Pancakes, and thinking about angels and working on the pretty Nativity Christmas Box pattern that I submitted to the magazine. I remember the sweat rolling down my brown while I was sanding the pieces and the warmth of the sun on my back, and thinking how funny it was to be making Christmas stuff in the summer.
But for me, it is a way of life.
Now that the winter months are approaching, my focus is on the newness of spring. Trees, flowers and gardening occupy my thoughts, as well as the warm and pleasant days to come. Part of me is always living a season or two ahead, and I have learned to enjoy losing myself in the thoughts of the days to come.
Yesterday I worked on the new project that I am doing for the March issue of the magazine. At first, it was a little difficult to acclimate myself to the mindset of SPRING. After all, I had just finished decorating my own place here with all my little autumn touches. I changed my ‘all season tree’ lights from white to orange, and adorned the branches with beautiful autumn sprays of leaves and berries. I put out the few decorations that reminded me of the autumn season, like my crow candle holder and some small gourds. Our place sure looked cozy and – well – autumn like!
Then I sat down to draw something geared for spring. It may have taken me a few minutes to get started, but I had been thinking of the project that I was going to do for weeks and couldn’t wait to see it materialize. In my head I refined and changed it a couple of times and by the time I actually began drawing, it flowed from my pen with ease.
By late afternoon the drawing was completed. I put together my dinner and popped it into the over (stuffed peppers – MMMMmm!) and headed to the saw. I was able to complete the cutting before dinner was done and after I ate, I oiled the pieces so they would be ready to finish today. Everything worked like clockwork.
I have a small teaser of part of the design that you all like to see so much:
It isn’t Santa or a reindeer, but rather something that we will look forward to seeing in the spring.
I think it is fun to have a life like this. No matter what season we are in, I am able to enjoy and live in any season I choose.
After this project is done, I will be returning to making some fun Christmas projects for this year for my site. But deadlines for the magazine take precedence over everything else. I think it is great that they are so far ahead because they force me to think ahead and plan as well. While I was working on this spring project for the article, I had several other ideas for spring as well. I have written them down and I plan to do them for my own site and customers. It is all good.
So as the sun illuminates this beautiful autumn morning and I see the first flakes of snow for the year falling lightly to the ground, I look forward to completing my spring project today using bright and cheerful pastel colors.
Who knows where that will take me next.
I wish you all a wonderful Sunday! :)
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"