With all the cleaning and organizing, you can imagine that I have been a bit distracted. In between boxes and sorting, I have been working on some of my newest designs for Creative Woodworks and Crafts magazine's holiday issue.
The holiday issue is one of my favorite, as it comes out in late August and kicks off the fall and holiday season. While some may find it odd to be making snowmen, nativities and Santa’s before summer even has taken its hold, after working for the magazine for over fifteen years it has become a natural part of my life and the way I look at it, it "keeps Christmas in my heart" all year long!
Perhaps that is why being a designer is such a happy job. No matter what time of year it is, I am always focusing on the celebrations of life and holidays, and it is hard to be down when thinking in that direction.
This year I have three projects lined up for the issue. As usual, they will explore some different techniques that include both scroll sawing and a bit of painting as well as embellishing. While I know that there are some that like straight wood cutting, I get more and more messages and notes form those who are as excited as I am about adding a little something to their scrolling and I love finding and introducing new and EASY things to make projects more interesting. It makes things so much more FUN!
I hope to make wonderful progress today, and I am going to jump right in. But I will leave you all with a little peek of what I have on my table today. It is just a quick reminder that those holidays and autumn craft shows are closer than you think, and while you are enjoying the sun and sand this summer, know that we designers are working on a whole range of fun and festive projects for you to dazzle your friends, family and customers with.
It is another beautiful, sunny morning here in Nova Scotia! The birds are singing and I can hear the geese down the road that have a new little family in the pond across from the river. The trees are filled in and green and the sun is shining brightly. It is going to be a spectacular day!
I hope you all have a wonderful day as well, no matter what you do. Remember the world is what we make of it. We follow where we focus.
“If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.” Maya Angelou – 1928 – 2014
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"