I was really pleased with the progress that I made yesterday. It is hard to believe though that this is the last day of May already and that we will be moving into the summer months. While the winter was long, it seems that spring was comparatively short.
Our trees across the road along the river are now all filled in with thick, green leaves. The pond down the road is not only host to a Canadian goose family, but also a mallard duck family as well. I love going by and seeing the parents followed by the line of young. What an ideal place to raise a young duck family! The pond is small, but quaint and pretty and right across the rural road is the mill and small waterfall formed by the Meteghan River. Sometimes we see the little families taking their young ones for a swim in the river. It is a joy to see for sure. It is so quiet and pretty in our area. I just love it.
I felt I accomplished a lot yesterday. I finished painting both sets of Santa ornaments as well as the elf ornaments for my contribution to the holiday issue of Creative Woodworks and Crafts magazine. I had been thinking of these designs for quite a while, and I am sure that I will be coming up with more of this style of ornaments in the near future.
You saw the sneak peek of the Santa the other day, and today I will show you the little elf. Both are painted very simply with very little shading. I did this on purpose because I want the woodworkers that make up most of our readership to perhaps give these ornaments a try. I had toyed with the idea of making them without paint, but I feel that they would lose a lot without color. I want them to be festive and bright and a lot of fun. The paint that I chose however makes it very easy to look good without any type of shading at all. I will explain that further in the instructions. Below are the pictures of the finished elf:
I should correct myself and say ALMOST finished, as I have a few more details to add.
Figuring out the mechanics on this one was a little tricky, but in the end, I think it is simple enough and works splendidly. I am happy.
Today I will be working on the third and final contribution to the issue. You will need to come back tomorrow or Monday though to see that. I think it will be another fun project that is a little different than what is typical for the scroll saw magazines. I always like exploring new avenues.
I did want to mention a couple of things that are going on now with some of my favorite suppliers.
Lee Valley Tools has a free shipping event this week. This is where I get all my Rare Earth Magnets and they also have several other great supplies. Their prices are a little more than big box discount stores, but their quality and customer service is excellent. I do like shopping there. Click on the name for the details or to get to the site. The shipping special is from May 29th until June 9th if you spend $40 or more. That is very easy to do and I know I will be making an order soon.
The other special that I want to announce is from my favorite supplier of rhinestones, Rhinestone Canada. They are offering free shipping for orders shipping to Canada that are $100. I know that many of you that read are not in Canada, but I also wanted to say that their regular shipping costs are very reasonable as well. Besides that, their very low prices on these beautiful quality stones are very reasonable, and also include all taxes. This can save you a lot. I absolutely love ALL their stones and I find that even the cheaper Korean grade stones are absolutely stunning. Don't let the low prices fool you – you are getting wonderful quality products and fast and friendly service. (NO – they DON'T compensate me in any way to say that!) I have been ordering from them for over a year now and have highly recommended them to everyone. I have heard back from many, many people who ordered from them on my advice and every single person was happy and impressed with the quality of their products. They also have a free, downloadable catalog which will make it very convenient to keep track of things. These hot-fix rhinestones are one of my favorite ways to really make my projects beautiful, whether they are painted or scrolled wood. I encourage you to give them a try!
That will just about do it for today! I want to get an early start so that I can get my next projects finished. I hope you have a wonderful weekend and enjoy some of the spring weather that is finally here! Have fun, enjoy the outdoors and do something creative. You will be surprised at how GOOD it will make you feel!
Have a great Saturday, Sheila
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"