I woke up to a dense fog this morning. I hope it means that it is finally getting warmer. Our weather here in Nova Scotia has still been pretty dull and rainy. But I suppose I should be happy that it isn't snow. Even I have had enough of that.
It felt odd to be 'caught up' with everything. It isn't that I don't have anything to do – as I have lots of new ideas that I am anxious to work on – but with nothing really pressing, I find that sometimes it stymies me as to which way to head. i want to try everything at once.
After a morning of doing the usual tasks of writing and answering emails and getting the daily mail ready to take to the post office, I was ready to jump in on the new project. I have decided that what I want to work on next will be a combination of a woodworking and painting project that can be used together. It will actually be two projects, and both will be able to be used individually or they can be used together. I haven't quite figured everything out exactly, but I am getting there. . .
One more thing I want to show you though -
Yesterday I received a wonderful photo of a project from a customer. What the customer did was combine one of my own patterns with a pattern he purchased from Sue Mey, a wonderful scroll saw pattern designer. I have admired Sue's work for many years and I was really thrilled when I saw the results of our "accidental collaboration". Ted combined our designs to make a beautiful plaque for his son and his fiancee, who just announced their engagement. I think it came out just beautiful!
I think it is really wonderful and as I said, I am thrilled that he liked my pattern enough to use it for such a special gift. It makes me feel proud!
Many times I have customers ask me if they can alter my patterns and use them in other ways. I always try to let people know that not only do I allow this, but I encourage it. As long as people don't claim the designs as their own they are welcome to do their own take on what we draw. It is awesome to see the creative ways that people tailor our work to their liking, and I am pleased if my designs act as a spring board to encourage others to express their own ideas. It is very fun to see!
So that will be all for today. I am kind of getting the ball rolling on the new design and I hope to be able to show some good progress soon. Another week has passed and we are already looking at the weekend ahead. I hope you all have a great one!
-- 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"