I must admit, I didn’t get any drawing done yesterday. We had sent out a newsletter on Tuesday and things were pretty busy for most of the day.
Mind you – I am not complaining! It is really a great feeling to have such a positive response to an update. Either people really LIKED our new stuff or they are house bound with all the snowy weather that is hitting much of North America and looking for something to do. Perhaps it is just a little of both.
I often express my appreciation for the support we receive from our customers. I don’t think that I can ever say it too much. Without such a strong following, we wouldn’t be able to continue doing what we are doing. There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t appreciate that they choose us and our patterns for their past times. Both Keith and I are very honored and grateful.
Much of the day yesterday was spent corresponding with customers. Some had questions regarding patterns. Others had general questions about techniques or equipment or finishes. Still others had ideas and photos that they wanted to share of work they had done using our designs. It is always nice to touch base with people and hear what they have to say about what we do. It truly helps us create better instructions and patterns.
I also love seeing pictures of what people do with our designs. Yesterday I received a photo from a customer (Larry) who made a beautiful sterling silver heart pendant from Keith’s heart ornament pattern that I featured the other day. He cut this with a hand saw and he says it still needs to be shaped and polished. I think it is amazing!
(Note the DIME next to it for scale!)
Things such as this just make me smile. People are so talented and they really do elevate our patterns to another level. It just makes me want to do better.
Between errands, another snow storm and all the correspondences, the day seemed to have gotten away from me. Before I knew it I looked up at the clock and it was after 6pm. And I hadn’t even began to draw!
I was still ‘fuzzy’ as to the direction I was going to take (too many choices) so I thought I would call it a night with “work” and do some relaxing embroidery. In between I still filled orders and answered questions, but I wanted to relax a bit and enjoy my evening and start fresh today.
I finished the first panel on my embroidery project that I have been working on. I was pleased that many of you expressed that you wanted me to keep posting my photos as I go along. Since the project has 17 panels, I expect that with the short time I have to work in it, it will take me several months to complete. But even if it takes a year, I will be happy. I find it fun to do yet another form or artwork. I have already learned so much!
I finished the “stumpwork” wings for my dragonfly. They are embroidered on sheer organza and then cut away from the main fabric. I learned that stumpwork is a style of embroidery where the stitched figures are raised from the surface of the work to form a 3-dimensional effect. I had not known that. There are different interesting techniques used to achieve the raised pieces. For these wings, you line the organza with a stabilizing fabric that dissolves in water. It is quite interesting to me and very detailed. Just what I like.
My picture isn’t the greatest, but you get the point. The eyes and body of the dragonfly are tiny glass beading. The wired wings are raised off the piece and sheer – like real wings. I think he is adorable.
Here is the complete picture of the first panel:
So far, so good. The long flower with the purplish/pink buds is Tulbaghia Violacea. The peach flower is Clivia. And the pink ground cover is Oxalis. I am happy with them as a start. Perhaps one day I will paint or scroll similar flowers.
I don’t know just how I came to desire creating in this form. Perhaps it was because I looked back on my life and saw that I began down this path a long time ago and I wanted to continue on that journey. There are times in our lives when we just ‘know’ we need to explore. It has nothing to do with our current state of being busy or having much to do already. I find that one small grain of inspiration can grow into many different directions. Inspiration isn’t looking at something and copying it – it is the seed that is planted in your mind that grows into an entire garden of ideas. The more directions it spreads, the better.
I can’t see how learning something new can be detrimental. I don’t ever want to stop learning new things. I never want to be satisfied with my life. For when I am, and I become complacent and comfortable, I will surely be nearing my end. I want to leave this life not only with a list of accomplishments, but with a longer list of things I have yet to learn. The yearning to learn fills my days with happiness and purpose and makes my life full and exciting.
”I am so fresh in soul and spirit that life gushes and bubbles around me in a thousand springs.” -Robert Schumann
I often feel that sentiment. There are so many wonderful and positive things to explore in this life. I feel that things are calling to me from many directions. My only complaint is that the days are too short and that I can’t do everything that I want to do on a given day. But that is part of what makes me happy, and I wouldn’t want it any other way.
I am going to take another attempt at drawing today. While I was embroidering, I was thinking about the next thing that I want to create, and I feel that today I am ready.
I couldn’t wait to get up today and get started. I love when I feel like this and I embrace these days with enthusiasm and passion. It makes for a very good life.
Have a wonderful Thursday!
-- Contributing Editor, Creative Woodworks and Crafts, Sheila Landry Designs http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com "Knowledge is Power"