As another week comes to a close, I once again marvel at just how quickly time passes. Can it be Friday already? Can it be the last week of May? We are already through five months of the year and summer is just starting to arrive here in Nova Scotia. The trees are really trying to green up, but some still only have buds on them. I think they just may need a little bit of time.
We could all use some more of that!
Looking back on what I accomplished this past week, I am a bit confused. I never understand why I seldom feel that I accomplished a lot. If I list everything that we did, the list would be long. But perhaps because there is still so much more that I wished I could have done or intended to do, it appears that I never catch up. On those rare occasions when I do meet my self-made goals, I often feel like I didn't set them high enough! (Sheesh! There is no pleasing me sometimes!) The older that I get though, the more I feel that I need to remember to take some time to LIVE my life and enjoy each day and what it brings – not gauge my success on my daily output of projects. There is so much around me that is wonderful and beautiful and taking some time each day to appreciate and enjoy these things is really the key to true happiness. Life is truly too short to do anything else.
Fortunately, I really do enjoy what I do for my 'work'. Because of this, most of the time I feel as if I never work because I enjoy myself so much every day. I realize that is an enviable position, and I wouldn't trade it for anything. I love just about every aspect of my work and I also love the wonderfully creative people I meet though it. Whether it is through phone conversations or emails or Facebook, I love seeing what other creative people do and I feed on it and it inspires me to do more creative things. It is a wonderful cycle that is created and I do believe that many others feel the same as I do – we receive the best inspiration from our peers.
I received an email yesterday from a friend who is a very talented woodworker. I have mentioned Anna before and shown her amazing projects. I met Anna through the Lumberjocks website where I also post this blog and over the years we have become good friends. Anna posts a comment nearly every day on my blog and I even got to meet her and her husband Jim last summer when they visited Nova Scotia. It was so nice to meet face to face and we had a great afternoon. I love the way that Anna takes a pattern and changes it to suit her taste. I am always flattered when seeing her awesome work and she is a true inspiration to me.
Here is some of the latest pieces that Anna did:
She made the beautiful pendants that Keith designed (SLDK357 - 12 Embellished Filigree Pendants) and made a stand for them using my Masquerade Ball Ornaments pattern (SLD416). All the pendants as well as the mask on the stand are made from hard wood and embellished with crystal rhinestones. I just think it is beautiful!
This is so uplifting to see when others use our patterns in ways of their own. We both feel honored that people are inspired by what we create. It really makes our job fun and we love when others share their interpretations of our patterns with us. (Thank you so much, Anna!) I hope others will do so as well.
As for yesterday, I had a wonderful day yesterday. In the morning I got some nagging paperwork out of the way. I have been meaning to do that for a long time and with all the organization that was going on this week, I knew I just had to bite the bullet and take the time to complete it. Now that it is done, I find myself wondering what took so long for me to get at it. It wasn't nearly as painful as the months of procrastination. Isn't that usually the case?
I am hoping to finish up my Santa that I showed you all yesterday, as well as a companion elf. I think you will like what I have in store for you with these projects, and while they are taking me a little longer than normal to finish, I hope they will be worth the wait.
It is rather foggy here this morning, as well as cool. Summer has not yet arrived, but hopefully will come soon. So for now, I will appreciate the day for what it is and enjoy it to the fullest. I hope you all have a great day as well.
Happy Friday to 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"