Well, I am finally in the home stretch of making my decoupage bunny ornaments. It isn’t that they were difficult or complicated to make, but there has been so many things that have come up in between that needed my attention that they have been sitting on the sidelines, patiently waiting for me to finish them.
I love this project because it combines three of my favorite forms of creating – woodworking, painting and needlework.
They are cut from 1/8” Baltic birch plywood on the scroll saw, then painting and decoupaged using the beautiful digital paper that I printed myself from Haj Design Papers on Etsy. Then, since I didn’t find any flowers that I particularly liked here in my area, I decided to use the beautiful silk and organza ribbon and glass beads that I purchased from Di van Niekerk and make my own.
I am absolutely thrilled with the results.
I still have the final task of adding the hangers to these little creatures, but so far I am very happy with them.
While this project may seem simple, I feel that I learned a great deal from creating it. It was the first time I explored the possibility of not only printing my own digital papers, but also cutting them on the saw and using the DecoArt Decoupage Medium.
While I realize that not every person will be interested in all of these steps to create this project, I like to give several choices or options – not only so that my designs appeal to a larger audience, but also with the hopes of encouraging my creative followers to grow and learn something new. I think I will be a teacher until my end.
The best part about projects like these is that people have the choice of which steps they wish to take and if they don’t like one part of things or another, they can always leave them out.
For example – they may not want to make the floral embellishments by hand. That is fine. They may just want to put a little bow on the neck, or perhaps even nothing at all.
Instead of using the paper and Decoupage, they may want to paint their own floral motif, or perhaps just put a wash of color to allow the wood grain to be the focus and have a little lacy bow instead. Or even spray paint the pieces solidly. The choice is up to the end user and that is the part that makes the design both FUN and PERSONAL. Having choices makes them that way. And I believe that is a good thing.
I have more to show you on these bunnies, but I will do so tomorrow when their hangers are all attached. Then they will be completely “finished.”
I did want to mention another thing regarding choices . . .
Yesterday I was notified that another woodworking forum was ‘born.’ The name of the site is WoodworkingWeb and it was started up by Martin Sojka and Michal Bulla. Martin was the founder of Lumberjocks.com, which is where I began writing my blog almost four years ago. I still visit Lumberjocks every day to create my post and then it is copied to several other venues.
I love the Lumberjocks site, as I have made wonderful friendships and received excellent guidance and advice from the many talented woodworkers who are members. as I said, many of them have become close cyber friends and even though we are scattered all over the world, we ‘visit’ every day and enjoy our creative journey together.
I was happy to see that Martin and Michal were beginning another forum – not because there was anything wrong with Lumberjocks, but because being familiar with the quality of the site that Martin had created when he created Lumberjocks, I knew that the new site would be equally informative, innovative and fun. I was eager to be among the first to join and support someone who had made such a positive difference in my own life, as if he had not created the Lumberjocks site, I would not have began blogging and I am certain things would not be the same for me.
I am also happy that the new site is here because I believe that it will only help the woodworking and creative industry grow. The way I look at it, the more people we reach, the more become interested. Common sense tells us that two places have a further reach than one, and with seeing that many of the highly respected members from Lumberjocks are already joining the Woodworking Web site, it is already insuring that the site will be able to provide an excellent forum where people can exchange information, display projects and learn. And that will only be helpful to the industry as a whole.
I still plan to begin my blog here every morning, but I also plan to add the new site as a place where I will post it. I find that the more places that are aware of it, the more new people I bring into the several different forms of creating that I do, and that as I said is good for everyone.
I feel very fortunate to be living at a time when we are able to learn so many different skills from our own home computers. Whether one likes small, intimate forums or larger, global forums, it is nice to have a choice as to not only which subject we want to learn about, but also the size of the place in which we learn.
Of the many things that I have learned over the years that I have been teaching and designing, it is that each person is an individual and is looking for something different. It is rare that two people are ever in full, across-the-board agreement about anything. But that is OK. I have learned not only to respect our differences, but also to embrace them as one of the huge benefits of living in a free society. Just because I think a certain way or like a certain thing, doesn’t mean that everyone has to think the same or agree with me. How boring and bleak the world would be if that were the case!
Diversification is exciting! The more we diversify, the more we learn and grow. And having more choices is a wonderful way to sample different things and live our life to the fullest. And to me, that makes life FUN!
I hope you check out the new site! You may find you like it! :)
-- Contributing Editor, Creative Woodworks and Crafts Magazine, If you like reading my blog, come visit at Sheila Landry Designs http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com "Knowledge is Power"