Yesterday was a wonderful and beautiful day and it looks as though today will be the same. I think that spring has FINALLY arrived in Nova Scotia.
I love the quiet of the early mornings. As I crossed the road to go to the trash bin and bring it to the side of the road for pickup, I could hear the birds happily singing as well as the river rushing by. The sun was warm and the air was cool and there wasn't a cloud in the sky. I know I live in an amazing place when even taking the trash out is so enjoyable. I don't think there is a day that goes by however that I am not grateful for the life I live and what every day brings. It is just mornings such as these that increase my awareness and I appreciate even the small things in my life. I am a very fortunate woman.
Yesterday, Keith had spoken about us getting away for a couple of days and heading to the city. We haven't been to Halifax since autumn and we are due to make the trip soon. He was over at his moms' house doing some yard work and I think that he has caught 'spring fever' as well. We toyed with the idea of packing up his little Miata and heading out for a day or so, and we may still do just that. When we went to sleep last night we were both undecided as to if it was too early or not to take a trip. While it wouldn't be warm enough to drive with the top down, it will still be a nice time to get away, as we are both in-between pressing deadlines. After my short time outside this morning, I am starting to think that perhaps a trip is in order after all, and we should just pack up and "go."
If I am 'missing in action' for the next day or so you will know why! ;)
I had a great day working yesterday as well. I feel as if I accomplished a great deal and I buttoned up the project that I showed you a couple of days ago. I finished the wood topper for the "Springtime Iris Banner" project and I am very happy with how it turned out.
I wanted to make a topper that would be appropriate for just about any season. That way one could change the banners at will and not have to make a separate topper each time. I cut two – one in high quality plywood and the other in ash, but I decided I wanted to finish it using some of my favorite DecoArt products so I began with the plywood one first. Here is a picture of the finished project:
I think the overall look of it is really nice. I decided to use a crackle finish on the header, and paint "Welcome" in matching lettering. I used DecoArt's Weathered Wood to crackle the paint and I think the effect looks wonderful!
I think it give a beautiful weathered look to the plywood. And it is so EASY to do! I don't think that there is really any way you could mess it up if you tried! :)
For the lettering, I used a color called "Soft Black" by DecoArt. It is a brownish-black, yet very dark and wasn't as stark as pure Lamp Black would be. The brownish cast softened the letters enough to give it a slightly aged look and it looked much more appealing that way.
The banner is held on using Rare Earth magnets, which means that they will hold it on beautifully, but make it very easy to change. The banner itself is made of Roc-Lon fabric, which is used for drapery linings and can be found at just about any fabric store. I varnished it with several coats of outdoor varnish, so it should stand up to the weather well.
I plan on giving this banner as a gift to my dear friend Ellen for Mother's Day. (Ellen doesn't do any computer things, so our secret is safe!) I absolutely LOVED painting on the Roc-Lon and I have many other banners planned in the works. I am going to be writing up the pattern for this project in the next few days.
I already started on another banner, but this one is not my design. It is a wonderful design by Tracy Moreau. Tracy creates beautiful painting patterns and when I saw this design – I knew I just HAD to paint it! It was originally done on a tray, but I decided to make it into a banner so I could hang it outside my own front door. I won't show you the finished pattern, but you can check back here and see my progress in the next several days. Here is the beginning of it:
I think you will enjoy seeing it come to life!
One final thing that I wanted to share with you . . .
I had a photo sent to me from my customere Leslie that really impressed me. Leslie took my Free Pattern that I am offering on my site and modified the border to make this beautiful plaque. She cut this of cherry and I think it looks fabulous! I love seeing what my customers do with my patterns to make them unique! (Be sure to stop by and get the free pattern if you haven't already done so! You don't have to leave your email or anything and there are no strings attached. It is just there for you to enjoy!)
I want to thank Leslie for taking the time to send me her picture. I don't always get to display them here, and I am very bad with keeping up my customer photos page on the site, but I do enjoy seeing them and knowing that you enjoy what I do. Thank you again!
Well – that is about it for today. I don't know if I will be back tomorrow or not. We will have to see where the wind takes us. We may decide to wait a couple of weeks until it is warmer and we can enjoy the day a bit more. But you never know!
I hope you all have a wonderful day today! We are mid-week already and at least for us here in Nova Scotia, it looks like we are finally going to have some warm tempretures. I will certainly enjoy them.
Happy Wednesday to you all! Enjoy your day and what it brings you!
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"